Magic Nook Magic
the Living Rope
DIY Card Fountain
by Professor Spellbinder
The Snake in the Basket goes back to the
days of Snake Charmers in Egypt, India, and ancient
Mexico, when vipers of all kinds were kept in a basket
and brought forth for the amusement of a crowd.
As a magic trick, The Snake Basket was
introduced and probably invented by Russell Swann circa
1939, using a prop built by Earl Violet. It was then
marketed by Jack Hughes and latter by Abbotts. Since
then, there have been several mechanical versions on the
market, but none as simple and flat packing as the shadow
illusion described by Professor Spellbinder in this final
offering from his "Silent Lecture." The
audience is either terrified of the shadow of the snake
as it slithers up and out of its "basket," or
laughing until the tears leak out of their eyes with the
hilarious nonsense that follows the initial terror.
Almost everything you need to build and produce this
illusion can be found in Dollar Stores or on-line from
sources given in the e-Book.