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Topic: Al Baker Bowls
Message: Posted by: Anverdi-museum (Mar 22, 2015 03:09PM)
Wasn't sure exactly where to post this, excuse me if I did this wrong. I wanted to highlight the original Baker Bowls with its unique gimmick. Sorry for the choppiness at times...I am by no means an expert with this bowls of yesterday. I really like the method with these and a lot can be done with these that you cannot do with current bowls.


Chuck Caputo
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Mar 22, 2015 04:44PM)
The only member that said he could make the gimmicks is makeupguy. Contact him on his website, as he has not been on the Café for a while.
Message: Posted by: Anverdi-museum (Mar 22, 2015 05:26PM)
Thanks, I did. Sent him a private message, he said he is not making them and does not have the time.
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Mar 22, 2015 06:55PM)
Sorry to hear that, then the only other solution is get a large size latex balloon and cut it to fit.

They now have balloons in all sizes up to 40 inch. So you only have to find one that will fit properly. If you have party store in your area, just visit them and buy a few and try them out for the best fit.

I don't know if you know this, but balloons were used for years to cover glasses of water for productions. They would cut the balloon off and place rubber cement on the edge and roll it up to have something to grip and so the balloon would not tear.
Message: Posted by: Anverdi-museum (Mar 24, 2015 07:14AM)
I did try this, it is good if you just want to lift the rubber off the bowl but I am trying to replicate the original which was much different. The circular band around it acted as a 'flap' where you can actually transfer the whole gimmick from bowl 'A' to point 'B' as I did ( not too smoothly ) in the video I posted. I really like this transfer concept and the liquid is secure.

If any collectors or people my age out there have an extra gimmick or two, let me know. Mine is nearing the end of its life.

Thanks again-

Chuck C.
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Mar 24, 2015 09:48AM)
I know the method of transfer, I was suggesting to find a balloon the same size and thickness, and turn the edge in for strength.

I did a little Google search and found it is impossible to make such a gimmick by hand. There is a custom manufacturing company, but it is in China.

The method sounds simple, as it is a dipping process around a mold, then dry, powder, and remove. The problem arises to get a smooth surface without weak spots. A bottle of Latex Rubber is easily purchased in stores and on eBay. That is the easiest part.

Tannen's was the only dealer that sold these bowls according to all the catalogs I had way back in the 1970's, Louis Tannen had at least 3 fires I remember, so if their were any extra gimmicks lying around, they most likely were destroyed in those fire. I have a manuscript, that has smoke damage on it.

Being you are very crafty, you may be able to make your own, you have what it takes.
Message: Posted by: Intrepid (Mar 27, 2015 07:42PM)
[quote]On Mar 22, 2015, Anverdi-museum wrote:
Thanks, I did. Sent him a private message, he said he is not making them and does not have the time. [/quote]
Too bad, as I would mind having a spare gimmick as well. If you ever find a source please PM.
Message: Posted by: makeupguy (Apr 13, 2015 07:03AM)
What is the EXACT outside diameter of the bowls...? I'm not promising anything in a timely manner
.... wink.
Message: Posted by: Intrepid (Apr 17, 2015 03:12PM)
[quote]On Apr 13, 2015, makeupguy wrote:
What is the EXACT outside diameter of the bowls...? I'm not promising anything in a timely manner
.... wink. [/quote]
If it's possible to make this would be fantastic. Would love to get these bad boys into action.
The bowls I have are from Tanning's. The diameter measures 5 1/16" across and the circumference is 16"

Message: Posted by: Anverdi-museum (May 3, 2015 05:15PM)
Update: I am pleased to announce that I was fortunate to aquire a limited amount of new hand crafted Al Baker rubber covers, there are a few more to come in the near future. I am also bringing back an updated and larger version of these bowls and covers, more on this later. After looking far and wide I finally found someone to make these covers at a good price, no one wanted to touch this project. I have been using the B. Bowls in shows to fantastic reactions, this method is far superior to the 'disc' version we all grew up with. I suggest performing the routine with these bowls with a pot holder or cloth used to steal the cover via the Charlie Miller routine for the production of the water at the conclusion of effect.

The manufacturer of the above Baker covers went through a tedious time crafting the covers, many hours of drying time. They are an off white durable latex, see links below. These were copied exact from the original cover I have and fit like a glove. If you would be interested in one of these please pm me, the price is $40.00 p.pd in the USA.




Chuck Caputo
Message: Posted by: Intrepid (May 4, 2015 03:27PM)
Sweet, nice work Chuck. PM sent.