Magic! Doll’s House Illusion and the Crystal Clock

April 7, 2010

How much do you know about magic? It’s time to see through the illusion! The Magic! exhibit is now open at HMNS. Throughout the run of the exhibit, check back here for exclusive videos and descriptions of the unique items on display from curator Scott Cervine.

Doll’s House Illusion

This classic illusion was invented by British music hall performer Fred Culpitt (1877 – 1944) circa 1927 and quickly became popular worldwide due to its practicality and deceptiveness and remains popular to the present day.

The doll house is opened and shown to be empty (often removing the toy furniture in the process of displaying the house). However, when the door is closed, the roof immediately pops open in the center and a full-sized (generally adult) female doll too large to have been hidden within the empty doll house steps out.

The Crystal Clock Dial

This classic stage effect dates to the 19th century and remained popular into the early 20th century, but is seldom seen today.

In this spiritualistic feat, a number from one to twelve merely thought of by an audience member is divined by the spirits when the freely spinning clock hand mysteriously slows and stops on the spectator’s number.

Authored By Scott Cervine

Scott Cervine, guest curator for Magic: The Science of Wonder, was one of the youngest people ever accepted by the prestigious Magic Castle in Hollywood – at age 15. By the time he was 21, Scott was accepted as a full-fledged member of the Academy of Magical Arts. He is the only magician to ever be named “Magic Entertainer of the Year” two years in a row. Scott has appeared on several new shows, blending his unique style of comedy and magic to dazzle audiences. He has performed in over a dozen countries and made several TV and movie appearances.

One response to “Magic! Doll’s House Illusion and the Crystal Clock”

  1. Ichiki says:

    Im sad to say that I just missed this exhibit v_v and was wondering where one might be able to find more information about the illusions discribed above? Thanks!

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