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Topic: U.F. Grant Egg Bag
Message: Posted by: Gerry Walkowski (Oct 4, 2010 03:58AM)
In the latest issue of MAGIC Magazine Mark Wilson mentioned that he used the U.F. Grant Egg Bag.

Can anyone shed any light on this?


Message: Posted by: Dick Christian (Oct 4, 2010 09:32AM)
Not sure what your asking for. Are you questioning Mark's statement? Asking what an egg bag is or how it is used? Wondering about the difference between the U.F. Grant egg bag vs. other styles/variations? Something else?

Please clarify so someone can answer your question.
Message: Posted by: Gerry Walkowski (Oct 5, 2010 03:32AM)
Mr. Christian,

Sorry for the confusion.

Basically I'd just like to know a little bit more about this egg bag and what makes it different than a regular egg bag.


Message: Posted by: Dick Christian (Oct 5, 2010 05:51AM)

Thanks for the clarification. I have several egg bags, each of which differs from the others. Some of the variations are so minor as to be almost insignificant, others more substantial. They can range from differences in the fabric used (which can make both big and little differences in use) to the location of the hole or slit, which works best with a heavy (typically wooden) egg, which with a light (e.g., blown) egg, etc., etc. I'll have to do a little digging in order to determine which bag is the Grant in order to address exactly how it differs from the others but, as I recall, the Grant model is pretty much your "basic" egg bag.

It may take me a day or so, but I'll get back to you.

Message: Posted by: Gerry Walkowski (Oct 5, 2010 06:44PM)
Thanks Mr. Christian,

Apparently you're the only one that might have the answer to this one.


Message: Posted by: Dick Christian (Oct 8, 2010 03:38PM)

I've checked my files and, although I have about a dozen different egg bag and have the instructions that accompanied some of them, I can't find any directions that are specific to the U.F. Grant egg bag. Nevertheless, as I recall, it was one of the most "basic" styles. Made out of either plain felt or wool fabric (may or may not have been plaid). I think it that the flap that holds/hides the egg covers the width of the bag (inside) of course, but only extends about half-way down the depth of the bag and is sewn to the bag only half-way across, thus forming a pocket in which the egg is hidden, but still leaving half of the flap open so the egg and be easily inserted or release.

The primary differences between the various bags are the fabric used, the size of the pocket that holds/hides the egg (i.e., does it cover one side of the bag completely or only partially), whether one side of the bag is made of netting permitting the egg to "visibly" appear, the location of the hole through which the egg is inserted/dispensed is positioned diagonally in one corner of the bag (as in the Malini style), whether it is in the form of a slit that is disguised by the plaid fabric the bag is made of, etc., etc. The fabric used will often dictate the weight of egg that must be used. The location of the pocket and the exit/entrance for the egg will usually dictate how the bag is held, whether or not it can be shown inside and out or not, etc.

No matter how the bag is designed or constructed, they all work essentially the same way.

Don't know whether this tells you what you want to know or not, but I'm afraid it's the best I can do for now.

Bill Palmer, who reads this forum, may be able to shed more light on the subject.
Message: Posted by: Gerry Walkowski (Oct 11, 2010 05:49PM)
Mr. Christian,

Thanks for this.

Message: Posted by: Lawrence O (Dec 6, 2010 08:28AM)
So you wish to know about this incredible trick?
Here is where you can search

Egg Bag Biblio/videography

Abbott, Percy. Routined ManipulationVol No 2 by Lewis Ganson p 86 Egg Bag, Bag Egg A full routine.

Albini, Herbert A. 1891 reduced the socalled Bamberg Egg Bag to the size of his spread-fingered hand to permit one-handed turning of the bag inside out. Subsequently this has been the standard size.

Alan, Don. Comedy Egg Can. Don Alan’s effect can generate a great egg bag routine if at the some point during the egg bag routine, as the spectators holds the egg, the bag vanishes (Jack Miller hold out). Then the can is placed on the spectator’s head and the egg is broken (eggs are exchanged as the can is taken and placed on the spectator’s head) in the can placed over the spectator’s head. The instructions are placed over the can, and the can and instructions are turned upside down and replaced over the spectator’s head. Then the performer does the comedy bit of sliding the instructions from under the can. Now it is possible to perform UMSI: The Egg from Mouth with the production gimmick enabling to have eggs produced from your mouth or from your assistant mouth. Finally the can is removed revealing a glass with the bag in it. Finally from this bag checked empty is produced the restored broken egg.

Anonymous. Tours d’escamotage (Ca 1815-1830) p 62: Le sac aux oeufs Egg bag with nice patter ingredients

Abdul's Fez. Nielsen’s fez has always been a logical and popular egg bag gimmick. It lends itself to comedy, interesting patter and is more visual than the normal egg bag. They have revamped their fez and it has a bright new look. It is made of quality red felt with an antique gold tassel. An internal stiffening material has been added so it holds its shape.
Abdul's fez is a great 2 - 4 minutes of colorful and surprising magic. Included are the fez, a wooden egg, and the basic Nielsen Routine. Also included, are Wilfred Tyler's and Eric Lewis' routine with an ostrich end kicker!

Anonymous. Chameleon Bag Nielsen Magic. A bag seemingly changes in color as the magician shows it inside out 7 times. This bag is made of quality, durable material. It is always turned inside out from the same opening. Also the grosgrain edging not only makes the bag more durable, but also adds to the mystery of the effect. The bottom of the bag is seamless to also add to the mystery. The magician has complete control of which color will appear. The bag seems too flat to allow for so many colors. Nielsen’s bags are large enough to allow for productions, etc., but small enough to be folded and kept in the pocket. They measure: 11.5" x 12" and are perfect comedy pieces within the frame of Jim Gerrish‘s Ungimmicked Egg Bag Routine.

Ayling, Will: Knowing the Egg Bag Supreme "Know-How" Series 1988 Supreme Magic Co.
Paper, stapled, 34 pages. p 5 The Hen & Egg Bag: a description of an egg bag trick from the 1700's with Old plates (photos) from the 1727 "Hocus Pocus or the Whole Art of Legerdemain" by H. Dean; p 7 The Egg Bag: a discussion on the egg bag with references, methods of construction, and how to make one; p 9 The Story and In Performance: A routine utilizing a Malini Style bag, blown egg, and two special handkerchiefs. Climaxes in production of a glass of liquid with ideas for other potential endings; p 18 Malini and His Egg Bag Routine: a description of the bag with a routine explained; p 21 Ken Brooke's Egg Bag Routine: Utilizes a zippered Egg Bag; p 24 The Illusive Egg in a Hat Bag: A routine for the Fez Hat Egg Bag (like Nielsen Magic's Abdul's Fez); 30 The Bamberg Egg Bag: references Tarbell Vol 5; climaxes in the production of a live bird! p 32 The Dante Egg Bag Presentation: A stage presentation using a unique netted bottom bag, a megaphone, and more; 34 Will Goldston's New Egg Production Bag: a brief description and drawing of an egg bag to produce 5 or so eggs

Bagshawe, Edward: Proudlock’s egg bag. Proudlock’s Egg Bag and Four Ace Presentations London: Bobby & Co. Ltd., 1936.

Bauer, Ron: Siamese goose egg bag #15 of the Ron Bauer Private Studies Series you can give the impression to your audiences that the props you use, at least for one trick, are worth something! This witty presentation and baffling handling of the Miller-Malini Egg Bag is loaded with laughs, surprises, and mystery! Many drawing to help you through all the moves. Great bits of 'business' included. Guaranteed to make you rush to pull your Egg Bag out of the closet and use it.

