Leg Tie And Release With Handkerchief

This effect requires the use of a large silk. It always goes over with good results.


Performer twists handkerchief twice around his leg, above the knee. While securely holding both ends in one hand, he jerks handkerchief and it suddenly frees itself from his leg.


Hold handkerchief in front of left leg above the knee (represented by black circle). Silk is rolled into a rope.

Figure 29.

Bring handkerchief against leg and twist it around leg. Bring ends forward toward audience again. Figure 30 shows actual twisting of handkerchief around leg and a diagram of the looping of the handkerchief.

Pull ends of silk to show that it is secure around leg. Take silk from around leg and hold again in position shown in Figure 29.

Now you pretend to twist the silk around leg in same manner, but in reality you employ a magical principle in twisting it around.

Bring hands with ends A and B to rear of left leg. Place right thumb against B and right forefinger in front of A.

Figure 31.

Hook right forefinger around A, pulling it to right under B. Right thumb pushes B to the left. Grasp B with left thumb and forefinger.

Figure 32.

Figure 33.

With left thumb and forefinger, push B around under A and pull it through a little way to right with right thumb and forefinger. To do this, of course, you release B from left hand and release A from right.

Figure 33.

Bring ends A and B out in front of leg again. Figure 34.

Take both ends of silk in right hand. To audience it appears that you twisted the silk completely around leg as you did before.

Figure 35.

Figure 36 is a diagram of the looping of the silk at the back of the leg away from the audience.

Figure 37 shows how this same principle may be applied to the use of a rope around the leg instead of a silk.

Figure 38 shows performer as he looks to audience with silk apparently twisted completely around his leg.

Jerk silk with right hand and it releases itself from leg. It remains suspended in a loop from right hand.

"Now, you

Figure 39.

After silk is released, look at audience and say, know that isn't so."

This release may be performed with an ordinary pocket handkerchief around a spectator's wrist. Be sure to make fake loops in the handkerchief under the wrist so that they are not visible to spectator or any other members of audience.

A neat effect produced by G. W. Hunter, a clever magician of England.


Performer holds a handkerchief in his hands. He brings his hands together and then apart again, and a bow knot is found tied in the handkerchief. To make the knot doubly strong, he inserts the ends of the handkerchief through each of the bows. At command, the handkerchief unties itself.


A rather long and narrow piece of silk lends itself best to this experiment. A fairly large silk handkerchief, twisted rope fashion, or even a piece of clothesline may also be used, however.

Hold handkerchief in both hands as in Figure 40.

Turn palm of right hand toward body and bring hands together.

Figure 41.

Extend first and second fingers of right hand in back of left hand.

Figure 42.

Grasp upper end of silk between first and second fingers of right hand. Extend same fingers of left hand and grasp lower end of silk between them.

Figure 43.

Pull hands apart and the silk is looped into a bow knot. This must be done quickly so that it appears that you merely put your hands together and the bow knot appeared.

Figure 44.

Insert an end into each bow. Be careful how you do this. Bring the ends up and back of the bows, through them and toward you.

Figure 45.

Hold ends as in Figure 46. Bow is in center of handkerchief.

Then pull ends apart and handkerchief unties itself.


Figures 49 and 50.

Figures 47 and 48 are diagrams of the bow knot effect in the first and second stages. Clothesline was used. Study it carefully and practice it so that you have no difficulty in performing it quickly. Once you learn just which way to put the ends through the bows, you will never have any trouble in performing the effect.

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