The Dyeing Handkerchiefs

Figure 70.

This course would hardly seem complete unless I taught you this favorite magical effect of dyeing handkerchiefs in a paper tube.


Performer shows a sheet of paper and makes a tube from it. He pushes a white silk through tube to show that it is empty. Again he pushes the white silk through the tube, and it comes out of the other end dyed pink. Stating that the dyeing process is a little too weak, he puts the pink silk through the tube and brings it out of the other end a bright red. Magician then picks up two more white silks, which he puts through the tube, one at a time. The first comes out green and the second one blue. The tube is then unrolled and shown empty.


1—Eight silks, about 13 inches square.

Four white, one pink, one red, one green, one blue.

2—A sheet of opaque paper, about 8 1/2 x 12 inches.

3—A special metal Dye Tube.

This is a brass tube, 4 inches long x 1 1/4 inches in diameter. Inside of tube is a small cup which slides from end to end. Turned in edges of tube keep cup from pulling out of tube.

Figures 67 and 68.

We can supply you with tube at reasonable price.

When you receive your tube, cut out a round piece of thin felt a little larger than end of tube. Glue this to bottom of sliding cup in tube.

Figure 69.

When cup is pushed down into tube, edges of circle of felt ripple around inside of tube.

Figure 70.

The purpose of the felt is to keep silks from catching against edge of metal cup when it is pushed up. Tubes supplied by most dealers do not have the felt. You must add this yourself.

An emergency tube may be made this way: Make a small cardboard tube. Sew a piece of tape to the middle of each side. Loop of tape should reach from middle to near the end of the tube. This piece of tape can then be moved from end to end. The object of tape is to keep white handkerchiefs pushed in one end of tube from coming out of the other end.

Figure 71.

4--A Servante for catching tube.

In Magic, a Servante is some form of bag attached to a table or chair, into which small articles can be dropped to conceal them from audience. The Servante is, of course, hidden from view, too, behind a drape, a table cover, or chair back.

An inexpensive Servante for use in this effect may be made from a sheet of heavy wrapping paper, a piece of cardboard, and a piece of cloth.

Make a bottomless box of the cardboard as shown in Figure 72. Make the width two inches and the length three inches.

Sew a piece of cloth to the cardboard to form a bag at the bottom.

Figure 73.

Crease the sheet of wrapping paper diagonally across the middle. Glue back of cardboard box just below middle crease.

Figure 74.

This type of Servante will fold down flat for packing.

This Servante can be used on a card table without any drapes or table cover.


Tuck five of the silks into the tube next to the felt side of sliding cup. First, tuck in center of handkerchiefs, then the ends. Put silks in tube in this order: blue, green, red, pink, white.

Figure 75.

If using a card table, place the Servante at the rear edge with top half of paper on top of table and rest hanging down. Tack cardboard to table edge with thumb-tack. Place the loaded tube across the groove of the cardboard box with white silk end toward your left.

Figure 76.

To the audience it looks as though you merely placed a piece of paper on the table and that one end of it is hanging over. Two sheets of paper may be used. Sheets of newspaper may be used for attaching the Servante, also.

Place the sheet of 8 x 12 paper on table to extend over tube as shown in Figure 77.

At one side of paper, place the three white silks. To Perform:

Pick up sheet of paper and show both sides.

"Some time ago we had a lady visiting up from Paris. As you know, Paris has a reputation for its fashions. Though this lady's wardrobe trunk was small, it was amazing the number of dresses she apparently carried with her. One would seldom see her with the same color dress on twice in succession. One day, my curiosity got the best of me and I asked her about it. She told me that she really had only three dresses with her, but the great variety was secured through a peculiar process of dyeing her dresses various colors at a moment's notice. Let me demonstrate the process on a smaller scale. The dye works revolve around a piece of paper."

Show paper on both sides again, then hold it up in left hand directly in front of you. Reach under your coat with right hand as if you were getting something and pretend to place it back of the paper. Roll paper into tube.

Figure 78.

"She would roll the paper up into a tube—just an EMPTY tube of paper."

Audience murmurs that you placed something in the paper.

"Pardon me, but there seems to be a wave of suspicion going cm around here that the tube is not empty."

Unroll paper and show both sides.

"There you are. I wouldn't fool you for the world. Someone is just seeing things."

Replace paper on table as in Figure 77. Pick up the three white silks.

"These silks will each represent a dress. One—two-three."

Figure 82

Show each silk separately as you count them.

"Three nice white dresses. They are almost as large as some modern day dresses at that."

Pick up paper again, placing right thumb above paper and fingers below so that you can also lift up the loaded tube of silks under paper.

Figure 79.

How to Show Paper Both Sides and Conceal Tube:

With right hand bring paper and tube up to left hand. Place left fingers in front of paper and thumb behind into opening of tube.

Figure 80.

Release right hand from paper, allowing top edge of paper to fly up. Place thumb and index finger of right hand behind paper and grasp tube. Place the other three fingers in front of paper.

Figure 81.

Slide left hand to lower edge of paper with forefinger in back and thumb and other fingers in front. Right hand holds paper at upper edge, and thus you show one side of paper.

Figure 82

Raise lower part of paper upward between tube and upper edge. To do this, turn paper upward toward yourself and roll it up behind tube.

Figures 83 and 84.

Figure 85.

Now drop upper edge of paper from right hand. Grasp lower edge, which is now at top, as before, with tube behind paper held by thumb and forefinger and other fingers in front.

Figure 85.

Bring tube to bottom of paper in preparation for wrapping it in paper.

Figure 86.

With aid of left hand wrap tube in paper. To the audience it appears that you merely make a tube of the empty paper.

Figure 87.

