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Flea's Teeny Tiny Tricky Trunk
by Jim Gerrish
If you are one of the
many magicians who performs either a full scale Flea
Circus or just a solo performance of "the world's
strongest flea" using a "stiff rope," then
this trunk may be just what you need to set your act
apart from all the others. The trunk is empty at the
start, but soon you find Fernando's costume, his pet dog,
some of his posters, his tiny car, his rope, and
eventually Fernando himself shows up ready to perform on
the rope. The "trunk" is just two inches cubed
(or make yours smaller or larger to fit your needs), and
every side of it is a door to a different production
Here is a
Lets say you are performing with
Fernando the Worlds Strongest Flea, as
in Julian Mathers Stiff Rope routine. In that case,
decorate the outside of the trunk with signs for
Fernando, the Worlds Strongest Flea,
and so on.
You might begin by looking for Fernando. You open the
trunk and nothing is inside. So you close up the trunk
and politely knock on Fernandos
dressing room door on top of the trunk. Open
up the top, reach down inside and remove the tiny bottle
in which Fernando travels. Or in my case, Fernando
travels on his tiny pet dog.
The trunk allows you to add some more props for
Fernandos act, such as a sponge ball that he
pushes back and forth. The sponge ball is
found inside the empty trunk when you open the
Open another door and you can remove a small magnifying
glass to help you to find Fernando when he gets lost.
There are suggestions for having him drink a full glass
of water using Jim's (optional) kitchen-made
"Wonderful Glass." Of course you will also want
to produce the Stiff Rope from the box if it is part of
your flea routine. Don't worry, it's all explained, as
well as how to make a DIY Stiff Rope if you don't already
Kitchen tools - razor
knife, metal yard or meter stick, fine sandpaper.
Recommended use of an X-acto Saw and Mitrebox (you can do
without it, but it is easier with it!).
Wood glue, masking tape,
polyurethane clear paint.
On-line sources are given
for all items mentioned. The e-Book contains step-by-step
construction photos and diagrams for all parts of this
kitchen workshop project.