Doll House

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Doll House illusion is a stage illusion where a child's small doll house is shown empty then later produces a young lady.

Premiered by Frederick Culpitt around 1926. It was one of the first illusions of its time that did not require a stage trap, could be performed surrounded and packed flat. The Doll House illusion was most likely inspired by Servais LeRoy's illusion "Stolen Jam" (Also known as just "Jam" and "Palanquin").

By 1927, it had become very popular and was being performed by Virgil and Jack Gwynne.

The illusion was included in "Tarbell Volume 6".

Variations

  • Temple of Benares (and Temple of An-Gee) by Jack Gwynne
  • Doll House Dillies by Hen Fetsch, in July 1943 Genii
  • Don Rose Doll House
  • Carl Owen's Breakaway Doll House
  • Dennis Loomis' version (1970s)

References

  • The Most Popular Illusion in History by David Charvet, Genii Oct. 1977.
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