U.F.: Victory Carton Illusions
©1955 U.F. Grant, O'Neal Magic
Illustrations by U.F. Grant
Paper, stapled, 25 pages
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Comments [Stewart Tame]: This is an odd book. First of all, no author is credited. [Editor's note: It is my understanding that U.F. Grant is the author as well as the illustrator] The introduction states, "I have just turned the material for this manuscript over to Lon Tanner," and is signed "O'Neal Magic." The original date of publication is also uncertain, though the introduction mentions, "...[Several of these illusions] are items I marketed during World War II...I have decided to add seven more to the list." From this I'm guessing that the manuscript dates to the fifties, possibly the early sixties. The copy I have is obviously made up of photocopies of mimeographed pages. Whether this means I have a bootleg copy or whether this is the form in which it was originally published I have no idea. The paper does not appear old enough to date from the sixties so I doubt that I own a first printing. I'm guessing at U.F. Grant as the illustrator because the cover illustration is signed with that name. None of the interior illustrations are signed, nor am I able to determine whether they were drawn by the same hand. The copy I have is 25 single-sided photocopies stapled together with a heavier-weight paper cover. Since there's no back cover, it's possible I may be missing a page or two. All of the following illusions are designed to be made from large cardboard boxes.
1 Introduction by O'Neal Magic
2 The Where And How On Cartons
3 Victory Substitution--Substitution trunk.
5 The Victory Sword Box--Using wooden dowels in place of swords.
7 The Doll House
9 Sawing Through A Girl
11 Victory Girl Production--Assistant produced from two nested boxes shown empty.
13 Dog Vanish
15 Victory Headless Illusion--Box placed over head of audience member, door opened to show head vanished.
17 Victory Rabbit Carton--Flat box unfolded and rabbit produced.
19 Victory Costume Illusion--Flat box leaning against rack of costumes, box unfolded, audience member selects costume, assistant wearing costume produced from box.
21 Victory Levitation--Assistant draped with cloth rises from within coffin-like box.
23 In Again-Out Again--Assistant steps into box, immediately shown empty, assistant then steps out.
25 Victory Spirit Cabinet--No plans for this one appear in my copy of the book.