The Spangler Effect - Classic Clock Reaction Season 01 Episodes 31 - 33


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Transcript:
STEVE SPANGLER: So, a few of you seemed to have a problem
seeing the string last week on the floating
rope trick, and uh--
All right, thanks for catching me.
So, this week, we're pushing my abilities.
No strings at all.
We're doing the floating bead trick.
See these beads?
Watch this.
They're gonna float in the air.
[MYSTERIOUS MUSIC IMPRESSION]
Magic.
That's--
Hey, Higginsworth.
HIGGINSWORTH: Hang on, Steve.
Higginsworth.
Oh hey, mom.
No, I'm not busy.
We're just filming an episode.
Yeah, Steve's doing his magic thing.
I guess.
STEVE SPANGLER: It is magic.
HIGGINSWORTH: Yeah.
No, it's not really worth watching.
STEVE SPANGLER: No, tell her to watch.
Watch, Mrs. Higginsworth.
HIGGINSWORTH: I gotta go.
All right.
Bye.
STEVE SPANGLER: Wrap it up.
Hold this.
We're doing magic.
[MYSTERIOUS MUSIC IMPRESSION]
STEVE SPANGLER NARRATING: I'm Steve Spangler, and I'm all
about making science fun.
For the last 20 years, I've been teaching ways to turn
ordinary science experiments into unforgettable learning
experiences.
I have an amazing team who will do whatever it takes to
affect the way people think about science.
And to do that, I live by one motto.
Make it big, do it right, give it class.

STEVE SPANGLER: All right, ready?
A little science magic.
This is good.
All right, get over here and look at this.
See this in here?
No food coloring in these cups.
See, no food coloring?
And water.
That's it.
Just water.
All right, so here's what happens.
Watch this.
Whenever I pour with my right hand, look at what happens.
[GASP]
It turns into Kool-Aid.
Wine?
I don't know what it is.
But when I pour with my left hand, nothing at all.
Plain water.
When you pour it with your right hand,
would you look at this?
This is amazing, I know you're gonna say.
And if I pour with my left hand.
[GASP]
Amazing.
It is amazing.
Watch this.
When you pour it in like this, you get more.
And you get a little bit more here.
And then you pour these two in like this,
and watch what happens.
Ta-da!
Well, it's a pretty easy thing to do.
This is a classic science trick called "wine water." So
if you see it in the old chemistry books, it was a
reaction called "wine water." In today's day and age, you'd
probably call it, I don't know.
Kool-Aid water?
You don't drink it in the first place, so who knows what
to call it.
All I can tell you is it's a cool color change, and it's an
acid base kind of indicator.
So, here's what you have to start with-- four cups and a
container of water.
That's all I have.
And what we're actually doing is we're causing it to change
color depending on if something is
an acid or a base.
So you know what pH paper is, it changes color.
Well, we're using a chemical here called phenolphthalein.
Phenolphthalein is an indicator that changes color
if a base is present.
And the base that we're going to use is ammonia.
So whenever those two come in contact with one another, you
get that characteristic pink color.
So here's what we're gonna do.
The first thing is we're gonna put a small amount of the
indicator in each one of these.
So that's in the first and the third cup.
Those are the ones that I want to change color.
Now, we take a little of the ammonia, and you put the
ammonia in over here.
So ammonia is a weak base.
So this works very well over here.
So now, we're ready to go.
We had this color change at the very end where everything
went colorless.
And so that means that I had to put
something else in there.
And that's where the vinegar comes in.
So, in the last cups here, the second and the fourth cup, a
small amount of vinegar.
Nobody will see a color change at all, but it's everything
that we need.
Perfect.
To color it back.
All right, quick aside.
Phenolphthalein is this indicator, and if you befriend
a high school chemistry teacher, he or she may have
some phenolphthalein to be able to do it.
Instead of getting it from a chemical supply company, a
long time ago people used to take Ex-Lax and grind some
Ex-Lax up and add a little bit of rubbing alcohol, and it's
because Ex-Lax contained phenolphthalein.
That's not the case anymore, so if you see stuff online
that says use phenolphthalein, just realize that they don't
use the phenolphthalein anymore.
You're gonna have to befriend that high
school chemistry teacher.
[TRUMPET IMPRESSION]
It's show time.
So, you start with the colorless, right, because
clear is not a color.
The colorless water here, and the four cups.
