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Okay it's unanimous! After reading several discussions on the Café' everyone agrees that Ken Brooke developed the best comedy routine using the Multiplying Bottles. Can anyone guide me to where I can buy a video or a book that either shows, explains or discusses his routine?
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The line I like with this routine is "I only had one drink ---- from this one and this one and this one..."

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Ken's Multiplying Bottle Routine can be found in his book "Ken Brooke, The Unique Years" His ENTIRE routine is explained there. Worth the price of admission. I got my copy about 15 years ago from Denny at Denny and Lee. Hope that helps cooldad1.

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There's also a routine (but, I’ve been told, not quite the same one) in Ken Brooke’s “Multiplying Martini” booklet.

If you go to youtube, you can find performances by Lance Burton, Pete Biro, Denny, and many others which are more-or-less the Brooke routine.

In the Brook routine, the performer places one tube over the glass then starts to place the other tube over the bottle, but finds a second bottle was already inside the tube. That second bottle placed to one side. Later, the performer sets one tube to one side and works with just one tube. The glass changes into a bottle the bottle into a glass. But this requires an extra bottle. This is repeated several times.

But don’t just try to copy the routines from youtube. In the book he goes into some details, like the placement of the bottles, which you might miss if you just copy what you see on youtube.

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Yeah Ken's Book is great, and goes into super detail as to the choreography of each and every bottle, down to the T. It's as far as I know the most detailed description of the routine in print.

Never heard of the Multiplying Martini Book Thom. I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for that one. Thanks for the tip.

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Romhany´s multiplying bottles is my favorite:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkpHuklV-uk
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Here is my take on the Multiplying Bottles, it is the Ken Brooke routine, using Ken Brooke bottles:

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Awesome Pop Haydn!
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Pop Haydn is the best!!
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Man I saw something similar to this stuff a couple of days ago. I can't remember his name. All I know is he had a fez on in the video.

Anybody know?

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On Aug 24, 2019, JoshDude849 wrote:
Man I saw something similar to this stuff a couple of days ago. I can't remember his name. All I know is he had a fez on in the video.

Anybody know?

Josh

That’s most likely Tommy Cooper that Gnosis posted link to:

https://youtu.be/L9UMvfKBaZI
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Here is my version of the Ken Brooke routine:



I think you need to get the audience interested in "how the tubes work." The more they think they know what is going on, the more confused and cartoony their thinking gets as things develop. They need to believe the bottles are glass. They should seem and sound heavy and solid. Once they feel comfortable, that is when things go screwy.

The first thing the audience will think is that you are getting bottles from under the table, from behind or through some kind of trapdoor. It is important that the audience can see under the table and there are no places for the bottles to hide. You need to figure out what the magic is doing. Why things are happening the way they are...

I think every bottle needs a reason--you shouldn't just produce them because you can.
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