I'm posting this mainly for Mike Armstrong, as I'm sure he'll appreciate that someone is actually performing a chapaugraphy act in 2015
and it looks exactly how I've always pictured it. Slightly awkward, forced, and full of outdated cultural references :)
I'm weirdly obsessed with it, in that every time I open my RSS reader I'm hoping there's a new article from him.
It (along with that USB stick full of Paul Daniels episodes which I really need to put in the post) has really got me interested in magic again.
I read the most recent post about his tweak to Paul Harris "Las Vegas Leaper" this morning twice before I realized he was talking about an effect I used to perform about 15 years ago.
I can remember glimmers of the technique and my handling for it, and the book it's published in is currently on my coffee table with half a dozen bookmarks in it - but I've not made it as far as refreshing my memory with it yet.
A job for tonight I think.
I remember some EJC a few years ago where Iman Lizarazu sold this kind of hat...
I regret that I did not buy it :(
It's just a felt circle. I can probably find a drawing/dimensions if you like. It shouldn't be too hard to find strong felt - try milliner's supplies.
I bought one, and made one (well, two due to lessons learned on the first one) - and it's not *quite* just a felt circle as you need to reinforce it to stop it permanently deforming.
I did this by machining rings of stitching around the inside and outside edges, then stitching some tape over the edge (but not bias binging tape as that's stretchy which is what you want to avoid)
I don't have either version any more, but I think the outside diameter was around 15" and the inside diameter was about 6"
The one she sold had also 6 incisions on the inside, which helped to hold some shapes.
Indeed, it should not be too hard to make, but especially the accessibility of just buying one would have led to trying things out for fun :)
You missed "racist" off your list ;o)
So, there was at least one occasion early in the new millenium when we were correct about something. We should probably commemorate that!
I think "outdated cultural references" was his subtle way of saying "racist as all fuck, but it was accepted at the time."
By "outdated cultural references" I was mostly talking about things like the newspaper reporter (do they even wear hats any more?) rather than pulling at the sides of your eyes to denote "oriental"
Which is just razy lacism
The one that I remember most clearly was "how the hell does a hat identify you as someone that takes snuff?"
http://digital.slv.vic.gov.au/view/action/singleViewer.do?dvs=1442999081637~94&locale=en_GB&metadata_object_ratio=10&show_metadata=true&VIEWER_URL=/view/action/singleViewer.do?&preferred_usage_type=VIEW_MAIN&DELIVERY_RULE_ID=10&frameId=1&usePid1=true&usePid2=true for the original reference material if anyone is still actually following this thread ;o)
Try http://digital.slv.vic.gov.au/dtl_publish/pdf/marc/41/2250326.html for a link that actually works...
I'd forgotten about the snuff taker, and that the dustman was described as "one of the old school" so was presumably nostalgic rather than contemporary at the time.
I do rather like the thought of my council local bin crew running around shouting "dust ahoy!" as they empty my recycling crate though.
Also, the adverts at the back of that book mention a "Trouble Wit" - I've not seen one of those acts since the 1980s. I wonder if you can still get the props.
Dammit Mike, I followed that link, and now I've found 462 old books on magic & related arts available in pdf form to sift through...
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