"Then he gives the wrapped stick to some spectator to hold. Will you sir, please hold this wand?"
Give wrapped wand to spectator. Have him hold the wand vertically with his right hand at the bottom wooden end and his left hand at the top wooden end. Figure 5.
"You feel the stick, do you not? Wood is pretty solid, and if you are feeling well at all — which you seem to be -- it isn't difficult to detect. Perhaps you had better just stand up so that all of the audience can see."
Have gentleman arise and hold wand in same position so that all can see.
"Suddenly the Hindu reaches over and grasps the paper."
Suit the action to the word. Reach over and take wrapped wand from gentleman.
"He says, 'Hi-Hi,' and tears it into pieces."
Tear paper through the middle. Then place the two halves together and tear them through again. Crumple up the paper into a ball and throw it aside or drop it on the table.
The tearing of the wand is not difficult. The wooden ends are small and are not noticed when the paper is crumpled up. Be careful that no one gets hold of the paper to examine it. Always destroy your evidence as soon as possible.
"The gentleman here wants to know what became of the stick. I shall explain it. Do you remember when I said, 'Hi - Hi'? That was the signal for the stick to jump."
Reach in and take regular wand from inside right coat pocket with left hand. Flourish the wand around and show it to audience. Figure 6.
"And here it is in my inside pocket."
The principle of the vanishing and reproduction of a wand permits of many variations.
For quick action the performer wraps wand in paper after showing it to be solid and tears it up immediately without giving it to an assistant to hold.
Another interesting way to produce a wand is to get an opaque flower vase and place it on the table. Make a little slit in one end of the wand into which insert the end of a piece of thread. Knot the free end of thread so that it will not pull out. Figure 7.
Drop wand, prepared end downward, into the vase. Vase should be high enough to cover wand when it is inside. Now run thread over to back of table and tie to a tack or staple, as you did in rising card experiments. Figure
Pick up vase in left hand and bring it forward. The tightening of the thread will cause the wand to rise up out of the vase. Grasp wand with right hand before it topples over. It will pull away from thread easily. Figure 9.
If an assistant is available, run the free end of the thread out to him in the wings offstage. You need not touch the vase, then, but have him cause the wand to arise by pulling the thread.
KING SOLOMON'S MARRIAGE BANDS
This is a modification for practical use of the old Afghan Bands. It is an age-old principle brought up to date.
There is a touch of comedy in this effect and because of its nature, it is adapted to mixed audiences made up of a group of young people of the marriageable age.
Performer shows a band of bright red cloth. He tears it in two, thus forming two separate rings. One of these rings is torn in two parts and instead of forming two rings, the two bands are found to be linked together. The other half of the original band is torn in half and the surprising result is one large band instead of two separate bands.
1 -- A strip of bright red percale --one yard long and four inches wide.
SECRET AND PATTER: To Prepare:
Get a yard of percale and make up a few of these bands. Percale comes in yard width. One yard will make nine bands. The material tears crosswise very easily and you will find no difficulty in tearing it into four-inch bands.
Take one four-inch band. With a pair of sharp scissors cut a slit two and a half inches long in one end and one inch long in the other. Figure 1.
Bring the two ends of the band together. Take lower left-hand end of strip and give it a half twist. Sew it to upper left-hand strip with white thread. By doing this, you bring the inside of the cloth at one end against the outside of the cloth at the other end. Figure 2.
Take the lower right-hand end and give it a whole twist. Sew this end to the upper right-hand end with black thread. This whole twist brings the outside of the cloth right back again to outside of the upper end. Figure 3.
Through each of the two sewed sections of the band cut a slit about two and a half inches long. Figure 4.
Fold up the band with faked ends inside. Have ready on table.
Pick up folded band from table and hold it in left hand.
"It is said that King Solomon was a very wise man -so wise that he was able to keep peace among one thousand wives. Men in this day and age wonder how in the world he did it. I have discovered the secret — not from King Solomon himself for I never knew the gentleman personally — but in a roundabout way from a friend whose great great grandfather's great great grandfather's great great grandfather was personal magician to the King and thus he got the inside information. It seems that the King knew how to pick em.
Before he married each time of the thousand
times, he brought out his magic marriage band.
Unfold the band, taking care to keep the prepared side at the back and away from the audience. Hold band over left hand as in Figure 5.
Figure 6 shows front view. Band appears to be ordinary to the audience.
"This is one of them — a strip of red cloth made in the shape of a circle. He would tear the circle apart."
Grasp band through large slit in middle, one hand holding each side of the band. Pull sideways in opposite directions, tearing the band until it is torn through into two separate bands. Figure 7.
Hold one band in each hand with prepared joining covered by palms of hands. Figure 8.
"And when it tore into two separate rings, he knew that the young lady before him was not in harmony with him and that their lives were too far apart."
Let the ring that is sewed with white thread hang over your left arm and take the ring that is sewed with black thread in your right hand.
"Perhaps the band, however, when it was torn formed two bands, one linked in the other."
Insert fingers of both hands into slit in this band and pull apart until band is torn all the way around. The result will be one band linked in another, caused by the half twist which you made in joining the band. Figure 9.
"This was better — while they moved in separate circles, they were linked together in other respects."
Drop linked bands on table. Take other band from left arm and put fingers in slit in readiness for tearing.
"Then came the real test."
Tear band all the way around. The result will be one large band instead of the two that one would expect; caused by the whole twist which you made when joining this band. Figure 10.
"He tore the band again and it became one large band. He knew then that the young lady and he were in harmony and were joined together as one. So they were married and lived happily together ever after."
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