Behnke, Leo: Magic City Library of Magic Volume 13: Egg Bag “Beginning in Magic”. 1991 Magic City, 28 pages. p 6 Variety of Bags: Construction, Parisian Handbag, Arnold De Bière, Max Malini, etc. p 9 Vanishing Moves: Flattening, Twisting, Folding; p 12 Chapter 2: Standard Routine by Don Lawton. Uses two eggs and a Devil's handkerchief. The bag is shown empty and an egg is magically produced. The egg is vanished in the bag, using the armpit gag. Arm is raised to show no egg, which is back in the bag. Fake explanation is provided: egg is vanished and is found in performer's sock. Spectator drops egg in Devil's Handkerchief, where it vanishes and reappears in the bag; 18 Chapter 3: Other Ideas: short ideas; Golf Green: golf ball and green bag; Summer Snowball (white ball and hat); Spare Time (watch), Money Time (gold egg and money bag); p 21 Egg Farm: multiple strange egg production as performed by Mark Wilson on Magic Land of Allakazam; p 22 No Pocket Bags: use gimmicked ball; p 23 American Version: Collins Pentz pocketless routine with a Ho Egg; p 26 Chapter Four: Other Tricks: ideas on using other props to specialize your trick

Benson, Roy. Classic Secrets of Magic By Bruce Elliot Chapter 7 p 82; Classic routine, twisting the bag, stomping the bag, and other ideas

Berland, Sam: Berland’s Tricks and Routines, Sam Berland's Tipsy Bag, his Watch Egg Bag, and his Egg Bag with Chicken finale. & The Magic Of Sam Berland 1970

Bertram, Ross: Magic and Methods. p 109 includes the Egg Bag: Tarbell Style. A wooden egg vanishes in bag, then reappears. Egg vanishes on outside of the bag and reappears. The egg is placed in the pocket, then removed and put in the bag, where it turns into a lemon & The Collected Almanac by Richard Kaufmann, p 272: Sterling and Malini Egg Bag (Ross Bertram)

Biro, Pete: Eggs, Bags & Gags. Pete’s booklet contains a lot of bits, moves, gags and a few complete routines, including vaudevillian Judson Cole’s one and the actual routine devised by Senor Mardo for the popular Mardo Egg Bag, which was taught to Pete by Mardo himself in the 1950s when Pete worked at his magic shop.

Blake, George: George Blake’s No Egg – No Bag: 1954 by George Blake, The performer repeatedly takes an egg out of a shown-empty bag and places same into his pocket. The hand is repeatedly shown empty throughout, until the audience has seen four eggs transferred from the bag to the pocket. The procedure is reversed and repeatedly the hands are seen empty after these transferences. Yet for a knock out climax, the performer not only proves that there are no eggs at all but calmly sets about proving that there isn’t even a bag

Blake, Robert. In a forum, Robert came with the superb idea of a washing hand and a piece of soap, as replacement for the bag and the egg. What a great idea to make the props up to date… and it opens lots of gags with the slippery aspect of the soap. Naturally the fragility of the egg can no longer be a part of the routine, but a play can be created by having a plastic soap box where the soap vanishes and reappears (shell). Then the fragility of the box can replace the one of the egg and the soap can have a problem appearing at the same time as the box. In a discussion with Aunt Hattie where she came with the idea to use a well's fargo style bankbag, Robert also came with the natural idea of using a gold nuggets the size of an egg (would work with a fake ingot which most people never had a chance to put their fingers on).

Brooke, Ken: Ken Brooke & Friends and the Malini Egg Bag 1974 Magic Inc. 21 pages. p 2 Foreword: History and motivation for the Ken Brooke version; p 4 Sid Lorraine illustrations on handling the bag; p 5 The handling of the loaded bag (setup); p 6 Illustrations; p 8 The Bag is Shown; p 9 Illustrations; p 10 Spectator reaches inside and pulls bag inside out (empty); p 11 Illustrations; p 12 Egg produced from bag and vanished; p 13 Illustrations; p 14 Bag turned inside out; p 15 Illustrations; p 17 The Routine I have Found to be Successful with Al Koran patter; p 19 Ending Comments & Ken Brooke The Unique Years. Supreme Magic, 1980. A great book on Ken Brooke‘s magic that includes the Egg Bag & Ken Brook's Magic Place. 1995 by Anthony Brahams (Editor): L&L Publishing. A great tribute to Ken Brook, full of Ken's original instruction sheets for many props; p 197 to 223 offer a reprint of the Ken Brooke & Friends and the Malini Egg Bag with all the diagrams.

Buckingham, Geoffrey: It’s easier than you think (H. Clark & Co) a nice technique to steal extra eggs for a multi eggs routine can be borrowed from his ball loading technique & The Magic and Manipulation of Geoffrey Buckingham A Double-Length DVD: a real course in how to load from the body: some of it can be used in close up.

Busby, Jeff: Routines and Handling for the Sterling Egg Bag, with Chuck Smith's Routine (see under Chuck Smith) & Epoptica 1982 by Lynn Busby (12 issues plus Epoptica Yearbook: 1982-1989) p 53 The Malini Egg Bag (Charlie Miller); p 54 The Sterling Egg Bag (Jeff Busby)

Carney, John: Up Close & Far Away VHS. Includes his Egg Bag. His vanish of the egg is extremely effective and he actually hands the bag to a spectator with the egg inside. It has to be seen to be fully appreciated.

Cellini, Jim: Magic That Can be Performed Anywhere DVD. Includes Joe Karson's Chinese Egg Bag

Chanin, Jack: Chanin, the Man With the Magic Hands. 1978 by David Haversat, Press Company; the life story of Jack Chanin, and reprints of his magic pamphlets with his notes on the Mesh Egg Bag that he invented.

Christopher, Milbourne: M-U-M July 1991, p 29 Tracing the Egg Bag

Colucci, Donato: Encyclopedia of Egg Magic. Covers Natural Eggs, Imitation Eggs, Fakes & Gimmicks, Productions, Vanishes, Balancing Feats, The Egg Bag, Transpositions, Animations, Transformations, Miscellaneous Effects and Routines. 319 large pages containing more than 270 tricks and routines gathered from hundreds of sources.

Daniels, Paul: Egg bag performance on the BBC

Darbyshire, Lydia: The Magic Book. Her large format nice introductory magic book covers the egg bag.

De Biere, Arnold. Tricks of the masters by Will Goldston p 105-108 with nine very clear drawings on De Biere’s technique but no indication as to the routine. Just one or two showmanship indications (keeping the opening open round…) & Modern Magic Manual by Jean Hugard, Faber and Faber 1957 p 166 The egg bag: the full De Biere routine. This is the routine which started it all. It brought fame to De Bière and was then performed by David Devant, Max Malini, and most of the modern masters such as Johnny Thompson (with an original patter) Percy Abbott, Dan Tong, Deenny Haney, Bob White, Ron Wilson, etc.

De Camps, Eric: Don’t know the routine but it is referred to by a member of the Magic Café

DeLawrence Geo: Some Card Effects and Magical Talks ©1919 1st edition, F. G. Thayer, Los Angeles, 45 pages Available as an e-Book from Lybrary.com: p 28 The Egg Bag

DeSouza, Marc: Master Works of Conjuring, Volume 4. Fully routined and scripted presentations right out of Marc's performing repertoire and used to entertain lay audiences all over the world.Volume 4 is The History of Magic Through Performance, and includes full explanations concerning The Egg Bag.

Dial, Jeff: Egg Bag Lecture Notes: the most thorough but also the clearer account on the differences on making egg bags (pocket position, sewing). http://magicref.tripod.com/magref/arteggbag.htm

Dobson, Wayne: Dobson's Choice - TV Stuff #2 DVD. Another compilation of TV clips from Wayne's hit TV series 'A Kind of Magic'. Includes his take on the Egg Bag

Dragon egg bag

Edmundson, Gerald. The Ostrich Factor. A practice Guide for Magicians. ©2004 Gerald Edmundson Denton Texas. 83 pages. The Egg bag is used as a running thread for illustrating how to manage movements, build a patter and advocating for the consistency of movements within an egg bag routine.

Elliott, Bruce: Classic Secrets of Magic. ©1953, llustrated by Stanley Jaks, Harper & Row - Galahad Books. p 82 Chapter 7: The Egg Bag, Well Done. Basic routine, twisting the bag, stomping the bag, and other ideas.

