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Bra Trick

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The Bra Trick also known as "The Baffling Bra" is an comedy effect often credited to Howard Brooks based on the Twentieth Century Silk effect.

Effect: The magician ties two silks together and asks a female spectator to place them down into the top of her blouse. He then makes a silk disappear and states that it will reappear between the two tied silks. With a flourish he pulls the silks out and displays them, but tied between them is a bra.

Version have been advertised over the years using silks, ropes and paper.


U.F. Grant began marketing it in 1943. In the August 1944 issue of Genii the Genii Speak column has said "The GENII award for the best comedy trick of the year goes to U. F. Grant for The Climax Egg Bag. Really, Grant deserves this recognition on two counts, the second being the Brassiere Trick"

Later in In the April 1945 Genii Speaks, Larsen says: "Eddie and Nadyne Cochran (whose company we enjoyed while they took a short rest in L. A. between U.S.O. tours) ..... Eddie, incidentally, is the first magician I ever saw do the brassiere trick. I believe he is the inventor."

Then in July 1945 Genii Speaks "Eddie may file suit on the brassiere trick, which he registered with Billboard many years ago."