• Short Summary

    Swedish illusionist Carbonita escapes from a plastic bag while partner Carboni holds a modesty curtain.

  • Description

    M/S of two men in a garden in Hastings, Sussex, opening out a large plastic bag, scrunching down the edges and putting it on the ground; one of the men is Swedish illusionist/magician Carboni. Carbonita, his partner, appears, dressed in a short stripy shift dress and hat and black gloves (glamorous convict style); she steps into the bag. The other man takes off his jacket and Carbonita puts it on.

    M/S of a couple watching from deck chairs in the garden; the man turns to the woman with a bemused look on his face. Carboni and the other man unravel the plastic bag so it comes up over Carbonita's head, and wind some sticky tape around the top to seal it - help! I haven't seen any air holes yet - presumably there are some.

    The unidentified man takes a black marker pen from Carboni and writes 'RX' (his initials?) in two different places on the plastic, to show that only one bag is used in this trick. The men then hold a curtain attached to a hoop over Carbonita in the bag.

    After a short interval, to the sound of a drum roll Carbonita's shift dress comes flying over the top of the curtain! Carboni looks surprised and picks it up, then they lower the curtain to reveal Carbonita in a golden swim suit, holding the plastic bag with the man's jacket in it. The man looks at the bag, which clearly has his initials marked on it. Carboni holds the plastic bag while Carbonita in the background takes up a modest 'Ta-Daa!' pose. (We are not told how they did the trick, but commentator says "Someone on the spot suggested that a blowtorch had been concealed in the jacket: that she burned a small hole in the bag, put an arm through and untied the top!")

    Note: Illusionists Carboni and Carbonita also appear in CP 306 - Balance on Broom; presumably this plastic bag story was also shot while they were here for The International Brotherhood of Magicians Conference in Hastings, East Sussex. Poor Carbonita always had to do the dangerous stuff! Cuts exist - see separate record.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:24:39:00 / 01:26:42:00
    CP 304

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