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Hammiesink
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I used to have a magic "case" when I was a kid. It was black with three colored doors on the front. You would put sponge rabbits in the compartments and slide a lever in the back which would open trap doors and such and make the rabbits vanish. Also came with a wand that sprouted a "flower" on the end of it. Does anybody know what this was called? Had fun with it as a kid but it sure seems stupid in retrospect...
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Sounds weird, I wasnt even born then probably! Smile but I remember my first kit, I still use some of the tricks today, after 3 years in performing seriously.
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Hammiesink,
I had one of those.
I may still have it, but I think it is gone.
I will look and if I can find it I will gladly give it to you.
Peace,
Parson
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Oh no. I don't want it. I was just thinking back to how lame it was. Most children's magic sets at least come with real tricks, like ball 'n vase, nails through coin, etc. This thing just had a bunch of trap doors.
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How lame it was? lol.

I attended a Max Howard lecture about a month ago. He pulled out this trick that I had when I was a kid. I used to think it was amazingly lame. It was a square tube with no top or bottom and a large hole in the back. There were cubes that fit inside the tube. The idea is that you could use your fingers to hold cubes in the tube when you picked it up.

I remembered it well and thought it was hockey back then. Max Howard kept a whole room full of magicians spellbound with that for 15 minutes. At one point I had to remind myself to breathe.

Ahhh, Hammiesink, it's not the trick, it's the magician.
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Hammiesink, if the magic kit you mentioned is the same one I'm thinking of, I had that same set as a kid in the 80's. I think we may have even had two in my house at one point. If I remember correctly I believe it was made by Fisher Price, but I could be wrong. I remember it being a black box. The front had three shelves with doors at the top, another shelf that folded out in the middle and yellow drawer tub at the bottom on the side. I think it also came with a cup that had an egg "shell" that fit on top and plastic chicken to cover it. And a milk/jelly bean plastic glass. (Or maybe that was bought seperately). Anyway I think the point of it was for kids to learn some basic principles and about showmanship, but not to be professional props. I remember it had instruction sheets for each trick accordian folded into a rectangle. The sheet folded fit into the back of a door on the back of kit, so that supposedly you "follow along with the directions" while performing. Which was one thing I thought to be stupid, because you should know the steps by heart during a performance. Even it is only for your parents.
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Yep. I found it. It was called the Fisher Price Magic Show. I guess it you're right, it was just to learn basic showmanship, but I was looking at these Marshall Brodien sets that are out in all the stores and thinking how cool they are, how they come with "real" tricks, and how they aren't even the usual cliche ball n' vase and such that usually comes with kids sets. Tempted to buy one myself. 100 tricks set at Target for $14. Christ, that's cheaper than either my zombie ball or my cups and balls...
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Ah, the memories. I did the Fisher Price Magic Show at a talent show in the first grade.

There was a red sponge ball that could move between the doors, could appear or disappear from a little fold down stage in front (complete with curtain), or appear or disappear from a big yellow drawer (worked on the same principle as those little coin vanisher drawers). There was also a ball-and vase like thing with a dove and an egg, but no separate egg, just the gimmick. You could make the sponge ball turn into the egg, or make the egg appear and disappear. There was a double color changing scarf. It had a bunch of stickers you could put on the front with names of places in the world on them, so you could pretend you'd taken your show all over the world. You could fold the instructions and stick them in the door in back so that you could look at them while performing. It had a handle so you could carry it like a suitcase.

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Yep. It was a talent show for me too. Then I saw this other kid do a show with his magic hat, which was another plastic fisher price like toy, so I wanted that too.
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I had one when I was a kid that had a large black tube that you could blow up a balloon inside and then shove a large, plastic needle through it all without popping the balloon. I remember doing it as a kid and then thinking, "Ummm... okay."
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