• Short Summary

    Joker Paul Clive demonstrates some jokey gadgets - quirky.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "The Joker!"

    Quirky item looking at some jokey gadgets demonstrated by "the human box of tricks", Paul Clive.

    Interior, studio set. M/S of a man taking a seat beside Mr. C. Mr. C. hands him a glass of stout. Both men go to take a drink - the man discovers he has invisible lid on his glass preventing him from drinking. C/U of Mr. C. smoking a large cigar. He unscrews the false cigar revealing the real cigarette inside he is smoking.

    C/U of a matchbox that lets out a spark as it opens. M/S of man, Mr. C. sparks lighter that when sparked releases a ball and a squeak. C/U of various sound boxes that squeak and moo, one looks like a pepperpot but makes noise of a baby crying. C/U of a small wireless that whistles as the dial is turned, the dial then springs off completely.

    C/U of Mr. C. putting on monocle and false teeth with beard and moustache attached. The monocle has a tube attached that squirts water. Various shots of Mr. C. playing with monkey glove puppet - he is a ventriloquist and makes monkey sounds.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:15:50:00 / 01:17:36:00
    PT 352

Comments (1)

  1. Showtown says

    Paul Clive (1906-1987) was the founder and owner of Witchcraft Magic, and Paul Clive and Company which sold magic sets, tricks and novelties, including practical jokes. Originally from London, Clive moved his business and family to Blackpool, Lancashire in 1940. Harry Corbett, creator of Sooty, bought his first puppets from a novelty shop on North Pier run by Paul Clive in 1948. Clive was also a founder of the Blackpool Magicians' Club.


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