The Cocktail

Trick by Gustavo Raley
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The Cocktail

69.95 usd

Trick by Gustavo Raley ($69.95)

In stock. Order now — we'll send it first thing Wednesday morning
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Imagine performing the classic effect, Sands of the Desert with colorful liquids! An original effect that is visual, easy to do and makes a big impact on your audiences.

Click on the video to see this perplexing, audience-pleasing routine.

You show an empty bucket, and three bottles with three different, colored liquids and three empty, transparent cups. Use sodas, juices, or energizer drinks—you choose! Anything bright and colorful.

You pour each liquid, one at a time, into the bucket -- perhaps blue, yellow and finally red.

Next, you swirl the bucket around, mixing all of the liquids into a magical cocktail. Then the magic happens as you take one of the empty plastic cups, dip it into the bucket—and when you lift it out, it’s filled with a blue drink! Take another cup and repeat this puzzling act of prestidigitation... as you extract a yellow drink. Finally, you tip the bucket so your audience can see inside it, as you pour the remaining red liquid, filling the third cup.

The Cocktail is based on a clever idea by Alan Wakeling and perfected by professional magician Gustavo Raley.

  • Instant reset
  • Use any bucket (supply your own)
  • No chemicals, refills or liquid dyes to buy
  • Works with any colorful beverages, soda pop or juices

The Cocktail is an original, colorful routine that is decidedly different, can be performed to music or with patter, and works as well in a nightclub setting as it does at a school or library show for family audiences. If you are looking for an original effect that is highly visual, practical and 100% effective for your magic show, we know you’ll be pleased performing The Cocktail.


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  • Glenn asks: Is this simply a DVD that I am getting here?

    • 1. doug answers: not an answer; just that I have the same question
    • 2. Stephen answers: Along with a DVD, you get the special plastic tumblers needed and secret parts that make the trick work. However you will still need to find a magnetic metal container that is big enough to hold everything, which is not as easy as it sounds.
    • 3. Stephen answers: On the metal container, a little ingenuity can easily adapt any container that otherwise fits the bill. I, however, am using a can I obtained in the States from Hobby Lobby that works quite well (1830's medicine show themed). Stephen J.
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  • Benjamin asks: I don't know if this question conflicts with rule #1 about methods, but can you really show the bucket empty? Reading you can and seeing him constantly flip the bucket around will not satisfy my idea of freely showing it empty to the audience. I just want to know if you can show them the bucket in the same position as he shows them when he pours the final drink

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: You can only show it empty after pouring the final drink.
    • 2. Benjamin answers: Thank you the answer
    • 3. Stephen answers: Just a point of clarificarion. The pail can be shown empty during the pouring of the last drink. Stephen
    • 4. Stephen answers: Just a point of clarificarion. The pail can be shown empty during the pouring of the last drink. Stephen
  • David asks: What do I get for $69.00? Any "props" or just a DVD? Looks like a great routine.

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: You get the gimmicked glass set and the explanation. You need to supply your own metal wine pail.
  • Tom asks: Can the performer or an audience member take a drink from one of the glasses at the end of the effect? Not seeking exposure or method, so I understand if this cannot be answered. Thank you.

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Yes, the performer, or an audience member, can take a drink from the glasses.
    • 2. Peter answers: The performer can take a drink from any glass. A member of the audience can only drink from the last one.
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Customer reviews for The Cocktail



I have always wanted to have a "Sands of the Dessert" type routine in my repertoire, but the trick IS messy and you're on the hook for refills (which may become unavailable) for life. The Cocktail preserves the effect with less mess (your hands don't get wet) and no refills. The instructional video (included on CD, for a nice change) offers two presentations. In my opinion, one of the two is more effective and the other more versatile in that it can be performed in more settings. The problem with the "better" of the two presentations is nearly unavoidable, tell-tale noise, enough to need significant cover — music or a couple of timely sneezes perhaps. That said this is a winner and the kind of thing your audience doesn't see every day.



I bought this because I was not happy with the sands of the desert I had (color of sands I had were weak, it was messy, was reluctant to transport the cut glass bowl I needed, and I did not want to spend the rather high cost of chemicals for the black water effect). I bought the Cocktail at the 2020 Las Vegas SAM convention. It is great and performance in the videos is as you see it. I do not find it difficult to perform. I am using a metal container (actually any material container can be easily adapted in my mind) from Hobby Lobby. I am not finding a big problem with noise as it is sort of covered by the natural knocking of the glass against the container. A little leakage in it that is not a major problem because I have fixed it (I plugged it up but those making it may want to use clear silicone as I did). I hope it stays around for a time as my main worry is having to eventually replace the glasses and I am not sure I can find what I need to do it myself. I really like this. It is clean in performance, straight forward, and aesthetically great.


The Cocktail by Gustavo Raley