by Professor Spellbinder
The Wizard talks to the children about how Elves use the
chimney of a house to pay surprise visits around Christmas time
to check up on their behavior, and how that Very Special Elf
known as Santa Claus uses the chimney to bring them presents.
The Wizard opens up a collapsible hamper (Dollar Store) to
represent a chimney, reaches into it and begins a production of a
PVC Pipe Candy cane "hat rack prop", a spiral evergreen
garland hanging Christmas Tree, a sparkly silver garland to
decorate the tree, an evergreen wreath, a big red bow for the
wreath, springs of holly, a "Santa hat," and other
things that you find appropriate that will fit in the load. The
PVC pipe Candy cane "hat rack prop" is the key to
holding all of this stuff so it can be displayed. The final load
is a large mesh-front Christmas Stocking, similar in appearance
to those sold in candy stores before Christmas (they are usually
pre-filled with a variety of candies and small toys). However,
the stocking that the Wizard produces is empty.
How to make all this stuff is described in the article.
The hamper bag production is something new I have added this
year (2005). Previously, all I did was the Christmas Stocking
effect, which I now describe.
Pointing out that there is nothing in my mesh Christmas
stocking, I then snap my fingers and a gold Christmas ornament
appears in the stocking. I hang the Santa Hat inside the hamper
(formerly I used to hang it on my table top), upside down, and
drop the gold ornament into it. Another gold ornament appears
inside the stocking, which I pretend not to see, until the
children point it out to me. I keep removing these ornaments as
they magically appear and place them into the hat. Finally,
ornaments stop appearing in the stocking, and I remove a chain of
gold ornaments from the hat, which I then drape around the spiral
Now I take the stocking and hold it up so all can see.
Suddenly, it fills up with candy and small toys, just like the
mesh stockings in the stores. I reach down into the stocking and
remove a lollipop which I will use later in another effect... but
that's for another article. The stocking is then hung up on my
Candy cane "hat rack prop" for display and this effect
Note: An addendum dated 10/21/10 has
been added to this e-Book to document Wiz Kid Wilhemina's latest
invention: the "Mesh Bag Magnetic Fake Out," which is
listed in her brief biography of magical inventions. The addendum included as a bonus.
all 11 articles of this issue (#7) of the Wizards'
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