Magic Trick: A Water Trick

This is considered one of the best of the tricks produced in recent years. When the curtain goes up seven large metal jars are seen standing in a row on a board. This rests with one end on the back of a chair and the other on a small table that also supports a tub. In order that our explanation may be clear let us suppose that the jars are numbered 1 to 7, beginning with the one on the left of the stage. Picking up Number One, the performer holds it with its mouth toward the audience, to show that it is empty, and to prove that Number Two also is empty, he drops Number One into it. A moment later he removes Number One and places it on the board in its original position. He continues in this way, first showing a jar empty and then dropping it momentarily into another until all the jars are shown to be empty. When Number Six is taken out of Number Seven the performer shakes a duck out of the latter, and then proceeds to pour from the jars, beginning with Number Six, enough water to fill the tub.

Should you ask us whence the water and the bird, we, in the language of Hiawatha,