In effect, the magician shows a can with a lid. The lid is, removed, a lit match is dropped into the can and flames, shoot out. Obviously can is full of some volatile, substance. The can is covered, putting out the fire, and, when the cover is removed, a large quantity of water is poured out from the can. Fire and water don't normally mix, except of course, in magic tricks. After pouring out all of the water, the magician produces several items from the can, colored silks, spring flowers, and other similar items that magicians are so fond of producing. They come out perfectly dry!