Nobody will ever notice what's inside.
Make sure they know there's not food coloring, otherwise
it's not amazing to them.
So you say, whenever I pour with this hand.
Whenever you see that color, you know that it's
phenolphthalein.
Switch hands, of course for the story.
Nothing happens here, because all that's in there is a
little bit of that vinegar.
So when we pour this again, this has the phenolphthalein.
Nice.
And this one pours in here.
That's great.
And you're done.
Now, you can do it a different way.
You can have it change back instantly and so I kind of
like this, to start with the clear ones, to pour these in
the colorless ones.
Nice.
And now watch what happens when you pour these two in.
It looks very cool.

And that's a cool way to end the trick.
Why that's a cool science magic trick?
A lot of kids have seen that before because of a high
school chemistry class, and it's an instant kind of
reaction, so that's what leads us to this.
Watch.
Colorless, colorless.
When you pour them together, they remain colorless.
Look at this.
Now I want you to cast your thoughts.
No trick photography.
Bam.
That's cool.
And that's probably as close to real magic in your hands as
you could ever imagine.
And it's just chemistry.
And there's somebody who taught me how to do this years
ago, my dad.
I grew up in this family of professional magicians, and I
think that it's probably a good opportunity for us to go
on a little field trip and see what the little Steve
household looked like when I was a kid.
Let's go.
So, I wanna show you how this whole thing started for me.
I grew up in this family of magicians.
My mom and dad had regular jobs, but they
also did some magic.
It's a little slice of suburbia here.
So I wanted to show you the home that I grew up in.
Mom and dad are probably, I don't know, drinking coffee
and reading the paper.
Whatever it is that they do.
But the thing is, it's just kind of a normal house and
well, it's kind of normal.
Going inside.
[MUSIC PLAYING LOUDLY]
STEVE SPANGLER: I should probably also tell you this,
that, well, it's kind of normal, but there's a full
theater organ and baby grand, and they do these little
routines and shows.
We never really had guests for dinner or anything, because
there's a full theater organ.
Hey, mom and dad, I'm just gonna go down
to my uh, my room.
It's a little weird.

So, anyway, it's pretty normal, and so I was just--
What did you do to my room?
Mom, dad!
[SIGHS]

This used to be my room.
And now there's magic tricks.
When did you guys move out the furniture?
BRUCE: What was your name again?
STEVE SPANGLER: Seriously, when did you
move out the furniture?
This is uh--
when I left, there were some pretty cool magic tricks in
the house, but this is a little bit
bigger than when I left.
BRUCE: It was about 15 or 20 minutes we didn't know what we
were going to do with this room, but this is the way it
turned out.
What do you think?
STEVE SPANGLER: Uh, I think this has become
bigger than an obsession.
This is a--
KITTY: A disease.
STEVE SPANGLER: It is a disease.
BRUCE: We used to think it was a collection, and then Kitty
pointed out that collectors collect antiques
or red things or--
we are accumulators.
We just accumulate stuff.
STEVE SPANGLER: It's called hoarding.
BRUCE: What was that word again?
STEVE SPANGLER: Nothing, it was called, I am excited to be
able to say--
oh my gosh.
All right, when did you start collecting?
Because you started doing magic when you were--
BRUCE: Five.
STEVE SPANGLER: Five?
BRUCE: Still have my first magic set.
STEVE SPANGLER: And so then what happened from there?
So you started doing magic.
And then how do you feed this?
BRUCE: Well, I found a magic shop downtown.
A lot of kids usually find their way to a magic shop.
And on Saturdays, we went down and the kids would all gather
in the basement, where we had a little stage set up, and
we'd do tricks for each other.
That's how you learn the magic.
And I was fortunate enough to have a teacher at that time
who believed you never sold your magic tricks.
We'd always want to sell a silk handkerchief in order to
buy a little production box, and he said, no, you don't
sell those.
Those are your kids.
Someday you're gonna need everything you ever bought.
Well, this is some day.
STEVE SPANGLER: Yeah, this is.
Yeah, this is some day.
This is true.
BRUCE: These are all my friends, you know.
STEVE SPANGLER: So, how do magicians
pass down their equipment?
You didn't go to a magic shop and buy all of this stuff, so
what is this a representation of?
BRUCE: We have to kill them off.
When they get to a certain age, we arrange
to have them disappear.
STEVE SPANGLER: OK, please cut that from
the record, all right?
