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-One Blue Silk.

Figure 19.

These three silks are sent you FREE. SECRET AND PATTER: To Prepare:

Roll up the blue silk and place it in your left back pocket.

Roll one of the red silks into a ball and tuck it into the upper inner corner of your left side trouser's pocket.

Figure 19.

Figure 21.

You can turn your pocket inside out without exposing the concealed silk.

Figure 20.

This same principle of hiding an object in the pocket and being able to show pocket empty has been explained to you before in the effect THE CARDS UP THE SLEEVE, Lesson 12, Principle of POCKET CONCEALMENT, Figures 23 and 24.

To Perform:

Have spectator come up from audience. Have him stand at your right.

Bring forth a red silk.

"I am going to ask you, sir, to act as a committee of one to be chief inspector for the audience for this experiment. Do you accept the nomination? Then all is well. This silk handkerchief has very peculiar properties. It acts up in such a way that people imagine I have many kinds of trick pockets with which to fool them. Now you know I wouldn't fool anyone intentionally for the world so I am going to ask you to reach inside my pocket and see that it is just a pocket such as is usually built into trousers."

Have spectator reach into right pocket and feel carefully around to make sure there are no trick devices in it.

"You are satisfied that all is well--that there are no tunnels or subways in it? So that the audience may also join the little game, I will just turn both my pockets wrong side out."

Place silk in right coat pocket. Now turn both pockets inside out. Pull them out far and show both sides. Be careful when pulling left one out not to pull it so far as to expose the silk, but there isn't much danger if silk is properly tucked in corner.

Figure 21.

"Watch my hands and watch my pockets."

Show hands, both sides, with fingers wide apart. Tuck both pockets back into place. As left pocket goes back into place, reach up with left thumb and pull down the concealed red silk. Push it quickly down into pocket. Anyone reaching into pocket now can readily find silk.

Now take the other red silk from coat pocket and hold it up by corner so that audience can see you have only one silk.

"Just to look at this square of red silk, one would hardly think that it possesses the odd powers which it does. For instance, I place it in my pocket over here on my right side."

Bunch handkerchief up and place into right pocket with right hand. Hold it with thumb and finger-tips and push it into upper inner corner with thumb. Let other fingers come down into pocket so that audience can see movement way down in pocket as if you were pushing silk well down in pocket.

Figure 22.

Remove right hand and show both sides, fingers wide apart.

"But will 11 stay there? No."

Reach in and turn pocket inside out, leaving it out. "It walks over into my left pocket."

Show left hand, both sides, fingers wide apart. Reach in and remove handkerchief. Turn left pocket wrong side out and show silk freely.

Turn both pockets in again. As right one goes in, push right thumb into upper corner and bring silk down into pocket as before.

"Now watch. I shall place it back in my left pocket."

Place red silk in left hand back in left pocket as you did the silk in right pocket. Tuck it into upper inner corner with thumb and move fingers about lower down in pocket. Remove hand and show it empty.

"But just because I placed it there, it will not stay."

Turn left pocket wrong side out and show that silk has gone.

"Now, sir, will you please reach into my right pocket and remove the little wanderer?"

Spectator assisting reaches into pocket and withdraws the silk. Turn pocket inside out. Now push both pockets in again, and as you do so, pull silk in left pocket down lower in pocket.

"I wonder whether you understand this, sir? Suppose we try this experiment again. I just place the silk into my right pocket."

Go through movements again of placing silk in pocket. After it is concealed in upper corner, withdraw hand.

"You are convinced that I placed the silk into my pocket. Now watch." Turn right pocket out and show empty. "Please reach into my left pocket yourself."

Turn so that he can readily reach into pocket and remove silk. Then turn left pocket out.

"See, you place the silk in one pocket, and it bobs up in the other." NOTE:

In all this pocket work, be sure that your coat is held back so that audience can readily see that silk really goes in and out of trousers' pockets. You must make the experiment convincing.

"Now, I shall ask you, sir, to tie a knot in the silk—one in the middle of the handkerchief."

Assistant ties knot in handkerchief. Take it from him and hold it in your left hand so that audience can see knot. Turn right pocket in, pulling silk in upper corner down into lower part of pocket.

"You have tied a knot in the silk. Again I place it into my pocket."

Place silk in right pocket, pushing it into upper corner as before. Remove hand.

"Do you believe in spirits? No? Then please reach into my pocket when I say THREE and remove the silk."

Turn right side to audience and hold coat back with right hand. "One-two-three."

Spectator reaches into pocket and brings out silk, which is untied, from lower part of pocket.

As assistant reaches for pocket and attention of audience is MISDIRECTED to him, reach into your left back pocket with left hand and remove the blue silk from it. Push into left pocket, tucking it into upper inner corner. Remove left hand. Your left pocket has been turned out so that even if some mem-

bers of audience see you put your hand in your pocket, they will interpret it as merely a move to push your left pocket in again.

"It will not stay tied, you see. It has freed itself from all entanglements." Turn both pockets out again and show empty. "A peculiar silk, you must admit." Turn right pocket in.

"Now I shall ask you to stand at my left for a moment as it will be a bit handier for you."

Place assistant at your left.

"Watch me again. Here are my hands and here my pocket."

Show hands freely. Then tuck left pocket back into place, bringing blue silk down into lower part of pocket from the corner. Remove hand.

"Again I take the little fellow--this little red silk—and place him in my pocket."

Crush the handkerchief up and place in left pocket. Push up into corner, but call attention to movement of fingers in lower part.

"I shall ask you to blow in the direction of my pocket twice."

Blow once to show him how. Then he blows twice.

"You saw the red silk go in—now take it out."

Turn left pocket well toward him so that audience can see. He reaches into pocket and removes the blue silk. THIS IS A GOOD CLIMAX.

Turn left pocket out again to show empty, then replace it. Look at spectator and say:

"You BLUE (blew) the handkerchief, all right." NOTE:

If you should happen to use a green silk instead of a blue one, say "That's his Irish coming out. He thought you were blowing an Irish tune."

Take handkerchief from spectator.

"Which, after all, goes to show that the silk worm may not know what he spinneth."

NOTE:

Two gentlemen can assist you, if desired, instead of one. Have one at your left and other at right.

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