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Hank, the Ghost Hank
By Professor Spellbinder

Originally marketed in 1958 as “The Solid Ghost” by Dik Van Brummer, the basic effect was remarketed in the early 1960s as “Glorpy the Gurkulating Ghost” by Madblood Creations (Bill Madden and Bernie Trueblood).

It has also been called “The Solid Ghost” in 1962, Ireland catalog #17; the “Haunted Hank” in 1974, Guaranteed catalog #1; “Spooky the Spirit Silk” in 1974, Tannen catalog #10; “Spooky Silk” in 1977, Kaye; “Hyram the Haunted Hank” by 1997, Alessini in the Linking Ring; and “Sylvester, The Haunted Hanky” in 1999, in Diamond’s Magic flyer.

What I have added to the effect are a variety of new gimmicks for operating my generic Hank, the Ghost Hank, plus a lot of new routines and idea starters to get your ghost out from under the handkerchief and into the spotlight.



The Anti-Mirror Glass
By Professor Spellbinder

“The magician thinks that it (a Mirror Glass) looks empty —nobody else thinks so.”
Louis Nikola as quoted in Hugard's Magic Monthly (November, 1944)

The Mirror Glass was originally used merely to switch one object for another. The problem with the Mirror Glass arises when the magician, who has probably paid a good deal of money for the prop, begins to feature it as a trick in and of itself.

The Anti-Mirror Glass, by my definition, can perform the same effects as a standard Mirror Glass, but without using a mirror.



Seven-Sided Herbal Tea Chest
By Professor Spellbinder

Imagine a cubical Tea Chest that has seven sides, each side opening to hold seven full loads of seven different fragrant tea leaves that can then be dumped into seven empty transparent canisters. You could in theory keep going, but why be greedy? Then, as a finale, a teaming pot of hot fresh brewed tea is removed from the same chest, along with seven or more tea cups. Tea Time!



The Cookie Jar Force
By Professor Spellbinder

Although this is called a “Cookie Jar” force, you don’t need to limit yourself to using it with cookies. You can force plastic Easter Eggs, Lottery Ping Pong Balls, envelopes, billets and other objects. I was reminded of this force, which I published in 1961, by a recent post on The Magic Café Forum by Michael Jackson ( his Forum name is: immr1drfl) asking about a way of forcing a fortune cookie. I immediately thought of my 1961 Cookie Jar Force, which I had never used for forcing an actual cookie, and decided to publish it in this Wizards' Journal.



Routines for a Wooden Egg Cup

by Professor Spellbinder

Everything you ever wanted to know about performing the Ball Vase or any Egg Cup WITHOUT a shell. The Professor starts at the beginning with a discussion of Hoffmann's routines from his 1876 Modern Magic, through Mike Skinner's hybrid 1969 routine which employed a shell but in a most unusual way, to other shelless variations, with mention also of the James Riser/Doug Gorman "Stones of Tutenkamun" which does not use a shell. These latter routines, while mentioned, are not explained. Then the Professor gets down to his own routines, which unlike all the others mentioned, do NOT make use of the performer's pockets and may be performed either standing or sitting.



Blendo Ropes

By Professor Spellbinder By Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, or better yet, pay them money to work for you. I was minding my own business and working on my new Blendo Ropes routine when Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki happened to see it and began offering suggestions. Pretty soon he grabbed the ropes out of my hands and began changing this and that. Then he completely came up with a new idea that changed (and improved) the ending for the routine so he could perform it in a Tee-Shirt. My routine required a jacket. So I graciously decided to let Qua-Fiki take this one over.



Billy Blockhead

By Jim Gerrish By Wiz Kid Marquise

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, or better yet, pay them money to work for you. Like Spellbinder in his Blendo Ropes (above), I was making a new version of a Jimmy King Vanishing Block trick, when Wiz Kid Marquise stepped in and began adding his two cents here and there. Pretty soon his ideas were taking over the effect, so like Spellbinder, I stepped aside and let him do it his way.



The Three Little Pigs
Pocket Packet Version
by Professor Spellbinder

One of my favorite story effects used to be Supreme's (probably Edwin's) Three Little Pigs. It is no longer available, and the Wiz Kids asked my help in restoring the old effect that they had kept under my front porch for the past ten years or so. While I was at it, I designed a new pocket packet version of the effect in Edwin's honor. It's good for hospital bedside shows, or any kind of close-up time with kids.



Signed Sit On It
by Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki

For many years, the Wiz Kids have been performing this great trick exactly the way it was taught to early members of the Wiz Kids who attended one of Karrell Fox’s lectures in 1985. They passed it down to succeeding generations of Wiz Kids, and Wiz Kid Director Fred (Uncle Fred to me!) thought I might like to perform it at a show that I was preparing for. I made some slight changes... like showing the card and signing the card before it disappears from the deck to appear underneath the spectator...



Fairy Box Illusion - Revisited
by Jim Gerrish

This is a true "oldie but goodie." While it is a spectacular production of a fairy character, it can also be refitted with holly and pine for a Christmas Elf production, or with Hawaian Leis or flowers for a variety of other productions. It can be made of plywood, foam board, cardboard, hardboard or PVC Pipes.



Tangerine Box
by Professor Spellbinder

In the 1930s, Thayer produced his first "Baffo Box." It was cleverly gimmicked, but a bit complicated to build. By the 1940's he had improved the "Baffo Box." Now it was just a plain wooden box and easy to build. I have met him half-way. I have produced a cleverly gimmicked box that is fairly easy to build from fine wood or cheap cardboard. It does everything the "Baffo Box" could do, plus a lot more. You can use it to make continuous productions, or to vanish items. You can even perform my "Tangerine Box Routine "with it. What more could you want from such a tiny box?

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