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Oswald Williams' Noah's Ark illusion

A Noah's Ark is built on a low platform from flat walls and a roof. Despite the ark being obviously empty, the magician opens the roof and produces a huge number of animal caricatures from it. In the days of this illusion the Noah's Ark was a well known trade mark for Bryant and May's matches, so to give a magical finish to the illusion, the magician would patter along the lines of: "And what happened to the ark? It was turned into matches by Bryant and May." At this point the ark would instantaneously transform into a giant box of matches, as in the illustration.

    • Size
    • Date
    • Circa 1920s
    • People_or_organisations
    • Key_phrases
    • Apparatus, productions
    • Category
    • MAGIC
    • Ref.no.
    • N193 W213

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