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It is a great piece of magic. I performed the dancing cork on my first big show. I do own the instructions, on a very old booklet... It was amusing to the audience. It dancing according to the music and I went down stage with it on my hand dancing... when I passed it out to an audience member, it was just a cork.
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It is just a cork, nothing more!

For those wishing to now see the Fred Kaps Floating and Dancing Cork, there is now a video performance of Fred Kaps presenting it for Bro. Hammon on YouTube.
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Here is a link to a YouTube video of the Amazing Mr. Kaps performing the Floating Cork. I don't think that is Bro. Hammon he is performing for. I can't seem to find the one with Bro. Hammon.

While it is true in general that the prop is just a cork, it is, however, a specially made prop designed specifically for the routine. One might say it was less of a cork.
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That clip shows Fred Kaps performing for Michael Parkinson, an English chat show host.
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I am curious, did Kaps use what magicians would use today? (W**** N****)

Was he one of the first to use it?
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What is (W**** N****) PM me. Smile
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On Apr 5, 2014, Powermagic wrote:
I am curious, did Kaps use what magicians would use today? (W**** N****)

Was he one of the first to use it?

No, he used (S****** I******** T*****).
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Ah, that great Floating Cork, How I remember it well. I was honored to see this done by Fred Kaps himself in Ken's studio in London many many years ago.

At that time you were given the box which was a jewelry box with a snap lid, 2 plastic containers, one with a practice cork ready to go and another with an actual working cork. And as Harry said, the cork
looks 100% normal, but there is something very very important that has been done to the cork to make the effect and performance so much better. a wire hoop, a supply of the special something with instructions for how to use it and manage it, and of course Ken's fantastic instructions.

Anything Ken Brooke put on the market, had the best instructions that you will ever find. So detailed and ken even sent follow up ideas and additions to you where he thought it was important to mention.

Ken was one of a kind, and a special friend, I will always remember Ken and Barbara.

D.J. do yourself a big favor, buy the package from Joe Stevens, or get the Tutorial that covers the cork from Joe, it will be worth a lot to you, especially the fine little touches to detail that you will learn.

Richard, I am happy to see you use the Nemo Jumbo Rising Cards. I still use mine all the time for platform and stage work, it is a work of poetry. If you ever need new envelopes, drop me line, I picked up a box of them when I did my Europe lecture tour back in 2001. The proper envelope as you
know is important.

D.J, the words of wisdom from the likes of Bill, Pete and others here are to help you so listen wisely my fiend.

All the Best

Opps; forgot my buddy Harry, been a long time hope you are doing well.
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D.J. That should have read friend, *** old eyes with a new computer is getting hard to get used to.
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I saw Fred Kaps lecture at Al's Magic Shop in DC back in the 70's and someone asked him whether he would do "The Floating Cork" in the lecture. He said, "I don't do the Floating Cork any more because of THAT!" and he pointed to a "Pet Ghost" box on one of the counters in the shop. For the younger members on The Magic Café, the "Pet Ghost" was a toy from the 70's. You can see the box that Fred was pointing at here:

I do think that John Kennedy had the right idea when he came out with his Floating Dollar Bill. A dollar bill--especially if it's borrowed--is a much more intriguing idea than a floating cork. I saw John perform the Floating Dollar Bill at a Raleigh Festival of Magic in the early 70's and it amazed everyone!

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