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Topic: Eggs from mouth - Wow
Message: Posted by: paradize (Feb 10, 2009 11:42PM)
Has anyone bought this trick before? Please give us your reviews:

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Message: Posted by: paradize (Feb 12, 2009 09:28PM)
Looks like one here in Magiccafe tried this trick before?
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Feb 13, 2009 12:37AM)
It's an old routine, been around for ages. I believe it was even done in old Vaudeville comedy routines.
Message: Posted by: JamesTong (Feb 13, 2009 01:55AM)
Yes, its a very old routine that has been done with eggs and also ping pong balls. I used to do it with balls as it give me more areas to play with such as color changes, or continuous different colored balls production from mouth instead of just white balls.

If you are not used to having things in the mouth don't try this effect immediately. Some people can't stand having a large object inside the mouth and after a short while they think they want to puke/vomit. Start off with ice balls/cubes. That's because the ice melts and you are safe. Then move up to using chocolates and once you are used to having things in the mouth, then you can try real balls.

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Message: Posted by: Drew Manning (Feb 13, 2009 09:36AM)
While I have not used this, I have used a similar technique to achieve the same effect. I showed my hat empty and produced the eggs from there one at a time and overloaded the kid.

Granted, it's not quite as funny as from the mouth, however it doesn't rely on an assistant.
Message: Posted by: David Bilan (Feb 13, 2009 01:18PM)
The trick has been around more than a hundred years. I saw a video of John Calvert performing a ping pong ball version with Red Skelton as the mouth produing the goods.

It was a great performance...

As to a review of the effect: It is not expensive. It can be very funny, but to work well, you need an assistant who can act and you need some basic maipulation skill.

Scale of Difficulty: 3/10

Dave
Message: Posted by: paradize (Feb 15, 2009 11:57PM)
Thanks a lot guys. Thought of combining this routine with the silk to egg.
Message: Posted by: dlachance (Feb 16, 2009 11:36AM)
Kevin James did this the other night on Masters of Illusion.....Had a kid on stage and piled the eggs in his arms until the child couldn't hold them anymore......needless to say, there was plastic down on the stage to catch the fallout....

Dorian
Message: Posted by: TheAmazingDamon (May 16, 2009 03:07PM)
Hello everyone... I have this paticular gimmick from Abracadabra however when I bought it a few years ago they gave me instrucitions for another trick. I kept it in my box and never opened it until recently and discovered the wrong instructions are there.

I just have one question if someone could PM me... what method do you use to keep producing the real eggs in your hand?
Message: Posted by: jimhlou (May 16, 2009 07:43PM)
Just keep it palmed. Pin a dropper under the edge of your jacket (if you wear one), and halfway through the routine actually visibly drop the egg in the container. Then when the next one comes from the mouth, drop the egg from under you coat, pull this from the mouth, and then continue the routine.

Jim
Message: Posted by: JamesTong (May 17, 2009 05:17AM)
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On 2009-05-16 16:07, TheAmazingDamon wrote:
Hello everyone... I have this paticular gimmick from Abracadabra however when I bought it a few years ago they gave me instrucitions for another trick. I kept it in my box and never opened it until recently and discovered the wrong instructions are there.

I just have one question if someone could PM me... what method do you use to keep producing the real eggs in your hand?
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Jim gave you a good explanation.

Just like to add.

Be careful if you are using a raw egg. I don't think you would but just in case. I just like to point this out as I have magicians asking me about using real raw eggs. It is better to use boiled egg if you think of using real eggs. Usually magicians use realistic looking eggs but they are not real.
Message: Posted by: jimhlou (May 17, 2009 04:45PM)
You can also "make" a good egg for this by blowing one out. Take a large pin and poke a hole in each end of the egg. Use the pin to break the yellow. Now blow on one of the holes (do this outside or over something to catch the goop). You may have to make the exit hole a little bigger. You will be able to blow all of the white and yellow liquid out of the egg. Let it dry a couple of days, and you have a realistic "fake" egg.

Jim
Message: Posted by: harris (May 19, 2009 09:30AM)
One could also be more "hard boiled" in your approach..(and use only one real egg)
Message: Posted by: rbokor (Jul 2, 2009 10:51AM)
Hi guys,

A couple of incorrect facts posted here that I'd like to correct.

1. A couple of people mentioned you need to use an assistant. Our gimmick is made in such a way that no assistant is needed. It is very funny when egg after egg (or ping pong balls) pop out of your own mouth!

2. Some here might be posting about another version of EGGS FROM MOUTH. One is available now from another source - they call it the same thing but it is NOT at all similar to ours. The competitor's versions just comes with a few plastic eggs and tells you to palm the eggs.

