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Does anyone recall seeing this one or know if anyone still makes it? I remember this from catalogs in the 70's and before - just looked at the catalog again and thought I'd ask... The effect is that the performer shows two large cards, one with a stencil of a cow and one colored green (grass); the cow card is held in front of the grass and when it's removed, a full-sized glass of milk is resting on the grass card.
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I even remember the poem that was part of the instructions> "A funny little cow and a patch of grass; instead of giving milk to you in a can, this one gives it to you in a glass!" Ta-Da!!! Smile (...evidence of a misspent youth.)
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Me too. I just contacted Mak and as I suspected, it ain't being made any more. I'd love to find one to add to my kids' shows. I'm imagining the classic UF Grant stencilled cardboard plaques and deceptively simple but effective gimmick... Just came up with an idea to make the appearing glass of milk, and I might have to just build my own, but it'd sure be fun to have an original.
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Watch the following web sites:

http://www.ktmagic.com
http://www.martinka.com
http://www.internationalmagicauction.com

Send an e-mail to kt@ktmagic.com and tell him what you are looking for. He may have it.
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Bill -
Thanks for the contacts - I was familiar with Martinka, but not the other two, and all three look like great sources for my search.

Now if only Deering would put out a lower-priced long-neck Goodtime banjo, then I wouldn't have to keep lusting after a vintage Vega with a Tube-a-phone tone ring. I've already got my workhorse Whyte Laydie (as do my brother-in-law and nephew - 3 WL's between us), but at some point need to add a long-neck just because.

Oh, wait, this was about cows... Smile
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I used to demonstrate that one in my days as a Mecca Magic demonstrator. I could make one in five minutes after a trip to the Dollar Store; there's not much to it, but it is a cute quickie.
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I have a couple of Vega Tu-Ba-Phones. One has a Fawley neck, the other is one of the ones that came from Galaxie. It has a Tony Pass rim in it.
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Ooh, sounds fine! My Whyte Laydie is an evidently limited edition 70's Wildwood I got from David Eisner. Also have my much loved Martin soprano uke of indeterminate age that came with an "extra" soundhole and had its several cracks covered with scotch tape (it was sold to me with the proviso that it wasn't actually playable)... took it home, gave it new strings, reglued one brace and kept the cracks as they were, and it just keeps getting better as the decades roll by. And 2-year-olds love it, as well they should.
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Too bad Mike Longworth is no longer with us. He was really good at fixing those things up. He worked for Martin for a long time. He was also David Price's nephew.
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This Cow Trick has been a total winner with my preschool audiences over the past few weeks, did it at a birthday party and one of the kids said, upon the appearance of the glass of milk, "Hey, where did THAT come from?!" It may have sunk into oblivion at one point but it sure seems to be a worker now...
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Score another one for U.F. Grant!

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I can see why he's been called "The Edison of Magic"... like the lightbulb and phonograph and motion picture, Grant's creations still hold their own today, some a little modernized and some just as they were. Pretty neat...
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I rarely post a negative review....and I am a HUGE U F Grant fan and collector, but this one is near the bottom of all his effects, in my opinion. I bought one...it was $3 at the time, 40 years ago, and I was totally disapointed. PM me if you want to know more about what you are producing, but if you expect anything that will pass for a real glass of milk, good luck. I see another post where it was successful for another person, and I applaud their success at being able to sell this..... I certainly couldn't. For me, I didn't feel it had any credibility at all, and I didn't believe in it myself, which sometimes makes it harder to sell. It might pass for me if used as a quickie in a stage setting.
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The secret to this is to use a real glass filled with real milk instead of the Grant gimmick. It CAN be done (see my explanation on The Magic Nook Forum). Not only that, but you can also produce a cookie to go with the milk. Then the poem becomes:
A funny little cow and a patch of grass;
instead of giving milk in a can,
this one gives it in a glass!
But any REAL magician who is not a hopeless rookie
Can reach into the glass and pull out a cookie!

Seems to me I ought to get a plug in there for Magic Nookies somewhere.
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"The secret to this is to use a real glass filled with real milk instead of the Grant gimmick"
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>>>Well, in the original routine, a REAL GLASS OF MILK was first produced...and THEN as a surprise kicker - the fake glass of milk was produced. That's the way the routine SHOULD be done. Don't just produce the fake glass of milk.

Producing the first REAL glass of milk takes some of the "heat" off of the 2nd (fake) glass, and just as important - it's the startling surprise of the 2nd (fake) glass that really surprises an audience.

Last year, I actually fooled a well-versed magi friend with this. This prop is 'so old..it's new'! No body or table loads.

Obviously, this prop is meant for parlor or stage only.

...and speaking of UF Grant...nice to see on the Sept. 2007 cover of Genii mag--a picture of Alan Wakeling using Grant's "Keg-O-Plenty"! Smile

Posted: Aug 21, 2007 6:45pm
I can see why he's been called "The Edison of Magic"...
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>>>Actually, Burling Hull is known as the "Edison of Magic".

I am also a great admirer of Hull & his creations ...but Grant tops my list.
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You're right - it was Hull. But Grant was the Arnold Schemenhauser of magic, so it's all good.

I did the Cow Trick at a magic club of mainly retirees a month ago, and it went over well, one of the fellows telling me he had one.
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I had one of these 30 years ago. Don't know what happened to it. You could easily make your own if you had a cow stencil (or just glue a picture of a cow on a piece of cardboard).

Jim
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I made mine on the computer using a cow stencil advert someone had online that I cut & pasted, and since I couldn't find the required acetate made my own version of the glass - I've used it at birthdays and other shows, and it always surprises.
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Jim Gerrish has a version where the Cow appears as a solid plastic Cow after you make the real glass of milk and cookies appear. Then you get a little red barn for the cow, and finally a bale of hay for the cow. It's on my site in Jim's Hardboard and Duct Tape Magic Show, and contains all the artwork needed. I even have some extra plastic cows at The Magic Nook if you can't find anything suitable at the toy store or Dollar store.

The basic principle is from the old "soup plates" moves and you can adapt it to many different tricks- producing a pirate, ship and treasure chest, for example; or producing a circus tent, clown and elephant. Too bad no one uses the soup plates tricks anymore. I guess soup plates went out of fashion and many magicians forgot the principles. Jim even has a stage Illusion that uses the soup plates moves- The Goldilocks Illusion now being featured on http://www.magiczine.com .
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