Next.
Dad, where did you get these cool magic tricks?
BRUCE: Well, we inherit them from deceased magi.
STEVE SPANGLER: Yeah.
Which means that a magician dies, and the kids are looking
at it, going, what do I do with this crap?
BRUCE: That's right, and we say, we like crap. and so we
agreed to keep them together as collections of
their former magician.
And so that's what you see here, collections that belong
to other magicians.
STEVE SPANGLER: So what I'm noticing is that there are
things on the shelf now that are collections, and there's a
person's name next to each one of these.
How do you put all the stuff together?
BRUCE: In some cases, we had an agreement with a former
owner's wife or husband, that we would keep
their collection together.
And so that's how this collection is organized.
And it's unique in that manner.
We don't think that there are any other collections that are
maintained as collections belonging
to a previous magician.
So you'll see lots of magic wands because each magician
had his own magic wand.
You'll see lots of linking rings, because every magician
has his favorite set of linking rings.
And so that's what they are.
They're really preserved as memories
of the former performer.
Virtually everything you see on all of these shelves is not
what it appears to be.
You may see a drinking glass and think, oh, that's a nice
glass, why is it in the collection?
Well, it's because it's not a common drinking glass.
There's something very special about it.
It has threads, or motors, or something that makes it
perform a specific job, a specific feat.
STEVE SPANGLER: One of the things that you taught me when
I was a kid was that you practice a magic trick like a
coin vanishing, or here.
Like a ball that may disappear.
And we would practice that for hours and hours and hours.
BRUCE: Where the heck did that go?
STEVE SPANGLER: Oh, it's in my elbow.
But you would practice these silly things for hours and--
[GASP]
it's in your ear, Dad.
I'm doing schtick.
But you would do this--
you would make me do this over and over and over again until
I got it right.
And the only reward that you would get is somebody to
either say, hey, do a trick, or somebody will give you a
little smile and go, that's cool.
But it's not like you're trading this for money
necessarily, unless you're in a big Vegas kind of thing.
Is that art still around?
Do you still see that dedication with the kids that
are coming up today?
BRUCE: It's still a personal challenge, and we have the
belief that nothing ever really is good until you can
do it without thinking about it.
That's why you see magicians doing the slight of hand and
working with a deck of cards or coins.
They're doing it over and over and over to teach their brain
how to do when they're doing something else.
When they're worried about, are the lights right, or is
the music gonna start on time, or is the stage crew going to
take something off when they're supposed to.
So that's what they're doing.
They're practicing and teaching that brain to do it
without really thinking about it.
STEVE SPANGLER: I remember you at a theater and peeking
behind the curtain and watching you guys perform.
And then the very end is you'd both eat fire.
And when you're five years old, and your mom and dad eat
fire, it probably-- you win over anybody else's parents.
So what did you do for show and tell?
BRUCE: Well, it's what you did for show and tell that got us
into trouble.
KITTY: You came home with a note pinned on you.
STEVE SPANGLER: And what did the note say?
BRUCE: The note said-- it was from the principal, who said
we need to have a meeting.
And when we went to see the principal of the grade school,
he said at show and tell, your son told us that his parents
were fire eaters.
And we couldn't get him to change his mind.
He insisted to the point of having tears in his eyes.
And we think that maybe he needs some psychological help.
STEVE SPANGLER: So how do we cure that?
You came to school the next week and ate fire.
But that's a whole different time.
That doesn't happen now.
And let me tell you that the counseling has been wonderful.
Honestly, I've got it all out and I'm fine now.
BRUCE: And you know, they rebuilt that school, and you
can't even tell that there was a fire.
STEVE SPANGLER: No, and they showed up so quickly, too.
And who would've thought.
Kids eating fire, and walking on glass, or whatever else.
But maybe the best memory that I have is bringing kids over--
not living in this house, but we were in another house, and
bringing kids over, and there were some blenders in the
basement because what did you make, mom?
KITTY: We made stage blood.
STEVE SPANGLER: OK.
This is fake blood.
But it isn't any fake blood.
It's pretty special fake blood.
KITTY: It's the best.
STEVE SPANGLER: Fake blood in the whole world.
KITTY: It was micro encapsulated.
So it didn't stain your costumes.
When it dried, you just brush it off.
STEVE SPANGLER: It's totally a normal house.
I'm telling you, this stuff happens to everybody.