Fawkes, Isaac (c1675 - 1731)
Fawkes was an early English magician, Fawkes was known to be the one to who stopped performing in the open and to have shown the Egg Bag trick in a tent where people had to pay to get into. Apart from being the first recorded magician to perform the card on the ceiling (others were performing in open air), he also built and demonstrated mechanical automations, e.g. a clock, which imitated numerous music instruments and bird voices.

Fedko, John: School of Magic Video 1, Chinese Egg Bag. Very good technique but the entertainment value of John’s performance can be discussed.

Flosso, Al. The Egg Bag. Al had a woman from the back of the audience come up to inspect the bag. He would send her back to her seat and then do a phase of the routine. He then would have the woman come up again to inspect the bag, then send her back to her seat, do a phase, and then bring her up again. The runner of having the woman make the trek from the back of the house up each time became funnier and funnier each time. Al would keep up a running commentary. The last time she would get halfway up and he would tell her to just forget it and go back to her seat. He would throw the bag down on his table in disgust. It would land behind some other props. He would then pick up a second bag loaded with a glass of lemonade. The climax would be offered with the production of this drink.

Forth, Robert F.: 1948 Ireland Yearbook © 1948 by L. L. Ireland, Ireland Magic Co, Chicago, p 8 The Golf ball egg ball

Ganson, Lewis. Routined manipulations Vol II. p 86 Egg Bag (adapted from Percy Abbott routine): This egg bag routine uses a Japanese silk egg bag and the necessary blown egg. An egg is produced and vanished, and a bag is produced. The bag is run through a small ring, yet an egg is pulled from the bag. The egg vanishes and reappears, then finally vanishes, and then the bag vanishes. The routine ends up with the Egg on Fan effect. & The Art of Close Up Magic Vol 2. 1996 L&L Pub, The chapter on the Egg Bag provides construction information on the bag, moves, and a full routine with a suggestion for producing multiple eggs from the bag.

Geer, Brian: Heavy Hitters DVD 2003; Brian Geer performs and teaches the routines that he performs professionally including the Egg Bag.

Gerrish, Jim: The Ungimmicked Egg Bag Routine. All the directions for doing the Egg Bag with an ungimmicked bag are here! Also, includes the "endless" production of real eggs; a Chef Hat & Apron paper tear from Wiz Kid Eleazar Goodenough; the gooey-mess-on-the-kid's head that-turns-into-a-bouquet of spring-flowers; and two magic oven props to build (one to produce a six foot high inflatable birthday cake, and a smaller table-top version to produces a real birthday cake complete with instant self-lighting candles on top). e-book from http://www.magicnook.com/kidmagic/kidshow.htm#Ungimmicked%20Egg

Gilbert, Blair. Hugard’s Magic Monthly Vol XVIII N° 12 p 137. Blair Gilbert’s Egg Bag Secret by Fred Braue. Blair Gilbert innovation was to stuff the bag into the secret pocket formed by the flap and the adjacent outer thickness of the bag, as the bag is seemingly turned inside out.

Ginn, David: Live Kidbiz (with book). Live performance video and book. Includes Red Plaid Egg Bag.

Goldston, Will The Magician Annual 1910-1911 p 63 with a live chicken finish in a plastic or metallic shell. The way the eggs are hidden under the vest is better illustrated in The Magician Annual than in the Linking Ring Linking Ring Vol 2 No 5 p 8 The WG Egg Bag. Effect: The conjurer shows a large cloth bag and hands it to someone in the front of his audience for examination. On receiving it back, the conjurer casually turns it inside out and thus convinces everyone in the audience that there is no secret or trick about the bag. Then, holding up his right hand to convince everyone that he has nothing hidden in the hand, the conjurer slowly places it in the bag and produces an egg. He repeats the operation until six eggs have been produced. The eggs are not collapsible. In fact, they may be the genuine article if the conjurer wishes. How it is done: The trick is only possible when the conjurer is wearing evening clothes, but as most performances are given in the evening, this is no drawback to a very fine trick. There is no trick about the bag. The front of the conjurer’s waistcoat is false – that is to say, an extra front, extending to the side seams, is placed over the waistcoat proper. The extra front is held in place by two fine plastic bands passed around the body, one at the top and the other at the bottom of the false front. The bands can be fastened at the back of the performer. The front of the false waistcoat exactly resembles the front of the real waistcoat – that is to say, dummy pockets are visible and there is a small neat watch-chain attached to these false pockets. On receiving the bag back from the audience, the conjurer holds it in front of him with the first fingers and thumbs behind the bag and the second fingers in front of it. Now in turning the bag inside out, the conjurer can easily get his first finger and thumb into the watch-chain and so drag the false front away. The bag itself hides this operation. The other side of the false front is loaded with six or eight eggs, each in a separate pocket. The pockets are kept closed with bands of elastic. Thus, in turning the bag inside out, the conjurer gets the false front into the bag and all he has to do is to remove the eggs one at a time. The audience, having examined the bag in the first place, has no desire to examine it again at the end of the trick, and so the false front can be left inside the bag. Patter: For my next experiment, I use this bag, but please don’t be alarmed. I am not going to ask you to put anything into the bag. I merely want you to have a look at it and see that there is nothing inside it. Of course, if there were anything inside it, I would not allow you to examine it. You are quite satisfied Sir? If you will kindly let me have the bag back again I will go on with the trick. You will notice that the inside of the bag is of the same size as the outside. I will show you. In the same way, the outside is just the same as the inside. Tucked away in a little corner here we have an egg. I find that this is the cheapest way to get eggs. There is nothing cheap or nasty about this egg. Here is another just like it. “Birds of a feather flock together”. There is nothing feathery about these eggs, but there is another – another – and another – and more for luck. I will show you how this trick is done. You get a bag and you do just what I have done – and then you get eggs for “nothing”.

Grant U. F. Grant's Comedy Egg bag turns into a chicken

Ginn, David: Live Kidbiz (with book). Live performance video and book including the Red Plaid Egg Bag

Greenberg, Ace: Jack Miller's Hold Out Miracles DVD. Meir Yedid Magic. Alan Greenberg teaches his rendition of several of Jack Miller's routines involving his famous Hold Out. It includes The Jack Miller Egg Bag Routine

Haney, Denny: Denny and Lee Performance Video. Live performance at the Wells Theater in Norfolk, Virginia during the mid-nineties. Features performance only including the Malini Egg Bag.

Harlan, Dan: Pack Small, Play Big - The All Purpose Show DVD. Includes Tee Bag (egg bag - production routine)

Hay, Henry: Learn Magic. 1947 p 103 – 117: Lesson 8 Good introductory information on the egg bag. Includes two "standard" routines and an egg production routine. & Amateur Magician's Handbook. 1950 p 267 includes a brief introduction to the Egg Bag, its construction, and basic routine.

Hobson, Jeff. The Hobson Egg bag & Jeff Hobson Live! A-1 Multimedia. Performance only of his Egg Bag routine. Jeff has produced a nice variation on the Malini egg bag, the lining being a different color to the outside of the bag is a nice touch and the shorter cut to the bag looks good too, but the gags are very linked to the gay aspect of his character, which may not suit every performer and require a good acting talent.

