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A collection of ideas and routines for their use plus construction details Compiled by The Fellowship of Christian Magicians (UK) www.fcmuk.org
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Last updated 4th August 2007
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Story Sticks Contents Title History and construction details Notes on using the story sticks List of shapes with story sticks The Three Little Pigs script The parable of The Rich Fool The parable of The Two House Builders Page 2 2 3 6 7 8 Page Copyright © 2007 The Fellowship of Christian Magicians (UK) All Rights Reserved 1 .
Screw B to A. The dimensions are not critical but each piece should be cut to the same dimensions. Our story sticks have been made from four pieces of wood each measuring 46cm x 4cm x 2cm. plastic card. You can also inject humour into your scripts which will also help to make sure that the story is remembered Page Copyright © 2007 The Fellowship of Christian Magicians (UK) All Rights Reserved 2 . metal or in our example pieces of wood These are joined in three places by a screw or fixing so as to give a hinge joint. The four pieces thus joined may be quickly formed into a wide range of shapes with which to illustrate a host of stories or ideas. The more that you use the story sticks the easier you will find it to flip them into the different shapes in the scripts. screw C to B and finally screw D to C. Drill a hole in one end of pieces B. C and D and countersink the holes. By doing it this way it should make it easier to understand and also help users of the story sticks to devise their own stories and even develop new shapes.Story Sticks History and construction details Story sticks were first described to the magical community as far as we are aware by FCMUK member Peter Liddelow. Notes on using the story sticks Due to the large number of shapes that can be created using the story sticks. we have decided to number the diagrams and then refer to those numbers in the story descriptions. It will help with the movement of the pieces of wood if a small washer is put on each screw between the pieces of wood before screwing the pieces together. Because the story sticks are so simple they will make your audiences use their own imaginations to fill in the gaps and this will also help to make the stories remembered. As you will find as you begin to use the story sticks you will be limited only by your own imagination. They may be made from four strips of cardboard.
Formed into a square this can represent various openings such as a window. an altar. i o’m n e t j r aeo s r o t i w t i o i Gd ns e hl e r o rn e t e e d their torches in a jar. By rocking up and down with your hands it can also represent storm tossed waves. a tent or it could also represent somebody with bandy legs such as a cowboy. If it is held by the two right hand sections. This can represent a house with a pitched roof.Story Sticks List of shapes with story sticks (Add your own as you think of them) This is the pattern for Wobbly legs Fred. a table. By flapping the two outside pieces it can also be a bird in flight. a well or a skylight. the proscenium arch in a theatre or a bridge or tunnel entrance. Placing the inverted V on your head this becomes a Viking helmet or a crown. Holding it at the extremities and moving it backwards and forwards it becomes a saw. It could also be a snake. This symbol can be used as a fish or the whale in the story of Jonah. one in each hand it can be operated l e c sro serfrha n sep ru i Sm o’hi i si os rha o ser g he o ctn a sns a . It could also represent a steering wheel or the boulder that was rolled over the entrance tJsst b o eu’o . If the figure is held at the apex of the two angled pieces and is gently swung from side to side then the lower two sections will wobble from side to side. i w sao o . m In this shape it could be a house with a flat roof. k s s i tg r Wa ra o vs frt y fun g a rn wn. wd ’j f i o r l Page Copyright © 2007 The Fellowship of Christian Magicians (UK) All Rights Reserved 3 . Jar of ointment. This figure could also represent a church spire or a rocket. Stairs or staircase. Mountains or hills. sharp fangs or teeth.
If you place the center section at the back of your neck and hold it at the front it becomes a yoke. a tent. The letter V. By placing a hand on each outer section and moving the hands up and down alternately the center pointer can be made to move like a pressure gauge or speedometer. f h Greater than or less than mathematical symbol. House of straw. Lunar lander or spearhead. sheaf of corn. a spade for digging a trench. Triangle or pyramid. Bgbdw ls ot i a o ’ m u . Antlers. baby’cot. Page Copyright © 2007 The Fellowship of Christian Magicians (UK) All Rights Reserved 4 . A witches hat or flying saucer. warning sign for the road. This can represent a bed. Pot with a lid.Story Sticks Oil lamp or lantern. With a hand on each arm opening and closing the arms makes the jaws of a crocodile. Moved from side to side can be the windscreen wipers on a motor car. Direction going down. a deep valley. With a hand on each outer section it becomes bicycle handlebars. Indoor television aerial or water diviners twitching twig. a wigwam or a pair of dividers for navigation It could also represent a giants long legs. a road drill or the handles of a plough. s This can represent a high mountain. If a hand is placed on each end section and moved up and down this could be a policeman controlling traffic or somebody doing semaphore Box with opening and closing lid or a trap.Direction going left or going right. Direction going up.
