This effect is a favorite of Cardini. It is an interesting effect as silk is apparently rolled in the hands into a ball. It works nicely with a 13-inch silk and a 1 3/4-inch hollow billiard ball.
Have billiard ball palmed in left hand, keeping back of hand toward audience. Place silk over left hand and with right forefinger tuck center of silk into opening in ball. To audience it appears that you are merely tucking silk into left hand.
Place palm of right hand over silk and ball. Roll right hand around and around, pushing against silk and opening of ball. This motion works the silk into the ball.
In doing this, turn your right side to audience so that your hands are held out at your left side. Do not get hands too far back, however, or people sitting at right side of audience will not see them.
Figure 30 shows hands as audience sees them.
When last end of silk is almost in, reverse ball and tuck end in with left forefinger.
Then hold ball in left hand as in Figure 27, showing it to audience. Casually show right hand empty.
THE ELUSIVE RAINBOW (Bert Douglas)
This is a novel and humorous version of one of the most popular of handkerchief effects, the Twentieth Century Silks, in which a silk flag appears between a red and blue silk handkerchief that have been knotted together and placed in a glass. This new version is one of the best that has appeared to date.
Performer displays two silks, one a medium blue and the other green. He ties them together at the corners and placing the knot in his mouth, allows them to hang down in full view. He next takes a rainbow-tinted silk from his pocket and pushes it into his left hand. This silk is vanished by bringing his left hand down smartly on top of his head. Now a corner of the blue silk is grasped in the right hand and a corner of the green in the left hand and the silks are drawn slowly from the mouth. Great is the surprise of the audience to see the rainbow silk which had disappeared, tied securely between the blue and green silks. Magician now holds the silks in his left hand and as he strokes them with the right, a billiard ball suddenly appears in his right hand. Ball is placed in left hand and hand is again struck on top of head. Ball disappears, performer opens his mouth, and the ball is taken out.
A light green silk.
Two rainbow silks—exactly alike.
For a pretty effect, silks should be 15 to 17 inches square.
2 -- Two hollow wooden billiard balls, such as used in preceding experiment. See Figure 25. The best size to use for this experiment is an inch and a half so that it can be slipped into the mouth easily.
We can supply you with the paraphernalia for this effect --consisting of four large beautiful silks and two hollow billiard balls. See Price List.
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