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Fantasy

Fantasy in
in Salt andVinegar
Salt and Vinegar
by Ash Lee

WARNINGTHINKS their mind as often as they like but must finally de-
cide on just one of the flavors. The magician proudly

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What follows is easily the most silly effect I’ve ever seen announces that his prediction will match the chosen

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and, trust me, I’ve seen a few. Upon reading it, though, flavor! The spectator chooses a packet and verifies

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I laughed so much that I just had to include it here for the flavor by sampling the chips. The prediction is

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your amusement. opened and found to match exactly!
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HISTORY/COMMENTS
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METHOD
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Some of the people I know are certifiably insane.


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Ash Lee is one of them. His nightclub act, per- You can use as many packets as you like but one of
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formed with the lovely Helen, goes out under the them must be Salt and Vinegar flavored (Actually,
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name of the “Great Ash Lee and Wilma”. The blend this effect can be adapted for any flavor but Ash just
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of magic, juggling and comedy is totally knockout likes Salt and Vinegar chips!). This packet is
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and if you ever get a chance to see them work, don’t ungimmicked. The rest are gimmicked as follows.
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miss it, you won’t be disappointed. When I wrote Carefully open the packet and empty out the con-
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my very first book (Close-Up Magic to Tap Dance tents. Load the packet with force chips (Salt and Vin-
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To) Ash unilaterally decided that he would have a egar) and, when the packet is nearly full, put a few
contribution in it. This was it and it is reprinted chips on top which match the flavor on the packet.
almost exactly as when it first appeared. I doubt if Carefully reseal the packet with contact cement. Gim-
anyone will try it, but what the hell, it’s a fun read mick all the rest of the packets in the same way. Finally
from Ash! put a Salt and Vinegar prediction into an envelope
and you are set to go.

EFFECT SIMONTHINKS

The performer shows several bags of chips, all differ- The presentation, should you decide to take the mis-
ent flavors. These are laid out in a row upon the table. sion, Mr. Phelps, is up to you. The one and only time I
An envelope is displayed and left in full view. A spec- saw Ash Lee perform this was at a magic dinner where he
tator is asked to freely select any one of the bags of was wearing Doc Martin’s, a ballerina’s tu-tu, an eyepatch
chips. The magician explains that they can change and a battered top hat. It was hysterical and our frantic

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laughter may well say a great deal more about our sanity Vinegar!” Look a little embarrassed at this point
than his! (which shouldn’t be too tough), then wave your hand
over the packet. Tip the bag upside down letting all
Lay the chips down on the table in a row. Show the chips go down onto your working surface. Ask a
the envelope and remark that this is a prediction, made few spectators to try the chips again. Since the few
before the trick has started (it wouldn’t be a prediction odd real ones are under the pile they will taste Salt
otherwise, would it?) Put the envelope down in full and Vinegar! Not only is your prediction correct, but
view. Invite a spectator to freely select any flavor of you have also performed the Flavor Changing Chips
chips. Tell him that the flavor he picks will match the effect! Take any applause you can get then run like
prediction (don’t forget to emphasize the element of the wind!
challenge here!). The spectator chooses a packet.
If they choose Salt and Vinegar then it’s a miracle! EARLYVERSIONTHINKS

SIMONTHINKS Ash originally had the idea of pencil dotting the real

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chips in the bag so he could tell when there were only

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Well, Ash assures me it’s a miracle anyway! Salt and Vinegar ones left inside. Needless to say, this

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was rapidly shelved as unworkable.

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Show your prediction matches and they will talk
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about you forever! But if, after all your efforts, the AFTERTHINKS
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spectator has chosen the wrong flavor don’t panic.


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You can proceed with an even more magical effect! Thanks Ash, a good laugh was just what the doctor
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Take the packet they have chosen, say Sour Cream ordered! Oh, one final point don’t use chips like Barbe-
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and Onion, and open it. Invite a few spectators to cue flavor as they are a different color. Also, don’t use
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sample the chips and confirm the flavor (remember ridged chips. In other words, if you are silly enough to
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those few you put on top of the Salt and Vinegar try this at least make sure that your chips are all the
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ones?). When this has been done, boldly hold the same in appearance!
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packet in the air and ask someone to open the predic-


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tion and read it. They will, obviously, say, “Salt and ጧ ጧ ጧ
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