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Bill Hegbli
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On May 5, 2016, jethro63 wrote:
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On Mar 13, 2016, jethro63 wrote:
Watching the clip of Fred Kaps performing the Chinese Sticks on Sullivan is what got me back into magic. Imagine performing a trick that was included in toy magic kits and had its instructions on how to build in those old red hardbound Popular Mechanics books. The Sullivan performance (1964) may have been before that happened (I don't know) but he still performed it in the 70s when almost every magician (and many laymen) knew how it was done.
Just to clarify this, after a little research I found that the Chinese sticks was tipped in Popular Mechanics in the December 1962 issue. Not sure what the date of his Sullivan performance was, but if he did the sticks on the Beatles broadcast it was February 1964, so the secret was well out by then. Just shows what a great performer can do.



I don't remember the Chinese sticks being explained in that magazine special edition. I did make the production mirror box, with dad's help back then. To bad those cookie sheet polished surfaces are not available any longer. They looked just like chrome, and were a great substitute for a mirror.
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Bill, I think you're confusing _Popular Mechanics_ with the Science and Mechanics _Magic Handbook_, which did have the mirror box made with cookie sheet mirrors.
There were, though, a few issues of _Popular Mechanics_ that exposed magic tricks--including the Chinese Sticks.
The December 1935 issue of _Popular Mechanics_ had an article by Cardini where he exposed a sponge ball trick among others.

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On Mar 26, 2020, Anatole wrote:
The December 1935 issue of _Popular Mechanics_ had an article by Cardini where he exposed a sponge ball trick among others.

https://archive.org/stream/PopularMechan......mode/2up

Popular Mechanics, December 1962, they tip the method of the Chinese sticks. They are not full instructions on how to build, but give an adequate idea in the form of a drawing.
http://tinyurl.com/zze7g2z
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