Our UMSI version does NOT come with any eggs, plastic or otherwise. We supply a special gimmick that provides the illusion. You use any eggs or ping pong balls - therefore, the number of eggs you can produce is UNLIMITED!

Because of the automatic misdirection that our gimmick and routine provides, it is very easy to learn. It will take some practice, but no special skill.

3. Your mouth is shown clearly to be EMPTY after each egg is removed. And neither you nor your volunteer's hand ever comes near the mouth before each appearance.

4. Eggs are real and can be cracked open to prove so.

5. The routine we supply is perfect for kids and adults alike.

6. We include BONUS INSTRUCTIONS WHICH EXPLAIN HOW YOU CAN EASILY MAKE ALL THE EGGS VANISH AT THE END!

For a trick costing only $19.98, you receive an effect worth hundreds. Your audience will be in stiches. We sell out of this trick every time we've had it at a convention.

There is a video demonstration on our site.
http://www.abra4magic.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?&Screen=PROD&Product_Code=E135
Message: Posted by: MagicOfDamon (Jun 23, 2010 10:38PM)
I also want to add the same comment.... I bought this gimmick a few years ago and I never opened the package until last night. I just kept it in my collection.

I was sad to say that I got instructions for a floating match on card trick.

I am very displeased with abracadabra and have apprehenstions about investing more money into their sales.

I take the blame though, I should have opened it immediately.

Buyer be ware.
Message: Posted by: JamesinLA (Jun 24, 2010 11:11PM)
The other trick/routine that was mentioned above was created by David Devent of Egyptian Hall fame. When he had a command performance before the queen of england (I guess that would have been queen victoria) and Devent could have performed anything at all, including all the big illusions of the day, he choose instead to perform the eggs from hat routine.

Jim
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Jun 29, 2010 06:42PM)
Rboker: I was on your site to buy the eggs from mouth but for a 2 ounce item I thought the shipping was way out of line, but... but then you hit me with "You need to order something more to reach our minimum."

SO FORGET IT.
Message: Posted by: mtpascoe (Jul 15, 2010 03:04PM)
This trick goes back as far as Howard Thurston who use to use a "volunteer" from the audience. I'm sure the trick was old when Thurston did it. He once got in trouble for doing it in India because he chose a Hindu boy to do the trick with. Since eggs were considered unclean, the boy had to do penance.

I did this trick when I started to do magic as a kid. It was in the first book I got from the library, Hokus Pokus by Ib Permin. In the version he explains, you can't show your mouth empty each time. Must be a different method.

Also, this trick was done in the goofy movie Airplane. http://www.evtv1.com/player.aspx?itemnum=1390
Message: Posted by: magicman1 (Jul 15, 2010 03:26PM)
Did the same thing Pete, $25 min. order.
Thought I was ordering wholesale..lol..

No thanks, With the shipping charges that was posted, Not sure why a min. order was needed to begin with.
Guess they lost at least 2 orders because of it.

Don
Message: Posted by: silking (Jul 16, 2010 02:19AM)
Make it 3 orders LOST

Silking
Message: Posted by: manal (Jul 16, 2010 09:29AM)
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On 2010-07-15 16:04, mtpascoe wrote:
This trick goes back as far as Howard Thurston who use to use a "volunteer" from the audience. I'm sure the trick was old when Thurston did it. He once got in trouble for doing it in India because he chose a Hindu boy to do the trick with. Since eggs were considered unclean, the boy had to do penance.

I did this trick when I started to do magic as a kid. It was in the first book I got from the library, Hokus Pokus by Ib Permin. In the version he explains, you can't show your mouth empty each time. Must be a different method.

Also, this trick was done in the goofy movie Airplane. http://www.evtv1.com/player.aspx?itemnum=1390
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Great clip!
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Jul 17, 2010 01:48PM)
FUNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEE
Message: Posted by: Scott Alexander (Jul 21, 2010 12:55AM)
A hospital? What is it??
Message: Posted by: mtpascoe (Jul 22, 2010 10:07AM)
It's a big building with patients, but that's not important right now.
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Jul 22, 2010 11:42AM)
Okay, here is what I know about this trick. Dick Stoner the famous Trade Show magician here in Fort Wayne, did the Golf Balls from Mouth for years in his Billiard Ball/Golf Ball manipulation routine. It was very funny and highlight of his routine. It takes a good French Drop and perfect timing with tons of practice. He performed this on himself in rapid succession.

Fast forward, I for some reason have been drawn to egg magic all my life and have been looking for unique effects with eggs. Why, because the audience "laughs out loud".

