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Bill Hegbli
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So what could be the answer is that Peter Pit was using a Jerry Benson Dancing Cane. There is no mention that Pit's cane was made specially for him, or by him. It could have been a agreement that he helps sell the canes by using his name in the ads. Who knows. Peter Pit passed away many years ago.

As I said, my cane has 4 sections, and Peter could have requested that it be small enough to fit in his case for travel engagements. This one does look like it was fashioned from a stick blind people use to use. The sections are expanded like the blind walking sticks. It does not look like one continuous smooth rod. The cane tubing is 8-16' and the flared tubing at the 3 junctions is 9-16".
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If I recall correctly, Peter had an endorsement arrangement with Jerry. I know for a fact that it was not the dancing cane that Peter used most often.
He showed me the cane he used one time when I visited him to ‘borrow ‘ some special invisible thread that he used with his performance cane.

His preferred cane was made up of only three segments that screwed together to create the full length cane. It was lightweight and he stored it in a special pouch with pockets... (rather like the kind that holds a roll of wrenches). He had a huge cone of thread that he got in Europe... very thin and strong. He generously offered to let me take as much of it as I wanted, which was just a bobbin or two. I think I have just a little left now...
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Here's a link to the original ad for the Jerry Benson cane/walking stick and a photo of the Benson cane in my collection folded into the four sections.
The ad copy says "a walking stick suddenly appears"--but the the way that the cane "appears" is more like a Walsh Appearing Table than a Walsh Appearing Cane.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=......BBEA9-RA

As JNeal points out, Peter Pit endorsed the Benson cane, but it was not the cane he preferred to use in his act.
You can see the cane that Peter used at the beginning of the "Peter Pit: Memories" DVD at the beginning of this youtube link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPhlObwMCEc&t=11s
It looks to me like a classic black cane with white tips.

The rather sharp tip at the bottom of the Jerry Benson cane makes me think Benson may have designed it to resemble an Alpenstock--the kind of cane that people hiking in the Alps might use to ensure good footing.

----- Amado "Sonny" Narvaez
Note: I purchased the Jerry Benson Walking Stick from a used magic site. It did not have the "instructions by Ptere Pit" with it. I'd love to see the instructions that Peter wrote for it if anyone can send me scans of his write-up.
----- Sonny Narvaez
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