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Topic: Multiplying Bottles Routine
Message: Posted by: cooldad1 (Dec 15, 2005 04:22PM)
Okay it's unanimous! After reading several discussions on the Café' everyone agrees that Ken Brooke developed the best comedy routine using the Multiplying Bottles. Can anyone guide me to where I can buy a video or a book that either shows, explains or discusses his routine?
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Dec 16, 2005 12:28PM)
The line I like with this routine is "I only had one drink ---- from this one and this one and this one..."

Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: marcofrezza (Nov 13, 2013 08:35PM)
Ken's Multiplying Bottle Routine can be found in his book "Ken Brooke, The Unique Years" His ENTIRE routine is explained there. Worth the price of admission. I got my copy about 15 years ago from Denny at Denny and Lee. Hope that helps cooldad1.


Message: Posted by: Thom Bliss (Nov 14, 2013 12:00PM)
There's also a routine (but, I’ve been told, not quite the same one) in Ken Brooke’s “Multiplying Martini” booklet.

If you go to youtube, you can find performances by Lance Burton, Pete Biro, Denny, and many others which are more-or-less the Brooke routine.

In the Brook routine, the performer places one tube over the glass then starts to place the other tube over the bottle, but finds a second bottle was already inside the tube. That second bottle placed to one side. Later, the performer sets one tube to one side and works with just one tube. The glass changes into a bottle the bottle into a glass. But this requires an extra bottle. This is repeated several times.

But don’t just try to copy the routines from youtube. In the book he goes into some details, like the placement of the bottles, which you might miss if you just copy what you see on youtube.

Message: Posted by: marcofrezza (Nov 14, 2013 12:41PM)
Yeah Ken's Book is great, and goes into super detail as to the choreography of each and every bottle, down to the T. It's as far as I know the most detailed description of the routine in print.

Never heard of the Multiplying Martini Book Thom. I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for that one. Thanks for the tip.


Message: Posted by: Thom Bliss (Nov 16, 2013 01:19AM)


Message: Posted by: lochmann4522 (Nov 28, 2018 01:34PM)
Romhany´s multiplying bottles is my favorite:

Message: Posted by: Pop Haydn (Feb 2, 2019 05:34PM)
Here is my take on the Multiplying Bottles, it is the Ken Brooke routine, using Ken Brooke bottles:

Message: Posted by: Wx4usa (Feb 2, 2019 06:53PM)
Awesome Pop Haydn!
Message: Posted by: Mark Timon (Feb 11, 2019 03:02AM)
Pop Haydn is the best!!
Message: Posted by: gnosis (Apr 25, 2019 09:22AM)
Tommy Cooper's version:

Message: Posted by: Pop Haydn (Apr 30, 2019 03:53PM)
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Message: Posted by: Pop Haydn (Apr 30, 2019 10:51PM)
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Message: Posted by: Pop Haydn (Apr 30, 2019 10:53PM)
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Message: Posted by: JoshDude849 (Aug 24, 2019 01:09AM)
Man I saw something similar to this stuff a couple of days ago. I can't remember his name. All I know is he had a fez on in the video.

Anybody know?

Message: Posted by: imgic (Aug 24, 2019 01:16AM)
[quote]On Aug 24, 2019, JoshDude849 wrote:
Man I saw something similar to this stuff a couple of days ago. I can't remember his name. All I know is he had a fez on in the video.

Anybody know?

Josh [/quote]
That’s most likely Tommy Cooper that Gnosis posted link to:

Message: Posted by: Pop Haydn (Sep 25, 2019 09:20PM)
Here is my version of the Ken Brooke routine:


I think you need to get the audience interested in "how the tubes work." The more they think they know what is going on, the more confused and cartoony their thinking gets as things develop. They need to believe the bottles are glass. They should seem and sound heavy and solid. Once they feel comfortable, that is when things go screwy.

The first thing the audience will think is that you are getting bottles from under the table, from behind or through some kind of trapdoor. It is important that the audience can see under the table and there are no places for the bottles to hide. You need to figure out what the magic is doing. Why things are happening the way they are...

I think every bottle needs a reason--you shouldn't just produce them because you can.