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You're On!
by Wilbur Kattner


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You're On! by Wilbur Kattner

Here are not one, but two, fully routined magic acts that are commercial and different. They work equally well for the one- or two-person show. Each of the routines is a complete unit, with effects that lead up to a definite climax. Patter, music cues, stage movements and rehearsal suggestions are included. You also get standalone effects, new wrinkles for established effects, and additional patter and bits of business to add to your show.


THE RESTLESS COLORS (Orville Meyer) is a routine on par with "Out Of This World." It is guaranteed to leave magicians and laymen in a daze. It is the ultimate in a non-skill Follow the Leader Routine.

THINK! MILK! Water poured from a clear pitcher turns to milk while held by a spectator, although the performer is at a distance.

THINK! ICE! Another variation of Think! Ink! Completely detailed.

THE STRETCHING EGG INTERLUDE (John Holoubek) is a new departure in egg magic. A complete comedy routine.

THE PERFECT PITCH TEST (Kattner) presents a new type of test for mentalists. Thought provoking and mysterious. Nothing to carry and always ready.

THE SIEVE OF KAREN is a novel liquid trick. Water is poured into an ordinary sieve and remains there, but when one more drop is added, all gushes through the bottom.

AND MORE, including a pair of routines that your audiences will love.

Magic in the South American Way presents a Latin magician with an engaging personality, gusto, and brio. Clever magic and smart patter. If you have a JoAnne or Otto card duck, Kattner shows how you can do it to this routine. Both shows pack small, and produce a maximum effect.

The Gay Nineties Routine is a costume piece for a magician and a magigal. There is a magical flirtation, then the magician teaches the girl how to do magic. A definite crowd pleaser.

But don't take our word for it. Read what magicians and reviewers have to say about You're On!

"These tricks sound both effective and practical. We believe Mr. Kattner's efforts should prove useful to many magicians." - Paul Fleming

"This book is excellent and fills a long felt need" - Stuart Robson

"Another plug for Kattner's 'You're On!' Nice ideas, well thought out. A trick that appealed to me is the germ of a brand new principle in 'The Sieve of Karen.'" - Bruce Elliott

"A better than average value to practical performers." - Dariel Fitzkee

"A definite sleeper is Holoubek's 'The Stretching Egg' effect. This one is so different, so unexpected, that many audiences will remember this trick longer than they will a costly stage illusion." - T. A. Whitney

Paul Fleming wrote:

You're On is a 22-page booklet, printed by the offset process from typewritten copy, and bound in soft boards. Among its contents are tricks by Orville Meyer, John C. Holoubek, and the author himself. Mr. Meyer's Restless Colors is a bewildering feat in which red and black playing cards repeatedly change places. Mr. Holoubek contributes The Stretching Egg, an "interlude" in which an egg is apparently stretched until some thirty inches of "egg" have been extracted from the shell! The author of the booklet, Mr. Kattner, tells how, in the course of the Water and Wine Trick, to pour a half-glass of water, and have it turn to wine when the pouring is resumed; how to change a glass of water to milk, while held by a spectator, by having this person think of milk; how to convert water into "ice" by having a spectator think of cold; how to recognize, seemingly by telepathic means, the musical note or chord chosen by a member of the audience, but not actually sounded; how to do The Torn-Card Trick in a new way; and how to make a sieve hold water, which, however, flows through the sieve upon command.

These tricks sound both effective and practicable. But the outstanding feature of the booklet is the two "magic scenarios" that are given here, which include tricks, patter, musical cues, and stage "business." The first, Magic in the South American Way, is a routine for one person. A paper dollar is multiplied into a dozen or so bills; a sheet of paper is torn and restored (or, more correctly, converted into a pair of "shorts," in conformity with the patter); Bossy, the Bovine, is introduced and milked, and a glass of milk is "evaporated" (that is to say, caused to disappear); an exceptionally effective handkerchief "penetration" by Charles Waller (described in Greater Magic; page 600) is presented; The Egg Bag is performed; and the act closes with the production of a rooster.

The two-person routine, entitled The Gay Nineties, is arranged for presentation by the magician and a young lady assistant, both attired in costumes of a half-century ago. The tricks which enter into this little playlet are the production of a glass of wine (popularized by Tommy Martin); an animated handkerchief feat; the vanish and reproduction of a silk handkerchief, with its subsequent transformation into a pair of panties, which in turn is changed into a lemon or an egg; a modified version of The Parasol Trick; the magical production of a large silk handkerchief, which is followed by others and finally by a live bird in a cage. While acknowledging the applause of the audience, the performer manages to produce a bouquet of flowers, and the carnation in his lapel is transformed into a sunflower.

Few of these tricks are actually explained. The exceptions are The Multiplication of Bills, The Glass of Wine Production, and the production of silk handkerchiefs. As for the other feats, the reader is merely told where the necessary equipment may be obtained, if it is unlikely to be found in the usual magic shop. The chief value of these routines lies, of course, not in the revelation of secrets, but in the development of plot, and the details of patter, music, and action that bring a plot to life. This sort of thing is all too scarce in the field of magic, and we believe that Mr. Kattner's efforts should prove useful to many magicians.

1st edition 1944, PDF 58 pages.
word count: 17077 which is equivalent to 68 standard pages of text