Hilliar, William J.: Modern Magician’s Handbbook an up-to-date treatise on the art of conjuring ©1902 Frederick J. Drake & Co, Chicago; p 277 The Famous Egg and Bag Trick

Anonymous. Hocus Pocus Junior The Anatomie of legerdemain. OR, The art of juggling set forth in his proper colours, fully, plainly, and exactly, so that an ignorant person may thereby learn the full perfection of the same, after a little practise, 2nd edition 1635 London, T.Harper for R.Mab

Hoffman, Professor [Angelo Lewis] Modern Magic ©1876 1st edition, Routledge; p 317 Chapter XVI Miscellaneous Tricks: p 326 The Egg Bag; p 329 To Produce Eggs from a Person's Mouth & Later Magic ©1904 Dutton & Co; p 390 Chapter X. Tricks With Eggs: The Celluloid Egg; p 391 The Self-Balancing Egg; p 392 The Egg-cup, for Vanishing an Egg; p 394 An Improved Egg-Holder; p 396 The Magical Production of Eggs; p 399 Production of Eggs from the Mouth; p 401 Bellachini's Method; p 403 A Smashed Egg Vanished from a Handkerchief; p 405 The Diminishing Egg; p 405 To Vanish an Egg from the Hand; p 407 A Special Egg Vanisher; p 409 The Wandering Eggs; p 412 Another Method; p 417 New Egg and Tumbler Trick; p 418 An Illustration of Free-Trade Principles; p 425 Eggs from Nowhere, and Back Again; p 426 An Egg-Laying Hat; p 429 A Novel Egg-Bag Trick; p 432 The Ribbon-Producing Egg; p 434 The Bewitched Orange

Holmes, Donald The Magic Art. ©1920 by the author p 123 Christopher’s Egg And Bag Trick
It is with a feeling of genuine pleasure that I here present to the reader the original patter and method employed by my good friend Christopher in his inimitable presentation of the Egg and Bag Trick. Every magician who knows Christopher (and his friends are legion) knows that in his hands this conjuring classic is nothing short of a masterpiece. His description constitutes a real lesson in conjuring a lesson which even the "old timer" may peruse to his advantage. And so 'I say, if you have never seen Christopher do the Egg Bag, you have missed a real treat. He can set the patter, the misdirection, down with his pen, but the personality, the magic spell woven by the originator, cannot be duplicated. The description follows in Christopher's own words.
The Egg and Bag Trick as I Did It
No doubt most of my readers are familiar with the impressive method of presenting the egg and bag trick. Its only drawback in playing theaters where there are balconies and galleries is the fact that the upper floors can not see what you are doing when you are in the aisles, thus losing some of the effect of the trick. To overcome this, have two boys' come upon the stage; I prefer men when I can get them. If necessary, have the boys "planted," but do not rehearse them in anything that they are to do, or they will try to "act" and thus overdo it. There are several ways of making the bag. My favorite is the one with one side double, and the opening in the lower right hand corner in the seam. Provide yourself with a "Demon Handkerchief," a fan, a wand, and several blown eggs. The egg to drop on floor should be thoroughly dried out.
Presentation : "In my next trick I would like to have the assistance of two boys upon the stage" - Then if slow in coming, "any boy from ten to sixty will do." When you get the boys on stage, place one on your right and one on your left. "The reason I invite the boys on the stage is to enable me to perform the trick where everyone can see what is transpiring. I will direct attention to a small bag,-perfectly empty, inside and out." Turn bag inside out. The egg is in the double side. "The best way to prove the bag empty is to have someone examine it." Have boys hold your arms and while doing so you again turn bag inside out, and have one of the boys feel in the bag to see that it is empty, holding the egg in upper corner of bag during the examination. Close bag, holding it shut with the index finger; then say to boy on your left: "I wish you would place the chair, the gilded one, near to the footlights." The boy looks for chair, but sees nothing but an old dilapidated one. You say, "That's it." While the boy is moving the chair, "Look out! Be careful how you handle antique furniture." Lay bag on chair. "I also use an egg in this eggsperiment. What I use is the blown egg, or egg shell. I blow the contents so in case of accidentally dropping one, there will be no disagreeable features connected with the trick." Say to the boy on left, "I believe that you are a good judge of henfruit. Will you examine the egg and see if it is a real egg, or egg shell, as I explained?" Hand egg to the boy, and at the same time turn up stage to get your fan and demon handkerchief. "Have you examined the egg sufficiently? Then I'll relieve you of it." Reach for the egg, and as the boy goes to hand it to you give it a pinch, which will cause it to fall to the floor and break. This is where you use the dried egg shell. Pause -look at egg-look at boy, at the same time moving your lips as if saying, "Look what you have done! You have spoiled the trick! You little rascal," etc., etc. Look at egg -look at boy. Keep a straight face and look serious. Turn suddenly and look at the other boy, as much as to say, "What are you laughing at?" Look back at first boy, at egg, etc., and keep it up as long as there is a big laugh, but don't overdo it. Then break into a pleasant smile, and say, "Never mind the egg. That is why, as I explained a moment ago, that I use the blown egg or egg shell. I always have two or three extra ones in case of an accident." Take another egg and offer it to the boy, and when he reaches for it, draw your hand back and say, "Never again I" and give the egg to the other boy to examine, at the same time getting the double handkerchief ready. "Now before I touch the egg, I want you to hold my left arm with your right hand, and you hold the other one." The boy's dirty hand will stand out beside your clean arm. "I see yoti need Sapolio." Pause for laugh. "Now don't allow me to place my hands in my pockets. That is the reason why I have you hold my arms." Make a bluff to put your hand in pocket, and say to boy, "Don't allow me to do that. I do it very quickly som.e times." Wrap the egg in the handkerchief, giving the latter a twist, and hand to the boy on your left, telling him to hold it with his fingers under the egg so that he will not drop it. Dismiss the other boy, and have the remaining boy move over to your right.
"The reason why I dismissed one of the boys is that there is a certain amount of danger in this trick," look at boy, "and I do not want to injure any more boys than necessary. Now, you have seen the bag examined, proven empty and placed upon the chair; and the egg wrapped in a handkerchief and held by this young man. I am going to cause the egg to disappear from the handkerchief and to reappear in the bag, or at least attempt it." To boy, "Hold the egg up high so that we can all see it" -pause-"say about seven or eight feet, more or less. If you feel a slight electric shock, don't jump" -pause-"any higher than the ceiling." To leader, "A little concerto, please. That will do, thank you." While music is playing; go through motion of fanning the egg from the handkerchief toward bag. Shake out handkerchief, quickly showing both sides, lay handkerchief and fan on the table, and dismiss the boy. "The egg has disappeared from the handkerchief, as I said it would; therefore it must be where I say it is-in the bag." Pick up bag from the chair, and produce the egg from it. If you are pressed for time, you may finish the trick at this stage, as you have "pulled" all the big laughs. If not, continue:
"I will do a still more wonderful trick. I'll place the egg in the bag, lay the bag on the chair, and then at a distance of several feet, cause the egg to disappear from the bag without going near it or touching it; a trick that you must admit is wonderful." Place the egg in the bag, and withdraw your hand awkwardly as if it contained the egg; lay the bag on the chair and turn up stage to get your wand, at the same time fumble coat tail pocket as if putting the egg in the pocket. Advance toward foot-lights, and say, "Now I will cause the egg to disappear from the bag." The audience will let you know that something. is wrong, at which you pretend embarrassment. "I don't believe that you quite understand. I just placed the egg in the bag, and I'll cause it to disappear from there. That's understood, is it not? It is" -pause-"not. Oh, I see what the trouble is. You don't believe that the egg is in the bag. Now I would not dream for a moment of deceiving anyone. Certainly not. There seems to be a doubt as to where the egg is, so I will show you once more." You roll the egg out of the bag with the Wand. "Now if I wish to make the egg disappear, it is not necessary to go near a chair or table, or to put my hands in my pockets. I'll just place the egg in the bag, invert the bag or turn it upside down, and the egg is gone!" In the meantime you have slipped the egg into the double side of the bag. Turn the bag inside out, bang it on the hand, and fold it up square. "We'll see if we can find the egg." Go into the aisle. Have one person on each side of you hold your arms, at the same time turn the bag inside out; have another party feel in the bag and declare it empty. The egg is held in the upper part of the double side until spectator's hand is withdrawn, when it is allowed to drop to the bottom. You say, "Hold the bag yourself." Allow him to hold the bag at the top corners with the bag wide open. Be careful here if anyone tries to reach into the bag to jerk it away from him, in this case again turning it inside out as if assisting them to show it empty. While the man is holding the bag, you say, "You see the bag is perfectly empty, and my hands are empty." , Put hand in bag and produce the egg, then return to stage. You continue, "now I don't mind showing you how the trick is done, and I'll show you how easy it is to deceive the public. There is no preparation whatever about the bag. Get an egg, make a small hole in each end and blow the contents; it makes the egg light and easy to handle. That is the real reason why I use the blown egg or egg shell. I might say that it is an egg-shell-ent trick. Such wit! Then I place the egg into the bag" (you palm the egg), "turn the bag upside down, and the egg is gone ! The secret is that I do not allow the egg to remain in the bag. I hold it in my hand all the time. See? With a little practice you can hold it in the hand without any danger of dropping it." Or say, "With a little practice and the aid of Le Page's Liquid Glue—I get two and a half for that advertisement,—you can hold anything in the palm of the hand without dropping it. "Then when I have the attention of the audience directed on the bag, or elsewhere, I slip the egg under my vest. Then I can show my hands empty, turn the bag inside out, allow people to examine it, and to hold my arms. When I want the egg again, a little pressure above it with the thumb causes it to drop into my hand ; then all that is necessary is to place the hand in the bag, turn it over, and produce the egg. Now, isn't that simple?" Pause. "I don't believe that you quite understand! my explanation. I'll explain the trick once more, and so thoroughly that every one of you will be able to do it as well as I can do it myself, or better. As I said before, I place the egg in the bag"—slip it into the pocket of bag—"turn the bag upside down and the egg is gone! I don't let the egg stay in the bag; I hold it in the hand all the time. See?" You look in hand, then in the other hand, around the floor, and look surprised. "I wonder where I laid it." Turn bag inside out, bang around, and fold it up. Then produce the egg from the bag. "I thank you." Exit. I have described one trip into the audience, as it is such a splendid effect and creates a great deal of favorable comment. If the performer desires to leave this out, he can remain on the stage, manipulate the bag to show it empty, produce the egg there from, and then go into the pretended explanation of the trick.

