Lip Reading…

Yesterday I did my second day of senior shows and it was a lot of fun. I think I may finally be figuring out how to make my coat hanger thru silk routine work. I just need to let the effect marinade and sit with the audience even longer. The trick is a very strong and visual trick, and I think brains just take a long time to process it.

Another thing I’m learning is how much people use their eyes to listen. When we listen we also do a lot of lip reading. When someone is masked, it’s harder to understand them because we can’t lip read. This makes a ton of sense looking into the past. For example my wife uses the captions when she watches movies on a smaller screen like her phone. It makes it easier for her to “hear”. Because of this I’m talking a lot more slowly and deliberately in my shows.

-Louie

Magic Inc!

I’ve wanted to visit Magic Inc for a long time, however every time I’ve been in Chicago it’s been closed. I finally made it to Chicago when it was open.

Inside I noticed they had my Evaporation trick in stock! It’s always fun to see my trick out there in magic shops.

While I was there I picked up a copy of Theseus by Nathan Colwell.

theseus by nathan colwell

It’s an interesting idea, it’s basically a book that’s just one trick, with a lot of methods for it. It sounds like it’s a bit of a journey through how the trick was created. I haven’t really had a chance to dig into it yet, but I’m excited to read it!

Spark of Invention…

This week I’m performing in Minot, North Dakota. I’ve worked out here many times over the years. When getting into town, I drove by a Menards hardware store.

Normally this isn’t a huge deal, but this is the hardware store where I bought all the stuff to create my Evaporation trick! It’s also the store where I bought a lot of the parts for all the previous unsuccessful versions of the trick.

Many magicians think that finished ideas just pop out of people’s heads, and while that does happen, it’s rarely the case. Usually it’s a idea, that eventually after a lot of work gets to the final idea.

The key is to trying to create a new method for a trick is to not give up. I tired many, many bad (in retrospect) ideas for how to make the trick bottle. However each bad idea taught me something, and they all moved me closer and closer to the final goal!

Magic Collection…

Many years ago I used to buy magic collections of magicians who had passed. I would keep the books or props that I wanted and resell the rest. It’s been a while since I have done that for myself. Last year a did sell off a collection of magic that was a friend of mine who had passed and all the money went to his son.

The other day I was contacted about a magic collection and went out and picked it up. The person had one of my Evaporation tricks, and this was from the original run of 36 that I sold at a magic convention in Canada.

One thing that I think people don’t realize is that most of the stuff in a magic collection is worthless. Usually about half is unsellable because it’s damaged, counterfeit or shipping would cost more than the prop.

You should be realistic about what your collection is worth and to not really count things that have a used value of less than $20. Sure, they do add up, but they are hard as hell to sell!

Easy Way To Be Creative…

One of the hardest things to do is to sit down and try to come up with ideas. Your options are too broad, you need to narrow it down and give yourself some rules. Some examples would be doing trick with a dollar bill, or an animation that doesn’t use invisible thread. When I travel … Continue reading “Easy Way To Be Creative…”

One of the hardest things to do is to sit down and try to come up with ideas. Your options are too broad, you need to narrow it down and give yourself some rules. Some examples would be doing trick with a dollar bill, or an animation that doesn’t use invisible thread.


When I travel I make videos of magic tricks using things that I find in my hotel room. Limiting the main prop of the trick to things in the room narrows your focus.

Another way to narrow your focus is to find one of the calendars online that lists all of the national days. For example today is National Coffee Day. You then create a magic trick for whatever today is.

Here’s an example of three tricks that use a coffee cup that I did for the tricks in a hotel video series:

Fun Surprise!!!

While scrolling through facebook, I saw that Dom Chambers got passed through to the semi-finals of America’s Got Talent. This was of interest to me as I had made a prop for him to use on the show. Here’s video of his act from AGT last night: He uses my Evaporation trick to pour the … Continue reading “Fun Surprise!!!”

While scrolling through facebook, I saw that Dom Chambers got passed through to the semi-finals of America’s Got Talent. This was of interest to me as I had made a prop for him to use on the show.


Here’s video of his act from AGT last night:

He uses my Evaporation trick to pour the beer into the video screen. The bottle was custom made for his act. It was a fun project, and I’m always glad to see people use magic that I’ve created!

Red Evaporation Trick

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 … Continue reading “Red Evaporation Trick”

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.

 

 

Red Evaporation

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 … Continue reading “Red Evaporation”

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.

Hope that helps!

Louie

More Evaporations!

We’re in the middle of the busy holiday performing season, however my distributer is almost out of Evaporations, so I’m fitting some manufacturing time into my busy schedule! I’m amazed that in just over a year I’ve sold over 1,200 of the Evaporation tricks…thank you to everyone that has purchased one! louie www.evaporationtrick.com

We’re in the middle of the busy holiday performing season, however my distributer is almost out of Evaporations, so I’m fitting some manufacturing time into my busy schedule!

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I’m amazed that in just over a year I’ve sold over 1,200 of the Evaporation tricks…thank you to everyone that has purchased one!

louie
www.evaporationtrick.com