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Second Sight
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Hello. I am having a hard time identifying an effect which I thought was a classic kids show trick.

Basically, as I recall, the magician pours water into a covered glass on a kids head. A card is placed on top of the cover and the whole unit in inverted. The magician realizes that the "instructions" for the trick are printed on the card and removes the card. Hilarity ensues. The final instruction is read out and the magic words are spoken and the glass of water has vanished...

Is this a classic effect, or have I conflated several concepts here? I know that Dan Harlan does a variation of this on one of his early DVDs where he makes a milkshake on a kids head, but I'm hoping to follow the idea back to the original source. I have vague memories of seeing several local magicians do this in various shows back in the older days.

Thanks very much for your help.

S.
Donald Dunphy
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The trick you're looking for is commonly called the "Comedy Egg Can". I believe it was created by Don Alan.

There are variations with names like "Comedy Milk Can".

Google "comedy egg can magic trick" (without the quotes), and both variations will show up.

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I know this one as Bongo's Bloomer, an idea from Ali Bongo in the early 1960s where you use an opaque beaker with some spring flowers folded up in it and attached to a flat bag weighted with lead shot. When you finally lift the beaker, having previously slid away the instructions which when read out clearly state: "do not remove this card", you finally lift the beaker to reveal the spring flowers that open up and sit on the victim's head.
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I forgot to mention, you don't use water in the bloomer trick, you pour milk into the beaker from an evapourating mild jug (I think that's what you call the jug, but you know what I mean!)
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IMHO, Jim Raino's "Egg Trick" offers much more comedic moments. A volunteer reads an instruction manual as the performer breaks open a real egg, pours it into a cup, and from there pours the egg into a larger plastic cup that another volunteer has been holding and then inverted on his/her head. As the instructions continue, a paper plate is removed from mouth of the cup, the volunteer says a mistake has been made, and then a cut out felt egg, or anything else you want to fall out (I use yellow and white pom pom balls) pours out over the volunteer's head and onto the floor. Always gets a great response.
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Wow! Thank you all for the helpful responses! Yes, that does ring a bell now... I have to tell you. The strangest thing happened to me today. I have been living in Europe for a couple of decades, and yesterday I arrived at my folks house to visit after many years. I went up in the attic and found some boxes of magic apparatus which were passed on to me by an old magician when I was a kid and which I thought were long gone. One of those items was the egg can! That must be where my hazy memories were coming from! Thanks again sharing your knowledge!
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My routine was based on one I read in David Ginn's book Children Laugh Louder (I think). I'm pretty sure it's in there, but I no longer have the book. It's been about 40 years, but looking over the contents online I think the routine is "Freaky's Terror" although I could be completely mistaken. I'm sure it was in one of his books, and credited to someone else. I'm also sure (as others have mentioned above) that the concept has been around a lot longer. Wish I could offer more specific help.
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Second Sight
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Thanks for that Dan. I love your milkshake routine, and all your work in general! Thanks for the advice. I’ll keep my eyes out for Ginn’s book. I hope to cross paths one day...
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Yes, Comedy Egg Can. I bring it out in an Amazon box stating that it arrived a few days earlier. I have a kid read the directions while I try to use an adult as the guinea pig.b I found realistic looking fried eggs in a candy store which I substitute for the felt that it comes with. I use flash paper to "cook" the egg.
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I've seen this routine often performed with a Foo mug, which I know James Rainho put out some time ago but no longer does.

Does anyone elses stock a Foo mug? I imagine a Foo Cup which is readily available does the same thing, but it doesn't look as 'innocent' as a mug.

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Easy home-made Foo(L)-U Glass Mug: Buy a glass (or clear plastic) Mug from Dollar Store (where else?). Fill mug with some water - how much depends on the size of your hand. Cut a circle from clear plastic packaging material and seal the top of the mug so that the plastic lid is invisible and smooth and water-tight. Pick up Milk Pitcher (Make your own - Dollar Store Magic). With other hand pick up mug with your hand covering the water in the bottom. Pretend to fill mug with water from the Milk Pitcher and then move your hand to the mug handle so everyone can see the real water inside the mug. Cover with paper or cardboard as for comedy egg can. Invert on someone's head, then pull out paper. Finally lift up mug and show that the water is sealed in. It's different, so don't use it if you have to perform it the way everyone else does.
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Thanks Jim. I do however like the idea of cracking a real egg into a Foo Mug - I see a lot of comedy potential during the routine and a kicker finish. Anyone know if the Foo Mug still exists on the market?

Thanks in advace
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When I purchased The Comedy Egg Trick, it came with a foo mug.
Really seels the trick when the audience sees you crack a real Egg into it
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Ginn is currently offloading many of his books on the Facebook magic exchange page you might check there to see if he has it or ask him
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