Copyright © 1981 by Ron Bauer
Ron Bauer's TOOTSIE! is a fantasy come
true for kids. You'll know why when
you perform it and see the looks in
HOW IT SEEMS TO BE
I'm hungry," says the Magical Person
(MP), "I get this terrific urge for
a TOOTSIE ROLL... Wait! Don't tell me
that's bad... Don't tell me I should want
something nourishing, like a glass of
milk, or something, but not candy! I
know that. But Tootsie Rolls are special
to me... So special that I have developed.
THE TOOTSIE TOUCH!"
(The MP closes his empty hand into a
loose fist.) "Watch... when I touch this
empty hand..." (He touches the back of
his closed hand, then opens it. It's
not empty.) "...a Tootsie Roll appears!
I'll bet you didn't believe me! Well,
you ain't seen nothin' yet. I'll get
a bag and show you what I mean."
(The MP snaps open a paper bag and
drops the Tootsie Roll into it. Then
he proceeds to produce several Tootsie
Rolls, one after another, dropping
them into the bag. Not satisfied, he
moves into the audience and, using his
Tootsie Touch on the persons of several
of the kids, he finds more and more.)
Suddenly he stops and looks into the
bag. "You know what? I think I over
did it. I've got too many Tootsie
Rolls in this bag. I'd better give some
away." (The MP distributes several
of his tasty treasures while working
his way back to the front.)
"That's better. I gave some away, but
I've still got lots of candy for myself.,
more than anyone else. Probably too
much for one person. Probably even
this amount is not good for me either,
like some of you said earlier. Probably
I should have put milk into this bag
instead of candy. But that's silly,
who carries milk in a bag? What?
Someone over there said a cow!"
"Hey! Do you know what? You've made
me feel so guilty about my candy, I've
decided to change these Tootsie Rolls
into milk and drink it! What? You don't
think I can do it? Watch!" (Reaching
into the bag, the MP apparently molds
and squeezes the contents.)
"...I'll just squeeze 'em and mold 'em
and reform them. All it takes is a
little magic and a lot of hammy acting!
But it works. Look, now the bag is
empty... except for this..." (He slowly
raises the bag away from his right
hand, which is holding...) "...a great
big glass of milk!"
(Toasting his audience, the MP begins
to drink the milk, then stops.) "Boy,
I think I got carried away again and
ended up with more milk than I can
drink. You've probably had the same
problem from time to time. You like
milk, but sometimes you don't feel
like you can drink it all. Know what
I mean? Well, I used to just force
myself and finish it anyway. But, I
don't do that anymore... No! I don't
waste it, either! I'll show you what I
(Setting the tumbler of milk on the
table, the MP picks up a cylinder.)
"Now this probably looks like a decorated
tin can with no bottom or top that will
just exactly cover my tumbler of milk.
Well, it is! But it's also a milk
shrinker! A very useful gadget as I
will now demonstrate." (And, that's
just what the MP does: Covers the
tumbler of milk... magic words... raises
the milk shrinker to reveal a tiny
glass of milk which he promptly polishes
off in one gulp.)
HOW IT REALLY IS
Doug Henning will have
some difficulty with TOOTSIE! because
all but one of the Tootsie Rolls are
in pockets. (He doesn't have any.) However, for the rest of us, here's the
EIGHT 3¢ TOOTSIE ROLLS -- 1 in breast
pocket, 1 in right pants pocket, 2 in
right coat pocket, 3 in left coat
pocket and 1 thums-palmed in right
hand. The other props are on your table;
the bag, the tray, and the small
glass of milk. But some preparation
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Figure 1 shows a Tupperware container
and an ear syringe. The quantity of
milk needed for the small glass can be
conveniently and safely transported in
a water-tight container like this one
shown. And, if you have the kind of
double-walled tumbler that must be
refilled, an ear syringe is a useful
device for quickly and neatly doing it.
(Charlie Miller blows and cleans eggs
using an ear syringe. He only puts
one hole into an egg to do it!)
The shot glass full of milk is on a
tray until needed. It must not be seen
or you'll spoil the ending. So, place
the tray on the table with some prop,
a fluffed hank, or something between
it and the audience. At the appropriate
time during the presentation, you cover
the shot glass with the tumbler (Figure
2). And, the cover, or milk shrinker,
fits over the tumbler and glass as in
in Figure 3. The milk shrinker and
a double-walled tumbler of milk are
parts of a trick available from Abbott's
called "The Expose Vanish."
Now let's learn the opening move. Thumb
palm a Tootsie Roll in your right hand.
Hold your left hand with the palm toward
the audience as in Figure 4. The captions
tell you what to do up to Figure 6.
At this point turn both hands palms
upward rotating them at the wrists. As
you turn them, lead and mask the left
with the right so the audience can't
see the secret loading action. When
you reach the position in Figure 6,
momentarily open and close the left
fingers in order to catch the Tootsie
Roll as you release it from the thumb
palm. Don't pause until both hands
are palms up. Keep the left hand, which
secretly contains the Tootsie Roll,
closed. The right is open and slightly
The surprise comes to the audience when
you open your left hand and out rolls
a Tootsie Roll onto your right palm. (Figure 7). I got this idea from Milt
Kort. He's used it for years to secretly
load various hidden items into his
supposedly empty left hand. The details
for Milt's handling are in Modern
Coin Magic under "Copper and Silver
Transposition." His method, by the
way, requires only two regular coins
to accomplish what traditionally requires
duplicates, fakes, etc. It's
a terrific method.
