Educated Duck

18 January 2022

A wooden duck bears down and pecks out a chosen card from the pack. There have been various versions of what started out as Otto the Automaton Duck in the 1930s. This classic is a staple of many children magician’s repertoire and grown-ups love it too. It was a popular trick performed by Tommy Cooper, who used to blindfold the wooden duck so it was harder for him to find the card! This one was used by Michael Caine when he played Clarence Parkinson, a grumpy old traveling magician nearing the end of his life in John Crowley’s 2009 film “Is Anybody There?”

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