While most magic tricks are based on visual anomalies and illusions, Daryl’s “Audio Transposition” relies entirely on sound. It’s a truly offbeat effect where you apparently cause the audio to vanish from common sound-making objects and then switch places. The effect employs a baby rattle and squeaker toy that offers lots of possibilities for themes.
Rattles and Squeaks
Here’s how the effect plays. You bring out a rattle from a small bag and allow spectators to hear it’s rattling sound. You bring out a baby squeaker toy and allow spectators to hear its squeaking sound.
After some byplay, you shake the rattle but there’s no sound and squeeze the squeaker and there’s no sound. At the end, you show that you have created magic by causing the sounds to switch places. The baby rattle now squeaks and the squeaker now rattles. As the name implies, the effect is indeed a transposition, but with sound.
The objects may be examined and you are clean. The effect is not difficult to learn and perform. There are no complicated sleight of hand moves and all you will need to do is practice. Also, there are no angle issues. You can perform this one completely surrounded, however, you will need a table surface to work on.
I’ve been trying this one out at my walkaround gigs and it’s been getting good reactions from my regular patrons. The baby theme allows for lots of funny recollections and stories from childhood and, surprisingly to me, the effect is baffling to spectators. My only reservation is that the rattle is a bit too dim to be easily heard over the background noise in a restaurant. But I’ve been able to overcome this limitation.
In general, the props are too big to carry around in walkaround or strolling situations where you have to carry items in your pockets. But everything fits into the bag which is only slightly bigger than a standard egg bag (keep in mind that the rattle and squeaker are rather bulky). If you’re determined, you could carry this one by cramming it into a jacket pocket. I see this routine as one to pull from a case during a close-up set.
Another great product that relies on an sound illusion and teaches you how to apply audio with the use of squeakers is Jeff McBride’s “Squeak Technique” (please click here to read my review. This first rate DVD includes two squeakers and shows you how to use them in a variety of magical applications. In addition, McBride teaches his excellent and complete “Benson Bowl” routine where balls mysteriously appear under an overturned bowl, and where McBride applies sound effects throughout. The audio techniques that you learn on McBride’s DVD can enhance your close-up and stage routines.