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Daniel Ulzen
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I have used the Break-Away Wand maybe 3.000 times in my life - and still love this gag. Jeff McBride wants all magicians to stop to use this gag. I believe he is wrong and this gag wand makes the world a better place (if poerformed ok). Who invented the Break Away Wand? Today I wanted to know that and with the help of Google some answers came up quick. One website wrote:

"Ian Buckland invented the Breakaway Wand"

https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/14566398779571593/

So far it seems this information is wrong and it was George Wetherald who inented the Break Away Wand:

"This prop was invented by George Wetherald, and marketed by Abbott's as “The Brak-A-Wa Wand,” 1936. See The Sphinx, Vol. 35 No. 2, Apr. 1936, p. 71, and The Linking Ring, Vol. 16 No. 2, Apr. 1936, p. 117.“

https://www.conjuringcredits.com/doku.ph......way_wand

Does anybody lnow for sure who invented this gag? Does anybody know why one website mentiones Ian Buckland? Does anybody know how this gag-wand was invented? Does anybody know how the first performance went? Who was the first person on earth having this wand in his hand? Mayby this person is still alive ...
Donald Dunphy
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Danny Orleans wrote an e-book about the Breakaway Wand (and mentions his breakaway crayon prop, which I also use in my shows). He also talks about the history of the wand in the book, and when it first appeared in the Abbott's catalog (matches with the info you quoted from "Conjuring Credits").

https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/amazekids/break-away/

Note - I contributed one of the ideas published in this e-book, but this is not an affiliate link.

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Donald Dunphy is a Victoria Magician, British Columbia, Canada.
Mark Boody Illusionist
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I wish Dick Oslund was still with us. I would love to hear his thoughts on this!
Russo
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I've used the breakaway wand on the breakaway fan -( show the fan whole - give it to a young Vol.,closed and ready to open, broken) of course even Magician should look bewildered.
Donald Dunphy
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Danny Orleans (Vanishing Inc. / Amazekids) sells a nice breakaway fan. Tommy James also sells the same one.

See this thread: Professional Breakaway Fan

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Donald Dunphy is a Victoria Magician, British Columbia, Canada.
FrankFindley
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Bev Bergeron covered this in his article "Who Invented the Brak-A-Wa Wand and Other Jewels?" in The Linking Ring Vol. 97 No. 9 September 2017. Ian Bucklad didn't create it...he did the research and found that Wetherald created it.


"I was saved by Ian Buckland, who found the solution in the May 1936 issue of Abbott’s Tops magazine. It was an ad for the Brak-A-Wa Wand, created by George Wetherald. This is what Ian wrote in the Thayer Magic website: Wetherald of Rhode Island lived close to H. Adrian Smith. They put their heads together on quite a few magic classics. How can you not love the idea of these two card maestros becoming enchanted together with a wand that flops? That first night of the wand must have been a case of up, down, up, down for hours. Percy (Abbott) seems to have become sick of typing hyphens, and soon changed the name to BRAKAWA Wand. Dear me, that’s even worse. Buyers, unable to spell Brakawa, soon broke it away, and Breakaway Wand became the parlance in parlours. Before Percy Abbott could get a second ad out about the Breakaway Wand, he was being ripped off by other dealers."
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