Have you ever seen someone pull a four-foot Tiki Torch out of a chip/crips bag? Think "Mary Poppins," but in front of a live audience and without a table to hide any shenanigans.
Have you seen the Wizard Wars program on the Syfy channel? If not, then just to bring you up to date, this is a reality competition show in which teams of magicians create and perform original magic routines before a live studio audience.
This really is quite amazing. The two-person teams are presented with a number of common objects, and then they retire for a short time to create a themed magic trick based on these objects.
One team comprises the challengers (who typically haven’t previously worked together); the other team is formed from two of the four "home team" magicians -- the "Wizards"-- who return every week. The four-person judging panel is headed-up by Las Vegas headliners Penn & Teller.
Now, I understand how magic is based on illusion. Also, some of the effects -- while flawlessly executed -- leave you thinking "I've seen something like that before." But I saw one trick a couple of weeks ago that completely blew me away. One of the objects presented to both teams was a fill-size Tiki Torch.
We're talking about something around four feet tall here. So after they'd thought about it a bit, the challenging team ambled out. One of them was holding a potato chip bag (a crisp bag in the UK) in the palm of his hand. He reached into the chip bag with his other hand and pulled the four-foot Tiki Torch out of the little rascal. It was like Mary Poppins, but in front of a live audience and without a table to hide any shenanigans.
Now, you might say "It must have been stuffed down his trousers." Well, I don't know about you, but I find it extremely difficult to walk normally with anything like a four-foot Tiki Torch stuffed down my pants. All I can say was that this portion of the act completely blew me away -- I'm still shaking my head in disbelieve. Did you see that episode? If so, do you have any idea how it was done?
— Max Maxfield, Editor of All Things Fun & Interesting