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This lesson is devoted to Sleight of Hand with cigarettes. Because the cigarette is in such common use, cigarette magic is popular. It also permits of working with lighted cigarettes and thus makes this kind of magic doubly mysterious.

You learned some excellent effects with cigarettes in Lesson 2, in which the Thumb Tip was used to accomplish the tricks. In this lesson, you make use of a Cigarette Pull and a clip, but most of the work depends wholly on digital skill. You learn some very important moves.

I must emphasize again the importance of NATURALNESS. The size and shape of a cigarette make it a little more difficult to handle naturally than some other objects. You must study your moves carefully before the mirror, watching your ANGLES OF VISIBILITY and striving for natural movements.

I might mention here a compliment to my work which pleased me greatly. A gentleman, in speaking of my work in Magic, said, "I hardly know whether to call Dr. Tarbell a Magician or not. He doesn't seem to use trickery. The things he does may not be according to natural law, but they certainly seem to happen in a natural manner."

A reputation like that is worth working for. I want you to work for it, remembering always that you are not a mere trickster but a REAL MAGICIAN performing miracles in a natural manner.

Cigarette Manipulation THE PUSH-IN VANISH


Cigarette is pushed into closed left hand. When hand is opened, cigarette is found to have vanished.

To Perform:

Hold cigarette as in Figure 1. Thumb and fingers of right hand grasp cigarette and bring it to closed left hand.

Push cigarette into left hand. Figure 2.

Bring hands apart. Open left hand and show cigarette in it.

Place cigarette against left fist again. Instead of pushing cigarette into hand, however, run first two fingers and thumb of right hand along cigarette toward left hand.

Figure 3.

Figure 7


Slide right fingers over left forefinger, Figure 4.

Place right thumb against cigarette. Draw right hand away from left, concealing cigarette as shown in Figure 5. If you do these movements properly, the illusion of pushing cigarette into closed left hand is perfect.

Now raise left hand, open it, and show that cigarette has vanished.

Figure 6 shows view toward audience.

Produce cigarette from left elbow. To do this, reach behind elbow, get cigarette into position at tips of right fingers, and bring cigarette out,

Figure 7


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