PLEASE NOTE: Colors and design avry from piece to piece. Picture attached for reference only.
This is a great comedy effect involving audience participation. A little naughty, but not offensive, it makes for a very entertaining magic trick for a grown-up audience.
It is NOT SUITABLE for children, please.
In effect, the performer displays two-colored handkerchiefs, which are tied together. Three spectators are invited to participate in the effect, at least one of whom is a lady.
The lady is asked to hold the knot in front of her chest. The ends of the handkerchiefs opposite the knot are held by the other two spectators. The magician asks the spectators to pull the ends of the handkerchiefs at the count of three, claiming the knot will magically vanish.
When the spectators pull the handkerchiefs, the knot has vanished, but tied between them appears a super size brassiere, much to the surprise of the lady. Her natural reaction is bound to have a big impact on any audience.
It's a silly surprise that will make everyone laugh, including your volunteer!
This trick is also funny if you use it on yourself.
For example, you could pretend to have trouble handling the tied silks plus other items, and so you tuck the silks into your shirt to get them out of the way while you do something else.
When you take the silks out of your shirt, the bra will be seen tied between them.
This trick is also called 20th Century Bra.
We strongLY recommend that you please use an adult male volunteer. You want the effect to be ridiculous and totally nonoffensive.
You can also do the effect of using YOURSELF as a volunteer.
You can also replace the built-in brassiere with a bra you make yourself, a bra with THREE cups, to make the effect even more ridiculous.
History and Trivia:
The Baffling Bra effect was created by Howard Brooks in the 1930s, and is a variation of Frank Ducrot's 20th Century Silks, invented in 1900.
Though bras have been worn by women for thousands of years, the first bra design to be patented was in 1914 by a female American fashion designer named Mary Phelps-Jacobs, who worked under the name Caresse Crosby. Her design was, in fact, two silk handkerchiefs tied together!