I plan to use this scale in the performance of the Water Cell Escape, one of the pieces I’m currently working on for my upcoming show, “Four By Houdini.” I’ve been performing the Water Cell Escape off and on for years using a small gold Buddha as the object that escapes from the sealed chamber of water. Although the gold Buddha naturally registers as a heavy object (a critical audience perception for this trick), I thought a little visual demonstration of that fact couldn’t hurt. Enter the scale.
Simply by weighing the Buddha against say, a tiny rabbit, the “heavy” perception would be reinforced before the the object is submerged in water. Exactly where in the performance I perform this bit of business I still don’t know. However, I’m glad I’ve finally found a scale that is the right size and appearance, and I look forward to integrating this classy prop into the act.