Magic Nook Magic
Teeny Tiny Trunk
House of Mystery
by Jim Gerrish and Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki
Thats pronounced Skware'-kal or
something like that. Not to be confused with a Squircle
(Skwere'-kal), an actual mathematical shape - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squircle
, nor for the Ken Brooke 1952 magic trick in which a
piece of newspaper has a circle torn from the center, but
when the paper is opened up, a square hole is seen.
While the name
"Squarcle" sounds like it might be just another
name for a Square Circle, it is much more than that. It's
a whole new way of making and performing magical
productions from a tube and a box.
Squarcle is much
smaller than the usual Square Circle, so that it seems
impossible for such a large quantity of silk scarves and
flowers to be hidden inside. Squarcle is built
before the audience's eyes so they can see that the tube
is just a can of pineapple slices (or whatever) with the
lids cut off. A carton of Orange Juice is emptied and
then cut up to make the box. Everything is handled by
spectators during the routine. They take an active role
in making objects appear in the tube and box and get to
remove them. They have no idea as to where the objects
are coming from.
In the late 1920s, magician Ade Duval created an
act based entirely around silk scarves, entitled A
Rhapsody In Silk. Duvals act was never
duplicated mainly because the act required nearly one and
a half hours of preparation before each twelve-minute
performance! Squarcle doesn't require that much
preparation but it also isn't something you can just pick
up and throw in your suitcase to perform on a moment's
notice. Preparation IS required!
You'll need to make or
buy a small tray of wood or plastic.
Assorted cans of
different sizes, transparent cups, cartons of any type
juice that comes in cartons.
Kitchen tools - razor
knife, metal yard or meter stick, metal files, a can
opener (also used on stage as part of the act), scissors
(also used on stage as part of the act).
Plastic glue, silicone
waterproof glue, masking tape.
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.