need two completely opaque manila pay envelopes of the end-opening type. You can use any size of envelope that suits your needs. The preparation can be done in a few minutes.
1) Remove the adhesive from both envelopes. This is easily done with a soft eraser.
2) Carefully unseal the glued bottom flap of each envelope.
3) Now remove the back (seamed side) from one envelope by cutting along both long edges with a sharp knife. We will call the front side with the top and bottom flaps attached the "insert". Don't discard the back of the envelope. It will be useful later.
4) Trim three-sixteenths of an inch from each of the long edges of the insert, so that it fits closely into the second envelope. Also trim down the bottom flap of the insert, so that later it will be completely covered by the untrimmed flap of the second envelope.
5) Coat the entire top flap of the insert and an area roughly half an inch long below the fold line with a good grade of rubber cement. When you apply the cement, use the cutoff back of the envelope to mask the lower portion of the insert, so that the edge of the glued area is perfectly straight. Let the glue dry completely.
6) Next, neatly apply a thin layer of cement to the back of the second envelope, coating only that area covered by the top flap when it is folded down. Again, you can use the removed back of the first envelope to help guide the application of the cement.
7) Finally, bow the back (seam) side of the second envelope open and carefully apply a line of cement—about three-eighths of an inch—to its inside upper edge. While the cement dries, prop the envelope open with a toothpick or match stick.
8) After all cement-coated areas have thoroughly dried, you can assemble the Teleport Envelope. As you do this, take care not to let the cement-covered portions touch each other. I recommend that you place a piece of paper inside the second envelope to prevent unwanted contact during the assembly.
Slip the insert inside the second envelope until the folds of the flaps are perfectly aligned. Then coat the trimmed bottom flap of the insert with normal glue and fold it up and over, onto the back of the envelope. Do the same with the bottom flap of the envelope, thus entirely concealing the smaller flap.
The Teleport Envelope
Use this part as a guide for applying the rubber cement. Discard later.
The result is a normal looking self-sealing envelope— normal in appearance except for one thing: it has two superimposed top flaps. The object that has to be switched or that is destined to appear is inserted between these two flaps. You then glue the flaps together—sealing the item into its secret compartment—and carefully trim away any overlap that may result at the edges. 9) One last thing: Draw a dotted line on the front of the prepared envelope, positioned about an eighth of an inch below the top edge. This indicates to the spectator where he should cut to open the envelope. I've had rubber stamps made for the most common sized envelopes. These have the dotted line and also show a tiny pair of scissors. This gives the envelope a professional appearance. I recommend that, to save time and trouble, you make up a number of Teleport Envelopes at one sitting.
At this point I suspect the reader will fully understand how this envelope works in performance:
Once the envelope has been constructed, you place some paper item—theater tickets, an invoice, an airline boarding pass, a note, etc.—inside it to keep the cement-coated areas from coming together prematurely. You then carry the envelope in the inner breast pocket of your jacket. When it is needed in performance, simply take it from the pocket and hold it with the back of the envelope up, so that the double wall can't be noticed. Press on the sides of the envelope, bowing it open, and casually remove the tickets or whatever you have placed inside. Put them back in your pocket and let the assisting spectator clearly see that the envelope is now completely empty. Then hand it to him and let him seal it. In all innocence, he has just done the compartment switch himself!
When the time comes to have the envelope opened, give the spectator a pair of scissors and ask him to cut the envelope open along the dotted line. This action securely seals the first compartment while simultaneously opening the second (secret) compartment.
Recently I have been able to eliminate the need for placing something in the envelope to prevent the cement-coated surfaces from making premature contact. Once the cement is dry I carefully dust it with talcum powder, taking care to remove any excess powder. As with the classic "Clippo" effect, the powder stops the surfaces from adhering until they are cut through with scissors. Applying the powder is a bit more work, but I find it worth the effort.
One final note: The scissors you hand the spectator should be short, with blunt ends. This avoids the possibility of your helper using them as a letter opener to slit the flap open rather than snip off the end.
SOMETIME IN 1971, Supreme Magic published a book by this extraordinary artist, McCombical Magic. For a magical entertainer this book is an absolute mustl The routines Billy describes there are without exception professional, and I was more than inspired by them.
Years ago, Dany Ray sold me a Himber ring, and I found the first logical handling for this prop in Billy's book. Because I didn't wish to copy Billy, I changed his linking finger-ring routine to fit my requirements, and it became the signature piece of my repertoire, partly because I was the first magician to present it in Germany, partly because of Billy's excellent thinking.
Later I came to know and value Billy personally during the Vienna E I.S.M. convention. He is a living lexicon in the field of magic and knows (almost) everything that has to do with tricks and their methods. He freely gives this information to anyone who is interested.
He is called "Uncle Billy" by his magical friends and admirers. I consider myself fortunate to be able to call him my friend, who is always at the disposal of colleagues, or me, when we need him. In today's times that is quite unusual.
Thanks for everything, "Uncle Billy"!
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