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perform it according to our custom, I never tell

what

I am going to do. The Chinaman, however, takes special pains to tell you just what is going to happen. He wants you to be sure that you know it

will

happen and then he convinces you that it has really happened. Now then, what I intend to do is to cause the torn pieces of card to fly suddenly from the gentleman's fingers here and jump over into the orange which the gentleman here is holding."

happen and then he convinces you that it has really happened. Now then, what I intend to do is to cause the torn pieces of card to fly suddenly from the gentleman's fingers here and jump over into the orange which the gentleman here is holding."

Hold knife in left hand. Grasp a corner of the handkerchief which the spectator is holding. Turn to man holding the orange and say: Figure 19.

"You are holding the orange tightly, are you, sir? (To other spectator.) And you still have the torn pieces in your fingers? All right. (To audience.) Keep one eye on the orange, one eye on the torn pieces, and one eye on me."

Jerk handkerchief quickly from spectator's hand. Then open handkerchief and run fingers along one edge so that you can hold it up and show it empty. Turn it quickly and show other side, then take handkerchief by a corner and let it drop again. If you can get fake corner easily into one of your hands while showing handkerchief, so much the better. If you cannot, however, make your moves quickly and the audience will not detect it. Figure 20. Or you can place handkerchief aside immediately after jerking it from spectator's hands.

"Gone. Away they go."

Turn to left and with left hand gesture toward audience.

Place handkerchief in pocket or lay it aside on table.

"Now, if you will let me have the orange please."

Take orange in left hand and hold it so that audience can see it. Revolve it to show all sides and prove that it is just an ordinary orange. Figure 21.

While doing this and while performing the rest of the experiment, hold your hands so that audience can see at all times that you have nothing concealed. They will be looking for a concealed card in your hands which they expect you to get into the orange somehow.

You must convince them by your actions, not words, that you have no card concealed in your hands.

You are now working up to your CLIMAX and you must SELL your effect to the limit. You are a magical salesman and you are about to sell the idea that the selected card really got into the orange by magical means.

If you are playing in vaudeville or performing where music is available, this is the cue for the orchestra to play. I shall discuss the use of music in snapping up climaxes in detail later in the course.

With orange held in left hand, pip upwards, and knife in right hand, cut orange around the middle into two pieces. Figure 22.

When orange is completely cut through, place knife down without taking your eyes off the orange. Carefully lift up top half of the orange so that it frees itself from the card and leaves card in lower half. Figure 23.

Focus your attention on the cut orange and card. Hold your audience tense and full of expectancy. You are about to expose the card and this is the great climax of your effect.

Lay upper half of orange on table, keeping your eyes on the card all the time. Remove card from lower half of orange with right hand. Place second half on table with left. KEEP CARD ALWAYS IN AUDIENCE'S SIGHT AND DO NOT TAKE YOUR EYES OFF IT, until orange is on table. Then look at audience.

Unroll card and flatten it out. Figure 24.

"THE QUEEN OF HEARTS. Fully restored by the orange juice -- that is, except for this corner, which the lady here is holding."

Walk up to spectator holding corner of card.

"Will you, madam, please take this card, place the corner against it, and see whether it fits?"

The lady does this, and, of course, the corner fits.

Then take the card and corner yourself. Hold them up fitted together so that everyone in audience can see them. Figure 25.

Look at audience.

"They fit perfectly."

Bow slightly, and you will get your applause.

"Strange people, these Chinese."

NOTE:

After performance is over, be sure to get rid of upper part of orange so that no one can examine it. Or you may destroy the evidence at the time of performing by breaking the orange into two or three pieces.

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