The Mystery Of The Dancing Girls

The "Mystery of the Dancing Girls" is especially valuable for the able magician because it is so easily adaptable where you are working with a number of people. It can be easily enlarged to handle up to a dozen people if necessary, though six is the customary number.

The "Mystery of the Dancing Girls" works out especially nicely for Christmas Entertainments, where various characters are to be magically produced — or in a Fashion Show for the production of various models - or - in a musical production for producing dancing girls. While the cabinet may seem bulky you will find many places where this type cabinet will be very welcome.

Some time ago when I was producing at one of the prominent moving picture houses in Chicago where Al Short and his orchestra were giving a series of presentations of various countries around the world, I had the stage carpenter build me a cabinet so that I could produce six dancing girls. The presentation was "India". Ollie Thomas, eminent saxophonist, was cast for the part of the magician. He was to play the part of the Hindu magician and produce the girls from the cabinet.

It was my first production for Short and when he saw the cabinet under construction and the method I was using for the production of the girls he was rather dubious as to whether anyone would be mystified or not and as to whether he had made a mistake in getting me to produce a feature number for him. However, he let the work go on. After the first performance, the manager of the theatre came back of the stage and complimented Short on the novel production of the girls. "But of course," he said, "I knew where the girls came from, as they came up through a trap door in the stage."

Short came and told me later about the incident and said, "That's enough, Tarbell, from now on you can do as you please and no questions asked. When you can fool the manager and make him think we can cut trap doors in a stage six feet thick in concrete, that's enough to convince me the illusion is good." And Al Short never questioned me again on any illusion I ever produced for him.

A black cabinet trimmed with gold or decorated in modernistic style, is freely shown by turning it around and opening the front and back doors to show it empty. The doors are closed and then the front doors are opened again. Six dancing girls fill the cabinet and step out of the cabinet two by two and into their dance. Or if desired the girls can be produced two at a time until the six have been produced.

PARAPHERNALIA:

1 -- A special cabinet to conceal six girls.

PREPARATION:

THE CABINET:

Fig. 15 shows the general appearance of the cabinet. It is about 51/2 feet long, 3 1/2 feet wide and 6 feet tall. There are two doors in front and two doors in the rear. They open out as shown in Fig. 16.

An ingenious principle is used to make the cabinet hold six girls and yet seem empty and without trickery.

PREPARATION:

THE CABINET:

Fig. 15 shows the general appearance of the cabinet. It is about 51/2 feet long, 3 1/2 feet wide and 6 feet tall. There are two doors in front and two doors in the rear. They open out as shown in Fig. 16.

An ingenious principle is used to make the cabinet hold six girls and yet seem empty and without trickery.

The girls are concealed in two small compartments, one on each end of cabinet. Each compartment holds three girls. Fig. 17. The compartments are about 9 inches wide. Each compartment has two doors, each held shut by a spring attached from door to side of cabinet.

The doors open out into the cabinet and the springs pull them closed again.

The doors to the cabinet are tricked in an illusionary way. Apparently each opens all the way to the end of the cabinet, but in reality they open only within about eleven inches of the end of the cabinet.

Fig. 19 shows a door and where the hinges are placed. The gold two inch trimming around the door does not stop with the side of door hinged to cabinet, but continues over to the edge of cabinet. The hinges are hidden beneath the cloth covering on door. To audience door hinges to edge of cabinet.

When doors are open, apparently to sides of cabinet, the audience can look through the inside of cabinet and see that it is empty. The inside of cabinet is painted black. The cabinet seems empty but yet it has contained already within it six girls.

Three girls are in one compartment and three in the other. The cabinet is wheeled forward and revolved entirely around. Cabinet is placed in position and front doors opened. Performer then enters cabinet and pushes open the back doors, showing cabinet empty. He closes rear doors and, coming to front, closes the front ones.

The moment front doors are closed, he gives signal and girls come from compartments into the cabinet proper, the inner doors swing back into place.

They stand two abreast and face the front. They stand so as to apparently fill the cabinet.

The front doors are thrown open, Fig. 20, showing the cabinet filled with girls.

Then they step out two by two and into their dance.

NOTE:

Such a cabinet holds remarkable possibilities for many occasions. Imagine the production possible with many folding articles within the secret compartments. These folded articles could be brought from their concealment and opened into the cabinet proper. This nicely affords three or four big successful productions - one after the other.

To add variety for some church Christmas entertainment, Santa Claus could show cabinet empty and produce two brownies with boxes of candy and then two more brownies with presents and such.

Cabinet could be used to produce from four to six tableaux with a new person posing in each.

Special curtains could be concealed in compartments and hung on back doors and unrolled to form background. Each person produced in tableau could be dressed to fit it. Then after tableau person posing could step out while doors are closed and another scene and person is produced.

Scores of magicians will welcome this production for special occasions, adapting the production to fit the occasion.

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