Several decades ago the trick “Popsy Pegs” from Supreme was very popular.
A great effect, but it required an enormous piece of furniture with a number of disadvantages.
Boretti, an experienced and highly decorated professional in all things to do with children’s entertainment, recognized the potential at that time and created his “Chinese Clothes Pole”, which transferred the theme of “flying clothes pegs” to a bamboo pole as a prop.
Owing to the bamboo pole, however, it was not possible to perform the trick technique in an optimal way.
In the course of the funny story the children learn what happens during the big laundry day in China. Socks, shirts and, of course, the brightly coloured silk ribbons so popular in China are hung out to dry after they have been washed. And because there are so many Chinese, but not enough space everywhere, the items of laundry are not pegged to clothes lines, but to Chinese clothes poles. While you are talking you attach four colourful silk ribbons with their pegs to the clothes pole. The advantage here is not only that the clothes pole doesn’t need as much space as a clothes line, but that the laundry hangs much higher and dries much faster because the wind is much stronger “up there”.
The stupid thing is that a ladder is needed to take down the washing – or could one use a magic spell?
One child chooses a colour – all the others call out the magic spell – and the peg with the silk ribbon chosen without prompting shoots in a high arc into the audience.
Up to this point there is a certain similarity with “Silk scarves on clothes hanger”, but the similarity ends there.
The “Chinese Clothes Pole” trick really comes to life now. The child that caught the first peg with silk ribbon brings it back and it is again attached to the clothes pole. No sooner has the peg been secured, when a different coloured ribbon flies into the audience. It is also re-attached to the pole, the magician looks away for a moment, there is a sudden “snap” and the first ribbon chosen is again catapulted with its peg into the audience. You can imagine the great entertainment potential, which is refreshingly different from other effects.
No matter how hard the magician tries to secure the ribbons and pegs to the clothes pole, one of the pegs and its matching coloured ribbon always flies off again in an unexpected moment – peace and quiet are restored only after a magic spell is spoken and all ribbons fly in a high arc into the audience – the clothes pegs and the ribbons are then put into a “peg bag” where the ribbons are joined together to form one long multi-coloured ribbon!
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