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Topic: Rich Marotta`s Fisbowl Production
Message: Posted by: Risto L. (Aug 30, 2002 11:50AM)
Has anyone purchased or performed Rich Marotta`s Fishbowl Production? Do you think it`s practical and worth the price ($200)? I guess this is best suited as an opener because of the body load, right? All the comments will be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Risto
Message: Posted by: Harry Murphy (Aug 30, 2002 12:32PM)
I have seen Rich perform the fish bowl production as an opener. It fits his style and is strong as an opener for him.

Is it worth the $200.00 plus dollars for it? It is probably worth twice that to Rich. It should be worth it to anyone who uses it regularly. The real question for you is "Does a bowl of water (with or without fish) fit your performing style"?

You do get the necessary props, the wallet-to-bag (gimmicked to facilitate the production from the bag), the bowl, and a holder.

I don’t know which bowl he provides. It looks to be very similar to the Abbots production bowl in design.

I do know that you can buy an Abbotts’ production bowl that looks very similar to the one provided by Rich. The Abbotts bowl costs $50.00 and is designed to be secure enough to produce later in an act.

The best part of buying Rich Marotta’s trick is that you get his well thought out routine. It is a routine that is audience tested and works well for Rich.

Is it worth it? That is entirely up to you.
Message: Posted by: Ron Reid (Aug 30, 2002 10:48PM)
A double fish-bowl production can be found in [i]The Magic of Fawcett Ross[/i] by Supreme. I imagine the method is similar to Rich's method: The Fawcett Ross method uses real fish bowls and no tables.

You may have a real hard time finding this out-of-print book, but it does pop up from time to time on ebay.

I've not personally seen Rich's set up, but I have his [i]Comedy Magic[/i] tape where he performs it, and it looks real good. Gets a terrific reaction too.

Ron Reid
Message: Posted by: Darrin Cook (Aug 30, 2002 11:06PM)
Check out Barrie Richardson's [i]Theatre of the Mind[/i] for a bowl of water production.
Message: Posted by: Risto L. (Aug 31, 2002 05:54AM)
Right on, Mumblepeas. Of course the decision must be made according to the performer`s personal preferences and performing style. I am currently working on my new stand-up set and thought that this could make an excellent opener, as it fits the "theme" of my show very well. I`ve been using Burger`s Shot Glass Surprise for quite a while now and have noticed that productions of glasses/bowls full of liquid always get good reactions.

Darrin, do you mean the production of beer mug from the sleeve of your coat? Patrick Page showed it to me at his lecture a year ago. But you will definitely want to do it as an opener or at least before you sit down. :lol:

Risto
Message: Posted by: John Pezzullo (Aug 31, 2002 08:53AM)
If my memory serves me correctly, the effect that's described in Barrie Richardson's [i]Theatre of the Mind[/i] is actually the production of a glass of water, not a bowl of water.
Message: Posted by: chappelly (Aug 31, 2002 04:42PM)
Check pages eight and nine of [i]Theatre of The Mind[/i] for a bowl of water production. You need a lot of confidence in your setup otherwise it could be very embarrassing. The glass of water production works well and is a lot safer.
Message: Posted by: Victor Brisbin (Sep 6, 2002 02:14AM)
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On 2002-08-31 17:42, chappelly wrote:
Check pages eight and nine of Theatre of The Mind for a bowl of water production. You need a lot of confidence in your setup otherwise it could be very embarrassing. The glass of water production works well and is a lot safer.
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Ah yes, "The Edge of Wetness!" I'm sure that Mr. Marotta's routine is great. The photo of the "fishbowl" as advertised looks like a regular clear bowl with a fish, not a "fishbowl" per se. Producing a bowl of water is still a great effect. (Sorry for nitpicking.) :sure..:
Message: Posted by: Scott F. Guinn (Sep 6, 2002 03:17AM)
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On 2002-08-30 23:48, Ron Reid wrote:
A double fish-bowl production can be found in [i]The Magic of Fawcett Ross[/i] by Supreme. I imagine the method is similar to Rich's method: The Fawcett Ross method uses real fish bowls and no tables.

You may have a real hard time finding this out-of-print book, but it does pop up from time to time on ebay.

I've not personally seen Rich's set up, but I have his [i]Comedy Magic[/i] tape where he performs it, and it looks real good. Gets a terrific reaction too.

Ron Reid
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And it's a lot cheaper than $200! One of my absolute favorite books. Overlooked by most magicians, this is a veritable goldmine of stellar stand up material.
Message: Posted by: p.b.jones (Sep 6, 2002 04:42AM)
Hi,

You can get as many copies of the Ross book as you like [url=http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/magicbooks/ba__t025.htm#Ganson_L________]here[/url] for £22.50.

These people bought all of Supreme Magic books. Look under Ganson L as the author.

Phillip
Message: Posted by: Victor Brisbin (Sep 6, 2002 01:57PM)
[quote]
Hi,

You can get as many copies of the Ross book as you like [url=http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/magicbooks/ba__t025.htm#Ganson_L________]here[/url] for £22.50.

These people bought all of Supreme Magic books. Look under Ganson L as the author.

