Magic Nook Magic
Evans' Stop Card Trick
House of Mystery
In The Box
by Jim Gerrish
I had planned to include
a Hippity Hop Clown effect in this Wizards Journal
#27, but this is all that and more: it is called
Atta-Clown because it can also perform the Atta-Boy card
trick of Jack Hughes, but with a few new twists and
turns; it can serve as a billiard ball or sponge ball
holder; you can perform "Forgetful Clowney"
with it; the mouth can move and the eyes can move if you
can provide the ventriloquism; it can make chosen cards
or other "lost" objects appear in its hands.
And, of course, you can make two of them if you want to
do the Hippity Hoppity Clowns or a "Fraidy Cat
Clown" with it. Once you make it and it's yours to
play with, I'll bet you think of a few more useful tricks
for it. You may get inspired to keep coming up with
tricks it can perform, and you have my blessing to let it
take over your entire show and collect your pay checks as
You'll need at least four
sheets of 1/16th inch thick 12" by 24" Birch
Plywood. More is better. You may want a thicker plywood
base for the weight. Some 1/4 inch diameter wood dowels
are nice, but optional.
Regular playing cards are
needed for the card effects, round balloons for Forgetful
Clowney, sponge balls or billiard balls, a spring mouse
trap, rubber bands, assorted magnets.
Kitchen tools - razor
knife, metal yard or meter stick, sandpaper. A hand drill
for use with a 2 inch hole saw is nice, but optional.
Googly eyes, plastic
glue, wood glue, craft glue dots, 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.
Addendum 12/30/14 - A
Whole 'Nuther Way of Making Atta-Clown!
This shows how to turn a
standard magic store prop into an Atta-Clown, and
includes Jim's 1989 Oracle Box secrets for a new way of
performing the Stop Card Trick any time, any place.