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Topic: The National Magic Trick
Message: Posted by: drkptrs1975 (May 11, 2007 07:52PM)
We all have a National Athem, before sporting events, asks to rise for the National Athem. If there was to be a National Magic Trick, and you can submit anyone you want, can be Comedy, Close Up, Stage, and even Illusions, which one would you submit for the National Magic Trick. I would submit the Zig-Zag lady.
Message: Posted by: Lyndel (May 11, 2007 08:32PM)
Vanishing hanky - (TT)

Message: Posted by: Father Photius (May 11, 2007 10:37PM)
Mismade Flag
Message: Posted by: nathanallen (Jun 2, 2007 11:40AM)
On 2007-05-11 21:32, Lyndel wrote:
Vanishing hanky - (TT)

I think Penn & Teller opened one of their older TV shows with the Vanishing Hanky, and that's exactly what they called it: "The National Magic Trick".
I think. I could be wrong.
Message: Posted by: Justin Style (Jun 2, 2007 12:36PM)
Cups and balls...
Message: Posted by: itshim (Jun 4, 2007 01:44AM)

I have the same recollection of seeing Penn and Teller. Always seemed weird to me here in the UK when they are talking about the national trick and they're americans.

Message: Posted by: TroyRoark (Jun 4, 2007 09:48AM)
Vanishing bird cage (Blackstone)
Message: Posted by: tnscot (Jun 8, 2007 01:05PM)
Ever since I was a kid, there were two tricks that, no matter how cliche, ALWAYS personified (can a "thing" personify?) magic to me:

1. Pulling a rabbit from a hat
2. Sawing a lady in half

My vote would probably be sawing a lady in half.
Message: Posted by: calamari (Jun 8, 2007 03:47PM)
The French Drop... no that would be France's
Chinese Linking Rings... no that would be China's

I vote cups and balls with those cute little baseballs and a hot dog production finale while eating apple pie in a Chevrolet.
Message: Posted by: Spellbinder (Jun 8, 2007 06:16PM)
Oh, good! Another national something! I always like celebrating national frozen food month, but that's a whole month and no one ever asked me to pick a national frozen food.

For a national magic trick, in America, it should be a totally American trick. That lets out Zig-Zag (Robert Harbin- UK) and vanishing birdcage (Bautier De Kolta - France) and even the vanishing hanky with a TT is not totally American in origin. However, The Professor's Nightmare IS totally American, from Hen Fetsch through Bob Carver and most of the rip-off artists who claimed it at one time or another. Besides, it has Professor in its name and I am partial to anything with Professor in it. I wish Professor Cheer's could be considered, but it is of UK origin.
Message: Posted by: drkptrs1975 (Jun 8, 2007 06:20PM)
I will go with the Proffessors Nightmare.
Message: Posted by: TroyRoark (Jun 12, 2007 10:11PM)

Don't you give my Vanishing Birdcage to the French?!?! We took their statue, their fries, and their maid outfits... I WANT THE CAGE!!!!!

Nationalisticly Yours,
Message: Posted by: Spellbinder (Jun 13, 2007 12:35AM)
Recalling that Blackstone named himself after a popular brand of cigars of the era, and that we already got revenge on the French for their fries by sending them McDonalds, why embarrass ourselves by electing to "national magic trick" status a birdcage that can no longer be performed with a live bird inside? It should either be referred to as the "empty cage" vanish or the "rubber canary cage" vanish.

However, perhaps I should rethink my nomination and select a trick whose name everyone can spell correctly.
Message: Posted by: Magicmatt1982 (Jun 13, 2007 02:39PM)
I would have a few I think. The vanishing Hanky,Coin from ear,sponge balls and last is cups and balls.
Message: Posted by: thecardtrick (Jul 27, 2007 01:32AM)
On 2007-06-02 12:40, nathanallen wrote:
I think Penn & Teller opened one of their older TV shows with the Vanishing Hanky, and that's exactly what they called it: "The National Magic Trick".
I think. I could be wrong.

In "Magic & Mystery Tour" the episode where they go to China, they close with a room of people performing it as China's national trick.
Message: Posted by: joseph (Jul 27, 2007 07:26AM)
On 2007-06-08 16:47, calamari wrote:
The French Drop... no that would be France's

Also the Guillotine.. :) ..
Message: Posted by: thesecretrouting (Jul 27, 2007 09:12AM)
My vote goes to the cut and restored rope.
don't know if it's American in origin though. Just seems like everyone has a version in their show.
Message: Posted by: honus (Jul 27, 2007 11:39AM)
Pull my finger. :lol:

Actually, the Quarter From The Ear should be the National Trick; everybody's uncle (even Sam?) does it.
Message: Posted by: MagicMattMan (Jul 29, 2007 12:17AM)
Ambitous Card
Message: Posted by: MagicMattMan (Jul 29, 2007 12:19AM)
Or perhaps Folding Quarter...everyone comes into the shop asking for that "quarter bite thingie" they saw on t.v.