You know what I want you to do is show me a trick.
So there's got to be a cool trick that you can show me.
Out of all these things that are down
here, show me a trick.
BRUCE: You wanna see something big time?
STEVE SPANGLER: Huge.
BRUCE: This is one of our favorites back here.
This is a mummy cabinet that's well over 50 years.
But you've got to help me.
If you and Kitty will help me.
You get that end.
I'll get this end.
We'll carry it outside and do it outside, because it's too
cramped in here.
STEVE SPANGLER NARRATING: No, we're not doing--
uh, no, you know what, Dad?
That's probably a really good weekend project for Wayne or
Holly to help with, but I was thinking, maybe you could do
just-- you and Mom could do a little trick.
So Mom, you grab linking rings and do the little ring thing
and show me what you're working on.
Just do something small.
BRUCE: Well, that's kind of nuts.
You don't want to see the big illusion outside?
STEVE SPANGLER: Please.
Please just do something small.
BRUCE: We've got something with a bolt and a nut.
Would that work?
STEVE SPANGLER: Yeah, that's perfect.
Let's do it.
BRUCE: All right, let's do it.
STEVE SPANGLER: I love this stuff.
When's he's doing the small stuff that he's working on.
BRUCE: Well, I told you it was kind of nuts, and it is,
because we use a bolt and a nut.
And what I'd like for you to do is I'd like for you to
thread the nut onto the bolt.
About halfway would be really good.
So you believe in psychic things?
Telekinesis?
The power of the mind to control objects?
STEVE SPANGLER: Of course I do.
BRUCE: That's what we're gonna try to do.
STEVE SPANGLER: All right.
BRUCE: Let me roll up my sleeves as if I were a
professional.
STEVE SPANGLER: All right.
BRUCE: Now, the idea is to concentrate on that--
oh, you're good.
You are really good.
Look at that.
That is amazing.
STEVE SPANGLER: There's no threads or anything.
BRUCE: No.
This would be great if they used these to build airplanes,
wouldn't it?
Then you'd just concentrate on the plane and
the wing falls off.
STEVE SPANGLER: I was used to him doing like three sponge
balls in my hand and then there's rabbits.
And now there's a bolt that comes off.
This is good.
BRUCE: Well, this is the way we develop a routine, is we
practice and practice and practice.
STEVE SPANGLER: Are you concentrating with your mind
again to make that happen?
BRUCE: Oh, yes, absolutely.
STEVE SPANGLER: I can tell.
BRUCE: Communicating with the spirits.
That's it.
STEVE SPANGLER: It's cool.
Magic is so cool.
Mom, do this, would you?
Do the ring thing.

Is that totally cool or what?
All right, when your mom can [GASP]
Do you understand that birthday parties were so
awesome at my house?
They were.
So when I was a kid, I remember mom and dad making
these magic products.
So in addition to having the magic school, they had these
magic products.
And so, this was their catalog.
You have to remember this is back in the '70s.
And inside the catalog, there are these things about-- oh,
you remember that, the fake blood that they were talking
about before?
But there's a whole line of chemical magic tricks.
And I guess what was cool is that--
I didn't realize this, but when--
our YouTube viewers know Doug Hotis, my chemistry teacher--
I remember getting to blow him away when he did the classic
wine water that you just saw where you turn the
water into the wine.
But I did your version, and he had never seen
anything like that.
So what was the thought behind creating a whole new line of
chemical magic for magicians?
BRUCE: Well, the whole idea of bringing magic into the
classroom is--
we kind of go along with what Socrates said, that wisdom
begins in wonder.
Once you get a kid to ask, how?
How did that happen?
Why did that happen?
They're fully engaged.
The mind is open, and they're ready then to learn something.
So we wanted to do something that was a little different.
What they used back in those early days was an indicator
dye that had a characteristic pink color that's not like
anything else.
STEVE SPANGLER: Yeah, that's exactly what they saw.
I was telling them about grinding up the Ex-Lax and
creating the phenolphthalein.
BRUCE: So the way to change that into a magic trick is
change the color, which is a little harder to do, or change
the way it reacts.
And so we decided to do the latter.
We wanted to change the reactions.
Would you like for me to show you?
STEVE SPANGLER: Yeah, of course.
I'm setting you up for this.
I'm your straight man.
BRUCE: I guess.
OK, well, we start out now with two
perfectly clear liquids.
