Grand Turk and Family

GRAND TURK AND FAMILYTo the lively strains of Mozart's Turkish March he stamps out, halts, seems about to salaam, and in his place there stand six little figures which, hopping in glee for a moment, scamper out of sight.

Like buxom ladies who turn into laden automobiles at the crack of a revolvershot, he comes apart and each part turns inside out. The trick takes a perfectly adjusted marionette and long practice so that it may go off without a hitch.

One stick with knee-strings makes the Turk walk. Another supports his shoulder-strings and six strings which lead to the heads of the concealed figures. One deft jerk pulls all to light. This is how it happens:

His neck pulls out of a socket in his shoulder block. The garment of the first figure, wrapped around its head to form the turban, jerks loose and falls over the Turk's head.

His sleeves are gathered at his shoulders by small rings over hooks in the ends of the shoulder block. The weight of his arms keeps them suspended until the jerk on the strings attached to the heads inside, when they come off and fall inside out, covering the arms and revealing the heads. In the same way the trousers unhook from the hoop which forms his girdle. His knee bar must be lowered so that its strings do not keep the trousers from turning down over the feet.

The head inside the chest, fixed to the shoulder block, is pulled with the block through the girdle hoop (which must be sufficiently large), the shoulder-strings are released from cuts in their stick, where they were held with buttons, and the last head dangles with the Turk's inside-out tunic for a dress.