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Topic: Spring-loaded collapsible Coke can gag
Message: Posted by: malcolm (Jan 24, 2015 02:24PM)
Years ago there was a gag on the market - it looked like a Coke can but was actually a regular top and bottom with a soft plastic tube (printed like a Coke can) in between. It was spring-loaded so that the magician/prankster could 'crush' the can against his forehead, then miraculously restore it instantly to its regular shape.

I've searched online but can't find one. Does anyone remember these, and if so do you know where I could get one?

Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Jan 24, 2015 06:03PM)
To my knowedge they are no longer available.
Message: Posted by: george1953 (Jan 24, 2015 06:26PM)
I think Bills right, a friend asked me if I knew where to get one. I searched all over and never found anything.
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Jan 24, 2015 06:45PM)
The original was the appearing soda can by Jeff Stewart. I saw something the other day that appeared to be a new version of this. I can't seem to find it now, but if I do, I'll post here.
Message: Posted by: Anatole (Jan 24, 2015 08:05PM)
The Magic Reference Pages has an entry on Jeff Stewart's booklet for his "Appearing Soda Can" at
Meir Yedid carries the booklet and some other Jeff Stewart items:
As I recall, Jeff also published a booklet of some of his tricks/routines in a book called, I believe, _Visual Artistry_.

----- Sonny
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Jan 24, 2015 09:59PM)
There was on the shelf at the local magic shop, I will have to check if it still setting there.
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Jan 24, 2015 10:31PM)
Search Ebay for crushing beer can gag. I just saw a couple for sale.
Message: Posted by: Sealegs (Jan 26, 2015 05:45PM)

It looks like you can get the item you are after [url=http://www.kjmagic.com/catalog/effects02.html] here [/url]

It's called Psyco-can-esis and is sold as a self crushing can. I independently came up with the same idea for this prop back in the early 90s (a self crushing can) and made it myself from a 'crushable beer can' that I bought from a toy shop. I put together a routine where I attempted to do some spoon bending but everything around me ended up bending except for the spoon. The beer cans don't seem to be readily available anymore though..

I left it in my hotel room one day and the cleaner threw it away thinking it was an ordinary empty can!
Message: Posted by: MIT Rob (Jul 17, 2015 01:30AM)
I have an original one of these in MINT condition, with the included instructions still in the original box. PM me if you are still interested.
Message: Posted by: David Todd (Jul 17, 2015 08:39AM)
[not really sure how this goes under the general topic of "Finger/stage manipulation", because it's a purely mechanical prop, not what we'd typically call "manipulation" magic , but I'm sure some moderator will move it if they see fit ... ]


The PSYCO-CAN-ESIS effect by Mark Kornhauser plays very funny and from a reasonable distance it can also be a fooler . (not a close-up effect, imo) The problem with the prop in it's currently available form is that the gimmicked Coke cans were made using an older model Coke can . Coke cans (and other soda or beer cans) don't look like that anymore.

For compartison see : [url=http://www.h2o-ci.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/coca-cola-can.jpg]Modern Coke Can[/url] vs. [url=http://www.usasoda.com/images/coke27.JPG]old style Coke can[/url] from late 1970's - early - 1980's . The PSYCO-CAN-ESIS prop looks like the old style can.

I still see [url=http://www.seomagic-usa.com/catalog/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=PSYCO-CAN-ESIS&x=0&y=0]some dealers selling the old model[/url] , so I guess someone got stuck with a warehouse full of these things with the late 1970's-early '80's Coke can design. Probably coming to the end of the existing stock now ... most online dealers have it marked as "unavailable" or "discontinued" . It would still be a nice effect if someone would make it up to look like a modern Coke can or Beer can.



I remember reading on [url=http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=191894&forum=109]another thread[/url] about this trick it was suggested that a modern version of the prop could be made using a scanner, an ink jet printer and glossy vinyl printer sheets.

I tried this, but didn't have much luck with getting a good looking prop that would crush and uncrush . Maybe I used the wrong kind of printable vinyl sheet material. The other issue was that the vinyl sheet needs to be shaped and attached to an upper and lower metal portion of a modern can which is [i]curved[/i], not straight-sided as on the old style can. So getting an exact color match to the metal can is difficult. If the printed vinyl sheet didn't need to match up to the metal upper and lower curved parts of the real can , then it would be easier to make the prop as a straight-sided sleeve. If someone could fabricate the "sleeve" all from one piece of vinyl or latex that would hold the curved shape of a modern can then it would work. But it's a lot of R & D ... I recently checked with Magic Latex about getting a custom item made (not this) and they explained to me how much testing goes into producing one of their products. They have pretty much stopped taking custom orders because it's not cost efficient for them.

ON the OTHER HAND ... who says the PSYCO-CAN-ESIS effect has to be performed with a Coke can or a Beer can ? What other products come in metal cans that are [i]straight-sided[/i] ? I never use the stuff , but it seems to me that up until recently the Red Bull Energy Drink cans were more or less straight-sided :

[url=http://www.drinkstuff.com/productimg/41009_large.jpg]Red Bull can[/url]

Here's a product that comes in a straight-sided can which would be funny to use for a "crushing" effect :

[url=http://www.speedygrocer.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/popeye-brand-spinach.jpg]Popeye brand Spinach can[/url]

Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Jul 28, 2015 11:04AM)
Just found the Psycho-can-esis available at Kevin James website.

http://www.kjmagic.com/magic_store/productlist.php Scroll down the page.
Message: Posted by: David Todd (Aug 6, 2015 12:23PM)
The other option for presenting this effect is to use one of the old style tin Coke or Beer cans sold for the Psycho-Can-Esis trick and present the crushing stunt with opening lines about how [i]"modern cans are so flimsy that anyone can crush one , but here's one of the old cans I got off eBay ... now watch this ..."[/i] . You can then "crush" the between your hands as a faux display of strength , then say : [i] "but here's the really hard part ..."[/i] and hold the crushed can on your outstretched hand as you visibly restore it with the "power of your mind" .

If you can actually get your hands on a matching tin Coke/Beer can from eBay then you've got something that can be switched with the gimmicked can.