Cone of Silence - Espionage device on the spy
spoof GET SMART/NBC/CBS/1965-70. The Cone of Silence was used
rarely by the Chief of CONTROL (Ed Platt), while bumbling secret
agent Maxwell Smart (Don Adams) always insisted on private
conferences. Debuting on episode No. 10 "Mr. Big," the Cone
consisted of a large Plexiglass dome that dropped over two
persons in need of communication.
The subsequent echo and shouting necessitated to
communicate, nullified the effectiveness of the silly gadget.
It's never really worked since it was purchased from a discount
warehouse. Professor Cone invented the Cone of Silence.
The Closet of Silence and the Secret Word File
were used as a backup to the Cone of Silence. The Secret Word
file was a file of papers with words on them that were pulled
out and flashed in front of the person with whom someone wanted
to communicate. This procedure was done inside the Cone of
Years later on the short-lived revival GET
SMART/FOX/1995 the Cone of Silence broke down (It was turned
into a fish tank) and was replaced by the Booth of Silence that
bounced sound waves up to a satellite which then returned a
descrambled signal to the other person in the booth.
The ABC movie Get Smart Again! (1988)
introduced "The Hall of Hush," a room insulated with noise
mufflers that converted the spoken word into printed words that
floated in the air
Mini Cone of Silence
Umbrella of Silence
TRIVIA NOTE: On
the sci-fi series CAPTAIN VIDEO AND HIS VIDEO RANGERS/DUM/SYN/1949-56,
the evil Dr. Pauli (Hal Conklin) had a device called the Barrier
of Silence, a sound dampening field used so that he couldn't be
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