Close Your Mouth!
by Eleazar Goodenough
Eleazar began writing his book, "Tear-Able
Magic" when he was seven years old
and completed it by the ripe old age of eight. His interest in
paper magic began when he learned how to make his own mouth coils
and then went on to invent new ways to use them in productions
from paper hats, for example. We published this first article of
his book in The Wizards' Journal while the final chapters of his
book were being translated (eight-year-old English is almost a
foreign language) and photos were being taken of each of his
Mouth Coil Paper Tear:This is
the standard mouth coil effect. The way it's usually performed is
this: the magician gets a young helper from the audience and
gives him some sheets of white tissue paper to tear up. The
magician also takes some white paper and shows his helper how to
tear the paper into strips. Then he shows his helper how to ball
up the torn papers. Finally, he shows his helper how to shove the
ball of paper in his mouth and produce a long streamer of
colorful tissue papers. Of course, it works for the magician and
all the helper gets is a wet wad of white tissue.
Some magicians, myself included, don't like having the helper
put wads of tissue paper in his mouth, so they perform the trick
using the fist. Either way, the magician can produce colorful
streamers of tissue paper from his fist and the helper can't.
That's the way I do the effect, but I go one step further. I hand
the helper my magic wand after he proves unsuccessful and suggest
he tap the wand on his fist. Then he, too, can produce the
colorful streamers from his fist just like I did.
Eleazar describes how this effect is accomplished and then
goes on to describe the process or making your own coils from
inexpensive tissue paper. This article forms the basis for
Chapter One of his book "Tear-Able
Magic," except that in the book, he elaborates further.
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