a ’rda cu r t t f o s uy a Question mark or idea. for example three little pigs or three wise men. a sns ia s r Sm o’p l s tn lr Dish. mushroom or toadstool. basin. ship N a’a . Scythe for cutting corn. ohs r cr n r l e r at slg k p es a a eh This shape is good for counting up to three. parachute. tank or water cie . It could also represent a person in prison.a et ’p n o Sn ’s i . It could also represent a cup if you raise it to your mouth as though to take a drink. Icu ee r r et ai s l giyum v ia t uhyuw r t ol vn e e n D v ’ sn f o oe t sh g o e d ps d i o e throwing a stone from the cup section. It can also be used to indicate a flower opening or plant growing by moving 1 and 3 apart. sott s s for a measuring rod. Bath. Page Copyright © 2007 The Fellowship of Christian Magicians (UK) All Rights Reserved 5 . A rnso. A tree or umbrella. plate or bowl. The top section can be moved up and down to signal stop and go. pipe wrench or spanner. This can represent a saucepan or the constellation of The Plough. With all the sticks held in a straight line it can be a spear or javelin.Story Sticks Walking stick or railway signal.
H the big bad wolf (Fig. h e g p e . 4) One day the big bad wolf (Fig. 7) came up to the house of sticks (i 3 ad a “ em i lt p s r sa b wyu huen. so for example when telling the story of Noah you form the sticks into the N shape when saying his name. 3) let his brother in and then locked the door. The first little pig ran into his straw house (Fig. 13) with the big sharp teeth (Fig. 23) They lived with their mother in a little pig sty (Fig. 13) with the big sharp teeth (Fig.Story Sticks Various letters can also be formed using the story sticks. 2) One day mother pig decided that as they were now getting bigger the pig sty was far too small for everyone so they would have to go out into the big wide world and build houses of their own. 7) T e itilp si “cnt e o e d o u d n swIl u d y os otft w h fslt i a I a’b bt r t bi ad a ’ bi m hue u o sa ” r te g d he l l l r and so the lazy little pig built his house out of straw. the mother pig told them to make sure that their houses were built strong enough so they would be safe from the big bad wolf (Fig. 7) came into the town where the three little pigs had built there houses. o b t a s n y h n. 13) with the big sharp teeth (Fig. 11) The second lt p l e p y gfo a ads h si “ hvnth t e obi wt il i i d l i ot l n o e a I ae’t i t u d i te g k an bl d em l h bi s n s Ilu d y os wtscsFg3 r k ad o ’ bi m hue i tk (i ) c l l h i . 7) huffed and he puffed and he blew my straw house in” The second little pig in the house of sticks (Fig. T e itilp w u nt pn h do ad a “ o nt y h hi o m ci yci h fslt i ol ’oe t or n si N . These can be used to represent characters. The big bad wolf (Fig. d te g lo ” 6 Page Copyright © 2007 The Fellowship of Christian Magicians (UK) All Rights Reserved . Fg )n si L t en il i o Ihl l or os i . 11) and shut the door. 7) said let me in little pig or I shall blow your house in. (Fig. The third little pig decided to work hard and he built his house strong and firm with bricks (Fig. wl o l o i n s T e i a w l Fg 3 wt h i hr e h Fg ) n l t ” g f . 13) who had big sharp teeth (Fig. huffed and he puffed and he blew the straw house in. The Three Little Pigs script Once upon a time there were three little pigs (Fig. 13) with the big sharp teeth (Fig. 3) and said “ elp let me in.h r te g d e d e r n n ci I i nteyu n ad o h b bd o (i 1) i t b sa t t (i 7 h . The first little pig ran to his brother in the house of sticks (Fig. Before they left home. The big bad wolf (Fig.
