The Special Bowl

Study the illustrations carefully and you will have no difficulty in understanding the principle on which the working of this bowl is based.

Inside of the bowl there is a special metal insert with four wings, which separates the bowl into four compartments. Through the middle of the insert runs a small tube to pass a wire through, Figure 99.

Figure 100 shows a view from mouth of the bowl with metal insert soldered into bowl. Here you see the four partitions and middle tube. The partitions should fit snugly against sides of bowl and should come down within about half an inch of top edge.

A special circular cover is made of metal to fit just inside top of bowl over metal insert. One quarter-section of this cover is cut out so that only three compartments are covered. A wire is soldered to center of cover so that it extends straight upward. On one edge of cut-out section, there is a small tip, like the point of a pin, extending downward about a sixteenth of an inch, Figure 101.

Cover is placed over metal insert in bowl so that wire extends upward through middle tube. A hole in bottom of bowl comes directly over tube so that wire can extend up through bottom of bowl. On outside of bowl, wire is bent over, or, better yet, cut off close to bowl and a flat button soldered over end to keep wire and cover from falling out.

Figure 102 shows a view from mouth of finished bowl. Cover is in place with one section open and the little tip extending away from inside of bowl.

Figure 102 shows a view from mouth of finished bowl. Cover is in place with one section open and the little tip extending away from inside of bowl.

Figure 103 shows cross-section view of finished bowl, bottom up. When bowl is placed on table in this position and is turned while held firmly on table, the small tip will catch in table or tablecloth and will keep the cover from turning. Thus while bowl is turned, cover remains stationary, and any section of bowl can be brought over opening of cover.

A different Chinese character should be placed on outside of bowl opposite each compartment so that you can quickly locate each object you have inside merely by looking at outside of bowl. Bottom of bowl should have a character painted over the button to help conceal it. Unprepared bowls should be decorated in the same manner.

Now before performing. Have opening of cover over compartment A, then turn it over compartment B and place an egg in this compartment. It is well to line B with felt to prevent rattling of egg. Next turn opening to C and put the frog in. Turn to D and put the baby chicken in. Finally turn cover back with opening over A, see Figure 104.

Arrange the bowls, bottoms up, on right side of table with an unprepared bowl first, the prepared one next, and finally the other one or two bowls. The purpose of having these unprepared bowls is misdirection.

Place tissue paper in pocket. TO PERFORM:

Pick up first bowl and look inside, perhaps blowing out a bit of dust. Let audience see inside of bowl without calling attention to it. Replace on table.

Pick up third bowl and go through similar procedure. Pick up fourth bowl, if you have a fourth, in left hand and place mouths of two bowls together, allowing audience to see insides as you do so. Then replace bowls on table.

Take piece of tissue paper from pocket, roll it into ball, and place on table a little to the right. Pick up prepared bowl in left hand, being careful not to expose prepared inside. Pick up first unprepared bowl with right hand, lifting it higher and showing inside-Figure 105.

"I place one bowl here."

Place left-hand bowl on table at left.

"And the other bowl over this ball of paper."

Cover ball of paper with right-hand bowl.

"The ball will jump from under this bowl to this one over here. I say one - two - three — jump."

Lift left-hand bowl, revealing nothing. Lift right-hand bowl, showing paper ball still on table.

"He did not jump. Funny — he usually jumps."

Place right-hand bowl aside on table.

"Maybe he wants me to help him jump."

Pick up ball of paper in right hand and place it under left-hand bowl. Place ball on table so that all can see it, then cover with bowl so that compartment A comes directly over it. Turn bowl on table to right far enough to swing cover over compartment A with the ball and expose compartment B with the egg. Raise bowl in left hand, revealing the egg on the table.

"No wonder the ball of paper would not jump. He was just going to hatch into an egg."

Pick up egg and show, replacing it on table. Cover egg with bowl so that opening of cover comes over it. Then turn bowl to right again far enough to cover compartment B with the egg and expose compartment C with the frog. Lift bowl, showing frog.

"Egg hatches to frog. Not so good. Not such a good egg. Let's try it again."

Cover frog with bowl. Turn bowl to cover compartment C with frog and expose D with the chicken. Lift bowl again and show the baby chicken. This makes a very pleasing ending for the experiment.

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