Copyright © 1981 by Ron Bauer
Sid Lorraine has always been an idol
of mine. Oh, I've been through fads
like: Ed Marlo, Leo Behnke, Bro.
Hamman, Tom Palmer, Don Alan... even
Jay Marshall! But, I always come back
to Sid Lorraine. Whenever I've needed
an idea or inspiration, my library
of Sid Lorraine books or my files of
his tricks and variations have provided
both and more.
Many years ago Sid Lorraine dubbed himself
"Magical Chatterbox." But, I
don't think that's the most descriptive
title he could've chosen. (Sorry, Sid).
A chatterbox is an incessant talker.
When Sid talks, it's not incessant.
It's droll, disarming, devilish, and...
delightful! Sid Lorraine is an artist,
an author, an authority on magic and
magicians, and he's a nice guy.
I can write much more about Sid, but
some other time. Right now I'm writing
about one of Sid's ideas. In 1938
Abbott's published his book Patter. In
it is rhymed patter for Grant's "Pig
on the Slate." I started using his
presentation during my high school
years. Then, in the early 1960s, I
modernized the Pig Slate into the Pig
Pad... an artist's pad on which a pig is
drawn with Magic Marker. I had to modify
Sid's patter to fit.
The reason I'm publishing this now is,
I know it's an ideal television item.
Good television magic is hard to
develop, but this one's a natural.
In fact, I use it as an example of
several principles in my lecture
called "How to Perform Magic on Local TV."
One final word before reading the
rhyme. Whether you're performing on
TV or live, rhymed patter must be
acted, not simply recited. Sid
Lorraine said so and he knows what
makes "the difference."
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Based on PIG SLATE by Sid Lorraine
Revised by Ron Bauer
When I was small and my dad was great big
I asked, "Could you draw me a FAT LITTLE
He said he could – it would make him glad,
Then he took up my pen and my artist pad...
"I'll start with the body – then do the
He moved the pen deftly as he did what
"Then add an eye, so the fat thing can
"Put one leg on each corner, and that's
all – I think..."
"Oh, the little pig's TAIL... I almost
"It curls all around... and wiggles a lot.
"I did it!" he said – and his smile got
Then he showed me his version of a FAT
"But that pig's all SQUARE – it's supposed
to look ROUND!"
"Then sneak up behind it and make a loud
So I did... and I found... (BOO!)
He'd drawn a SQUARE PIG THAT LOOKED ROUND!
The illustrations provided by Milt Kort's
daughter, Sandra, show you how to make
your own PIG PAD. As far as performing
PIG PAD is concerned, there's little
explanation needed. Follow the rhyme
and this outline:
- Show the pen (a Magic Marker-DRIED!)
and the pad.
- Flip open the cover, but don't let
the audience see the pig's already drawn.
- "Mug" drawing the pig at appropriate
- Set aside pen and show pig.
- Hold pad to left side of your face.
- When you say, "BOO!" make pig's
head turn... DON'T MOVE DURING APPLAUSE.
- Turn pig's head back, close cover,
and set pad aside.
Remember: ACT IT OUT — DON'T RECITE IT!
Copyright © 1981 by Ron Bauer