Pros: very effective magic. examinable. easy to do. sturdy
Cons: plastic genie bottle? must not be an old genie.
The Genie Bottle is a standard item in most magic stores. It is sometimes marketed as The Chinese Bottle. Most versions you will find have a bottle that is a solid red. Lately, there are versions coming out in other colors such as blue, or even some which are multi-colored. None of these affect the trick. That is merely an asthetic choice about choosing what fits your performance best. The bottle is made of hard-plastic and has a long, narrow neck. A length of rope can be lowered into the neck of the bottle and removed without any restriction.
Both rope and bottle can be passed out for examination at the beginning of the trick. When everyone is convinced that the rope moves freely, the magic happens. At the magician's command, the genie of the bottle grabs hold of the rope and won't let go. The bottle will hang from the rope. The rope will hang from the bottle. The bottle can even be swung in circles on the end of the rope. Another command from the magician and the genie releases the rope. Once more, rope and bottle can be examined by all who wish to do so.
This simple trick requires no sleight of hand to perform. It is learnable by children of seven or eight. With youngsters, it's important to remind them to pay attention if they swing the bottle around. The genie lives in a hard plastic bottle and it can hurt if it smacks someone. There are moments in the trick such as handing out the bottle and rope at the end which incorporate some basic sleight-of-hand and help make this a more polished routine. The sleight is very basic and learnable by the youngsters who would do this trick.
This is a good trick for a young magician who already has a few items. Most children like it, but would prefer some of the other tricks more. Still, for a child who is putting together an act, this is a nice addition.
The Genie Bottle sometimes goes by the name of The Chinese Bottle. This is not the same as The Imp Bottle. Some people will refer to The Imp Bottle by the name The Genie Botttle. If you are ordering on-line, make sure you know which one you want. The Imp bottle is a smaller bottle with a round bottom. The Genie Bottle is larger, has flat sides and a flat bottom.
This trick will work well for a performer doing magic for a small group. This is also a good trick for a student doing a show at school. It's large and visual enough to play to the back of a good sized room.