Lewis Davenport’s rising bottle trick
Based on a description by Peter Warlock, the effect is as follows: a bottle is taken and after a drink is poured from it to prove its genuineness, it is placed on a thin topped table and covered with a handkerchief. On top of the handkerchief is balanced an empty top hat. A wave of the performer’s hand and slowly and visibly the bottle penetrates the handkerchief and hat. The bottle is actually seen rising within the hat.