A silk handkerchief with a distinctive,
easily remembered design is placed inside the Little Box
and held by helper #1 throughout the show.
Helper #2 receives the Die Box and
removes a large solid wood Die, and shows off the four
doors of the Die Box before the magician makes the usual
attempt to make the Die disappear from the box. All of
the various sucker moves are in the routine and the
audience is sure they have caught the magician in an
impossible situation. However, Helper #2 holds the Die
Box and the magican gets his magic wand and waves it over
the Die Box. Suddenly the Die Box, opened up by Helper
#2, is found to contain that silk handkerchief with the
distinctive, easily remembered design that Helper #1 was
supposed to be guarding. Helper #1 shows that all he has
in his Little Box is the large wooden die which fills the
entire box he has been holding all this time. The e-Book
contains step-by-step construction photos and diagrams
for all parts of this kitchen workshop project.
Jim explores the history of the drawer
box, and then shows you how to make one of his
"new-fangled" ones from Bass wood (preferred).
You can make a traditional Drawer Box, or one of Jim's
Drawer Box variations with all of the latest cranks and
buzzers (bells and whistles?) and even a drawer box that
can be thoroughly examined. Notice that
Jim can completely remove the drawer from its cover and
show both empty at any time. It can even be opened by a
helper from the audience. Again and again, the empty
drawer box can fill up with lollipops or other wrapped
candies, or plastic gold coins and pirate treasure, etc.
The "loot" is poured into buckets for
distribution to the audience, if desired.
Using Howard Westgate's Tray Principle,
you'll create a Clown Bus Box (decoration optional) from
which you produce 12 posable Clown Dolls (production load
optional). Instead of having a paid assistant holding the
tray, it is held by a helper from the audience, who is
none the wiser as to how all those clowns come tumbling
out of the bus one by one, not to mention the additional
farm animals and clown pets.
Build a special version of the old
"Silk Cabby" designed to work with a three-way
Mis-Made Flag. It appears to be a crate from a flag
company, but it only contains three white 9" silk
handkerchiefs. Running them through the holes in the
sides of the "crate" turns them to red, white
and blue silks. Then the red and white silk change to a
mismade flag- red and white, but missing the blue. When
trying to add the blue, the flag appears with blue bars
and a red star field. Finally, a flag pole is pushed
through the crate and attached to it is a regular red,
white and blue Star Spangled Banner. Jim
provides several separate solutions to this old Tom
Sellers' trick (the Silk Cabby) from 1933.
If you are one of the many magicians who
performs either a full scale Flea Circus or just a solo
performance of "the world's strongest flea"
using a "stiff rope," then this trunk may be
just what you need to set your act apart from all the
others. The trunk is empty at the start, but soon you
find Fernando's costume, his pet dog, some of his
posters, his tiny car, his rope, and eventually Fernando
himself shows up ready to perform on the rope. The
"trunk" is just two inches cubed, and every
side of it is a door to a different production item.
Watch Roy Benson perform his original
three sticks routine: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOfzp4Wt-pE
), and I hope youll agree with me that the sticks
should look homemade! They should NOT appear to be
magic store props and certainly should not look as if
they cost hundreds of dollars (in my humble opinion). In
this Kitchen Workshop Project, I'll show you how to make
the sticks I believe Roy Benson was aiming for, but like
many others without woodshop skills, he had to depend on
using commercial Chinese Sticks. The sticks we will show
you how to make are designed specifically for
the Benson routine.
At first I wasn't sure this belonged in
the Kitchen Workshop Wiz-J-27, but it uses no power tools
in making it, and parts of it are made of wood, and we
don't have a Busker Collection... yet... so here it is.
What every busker needs and wants, an opening act that
draws an instant crowd wherever and whenever Fido-Fiki
appears. Everyone says "Oh, look at the cute little
puppy!" and you know you've got an audience. You've
also got a complete show, and Qua-Fiki and Jim will take
you through the construction and performance every step
of the way.
Based on P.T. Selbit's original
"Traveling Blocks", this version of Cube A
Libre can be built for three to eight Bass Wood or
Balsa blocks which mysteriously change places when
covered by the Bass wood tube. The one Qua-Fiki and I
built uses six two inch cube blocks ( times 2, so 12
blocks altogether) and the height of the tube is 12.5
inches, which is an easy height to handle and transport.
We'll describe a standard routine using six numbered
blocks, but you can adapt it for more or fewer blocks.
This should be considered a more advanced construction
project only because of the precision required in making
the blocks, gimmicks and tubes. All sources we used are
given in the e-Book, as well as construction tips and
techniques we figured out along the way.
While the name "Squarcle"
sounds like it might be just another name for a Square
Circle, it is much more than that. It's a whole new way
of making and performing magical productions from a tube
and a box.
Squarcle is much smaller than
the usual Square Circle, so that it seems impossible for
such a large quantity of silk scarves and flowers to be
hidden inside. Squarcle is built before the
audience's eyes so they can see that the tube is just a
can of pineapple slices (or whatever) with the lids cut
off. A carton of Orange Juice is emptied and then cut up
to make the box. Everything is handled by spectators
during the routine. They take an active role in making
objects appear in the tube and box and get to remove
them. They have no idea as to where the objects are
I had planned to include a Hippity Hop
Clown effect in this Wizards Journal #27, but this
is all that and more: it is called Atta-Clown because it
can also perform the Atta-Boy card trick of Jack Hughes,
but with a few new twists and turns; it can serve as a
billiard ball or sponge ball holder; you can perform
"Forgetful Clowney" with it; the mouth can move
and the eyes can move if you can provide the
ventriloquism; it can make chosen cards or other
"lost" objects appear in its hands. Once you
make it and it's yours to play with, I'll bet you think
of a few more useful tricks for it. You may get inspired
to keep coming up with tricks it can perform, and you
have my blessing to let it take over your entire show and
collect your pay checks as well.
If this one looks familiar, you have
probably seen it for sale in magic shops (since the
1970s) under the name "Pyramid Production." My
version requires two of them- one for you and one for a
helper and both can be examined. In addition, I also add
capstones to turn the trapezoid bottoms into true
pyramids, and productions can be made from the capstones
independently of the bottoms. You can print out the parts
with your computer onto card stock, or you can make them
from thin Basswood or Balsawood, or Cardboard or even