Another good source on kites and kite flying was recently written by the fameous kiter, Glen Davison. It is available without charge on line at http://classroom.kitingusa.com herbgottlieb [at] juno [dot] com
We also had three other favorite tricks. One was to paint a doorknob. People would then get paint on their hand. The other was to tie a piece of fishing line to a dollar bill, and let some fool chase it. The last, was to tir a piece of fishline across two trees, so that it would knock off the people’s hats as they walked by.
I used to live in the Linden Housing projects. We used to tie two doorknobs together, and then ring both doorbells. After a bit of tugging, the neighbors would eventually co-ordinate an effort to cut the rope. This would enable them to open their doors, but by that time we would be gone.