Routine by Frederick Goode
Article written by Professor Spellbinder
Effect: Telling stories of
famous modern metal benders, the restaurant performer offers to
demonstrate with a fork picked up from any table. First he shows
how to make the fork wobble and seem to bend but
thats just an optical illusion. Then he uses brute force to
physically bend a fork in half, and magic to straighten it back
While spectators examine the fork to see if they can find
evidence that it was ever bent, the performer takes another fork
and this time causes it to bend on its own in the center.
Its no optical illusion, because the fork then breaks at
the bend and both halves drop onto the table.
Pretending that a waiter is hunting him down and ready to
evict him from the restaurant for damaging forks, the performer
tries to set things right by restoring the broken fork, but
instead, out of his hand rolls a ball of metal that looks
suspiciously like a fork that has been through hell and returned
Quick! Cover it with a napkin! The waiter is coming! The
performer leaves in a hurry, but when the guests at the table
uncover the ball of metal, they find only a plain ordinary fork.
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