11) Who had lots of good land (Fig. e l o l grain and goods. A dt nIla t m sl“ o hv p n o go t nsa u fr n h ’ sy o ye Y u ae l t f od h g ld p o many years. h e g p e . 17) which was on the fire. 18) and started to climb down inside but when he came down he fell into the pot of water (Fig. d i i ad l eh do” n d n c s t or se o e The big bad wolf (Fig. te g d e d e r n n ci w wlnteyu n ad o h b bd o (i 1) i t b sa t t (i h . 26) What shall I do ? I have no place to store all my crops. e i o l o i n s T e i a w l Fg 3 wt h i hr e h n n l t ” g f . The three little pigs (Fig. 7) huffed and he puffed and he huffed and he puffed and he blew the stick house in. Parable of The Rich Fool There once was a rich man (Fig. 7) squeezed himself into the chimney (Fig. 17) on the fire to boil. The three little pigs (Fig.h . Then he said to hi sl “ h i w a I hld. 23) shut the lid (Fig. T etolt p s a t t ibo e i t hueo bi s Fg 4 adh si “ o e h w il i r o h r rt rn h os f r k (i ) n e a C m te g n e h e c . And when he planted his seed the crops grew tall (Fig. The big bad wolf (Fig. 4). wlt r o na m brs(i 1 m e T i s ht sa o I i e dw l y a Fg f s l l a l n .o b t a s n y h n. 7 Page Copyright © 2007 The Fellowship of Christian Magicians (UK) All Rights Reserved .Story Sticks T ew lt p s ol ’oe t do ad a “ ont y h hi o m ci yci h to il i w u nt pn h orn si N . 25) and climb up onto the roof of the house of bricks (Fig. 2) and he was never seen again. He thought to himself (Fig. 25 horizontal). 13) with the big sharp teeth (Fig. 7) came up to the house of bricks (Fig. 4 ad a “ em i lt p s r sa b wyu huen. 27) eat. o b h a s n y h n. 23) move this figure upwards in a zig zag to indicate growing crops. )n si L t en il i o Ihl l or os i d te g lo ” T et e lt p s ol ’oe t do adsi “ o nt yt hi o m ci y h h e il i w u nt pn h or n a N . changed to Fig. e i o l o i n s T e i a w l Fg 3 wt h i hr e h Fg n l t ” g f . r te g d e d e r n ci ci w wlnteyu n ad o h b bd o (i 1) i t b sa t t h . 13) with the big sharp teeth (Fig. 7) huffed and he puffed and he huffed and he puffed and he huffed and he puffed but he could not blow the house of bricks in and so he decided to get a ladder (Fig . h e g p e (Fig. 25 held horizontal) and build b gr nsFg 4.h . Take e l f ey i i life easy – drink and be merry (Fig. 23) could hear him climbing up onto the roof and so they put a pot of water (Fig.n t r Ilt e lm i e oe (i )ad h e ’ s r a y g .
5). t i b es ro u d e a t gon isfad ayo i . 25) horizontal or (Fig. Page Copyright © 2007 The Fellowship of Christian Magicians (UK) All Rights Reserved 8 . hn d m ! s y g f l o who will get what you have prepared for yourself. So build your lives on the firm foundation (Fig. He put a door and a window in the side (Fig. 25) held horizontal. y os hr Iwl e ai tbi hr sh rudsotn es t d ” e l e l e e g So he built his house on the soft sandy ground btt ant hue i a o t ro l e u iw s’a os wt pi e ofi h nd k ours (Fig. He put a door and a window in the side (Fig. 4) it had a flat roof like this (Fig. The house on the sand fell flat (Fig. the house stood firm. 2) and he looked out of the window of his f i e hue n h si“ h in e i s d os ad e a T i s i ” nh d s c Then the rains came down and the floods came up and the winds beat upon the house but because it was built on the firm foundation of the rock. so that you can stand firm against the storms of life. S h w re hr adbi h hue pnt rc btt ant hue i a o t o e okd a n u t i os uo h ok u iw s’a os wt pi e d l s e h nd roof like ours (Fig.Story Sticks B t o sit h . The first man went out looking for a place to build and he found some hard rocky ground (Fig.” Either have the sticks as in (Fig. T e t r a fud o e otl sny rud o n yh r ead e a “sa bi h o e m n on sm sff tad gon dw b t i r n h si Ihl u d h a ev d l l m hue e . 5). 6) and he said to himself this will be a good strong foundation to build my house on.Y u ol T ivr n h yu le i b dm ne f myu T e u G d a o i “ o fo h e i tori wl e e add r o. Parable of The Two House Builders Jesus told the people a story about two men who went out to build themselves houses. 3) and a staircase going up the side (Fig. 4) it had a flat roof like this (Fig. 2) and he looked out of the window of his f i e hue n h si“ h in e i s d os ad e a T i s i ” nh d s c Then the rains came down and the floods came up and the winds beat upon the house but because it was built on sand with no firm foundation. 16) to represent a grave. 6) the rock that is Jesus Christ. 3) and a staircase going up the side (Fig.
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