Marshall, Jay: Jaspernese Thumb-Tie
©1939, Brown's Magic Studio
Softcover, saddle-stitched, 12 pages
I believe this was Jay’s first book, and is also discussed in Beating A Dead Horse. Published by Brown’s Magic Studio, Springfield, MA in August 1939 1st edition. In wraps, illustrated with line drawings, and containing 12 pages. The envelope which contained pipe cleaners in the rear is missing, as in most copies. Otherwise a Very Good copy
Originated by Jay Marshall
Now you will be able to do this famous trick! This method eliminates the drawbacks of the older methods. Clean, simple, sure fire. All you need are two standard pipe cleaners and you are ready to do the trick.
Take the two wire pipe cleaners and twist one around the other at the center. Then wire a spectator's thumbs together, to show him what it is like. He won't be able to move his thumbs apart in the slightest degree. Now let him wire your thumbs together in the same way, twisting the wires until the blood circulation stops, if he wants to get touchy about it. However, you can instantly put your hands around his arm, showing your thumbs still securely wired together at any time. Or he can toss a ring at your hands and you catch it in midair on your arm -- thumbs still securely wired together. All the tests of the thumb tie tricks are possible with the method. Thumbs are really joined together; no gimmicks; use borrowed pipe cleaners if you like. Do it anywhere, instantly. Guaranteed to permit you to fool everybody, even your smart fellow magicians.
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(1919 - 2005)
James "Jay" Marshall who was also nicknamed "Jasper," invented and marketed the "Jaspernese Rope Tie" in 1939. During World War II, Marshall was "island-hopping" in the Pacific to entertain military personnel in USO shows. He became tired of taking his elaborate ventriloquist's dummy called Henry with him, so he decided to use a white glove and some bunny ears to turn his left hand into his dummy which he called "Lefty." In 1955, Marshall married Frances Ireland, proprietress of the Ireland Magic, a Chicago magic store bequeathed to her at the death of her previous husband, magician L.L. Ireland. They reopened the store as Magic Inc. and built it into an active publishing house and center of magic culture for Chicago.
Also invented: The Idiot's Rope Trick,
Wrote: TV - Magic and You (1955), If You're the M.C. (with Frances Ireland Marshall), Jays Jinking Rings Book,
Media: Jay Marshall's Table Crap (DVD), Table Book by Frances and Jay Marshall