Houdini Sťance Trunk
by Professor Spellbinder, Jim
Gerrish, Frederick Goode, and Eleazar Goodenough
The entire Magic Nook crew is taking the
blame (or credit) on this one. It started because Phineas
didnt want to write the planned article on Magic Wands for
First Years for the Halloween issue of The
Wizards Journal. He kept putting it off and putting it off.
Its too boring, he insisted.
Finally, Jim Gerrish said, Why
dont we forget the wands for now and invent something brand
That was all the excuse Spellbinder needed.
He suggested a Houdini Sťance effect.
Jim Gerrish said, How about a
Metamorphosis in miniature?
Fred Goode said, Yeah, and
heres how it might work.
Eleazar piped up with, I saw just the
stuff you guys need at the craft store.
And so it became a group project.
Spellbinder did the design work and started writing notes for
this article, Eleazar went shopping at the craft store, Jim
Gerrish set up his outdoor workshop for sawing and drilling, and
Fred Goode took the photos and we all kept tearing the unworkable
ideas apart to get them to work.
A small wooden trunk is shown empty- the
lid is opened and the front hinges down. From the trunk, the
magician removes a Houdini Action Figure (doll), a pair of
handcuffs, a lock, and a length of rope (and anything else you
want to add!). A spectator ties the rope into knots and puts it
into the trunk. Another locks the handcuffs and the padlock
together and puts them into the trunk. The Houdini Doll is
shackled and put into a cloth bag. The trunk is now closed and
locked and chained and tightly held and guarded by a spectator.
Houdini's beautiful assistant, looking
suspiciously like "Barbie" now comes out along with a
miniature hoop and curtain that just covers her. Suddenly the
hoop curtain falls down and Houdini is revealed. The spectator,
who has been holding the trunk all this time, unlocks the trunk,
removes the chains, and opens the trunk to find the rope
unknotted, the handcuffs and lock opened, and inside the bag is
the Barbie Look-Alike Doll wearing the Houdini
Make it yourself from our plans and photos,
a pre-made craft shop trunk and dollar store stuff. Houdini
action figure optional and sold separately.
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