Comedy Version Of Wandering Glass And Bottle

This is an excellent comedy effect if you have an assistant to help you.

EFFECT:

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PARAPHERNALIA:

1 -- The outfit is the same as the regular Passe-Passe Bottle and Glass except that there are two shells used instead of one. The two shells fit over the bottle as shown in Figure 16.

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Figure 18. SECRET AND PATTER: To Prepare:

Prepare as for above experiment, but place extra shell over bottle and shell.

Attach Servante to rear of chair and throw cover over back of chair to screen it. Place chair on right side of stage. (All stage directions are given from performer's position facing audience.)

To Perform:

Assistant brings in tray with bottle and two shells over it, the two covers, and the glass. He sets this down on table, then steps back so that he is out of your way and yet can look on.

You perform the experiment as described except that you leave one shell over the bottle and use the other one to work with under the cover. When you come to part of effect where you say, "Things would have been different," cover the bottle and glass again without exchanging tubes.

Assistant has, in the meantime, edged up closer and is looking into cover with bottle. You pretend not to see him because you are busily engaged in talking to audience. Assistant reaches into top of cover and removes shell from bottle, being careful not to expose bottom of it.

Figure 19.

Assistant puts bottle under left arm, holding it in right hand.

Figure 20.

"Naturally, an experiment of this kind has many uses for it enables one to transport bottles or glasses of wine invisibly from place to place. While it had its uses in the old monastery of France in enabling the old monk to sneak out a few bottles to his friends once in a while, yet in this day and age, you can readily see that it has an even greater value. And strange to say, I have never known it to fail. If I command a bottle to appear under a certain cover here, it must appear there, regardless of the consequences."

As you speak, assistant sits down in chair which has the open Servante on the back.

Figure 21.

As he does so, he drops the shell over top of chair into Servante at rear. He keeps his hands in same position, how-

ever, to lead audience to believe that he still holds bottle under his arm.

Figure 22.

"As we all know, the bottle is under the tube at my right."

Point to tube at right. Audience laughs as they have seen assistant remove bottle from under that cover.

"And the glass is under the cover at my left."

Lift this cover about three inches to expose bottom of glass.

"Naturally, it is very important that we know the exact location of the aforesaid articles."

Assistant rises from chair and moves away a little in secret delight, still pretending to hold bottle under his arm.

"So we have the glass here.

Lift up cover and shell inside, revealing glass. "And the bottle there."

Lift other cover and show bottle. Assistant stares at bottle in surprise. He quickly raises his left arm and brings his empty right hand out. He turns around mystified, showing audience that bottle has disappeared. The effect is that the bottle disappeared from under assistant's arm and appeared under cover again. Assistant can now go offstage.

Then proceed with experiment as taught you in preceding effect by EXCHANGING COVERS and finishing effect.

Note - Another method of disposing of bottle under assistant's arm is to have him edge over to a wing on side of stage and have someone take it. He then advances forward again.

BOTTLE, BOTTLE, WHERE'S THE BOTTLE?

This is sort of a variation of Three Card Monte, in which the puzzle is to determine the exact location of the bottle. It is an interesting variation of the Passe-Passe Bottle and Glass.

EFFECT:

Performer places a bottle and two glasses at three different spots on the table. He covers bottle and each glass with a tube. Audience is asked to pick location of bottle and is unable to do so as bottle seems to jump about under the covers at performer's will. The bottle and glasses seem to change places under the covers at magician's command.

1 -- Comedy Passe-Passe Bottle and Glass Outfit, consisting of bottle, two shells, two glasses, and two covers.

2 -- An extra glass and a cover. We can supply you with these.

SECRET AND PATTER:

To Prepare:

Place diluted grape juice or red-colored water into upper compartment of bottle. Have just enough to fill three glasses three-quarters full. Put the two shells over bottle with openings together at rear so that glass can be gripped through them.

You can have bottle, glasses, and covers on a tray and have them brought in and placed on table. Or you can have things arranged on table beforehand. If you have three stands, arrange them in a triangle with a glass on each of the front stands and bottle at rear point of triangle. Or you may use a card table for the experiment, placing bottle and glasses at points shown in Figure 23. Place the three covers at rear of table.

