Secrets of Magic Revealed!

For the professional stage magician, “sleight of hand” really means “sleight of arm,” because making things disappear often requires getting them up a sleeve and out of sight. To this end, a variety of apparatus are employed, such as the helper squirrel, pictured here.

Abricadorable, Miriam S.



  1. darkshines says:


  2. bookmonstercats says:

    Is that really a skwerl? Or is it a bush baby?

    Who cares? It’s adorabuhls and I WANT ONE IN MY DRESSING GOWN.

  3. Whatever it is, I hope it can handle chocolate! Deffo beady eye alert.

  4. Eeeeeek, my baybee ees officially “CUTE” now! ((((-:

    Chip and Cocoa are flying squirrels and they are so squadorable that I put them on YouTube.

  5. Alice Shortcake says:

    The secret is to make sure that your helper squirrel gets along with the doves you also have concealed up your sleeve. It can get pretty crowded in there and a fight to the death can ruin the act.

  6. Wonder how many more nuts are in the pockets…???
    >>>>>>> Stosh

  7. 260Oakley says:

    Another ballsy performance from Hairy Houdini.

  8. its a flying squirrel. 🙂

  9. Bullwinkle hovertext reference FTW!

  10. HAW!

  11. (The Original) Mel says:


  12. is that a malted milk ball? never knew squirrels liked those.

    learn something new every day!

  13. Wow, I had no idea they were that fast! Miriam, how is it that you’re still alive? I would be DED from teh sQte!

  14. without scale, I’d say that’s an avocado pit! but maybe a filbert, if its a lot smaller? hmm

  15. Helper squirrels are always there to help.

  16. Gigi (the original one) says:

    But…but…that looks like MY dressing gown but the one I bought didn’t come with a cute flying squirrel.
    I’ve been robed!

  17. LOL! Good one!

  18. And teeeeeeeny tiny!

  19. 260Oakley says:

    I guess you should consider yourself lucky that you didn’t find a Kimono Dragon in there.

  20. man, why doesn’t my closet come equipped with flying squirrels? Or guinea peegs? or Chinchillas? Or even rolly-poly hammies?

    Oh, that’s right, my super-fierce marmie would surely et them. Too bad…how great would it be to have them helping you accessorize together your outfit every morning?

  21. CariceLaur says:

    Lucky you! We have wild ones that live around our house. They are such a blast to watch. Feisty little buggers. I could only imagine how they would keep me awake at night with their shenanigans! The cats already have that covered. >>;

  22. Around your house outside or around your house INSIDE? 😯

  23. bookmonstercats says:

    On fire today, Oak 😉

  24. snerk


  26. ¡En fuego!

  27. PS Anyone else remember Bob and Ray and the Komodo Dragon?

  28. I’ll BRB I need to go check my robe sleeves……………………………………………
    ………………………………………………………………… Well shoot ! no Flyin’ fluff balls.
    ( and now back to our regularly scheduled squeegram)

  29. Oh Look It’s secret squirrel!

    Theme Song Lyrics

    What an agent, What a squirrel
    He’s got the country in a whirl.
    What’s his name?
    Shh…Secret Squirrel

    He’s got tricks, up his sleeve,
    Most bad guys, won’t believe.
    A bullet proof coat, a cannon hat,
    A machine gun cane with a rat tat tat tat.

    Fights foreign spies in his disguise
    Takes him many places,
    He’s a squirrel of many faces
    Who’s that?
    Who’s that?
    Who’s that?
    Shh . . . Secret Squirrel.

    Music Here

  30. My kittehs – some fierce, some not so fierce – pay no attention to my guinea piggeh. Adopt!

  31. CariceLaur says:

    OUTSIDE, thankfully. >>

  32. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!!! says:


    Mmmmoooooommmmmiiiiiiieeeee Iwannasqwyrlinmybathrobe!!!!!!!!

  33. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!!! says:

    YAY to the 500,000th power!!!!!

  34. It’s a macadamia nut in the shell. They luvvvv cashews Cashew (-:

  35. Theresa, did you hear about how customs found a Komodo Dragon in Carl Kasell’s pants when he was returning from vacation recently? Yeah……

  36. Abracadorable? or Adoracadabra?

    PS: Nobody has mentioned the WHEESKAIRS!!

  37. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!!! says:

    psst, Theresa…..YOU did 🙂

  38. They usually land on my shoulder except for a few surprise faceplants (ouch).

    PS-the link above the video is for another clip of Chip playing with ribbon. Check out his curly fluffy tail. It’s my favorite.

  39. oh, thank you for that, theresa. a bad day turned a little brighter. 😉

  40. Carl Kassell is the Chuck Norris of public broadcasting.

  41. mmmmmmmm . . . thnk yu.

  42. Well, we had ones that got inside… I saw one down by the front door first, and was very mystified – I mean, you just don’t expect to see a flying squirrel on the door mat. Then saw one in the bathroom – I knew it was some kind of large-than-mouse animule, but when I saw that pink nose and huge eyes, I knew. My husband and I got really good at capturing them – and IT’S NOT EASY. My method was to get them into the bathroom, then scoop them up well protected inside a big towel. My husband took advantage of the fact that they naturally climb during worrisome periods, so he waited till the little guy climbed a broom in the kitchen, then gently put a big paper bag over him.

    We had our house repaired, so they don’t get in any more, but on the last day, I had to escort out three of them. One tried to climb my brass bed post by wrapping his little arms around it and sort of shinnying up. (It was so funny.)

    They are the most beautiful animals, aren’t they? Some flying squirrels (ours for instance) have a beautiful dk brown/black stripe down their side that is actually at the edge of their, um, flaps.

  43. no! really?? (and… ouch!)


  45. Y’know, it’s just not fair. No matter where I shop, I never get the bonus squirrel. Or the bonus kitten. Or the bonus puppy. Or the bunnus bon bonus bun.

    [crossing arms sulkily and pouts]

  46. Just the mention of Carl Kasell’s pants and I get all faint and dizzy.

  47. Proshness! I thought they were gliders!

  48. Wait, wait, don’t tell me!

  49. skippymom says:

    Sorry, Oakley, was that TMI?

  50. LOL!

  51. emmberrann says:

    No skwerls in my robe’s arms, nor nuts either! Phooey!

  52. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!!! says:


    @ skippymom:
    er, well ……

  53. but…but…wouldn’t the albino Chinchilla negotiate a peace treaty?!?


  54. Genius!

  55. I think they are poisonous to animals….

  56. Looks like my sugar glider 😀

  57. snorglepup says:

    Now watch me pull a rabbit outa my hat!

  58. I desperately need a helper squirrel! Please send one over STAT!!

  59. Nothing like a flyer to make you wish you owned a skunk.
    Or, whatever.
    Soul stealin’ monsters, I tell ya.