Both hands are shown empty, and yet a cigarette is concealed in them.
Hold cigarette in crotch of left thumb. Left side of body is toward audience and back of left hand is exposed. Palm of right hand is shown freely. Bring right hand down to left and with crotch of right thumb grasp end of cigarette.
Figures 56 and 57
Begin to swing hands to left as you turn body to left. As hands come directly in front of you, keep finger-tips together to conceal cigarette.
Continue turning to left so that hands come into position shown in Figure 59.
Holding cigarette in right hand, show palm of left hand freely.
The Change-Over works from crotch of one thumb to crotch of the other. This may be continued from side to side several times if desired. It may be done from left to right or right to left.
A variation of the Change-Over is performed by gripping end of cigarette between first and second fingers instead of in crotch of thumb.
THE BURNING CIGARETTE AND SILK HANDKERCHIEF EFFECT:
After showing both hands empty, performer places a lighted cigarette into his left hand, closes his hand and suddenly reopens it. The cigarette has been transformed into a silk handkerchief.
2 -- A silk handkerchief, about 13 inches square. MODUS OPERANDI (Method of Working):
Wrap handkerchief around Thumb Tip. Tuck the free end well in so that handkerchief is secure. Do not have handkerchief too tight for it must be released easily when the time comes.
Have prepared Tip in one of your right pockets. To Perform:
Secretly get Tip on right thumb.
Hold palm of left exposed to audience and back of right hand to audience. Bring your hands together.
Place right fingers in front of left hand and thumb behind.
Raise right fingers, still keeping thumb behind left hand. This exposes palms of both hands to audience.
Bring right fingers down again, then pull right hand away from left, and show backs of both hands to audience.
As you show back of left hand, bring right hand over to it and get Thumb Tip into left palm. Close left hand around Tip and handkerchief.
Take a lighted cigarette from a spectator or one of your own, break it in half, and show it freely. Place it in closed left hand, getting it into Tip.
Push right thumb into Tip. Free Tip from handkerchief and bring it out with thumb pointed directly at audience to conceal it. Show palm of right hand empty, then back of hand.
Open left hand gracefully, exposing the silk in it. With movements of left fingers open up the silk and then hold it between your hands to show it to audience.
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