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Water Works (DVD and Gimmicks) Review

Official Review

November 7th, 2014 3:09am
Reviewed by Bryce Kuhlman
I pulled rank on this one. Almost all of our reviewers wanted it. But I’m one of the founders, so I get my pick. After almost 15 years building this site, I deserve it!

I remember the first time I saw my friend Tom Burgoon perform Anti-gravico. It was one of the two feature tricks in his headline comedy club routine. With it, he could take a crazy, drunk audience in a comedy club on a Saturday night and get the room to pin-dropping silence. I’ve been in love with the effect, and it’s sister the Hydrostatic Glass, ever since.

Unfortunately, it’s been almost impossible to find the good gimmicks that were being produced in the ‘70s and ‘80s. They’re almost all gone and nobody is making them anymore. Sure, there are some on the market but, without question, they all suck.

It got so bad that I eventually bought a vacuum forming machine and started making my own for myself and a few close friends. But I have no interest in going into production.

Then along comes Uday Jadugar and Paul Harris…

Working with this gimmick reminds me of working with Movemint. These guys have thought of everything!

Watch the demo video. There’s no clever editing. It’s that simple. In fact, let me spell it out for you:

You start with a standard water bottle that can be completely examined. People can fill up the bottle or drink from it, if they like. In fact, if you trust your audience management skills, you never have to touch the bottle again, until after the effect is over. The bottle gets turned over, with someone’s hand over the mouth (yours or someone from the audience). The hand is removed an the water remains suspended. Then take an object -- a ballpoint pen, not just a toothpick -- and stick it in the mouth of the bottle. Do it again, if you want. Screw the cap back on and turn the bottle upright. Let them unscrew the cap and examine everything.

Having made the basic anti-gravico gimmicks, I have an extreme appreciation for the quality of the gimmicks. Not only do you get everything you need (two of each, except the bottle), but you even get carrying cases that are custom-machined to ensure a perfect setup every time.

And, yes, you can replace, or even borrow, the bottle. It’s not gimmicked in any way, but you will need to find one with the same mouth size and threads (not hard in most places around the world).

I wish I could say more, but I’m afraid I would give away too much. If this effect has ever interested you, you owe it to yourself to buy this product!

Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer

Product info for Water Works (DVD and Gimmicks)

Author: Uday Jadugar
Publisher: Paul Harris
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $39.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

An astonishing new method for the easiest, most powerful anti-gravity water effect...Ever.

The good news is; You never have to hide anything in your hands! Plus there are no chemicals or sticky stuff involved. Your spectator can even take a sip of water from the bottle during the performance! Your hands are 100% clean... At ALL times!

Basic Effect:

Your always-empty hands take a normal examined clear plastic bottle of water and turn it mouth down. There should be a messy flood of water...but instead, there are just a few drips...and then...nothing! The water stays impossibly suspended inside the upside-down open bottle. The cap and bottle are inspected and there is nothing to find!! No Ditching! No Palming! No Stealing!

And even cooler than then push a FULL SIZE pencil or pen up into the open bottle mouth...completely in the water!

No other version allows you to put such a huge object into the BOTTLE!

You then turn the bottle mouth end up...all is back to normal. Your spectators can completely examine EVERYTHING.

No Palming. Your fingers never ever have to load or steal anything!

WaterWorks' exciting new gimmick makes this 100% self-contained.

BONUS: A Great Free Optional Presentation: WATERBALL.

Water Ball:

A weird science "experiment" where a spectator drops a special blue ball into the open bottle of water. The ball slowly sinks down through the water. You turn the bottle mouth down...the blue ball slowly sinks down again...and finally drops out of the bottle...somehow leaving the water suspended! This cool visual is also a brilliant convincer that nothing is secretly blocking the water.

So exactly how easy is Waterworks?

The normal actions you see in the demo is all there is to do. Period. The ingenious new gimmick does all the secret stuff for you!

* No Palming. Your hands and fingers are always empty!

* Completely Self-Contained. Use the same gimmick over and over. Resets in seconds. Perform completely surrounded. Spectator can take a sip from the bottle. Ingenious new gimmick allows everything to be examined. A normal size pen or pencil can be pushed into the suspended water.Uday Jadugar's WaterWorks comes complete with precision-engineered gimmick, special blue WaterBall, custom keychain carrying case and instructional DVD. We even include a normal water you can get your Waterworks working right away!

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