Actually, I think you're right. There IS nothing to talk about if you already know how to do it. Well, thanks for the advice.
Well, I didn't mean my comment that way .
It's not that there's nothing to talk about . I just meant since we both have it (I didn't buy mine at Penguin either) and since it's a public domain classic trick , there's nothing to prevent us from talking about different uses , tips , ideas for the Square Circle right here on the Stage forum, as long as we don't cross the line by exposing the method/principle being used .
On the contrary, I think there are a lot of ideas that we can discuss for how the trick can be themed. It's a versatile production device and once you know the basic working of it it's pretty easy to custom-make special themed versions of it . That's what I thought maybe you wanted to discuss ....... the different ways to use the prop .
I'm open to that discussion .
Have you read Henning Nelm's book "Magic & Showmanship" where he gives the routine using a square circle as a teleportation device ?
He suggested theming it with mechanical looking devices , light-emitting buttons, switches , etc. so it had the appearance of something out of a sci-fi movie (the original Star Trek was a recent show when Nelms first published his book in 1969) . The idea was that the magician used this futuristic device to materialize objects that were in another place .
I think he also suggests using two of them (two square circles) , one on either side of the stage . Both units are shown empty. An object is placed into one of the units , the switches are switched on, lights flashing, weird sounds emit , and then it is shown that the object has transported across to the other unit on the other side of the stage .
That's just a small example . That may not fit your style at all and perhaps that idea of a sci-fi teleportation device is too "dated" in our time , but I think the example is a good one to get our creative juices flowing , so we look at the basic prop (the square circle) and think about it : what could we make it look like , so it's different, so it's a unique routine , instead of just the basic "show it empty and pull a bunch of stuff out of it ...... ta-da !" sort of approach .
If you know about a magician/trick builder named Chance Wolf then you know what can be done by theming the basic square circle prop in a new direction. I can't mention Chance Wolf's trick here , since it is a non-Penguin product , but Google for Chance Wolf magic and you'll find what I'm talking about .
I've seen the Square Circle painted so that the outer box looks like a stone castle , the front opening is like the portcullis
on the front of a castle , and the inner tube is painted to look like a tower inside the castle , with the upper part raised a bit so there is a turret
around the top of the tube. This sort of prop could be used for a King Arthur themed trick or a Lord of the Rings theme, or the "castle" could be referred to as Hogwarts School of Wizardry if you're doing a Harry Potter themed trick .
There's a lot you can do with the square circle .