I was trying to find out when this trick was invented by John Isley, but couldn't find a source... It does appear in Tarbell Volume 4 (nice handling detailed there), so I think this trick goes back at least to the 1940's.
Most of us magi know this one, because it has become a standard gimmick to include on beginner's magic sets. Interesting to see that when this one was put out by John Isley (I am thinking it is probably late 1950's), he was already fighting against copies and infringement. The envelope and instructions offer a $500 reward for catching "inferior imitators".
Still a great trick -- after spectators examine a soda or beer bottle, nearly full, you take it back, and immediately turn it over -- the liquid inside defies gravity and stays in the bottle. A match is placed into the mouth of the inverted bottle and floats upward in the liquid, as there is nothing to obstruct it. And yet the liquid does not flow out. Hand the bottle back to the spectator and she can examine it again, and cannot duplicate the feat. (If she tries, she will make a mess!)
Gimmick is included, but not shown in the photo. A great piece of magic history, very collectible and very performable also
previously owned, but in very good condition, with original package envelope and instructions. Prop appears to be unused, and instructions and envelope are in very good shape without any significant tears or marks. Old price sticker on envelope as in photo.
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