Stack 12 thimbles inside of each other, Figure 117.
Hold stacked thimbles inside of hat with left hand, In order to heighten effect of thimbles falling into hat, place a saucer or small plate in bottom of hat and when thimbles drop they will make a good sound,
A little ingenuity on your part can build up for you an interesting routine with thimbles. Vary it with Front and Back Hand Palming, Throwing thimble into air and catching in hat, Throwing thimble through bottom of hat, etc,
Refer back to THE MISER'S DREAM and use it as a basis for working up a thimble routine,
Here is a suggested routine:
Start with 12 thimbles stacked and held inside of hat in left hand,
1 - Pretend to catch something from the air and to throw it into hat, At the right moment drop one thimble from the stack in left hand, Reach in with right and get thimble on forefinger, Thumb Palm it in right hand and cause it to vanish by a slight upward throwing movement,
2 - Produce this thimble from under left elbow, Pretend to throw it into hat, Thumb Palming it again, Drop thimble from left hand into hat, You now have one thimble in hat,
3 - Produce thimble from left knee. Pretend to drop in hat, Drop second thimble into hat from left hand,
4 - Produce from air, Get thimble on right forefinger from Thumb Palm position,
Now turn left side to audience. Pretend to throw thimble into air—in reality, Back Palm it, Show both sides of hand empty, Then suddenly produce thimble at second finger-tip,
Turn right side to audience, Pretend to push thimble through bottom of hat, Have palm of hand to audience, Bring hand down about a foot, then up to hat, and in a flash Back Palm thimble, At proper time, drop thimble from left hand into hat, This is the third thimble in hat,
5 - Produce thimble from left elbow. Have palm of hand to audience, fingers screened behind left elbow. Bring thimble back on to second finger-tip. Then bring hand out and show to audience. Pretend to drop into hat. Release fourth thimble from left hand.
6 - Produce from ear. Pretend to place thimble in mouth. Place tongue in left cheek to give appearance of thimble inside. Pretend to blow thimble into hat. Thimble is, of course, Thumb Palmed in right hand, and you drop a fifth thimble into hat from left hand.
7 - Catch thimble from the air, producing it on right forefinger. Pretend to throw it high into air. Reach out with hat, supposedly catching it. Release sixth thimble from left hand.
8 - Catch thimble from air again. Pretend to throw into hat. Drop seventh thimble from left hand.
9 - Place right hand at nose. Pretend to blow thimble into hat held underneath. This time allow thimble to fall from right hand into hat. Reach into hat and remove one thimble on right forefinger. Look at it, then pretend to throw it back into hat. In reality, Thumb Palm it, and drop eighth thimble into hat from left hand.
10 - Produce thimble from under side of hat. Pretend to drop into hat. Release ninth thimble from left hand.
11 - Produce from under hat again and supposedly throw into hat. Drop tenth thimble into hat from left hand. You now have one thimble in right hand and one remaining in left.
12 - Produce thimble from behind right knee and pretend to throw it into hat. Drop eleventh and last thimble from left hand.
13 - Reach up as high as you can, standing on your tiptoes and pretend to catch a thimble from the air on right forefinger. Outstretched body gives good effect. Drop twelfth thimble into hat from right hand.
14 - Remove saucer from hat with thimbles on it. Pour thimbles back into hat or into glass on table to show them to audience.
Thimble catching may be elaborated by having holders with thimbles placed at various parts of body. You may place them in this way—one in vest pocket; one in holder under front edge of vest between second and third button-holes; one under right lower edge of vest; one under left lower edge of vest; one in holder under right coat lapel; one in holder under bottom edge of left trouser's leg.
Make your performance of Thimble Productions SNAPPY and put a lot of PEP into the effects.
SOME INTERESTING THIMBLE VANISHES:
Thumb Tip Vanish:
The method is the same as the one used in vanishing a cigarette in a Thumb Tip. See Lesson 2. The bare hand vanish for the thimble is good.
Figure 120 shows how thimble fits into Thumb Tip. Phantom Thimble Vanish:
Take a thimble to fit closely on first finger of right hand. Cut it in half lengthwise. It is well to paint the edges flesh color. Place half thimble on back of right forefinger. Figure 121 shows how it fits finger. When front of hand is shown, thimble is not visible.
Cover back of right hand with palm of left and turn both hands over so that backs of both face audience.
Uncover right hand and expose thimble which has suddenly appeared on right forefinger.
Keep back of right hand well to audience and half of thimble looks like a whole one.
To vanish again, merely repeat motions used in making thimble appear. Cover right hand with left and turn both over to show thimble gone.
You may remove half thimble from pocket and put on back of right forefinger in full view of audience. Then vanish it and make it appear as taught you above. After the last production, just remove it from finger and place in pocket. Audience will not suspect that it is not an ordinary thimble.
Another Phantom Thimble Vanish. Hold a handkerchief over left hand and make a well in it, as you did in Lesson 2 for vanishing a cigarette by the Thumb Tip method.
Show thimble on back of right forefinger and place it in well of handkerchief. Turn left side to audience. Remove right forefinger with front of it facing audience. It appears that you placed the thimble in the handkerchief. Grasp handkerchief with right hand, being careful not to expose half thimble, and draw slowly from left hand. Thimble has vanished. Leave half thimble in pocket as you place handkerchief there.
Small Paper Bag Vanish:
A pretty little effect. Four thimbles are shown in a small cardboard box. They are removed one at a time and placed in a small opaque paper bag, about 3 inches high, 2 inches wide, and 1 inch across. Paper bag is then torn into bits, and thimbles are produced one at a time from various places on the body.
To Perform: Place four thimbles in a small cardboard box and show them freely. Place on table at your right. Pick up small paper bag and open it, holding it in left hand. Turn left side to audience. Get half thimble on back of right forefinger from right trouser's pocket.
Reach into box on table, showing front of right forefinger to audience. Dip into box and then draw finger out with back turned to audience. You have apparently taken a thimble from box, but, in reality, you just turned your finger around to show half thimble. Figure 125. Place right forefinger in bag, apparently leaving thimble there. Withdraw finger with front to audience and half thimble on back concealed.
Continue this until you have apparently removed all four thimbles from box and have placed them in the bag.
Turn left side to audience. Reach into coat pocket with right hand for a rubber band and leave half thimble there. Twist top of paper bag and place rubber band around it.
Now suddenly tear up bag into small pieces and let pieces flutter to floor. Thimbles seem to have vanished from the bag. To produce them, merely have four thimbles placed in various parts of your clothing. Produce them one at a time and drop them all into the cardboard box as if replacing them.
Phantom Thimble may be arranged on front of finger and productions and vanishes worked accordingly—producing thimble by showing front of finger and vanishing by showing back.
The Phantom Thimble may be used in many interesting effects. Place four half thimbles on backs or fronts of the four fingers of right hand. Cover them for a moment with left hand, turn hand to make them vanish. Then cover again and turn to produce them. Study your ANGLES OF VISIBILITY carefully in this effect.
TARBELL SYSTEM, INCORPORATED, Chicago. (27-29)
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