by Professor Spellbinder

It was a simple concept from the earliest days of magic. The magician or wizard makes a seemingly endless production of items from an empty hat, a cauldron, a jug, or a horn of plenty. The method was simple. Hide a secret assistant inside the table, and he pushes the items up through a hole in the table into the empty container. You would never get away with that in the modern magic show. Everything has to be made clean and open and potentially examinable by today's standards.


You use a two tiered table, completely open on all sides and bare. There are plans included for making such a table out of PVC pipe, but it could be made of wood or metal as well. On the lower shelf of the table is a Thanksgiving motif tablecloth and a serving cover. Someone from the audience is called up to help you set the Thanksgiving table.

You hand the volunteer helper the serving cover, which establishes its innocence. You remove the tablecloth and have your helper take one corner while you take the other corner and spread it on top of the table.

While you recite a little background history on the Cornucopia legend to the audience (included in the article), you take the empty serving cover and place it on the center of the table.

Lifting the server, you reveal a large platter containing the horn of plenty. At first the cornucopia is empty, but as you play on a magical harvest flute (optional!), fruit begins to tumble out of the cornucopia. Oranges, tangerines, apples and pears are good choices because they have their own skins to protect them. The fruits are collected in small bushel baskets for distribution to the audience. Any time you feel the audience is suspicious of the table, you lift up the front table cloth and let them see that there is nothing beneath it but air. Yet, the fruit keeps tumbling out and filling up the bushel baskets.

Finally, some decorative colorful Indian corn begins to appear, and the wizard lifts up the platter with the horn of plenty and brings it to the front of the stage. Assistants remove the tablecloth first, showing the table to be empty and innocent, then they wheel it off the stage. From the cornucopia, popcorn begins to pop out and the magician holds the horn over a basket to catch as much of the hot popping corn as he can.

Cornucopia $7.00

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