STEVE SPANGLER: Got it.
BRUCE: OK.
And normally, when you mix those together, you would get
an instant color change.
But you'll notice that they remain clear.
The chemicals are fully mixed.
But they remain clear.
STEVE SPANGLER: It's just a glass of water.
BRUCE: That's right.
We don't have to secretly add a little dye to it or do some
of the things that we used to have to do.
And so we have is a timed chemical reaction.
It takes it from a science demonstration, the typical
science demonstration.
Although many teachers use this now
because it's in the books.
And you sell it, too.
STEVE SPANGLER NARRATING: Yeah, a different
version of it, yeah.
You gotta carry on the tradition.
This was very amazing.
When I walked into Doug Hotis's class, it was an
instant reputation builder because I said, watch this.
And immediately, I went from a junior in high school that's
just screwing around to "get over here, kid, I need to see
this." And that was the beginning of that
relationship.
BRUCE: And one of the things you said was, we need to do
something patriotic.
Can you do this in red, white, and blue?
And so then, we added the second part of it.
We added the red dye, changed this pink to red, and used
blue, and actually produced a milk-like white change, using
the same family of reactions.
STEVE SPANGLER: All right, let's do it again and explain
the science.
BRUCE: All right.
We actually have created a little war here between two
sets of chemicals.
They're gonna fight for dominance.
When we mix them together, the chemicals that produce an acid
are struggling to dominate over those
that produce a base.
And it takes some time for that little war to go on.
So that's what you're seeing.
STEVE SPANGLER: So they would teach a reaction like this
when they're doing redox reactions or whatever.
BRUCE: It's an oxidation reduction reaction.
That's right.
So, we've got-- our dye is actually in here, which is
colorless in its neutral or acidic state.
So this one is slightly acidic.
This over here contains a reducing agent which is going
to produce this little war.
Should we do it?
STEVE SPANGLER: Yep, do it.
BRUCE: All right.
So now, that starts the reaction.
And we're pouring it back and forth to show how clean it is,
in terms of no gimmicks or dyes.
But we're also giving it a chance to mix absolutely
thoroughly, so that we get a nice color change.
STEVE SPANGLER: So when you produced a product called
Splash of Color, you had eight full colors of the rainbow.
BRUCE: Isn't that crazy?
STEVE SPANGLER: I know.
BRUCE: Who in their right mind would do that?
STEVE SPANGLER: It was hard.
Because how great-- and you need to know that there's
teachers today in the classroom doing a version of
that to a Kermit the Frog kind of song, "The Rainbow Song."
But not as a time delay.
It's when they touch it, that time delay all the way across
is absolutely gorgeous.
BRUCE: You think the teachers were amazed?
You should've seen the magicians.
They had never seen anything like this.
They were accustomed to the-- well, they had a thing called
Think Ink, which was clear to black and this color, and that
was about it.
There were a few other variations.
But to have seven or eight clocked reactions all going at
the same time and eight glasses, goblets changing
color, bing bing bing bing bing.
They had never seen anything like that before.
So we took the science into the magic community, rather
than the other way around.
STEVE SPANGLER: I remember as a kid, mom and dad were on one
of the big shows, a big magic show for magicians, and we
were in Kansas City, Missouri.
And I remember seeing you backstage.
And I'd never seen you in this state before,
because you were flustered.
And the pH of the water was different in Kansas City than
it was here in Denver.
And when you went to do the reaction, it wasn't timed
correctly to the music.
And so you literally had to change the pH of the water and
try to buffer that for the reaction, so it would time up
with the music.
BRUCE: And not only that, the water had been softened, so
they had added chemicals to it, which affected not only
the pH, but the oxidation reduction reaction
that was going on.
So we had to literally reinvent the chemistry on the
spot for a show that night.
And it worked out pretty well, didn't it?
STEVE SPANGLER: It was great.
It's one of those things I'll never forget.
There's a classic that you do that really is yours.
Nobody's ever done it, and it's a thing called
Switcheroo.
And so if you don't mind, let's see Switcheroo.
BRUCE: Let's set it up.
STEVE SPANGLER: All right, so this will
go down as a classic.
This is your signature demonstration in my mind.
BRUCE: All right.
STEVE SPANGLER: OK, so do it the way you do it for kids.
BRUCE: Well, in the classroom, we ask the kids if they know
what a chameleon is.
Now, almost all the kids know what a chameleon is.