To Perform:

With table arranged as shown, start experiment with this patter:

"A number of years ago a famous magician was spending Christmas at one of the fine chateaus in France. While he was entertaining with conjuring effects at a table, he noticed a bottle of rare wine, two glasses, and three cylindrical covers on a buffet nearby. An idea flashed through his head. He brought the bottle, the glasses, and the covers over to the table. From the bottle he poured wine into each of the two glasses."

Pick up bottle and pour wine into the two glasses, then replace bottle on table again.

"'This being Christmas,' he said, 'it is the ideal moment for a holiday game. The game is Bottle, Bottle, Who Has the Bottle?' He picked up the covers and, first of all, showed them to be empty, with a hole running all the way through each. We will play the game, providing the covers are large enough to fit comfortably over the bottle. He tried the first."

Place largest cover, A, over bottle and shells. Then remove cover, bringing outer shell away with it, and place on table.

"It was an excellent fit. Then the second one."

Place another cover, C, over bottle, and lifting other shell up inside of it, place it down on table again too.

"It, too, fit well. And finally the third."

Place third cover, B, over bottle, then remove it and place on table.

"This also answered the purpose. Now, for the game. I shall try to play it for you in the same way the magician did that Christmas day in the French chateau. First, we cover each of the glasses."

Place cover A with large shell over glass at position 1. Place cover C with other shell over glass at position 3. Place cover B, empty, over bottle at position 2. You now have arrangement shown in Figure 24.

"The idea of this game is to keep your eye on the bottle of wine. It is very elusive, and if you look crooked, you may not be able to locate it. First of all, where is the bottle?"

Lift tube B and show bottle. Cover again. As you do this push plunger in bottle down so that glass under bottle is filled with wine.

"We are ready. Bottle, bottle, who has the bottle? Where is the bottle?"

Point to position 2 where bottle was shown. "Here?"

Lift cover B with bottle inside and expose glass of wine under it. Place cover and bottle down on table.

Point to cover C. Lift cover and shell and place down on table. Another glass of wine is shown.

Lift cover A, leaving shell on table. It appears that bottle has jumped under cover A and glass has jumped under cover B.

"I am convinced that someone is not watching closely enough. Watch more closely and you will see less. Again let us play."

Cover each article with cover just removed from it, covering bottle last.

"You have seen the bottle. Can you find the bottle? Bottle, bottle, who has the bottle? Here?"

Point to cover A, where bottle was just seen. Lift cover and shell, showing glass.

Lift cover C and show shell.

"On with the covers again." Replace covers. "Watch the bottle."

Raise cover C a few inches and drop again. "Bottle, bottle, follow the bottle."

The moves from now on must be done snappily. Stand behind table. With left hand, lift cover C with shell, showing glass.

"Not there."

Place cover and shell on table as you lift cover A and shell with right hand and place them on table.

"Not here."

Lift cover B, showing bottle.

"Here. Right back to the old starting place. Once more, I shall give you a chance to locate the bottle."

Place proper covers over glasses and bottle again. "Remember, the bottle is here in the middle."

Raise cover a little to show bottle, then drop it again. "Are you ready? Bottle, bottle, where's the bottle? In the middle?" Lift cover B with bottle, revealing the glass. "No."

Cover glass again with bottle and tube B. Point to position 1. "Here?"

Lift cover A and shell, showing glass.

"Not here."

Cover glass again.

"Then it must be here."

Lift cover C with shell, also showing a glass. Place cover and shell down on table to the left.

"Not here."

Lift cover A with shell and place them aside on table also.

Finally, lift center cover B, revealing the bottle. "HERE."

Place cover down on table. NOTE:

In stage presentation, it is not necessary to have covers examined by audience after effect has been performed. Merely handle the covers in such a free and easy manner as to convince spectators that tubes are empty.

In parlor work, you can get both shells back on the bottle again by exchanging the covers during the experiment. When you start on last part of routine, place cover C with smaller shell over bottle and place empty cover B over glass at position 3. At the end when the three tubes are off the bottle and glasses, pick up cover A with shell and drop it over bottle and smaller shell and remove cover quickly again. Say, "Yes, this is a funny bottle of wine. However, we still have the bottle, the two glasses, and the three empty covers."

If you are working close to audience, you can pick up all three covers together and let audience see through them. Ordinarily, this is not necessary. When you complete the experiment, you have reached a climax and can proceed with the next effect.

This experiment works out nicely with comedy version in which assistant steals bottle. Finally bottle appears under center cover.

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