A good "sucker" effect, in which a trick is apparently explained but finishes with a surprise.
Performer shows a handkerchief and tells audience he will cause it to disappear in a mysterious manner. He rolls it up in his hands and pretends to put it into his left hand. He then places his right hand in his right trouser's pocket. Audience believes that he placed the handkerchief in his right trouser's pocket. Magician, however, opens his left hand and shows that handkerchief is really in his hand. He rolls up handkerchief again, and this time it changes into an egg. Saying that he will explain the trick so that the spectators can do it, too, Magician shows that the egg is just a hollow celluloid egg with a hole in it into which he tucked the handkerchief. He pulls out the handkerchief and repeats the experiment, changing the handkerchief to an egg again. Performer then explains that in case anyone is suspicious of the egg, all that has to be done is to break it. He does this and allows the contents of the egg to fall into a glass, thus showing the egg to be a real one.
1 -- A hollow celluloid egg with opening large enough to admit a silk handkerchief.
Same kind of egg as used in Repeat Handkerchief Vanish, explained in this lesson.
2 -- A silk handkerchief, about 13 inches square.
4 -- A real egg. SECRET AND PATTER: To Prepare:
Place hollow egg in right trouser's pocket Place key in same pocket. Place real egg in left coat pocket. To Perform:
"I hold in my hand what is known as a magic square of silk. To all ordinary appearances, it is but a silk handkerchief, but from an extraordinary angle, it is more than that for it has the power of separating itself into minute atoms and then reassembling itself under the proper influence. Because of its peculiar properties, it will vanish before your very eyes, and no one will be able to see where it goes."
Roll silk up in hands into a small ball. Figure 64 shows performer rolling silk, as he appears to audience.
It is important for you to learn how to roll a silk quickly into a compact ball. Study Figures 65 to 69 carefully and practice the moves thoroughly until you have them mastered.
Start with a corner of the silk, allowing the rest to hang over back of left hand. Start moving the right hand in a rotary motion clockwise. Help feed the silk in with left thumb. Once you get the ball started, rolling the rest is easy.
Have skin of your hands slightly moist or sticky, and you will find the rolling easier to accomplish than with a dry skin.
"Watch the silk closely as I roll it into my left hand."
When silk is rolled into a small ball, close left hand around it and turn back of hand to audience. At same time, close right hand and bring it away from left as if you had something in it. You are trying to lead audience to believe that you have handkerchief in right hand.
Figures 70 and 71.
Keep eyes on left hand, but very obviously place right hand in right trouser's pocket.
"Now, all I have to do is to squeeze the left hand, and the silk will disappear."
Finger Palm celluloid egg in right hand and bring hand out of pocket. Audience must not be aware that you have something in right hand now.
Look at audience and say:
"Pardon me, but there seems to be come suspicion passing around the audience as to the legitimacy of the vanish. No, madam, the handkerchief has not vanished yet."
Open left hand and allow handkerchief to hang suspended by one corner from thumb and base of first finger. Keep back of right hand to audience to conceal finger-palmed celluloid egg.
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