PassÚ This, PassÚ That!

by Professor Spellbinder

Before you buy any of these Dollar Store instructions, go to your local Dollar Store (Quid Store in the U.K.) and make sure you can get the ingredients. Not all Dollar Stores are alike and you may have to hunt through several to find just what you need to make these magic props.

The essence of a “PassÚ-PassÚ Trick” can be stated as follows: two objects (of different sizes and shapes if possible) are concealed by two covers (usually tubes). They change places.

When looked at in this light, it opens up a great many possibilities that unfortunately have never seen the light of day. PassÚ-PassÚ Tricks which have been sold commercially include:

PassÚ-PassÚ Bottle and Glass (since at least 1850 – maybe earlier)
PassÚ-PassÚ Fish (U.F. Grant)
PassÚ-PassÚ Soda Can and Glass (1977)
Peanut Butter and Jelly Trick (Timothy Wenk)
Ridiculous Ravioli (Jolly Roger)

This e-book article contains instructions for making and performing:

PassÚ-PassÚ Flower Pot – with a bouquet of flowers ending (requires spring flowers for the finale- not usually found in Dollar Stores!).
PassÚ-PassÚ Water Bottle and Glass – with a multiplying bottle ending.
PassÚ-PassÚ Orange and Lemon – with a watermelon or cantelope finale. Can also be used for Golfball/Baseball, to a large beach ball, football, bowling ball, etc.
PassÚ-PassÚ Salt and Pepper Shakers with a PassÚ-PassÚ coin finale.
PassÚ-PassÚ Barbie and Ken – with costume change surprises.
PassÚ-PassÚ Balls – Super balls PassÚ ending with a cascade of tiny super balls.
PassÚ-PassÚ Balloons – with a bouquet of balloons finale.
PassÚ-PassÚ Magic Wands – with a striped wand finale.
PassÚ-PassÚ Easter Eggs – with an Easter Bunny finale.
PassÚ-PassÚ Silks (in clear tubes) – with Blendo ending.
PassÚ-PassÚ Ink and Water – with (live or toy) goldfish ending.
PassÚ-PassÚ Rabbits – you need twin (live or stuffed toy) rabbits for this one!

The whole point of the article is to get you thinking beyond what IS and start thinking about what is POSSIBLE, PassÚ-PassÚ-wise. Some of the effects use the traditional cylindrical tubes, but other covers shown include paper lunch bags, napkins, newspaper, waste baskets and so on. The article shows you how to make each type of cover from Dollar Store items, or from inexpensive household items.

PassÚ This, PassÚ That! $5.00

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