Volume 5 Number 10 October 1979


It was during 1961 that I first performed the classic broken and restored thread and immediately repeated the effect using the same? piece of thread. The method described below differs from that used by the Nib ere o Bros, to achieve the same effect and is the one I have performed with great success in close-up situations at tables in hotels, restaurants and similar engagements in many cases when completely surrounded.

The initial preparation is the same as for the well known single restoration but this double restoration requires that two balls are made a little less than an inch apart and approximately a yard from the end of the thread. (See below for details of how to fold the thread if you are new to the effect — Ed.)

The two balls are now squeezed together and the thread rewound round the spool trapping the balls beneath the thread with the last few turns. Place the spool so prepared in the left coat pocket.

When about to perform the effect, the left hand enters the pocket and brings out the spool with the thumb covering the two balls and the index finger on the opposite side and parallel with the spool. The free end of the thread should be clear of the fingers and thumb near the end of the spool projecting from the hand. Attention to these important details will ensure that the right hand can take the free end of the thread and pull it off the spool neatly and with the greatest economy of movement. See sketch (1).

Hold the spool in the left hand and with the right hand pull the thread off the spool horizontally as far as the first ball which will result in the thread being displayed between the outstretched hands.

The right hand now drops the end it is holding and takes the spool, but before actually removing it the left index finger moves around the 8pool and traps the two balls between itself and the left thumb. (2). The right hand, now in possession of the spool, snaps the thread about three inches from the balls. The spool is now placed aside and the left displays the thread, the two balls being hidden between the tips of its index finger and thumb. So far there is no difference from the classic effect except that you have to keep two balls hidden and it is necessary to squeeze them a little more.

The thread is now snapped into a number of approximately equal pieces — first breaking it about a couple of inches below the hidden balls. Place the thread back into the left hand break again. Repeat until all the thread is in the left fingers leaving the right hand empty. Display the broken pieces between first and second fingers of the left hand.

Right hand next takes all the pieces, except the one with the two balls hidden between the thumb and first and second fingers, and holding them shoulder high roll into a ball using only the thumb and finger tips.

Pretend to attach the resultant ball onto the single piece held in the left hand, but actually retain it between the right thumb and fingertips bringing the bottom ball of the two in the left hand into view. You appear to have attached the rolled up broken pieces onto a single short piece of thread.

Right hand next takes the visible piece grasping it by the ball hidden between left thumb and finger tips. Hold it in a display position allowing the left hand to be seen empty.

The visible piece is now retaken with the left hand, and in the process the concealed ball together with the ball of broken pieces are transferred from between the tips of the right thumb and index fingers to the same position between the left thumb and index finger tips. This is accomplished as follows.

The backs of both hands are facing the spectators and as the tips of the thumb and fingers of both hands come together, the right thumb pushes the two balls it is holding hidden between itself and the right index finger onto the tip of the left index finger. Without hesitation the left thumb presses onto the two balls as the hands move apart completing the transfer of both the visible pieces of thread and the concealed balls. Sketch (3), giving the performer's view, shows the point at which the two balls are being pressed onto the left index finger tip with the right thumb. It is important that at the conclusion of the move that the ball of torn pieces is behind the whole ball which is forward towards the tips of the left finger and thumb, and that the passing of the piece of thread should appear as a normal action with the object of showing all is fair, at the same time allowing the audience to see that nothing is concealed in either hand, without specifically saying so.

The right hand next grasps the thread at the bottom end and bringing both hands on a level plane slowly pull the thread horizontally causing the ball to unwind revealing the restoration.

It would, of course, be possible to do the first restoration with the concealed ball and ball of torn pieces hidden in the right hand, and do the pass over move described above, after the restoration when passing the thread from hand to hand in a continuous move, thus displaying both hands to be otherwise empty. I use both methods, depending upon what I feel is best for that particular performance.

The right hand releases the end it is holding and smoothes out the wrinkles in the thread by pulling it through the thumb and fingertips a few times. This will be more effective if there is some moisture present on the tips of these digits which if dry could be remedied by touching them with the tongue, but personally I do not like using the mouth, other than for talking, when performing.

You now repeat the effect by breaking the thread in pieces as before. This time the right hand takes the visible pieces and the ball of broken pieces together and making them into a single ball by rolling them together between the thumkfcand finger tips.

Continue as in the classic method by pressing this ball onto the thread piece in the left hand, exchanging the two balls and complete the trick for the second time.

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