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Topic: Vanishing Spring Snake
Message: Posted by: Andy Wonder (Aug 19, 2004 08:05PM)
Hi guys, I am working on a routine where I need to vanish a spring snake & have it turn into a silk scarf. Is there any type of canister available that can be used to vanish a spring snake?

I was thinking of making up some type of nesting clear canister that works like a dove pan in reverse. If anyone knows of any products that could be used or ideas etc please let me know.

Message: Posted by: Ron Reid (Aug 19, 2004 08:24PM)

What about the Abbott's Casket of Pandora? It's real simple - it basically works like a Niffen Tube but even simpler. You put a dove (or spring snake) in one end of the tube, put the cap on, and toss the tube in the air. Cap is removed and dove (or spring snake) is turned into a silk (or whatever).

Abbott's still sells this effect.

Message: Posted by: Andy Wonder (Aug 19, 2004 09:04PM)
Thanks Ron, that is a possibility.

Here is the link: https://elektra.safe-order.net/abbottmagic//p881.html
Message: Posted by: Donald Dunphy (Aug 19, 2004 09:20PM)
While I don't have a Duane Laflin catalog handy (so I can't tell you the exact name), he had a prop a few years ago that worked on a dove pan principle, but resembled a cannister on a pedestal. It was about 3-4" diameter, and the lid overlaped the main cannister. There were two sizes (heights) available.

You could put items into it, and vanish them (it sounded like it worked in a backwards dove pan way).

I don't see it on his website. Perhaps you could e-mail him and ask.

The Switch Can is different (I have one of those).

- Donald.
Message: Posted by: Rupert Bair (Aug 20, 2004 06:34AM)
I think that's the indian sweet vase, is it tall and red?
Message: Posted by: Emazdad (Aug 20, 2004 07:48AM)
I think your main problem is going to be finding something which the will hold the spring snake in place once you do the vanish. Practical magic do a magic paint pot but I don't know how firmly the load chamber fits. if it's loose the spring in the snake will tend to push it out of place.
Message: Posted by: Donald Dunphy (Aug 20, 2004 08:59AM)
On 2004-08-20 07:34, magic_matt wrote:
I think that's the indian sweet vase, is it tall and red?

No Matt, it was silver. Not painted. It came in two heights, one was taller than the other.

- Donald.
Message: Posted by: wizardofsorts (Aug 20, 2004 01:35PM)
Now I know nothing about the product from Abbott's but when I read the discription and then read the price, the two didn't seem to go together in my mind! $75, whew that's a lot for a tube.
What if you wrapped the snake in something before you vanished it. So it wouldn't spring out. Things that come to mind: rubber band, hair band, velcro strap. etc.
Message: Posted by: Andy Wonder (Aug 20, 2004 05:26PM)
Well, thanks for you tips & ideas. You have been helpful. I think what I will do is make my own version of the Casket of Pandora by gluing two plastic screw top containers end on end (containers $1.45 each). Ive got the containers I just need to make up a collar to cover the middle section. I think what I might do to aid the illusion is use some text graphic logo on the front & then the same graphic upside-down on the other side. Either that or use some of that special mirror writing that looks the same upside-down.

Now my spring caterpillar can turn into a silk butterfly!
Message: Posted by: wizardofsorts (Aug 20, 2004 10:30PM)
Now it sounds like your onto something Andy. What if you just used some colored tape to join them and used it again at the top as stripe/trim? Some of that stuff, such as the mylar and chrome tapes, look really good from just a few feet away.
Maybe I'm just cheap?
Message: Posted by: Snidini (Aug 20, 2004 11:07PM)
Andy, you're the man! I too Don seem to recall Duane's tube that was used as you say. You may check with with him Andy and he may just have what your looking for or steer you into the right direction.

Message: Posted by: magic559 (Aug 26, 2004 06:15PM)
How about a flipover box? Here's the basic thing: http://www.magictricks.com/animal/flipoverbox.htm

The one I used to have had a huge load space, still... I don't know if it was big enough for a spring snake. Prop is a little angly too.