Modern Production Of Bowl Of Water On Table

This production is adapted for the performer who works in American style clothing and has no room under his clothes for concealing a bowl of water. This is a good opening number if done with pep. It is very easy to do, yet appears most difficult and mysterious.


After showing production cloth on both sides, performer throws it over his left arm. Suddenly he seems to catch something in his arms—it appears to be a very heavy object. He goes over to table and places object on it. Then production cloth is removed and large bowl of water is found on the table.


3 -- Opaque, heavy cloth, four feet or more square. SECRET:

To Prepare:

The Special Table -

This consists of a metal or wooden base with a middle rod running up to table top. At top of rod there is a metal flange to which black table top is screwed. Under this top there is a secondary top with a hole in the center large enough

to slide up and down the middle rod of table. Holes are bored in both of these tops, through which cord is run. This cord goes across the upper table top and is knotted under each hole in the secondary table top. Enough cord should be allowed so that secondary top can drop several inches below first one. The purpose of this cord is to pull lower top up against upper one.

Figure 51.

Attach a strip of velvet around the table between edges of upper and secondary table tops. Sew a strip of gold braid near the bottom. This gives appearance of an ordinary draped table.

Figure 52.

The bowl of water you use must be the same size in diameter as the table top. In designing your table, plan it according to the size bowl you wish to produce.

Figure 53.

Now make a special velvet cover to go over bowl. The top of this cover is black velvet and the sides are the same color as the table drape. Trim this cover with gold braid as you did the table drape as the two must look identical. This cover must be a little higher than the table drape so that it will cover bowl and come down to lower edge of secondary top when it is pulled up against upper top. Cover has a two-inch opening in the rear so that it can be easily slipped off the bowl.

Figure 54.

Figure 55 shows cover over bowl of water—rear view away from audience.

Now to arrange for effect, pull cord up on first table top so that secondary one comes up tight against it. The velvet drape is tucked between the tops.

Figure 56.

Bring taut string down on table top and place bowl of water over it. Bowl will hold string in place and keep secondary top up against upper one. Now place cover over bowl and let it drop down to cover table tops. Opening of cover is at rear.

Figure 57 shows table as audience sees it.

Figure 58 is a cross-section diagram of arrangement under cover. The two table tops are tight against each other with velvet drape tucked between them. Taut string is held in place above table by bowl of water on it.

To Perform:

Pick up production cloth, show both sides, and run it through your hands. Then show both sides again.

Figure 59.

Throw cloth over left shoulder and arm. Suddenly drop body downward a little as though you had caught something heavy in your left arm under cloth. Curve left arm under cloth to make it look as though it was encircling some object.

Figure 60.

Raise arm and left side of body and walk to table as though carrying something heavy. Stand in front of table with left side turned to audience. Cloth completely screens table from view of audience.

Figure 61.

Hold cloth with left arm and hand, releasing right hand behind cloth. Remove cover from bowl of water on table and take cover in left hand under cloth.

Figure 62 is view away from audience.

Pick up bowl of water a few inches with right hand. This frees cord and causes secondary table top to drop below upper one, stretching the velvet drape out between them. Replace bowl on table. Then suddenly remove production cloth with velvet cover concealed in it, and reveal bowl of water.

Figure 63.

The difference in height of table is not noticed by audience and to them it appears that table is the same as it was in the beginning. It seems that the bowl of water appeared from the air.

THE VANISHING BOWL OF WATER This is a pretty effect and easy to perform. EFFECT:

Performer fills a bowl with water and places bowl on tray held by assistant. He places a cloth over the bowl, then picks up the cloth with the bowl and tosses them both into the air. When he catches the cloth, the bowl has vanished into midair.

Figure 64.

1 -- Special metal bowl and tray.

2 -- Prepared cloth.

3 -- Pitcher of water. SECRET:

To Prepare:

Special Metal Bowl and Tray--

This bowl is of metal painted white. It has a piece of metal, also painted white, soldered in about half an inch from the top. This piece does not cover top of bowl, allowing an opening into which water can be poured. Edge B of metal piece should be lower than edge A so that any water which happens to come on top of it will drain down into bowl.

Figure 64.

On bottom of bowl a narrow strip of metal is soldered on at one end. The other end is narrowed down to a blunt point.

Figure 65.

A metal tray is used and to the center of this is soldered a small piece of metal into which strip on bottom of bowl fits.

Figure 66.

When bowl is placed on tray and adjusted into catch, it can be held up on end without slipping off.

Figures 67 and 68.

Water can now be poured into bowl on tray. Tray can be tipped and water will not spill, providing end B of metal piece in bowl is kept uppermost.

Figure 69.

Special Cloth--

A double opaque cloth, two feet or more square, with a special ring of metal, cardboard, or celluloid sewed between the two sides. This ring should be same size as rim of bowl. A round piece of flat transparent celluloid is good for it cannot be seen even if light shines through the cloth. However, it is not necessary if cloth is heavy and opaque. To audience, this appears to be just an ordinary cloth.

Figure 70.

To Perform:

Assistant is at your right holding tray with bowl on it. Pick up bowl and turn it upside down, being careful not to

expose metal piece inside. Then replace bowl on tray, fastening it securely into catch. Have opening of bowl nearest audience.

Pick up pitcher and pour water into bowl. Amount of water must be judged by size of bowl and amount you can pour in without having it spill when bowl is tipped. Place pitcher aside. Then pick up cloth and hurriedly show both sides.

Figure 71.

Place one edge in back of bowl and cover bowl, thus allowing bowl to be visible as long as possible while being covered. Circular piece in cloth should come directly over top of bowl.

Figure 72.

Lift circular piece in cloth between both hands as though you held the bowl under cloth. Ends of cloth hang down, giving impression of covering bowl. As soon as you have cloth raised a little, assistant turns tray with bowl attached so that bottom faces audience and bowl is concealed behind it.

Figure 73.

You carry cloth away a short distance as though carrying bowl under it. Assistant leaves stage with tray, carefully keeping bowl concealed.

Figure 74.

Figure 76.

Throw cloth up into air as though tossing bowl with it. When cloth comes down, grasp the two nearest corners in each hand.

Figure 75.

Let cloth fall down spread out between hands, showing that bowl of water has vanished. Show cloth on both sides and put it aside, being careful not to expose shape of ring inside.

Figure 76.

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