Croquet Trick – Tabletop Version by George Richbark(c. 2005)
This effect was created by Louis Nikola c.1921. Both Thayer and then Owens have created stunning stage versions based upon the Nikola version. This beautiful tabletop version by the master craftsman George Richbark was made on a smaller scale so that it would be more suitable for parlor performance.
It is a clever little miracle for sure. I don’t perform parlor/stage magic much these days but this is the sort of effect I could see myself doing. It is a real fooler and really defies imagination. Everything looks clean. You show the 3 tubes empty, unscrew the top of the croquet mallet and place the head in one tube, place the 3 balls in the other tube at the end.
Then amazingly the 3 balls disappear from their tube and end up in the tube where the mallet head was, and the head ends up in a different tube. It is quite startling.
This set has had some Oriental decals added which actually look ok, but the original has bold red, blue and blue painted tubes with the numbers 1, 2, and 3.
Approx. Price: $795.00 (2009) ***Notice: I am not a dealer and this item is not for sale on this site. It maybe available in the links below or at our sister site: qualitymagicsales.com, but not from here so please do not ask.
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