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A solid metal ring is struck against a piece of pe hanging from the performer's hand. As it the rope for the third time a visible penetrative takes place.

u will require a metal ring about six p diameter, one from a small linking ring ?al, and about a yard of soft white rope.

-Id the rope and ring in the left hand, the rope //ing between the first and second fingers and/^oout a couple of inches from the end (1).

With the right side of the body turned to the dience raise the left hand shoulder high, and with the right hand stroke the rope from a point about two inches below the left hand downwards to the centre as you observe that is necessary for the rope to be perfectly still. The right hand, having steadied the rope moves up smartly and grabbing the ring moves quickly downwards keeping the ring horizontal and close to the rope. On reaching the centre of the rope hit it several times with the edge of the ring. In making these striking actions the ring only moves two or three inches from the rope and is kept horizontal.

Failing to achieve the required effect the ring is returned to its original position in the left hand. The rope is again steadied and a second attempt made. Again without success.

Following this second failure when feturning the ring to the left hand it is placed over the end of/the rope as shown in (2) and as the right hand steadies the rope the left thumb traps the rope against the base of the forefinger (3). It is important the performer does not look at the left hand when making the above move.

With the rope steady the right hand again brings the ring down, but this time it is encircling the rope. The spectators will be unaware of this fact if the inside circumference of the ring is kept in contact with the rope diametrically opposite the right hand as it moves to the centre of the rope. Before they become aware of the real position the right hand is moving the ring back and forth with a quick lateral action which simulates the two previous attempts when the rope was struck sharply in rapid succession. When the lateral movement ceases, and sometimes just before,.the spectators will become aware that in some mysterious way the ring has penetrated the rope.

The root idea behind this effect should, I believe, be credited to Stewart James. Peter Warlock's "Words End" used a special slate. I cast about for other methods to achieve this effect, and I have two other versions for platform use. The method we are concerned with here is taken from a card trick using half cards, invented by Mickey Hades.

From the spectator's viewpoint; performer writes down half of a word on a small piece of paper (as an alternative, Lexicon cards or a pocket slate could be used for this purpose). A choice is made from several pairs of half cards, each bearing part of a complete word. Chosen pair of cards is isolated temporarily. The other pairs are shown to each consist of different words. Spectator's word is formed — he writes on paper or slate, say, the second part of the word. Performer's prediction is shown to complete chosen word.

Several small cards are required (I use five, but the exact number is immaterial). Each of these cards are cut in half. One important point here is that the half cards so obtained should be all exactly the same size. (The reason for this will become apparent later). You can either measure them off, or do as I did, chop them with a guillotine, and trim them up afterwards. This results in five pairs of cards, and five halves bear half of a word each. The other five half cards are double-faced, and on one side all bear the prefix "PER",'but vary on the other side according to the word to be formed. The complete list is given at the end of this article. The prefix "PER" will complete any of the worcls, and this is written as your prediction, or formed with Lexicon cards and laid aside, according to your working. To mislead the more knowing ones of your audience, you will note that some of the words use the non-force side of the double-faced half to complete the word instead of to commence it. A subtle throw-off as to the method used, and the credit for this ideas goes to my friend William Foulger. For making your prediction use the fibre-tipped type pen or a marker pen, for better visibility and bolder effect.

In working, arrange the double-faced force halves with "PER" side down, facing table. Place other half card face down on top. Place the five pairs of cards in a row, and point out that you have several words, each different, and divided into two halves. (Don't show the complete words at this stage, however). Make your prediction, or set aside Lexicon cards, as already stated. Explain that this represents part of a word that you think may be chosen later. Have a pair of cards isolated by having a coin or other small object placed upon it. Now turn over top halves of pairs not chosen, showing each word to be different, and stress that either of these could have chosen instead. Now show chosen pair by turning both halves at once, and spectator writes or makes from Lexicon cards the first or second part of the word, as the case may be. Then disclose your prediction, which is shown to complete the chosen word.

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