The 'In the News' routine is one
of the most underestimated and under-used routines in magic! It's an
incredible and visual trick that is so strong, many use it as a finale
to a routine. Perfect for close-up, parlor and stage, it's an effect
that should be in every magician's repertoire.
There have been many variations of the gimmick over the years, but many
are just too weak, too small, too shiny or have seams welded by heat,
which weakens the plastic. Some have been made from polythene or
plastic or have many other flaws. Well, we here at PropDog did a lot of
research into this gimmick over the last year. We contacted some of the
biggest names in magic who perform or have performed this routine and
we listened to everything they wanted from this gimmick. We have now
come up with what we believe is the perfect gimmick for the 'In the
Our gimmick is:
Textured on the inside for a vastly improved performance
Ultra-thin, yet extremely tough and durable
Made from a type of PVC, not plastic or polythene
Ultrasonically welded for stronger seams
Frosted low sheen finish for extra invisibility
Holds up to a whopping 400ml of liquid!
Pours out beautifully
The gimmick measures 170mm x 270mm and is the perfect size for a
broadsheet newspaper such as The Times or Telegraph.
Instructions and routine by Max Somerset.
So, if you're looking to add a new routine or effect to your
performance, PropDog's Drink'in the News gimmick would be a great
addition to consider! A great idea would be to use this in conjunction
with a Torn and Restored Newspaper Routine. Imagine - You take a
newspaper, tear it up, restore it, take a jug of water, pour it into
the newspaper, turn the newspaper upside down and nothing falls out.
You then open the newspaper, show all the pages, then turn the paper
right side up again and pour the water out into a pint glass. You then
cover the pint glass with the newspaper, turn it upside down and remove
the newspaper and the liquid stays in the glass. You then click your
fingers and the liquid falls out into the jug you started with. A great
routine for cabaret or stage or that close-up gig, where at the end,
they ask you ask for one last trick in front of everybody.