The Wizards' Journal #27

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All of the effects from this particular e-Book are made from Balsa wood or Bass wood. They can be made in a kitchen or backyard workshop without power tools. Here's a list of tools you'll need:

Tools Needed for a Kitchen Workshop

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Die Box Combination
by Jim Gerrish

This combines a Die Box with a separate small box based on my “Little Red Box of Magic” from The Wizards’ Journal # 26 - Julian Mather’s “Big Red Box of Magic”. Note that everything can be handled by helpers from the audience during the routine.

A silk handkerchief with a distinctive, easily remembered design is placed inside the Little Box and held by helper #1 throughout the show.

Helper #2 receives the Die Box and removes a large solid wood Die, and shows off the four doors of the Die Box before the magician makes the usual attempt to make the Die disappear from the box. All of the various sucker moves are in the routine and the audience is sure they have caught the magician in an impossible situation. However, Helper #2 holds the Die Box and the magican gets his magic wand and waves it over the Die Box. Suddenly the Die Box, opened up by Helper #2, is found to contain that silk handkerchief with the distinctive, easily remembered design that Helper #1 was supposed to be guarding. Helper #1 shows that all he has in his Little Box is the large wooden die which fills the entire box he has been holding all this time. The e-Book contains step-by-step construction photos and diagrams for all parts of this kitchen workshop project.



Drawer Box Mania
by Jim Gerrish

Jim explores the history of the drawer box, and then shows you how to make one of his "new-fangled" ones from Bass wood (preferred). You can make a traditional Drawer Box, or one of Jim's Drawer Box variations with all of the latest cranks and buzzers (bells and whistles?) and even a drawer box that can be thoroughly examined. Notice that Jim can completely remove the drawer from its cover and show both empty at any time. It can even be opened by a helper from the audience. Again and again, the empty drawer box can fill up with lollipops or other wrapped candies, or plastic gold coins and pirate treasure, etc. The "loot" is poured into buckets for distribution to the audience, if desired.



Clown Bus
by Jim Gerrish

Using Howard Westgate's Tray Principle, you'll create a Clown Bus Box (decoration optional) from which you produce 12 posable Clown Dolls (production load optional). Instead of having a paid assistant holding the tray, it is held by a helper from the audience, who is none the wiser as to how all those clowns come tumbling out of the bus one by one, not to mention the additional farm animals and clown pets.



Mismade Flag Crate (Cabby)
by Jim Gerrish

Build a special version of the old "Silk Cabby" designed to work with a three-way Mis-Made Flag. It appears to be a crate from a flag company, but it only contains three white 9" silk handkerchiefs. Running them through the holes in the sides of the "crate" turns them to red, white and blue silks. Then the red and white silk change to a mismade flag- red and white, but missing the blue. When trying to add the blue, the flag appears with blue bars and a red star field. Finally, a flag pole is pushed through the crate and attached to it is a regular red, white and blue Star Spangled Banner. Jim provides several separate solutions to this old Tom Sellers' trick (the Silk Cabby) from 1933.



Fernando 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, and every side of it is a door to a different production item.



Roy Benson Style String Sticks
by Jim Gerrish

Watch Roy Benson perform his original three sticks routine: ( ), and I hope you’ll agree with me that the sticks should look – homemade! They should NOT appear to be magic store props and certainly should not look as if they cost hundreds of dollars (in my humble opinion). In this Kitchen Workshop Project, I'll show you how to make the sticks I believe Roy Benson was aiming for, but like many others without woodshop skills, he had to depend on using commercial Chinese Sticks. The sticks we will show you how to make are designed specifically for the Benson routine.



Fido-Fiki, The Busking Dog
by Qua-Fiki and Jim

At first I wasn't sure this belonged in the Kitchen Workshop Wiz-J-27, but it uses no power tools in making it, and parts of it are made of wood, and we don't have a Busker Collection... yet... so here it is. What every busker needs and wants, an opening act that draws an instant crowd wherever and whenever Fido-Fiki appears. Everyone says "Oh, look at the cute little puppy!" and you know you've got an audience. You've also got a complete show, and Qua-Fiki and Jim will take you through the construction and performance every step of the way.



Bouncing Blocks A Libre
by Jim Gerrish

Based on P.T. Selbit's original "Traveling Blocks", this version of Cube A Libre can be built for three to eight Bass Wood or Balsa blocks which mysteriously change places when covered by the Bass wood tube. The one Qua-Fiki and I built uses six two inch cube blocks ( times 2, so 12 blocks altogether) and the height of the tube is 12.5 inches, which is an easy height to handle and transport. We'll describe a standard routine using six numbered blocks, but you can adapt it for more or fewer blocks. This should be considered a more advanced construction project only because of the precision required in making the blocks, gimmicks and tubes. All sources we used are given in the e-Book, as well as construction tips and techniques we figured out along the way.



by Jim Gerrish

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.



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. 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 well.



Pyramids of Plenty
by Jim Gerrish

If this one looks familiar, you have probably seen it for sale in magic shops (since the 1970s) under the name "Pyramid Production." My version requires two of them- one for you and one for a helper and both can be examined. In addition, I also add capstones to turn the trapezoid bottoms into true pyramids, and productions can be made from the capstones independently of the bottoms. You can print out the parts with your computer onto card stock, or you can make them from thin Basswood or Balsawood, or Cardboard or even Foamboard.

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