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Matilda Magic Props

The magic chalkboard, disappearing cake and revolving/tipping cup for Matilda the musical.

The custom magic props for Roald Dahl's MATILDA the musical.

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Matilda Magic Props

Designed and created by Steven Abusch
Costume Design by Jill Abusch
The Play Group Theatre, May, 2019



The Play Group Theatre's MATILDA chalkboard prop looks like a regular chalkboard, can be written on with chalk - but most importantly allows for magic chalk that "writes" the warning to Agatha Trunchbull at the end of the musical. Operated by tech crew or actors behind the prop, the chalkboard magic combines two effects - real looking 'chalk' that moves across the chalkboard at will and lettering that remains virtually invisible until revealed to your audience in concert with the chalk effect. Add a chalk writing sound effect and make the astonishing effect even more magical! See it in action: video >>

The easy to operate cake prop disappears in sections right into its own platter/table. Add frosting to the top of the cake preshow and it looks downright delicious. See it in action: video >>

The magic cup prop tips, rotates on end and tips over at will. It can be installed in any prop table/cart with a 3/4" plywood top. (requires cutting a custom hole in the table top) See it in action: video >>

These essential magic props make MATILDA, the musical easy to produce for any school or theatre.

Or... make these audience mesmerizing props yourself with the DIY Matilda Magic Manual! Theatrical designer Steven Abusch walks you through the step by step construction of each of these professional effects - on an amateur budget! Each book includes shopping list, cut list and illustrated assembly instructions. Manuals are now in early release! Use the Rental Request Form to order for your production. [online ordering coming soon]


For more information on scenic and prop rentals, please contact our rentals coordinator at rentals@playgroup.org or (914) 946-4433.

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