Lesson 6

In this lesson we study cut and restored cord effects. I give you THREE good methods for this part of Magic. I could give you just one way of getting these effects, but let me say again, I want you to be prepared for emergencies so that when it is not convenient to use one method, you may use another. Remember that what I am training you in is the foundation of magic—the underlying principles. From these principles I hope that some day you will build original combinations and make a name for yourself through your Individuality. First, however, you must be well grounded. I cannot teach you your individuality--that you must develop for yourself—but I do want to give you tools to work with.


Harry Kellar was a great magician. He ranked among the world's best. A masterpiece in his hands was a cut and restored cord trick that baffled even magicians. Kellar died some time ago, but his cord effect lives on. I give it to you here.


A piece of wrapping cord about 30 inches long is shown and cut in half by a member of the audience. Performer holds the two pieces far apart to show that the cord has been actually cut into two pieces. Magician then takes two ends, ties them together, and in a moment the cord is restored into one piece again.


1-- A piece of ordinary tightly wound wrapping cord, a sample of which we sent you with your box of apparatus. This cord may be purchased at any hardware or department store.

2--A piece of magician's wax, a box of which we have also sent you.

3--A pair of sharp scissors. I usually carry a pair of blunt end scissors in my pocket.


To Prepare:

Take the piece of cord. With a sharp knife or scissors taper the ends of the cord off into a point. Now take a little of the wax out of the box with your finger nail, and wax ends well. To see whether you have done this properly, take the two ends and hold them together. Roll them and press them until they stick together and string looks like one piece. If this has been done right, the keenest eye at a short distance away cannot see where the joining was made. Pull ends apart, smooth them down to a perfect taper on each one, and you are ready to perform.

Like many other GOOD effects, this one has a SIMPLE modus operandi.

Show cord freely. Take scissors and hand them to a spectator.

"For this experiment I want to show you a masterpiece formerly performed by a great magician—Harry Kellar. Kellar, as you no doubt all know, was one of the greatest magicians of his time. Some people say that Kellar got the idea for this experiment when he saw a Hindu magician, sitting in the street somewhere in India and performing to a crowd of tourists, do mysterious and bewildering things with a piece of string. But however that was, I have been very lucky to obtain Kellar's great effect and now take pleasure in showing it to you."

Hold cord up between your hands.

"Kellar used just an ordinary piece of wrapping cord such as I have here. Sometimes he would just cut a piece of cord from a package at hand. Now, sir, will you please take the scissors and cut this cord through the middle?"

Spectator cuts cord in half. Bring your hands farther apart to show that cord was cut.

"You are quite certain, sir, that you cut the cord in two and that it is now in two pieces?"

Turn to audience, and as you do so, reverse cords so that waxed ends, which have before been hanging down, are now at the top.

"And you are also quite certain, are you, that the cord has been cut in two? All right then, watch."

Bring the two waxed ends together, overlap them, and hold both ends between thumb and first and second fingers of left hand.

Press waxed ends together and roll them a little between fingers and thumb of left hand so as to make the joining the same diameter as the rest of the cord.

While doing this, to help distract attention from the left hand, take End A of cord, loop it through near middle of cord.

Pull End A through and tie a single loop knot in cord.

"Kellar would take an end of the cord, bring it up and pass it under and through this way to make a loop. Then he would take the end and push it through the loop again with the result that the knot became untied."

Take End A with right hand and push it back through the loop. This, of course, unties the knot.

"This movement, of course, caused the cord to come back again into one piece."

Drop cord from left hand and let it hang from right hand. Show palms freely as well as restored cord. It looks as though the cord were actually restored if the joining has been done properly, and it will fool the closest watchers.

"And there it is just as good as new and ready to tie a package with again."

Roll cord up loosely and place in pocket. Sometimes I have a duplicate cord in my pocket. As I put my hand in my pocket to leave cord, I exchange cords. Then I bring out the new cord to start a new trick with, such as the ring off the string, etc. The audience thinks I use the same cord which I had just restored. Or sometimes I take the whole cord out of my pocket later and toss it carelessly away, where some inquisitive one is sure to find it later. When he finds an ordinary piece of cord undamaged in any way, he is thoroughly puzzled.


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