Hugard, Jean: Modern Magic Manual. ©1957 Faber and Faber p. 166: The egg bag: the full De Biere routine starting with the false palming in the right hand and alleged ditching in the right pocket as you demonstrate the bag to be empty: people scream and you show your left pocket (instead of the right where the egg was seemingly concealed) then your left jacket pocket (or any other you may have) when they ask for the other one. Finally very deliberately show the right pocket and openly get to the bag and reproduce the egg. Sucker explanation on how you vanished the egg the first time leaving it in the bag when pretending to place it in your pocket. Offer to show it in action: drop the egg in the bag (in the pocket) withdraw the end seemingly with the egg palmed. Stop show the hand empty and turn the bag inside out, striking it in your hand and on the table, patting it on your thigh, twisting it between your hands, and convincing the audience it is empty. Ask for two assisting spectators holding the bag between the hands one at each side of its mouth (egg in the top corner of the secret pocket). Have them look inside, feel inside testifying to the audience that it is empty. Then dropping the corner of the bag, have them checking your hands and your sleeves. Have them holding your wrist to prevent you from going to your pockets. Allegedly make such an attempt. Creating entertainment. Ask them if they checked the bag to their heart’s content. Cause the magic and let them discover the egg in the bag. & Hugard’s Magic Monthly Vol 1 N° 4 February 1944 p 39 The Egg Bag includes R. M. Jamison (a creative magicians whose routine generally appeared in the Sphinx) unusual ideas about the effect & Hugard’s Annual 1938-1939 © 1939 by Jean Hugard p 109 The Egg Bag: Here is a novel and very effective addition to this popular trick. Prepare by fastening one end of a thread to an egg, the other end to the lowest button of the vest. Adjust the length of the thread so that when the egg is in the bag a slight forward extension of the arms will bring the egg into the hand at the top of the bag. Place the bag and the egg in the right hand trousers pocket. To show the trick, take out the bag at the same time palming the egg. Show that the bag. is empty, turning it inside out and outside in, and leave the egg inside.
Show a second egg and openly put it in your right trousers pocket leaving it at the top inner corner. Hold the bag open with both hands and stretch your arms outward a little, drawing the egg up into the right hand which holds it concealed. Invite a spectator to feel inside the bag and certify that it is empty.
Order the egg to pass from your pocket into the bag. Let the threaded egg fall from your fingers to the bottom of the bag, pull out the trousers pocket showing it empty and produce the egg from the bag.
Very openly drop the threaded egg into the bag, push the pocket in and order the egg to pass from the bag back to the pocket. Ask another spectator to put his hand in the bag as you reach out towards him and so draw the egg up into your hand. He in his turn reports that the bag is empty. Produce the egg from the pocket.
Repeat the same procedure apparently passing the egg back into the bag. In placing this egg back in the bag break the thread and palm the egg. Show the bag empty, carry the palmed egg to the pocket, leave it in the top cotter and bring out the unprepared egg. Continue with the usual routine using the double side of the bag

Hustle, Danny. Danny reminds the idea of producing a rubber chicken as a climax. Since rubber chicken are too big if you shoot him an email he'll give you his work on making it fly (pun intended).

Jamison, R. M. Sphinx Vol XXXIV # 10 Dec 1935 p 270. An Egg Bag Trick. The routine makes use of a Gwynne’s box (a box which looks empty when it contains something) with two eggs inside. The egg bag has an egg in it and a quail egg (hard boiled and painted white) is in the left coat pocket. The performer shows the box and the egg bag to be empty. Using magic, one egg is produced from the box, which is shown t be otherwise empty. The egg is dropped in the pocket. The pocket is slapped and the egg reappears in the bag. It is then replaced in the bag and reappears in the box. It is replaced in the box and disappears to reappear in the bag. It is then replaced in the bag where it disappears to reappear in the pocket. It is then replaced in the left pocket (palming the quail egg), and announcing that it will come out from a very small (inexistent) hole in the corner of the bag. As a result the egg shrinks as it comes out. To get it back to its original size, it is dropped in the bag (palmed) and a spectator is asked to get it out and feel that there is nothing else in the bag. There are two interesting concepts in the routine: introducing a third location on top of the traditional pocket and bag, and introducing an effect with the reducing egg. The third location is a box but it could be an egg cup with the type of cloth cover used to keep the egg warm (maybe with a shell initially pinched as in the cylinder and coins and then with an adapted chop cup approach for the second real egg?) & Hugard’s Magic Monthly Vol 1 N° 4 February 1944 p 39 The Egg Bag includes R. M. Jamison unusual ideas about the rroutine.

Joseph, Eddie. Magic and Mysteries of India. ©1946, 75 pages - Abbott’s Magic. p 38 The Egg Bag - Hindu Presentation.

Kam, Curtis. In a forum Curtis came with the idea of using a flip-style cell phones which is just about the size of an egg. Then the questioning could run around the question about why the supplier supplies a bag that big?

Karson, Joe: Magic That Can be Performed Anywhere DVD by Cellini. Includes Joe Karson's Chinese Egg Bag.

Kaufmann, Richard: The Collected Almanac p 272: Sterling and Malini Egg Bag (Ross Bertram)

Kreis Magic. Perfect egg. Performer picks up a sheet of Kleenex and tears it to pieces, then puts a piece on the table. The torn piece of paper starts to visually become an egg. Finally, the performer breaks the egg to prove it is real. Comes complete with special egg gimmick and an illustrated instruction sheet. A great opener fort the egg bag. http://www.magicmgmt.com/newmagicshop/PERFECTEGG.html

Lewis, Martin: Martin’s Magical Inventions Lecture p 14: Mardo egg bag patter & Senor Martin Egg Bag DVD. In this video, Martin Lewis explains the reasons behind his preference for the Senor Mardo Egg Bag (as opposed to the Malini Egg Bag) and several uses for it.

Lewis, Trevor: Close Up Lecture Notes. 24 pages, paper. Covers 18 effects including the Malini Egg Bag & The Magic of Trevor Lewis DVD. Lecture, taped live at Mark Leveridge’s 3rd British Close-Up Magic Symposium. Includes Trevor’s (Malini) Egg Bag Routine & Uncut The Complete Party Pieces. Trevor's professional children's magic developed over 20 years and including the Fez Egg Bag.

