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    One of a series showing the secrets behind some simple magic tricks using telephone books and tableware.

    M/S of magician Alan Alan standing at a table with his assistant (pupil?) Maria Lennard seated next to him. He is standing 3 telephone directories on the table on top of a large brown paper bag with another telephone book balanced across the top. He invites ML to try to knock over the books by blowing. She tries this twice, unsuccessfully, then sits back in her chair to indicate she can't do it. AA shows us the secret is to blow into the paper bag beneath the books; as the bag inflates the books topple over. C/Us of AA and ML.

    M/S of AA sitting at the table as he sets up the next trick. He sticks the prongs of 4 forks into a cork with a needle in the bottom of it, then balances this on a coin (half a crown) which is stuck into another cork in a bottle of wine. C/Us as he balances the whole thing and then flicks it to set it spinning round and round without overbalancing.

    C/U of AA's hands as he sets up another balancing trick; he fixes two forks together at the prongs, inserts a coin between the top prongs and takes a glass tumbler holding a knife and balances the forks and coin on top of the knife. C/Us of the set up as he takes another tumbler and balances this on the edge of the first tumbler. C/U of ML looking up towards AA and smiling.

    C/U of AA's hands with three large safety pins that he slots together and joins up without undoing - they are obviously trick ones! He does various sleight-of-hand tricks with the pins while the commentator says "Imagine what a boon these magic pins would be to mothers struggling with their offspring's nappies - safety pins that just slide on!"

    Note: print shows signs of vinegar syndrome - in isolation vault 56.

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    British Pathé
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    01:19:55:00 / 01:21:58:00
    CP 267
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    CP 267
  • Appears in...

    Sport & Leisure Entertainment & Humour
    Magicians of the past Telephone Directory OBSESSION British Houdini Magicians Crackit - When Magic goes wrong
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