The Twelve Days of Christmas
By Professor Spellbinder
Appropriately enough, I dreamed up this effect on the night
of the First Day of Christmas, 2008. The dream was no doubt
brought on like Marleys ghost; by massive doses of turkey,
stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and mince pie
accompanied by all-day Christmas carols coming from the radio.
I dreamed I had 12 blank cards, which were shown on both sides to
an audience of jeering gnomes and elves. The cards one by one
transformed into pictures of the twelve gifts described in the
famous carol, as the jeering changed to cheering from my
grotesque audience. At the end, all the black and white cards had
changed to full color renditions and just as I was about to
receive a standing ovation, I awoke but not before I saw
one of the cards up close and figured out the secret. Here it is,
all worked out for you in this e-Book.
If you know the song, you can imagine the effect! The twelve
cards are shown on both sides. They have a regular card back on
one side and are blank on the face side. As the song plays out,
black and white drawings of the gifts suddenly begin to appear on
the faces of the cards, one by one. The song leader (that's you!)
runs back and forth between the blank cards and the appearing
gift cards. The gift cards are displayed on a long stand that can
hold all 12 cards in a row. At the very end of the song, all the
cards change at once into beautifully colored pictures of the 12
gifts of Christmas as drawn by John Green, used by permission, or
draw your own.
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