Magicnook: The Ungimmicked Egg Bag Routine. e-book All the directions for doing the Egg Bag with an ungimmicked bag are there. Also, includes the "endless" production of real eggs; a Chef Hat and Apron paper tear from Wiz Kid Eleazar Goodenough; the gooey-mess-on-the-kid's head that-turns-into-a-bouquet of spring-flowers; and two magic oven props to build (one to produce a six foot high inflatable birthday cake, and a smaller table-top version to produces a real birthday cake complete with instant self-lighting candles on top).

Malini, Max. Malini and his magic by Dai Vernon. ©Supreme Magic p 30-33: Egg Bag. Dai Vernon starts with the statement that in his opinion the three best performers of the egg bag trick were Max Malini, Horace Goldin and Arnold DeBiere. Horace Goldin was employing a bald-headed man and would put the bag over his head, creating many comical situations. The Malini routine is in film presented with great talent by Johnny Thomson Jr. & Hugard’s Magic Monthly Vol XVIII N° 11 June 1961 p 117. Malini’s egg bag trick by Harry G. Shaw. A detailed description of Malini’s performance (no explanation) of the egg bag effect. It is claimed that Charlie Miller, Ken Brooke Sid Lorraine, Pete Biro, Bob Driebeek, Jay Marshall, Bob Sheets, Bob White, etc… have all worked on their personal presentation of this specific routine.

Mardo, Senor: Routined Magic. ©1945 Max Holden. 29 pg. includes: Marlo's Egg Bag Routine using a Sterling Bag (Wool plaid cloth) & Greater Magic Video Series. Teach in DVD series. Senor Mardo’s routine demonstrated by Eric Lewis. A great routine which has made it as an historical classic. & Eggs, Bags & Gags. by Pete Biro: Pete’s booklet contains the actual routine devised by Senor Mardo for the popular Mardo Egg Bag, which was taught to him by Mardo himself in the 1950s when Pete worked at his magic shop & Senor Martin Egg Bag DVD by Martin Lewis. In his video, Martin Lewis explains the reasons behind his preference for the Senor Mardo Egg Bag (as opposed to the Malini Egg Bag) and several uses for it.

Marlo, Edward: Arcade Dreams; Marlo without cards ©1997 by Jon Racherbaumer; p 185 includes Egg Bagatelle, a complete detailed egg bag routine. It uses either Jack Miller, Tarbell, or Sterling Egg Bag, two solid eggs, two rubber eggs, a rubber band, a Nielsen type of soft plastic beer bottle and a matching regular beer bottle.

Marshall, Frances: Kidstuff Volume 6. By Magic Inc. Includes her Egg Bag and Lota Routine, and Condensed Chicken, which is a combo Chalk Talk and Egg Bag routine using a Chicken Egg Bag.

Martyn, Topper. Topper's Mad, Mad, Magic © 1974 by Gene Anderson, Magic Inc, Chicago; p 32 The Egg Bag: a patter approach to the Egg Bag; p 34 The Egg Trick: an old gag

McComb, Billy. Greater Magic Video Series #30. Whiskey Egg Bag & Greater Magic Video Series. Teach in DVD series. Very original patter as usual with Billy McComb dry humour.

Merlini, Jim. Abracadabra Vol 12 N° 311 Saturday 12 January 1952 p 388-300 Jim Merlini’s Top Secrets The egg and the bag Three eggs are produced & Abracadabra Vol 12 N° 312 Saturday 19 January 1952 p 405-408 Jim Merlini’s Top Secrets The egg and the bag (continued)

Meyer, Orville Wayne: Magic in the Modern Manner. 1949, 184 pages. Chapters include Card magic, Mentalism, Novel Magic, Children's Specials, Catching a Bullet, The Chinese Linking Rings, The Cups and Balls. The chapter on Children's Specials includes treatment of the Egg Bag.

Miller, Charlie. Malini Egg Bag Routine. From Magic Inc & Charlie Miller Greater Magic Video Series # 18. Malini Egg Bag (Performance only) & Charlie Miller & Johnny Thomson: Greater Magic Video Series # 29 & Greater Magic Video Series. Teach in DVD series. Reproduces the volume # 29 offering Johnny Thompson’s unique patter.

Miller, Jack: egg Bag Gen Vol 15 # 1 May 1959 p 31 (advertisement) & Hold Out Miracles by Ed Mishell 64 pages; This booklet is devoted to Jack Miller holdout including how to attaching it and attachment devices. It includes Jack Miller's Egg Bag Routine. (Note: Tommy Wonder explains in his Books of Wonder that the hold out mentioned by Ed Mishell was a Jack Miller hold out simplified for marketing reasons, and describes the real one ad how to use it.) & Ace Greenberg: Jack Miller's Hold-Out Miracles DVD On this DVD Alan "Ace" Greenberg, who was a fan of Prof. Jack Miller, demonstrates and teaches his rendition of three classic Jack Miller routines using the Hold-Out. He details: The Ball, Silk And Wand Routine, The Jack Miller Egg Bag Routine and The Sensational Rope Cut. We also learn how to quickly make a Jack Miller style Hold-Out using items that can be easily acquired. Includes archival footage of Jack Miller namely performing his classic Egg Bag Routine.

Mishell, Ed: Hold Out Miracles 64 pages; This booklet is devoted to Jack Miller holdout including how to attaching it and attachment devices. It includes Jack Miller's Egg Bag Routine. (Note: Tommy Wonder explains in his Books of Wonder that the hold out mentioned by Ed Mishell was a Jack Miller hold out simplified for marketing reasons, and describes the real one ad how to use it.)

Mullica, Tom: Lecture Booklet Hawaii '83 p 2 The Egg Bag & The New York Magic Symposium Collection Volume Three. 1984 by Stephen Minch: Egg Bag Finale glass and beer production & It's Show Time at the Tom Foolery. Features his comedy egg bag routine & Greater Magic Video Series # 19: includes his Egg Bag & same video re-edited in Greater Magic Video Series. Teach in DVD series.

Novak, John. The Egg Bag Book. covers history, the types, and the performers. Includes routines, lines, moves, handling and so on.

Palmer, Johnny Ace. Trilogy. The Egg Bag, Too Fast: fast paced routine which is ideal for table hopping.

Parrish, Robert: New Ways to Mystify 1945 by Robert Parrish, p 9: How to be deceptive: The Egg Bag is amongst the thirty tricks described that can be performed without elaborate equipment or difficult skill.

Pitt, Cull. L’Illusioniste (magic magazine published by the magic dealer Caroly) April 1911 10th Year N° 112 p 39 prints the following advertisement. New trick from the Caroly House. “Real eggs production from a transparent bag. Effect: The prestidigitator shows a small black bag totally transparent [doesn’t say how it can be together black and transparent but it’s probably like the later Lou Tannen bag] which can be examined. He holds it in front of him and can show his hands to be totally empty. Giving a few gentle shakes to the bag an egg is seen inside. The performer takes it out and places it on a plate or a tray. A new shake with the bag produces another egg and the effect can be repeated as much as desired. Finally the bag can be given for examination.”

Prevost, Jean: Clever And Pleasant Inventions, 1584 by Antoine Bastide Lyons (France) and 1998 English translation by Stephen Minch (brilliant lay-out in antique style); p 82 How You May Cleverly Strike A Cap Under Which You Have Plced An Egg, And Yet The Egg Shall Appear Quite Unbroken. Prevost describes the smashing effect using a peaked nightcap with secretly sewn-in pocket and the turning over of the bonnet before letting the egg reappear. This makes it the first account oft he egg bag in print.