Finally, the paper bag (a size 4) has
the tumbler in it from the start, but
must seem empty. Load the tumbler
into the bag as shown in Figure 8.
The bottom of the tumbler is toward
the opening of the bag, which is near the
rear of your table.
During the presentation, when you pick
up the bag, put your thumb on the outside
of the bag and your ring and middle
fingers into the tumbler. Lift the
bag off the table and snap it open.
(Fig. 6). Then hold the bag in front
of you and drop a Tootsie Roll into it.
The Tootsie Roll (TR) should be dropped
from about six inches above the bag.
Aim so it will fall through the tumbler.
The sound it makes when it hits the
bottom of the bag convinces everyone
that the bag's otherwise empty.
THE WHOLE TOOTSIE! SEQUENCE IN OUTLINE
- Produce one TR... Milt Kort
loading move. Display it clearly in
your right hand.
- Pick up and snap open bag with left
hand. Openly drop TR into it.
- Touch breast pocket. Remove one
TR. Drop it into bag.
- Touch trouser pocket. Remove one
TR. Drop it into bag.
- Take bag with right hand. Don't
drop the tumbler.
- Touch left coat pocket. Remove one
TR, secretly bringing out two more.
Hold them against the base of fingers
with your ring and little fingers.
- Drop the visible TR into the bag.
Then take the bag back into the left
hand, again freeing the right. By
holding the bag with the index and
middle fingers on the inside, thumb
on the outside, the hidden TRs are
masked. Don't drop the tumbler.
(See Fig. 9)
- Touch right coat pocket. Remove
one TR visibly from coat pocket,
the other secretly.
- Approach the audience, toward your
right, as you drop the visible TR into
the bag. Time your action so immediately
after you've dropped the TR you're in
position to reach out to produce the
hidden TR from behind a spectator's ear.
- As you move from the right side of
the audience toward the center, you "sham-produce"
eight to ten TRs. Actually,
you're producing the same TR over and over.
This is possible because of a fake
dropping into the bag. You don't really
drop. As your hand enters the top of
the bag, you palm the TR. The audience
can't see the palming because of the
cover of the bag. This action plus the
sound made by your wrist striking the
edge of the bag completes the illusion.
It looks and sounds like dropping.
Produce them from places on members of
the audience which give cover: lapels,
behind ears under hair, in hats, collars,
purses, etc. Also move quickly from
person to person.
- As you approach the center of your
audience, or just left of center, spot
someone with an accessible pocket.
Openly drop the TR you're holding into
the bag. Then change the bag from
left hand to right. Immediately place
your left hand at the bottom of the
bag. This serves two secret purposes.
One, it makes it easy to shake the
bag and release the tumbler so it falls
to the bottom of the bag. Two, it provides
you with a resting place for your
left hand which is hiding two TRs.
- When you're in position, point to
the spectator's pocket with your left
forefinger. Reach forward and touch the
pocket, reach inside, drop one TR and
bring out the other. "Don't you wish
you could do that? You do? Try it..."
- Make sure the audience sees that
the spectator has found a "magically
produced Tootsie Roll" before moving on.
- Continue the sham TR productions
for another dozen or so, then suddenly
stop. Look puzzled, shake the bag
and look inside. The bulk of the tumbler
helps the illusion of a bag full of
- Once again cross the audience,
this time in the opposite direction,
distributing all eight TRs in the bag.
Shake the bag a few times so the
audience gets the idea it's still
pretty full. Time this hand-out so as
the last TR is gone, you've arrived
back at the performing position.
- Put you right hand into the bag
and broadly pantomime and mug the
"reforming" of the remaining TRs.
- Grasp the bottom of the tumber with
your right hand.
- Dramatically remove the bag from the
right hand with your left hand, revealing
the tumbler full of milk. Make
sure the audience can see the liquid
- Start to drink, but don't expose
the open bottom. Stop. Crumple bag
and toss it into audience, off to one
- Place the tumbler onto the tray,
covering the small glass.
- Pick up and display the tube.
- Hold tube in one hand and pick up
tumbler on the tray with the other.
- Cover the tumbler. Lift it halfway
to show nothing has happened. Cover
again...magic words...lift cover (and
tumbler) revealing small glass.
- Set the tube upside down onto the
table. Retain the small glass, but put
aside the tray, covering the tube.
- Now clearly show everyone the
small glass of milk. Toast them and
drink it down.
After the show, youngsters will probably
approach you with requests to "touch me!
...I wanna Tootsie Roll!...etc."
Need I suggest you'd better have a few
spare TRs or know how to disappear?
Finally, I will briefly address the
Afterthoughts Mentality... Yes, you
can use droppers, holders, sleight-of-hand
moves from Keith Clark's Encyclopedia
of Cigarette Tricks, etc.
You can and may do what you wish. You
have my permission.
Copyright © 1981 by Ron Bauer