I'm looking to get a hand count here...
I have been working on producing a NEW SET of the classic Tricky Bottles for the last couple of years. I love the routine but I hate the props. I don't like the standard brown beer bottle looking bottle that says Grant's Black Cherry Soda on it, nor do I like how all of the tubes for the differnt sets look. They just scream "ugly." I have also wanted something that looked very upscale that could be used in a Corporate Setting.
I also am not a fan of the Bowling Pin setup nor the ketchup and mustard bottles, blah, blah, blah....
The best set I ever saw were made by MAK Magic (I think?) and they used wine bottles that were painted a bright green. However, the paint would chip and quickly the bottles looked very poor.
I ran into several stumps in my journey down this path, but am now ready to begin producing my set of bottles.
When I set out on this project, I told myself that I wanted to produce the nicest set of Tricky Bottles EVER MADE! I want my set to be elegant...something that the serious performer would be happy to own. The WOLF MAGIC or Brett Sherwood of Tricky Bottles.
I am calling them PROBottles by Christopher Lyle.
My set will be elegant Champagne Bottles. That's right, an actual Champagne Bottle. No more painted surfaces that will chip. Real glass, no paint!
The bottles will also feature an Internationally recognizable brand name by one of the worlds top Champagne distributor's, hand crafted tubes that will feature and understated elegance that will not overpower the bottles. No cheesy pictures or lettering on the bottles...something very simple and beautiful.
The gimmick would be the same as in most all sets with a few exceptions...I'm looking into having them produced made of GLASS...so they would match the bottle exactly. But my fear is if their made of glass, they may be easily broken, so a polished steal or other metal might be used. Perhaps even going with Lexan for the gimmick to insure scratches won't occur to the bottles or tube. That part is still up in the air.
I would also provide 2 hand made drawstring bags that would carry and protect the props for a lifetime of use.
Here's the rub...I would only make these in a a Limited Edition Set. When they're gone, they're gone! I would either make a 30 run set or a 50 run set (not sure yet) with an estimated retail of about $300.00 - $350.00.
I would like to get a head count on what the interest would be in owning a set like this.
Thanks in Advance,
Columnist - The Magic Menu