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You should not attempt any of these Acts
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responsible and trained professional.
I'd like to keep
this method a secret, know you are being trusted.
First, the active
ingredient in “Big Red” is cinnamon oil, and it does work, but
it also burns the skin of the person you do it to, and wetting
(spitting on ?) Yuk! an audience member is a further
This is an
adaptation of an old fakir stunt that was used in the
sideshows during the fifties.
Many acids will
react with aluminum generating quite a lot of heat. One of
those is the acid used in Liquid Drain Cleaner. (I use the one
sold by Rite Aid Drugs) Just look for a warning label saying
not to expose it to aluminum. The wrapper on an ordinary
Hershey Bar is aluminum foil bonded to a layer of paper. The
last element you need is a penny balloon with a few drops of
the drain cleaner, held shut with a paper clip, which is easy
to hide. Open the Hershey bar so everyone knows what it is,
share the candy… keep the paper sleeve intact .
Drop your load on
the paper side of the inner wrapper, refold it and place it
back in the sleeve. The paper layer works like as a delay, you
have several seconds before the acid begins to react with the
foil. Give the package to your spectator, do the appropriate
psychic Mumbo-Jumbo… Soon the foil will get too hot for the
spectator to hold… The heat falls off pretty quick, so after a
bit take it from him/her, crumple it up and discard it.
system you use to get the drain cleaner on the aluminum will
use water to sooth any skin that has been contacted with these
chemicals, water will make it worse! Use cold cream for wiping
the area. Cinnamon Oils come in a variety of qualities and the
lesser ones will not appear to work. Also less sensitive skin
areas will not be nearly as affected. Armpits and foreheads
and other sensitive areas are most vulnerable. As with any
sideshow act, There are responsibilities and possibilities for
injury. Think long about the value to your act, and your