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Any Drink Called For
Any Drink Called For (also known as "the Magic Bar) is an effect where the magician pours from a single container different drinks requested by the audience.
A precursor to the effect was the Inexhaustible Bottle in which a large volume of liquid, much greater than the its capacity, is poured out.
David Devant performed it with a teakettle instead of a bottle, apparently at the suggestion of his wife by the 1890s. Another British magician, Owen Clark performed it at St. George’s Hall in London.
Charles Hoffman developed a whole routine around this effect as "Think-A-Drink Hoffman" performing at American vaudeville houses. Hoffman out did other magicians by pouring any drink merely thought of by a member of the audience.
According to historian Milbourne Christopher, De Roze poured martinis, Manhattans, beer, milk and soda from pitchers of crystal-clear water. Others magicians performing similar acts were Milton Woodward, Val Voltaine, Mystic Craig, Dell O'Dell, Danny Dew and Les Levante.
Hoffman filed a copyright for his patter under the title of "Think-A-Drink Hoffman." He successfully through the courts even stopped a "Think-A-Drink Count Maurice" from using the name and his patter, but not from eventually performing a similar act.
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- "From Keg to Kettle" by Jay Palmer in The Sphinx December 1951