The Wizards' Journal #36

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Boxing Day
(Think Inside the Box!)

by Jim Gerrish

Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated the day after Christmas Day in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. For magicians, every day of the year can be a Boxing Day in which large (10.5" x 11") Boxing Day boxes magically appear from nowhere, magically stuffed with all sorts of goodies which can be shared with the audience, or given away as presents. In some cases, the boxes can be given away along with the stuff they contain because they only cost a dollar at Dollar Tree and come in a variety of sizes. Transforming the Dollar Store boxes into magic Boxing Day production boxes is easily done with scissors and flexible fabric glue, and other Dollar Store items for decorations. Can be used to produce live rabbits and doves and most anything that can fit in a box. Bonus: Jim's Pluck-it Bucket from 1957. Light weight and packs flat, too!



Bumbling Bumbershoot

by Jim Gerrish

“The Miraculous Umbrella” was introduced by J.H. Anderson in the early 1840s in London at the Adelphi Theatre. The second, more modern method – often specifically titled the "Mutilated Parasol" – was invented in 1916 by Lewis Davenport and premiered that year in London in Maskelyne's Mysteries.

The days of parasols and sunshades has pretty much gone, and umbrellas are boring, so I’m making this more fun by calling it a “Bumbling Bumbershoot” and making it more entertaining than just “mutilating” it. I’m also making it a less expensive “Do-It-Yourself” version that can be made from today’s inexpensive and collapsible umbrellas found in Dollar Stores everywhere. So get ready for a bumpy and a Bumbling magical ride with a Bumbershoot!



Dominoes Vos Biscuits

by Professor Spellbinder

In 1968, writing under his birth name, Professor Spellbinder published this mental domino prediction in the Fall Oracle Quarterly. Now he has brought it up-to-date and republished it here, along with some additional new domino tricks. You can use regular dominoes from any source, children's dominoes with pictures instead of spots, or giant multi-colored dominoes for stage from sources provided. Basically, a spectator shakes up a set of dominoes (sixes, nines, or more can be used) and eliminates dominoes again and again until only one domino is left, which happens to match the prediction sealed in an envelope at the very beginning. The biscuits? Edible cookie dominoes make the game twice as much fun!

Bonus for 2018: DominoTrix - Using two sets of dominoes, the spectator manages to match each domino turned over by the magician.



Phantom Artist - Returns

by Professor Spellbinder

In 1937, Ted Annemann published Percy Naldrett's "Celebrity Trick" in Jinx Magazine under the name "Phantom Artist." I made use of that effect in OM Billet Box Revisited in our Mini-Mysteries Book 2 of 2009, and also in Force Field published that same year. This e-Book continues the theme of real "clip-away art" and includes methods of "Speed Painting" touched upon in Jim Gerrish's Window Wonderland in The Wizards Journal # 35. If you enjoy fine arts combined with magic arts, you may want to investigate how to merge them for performing both together on stage.



Hearts & Flowers

by Jim Gerrish

Just in time for Valentine's Day, a fold-flat box decorated with Hearts & Flowers but usable any day of the year for you and a helper from the audience to produce heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, real bottles of real wine plus wine glasses, and all kinds of flowers and silks with Valentine's Day messages (or other stuff) written on them. Other themes are easily accomodated. Make it yourself from some 3-ring notebook binders and a plastic tray from the Dollar Store (sources given). Can also be used in combination with Boxing Day (WJ36-01) above, or as a stand-alone production effect with a different modus operandi (that's "method of operation" for muggles) which allows you to "think outside the box".


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