Can you smell what I smell? This olfactory illusion tells
a simple story of the season, during which the audience begins to
smell the scenes described by the magical storyteller. The
storyteller opens a suitcase with the top towards the audience.
The top of the suitcase is covered with black felt, to which the
storyteller can attach colorful felt pieces that help him (or
her) to illustrate the story as shown above.
The storyteller begins a story (entire text of the story is
included) about Christmas trees standing proud and tall on a
snowy hill. The audience begins to smell the pines as the story
teller places green felt trees on a white felt hill. As the story
progresses, the story teller rearranges the felt pieces on the
board, and other scents follow: cinnamon spices, floral scents,
minty smells, lemon scents, chocolate smells, and ends by going
back to the scent of pine. The scrawniest little tree has a song
to sing, and both words and music (in the form of wav files
provided by Fred Goode) are included if you wish to make use of
The most important feature of the article is scent
management, how to produce the scents, how to separate one from
another, and how to fit them into this story as an example, and
also other stories you might wish to use. The only magic involved
is the magic of good story-telling.