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Topic: Tom Mullica and the Floating Billiard Cue
Message: Posted by: Anatole (Mar 13, 2016 01:09PM)
I was perusing the Potter & Potter catalog of items from the Tom Mullica auction and item 246 lists
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Group of stage magic props and tricks used by Tom Mullica. Including a three-ring Linking Ring set (used by Mullica at the Tom-Foolery), vanishing bottle, dancing (floating) billiard cue (Creekmore magic), two Daylight Spirit Séance cloths, Weller’s String of Sausages, Stiff Rope, rope shears, What’s Next? spot card trick, and more. Good condition.
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I’m curious as to whether anyone ever saw Tom present the Creekmore dancing billiard cue--either in his act at the Tom-Foolery or in any other venue. Of course, Tom probably owned a lot of magic that he collected but did not necessarily perform. Interestingly the catalog description does say "three-ring Linking Ring set (used by Mullica at the Tom-Foolery)"---but does not say that he used the Creekmore dancing/floating billiard cue at the Tom-Foolery. There are a lot of items listed in the catalog that Mullica may not have actually used in performance.

----- Amado "Sonny" Narvaez
Message: Posted by: Stucky (Apr 17, 2016 06:00AM)
He had planned to open the Tom Poolery which was a billiard magic bar but it folded before it got going. This might have been from/for that.
Message: Posted by: Anatole (Apr 17, 2016 08:11AM)
The Tom Poolery... what a fascinating image that conjures up!
Thanks for that bit of info.

----- Amado "Sonny" Narvaez
Message: Posted by: AndreOng1 (May 13, 2016 09:31PM)
[quote]On Mar 13, 2016, Anatole wrote:
I was perusing the Potter & Potter catalog of items from the Tom Mullica auction and item 246 lists
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Group of stage magic props and tricks used by Tom Mullica. Including a three-ring Linking Ring set (used by Mullica at the Tom-Foolery), vanishing bottle, dancing (floating) billiard cue (Creekmore magic), two Daylight Spirit Séance cloths, Weller’s String of Sausages, Stiff Rope, rope shears, What’s Next? spot card trick, and more. Good condition.
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I’m curious as to whether anyone ever saw Tom present the Creekmore dancing billiard cue--either in his act at the Tom-Foolery or in any other venue. Of course, Tom probably owned a lot of magic that he collected but did not necessarily perform. Interestingly the catalog description does say "three-ring Linking Ring set (used by Mullica at the Tom-Foolery)"---but does not say that he used the Creekmore dancing/floating billiard cue at the Tom-Foolery. There are a lot of items listed in the catalog that Mullica may not have actually used in performance.

----- Amado "Sonny" Narvaez [/quote]


Is this not the same as just a dancing cane?
Message: Posted by: Anatole (May 16, 2016 02:48PM)
Yes, I would imagine it is the same as a dancing cane.
But I was thinking of the possibilities of combining the Creekmore Dancing Pool Cue with a set of white Fakini multipying balls that look basically like cue balls. Maybe come up with some kind of trick with a pool triangle, too. Linking Pool Triangles?

I've also always wanted to get some latext paint and tweak the Fakini balls with the numbers and colors of a standard billiard set. Maybe throw in a running gag where one of the balls keeps changing to the 8-ball. Maybe produce a giant 8-ball as a finale.

----- Amado "Sonny" Narvaez
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (May 16, 2016 03:11PM)
I believe Raymond Crowe already did Pool Table and Ball act. It was referenced once here on the Café.
Message: Posted by: JNeal (May 16, 2016 05:26PM)
Mark Kalin did a 'pool' themed act with multiplying (and expanding) billiard balls, linking pool racks, pool rack thru' cue, and some other effect. Like everything Mark does, it was well rehearsed and thought out.
Message: Posted by: Anatole (May 18, 2016 12:15AM)
Thanks for the information about Mark Kalin's billiards routine, Jonathan.

I found this youtube clip of Mark's routine:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3LoFalFqzo

Very nice, and as Jonathan pointed out in another Café thread, it is based on the Alan Wakeling routine, which of course was based in turn on the Roy Benson routine.

----- Amado "Sonny" Narvaez
Message: Posted by: JNeal (May 18, 2016 10:53PM)
Yes, but Mark's original routine (including having him dressed in an 1890's pool hustler attire) was much more traditional, with a finale for the sequence of an 8 or 9 inch billiard ball! Very ingenious method used.... by the way!
Message: Posted by: Ray Pierce (May 18, 2016 11:01PM)
If I remember, wasn't that finale load based on Booth's Cannonball Opener?
Message: Posted by: JNeal (May 19, 2016 07:47AM)
Yes! Now that you mention it! It's all comings back to me now... Have you ever seen anyone else do the Vanishing Garter trick in all these years?,
Message: Posted by: Ray Pierce (May 19, 2016 07:05PM)
Not a soul. I believe Owens made that try and it was a beauty.
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (May 19, 2016 07:52PM)
Yes, it was made by Owen's and Abbott's, Abbott's had a problem of sticking because of not being a good equal sliding trigger.
Message: Posted by: hugmagic (May 21, 2016 06:16AM)
I know the Blackstone girls often had a bruised leg because of the way the garter snapped. Just spent a weekend at a magic convention and interviewed by friend Adele Friel Rhindress who was one of the "garter" girls.

Richard