The Parker Swan Dollhouse is based on the Jack Gwynne
Spee-Dee Rabbit Production. Both props suffer from a basic flaw-
they are not very deceptive. The three-fold screen is brought out
for each prop and obviously is hiding SOMETHING. Lets see
if we can improve on that concept.
It can be a box, a house, a castle, a cottage, a gingerbread
house, a circus tent, a barn, or even a space ship. You build it
yourself, so you decide. Im making mine a Magic Shop that
will hold all the mysteries I wish to perform as I make them
appear from the miniature shop.
My three-fold screen will be able to double as a table all
during the show. Unlike the screens designed by Gwynne and Swan,
mine will have open grill-work at the top, so you can see
straight through to the back wall behind the table most of
This is one of the larger props and requires three to four
sheets of two-foot by four-foot hardboard to build. Depending on
how fancy you want to decorate your house, it may require other
materials as well. If you were to buy one of these ready-made you
would expect to pay hundreds of dollars and not get something as
beautiful and as detailed as one you can make yourself for $50 or
Buy all 10 articles of Book 2 of Jim
"The Hardboard and Duct tape Magic Show"