I was recently browsing through old magic shows on YouTube and came across this mesmerizing performance on The Paul Daniels Magic Show in 1981. Over the course of six minutes, a magician named Dinardi produces a seemingly endless supply of large floral bouquets from a box sitting on a small table. Dinardi hands off the flowers to his two assistants or tosses them onto the stage. By my count, he produces at least 85 bouquets, many of which are already in large flower pots as he extracts them from the box. Twice during the performance he lifts the box off the table and tilts it towards the audience to show that it is apparently empty.
Can anyone explain how the trick is done, or how it might have been done? Here are some theories of mine about the method(s) he may be employing:
[li]The bouquets are very lush but look to be artificial. Possibly they’re manufactured in such a way that they can be collapsed or compressed for ease of concealment, and then rapidly expanded again when they’re produced. Some or all of the flowers may be in the box, in compressed form, from the beginning of the performance. But if this is the case, it still raises a number of questions: How, mechanically speaking, do the trick bouquets work? For example, are the stems made of springs that uncoil? How is the magician able to control the rate at which the bouquets appear rather than having them all expand at once? And how is he able to show the audience several times that the box is empty, only to continue producing further bouquets from it?[/li][li]Likewise, the pots are very large. Are they also in the box at the beginning of the trick? In compressed form, or as-is? Maybe they’re ordinary pots but used to pack the trick flowers; once the magician empties a pot full of flowers, he places the last bouquet in the pot and then removes it from the box.[/li][li]Is it possible the magician is concealing some or all of the (compressed) flowers on his person, or is getting surreptitiously passed additional compressed bouquets from his two assistants? I didn’t notice any handoffs but I suppose I could have missed them.[/li][li]Is it possible that someone or something else is replenishing the flowers in the box? I think this is unlikely, since the table is pretty thin; the assistants walk behind it a couple times and of course the magician lifts the box off the table twice. So if there’s a hidden person or resupply mechanism, it’s not obvious to me where it is.[/li][/ul]
Web searches don’t reveal a whole lot of information about the magician. According to the brief Dinardi entry in the German-language Zauber-Pedia, he was a German magician and manufactured all the flowers himself.