Originally posted by Pete Biro:
Has anyone found a "reasonably priced" source for the Al Baker bowl rubber cover? I have the bowls but 30 years of aging has killed the rubber cover.
I'm still looking . If I find a source , I'll post it here .
I am going to talk to a guy at my work who does sculpture and mold-making . I know he's worked with latex rubber quite a bit for his molds and also doing masks (Halloween-type masks) . I'm going to see if he can make up a few of the covers for me (I found a suitable set of wide mouthed coffee cups at a Pottery Barn store . I can paint a blue stripe along the rim to hid the edge of the gimmick ). I'll post back here if this is a success.
If anyone connected with the Secrets of Al Baker book is reading this forum I would be interested to get some background on how Al Baker had the covers manufactured.
I've never actually seen a set of Baker bowls with gimmick.
I know from the description in Classic Secrets of Magic and the Al Baker book that there has to be a sort of "lip" around the edge so it will adhere firmly to the rim of the bowl, but can also be easily removed .
From reading about it this seems to be the clearly superior method for acheiving the Rice Bowls effect , but I'm guessing that the reason it is not a common item from dealers is because the gimmick is troublesome to manufacture at a low cost , so it has fallen out of favor.
I think the coffee cup and coffee beans version would be very commercial.