How I’m using the Evaporation trick in my show right now is pretty simple. I take pour red liquid into a cup and when I turn the cup over a red ball falls out. Not much to it.
There is one little thing that I sometimes have to do to the liquid. Sometimes the liquid it too clear, so I have to make it a little more opaque. How I do that is simple add a few drops of non-dairy creamer to it and that makes it cloudy.
Using non-dairy creamer makes cleaning up the bottle little bit easier. Something in the dairy that makes the bottle get a little gross over time. There’s no reason why you can’t use milk, or half and half as long as you clean the bottle well after each use.
Lately I’ve been using the RED version of the Evaporation trick. Since I travel frequently I don’t always have the same access to juice that I’d have at home. For example when I travel my “orange juice” is actually Tang. For the red juice when I travel am am staying at a hotel that has breakfast I use the following concoction:
Fill the bottle to the desired level with cranberry juice. This will work, however I prefer my juice a little darker, so I add a drop or two of coffee creamer and that will make the juice opaque.
I’ve always loved the salt pour trick, but the initial steal of the gimmick has always looked shifty. I’ve never seen any do the steal where it didn’t look like something was going on.
A good solution is is a gimmicked salt shaker, so you are eliminating the steal of the gimmick. An Al Baker Salt Shaker is a great way to do this…if you can find one as they are no longer manufactured.
Another option is the Vernet Etherial Salt Shaker, however I think it looks like a trick salt shaker.
Finally it hit me, why not gimmick a large glass salt shaker like the Evaporation gimmick. You’ll get a pour that looks similar to the Al Baker Salt Shaker during the pour, but will be much easier to set and operate.
I’m currently audience testing it right now an so far seems to be working…
A lot of people have been asking me to make a Gatorade version of Evaporation. Currently it’s only available as a custom bottle. Here’s a 32 ounce fruit punch gimmicked Gatorade bottle:
The bottle for this has an additional gimmick to allow you to change the pour angle a little bit. I’m testing the Gatorade bottle in my show right now to make sure there are any unforeseen issues with the bottle. Hopefully I will have this available by the end of Stummer as an standard item.
A little while ago I made a custom Evaporation bottle out of a baby bottle:
Did you notice that there was no label on the bottle? The very early versions of the Evaporation gimmick was built into single serving milk bottles without labels like the ones you’d by in a gas station.
The reason I switched to using Orange or Red colored juice is the color “pops” against most backgrounds. For example when doing school assemblies against a gym wall which are typically colored white it can make the liquid hard to see.
I can gimmick make many different types of bottles with the Evaporation gimmick. Not every type of bottle works with the gimmick, however many do. Feel free to give me a call at 206-669-3928 to chat about customizing an Evaporation bottle for you.