Eng Bottles Everywhere!

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.

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Derek DelGaudo and Helder Guimarães’ in “Nothing to Hide”

 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.

I love the recent resurrection of the Eng bottle. Here are some more fabulous Harry Eng originals online here, here, and here.

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
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