Most of them tell us it's somebody
who tells funny stories.
And then we tell them, no, that's a comedian.
STEVE SPANGLER: Got it.
BRUCE: OK, but then they get the chameleon thing right.
We tell them we didn't bring any live animals.
But we did bring a chameleon color.
This is a yellow chameleon color.
I think we set this up wrong.
It's in the wrong color glass.
Chameleons--
STEVE SPANGLER: It's in the red glass.
BRUCE: Yeah, they like to blend in with their
background.
If you'll hang on to this, let me see what we have over here.
Oh, this is another chameleon color, but it also is in the
wrong color glass.
STEVE SPANGLER: He's doing schtick right now.
BRUCE: There's another problem.
STEVE SPANGLER: Yes.
BRUCE: I know we've had a water shortage.
STEVE SPANGLER: Of course we have, Dad.
I mean, Mr. Magician.
BRUCE: With all these people watching, don't you think we
could feel these up to the top?
STEVE SPANGLER: And we should.
BRUCE: That way, everybody can see, Those that are close to
the set, and those farther away.
So let's fill this one up to the very top.
STEVE SPANGLER: So there's red in the yellow glass.
BRUCE: And yellow in the red glass.
STEVE SPANGLER: So this is very wrong.
BRUCE: This is like an optical illusion, a trick of the eyes.
So keep them separate here.
That's right.
So everybody knows where the yellow one is
and the red one is.
And we're going to bring them closer together, without
letting them touch, because that would be cheating.
And you keep one eye on the yellow glass, one-- or the red
yellow chameleon.
One eye on the red, and the other eye on you.
STEVE SPANGLER: Whatever it might be.
BRUCE: We're short a couple of eyes there, aren't we.
And it gets harder and harder to tell which one's the red
one and which one's the yellow one.
But as you stare at it, you begin to see why we call it
the chameleon colors, because the red has
gone to the red glass.
STEVE SPANGLER: Yes.
BRUCE: The yellow one here's starting to look a little
orange-ish.
STEVE SPANGLER: Yes.
BRUCE: And now we can move it away.
STEVE SPANGLER: Look at this.
There it is.
Red over here in this glass.
Yellow sits over here in this glass.
BRUCE: And it will continue to get yellower and yellower as
it stills there for a little while.
STEVE SPANGLER: That's when the kids applaud and--
there it is, right there.
That's perfect.
Would you look at that?
It's all in the story.
Yellow is over here, red's over here.
BRUCE: And that it gives us an opportunity then to talk to
them about oxidation reduction reactions
and acid base reactions.
STEVE SPANGLER: But you forgot, nobody actually cares.
They're just going, they changed color, and you're
trying to say oxidation reaction.
But they could care less.
They're looking at this thing.
BRUCE: The important thing is that they start to wonder and
they start to ask questions.
And that's when the mind is open and we can
start feeding them.
STEVE SPANGLER: Cheers.
BRUCE: Don't drink that!
Never drink your experiments.
STEVE SPANGLER: OK, Dad.
BRUCE: It's a rule.
STEVE SPANGLER: Well, I'll probably go down with somebody
going, Mentos and Diet Coke.
You, however, are much better than Mentos and Diet Coke.
You invented fake blood.
This is the stuff that you sold to Universal Studios and
Paramount Pictures.
You used to make it in the basement.
That was the coolest thing, is you'd bring friends over to
the basement and you had these blenders that were set up.
So how'd you get into the blood business?
How'd you make fake blood?
BRUCE: Back in the '50s, Universal Studios came out
with a movie called Macumba Love, which was about voodoo.
And it was, I guess, a B-rated movie would be--
KITTY: Not good.
BRUCE: Not the greatest movie.
But they wanted something to promote the movie.
They wanted something--
back in those days, you'd do something in the lobby or out
in front of the theater.
And kids on Saturday with some money to spend would say, oh,
I think I wanna go see that movie.
STEVE SPANGLER: Because how much was a movie back then?
BRUCE: A quarter.
STEVE SPANGLER: It's pretty close to that
now, so it's fine.
BRUCE: Yeah, and popcorn was a dime.
STEVE SPANGLER: Yeah, I got it.
BRUCE: Dinosaurs roamed the earth.
STEVE SPANGLER: Yeah, the earth was still cooling.
So, you're a barker.
So there'd be a show out in front of the theater and you
created it.
