"It has separated the battling household."
This experiment may be worked up with various stories for the patter.
Another angle of the patter presentation is to tell the story of the hero of true blue, using a double blue handkerchief, and the hero-een of blushing red, using a red handkerchief. Then comes the double-dyed villain for which you use a silk of many colors with one blue corner extending out of double blue silk. The hero and hero-een get married and knotted together. Then the villain says, "I shall get between them yet." Jerk out the silks from the glass, after vanishing a duplicate handkerchief for the villain, and show that the villain has come between them.
Here is another comedy version. After placing the two knotted handkerchiefs together in glass, show half a dozen small silks of various colors. Say, "Ah, where are we? We are in heaven. And who are these? Little children looking for a home—Rose, Mike, Jim, Pete, Sally, and Ambrose. Shall we send them down to earth? No sooner said, than done."
Vanish the small silks (duplicates of silks placed inside of double blue handkerchief). Jerk silks out of glass and show that the small silks have appeared between the two large ones which audience saw you place therein.
This experiment is fine for use in silent Oriental acts. The silks can be large with Chinese patterns on them. A large silk with some prominent figure on it can be vanished and then made to appear between the other two silks.
Some time ago, Odin, a French Magician, made a great impression by using silks with wide borders. You can work up a good effect by using bright-colored silks, all with white or the same colored borders.
TARBELL'S COLOR CHANGING HANDKERCHIEF
I brought out this color-changing handkerchief in my early teens, and since then it has been a standard effect in the magician's repertoire. It is self-contained and is easy to work so that it readily f W.i ^ became popular. It has been sold by Magic dealers the world over.
Performer shows a red handkerchief. He passes his hand over it and it immediately changes to a blue one. Again he passes his hand over it, and it becomes red once more.
PARAPHERNALIA: To Construct:
Place a red silk on a blue silk and sew a small metal ring to the top corners of each. Size of ring will vary with size of handkerchiefs. It should be large enough to pass over the silks easily, and yet as small as possible so as not to attract attention. For the usual size of silks, a ring three-fourths of an inch in diameter is suitable.
A little above center of handkerchiefs sew about a two-inch line of thread, fastening the two silks together.
Now take lower corner of top handkerchief and pull it up through ring a little. Be sure to get sewing in proper place so that when handkerchief is folded upward in this way, the corner will extend from ring and can be easily grasped through the ring.
With red silk folded upward as above, fold blue silk over it lengthwise. Sew the two edges of the blue silk together almost the whole length. This prevents the red handkerchief from being exposed. Place the seam far enough out so that red silk will not bulge out too much but will lie flat.
Grasp tip of red silk and pull down ring, exposing red silk and concealing blue. Make seam in red silk also, to prevent blue silk from being exposed.
We can supply color changing handkerchief in pocket size handkerchiefs, finely made.
Show blue handkerchief freely to audience. Grasp tip of red handkerchief in ring with left hand and pull down ring over silk with right hand.
Your right hand conceals the method of changing the silk, and to the audience it appears that the blue handkerchief becomes red as you pass your hand over it.
When change is made, shake silk a little in right hand.
You may use this color-changing silk for a single color change, or turn the silk and restore it to its original color.
This device was originally designed for a color change of a silk tied between two others. Instead of a ring, a pliable wire was used which could be bent closed or open at will. The change was most effective.
I have used this device in connection with the Twentieth Century Silks. I would vanish a red handkerchief and have a blue or green one appear between the silks when they were taken from the glass. Apparently the trick had gone wrong, but I caused them to right themselves by passing my hand over the middle silk and changing its color to red.
The silks used for this device should be opaque so that the inner silk cannot be seen through the outer one. Colored silk pocket handkerchiefs work nicely. You can start by removing a red handkerchief from your upper left coat pocket, saying that red is rather a bright color for a pocket handkerchief. Change the silk to blue and replace it in your pocket.
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