Critics are (still) raving about Derek DelGaudo and Helder Guimarães’ show, now titled “Nothing to Hide”. I’d love to see it – but its on the wrong coast for me. I was, however, intrigued by a recent review of the show in the Los Angeles Times by Charlotte Stoudt.
Firstly, that photo! Is that wall of Eng bottles being used as a backdrop? My god, there photo shows at least 650 of them! And, just as amazingly, the reviewer is familiar with the term “Eng bottle”:
Even the set has a sense of humor. Lining high upstage shelves are dozens of Eng Bottles, narrow-necked glass flasks each containing a packet of playing cards. A magician’s version of a ship in a bottle, these Engs act as a visual wink at the audience, a reminder that astonishment is a meet-cute between the apparently impossible and a great deal of meticulous work.
Jamie D. Grant of sendwonder.com and creator/seller of the Anything is Possible bottle confirmed for me that he was the creator of all these bottles. I believe the bottles are also sold in the lobby following the show.
Finally, some references for those who want to try creating one for themselves:
- Allen, Stan. “Impossibottles!” MAGIC: The Independent Magazine for Magicians. Vol 6, #1 / Sep 1996. Pp. 50-51.
- Foshee, Gary. “The Eng Coin Vise,” in Puzzler’s Tribute: A Feast for the Mind. Ed. David Wolfe & Tom Rodgers. AK Peters : Natick. Pp. 7-9. Cover | Full Title
- Harris, Paul and Mead, Eric. “Eng’s Bottles” in The Art of Astonishment – Vol. 2. A-1 Multimedia. 1996. Pp. 303-308.
- McCabe, Pete. “The Deck in the Bottle”. M-U-M. Vol. 91, #7 / Dec 2001. Pp 40-43
- Setteducati, Mark. “Harry Eng: A Tribute,” in Puzzler’s Tribute: A Feast for the Mind. Ed. David Wolfe & Tom Rodgers. AK Peters : Natick. Pp. 3-5. Cover | Full Title