If a magician is going to
burst a balloon and find a live dove inside, the first preference
for method is a simple dove production using a dove concealed up
the sleeve or a dove on a harness concealed in a jacket dove
The magician would blow
up a balloon, then using a pin or tack on a thumb band or thumb
tip, would burst the balloon directly in front of him while
shooting the un-harnessed dove out of his sleeve at the spot
where the balloon was, or by pulling the harnessed dove out of
the jacket dove pocket into the hands that were holding the
balloon before it burst. Thats magic!
However, this simple and
direct method is not always possible, and for special occasions
and for special reasons, the magician may need a dove tray or
table to do the job. The tray is only useful if you have an
assistant who can carry it on and operate it. The
thin tray can be shown on both sides after the balloon bursts and
the dove appears. Turning the tray into a table makes it possible
to perform the effect without an assistant.
This version of Dove Tray/Table does NOT use the
Brunel White flip-flap exchange device and so is not meant for
transforming gloves to doves, but is based on the VERY thin tray
method proposed by Ian Adair in 1963. It is practical and easy to
construct from inexpensive materials.
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