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mikefallen
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The pshycology behind the trick is amazing and I suppose one strong concept is the fact of the magician making audiences believe that he poured much more drinks that he actually poured! There are several versions but I must confess, the major does not appeal to me... Anyway, it is always good to study them and understand the concept of the illusion...
The pieces of history posted here are lovely... please keep the funny stories
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Besides all the "problems" of performing this act,
I can give you a clue if you are searching for the recipe:
google: lick-essences-be
click on top the english version.
You will find different liqueur essences.
At he bottom of this page you will find a basic recipe
( distilled water, sugar and alcohol) for the "filler".
Cheers!
P.S. Don't forget to add food colors.
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I was recently informed by a friend that some machinist in Arizona had posted a statement on his web site in which he claims that someone who is a "self-appointed expert in all things magic" had stated on TMC that the Any Drink Called For act would only work during Prohibition. Since I have never claimed to be an expert on anything, I'm sure he isn't referring to me.

Checking over my past statements, I simply quoted what Burling Hull told me.

Burling stated to me that Prohibition was one of the reasons the act worked so well -- to quote him: "After all, nobody is going to complain about free drinks!"
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I should also add that I have seen several of the modern performances of the "Any Drink Called For" act, including various versions of "Hospitality" and Steve Cohen's version of ADCF. Steve's version is excellent. Some of the performances of Hospitality were good, some weren't. All of it depended on the skill of the performer as an entertainer and a magician.

Since Steve is both a skilled magician and a skilled entertainer, this should come as a surprise to nobody.

One of the main differences, though, in all of these performances, is that Hoffman's act was the mainstay of his show. The others, wisely, are doing a small segment, and that's what I think it takes these days.

As an aside, many magicians spend much more time prattling than performing magic. Good scripting, much of which is simply removal of excess verbiage, can improve an act noticeably. Frequent performances also serve to improve performances.

Steve Cohen's act is an example of excellent material combined with excellent scripting and frequent performance.
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I agree with Bill...
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I agree with Bill...
Altough I have seen better versions than steve Cohen`s... I do think he oes not hit on the spot of the any drink as an act. Still, nice tosee
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My book on a CD is now out.
THINK A DRINK
Look for the review in Genii and Magic magazine. The review should be the April issues.

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BILL’S ASIDE: “As an aside, many magicians spend much more time prattling than performing magic. Good scripting, much of which is simply removal of excess verbiage, can improve an act noticeably. Frequent performances also serve to improve performances.”

How can I say a loud enough AMEN?
How can I second (third, and fourth) your opinion?
There are books on this (including mine) but who reads?
I’ve seen films of our “classic heroes” and many prattled.
Magic magnifies in power 300% with a good clean script and premise.

Think-a-Drink deserves this care and respect!

Magically, Walt
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Does anyone know where I can get this new Bursky book?

Best,

Allen
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For those interested in buying my new CD Book,
THINK A DRINK


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$33.00 cd plus $2.00 PayPal fee
Plus shipping. $2.50 continental USA
$7.50 Canada & Mexico
$9.50 Europe.
First class shipping.
So you can figure out the total depending on your location
Thank you,
Alan Bursky
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