Phillip
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Phillip, you did everyone here a great favour by including the link to the Supreme books. I realize this topic has gotten a little bit off track, but for great, workable routines, you can't beat books like [i]Magic With Faucett Ross[/i], [i]McComb's Magic, Ken Brooke's Magic—The Unique Years,[/i] or any of the other Supreme titles. Great value, even used, and overlooked by the crowd searching for the latest thing.
Message: Posted by: p.b.jones (Sep 6, 2002 03:48PM)
Hi, just to clarify this:

[quote]
These people bought all of Supreme Magics books. Look under Ganson L as the author.

Phillip
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Not all the Supreme books are under the Ganson L author, just the Faucett Ross and others that Ganson wrote. The other Supreme publications will be under their respective authors.

My initial post may have been a little confusing.

Phillip
Message: Posted by: KingStardog (Sep 6, 2002 04:45PM)
Hope it's better than the "Prediction Pad".
Message: Posted by: p.b.jones (Sep 6, 2002 05:44PM)
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Hope it's better than the "Prediction Pad".
[/quote]
Hi,

Sorry but I do not understand what you mean by the above post.

Phillip
Message: Posted by: KingStardog (Sep 6, 2002 07:05PM)
I have a couple of Rich's effects. The Prediction Pad is not one of his better ones. I was hoping the fish bowl was better and I am sure it is. :lol:
Message: Posted by: Hugin (Sep 14, 2002 08:22PM)
You can find a video of the Fishbowl Production at: http://www.magicboutique.com/
Message: Posted by: spatrick (Sep 17, 2003 08:17PM)
I know Rich and I would have to say that the bowl production, filled with fish (because that's what it is), is actually pretty good. It must be used as an opener, as it is a BL. The cool part is the bag.

As far as it being worth $200, I would have to say no, however, it is not a cheap trick either.

Anyone who is good at arts and crafts can make the bowl, and the bag is easy to redo as well.

S. Patrick
Message: Posted by: mercede (Sep 17, 2003 10:46PM)
I have "artistic fish". Anybody know if is possible to perform both effects at the same show?
Message: Posted by: Ashkenazi the Pretty Good (Jan 4, 2004 02:05AM)
I just feel like a fish out of water here.

ATPG
Message: Posted by: oagwood (Jan 4, 2004 03:36PM)
A friend of mine has and performs this effect. For him it fits his style and really works. Worth the 200? Of course it is.

oliver
Message: Posted by: Scott Penrose (Feb 7, 2004 08:47AM)
Hi Mercede

There is no reason why you could not perform the Rich Marotta Fish Bowl and Artistic Fish in the same show. However, both tricks must be performed early in your act because of restrictions with loading times etc.

All the best

Scott
Message: Posted by: dove-boy (Mar 4, 2004 12:20PM)
Hi All

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Message: Posted by: The Great Smartini (Jun 16, 2004 12:35AM)
This is always the great question...is the trick worth the price...we should never expect that the trick/effect/illusion/routine is exactly the cost of the price of the materials to build it...expect to pay for a quality piece of magic...everyone wants a bargain but remember you often get what you pay for

Jeff Christensen
aka The Great Smartini
Message: Posted by: Mike Giusti (Jun 23, 2004 12:33PM)
Heck, the zippered gag bag that comes with the trick is not limited to the fishbowl production. In addition to stand-up routines, I use it constantly in close-up situations and restaurants. Makes the perfect drink and ketchup production accessory...
Message: Posted by: The Great Smartini (Jun 23, 2004 10:57PM)
I'm curious as to what other productions or routines are people doing using this bag?
Message: Posted by: magicinsight (Jul 8, 2004 07:04AM)
While Rich's fishbowl production routine and patter certainly fits nicely with his comedic style and is a terrific opener, if done correctly, and the bag can be used for other types of productions, I would strongly recommend using the glass of water production as performed by Mr. Osterlind in his DVD. It is a super clean production utlitizing a plain paper shopping bag and a regular glass of water. It has the advantage, I believe, over Rich's fishbowl production in that Mr. Osterlind's glass of water production uses two spectators to assist in the production. It is a whole routine as opposed to a quick, flashy production (nothing wrong with an occassional quick production)like Rich's.

The way Mr. Osterlind uses the spectators is done to demonstrate the fairness and impossibility of the production but they are actually cleverly used to be part of and to cover up the method. A highly entertaining and mystifying production with audience participation. What more can an entertainer ask for.
Message: Posted by: Ben Pratt (Jan 18, 2007 08:29AM)
Does it HAVE to be produced as an opener? I personally would like to perform it about half way through my show. is it because of the water in the bowl? could leak or something? because with my idea, I was thinking about having something else in the bowl besides a liquid. I guess this would be helpful to know before I make my purchase.
Message: Posted by: davidpaul$ (Jan 18, 2007 09:32AM)
Ben,
I own this effect and no it does not have to be performed as an opener. If using the fishbowl production it depends what else you are going to do beforehand, you just have to be careful. If, as you said you are using something other than liquid, you still have to be careful, just not as much.
Great effect and a real surprise to the audience.
Message: Posted by: David Goldrake (Jan 31, 2007 02:43AM)
Dear Phillip,

The link you suggested does not seem to work with my computer. Would you happen to know the reason?

Thank you in advance!

Regards,

D