How to do a cool trick with nothing but a bottle, a piece of paper and a marker

April 25, 2018

If you were trapped on a desert island, what message would you put in a bottle? 

That’s the setup for this simple but effective trick courtesy of comedian and sleight-of-hand magician, Jay Sankey. With just a couple of sleights, you can make your mark’s signed letter appear inside a water bottle. I’m cack-handed as they come, but I managed to get the trick down after about twenty minutes of juggling soggy bits of paper. Pro tip: Dry out the bottle first.

Sankey’s YouTube channel is full of clear and concise trick tutorials and he’s adding to that collection all the time. The video below was uploaded to his channel as I wrote this article. I’ll give that one a go as soon as I mop up this water.