The Square Circle is a prop used for productions.
The magician shows a square box with a window in front and a cylinder which fits in the box. When the tube is in the box, it can be seen through the window. The cylinder is lifted out and shown empty while the black empty interior of the box can be seen through the window. Yet, when the tube is placed inside the box, the magician reaches in and produces all kinds of items.
Invented by Louis S. Histed, who called it the "Chinese Pagoda", in 1930. Morelle, of the Yorkshire Magical Club, designed the first Pagoda for his Chinese act in 1932. He lifted the tube to reveal a cardboard egg from which he released two doves. Cingalee also included this version in his act.
In letter to Dariel Fitzkee in 1947, Stanley Collins also claimed to be the originator of the principle. Fitzkee asked, "Why didn't you mention it in A Conjuring Melange? You had a golden opportunity."
- ↑ Masterpieces of Magic Vol. I. by Douglas Craggs (1946): 58
- ↑ Stanley Collins: Conjurer Collector and Iconoclast by Edwin A. Dawes (2001)