The Wizards' Journal #18

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Mind-Reading Puppets
by Professor Spellbinder

Here is a collection of Mind-Reading Puppet effects which can be performed with one hand tied behind your back, or stuffed inside a puppet... your choice! The fun is in convincing your audience that the puppet is doing the mind-reading, not you, even if the adults should know better. If you are looking for simple comedy mind-reading scripts, this is not for you. We strive to completely amaze the audience, as well as inject comedy into the proceedings.



Force Field
by Professor Spellbinder

Force Field is a special tray for forcing a jumbo to ultra jumbo card from a packet of cards. It can be adapted for regular cards, but there are so many ways of forcing regular sized cards, it is hardly necessary. The effect appears to the audience as follows: You display a packet of 10 to 20 jumbo or ultra jumbo cards, fanning them out to show the cards are different, spread the cards out on the Force Field tray, backs facing up, mix the cards around and allow a spectator to freely choose any one of the face down jumbo cards.

I also include my variation of Percy Naldrett’s Phantom Artist, as a bonus effect, but it can be used any time you need to force a jumbo card. The templates for making jumbo cards with Halloween Monsters are also included, but you can easily adapt the effect for almost any theme.



Stock Pot Magic
by Professor Spellbinder

Let’s face it; the era of Top Hats is over. My candidate for a successor to the Top Hat is the common kitchen Stock Pot, in all its utility and polished glory. It also replaces that suspicious magician’s prop that has been around too long for its own good; the Dove Pan.



Cats and Dogs

This is based on the "Cute Kittens and ?" routine by the late Terry Burgess, but you make it yourself following our instructions, and you are not limited to just Cats and Dogs.

Three kittens are shown sitting on a fence. Scruffy's kennel is shown and opened but it's empty. Where is Scruffy hiding? When he is found the children watch as he chases the kittens, Huff, Puff and Hughie all around. When all the cards are turned around, which of the cards on the fence is Scruffy? Finally all cards are turned to show that the kittens are safe on the fence but Scruffy is back in the kennel chained up so that he cannot chase them any more.



Sub Cube
By Professor Spellbinder and Jim Gerrish

Let me first state that I did NOT invent the Substitution Trunk, nor the Metamorphosis Illusion, nor the original Trunk Escape (J.N. Maskelyne's 1865 Box Trick ) from which all of these (including my Sub Cube) were derived. What I AM guilty of is shrinking the box down to a small 30 inch cube, sticking a hole in the top of the cube through which the top of the bag can be seen at all times, and making other subtle revisions which will be explained in the e-Book.



Black Flash Illusion
by Jim Gerrish

Based on a long forgotten and unused principle from Paul Anton, first published in 1948, this modern illusion is easy to build, easy to operate and astounding to behold. In my routine, a live moth is released into a box filled with light. Suddenly there is a blackout and when the lights immediately come back on, a human being (dressed as a butterfly, if you wish) visibly appears and the box opens up like a cocoon. Moth/Butterfly theme is optional. No Black Art is used, despite the name.



Qua-Fiki's Sneaky Production Box
By Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki

This is a tiny folding silk production box that Qua-Fiki invented to use with his "Bigger" silk production routine. As the kids shout "Bigger" and wiggle their fingers, the silks that Qua-Fiki produces get larger and larger right up to the rousing finale. Two audience helpers examine the empty box and assist with the production of the giant silks. The photo shows the box Qua-Fiki built from foamboard and gaffer's tape in a single afternoon.



The Big Cheese
By Professor Spellbinder

The magician brings out a little cage that contains two live mice, a white mouse and a brown mouse. Both mice disappear from the cage and reappear in a box shaped like a piece of Swiss Cheese (and based on the Hank Box, with a removable base). The children see the mice, but every time the magician looks for them, the mice hide inside the cheese. The cheese is taken apart, and the box and base are shown all around… no mice.
After a great deal of mice coming and going, scampering up the magician's sleeve and around his body (much like my Pom Pom Critters from The Wizards' Journal #13) they finally vanish from the cheese and reappear back in the cage, all safe and sound. Perfectly safe (for both mice and men) to perform with live mice, and/or with realistic puppet mice. Easy construction plans included.



Bye, Bye Bunny!
By Wiz Kid Ee-Gee-Fiki

Wiz Kid Ee-Gee-Fiki (formerly known as Eleazar Goodenough) has been working on an act with his realistic puppet Bunny-Fiki. The rabbit always turns up missing whenever Ee-Gee-Fiki goes looking for him, so Ee-Gee-Fiki uses magic to make him briefly appear for the audience. Then the rabbit goes back to traveling around the world and disappears again.

Easy Hare-Mail Box construction plans included.



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 bonus.



The Stocks of Zanzibar - Revisited
By Jim Gerrish

After taking us through a history of the effect, including excerpts from a 1977 article by John Novak on the flaws of doing an escape strictly for comedy, Jim shows us how he redesigned the stocks to get rid of some of the problematic structures and at the same time managed to restore some of the comedy, without sacrificing the mystery of the escape.

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