t’s said that a true magician never reveals his secret. But what about one that makes the trick obvious to most of his audience?
Taiwanese magician Liu Qian (aka Lu “Louis” Chen) is a veteran of the annual CCTV Spring Festival Gala stage. On Monday night, his act involved a magic pot that was able to conjure up whatever kind of beverage you so desired. At one point, Liu went out into the audience to ask one gentleman what he would like to drink.
The man replied that he would like a glass of douzhi or fermented mung bean milk, a Beijing classic. While the request may have appeared impossible, Liu focused on the pot for a few seconds and out poured some douzhi.
Following the performance, a clip leaked onto the Chinese internet purporting to show the shockingly clumsy way that Liu pulled this trick off. In the clip, an assistant is seen kneeling down in front of the aisle and switching the pot in Liu’s hand — a move that would have been obvious to most in the audience, particularly those sitting higher up.
Online, some have defended Liu’s honor, charging that the video was obviously edited, pointing at how the clip jumps twice as the assistant allegedly makes the switch. Liu himself is unlikely to comment on the matter so the truth of the matter will probably remain a mystery.
However, either way, the act has got a number of people interested in turning water into wine. Soon after the performance, viewers started going online and buying the “magic pot” prop that Liu used. The pot’s price started at 3,305 yuan ($490) but quickly was cut in half.