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Rice Bowls

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The Great Raymond's Rice Bowls

Rice Bowls (or Chinese Rice Bowls) is a magic effect in which a bowl is filled with rice and then is covered by a second bowl. When uncovered, there is now twice as much rice. The rice the turns to water.[1]

A pet effect of Chung Ling Soo, it was thought to be of Indian origin.


The "Frank Ducrot's Rice Bowls", which used the common method known today, was published in Mahatma, Vol. 4, No. 9 (March 1901), stating that the basic trick already exists and is "ever popular."

Alexander Herrmann invented his version called "Brahman Bowls", which was being marketed by at least 1920s.[2]

Al Baker was marketing an improved version as the "Chinese Rice Bowls" in 1933.


  1. Ad for "Chinese Rice Bowls", Mahatma Vol 3, No. 3 (September, 1899)
  2. The Sphinx Vol. 21 No. 5, July 15, 1922