12 Days of Masterclass - Day 1 (Morgan & West - "Three Shell Game")

By Vanishing Inc. - Tuesday, December 12, 2023

The 12 Days of Masterclass - Day 1


Every day, we'll be posting a full performance from one of our bestselling Masterclasses. We want to get some discussion going. So, let us know your favorite part of the routine below.

Then, on Christmas Day, we'll be doing a vote for the best overall performance. Everyone who votes in that contest will be entered to win a FULL YEAR OF MASTERCLASS FOR FREE.

We start with the incomparable Morgan & West's one-of-a-kind "Three Shell Game Routine".

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Reader comments:


Tuesday, 12 December 2023 18:55 PM - Reply to this comment

Recreating a "Who's On First" moment with one, two, three, four, five green peas. Brilliant!


Tuesday, 12 December 2023 23:47 PM - Reply to this comment

I thought it was, as usual for this dynamic duo, hilarious. I have always loved and toyed with the concept of turning a magic trick into a failure, but the "magic" that the magician does not expect, messes them up. I also thought it was a great idea to combine cups and balls with the shell game. Since "accidental magic failure" I don't know what else to call it) is probably one of the funniest and most impressive things you can do in comedy magic, I've toyed around with this idea a lot because it is much more difficult to do as a solo magician. For a solo magician I would say anything along the lines of Object to Impossible location, and having something else appear for that "Impossible Location" is good. For example if it were a bill inside of a lemon, and you try to produce one under a cup or in midair but a metal ball (or something that is difficult to open) appears, you can state the obvious or be confused and mimic the "magical action" and pretending to see where you went wrong. I hope any comedy magic performers found this useful or intriguing!


Wednesday, 13 December 2023 03:11 AM - Reply to this comment

Morgan and West have concocted a Lasgna effect!! There are so many layers to this effect, that it is deliciously devious and scrumptiously baffling. My favorite aspect of this routine is how they bring the audience into an unassuming Masterclass of a close up effect that magically transforms into a stage effect right before their very eyes. Just when you think you know where the effect is headed they Hitchcock/Tarantino you with pyrotechnic visual euphoria!


Wednesday, 13 December 2023 05:37 AM - Reply to this comment

This is just fabulous!


Wednesday, 13 December 2023 09:30 AM - Reply to this comment

Quite original and well thought out. Great routine for family and children audiences.


Wednesday, 13 December 2023 10:56 AM - Reply to this comment

Green pea finale was great!


Wednesday, 13 December 2023 13:00 PM - Reply to this comment

I am always interested in adding a little comedy to a magic show, it is not only entertaining but magical. The finale here was a hit!! Thanks for highlighting the great Morgan and West.


Sunday, 17 December 2023 15:47 PM

I love the ending of this effect too! Completely unexpected and amazing!


Wednesday, 13 December 2023 13:58 PM - Reply to this comment

I really enjoy the banter between the two of them on stage, it really brings a lot of entertainment to the routine.


Wednesday, 13 December 2023 21:01 PM

I agree! I think arguing on stage (in an obviously comedic manor) is always something the audience loves!


Thursday, 14 December 2023 13:38 PM - Reply to this comment

I love the synchronization of them. It must of taken hours of practice to get it as good as they got it.


Friday, 15 December 2023 13:29 PM - Reply to this comment

Just as lovely as their book is.


Saturday, 16 December 2023 15:30 PM - Reply to this comment

I love the built in misdirection. Even though we know the method, it is still good to watch and admire the performance—a joy to witness!


Monday, 25 December 2023 15:13 PM - Reply to this comment

Very entertaining routine from the production of the lemons to the surprise load of the peas at the end. I liked the premise of a 3 shell game and turning into a stage/parlor version of the cups and balls.

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