This advertisement was
taken from the L.L. Ireland Magic Catalog Number 9, 1942-43
edition. I am still trying to determine how far back the effect
actually dates, and who Mr. Upchurch was. My version, with
improvements, dates from 1961.
Effect: (almost the same
as described in the advertisement above)
Your assistant brings forward a tray made of 1/8 inch thick
hardboard with simple decorative edging. On the tray are two (or
more) glass tumblers (made of real glass, or plastic). You can
pick up the tumblers and show the tray on both sides if you wish.
Then, each tumbler is picked up and filled with any liquid you
wish. You take a sheet of newspaper and cover the glasses for a
moment, then lift the glasses up beneath the newspaper and walk
forward towards the audience.
Suddenly you crush the newspaper and show that the glasses and
liquid have vanished. If you wish, you can then produce something
else from the newspaper, like doves, or bouquets of Spellbinder's
realistic spring flowers.
You then toss your finale production items towards your assistant
who has been standing off to one side of the stage with the tray.
He or she lifts the thin tray and catches the items on it before
exiting, thus dispelling any notions that the glasses of liquid
might somehow be hidden in or behind the tray.
Jim also includes the history of every water glass vanish from
1876 to the present, then starts in on bowl of water vanishes.
Some old geezers can never stop talking or writing about magic,
and Jim manages to fill up 27 pages with magic information,
secrets, and history. I used to be his assistant for this trick
back in 'da day, and I can certify that audiences were
dumbfounded when he (and I) made those glasses filled with liquid
vanish without a trace or a clue as to where they went.
Buy all 10 articles of Book 2 of Jim
"The Hardboard and Duct tape Magic Show"