ProvenanceThis item is part of a collection of magic and entertainment props which belonged to Harold Watson. He was born on 20 March 1900 in Meadows. Besides his career as a school teacher in South Australia, he was fascinated in magic research and became a semi-professional magician. Known as The Wizard Watson he had his own branded props to entertain the audience with mystery and excitement in his shows. Harold Watson was an initiator of the Adelaide Magicians' Club in 1920. The Australian Society of Magicians had been founded in Sydney on 15 January 1907.SignificanceA number of items of magic paraphernalia in the State History collection give us the opportunity to take a look behind the curtain of magicians and their magic.
One of just over 30 items in a collection which belonged to magician Harold John Watson.DescriptionA small plastic box with a brown bottom and a hinged clear curved top containing a long green fake fur worm with white and black paper eyes.
The worm is attached by a long thread to a cut out piece of cardboard, yellow on one side with the words “ attention thread!” in black type face.AcknowledgementDate of CreationBetween 1st January 1917 and 31st December 1982Date of UsageBetween 1st January 1917 and 31st December 1982MaterialPolymer, plastic - unspecified
|Art medium - paint, unspecified
|Textile - unspecified
|Paper - cardboard/card stock DimensionType: box
Unit (Lengths): mm Accession NumberHT 2017.1517 a-b
Image FilenameHT2017-1517a-b_CI62686.jpgCopyrightHistory Trust of South AustraliaLicenseCC-0PhotographerBirgit Heilmann