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Frank Tougas
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Anyone remember this company. They manufactured a number of items boxed and displayed on a revolving rack much like the Adams Co. did.

It was pretty good quality, I'd compare it with Tenyo now as far as turning plastic into decent stuff. I have never heard of anyone who remembers this, yet two items sit across from me as I type this so I know I didn't dream it.

It would be nice to hear from someone who collected the entire series. After that, maybe I can stir up some memories of the Blackstone (Sr.) Bubble gum and trick packages.

Man am I getting old! Smile
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Now this is strange. I woke up this morning with a distinct memory of the "My Merry Magic" sets I had as a kid. I decided to do a Google search to see if any references to them turned up on the Internet, and, lo and behold, I found your post.

I seem to remember there were about 12 different "My Merry Magic" tricks in all. Each one came packaged separately in an attractive box. I recall the tricks and instructions were of very good quality.

I know I had several as a kid, but the one I remember most vividly was a trick card box. The box was very well made, either from black metal and/or plastic.

I also remember a white cloth handkerchief imprinted with the "My Merry Magic" logo repeating throughout the cloth. This was from a different trick, but I can't remember anything about the trick itself or what other equipment was involved.

I certainly never collected anywhere near the entire series, but I thought you'd want to know that you're not the only person who remembers these sets.
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I had several of these, and you are the first person I've ever found who remembers them....only wish I had somehow kept them through the years. My "favorite" was their version of the die box with the pseudo boxes stuck to the doors!
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I remember the company fairly well; I had a few of the tricks when I was a kid. These were the tricks I owned; the magic cash register, the sword through the wood rod and tube, and the penetrating die cabinet. I had the My Merry Magic cloth mentioned; this was for the magic cash register trick.

There are two other tricks I know of; a jeweled ring which changed colors from red to green. I know there were many others, including the spirit card box - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ux0F_lCXNJU.

MAGIC CASH REGISTER - a coin vanishes from the performer's hand and appears in a closed small cash register inside a tied cloth from his pocket.

The cash register was red plastic, about 1-1/2" on each side and height, with a drawer. The trick came with a 4" long metal coin chute and My Merry Magic cloth. You'd open the drawer, insert one end of the chute inside, then close the drawer as much as possible using rubber bands. The cloth would be wrapped around this and tied with a rubber band with the other end of the coin chute protruding. This pack went into your pocket and was held in place by the clipped end of the chute.

You would vanish the coin and palm it. Then when reaching into your pocket for the register, you'd put the coin into the chute and it would travel all the way into the register. To remove the pack, you push it downwards so that the other end of the chute would be removed from the register; the rubber bands would then close the drawer and you would further slide the pack until it was completely free of the chute and that rubber band closed the cloth. When you pulled the pack from your pocket, you had a tied cloth wrapped around a closed cash register with the coin inside.

SWORD THROUGH A WOOD CYLINDER - a wooden cylinder is inserted inside a tube and a sword is plunged through the tube, penetrating the wood. The performer shows the end of the tube as still being completely inside the tube. He then withdraws the sword, and removes the wood cylinder showing it to be completely solid.

The tube was cardboard, about 1/2" diameter and 3" long; it had a small hole drilled through it, about 3/4" from one end. There were two black wooden cynlinders, one 3" long and the other was 3/4" long. These fit snugly inside the tube. The performer palmed the short cylinder and held the tube in the same hand. Then he'd slide the long cylinder inside tube completely. Then he'd switch the tube to his other hand while sliding the short cylinder into the tube and hiding the other end of the tube with the hand to conceal the larger cylinder being pushed out. The sword could be pushed through the hole and between the two cylinders. The tube could be shown with the short cylinder at the edge, appearing to look like the sword penetrated cylinder.

The performer removes the sword with his free hand, transfers the tube to that hand once the sword is placed down, and in the same process, slides the protruding end of the large cylinder into the tube as it's transferred over, forcing the short cylinder where it is palmed. The performer drops this hand and the tube and wood cylinder can be shown restored.

PENETRATING DIE AND CABINET - a die is placed inside one of the sections of a cabinet, and it penetrates a solid wall to the other side.

The cabinet was black plastic, about 3" long by 1-1/2" wide by 1-1/2" high; it was divided into two sections by a wall. It had 4 doors, 2 on each side, 1 in front and 1 in back. There was a slug in the bottom, which made a sound when the cabinet was tilted. The trick came with 2 1/2" white dies, and these had 5 sides and one open end. Each of the doors of cabinet had square patterns on its interior, which allowed the die to be snapped into and held in place. Before the trick began, the performer attached a die to the left rear door.

When starting the trick, he would open the left rear door with the die and then the left front door to show that side of the cabinet empty (the die would be hidden from the spectators' view). Then the two right side doors were opened, to show the entire cabinet to be empty. He'd close the left front door, then the left rear and right rear doors. He would insert the other die into the right side and snap it into place on the rear door, and close the right front door. He would tilt the cabinet and the spectators would hear a sound, indicating that the die had penetrated the cabinet wall.

Then the right rear and right front doors of the cabinet were opened, showing that side of the cabinet that the die was placed was now empty. The left front door was opened, showing that the die was now in that section.
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