A participant sips ordinary water from a cup, and is able to taste what a second participant is drinking.
Conditions in place throughout the effect:
- The participant can feel and sniff inside the cup, making sure nothing has been added.
- You never secretly drop anything into the water.
- They can drink the water before and after the taste changes.
- Neither the cup, nor the water, is ever switched.
An alternative presentation is also taught, which will allow you to remove a person's ability to drink water. They take a sip of the water and it tastes normal. Yet the moment you suggest that they'll become "hypersensitive" to the chemicals in the water, they find it tastes absolutely revolting. They will refuse to take another sip. But, when you finally convince them to take a drink, it tastes like regular water, once again.
1st edition 2016, 9 pages.
word count: 3640 which is equivalent to 14 standard pages of text
Reviewed by Christian Fisanick (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★ Date Added: Tuesday 31 January, 2017
I like pseudo-hypnotic effects using the spectator's senses and do a routine with scratch-and-sniff stickers, so it was only natural that I'd enjoy Matt Mello's take on the sense of taste. This is a cool little effect and easy to accomplish. You just need a couple of red Solo cups, a lemon, and a little prep, and you are on your way. It requires a little bit of spectator management and some good showmanship, but it works pretty well. If this type of routine interests you, this is a good one.