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KenTheriot

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A few months ago I did the Handsome Jack bottle production in a 7-minute stage segment in a variety show. I love the bit (form Jon Lovick's "Handsome Jack, etc."). And the production fo the bottle gets gasps. But then I'm stuck holding an empty bottle.

Jon/Jack says something in the description about what to say when you're done - by producing a ketchup bottle you can just say something like "Am I going too fast for you people? Anyone need time to catch up?" Ha ha. For any other kind of bottle he just says either take a drink from it (if it has something in it), set it aside, or hand it out for examination. But then the trick is over.

But that feels a bit like "why did he produce a bottle?" It seems kind of strange, doesn't it, to just produce a bottle and then move on to the next trick?

Michael Ammar proceeds to do a coin in bottle routine afterward. But I don't do that trick, nor any other with a bottle.

Can anyone recommend something I could do that would provide a motivation for having produced a bottle from under a large handkerchief/silk?

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Thirst?

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Johnny Ace Palmer used to produce a bottle opener from under the hank as he'd say, "This is my opener!" Then he'd hit the hank with the metal opener and you'd hear the clink. Then he'd produce the bottle. He'd leave the bottle on the edge of the performing area until he produced the chicks from under the cups. He'd put the chicks in a Kentucky Fried Chicken box and the pick up the bottle and say, "Lunch!"

You won't likely want to reproduce that, but the idea is that the the bottle can be used somewhere down the way. It doesn't need to be immediately used.

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Look at the bottle in surprise and say, "Oh well. I'd rather have a bottle in front of me, than to have a frontal lobotomy!"

Or, deadpan, "Man, I was really tired of keeping all that bottled up inside me."

Or, with a revelatory Aha!, while patting your stomach, "That explains those glass pains I was having earlier."

Really, it all depends on your character and style. What would your character do, or why would your character produce a bottle?

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Can't you just make anything up and roll with it?

How about something along the lines of ...

Act like you are going to take a drink and then realize it is empty.

Yell back stage-
"Dang it...  I want another full one... and Put a orange slice in it!" 

Then chuck the bottle back stage.

Then sheepishly look back to the audience and say "Ahem. Excuse me.... Third show...  They cut me off."

Yell back stage-
"I don't know WHY...  I don't get IT!"

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Some good ideas. Thanks!
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Would you consider adding an illusion to your repertoire?

If you are doing an empty soda or beer bottle you could do a cap to bottle penetration or if you do a full bottle you could levitate a glass as you pour yourself a drink.
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Bob Read had a great bottle production.  Worth looking up if you can find it.
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Maybe a Perverse Magic presentation.

You're trying to stop drinking 'cause you're drinking too much and you came up with a trick to produce (something not as large as a bottle to avoid a let down) and to your frsutration you just get liquor.
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The late great Sid Lorraine did a great snake oil salesman type act.  Through his patter his voice would get hoarse and hoarser he was so good that the audience would begin to feel bad for him.  Then he would take a swig from the snake oil jug and be much better.  Got quite the laugh. 

Perhaps if you would cough a little, voice gets a little raspy...produce the bottle, take a drink, then talk in a booming voice?   Get the laugh put the bottle down and continue on. 

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Bob Read had a great bottle production.  Worth looking up if you can find it.


Bob Reads bottle production was killer, one of the best I have ever seen.  Of course you have to explain away your limp.  LOL

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Bob Read performed the bottle production at 4F many years ago. It blew everyone away. Then he said he'd do it again and no one would see it coming. He was right. Bob Read was the beginning of the bottle production craze. He didn't use any gimmicks either - ergo "the limp" referred to above. Very pure and effective.

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Jon Lovick's production has no gimmicks either. I guess I can just set it aside and move on to the next trick making a joke about it being empty or as a setup for an alcohol joke I can call back to when I move to the cups (drinking!). I'll figure it out. Thanks for the tips!
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