Proudlock: Proudlock’s egg bag by Edward Bagshawe. Two gentlemen are invited to help, and one is handed a black cloth bag to examine. A little byplay is introduced by the production of a (spring) rat from this assistant's coat, to be followed by the production of an egg. This egg is given to the same assistant and he is asked to write his name upon it, being given a giant pencil for this purpose. The performer now propounds the old riddle as to which came first, the egg or the chicken; and apparently decides for himself that “the answer is a lemon,” a lemon being produced from the bag. Finding that there is still something in the bag the magician affects surprise as he extracts a curious-looking (rubber) chicken from it, which he tosses aside. Now getting down to business, he takes the egg and places it in the bag, announcing that as he says “Go!” the egg will vanish. He is detected in placing the egg in his pocket and at a second attempt is seen apparently to place the egg under his left arm. However, he continues by showing the bag perfectly empty, inside and out, and then obligingly raises his left elbow to show the egg is not under his armpit as was anticipated. He next requests the two assistants to grip his wrists and with their remaining free hands assure themselves that the bag is empty. This done, he deliberately inserts his right hand into the bag and produces the egg. And now, says the performer, he will explain the exact working to the audience. In the subsequent explanation he places the egg in his pocket and shows the bag empty. The egg vanishes from his pocket, which is shown empty, and the bag is likewise still empty. Again the assistants hold his wrists and he succeeds in producing the egg from the bag. The assistants examine the egg and note it is the same one that was written upon at the commencement. This actually concludes the effect, but as the performer is about to see the assistants off stage he grasps one of them by the arm and quickly produces a large imitation duck from inside his coat, making an unexpected finale; and the helpers are then allowed to regain their seats.

Quick Tricks Series: The Egg Bag

Racherbaumer, Jon: Arcade Dreams, Marlo without cards ©1997 by Jon Racherbaumer; p 185 includes Egg Bagatelle, a complete detailed egg bag routine. It uses either Jack Miller, Tarbell, or Sterling Egg Bag, two solid eggs, two rubber eggs, a rubber band, a Nielsen type of soft plastic beer bottle and a matching regular beer bottle.

Riser, Harry. Secrets of an escamoteur. Full details are given on The Malini Egg Bag: its construction and the extraordinarily cunning Riser routine.

Roterberg, August: The Modern Wizard ©1896 p 59 Vanishing Egg and Bag Trick: four methods

Stanyon, Ellis. Stanyon’s magic. Original Lessons in magic Vol X No 6, March 1910. p 41-42: The Egg Bag

Saxon, Lucille. My Best The Best Tricks from the best brains in magic, edited by J. G. Thompson Jr. ©1945/1959 D.Robbins & Co., Inc p 334: patter for the egg bag (with an Latin accent)

Scarne, John: Scarne's Magic Tricks ©1951, p 252. Includes The Magic Bag - how to make an Egg Bag offers a basic routine and is more an exposure than a real modus operandi.

Sheets, Bob. Steve Spill’s bar and grill. (Hard to find booklet but worth the search). Very funny routine with the usual Bob Sheet’s class. Bob puts the bag over his hand like a hand puppet and slap the hell out of it. At one point he's giving a dirty look to an audience member and smacking the bag as if he'd rather be smacking the spectator; Boob has a unique way of smacking the bag and spin it around on his wrist.

Sisti, Jim: The Magic Menu - The First Five Years ©1998 L&L Publishing; Year Two Sept 91 through Aug 92, p. 68, includes Walk Around Malini Egg Bag by Dan Tong (with an optional glass of liquid production)

Smith, Chuck: Routines and Handling for the Sterling Egg Bag ©by Jeff Busby, includes Chuck Smith's Routine.

Smith, Samuel Patrick: The Magic Ingredient: Funny Magic to Make You a Kid-Show Celebrity. VHS Video. 1995; 60 minutes. SPS Publications. Includes The Egg, the Bag, and the Magic Hat

Stevens, Joe: Greater Magic Video Series. Teach in DVD series: Martin Lewis on the Senor Mardo Egg bag, Tom Mullica, Billy McComb, and Charlie Miller with Johnny Thompson.

Stodare, "Colonel". Hand-Book of Magic, London, ©1862, 32pp. gives a rather cryptic description of feats generally familiar in existing books. His selection however included the Egg Bag.

Stone, Tom: Passion ©2007 by Tom Stone p 7: Eggs from Bombay. The routine is really original and stands between an egg bag routine and a Benson Bowl routine but with the production of several eggs and a finale with a goose egg

Tamariz, Juan: Don’t know the routine but it is referred to by a member of the Magic Café

Tan Bah Chee. The best of magic around the world p 106. My routine for the comedy egg bag. A really entertaining routine where a shelled egg and a real egg are used in conjunction with a Breakaway fan and a spring snake candy can. The assisting boy is asked to perform the role of the chicken. He is asked to turn himself into an egg-laying hen and is handed the breakaway fan. At some point the magician holds the breakaway fan at eye level and asks the boy to blow on the fan to restore it. When he does so the magician pretends that the kid has spitted him in the eye instead. The boy is then requested to bend down at the waist and to cackle loudly and wiggle his posterior like a hen. Two eggs are successively produced from the wiggling part and one is given (the real egg) at the end. He is called back and given the spring snake candy can as a replacement.

Tannen, Lou. Egg Bag (transparent front). Absolutely visible magic. The performer‘s hand is plainly seen as he deposits the egg into the bag.. The egg vanishes and re-appears visibly while the performer holds its transparent face to audience. Sold with a wooden egg.

Tarbell, Harlan Course in Magic Volume 2. Tarbell Egg Bag (with a fully stitched pocket) & Course in Magic Volume 5. Describes the Malini egg bag. & Steve Burton: Tarbell Companion. Volume 8 references the Tarbell egg bag.

Thomas, Garrett. In the mind of Garrett Thomas DVD 3. Ball in the bag. A large steel ball appears in a black velvet bag and then magically disappears. This would be a nice finish for any Egg bag routine.

Thompson, Johnny & Miller, Charlie. Greater Magic Video Series. Teach in DVD series. Offers Johnny Thompson’s unique patter.

Thompson, J.G.: My Best The Best Tricks from the best brains in magic, edited by J. G. Thompson Jr. ©1945/1959 D. Robbins & Co., Inc. Includes two egg bag routines: One is in a poetic form, the other is Tommy Windsor routine (see below)

Tong, Dan. Magic Menu & Finally DVD 2. Some very entertaining lines in an otherwise fairly classic 3 phases routine with the Ron Wilson shot glass finish.

UMSI: The Egg from Mouth is a production gimmick to have eggs produced from your mouth or from your assistant mouth. For a different looking routine.

Van Lameche. L’Illusioniste (magic magazine published by the magic dealer Caroly) March 1911 10th Year N° 111 p 23: La poule humaine. The shell is painted pink inside for the assistant to be able to turn it around before opening the mouth which is then allegedly shown empty

Welch, Lynetta. The Legacy Malini Egg Bag handcrafted for Nielsen Magic “This is by far, the best egg bag in the market. Period”.
The effect is quite simple: An egg appears and disappears inside a mysterious black cloth bag. The bag can be turned inside out and the egg can appear whenever the magician wants.
Norm Nielsen has always been able to obtain few bags from Lynetta. If you have heard of her, you will know that she is one of the best craftspeople in the community. Each bag is personally made by her, and because of her busy schedule, it is sometimes difficult to get them quickly. These bags are made of 100% silk, and cut just perfectly. The French seams are perfect, and the design is simplicity and elegance itself. It is a dream to do the Malini Egg Bag Routine with these bags. The bag comes with basic instructions on how to perform it. However, if you are seriously considering adding this effect to your repertoire, we highly recommend that you get the Lynetta Welch egg bag. It’s recommended by big names like Whit Haydn.

White, Bob. Malini Egg Bag DVD. In his video Bob teaches the techniques, management and psychology to effectively perform the Malini Egg Bag. Bob is considered by some great names to be the best performer of the Malini egg bag.

Wilson, Mark: Mark Wilson Magic Circus DVD Vol 3&4. Performance only videos of the famous Magic Circus Shows: includes The Egg Bag

Wilson, Ron. The Uncanny Scot: Ron Wilson by Richard Kaufman - 1987. Apparently the creator of the shot glass finale.

