By Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki
I went to Toys R Us and saw a great
idea for a magic trick. It was a battery operated toy dog. The
dog was wiggling around and walking, then suddenly it did a back
flip and landed on its feet. The price was right ($10.00) and I
knew it would make a great trick, so I bought some foamboard and
duct tape from the Dollar Store and built this little dog house
to make my new pet appear and disappear. I also worked out an
"invisible dog" routine which I will throw in as a
I show you in photos how to build my dog house
that makes Puppy-Fiki appear in a second, opening up flat to
display him wiggling and barking and ready to perform his
favorite trick... the back flip! That would make a great act all
by itself, but in a magic family like mine, everybody had ideas
to share with me. So now, before the real Puppy-Fiki appears in
the dog house, an invisible Puppy-Fiki shows up and wanders
around the stage. You can even show him to be paper trained, if
you have that kind of sense of humor. Then, just when the
invisible Puppy-Fiki has run out of tricks, he runs into the dog
house and makes himself visible. Finally, you put the dog house
(that he knocked flat) back together and put him back inside to
calm down so the kids can reach in and pet him. The only problem
now is that he seems to have disappeared again! You take the dog
house all apart and there is no sign of him. Wait! He suddenly
reappears barking and wagging his tail in his special carrying
cage, and joining him is his little girl-friend puppy Fifi-Fiki!
The names are optional. You can call them
anything you want and before you order this, you should locate
and buy the toy back-flipping dog(s) so you know it will work for
you. Then all you need is my easy instructions for building all
the props from foamboard and duct tape (or gaffer's tape). This
only takes a razor knife, a metal ruler, and can be constructed
in your kitchen in one evening.
I'll put up a video soon, but if you wait for
the video before starting work, you won't have the trick ready
for your Christmas shows! It's good any time of year, but it's
especially great as something new for the Holidays!
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