Abbott's Magic advertise the egg from mouth trick, the ad says you can show your mouth empty. So I invested the $7 several years ago for the Abbott gimmick. What I received was 'probably' the Abracadaba gimmick with Abbott's instructions. The gimmick is not made the correct color to show the mouth empty. It was bright red color. The inside of my, or anyones mouth, is not red but a dark flesh color. The gimmick will work, but I do not suggest showing the mouth empty with this gimmick and it would not add much to the illusion of producing eggs from a spectator's or your mouth.
Message: Posted by: rbokor (Aug 3, 2010 05:44PM)
Hi Guys,

I am replying to wmhegbli's Jul 22, 2010 post.

Our gimmick IS made correctly. The side that the audience sees is FLESH colored, not red as he stated for the Abbott's gimmick he purchased. I am guessing they all they found in the correct size was a red ball and they are gimmicking and using that.

We had a custom double mold made for our gimmick. I think we are the first one to make this product properly. Our instructions were written by me - we do not copy others instructions.

Regarding the 3 guys here who went to purchase this and wanted nothing else - and since they didn't meet our $25 merchandise minimum, for that I apologize. I know that can be frustrating. We have had this same minimum since 1988 - we have never increased it. It is because our s/h does not cover all our fulfillment costs for smaller orders & smaller orders don't have the margin to cover what the s/h does not. Postage rates have increased more than 75% since 1996, yet we only increased them $1.00 in 14 years.

Our shipping is based on value, NOT weight - so it is an averaged amount. As an extreme case, someone ordering only linking rings for $19 which are heavy for their price residing in zone 8 costs us $16 in postage & fulfillment.

I am contacting those 3 magicians and offering to waive the minimum. If anyone else here would like to order only this trick, private message me here or use the email address provided for customer service at the bottom of our pages at abra4magic (dot com).

Bob Bokor
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Aug 9, 2010 02:06PM)
What a very nice offer to make, Bob Bokor.
Message: Posted by: jimhlou (Aug 9, 2010 04:05PM)
Nice offer, Bob. I hope the "miffed" individuals continue to read this thread. I have used the Abracadbra gimmick for several years. As you say, it is flesh colored on one side and white on the other. If you can french drop, it makes the routine very easy. I have an egg dropper under my coat, and about half way through the routine I show both hands empty. This really fools the ones in the audience that are starting to catch on.

Jim
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Aug 28, 2010 06:23PM)
Just received the Eggs from Mouth gimmick from UMSI. I was surprised as the gimmick is actually made of a flexible material. This is the best gimmick I have ever seen for this effect. The gimmick is actually egg color (white) and the inside is flesh color. It comes with a full page of instruction.

Some thought was used in designing this gimmick, as the flesh side actually has a ridge that covers the white edge of the shell. The flexibility of the material makes it a little more comfortable in the mouth.

I would recommend anyone wanting to put an effect of this nature in your show to consider this gimmick over others on the market.

I do suggest you find other items to order while placing an order. It did cost me $19.98 for the gimmick and $11.95 for postage, handling, and something called insurance. Making the total $31.43. On the package the postage cost was $1.22. So it was very expensive for this gimmick, but I think I will give it a go. I always wanted to try this effect on an audience.
Message: Posted by: jay leslie (Aug 28, 2010 06:45PM)
From now on... Would all of you new guys please ask "What's old?"

Some of the oldest stuff is the best, Ask anyone who's been on TV.
Message: Posted by: Kuma (Sep 18, 2010 07:24PM)
I don't know if the Airplane movie is the same, but we got a movie called "Flying High" with Leslie Nielsen where he performed this on a lady passenger in a plane.
Message: Posted by: mtpascoe (Sep 19, 2010 01:43AM)
Yeah, it's the same movie. I guess in Australia and New Zealand it's retitled "Flying High". It kind of loses it's meaning because it's suppose to lampoon the silly Airplane disaster movies of the seventies called Airport and its sequels Airport 1975, Airport '77, and let's not forget, The Concorde ... Airport '79.
Message: Posted by: VE Day (Apr 1, 2011 04:43AM)
I have never seen anyone do the Human Hen/Eggs From Mouth trick while talking between producing each egg. For me I think this will arouse suspicion from the audience as they will think "Why has she stopped talking?" - I think they will suspect there is something in the mouth because of this.

For this reason I have been working on a homemade version of this effect where I can talk, then cluck like a hen, then produce an egg, show its real, further dialogue, cluck, produce an egg and show its real, further dialogue, cluck, produce an egg and show its real, ad infinitum.

However after reading up on the USMI gimmick, which sounds larger than mine, I wondered whether I can talk while it is in place?
For me talking and joking is an essential part of my act, so the eggs from mouth trick is unusable if I cannot talk. Should I stick with my own homemade version or pay out to investigate the practicalities of the USMI egg gimmick? I read on the Magic Café Forums that the USMI gimmick is fairly well made.

