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gomerel
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I ordered a cool imp in bottle trick from Randi Rain. Does anyone have more of a story than just "there is an imp in this bottle. He catches the rope."
http://www.raincloudmagic.com/imp-bottle/
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In "Tales of Enchantment" Walt Anthony has developed an entertaining poem that makes the routine longer and more interesting. Routine and discussion on pages 175-179.
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On Dec 2, 2018, gomerel wrote: Does anyone have more of a story than just "there is an imp in this bottle. He catches the rope."

What rope?
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On Dec 30, 2018, Brad Jeffers wrote:
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On Dec 2, 2018, gomerel wrote: Does anyone have more of a story than just "there is an imp in this bottle. He catches the rope."

What rope?

Actually, the one I got from Randi isn't the one with the rope. But here is the rope version:
http://www.grandillusions.com/product/prayer-vase/
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There is a very old story called “The Bottle Imp” but I haven’t spent any time trying to adapt it to a trick. Here is a link that explains the tale: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bottle_Imp
You *could* relate the tale and then explain that you have found the bottle that inspired the story, but it no longer works ( display bottle lying down ) because the imp requires the bottle to be sold, but it’s last owner gave it away after buying it for a fraction of a penny and then dying. It has no owner. But then you say that the imp might return if someone were to offer it something worth less than a fraction of a penny... and you bring out a bit of currency that is essentially worthless like some Confederate money... and the bottle stands up and can’t be laid down again. Now you say, I’ll give you this money to buy the bottle... but since nothing is as worthless as Confederate money and the ideology it represented... you won’t be able to sell it. Any takers? Very bizarre presentation complete with moral dilemma and eternal stakes!
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Thanks, JMG
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I do gold rush reenactment in Old Sacramento, California. My character (who really existed) went to China as a boy. When he came to the gold rush, he realized he was the only Anglo who spoke Chinese, understood Chinese business practices and had contacts with the local Chinese merchants. He therefore became the agent, attorney, labor contractor, etc. for the merchants.

So far as I know, he didn't ever do magic. But I am pretending that he was able to learn some tricks such as linking rings and cups & balls. I also have various gold rush related tricks.

So, I tell spectators that I did some work for a merchant and he gave me a bottle with a genie in it. I produce the bottle, which will only lie on its side ("because the genie is asleep"). [I had replaced the gimmick that came with the bottle with a decorative, jeweled "stopper."]

I say "awake genie" and wave my left hand [which has a pk] over the bottle. It stands up and the stopper flies into my hand.

I simulate the genie with a DL on my right hand. I ask for things like a million dollars and a new car. I shake my hand vigorously to indicate that the genie is saying no.

I ask the genie what I can have. It gives me a [palmed] gold coin, which I pick up with my left hand.

I thank the genie and tell it that it can go back to sleep.

I ditch the DL into my left hand as I retrieve the stopper, which I put in the bottle, which falls over.
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You might find some more ideas you can use for YOUR Genii in the Bottle routine in MY Genii in the Bottle routine described in The Wizards' Journal #29-10 and scroll down to the bottom: https://www.magicnook.com/WizJournal/WJ-29ALL.htm
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