Pick up one white silk from table with right hand as you hold paper tube in left. Push the white silk into cup end of metal tube and slide cup up a little way. Of course, the audience sees you do this.

Figure 8 8.

"The first stage is the cleaning stage. A dress is pushed into one end of the tube and is taken out of the other end."

Tap tube against right hand a little so that white silk at loaded end of tube will come out far enough for you to grasp it. Remove white silk with right hand and place on table.

Figure 89.

"A very simple process but important. Not only does the tube clean the dress, but the dress also cleans the tube."

Holding tube in left hand, push the second white silk into cup end of tube, thus pushing the pink silk at other end upward.

"Now, the dyeing process is similar to the cleaning process, except that the tube is held at a slightly different angle and the silk remains in the tube a little longer. The length of time varies with the particular color.

Tap tube against right hand again so that pink silk comes out at top and can be withdrawn with right hand. Show the silk freely.

"I didn't keep it in the tube long enough so that the dyeing is rather faint. Let us try again and keep it in a moment longer."

Push pink silk into bottom of tube, tap tube, and remove red silk from top.

"There, that's better. Milady now has a nice red dress. Or as I overhear someone remark—he read it in the paper."

Place red silk in center of table and pick up another white silk.

"This, likewise, goes into the paper."

Push white silk into bottom of tube and pick up last white silk.

"While we are dyeing for a living, we will add this one."

Push silks up with sliding cup so that both green and blue silks come out at top of tube but are still concealed by paper. Be sure paper tube is straight so dye tube can easily slide out at proper time. Tap tube against left hand and draw out green silk.

"For the benefit of my Irish friends, how is this?"

Remove green silk with left hand and place it toward rear of table. As you do so, let right hand with tube come to rear edge of paper just over the Servante. Allow dye tube to slip out of paper tube and down into Servante.

Figure 90.

Do this very quickly and raise paper tube immediately. Tap tube against left hand again and remove blue silk.

"This was left in the tube longer and that's why it assumes a darker color unless the wind blew (blue) it."

Place blue silk on table with the red and green ones. Unroll paper tube and show it empty on both sides.

"And so, dear ladies, you have an easy process of dyeing."


The Chair Method—

A Chair Servante is easy to make. Have a fancy drape over front of chair and pin up the back to form a bag in which to dispose of the dye tube. Place two thumb-tacks through cloth at top of chair to hold it in place.

Figure 91.

Figure 92.

As you remove colored silks from tube, lay them over back of chair. When time comes to dispose of dye tube, hold hand back of the chair and over Servante and drop tube quickly.

Figure 92.

If you use this type of Servante, a handy holder for the loaded tube before you use it is made of two curved pieces of metal, tacked to back of table or chair.

Figure 93.

Figure 94 shows loaded tube resting on holder.

Chinese Girl Assistant Method--

If using an assistant, you may have her dressed in Chinese costume with wide sleeves. Make a small Servante and pin it to her right sleeve. Have her enter from right and keep her right side toward audience so that she can keep Servante concealed.

Figure 95.

As you remove silks from tube, place them over assistant's outstretched right arm. At proper time, dispose of tube in Servante in assistant's sleeve. Have her arrange silks over Servante and exit with them.

Figure 96. An Easy Get-Away--

A simple ruse to use when you have an assistant is this: Have assistant bring her left hand up to bottom of paper tube when you are ready to dispose of dye tube and catch dye tube in palm of hand. Then assistant removes silks from right arm with left hand, concealing tube. This eliminates the use of a Servante.

The Pocket Method—

I have used this method on occasions when I had no chance to prepare a chair or table and had no assistant.

Tube is loaded and in right coat pocket. On top of it are the three white silks. Remove the silks and place them over your left forearm. Hold sheet of paper in left hand and turn left side to audience to show silks.

Figure 97.

Reach into right pocket with right hand and Finger Palm the dye tube. Keep back of hand to audience and turn to face audience again.

Figure 97.

Grasp paper between hands as in Figure 98, keeping tube concealed in right hand.

Bring left hand outward and down with upper edge of paper to show other side. You have now shown both sides of paper without exposing tube.

Figure 99.

Bring hands back to former position again. Figure 100.

Bring right hand up behind paper with tube and grasp It at top edge of paper in left hand. Roll tube up in the paper, giving impression that you are merely rolling up paper.

Figure 101.

Proceed with dyeing experiment. If a chair is handy, lay silks over top of it. As you place second colored silk over chair, turn left side to audience, bring right hand to coat pocket, and drop dye tube in pocket.

Figure 102.

Another Get-Away with tube is this:

When red silk is removed from tube, hold it in left hand.

Figure 103.

Tap tube against left hand to bring green silk out a little.

Figure 104.

Bring bottom of tube over to left hand and remove green silk with right hand.

Figure 105.

Hold green silk between third and fourth fingers of right hand and take paper tube from left hand, allowing dye tube to slip into left palm.

Figure 106.

Place green silk from right hand over dye tube in left. Figure 107.

Place both silks with tube in left coat pocket, allowing silks to show.

Finish experiment by removing blue silk from paper tube and showing paper tube empty.

Figure 108.


The dyeing principle can be elaborated on to make it a big effect. The tube can be made large and big silks used. After the three silks are produced, they can be pushed into tube again and a large, beautifully designed silk or a flag produced.

The effect may be performed in pantomime in an Oriental act.

Ade Duval, who has specialized with silk acts, gets a beautiful dye tube effect with rainbow silks, finishing with the production of a large, variegated silk.

Another interesting variation of this experiment is one in which you show three squares of tissue paper, tear them up and push them into tube, and then pull out silks from other end. This shows process of making silk from paper.

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