Folks who have bought the USMI gimmick - please do you perform it silently, or with patter, or do you use a silent "human hen" assistant?
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Apr 1, 2011 01:53PM)
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On 2011-04-01 05:43, VE Day wrote:
I have never seen anyone do the Human Hen/Eggs From Mouth trick while talking between producing each egg. For me I think this will arouse suspicion from the audience as they will think "Why has she stopped talking?" - I think they will suspect there is something in the mouth because of this.

For this reason I have been working on a homemade version of this effect where I can talk, then cluck like a hen, then produce an egg, show its real, further dialogue, cluck, produce an egg and show its real, further dialogue, cluck, produce an egg and show its real, ad infinitum.

However after reading up on the USMI gimmick, which sounds larger than mine, I wondered whether I can talk while it is in place?
For me talking and joking is an essential part of my act, so the eggs from mouth trick is unusable if I cannot talk. Should I stick with my own homemade version or pay out to investigate the practicalities of the USMI egg gimmick? I read on the Magic Café Forums that the USMI gimmick is fairly well made.

Folks who have bought the USMI gimmick - please do you perform it silently, or with patter, or do you use a silent "human hen" assistant?
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From your discription, all I read is that you are trying to disprove ideas of being accused of methods that has not been mentioned by the audience. Thus I feel you are trying to make the effect more important then the entertainment value of the effect. Not that attempting to be creative is not good, it is good to always stive to improve on a method.

Most performances of this type are done with another person. Although Dick Stoner does it in his Multiplying Golf Ball routine and it is funny and a mystery at the same time. It is fast and produces several balls from his mouth. Vito Lupo used sponge balls in his FISM winning act, he did it mime and silent. Dick Stoner does try to talk but a ball appears to be in the way, and it has to be removed. Acting is very important and the thought process should show on your face.

In the end you do not have to prove anything if the moves are done properly. The real proof of wheather you are performing it well is, 'Is your audience laughing there heads off?'
Message: Posted by: VE Day (Apr 1, 2011 05:09PM)
Thanks for the reply Wmhegbli, but no I am not trying to disprove ideas of being accused of methods that has not been mentioned by the audience. I was merely trying to establish whether the USMI gimmick was similar to my own homemade version which allows me to patter, even have conversations with someone, and produce eggs from my mouth throughout, or whether the USMI gimmick can only be used by someone who cannot speak while it is in their mouth.

You appear to be telling me that the USMI gimmick does not allow the "Human Hen" to speak. I will therefore stick with my own homemade version in the meantime. Thank you for your advice.


I agree with you regarding the need for good face acting and judging the effect on whether the audience are laughing their heads off. The Human Hen/Eggs From Mouth is my all time favourite magic trick ever and one that is both bizarre, incredible and hilariously funny when done right. For me it can also have an even more fantastic surprise element if it can be done in the middle of conversation or patter. By being able to talk while the gimmick is in the mouth opens up huge new possibilities for this effect - the eggs can be produced from mouth mid-sentence and unexpectedly, the eggs can be produced from mouth as part of another routine (eg an Egg Bag, Egg Vase or Vanishing Egg Routine), eggs can be produced in mouth during dialogue with another character on stage. Of course none of these ideas are practical if the magician is unable to patter while the gimmick is in place.
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Apr 1, 2011 10:23PM)
PM you further information.
Message: Posted by: madelaine (Dec 25, 2012 12:12AM)
VE Day,

Eric LeClerc does balls from mouth while talking...Though he does use sponge balls very effectively and funnily and convincingly...Go to his website in Canada, for an example.
Message: Posted by: Tony Thomas (Dec 25, 2012 04:11PM)
People in this thread have mentioned that this gimmick will work we'll with eggs and ping pong balls. Will it work in conjunction with 2" balls?
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Dec 26, 2012 10:41AM)
TONY~How big is your mouth?~!
Look back on this thread~ I hope you've noted that there is a "G". (That's what's in your mouth.)

As I started this thread, I made some notes...was going to mention Devant and Thurston, but somebody got there ahead of me! Good, you guys have done your homework. (Those who don't study history, are condemned to repeat it!)

Earl Edwards told me (50 years ago) that Calvert had a "committee" on stage and loaded and produced the SAME BALL on all of the men. (!!!)

Then, I was going to discuss the "G", but as Jay used to say: "That's already been said!"

I bought out what was left of the old OAKS MAGIC SHOP in Oshkosh, WI about 26 years ago. There was a carton of odds n ends including a bunch of the "G"s from pre-war Germany. And, yes, the reverse side was a dull RED!

This is another of those "seldom seen anymore" tricks. I seem to remember that Tom Ogden used it in his AMWAY act.