The Twentieth Century Silks

The Little Glass House by the Sea

The effect in which a silk handkerchief is vanished and is then found tied between two other handkerchiefs has become a standard effect. The modern, simplified method has served to make it even more popular than ever.

Two silks are knotted together and placed in a glass tumbler. Another silk is vanished. The two silks are suddenly jerked out of the glass and the vanished silk is found tied between them.

This experiment is usually worked by tying a red and blue silk together and causing a vanished American flag to appear between them. An interesting variation may be performed with the English Union Jack, the Red Cross flag, and the Irish flag, especially if patter is used.


1-Two English Union Jack flags, 12x18 inches.

2--An Irish flag, 12x18 inches.

3--Two Red Cross flags, 16x22 inches.

4-- A Handkerchief Ball, Handkerchief Pull, or some other device for vanishing a silk.

5--A glass tumbler and a glass of water.

We can supply you with flags at the usual market prices.


To Prepare:

Take a piece of dark blue silk, 3 1/2 inches long by 3/4 of an inch wide. Sew one end to one of the Union Jacks, leaving about 3/4 of an inch between stitching and edge of flag.

Figure 41.

Place the duplicate Union Jack on this prepared one and sew all around the edges, leaving a space about five inches long at upper right edge. The small piece of silk extends from this opening.

Figure 42.

Figure 42.

To this small tab of silk, tie a corner of the Red Cross flag.

Figure 43.

Tuck the Red Cross flag between the two Union Jacks, leaving corner A out about an inch.

Place prepared silks on table, with prepared end extending over rear edge of table. Arrange the duplicate Red Cross flag and the Irish flag as in Figure 45.

Place glass tumbler and glass of water nearby. To Perform:

Stand to right of table.

"I take pleasure in presenting that famous four act drama, entitled, 'The Little Glass House by the Sea.' "

Pick up the glass tumbler with right hand and show. "This is the little glass house."

Wiggle left fingers in water of other glass to show that glass contains water.

"And this is the sea."

Place tumbler down near glass of water.

"So we have the little glass house by the sea."

Pick up the Union Jack with left hand, holding thumb over prepared corner. Pick up Irish flag with right hand.

Figure 46.

"We also have a hero and a hero-een. The hero was an English Jack, a sailor boy was he; while the hero-een was a buxom Irish girl, as sweet as sweet could be. It was love at first sight--anyway, whatever it was, they got married. I will be the minister, perform the wedding ceremony and knot them together."

Apparently tie the two flags together, but really tie the Irish flag to corner A of the Red Cross flag. Cover your movements with left fingers and thumb.

Figure 47.

Figure 48

Grasp Union Jack near bottom with right hand and fold it up in right hand, pleat fashion. Hold flags by the knot with right thumb and fingers. Release hold with left hand, allowing Irish flag to hang suspended from right fingers.

Figure 48

"It is really around a NOT that this little drama started. If the hero and the hero-een, when asked, 'Do you take this woman to be your lawfully wedded husband?' had said, 'I do NOT,' instead of 'I do,' it is likely that this play would never have been written. A dog and a cat may live peacefully together, but if you tie their tails together and hang them over a clothesline, it isn't so good."

Roll Irish flag around the Union Jack. Figure 49.

"Anyway our hero and hero-een, wrapped up in each other with visions of bliss, went to live in the little glass house."

Pick up tumbler and place rolled silks in it, allowing end B of Irish flag to hang out so that you can grasp it easily.

Figure 50.

Wiggle left fingers in glass of water, then place tumbler down near it.

"So they lived happily together for a long time—say about two days. And that is the end of Act One."

Pick up the Red Cross flag.

"Acts Two, Three and Four. What have we here? The Red Cross. And what, pray tell, is the Red Cross for? Listen, and I shall expla in. The Red Cross follows the battles and picks up the wounded. Isn't the Red Cross rather large? Yes, but this is going to be a rather large battle."

Look at silks in glass.

"There is a commotion in the household. They are throwing dishes at each other. Red Cross, do your duty."

Vanish Red Cross flag by any method you wish. You may use a Handkerchief Ball, a Pull, or just vanish the flag in your pocket. If you have used the Ball on your program, it is well to vanish the flag by another method this time.

Show hands empty after vanish.

"It is on its way--it has arrived—and "

Pick up corner B of Irish flag and jerk flags from glass, allowing the Red Cross flag to slip out of the double English flag. Let all three flags hang suspended from right hand and show to audience.

The Red Cross flag has mysteriously appeared between the two flags which audience saw you place in glass.

Figure 51.

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