Tin Can Trickster

I remember, when as a kid in short pants with his first few magic mags and catalogues, the trouble and terrific (to me, then) expense of making my own apparatus. One source of trouble was tin tubes for the many effects which use such coverings.

In the five and ten-cent emporiums to-day there is a gadget which will go into your vest pocket. It's called "Safety-Roll, Jr." It's a can-opener for kitchen use. The instruction card, upon which the device is stapled, says, "Sold the world over."

It opens all sizes and shapes of cans quite miraculously and turns down the cut edge so that the lid is removable, leaving an open can whose edge cannot cut any exploring finger. By using the thing on both ends of a can, and soaking off the label, a perfect tube is the result.

During the several weeks while we've had it we've easily found five differently sized cans (in circumference) which nest within each other. Ctor grocer stocks a few other delicacies (?) which could give us a nest of seven or eight perfect tin tubes.

Here, therefore, is a supply of tubes, and covers, for one end can be left in place, which should delight the hearts of magical strategists on the home front. The cans available also are of varied heights. ",Ve can recall our labor in building tubes out of cardboard for the exquisite Okito Vanishing Glass trick, and saving nickles and dimes for the metal tubes we finally treasured. This required three nesting tubes each a little shorter than the other.

For decorating one can go back to the original label process by roughing the tin with very coarse sandpaper and wrapping the cover or cylinder with colored paper to which has been applied glue - not paste. The l/8th inch rolled "collar" at each end of the can-tube will form a protection against any catching or tearing during maneuvres. This way of covering the tin is exceptionally good bePage cause the magician can paste on holiday designs to suit the occasion.

For those who want a lasting job of decoration we advise the cleaned and dried tin be painted with a quick drying enamel, and after it has set well, cover with a coat of transparent shellac. Any added designs, should, of course, be put on before this last process.

I hope that not a few of the Jinx readers will be gracious enough to let us print effects they conjure up from these until now wasted containers of commodities.

_____ Contributed by Theo. Annemann

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