A Couple Tips for Using the Rubber Walnut
Copyright 2011 by James
The Walnut Trick has been a favorite of mine for years.
Until recently, a good rubber walnut has been unobtainable. Good
news! Michael Mosher has been experimenting for the past year
trying to perfect the color and texture required. He has finally
done it and is now making his realistic walnuts available.
The rubber walnuts shown on this page were both prototypes
with a few air bubbles but they were perfect for my experimentation.
You may order first class defect-free walnuts directly from Michael.
A weakness in many routines developed for the classic
effect was that the same method was used for all of the required
"vanishes". This is not good technique. I am going to
show two ways to alter extra rubber walnuts which will allow the
performer to vary the methods used in the effect.
The Walnut Reel
The first method involves utilizing a small clip on
reel that I often sell to magicians. The rubber walnut gets attached
to the end of the vinyl covered steel cable of this tiny reel.
The reel gets clipped on to the performer's belt. Below is explained
how to attach the walnut to the reel.
Here is a front and back view
of the reel.
The wire is extended and clipped in the extended position.
A good sharp knife
is required. Notice the bead at the end of the wire.
A deep slot or pocket is cut into the end of the walnut.
The end of the
wire with its small ring and bead is inserted into this pocket.
A couple drops
of super glue and pinching the pocket closed complete the task.
The completed walnut reel now looks like this.
If you do not know how to utilize such a reel, read
This walnut reel is what I term
a "mechanized pull". Many inexperienced in magic do
not understand the idea behind a pull. A pull is to secretly remove
an item from the hand. Those new to the use of such devices often
think speed is desired and the item is to be "vanished"
at arms length. Such is not the case. If the performer wants speed
and arms length, then a lightening pull should be used.
To use a mechanized pull such
as this walnut reel, the unit should be clipped on the performer's
belt, waistband, or suspenders for most purposes. Most performers
will attach the unit to the left or right side of the body where
the rubber walnut may readily be obtained but hidden by the coat
or vest. The retrieved walnut hidden in the hand is extended out
in front of the body. The loose walnut is supposedly placed into
the hand holding the rubber walnut which is connected to the reel.
The loose walnut can then easily be loaded elsewhere while showing
the reel attached walnut. It appears that the walnut was merely
transferred from one hand to the other. The cord of the reel remains
hidden by the forearm. The item to be vanished is then clearly
shown and "placed" into the other hand.
Now this is where beginners have
trouble. They think hat the reel or pull should quickly snatch
the item away. This not correct. A speedy withdrawl from the hand
will noticabely flutter or move the performer's jacket giving
away the fact that something just went under the coat. This telltale
movement is avoided by bring the hand back to the edge of the
vest, coat, or jacket then releasing the rubber walnut. The reel
only has to pull in the item a few inches this way and there is
no wardrobe movement and the rubber keeps things silent.
This bringing the hand closer
to the body must appear as a relaxing natural movement while commenting
to the spectators or asking them a question. It should be done
slowly and casually.
After the rubber walnut is withdrawn,
the hand supposed holding the walnut is slowly extended again
before the item is shown as vanished. It appears that everything
was done well away from the body.
The vanished item may later be
retrieved if desired.
Creative performers will know
what to do with this item.
The Loop Walnut
This procedure turns the rubber walnut into a looped
walnut (just like the old looped ball).
are nylon thread, a good knife, rubber walnut, and a small nut
Here I tied a loop of the nylon thread to a small steel
This nut or bead serves as an anchor to prevent the
loop from pulling out of the rubber walnut.
As before, a deep
pocket is cut and the "anchor" inserted.
Things look like this once super glued closed.
Standard loop ball moves may be utilized with this
I like to rest
an "empty" hand flat on the table edge as part of the
Once again, imaginative performers will see how this
can come in handy in the walnut trick.
Hopefully, the above two tips will allow more variety
in the vanishes during this effect.
There is a chance that next winter I might make a nice
bottomless glass for the classic version of this effect - it depends
upon time and interest.
Note: This is another in my series of magic
tips. If there is enough interest in such tips, I will do more.
If this was of any use to you, please send me an email so that I might
measure usefullness. I most likely will not have time to respond
to all emails but input = more such tips. No emails = no more