The Hardboard and Duct Tape Magic Show

Book Two

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Genii Tube Revisited- The Genii Tube principle is similar to a Phantom Tube, except that the cylindrical tube is split in half and can be opened like a book. This lends itself to being transformed from a cylindar to a rectangular tube that can be made from strips of hardboard. The fabric or prism paper covering also works well to decorate this prop. An effect is given for use with the tube; an ungimmicked 20th Century Silks. The tube does it all. It produces the three individual silks for starters; vanishes the main silk; reproduces the three silks tied together.


Magic House of Mystery - 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. Let’s see if we can improve on that concept.


Visible Vanish- I originally published this in Genii Magazine back in 1960 under the name Victor the Magician, and now have revisited it and rediscovered that it can be made into a lean trim vanish for a dove or bunny in a size that makes it look truly impossible. 3 Variations given.


Cow and Milk Trick Revisited - The original by U.F. Grant (1955) was one of his less popular ideas and is no longer on the market. But the concept was sound and the idea was cute, and if you build it yourself, you can make it successful by producing a real glass of real milk and some cookies to go with it! The X-Treme version has the cow popping right out of the photograph, along with a little red barn and a bale of hay.


Tear-Apart and Take Apart Dove Vanishes

Four different versions Dove Vanish Boxes; two versions of the Tear-Apart Dove Vanish, one of which can be handed to (or hung on) a spectator as each piece is torn open, and two Take Apart vanishes which can both be handed to a spectator to hold as the pieces are removed.


Double Door Dove to Rabbit Box

This is the most animal friendly production/ transformation that I know. I built this primarily because I once worked with a very timid rabbit. This particular production box doesn’t require that the rabbit be confined in a bag, or carried about too much. You don’t even have to lift the cage out of the box at the end, but can simply build a side door in both box and cage to release the rabbit if desired. If changing a dove (or doves) to a rabbit, the doves are also gently handled by the apparatus so wings and beaks don’t get caught in the process. Both the cage and the double-door box can then be used to contain the animals backstage until the end of the show. Combines hardboard with plywood for construction.


Upchurch's Double Vanishing Glasses

Your assistant brings forward a tray made of 1/8 inch thick hardboard with simple decorative edging. On the tray are two (or more) glass tumblers (made of real glass, or plastic). You can pick up the tumblers and show the tray on both sides if you wish. Then, each tumbler is picked up and filled with any liquid you wish. You take a sheet of newspaper and cover the glasses for a moment, then lift the glasses up beneath the newspaper and walk forward towards the audience. Suddenly you crush the newspaper and show that the glasses and liquid have vanished. If you wish, you can produce something else from the newspaper, like doves, or bouquets of Spellbinder's realistic spring flowers.


Balloon to Dove Tray/Table

This 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. This "do-it-yourself" version by Jim Gerrish is practical and easy to construct from inexpensive materials. 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 without an assistant.


Backstage Whatever Vanish

Backstage with the Magician Illusions have been around since at least 1919, when British comedian George Robey premiered the idea as a skit in his London review called “Round in Fifty.” About 1950, Jack Hughes invented his Sucker Beaker Vanish. Shortly afterwards (c.1960), Aldini, working on the Jack Hughes idea of the tray with a drape, came up with his Backstage, vanishing of a jumbo playing card concealed between two plaques. Jim Gerrish takes it from there, showing how to make the usual flat panel backstage vanish, and then adapts it to three dimensional vanishes including lots of rubber duckies (Where do the Duckies go?), a Toy Plastic Elephant vanish, and finally several versions of live Rabbit Vanishes with a Backstage theme.


Pass-Through Tube Effects

The concept of the “Pass-Through Tube” is very old, going back to the Organ Pipes and perhaps further back in time than that. The first mention in print of the Organ Pipes is from Professor Hoffman in Later Magic (1904). This e-Book explores four new uses of the principle as used by Percy Abbott, Edwin Hooper, Ken Savage, Ian Adair, and as adapted by me for new portability and reduced weight when made from hardboard and duct tape.

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