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This experiment was a favorite of Beautier DeKolta, a famous Magician of days gone by. To DeKolta's original version, Servais LeRoy, prominent Magician, added interesting "wrinkles" and used the experiment on his programs for a long time. A number of years ago, Eugene Laurant, another light in the Magic world, became fascinated with LeRoy's clever handling of the soup plate and handkerchiefs. He varied the effect a little and added it to his program, where it has been a popular number ever since. Almost every modern Magician has had this interesting effect in one of its many versions in his repertoire.


Performer places a piece of folded newspaper on seat of a chair and on this an empty soup plate, bottom up. He picks up two silk handkerchiefs, rolls them up in his hands, and causes them to vanish. Suddenly he lifts up the soup plate—and there, under it, are the two handkerchiefs.


1—-A double sheet of newspaper.

2—-A soup plate or dinner plate.

3--Four silk handkerchiefs—two red and two green or two white and two red.

4--Handkerchief Ball.

5--A dining room chair. SECRET:

To Prepare:

Fold the double sheet of newspaper over in its regular crease.

Figure 19.

Fold paper in half again, crosswise. Figure 20.

Fold paper over from right to left. Figure 21.

On one side of paper cut a slit about 3 and 2 1/2 inches from the top of paper. only through the top two pages. Put some these two pages just below the slit and firmly together. Now run a line of paste second and third sheets as indicated by diagram. This line should run about 2 1/ from slit. Press second and third pages and let paste dry. You now have a pocket

Figure 22.

1/2 inches long Cut the slit paste between press them between the dotted line in 2 inches down firmly together to hold silks.

Take one red and one white handkerchief and place them together, holding them by one corner. Fold up handkerchiefs as shown in Figure 23.

Place folded silks in pocket of newspaper with outer ends at bottom of pocket to hold them securely. Part of the silks protrudes from pocket.

Figure 24.

Figure 25.

Place the newspaper with silks down on the plate and place plate on seat of the chair or on table.

Figure 25.

Figure 25A is a diagram of the arrangement of plate, handkerchiefs, and newspaper.

Have duplicate red and white silks on table with Handkerchief Ball under them—or silks may be hanging on back of chair and Ball concealed in right coat pocket.

To Perform:

Pick up newspaper from plate with left hand, thumb in front and fingers in back to hold silks.

Figure 26.

Unfold newspaper to show inside, proving to audience that you hold just an ordinary newspaper. Be careful to conceal back of paper with silks.

Figure 27.

Fold paper up again. Pick up plate in right hand and show both sides of it. Now place plate in left hand with top against paper.

Figure 2 8.

Brush right hand across seat of chair to show there is nothing on it.

Grasp bottom of newspaper with right hand and remove it from left, leaving the silks and plate in left hand.

Figure 29.

Figure 30 is view away from audience. It is very easy for you to slip silks from newspaper with fingers of left hand as you draw paper away with right. Silks are now inside of plate.

Place newspaper on chair-seat and on this, place the plate, top down. Be very careful in placing plate down not to expose the silks. Put edge toward audience down first and this will conceal silks.

Figure 31.

Now pick up the two duplicate silks and concealed Handkerchief Ball. Hang Ball on right thumb. Hold silks by corner as in Figure 4. Bring hands together and then expose palms as in Figure 9. Bring hands back to position shown in Figure 7 and then tuck silks into Ball as in Figure 5. When silks are in Ball, continue the first part of vanish up to Figure 10, then return to position of Figure 7.

Figure 32 shows your position as you vanish the silks.

Pick up plate with left hand, showing the sudden appearance of the silks under the plate on newspaper.

Figure 33.

Pick up silks, one at a time, with right hand. Dispose of Ball by concealing it in the silks and placing them on table or reach for some article in your pocket and leave Ball there.

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