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The Werry Switch Can sold by Supreme Magic and is one of the best utility prop for switching silks, balls, rings, ropes and billets. I've used it in many different routines over the years. The one problem with this prop is, because of poor soldering the bottom of the can and top of the cove would come apart after a few years. Now, strangely enough one of the better can is made in India. The new can is powder coated which seals the lid and bottom, it's even water-proof.
Here are some tricks that I've used with this prop ---(20th century silks, sympathetic Silks, cut and restored rope. linking chain, happy birthday silk routine, blendo silk and the list goes on.
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Now, strangely enough one of the better can is made in India. The new can is powder coated which seals the lid and bottom, it's even water-proof.


Which magic company in India makes the prop you are referring to ? Is there a link ?
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Before everyone starts running to get a switch can, even the best made one in the world, stop and think about where you can use a can in your magic routine that makes sense. A can makes sense to use for a liquid, but not much else. Most normal people would not use a can to store or hold a silk handkerchief, or rope (the list goes on and on). If you have a good reason to use a can in your magic narrative, then go ahead and get the best you can find. Otherwise, your first choice for switching small objects should be sleight of hand (Hey, you're a magician!), then an APPROPRIATE switching prop used in an APPROPRIATE and reasonable way.
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I can think of dozens of things that can be stored in a can that makes sense. Beans, coins, paper clips, beads all come to mind with very little thought. Most audiences would not give it a second thought. As magicians we use many props that have no logical reason, but we never get questioned. We still use English Pennies and the Brits have not used them in many years. We still wheel out a head chopper or a cube zag. My opinion is don't run when no one is chasing you.
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Now, strangely enough one of the better can is made in India. The new can is powder coated which seals the lid and bottom, it's even water-proof.


Which magic company in India makes the prop you are referring to ? Is there a link ?

Hi Todd.
I got this one from Browsers Den of Magic--Toronto Ontario and he told me it was made in India. Give him a call 416 783 7022, his name is Jeff Pinsky.
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Ricky,

I believe the correct name for this prop is the Merry Switch Can, named after it's inventor, Richard Merry. You may have been thinking of the brilliant German magician, Werry, who created many now-classic tricks.

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Allan
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Thanks for the correction on the name. BTW --have you seen the power coated model that I've mention in the post?
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The "New" name for the trick is apparently "Reception." https://browsers-den-of-magic.myshopify.......eception

Looks nice and shiny. And yellow.
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I like the simple look of the original ...

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That looks more like a "Phantom Tube" to me. The old P.T. can actually make a very deceptive switching device with the right handling. Show the small Phantom Tube empty as usual at the start, stand it up on your palm and push in (for example) a blue silk. Immediately lift it up off your palm and a multi-colored silk drops out of the bottom. The silk is then pulled back UP through the obviously empty tube and used in whatever way you have in mind for it. Much more deceptive than the standard yellow switching can which always looks like a suspicious prop rather than an empty tube incapable of deception. Combining sleight of hand with any standard prop always confuses even knowing magicians.
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I've been using a Merry Switch Can in my show for years, in silk routines. I've even purchased a few back-ups.

Richard, you should also check out a Candy Pan prop, if you haven't heard of that. It's like a square dove pan, but you can add or remove with it.

- Donald

P.S. The trick that Jim Gerrish mentioned, which a dealer called "Reception", looks like the "Coffee Vase" prop. Different than a "Switch Can." And a "Phantom Tube" is a different prop again.
Donald Dunphy is a Victoria Magician, British Columbia, Canada.
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I like the simple look of the original ...

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Is a picture of the older make or the powder coated one? It looks the same except the coating which will last for a long time.
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The cover has a top with a smaller hole in it. This explains why the interior looks tapered in the photo.
I believe it is showing the original Supreme model.
The India version uses thicker metal and is not quite so perfectly round because of the seam.
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That looks more like a "Phantom Tube" to me. The old P.T. can actually make a very deceptive switching device with the right handling. Show the small Phantom Tube empty as usual at the start, stand it up on your palm and push in (for example) a blue silk. Immediately lift it up off your palm and a multi-colored silk drops out of the bottom. The silk is then pulled back UP through the obviously empty tube and used in whatever way you have in mind for it. Much more deceptive than the standard yellow switching can which always looks like a suspicious prop rather than an empty tube incapable of deception. Combining sleight of hand with any standard prop always confuses even knowing magicians.


We have employed similar thinking (obviously a different method) switching a blank silk with a card silk in a small drum head tube. Great minds! Smile

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I bought mine from Practical Magic. I didn't realize that it was made in India, but the one I received was good quality.

Here are some routines that make sense with this prop (geared towards children) from the Practical Magic folks:

https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/vi......on=click

They still have it on their website:

https://practical-magic.com/products/merry-switch-can

and it looks like Ginn sells it on his website as well if you don't want to pay the shipping from England:

https://www.ginnmagic.org/product/merry-switch-can/
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On Jun 3, 2018, isaacfawlkes wrote:
Jim
I can think of dozens of things that can be stored in a can that makes sense... paper clips


Check the Practical Magic video above, as there is a pretty good routine using paper clips.
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