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Topic: History of Woofle Dust
Message: Posted by: MrPrestoHypno (May 21, 2013 11:23AM)
Does anyone have any other sources of history of Woofle Dust?
Who was the first person to actual use this concept?
And why the word "Woffle"?


Early uses of the word in print are:

1926 the original mail order version of the Tarbell Course of magic. As part of the patter in lesson 2, within the "MYSTERY OF THE BURNING CIGARETTE" routine, Tarbell writes, "Sometimes I weight it down with a little Magic 'Woofle Dust.'"

Sphinx, September, 1929 page 240, Everett Murphy mentions "woofle-dust".

Sphinx, May 1932, page 99, Roennau mentions "foo foo powder or woofle dust"
Message: Posted by: landmark (May 21, 2013 03:58PM)
Dead woofles?
Message: Posted by: MrPrestoHypno (May 22, 2013 07:59AM)
That is funny!
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Jul 18, 2013 12:52AM)
Evidently, before vacuum cleaners became a commonplace household appliance, largely due to the efforts of door-to-door salesmen, woofles were far more plentiful than they are now. Due to their unusual surface texture and their tendency to capture dust particles, woofle dust was also much more commonplace than it is now. Since the particles are quite small (unless, of course, there has been a rather large amount of moisture in the air, causing them to clump) they are practically invisible.

So, all the beginning magician needed to do was to shake the dust off a few woofles, catch the resulting "fallout" in a paper bag, and he was in business, so to speak.
Message: Posted by: theconjuror (Sep 21, 2013 04:41PM)
I rememebr the first time I've seen a magician use 'woofle dust'. He pulled out a toy squeeker and squeezed it a few times over the effect he was performing. Funny I remember that...
Message: Posted by: MagicMattMan (May 2, 2014 10:28PM)
Pop Haydn has the best dust to use!
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Dec 15, 2015 06:10AM)
Pop, most likely bought his dust from either JACK CHANIN or AL FLOSSO! (Those two mountebanks had "cornered the market" on "woofle dust".)

Doc TARBELL may have first learned how to use "woofle dust", but, he never had a magic shop to collect it in! (Egad! another "CHARLIE MILLER"!
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Dec 15, 2015 06:14AM)
[quote]On Sep 21, 2013, theconjuror wrote:
I rememebr the first time I've seen a magician use 'woofle dust'. He pulled out a toy squeeker and squeezed it a few times over the effect he was performing. Funny I remember that... [/quote]

I THINK that the squeeker was a Karrell Fox idea.
Message: Posted by: Rudy Ray (Jul 18, 2016 01:02AM)
When you dust the Woofles the young ones should be out of the room, the woofles make a hell of a racket...
Message: Posted by: MrPrestoHypno (Jul 19, 2016 08:14AM)
Appreciate all the one liners! Made my day.
Message: Posted by: Larry Barnowsky (Sep 3, 2017 12:41PM)
I can supply anyone interested in nanoparticle woofle dust. Although the envelope it comes in appears to be empty, I assure you that all the nanowoofles are there.
I also sell used flash paper and chocolate Oil of Milk (OOM)

More unique items at [url=http://www.barnowskymagic.com/index.html]my site[/url]
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Sep 3, 2017 06:03PM)
Well, I've heard of used flash paper, and used hat coils, but I've never heard of chocolate OOM!
Message: Posted by: Rainboguy (Sep 10, 2017 01:38PM)
I have one of Karrell's Woofle dust squeakers........It's a stupid dumb thing THAT WORKS!
Message: Posted by: blackstone99 (Dec 27, 2017 11:34AM)
Woofle dust is the residual material after flash paper burns.
Message: Posted by: MrPrestoHypno (Dec 29, 2017 08:01AM)
Larry that is hilarious! OOM
Message: Posted by: Terrible Wizard (Dec 29, 2017 08:11AM)
Anyone found a reference older than the OP?
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Mar 21, 2018 06:52AM)
Ida know...How old IS the OP?
Message: Posted by: Clay Shevlin (Jul 3, 2019 10:11PM)
The woofle dust concept for magicians existed, and was used in their patter, in the early 18th century (so nearly 300 years ago).
Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (Jul 4, 2019 05:48PM)
Clay, would you provide a reference/url for a source for this information? We live at a moment when much of our older literature is preserved and available on the internet. Citing and linking to older sourcebooks can help this generation of students appreciate our past.
Thanks in advance,
Jon
Message: Posted by: bluejay17! (Aug 8, 2019 10:53AM)
Hugard said that using it for a trick was outdated in Expert Card Technique.
ps. I'm part of the younger generation of students.
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Aug 8, 2019 05:12PM)
We realized that from the "17" in your "handle".

I was 17 once! (7- years ago!) PM if you wish. POSSIBLY, I can make a few suggestions.
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Aug 8, 2019 06:38PM)
That should be 70 years ago!
Message: Posted by: MrPrestoHypno (Oct 25, 2019 07:29AM)
Clay, you wrote: The woofle dust concept for magicians existed, and was used in their patter, in the early 18th century (so nearly 300 years ago).
Would you provide a reference/url for a source for this information? Otherwise it is just an opinion and not evidence based.