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   Magic Trick: Birth of flowers




Four tricks in a row.

Description

Lots of patter is essential for this exhibition!

The performer brings to his performance table a box of allegedly magic seeds. On the table appear an empty goblet, a small cylindrical metal cup, and another metal cup, perhaps twice the height of the first but of the same diameter.

The performer expounds upon his magic seeds, which need neither water, soil, nor time to germinate. He offers as an example to grow one in his lapel: he selects a seed, puts it in the buttonhole, makes some dramatic gesture, and a rose appears!

Next, he puts a few seeds in the small metal cup, again stating how quickly and easily theyll grow. He takes the larger cup, places it over the smaller one, and lifts it to show a small bouquet.

He then allows that the cup being metal leads to some quite justifiable suspicion. He will, therefore, grow some flowers in the goblet, to show that there is none — they are, after all, the same seeds used in both cases. He borrows a hat from somewhere, holds it over the goblet, makes a magic gesture, and lifts the hat to reveal — nothing! He swears and admits that he forgot to put seeds in the goblet. He selects some seeds — perhaps specifying what blooms they will grow — places them in the goblet, covers it with the hat again, and this time whips it off to show a small bouquet of the flowers he had mentioned.

Finally, as he is approaching the audience to return the hat, he remarks with astonishment that some of his seeds must have got into the hat — either that or the hat is actually magic — because it now contains several small bouquets of roses which he tosses to ladies within range.

Execution

Naturally, for the first trick the performer must wear a coat or jacket which has a buttonhole in the lapel. The buttonhole rose is an artificial one, which can be folded quite small but which will open up when released. It's attached to a thread, matching in colour the performer's jacket: the thread in turn is tied to a strong elastic band. The rose is concealed under the left armpit of the performer's jacket, kept there by slight pressure; the thread goes through the buttonhole, through an eyelet in his shirt under the buttonhole, and the elastic continues around his chest and is clipped to his waistband behind his back. When he makes his magic gesture, he lifts his right hand as misdirection; at the same time he relaxes his left arm, and the rose zips from his armpit to the buttonhole.

The second part of the exhibition is very simple indeed. The taller cup contains a second small cylinder, just large enough to go over the first one (in which the seeds were placed). In this second cylinder is a small bouquet. The outer walls of the tall cylinder are just flexible to squeeze slightly, just enough to pick up the smaller one within and deposit it over the first one.



The third part is very dependent upon misdirection. On the side of the table away from the audience is fastened a bouquet with a small cardboard cylinder as its handle: it must be suspended with the flowers DOWNWARDS. When the performer lifts the hat for the first time, finding no flowers, he places it casually on the table edge, just above the suspended bouquet; and while grumbling about his failure to seed the goblet, slips his finger into the cardboard cylinder and lifts it into the hat. He must NOT look at the hat during this brief time: the attention of the audience must be directed somewhere else. But after he has placed the seeds, he re-covers the goblet with the hat and of course this time the flowers appear.

The fourth part is performed similarly: a number of small bouquets are suspended on the table, tied together by a slender thread so as to facilitate palming the bundle and placing it in the hat as the performer prepares to return it. The thread can be broken when the performer starts to hand out the bouquets.

Comments

This performance is suitable for stage shows and sideshows.

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