So what year was that that this all happened?
BRUCE: Oh, I'm thinking 1959.
STEVE SPANGLER: So what was your voodoo trick that you had
to come up with?
BRUCE: You simply cleaned off your arm, you took a needle,
and you shoved it through your arm.
STEVE SPANGLER: That's a great trick.
And then you marketed it under the name You-Do Voodoo.
It wasn't invented to be a magic trick.
It was invented to be something to draw
people into the movie.
KITTY: A geek trick.
BRUCE: A geek trick.
A geek stunt.
So we took it down.
I was working in a magic shop at the time.
We took it down to the shop and packaged it up and put it
on the counter to see if anybody would buy it.
And lo and behold, the magicians thought it was a
magic trick.
And so we started making them up a dozen at a time.
This is one of few tricks that have survived all these years,
over 50, 60 years.
KITTY: We've made thousands of them.
STEVE SPANGLER: But you don't make them anymore, right?
So people online--
you can find them on eBay so you're gonna pay a pretty
penny for one of these.
The kicker was, it really fooled people.
It fooled doctors and nurses.
It really looked like you were putting a needle in here and
coming out here.
We're not gonna be gory on this, but--
BRUCE: One of the neatest things to do is, when you go
in for your annual and you get a blood check, and the
phlebotomist comes in, and she says, now this
won't hurt a bit.
And you say, wait, I'll get it for you here and you shove the
needle in your arm and you get blood gushing.
STEVE SPANGLER: Do you see why I had to be in
therapy going around?
Do you see why the three of us, my sister and brother--
got it from them.
All right, so here, let's take a look at the blood.
The blood was very cool.
I remember as a kid putting blood in containers like this.
This blood's very cool, so I'll put it on me.
But I want you to talk a little bit about the blood.
How is this different than the blood that you would just
make, like for Halloween?
BRUCE: We needed blood that would look good in sunlight,
would not change color when you brought it indoors, under
incandescent light or fluorescent lights, that would
run smoothly across the skin, and most importantly, if you
happen to get it on a multi-thousand dollar
wardrobe, you had to be able to get it out.
Well, all of the pigment in this blood is sealed up in
tiny little capsules, microscopic capsules
about the size of--
STEVE SPANGLER: No, I just did that finger.
It was the wrong one.
BRUCE: --a human bloody corpuscle.
And when they dry, you can just brush
it off of your clothes.
STEVE SPANGLER: It looks so good.
BRUCE: It just doesn't strain.
STEVE SPANGLER: I had a chance to be able to see Frank Oz
here recently, you know, with the Muppet fame.
And Jim Henson used to use your blood for the puppets,
because there's very thin little tubes, almost like
capillary-like tubes.
And when you look at it this way, look, this is a whole
blood shelf.
See this?
A shelf with blood tricks.
Look at this.
This is what blew people away, because it really looked like
there were serum and plasma.
Correct?
BRUCE: You can see that all of the color separates to the
bottom, as it should.
KITTY: And when it dries, you just brush it off.
STEVE SPANGLER: And not available anymore.
BRUCE: Not available anymore.
STEVE SPANGLER: Yeah, That's done.
This is very cool.
I've got to go see what else you did to my room.
KITTY: What did you do to this thing?
STEVE SPANGLER: Where's the ping pong table?
Where's the ping pong table?
Well, I hope you enjoyed our little trip down memory lane.
Kind of the normal house I grew up in,
normal family, you know.
She even took down my Farrah Fawcett poster.
There's nothing of my room left.
Is this really how we have to end this?
KITTY: Yeah.
Put that in there.
STEVE SPANGLER: I know, I've done the routine before.
BRUCE: Remember all those years you used to terrorize
your sister with this thing?
KITTY: You were so mean to her.
STEVE SPANGLER: I know, but she was mean to me.
BRUCE: It's payback time.
STEVE SPANGLER: All right.
BRUCE: Here we go.
One, two, three.
STEVE SPANGLER: Give me that.
Radioshack.
Magicians.
Can you get me out of here, please?
BRUCE: Let's go play in the street.
STEVE SPANGLER: No.
Can you guys get me out of here, please?
BRUCE: No.
KITTY: We're going to go play a song.
STEVE SPANGLER: Come on, guys.

Hey, this isn't funny.
Call Holly right now.
Hey!
Don't play your dumb songs again.
Just get me out of here.

Lunch.