Windsor, Tommy. My Best The Best Tricks from the best brains in magic, edited by J. G. Thompson Jr. ©1945/1959 D. Robbins & Co., Inc. p 341: Windsor's Egg Bag Routine & The Tommy Windsor Golden Egg Bag is sold by Lee Jacob's Productions

Yaffe, Malcolm: Paths to Enchantment. Hermetic Press; How to improve your children's magic. Presents a blueprint for how to present high quality magic for children. Also includes many examples of these principles put to work, including: Forgetful Freddie, The Egg Bag
Message: Posted by: Dick Christian (Dec 6, 2010 09:56AM)

All I can say is "WOW!!" That is the most comprehensive analysis compendium of the history and evolution of the the egg bag that I have ever seen in one place. It should certainly answer any question anyone may have about the egg bag, its design or use.

Thank you.
Message: Posted by: Spellbinder (Dec 6, 2010 12:14PM)
What's an egg bag?

Posted: Dec 6, 2010 1:15pm
Sorry. I couldn't resist.
Message: Posted by: Gerry Walkowski (Dec 7, 2010 03:23AM)

That was amazing!

Thank you so much for this.

Message: Posted by: Lawrence O (Dec 10, 2010 08:05AM)
The egg bag is not so much a technical routine than a plot and script one

The patter that I preferred in all the routines that I've seen over the years was, by far, Johnny Thompson and you can see it in the DVD from the Greater Magic Video Library that was produced by Joe Stevens Emporium years ago: Now with sponge eggs which can be used next to real one, there is room for innovation in plots and themes even borrowing some lines from Johnny Thompson

Posted: Dec 19, 2010 8:27pm
Just found two more

Hardin, Henry (Harry Houdini's brother): Mahatma Vol II No V Nov 1898 An original Egg Bag offers a routine using a shell as convincer with the egg.

Hornmann the Up-To-Date Magician: Mahatma Vol II No IV Oct 1898 p 154 the egg and bag illusion
Message: Posted by: Moxahalla (Dec 28, 2010 05:38PM)
In the latest issue of MAGIC Magazine Mark Wilson mentioned that he used the U.F. Grant Egg Bag.

Can anyone shed any light on this?



I'd have to check again, but wasn't Mark referring to the Egg bag that you turn inside-out...to become a "chicken/hen"??? (see below)

Anyway--here are Some of the UF Grant released EGG BAGS:

Celebrity Egg Bag (MAK)
Challenge Egg Bag
Climax Egg Bag (as I referenced above)
Transparent Egg Bag

Btw--if you want specfic GRANT prop info--you ask a GRANT collector.
Message: Posted by: Marshall Thornside (Oct 30, 2011 01:16AM)
I just became confused all of sudden because
I didn't know there were two different egg bags.
Message: Posted by: Spellbinder (Oct 30, 2011 06:16AM)
If you count Jim Gerrish's "Ungimmicked Egg Bags" from his Kid Magic section on my site, there are many more than just two egg bags. Now you would have to include every bag and bag-like structure (such as a kid's hat or a large sock) to the list, since they all work with his methods. Try it with a plastic shopping bag at the checkout counter to give the clerk a hard time explaining why all of the bags contain eggs.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Oct 30, 2011 08:29PM)
I think Mark was referring to the U.F. Grant Comedy Egg Bag, as suggested by Moxahalla and mentioned by Lawrence O.
Message: Posted by: volto (Oct 31, 2011 07:01AM)
Don't forget Patrick Page's "Hanky Panky Cloth", which was intended to replace the egg bag. It's a work of genius. I think it's different to any of the bags mentioned so far...?
I figured since we're listing egg bags, this was worth mentioning.
Message: Posted by: Marshall Thornside (Oct 31, 2011 11:38PM)
So what is the one that my dad do with the multiple eggs called?
Because it wad always referred as the egg bag.
Message: Posted by: Gerry Walkowski (Nov 2, 2011 03:57AM)
I just wanted to thank everyone for all this information.

Bill, I do believe you're correct with what you said about the U.F. Grant comedy egg bag.

Thanks to all.

Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Nov 2, 2011 11:42AM)

Posted: Nov 2, 2011 12:45pm
I think one of the good ones was missed.

Steve Shepherd's routine, done by Glenn Heywood who had the greatest finish producing two shot glasses full of liquid. Used a golf ball instead of an egg. (A rubber golf ball held the two glasses together and didn't leak).

Byron Walker has a copy of the instructions. I found that out AFTER I published my Eggs, Bags & Gags book.
Message: Posted by: Marshall Thornside (Nov 2, 2011 11:46PM)
Pete my dad always asks me:
"What came first the Chicken or the Egg?"
and the answer is always
"The Rooster"
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Aug 10, 2013 06:06PM)
>>>>>>>>>>>>FRANCES MEI LING<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Your dad used the earlier version of the egg bag. It was LARGE--perhaps 18" x 18". It PRODUCED EGGS. "regular' eggs, small eggs, LARGE EGGS, a black egg when a black youngster asked for an egg, etc.

I believe Loo got the routine from DANTE, but it had been around long before Dante.

If you remember, Loo produced SAM his Chinese chicken from "the" bag. Then SAM disappeared from the tear down box and, if I remember correctly, SAM then was reproduced. The bag was a perfect vehicle for your dad. When I first met Loo, he was opening with the bag. In his hands, it was a masterpiece.

Mike Caveney does it today, and Mike does everything VERY WELL.
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Aug 10, 2013 06:11PM)
Right Pete, I saw Glenn Heywood do it at an Abbott GTG back in the '70s. It was GREAT!

Re THE GRANT COMEDY EGG BAG:::: I NEVER LIKED IT. The magician spends five minute "proving" that it is an ordinary "unprepared" bag....and then destroys the whole concept by "turning it into a chicken."

As you are well aware, the egg bag, must be PRESENTED. Otherwise, it's just an egg and a bag. Too many performers introduce "my MAGIC bag, and with it I can produce an egg. YUK.
Message: Posted by: Julie (Aug 10, 2013 06:44PM)
Okito had a routine with a really large Egg Bag and multiple eggs, too.

Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Aug 11, 2013 12:01AM)
Right Julie.
That's the style of bag that De Yip Loo used.

These days, Mike Caveney is using one. His handling is delightful.
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Oct 8, 2014 07:14PM)
That was a phenomenal post by Lawrence O.!!!
Inadvertently, I'm sure, he left out Joseph Ovette's booklet: "EGGTRAORDINARY WAYS OF EGGSHIBITING WITH EGGS". The apparent misspellings are the exact title of this 36 page, 5" x 7" booklet. On the cover the artwork has the initials: SL (that's how Sid (Johnson) Lorraine signed his art work.)

I have a copy! I'm PMing Lawrence O.!
Message: Posted by: Hayre (Feb 17, 2017 06:12PM)
OK, 2 years later.....
UF Grant had 3 different egg bags in his early 70s catalogs. The Climax (Comedy) Egg Bag which turned into a chicken, a very early version (the original?) of the Mesh Egg BAg, and maybe the best of all...the Challenge Egg Bag, using an entirely ungimmicked bag...and the audience could search the bag, and the magician, after the vanish.
Message: Posted by: DrVG (Mar 9, 2018 06:24AM)
Does anyone has experience in using something else than an Egg ?
Message: Posted by: Rook (Mar 9, 2018 02:18PM)
[quote]On Mar 9, 2018, DrVG wrote:
Does anyone has experience in using something else than an Egg ? [/quote]

I've tried a few other things, just to see how well they'd work out and play for an audience. A ball, a salt shaker, and a lime. I've always went back to the egg...though I now use a lime as a "final load" ending.
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Sep 6, 2018 02:10PM)
U.F. Grant made at least 6 or more Egg Bags, all worked very differently. Mesh Egg Bag, Chicken Egg Bag, No gimmick egg bag, just to name a few off the top of my head. Most were all thin regular material.