This is a "Torn and Restored" effect that I have featured in niv work for quite some time, and the method is based on the "Quadruple Torn and Restored Cigarette Paper," which can be found in my book, "Michael Skinner's Intimate Magic."
A wrapped straw is shown. The package is opened and the straw is discarded. The wrapper is now very openly torn up into small pieces and rolled up into a small ball. When the ball is unrolled, it is seen that the wrapper is fully restored.
Breaking this routine down to its basics, it is a version of Nate Leipzig's cigarette paper tear, "Tear-Up with a Twist," which can be found in the original "Stars of Magic" and in "Dai Vernon's Tribute to Nate Leipzig." Of course, there are differences in handling, and the built-in steal of the duplicate wrapper is interesting.
Some slight preparation is required. First of all, take the wrapped straw and carefully remove the straw from the wrapper by pushing the straw out of one end so that the wrapper is not torn. Throw the straw away. Now, flatten out the wrapper by pulling it firmly through the fingers. This flattens out the wrapper and removes most of the wrinkles. Now take a second wrapped straw and again, carefully, poke the straw out one end of the mapper, but this time do not remove it all the way, but only about an inch or so.
At this time, take the empty wrapper and, starting at one end of it, accordion-pleat it. These pleats should be very small, almost tiny, in fact. These pleats should be no wider than an eighth of an inch. Pleat the entire wrapper clear down to the other end. Now, twist this tiny bundle into a torpedo-shaped pellet.
Take the accordion-pleated pellet and insert it for about half its length into the open end of the partially wrapped straw. (See Photo 1) Work the wrapper back tip over the end of the straw so that the torpedo-shaped bundle is mostly covered. Even if the duplicate pellet shows a little bit, it won't matter because it is the same color as the wrapper, and they blend together.
Before the performance, place the prepared straw in the inside jacket pocket, or in the outside shirt pocket if no jacket is worn. If the straw is carried in an outside pocket, it should be closed end up so that the open end is not noticed.
When ready to perform, remove the wrapped straw and place it onto the table with the prepared end to the right. Show both hands empty and say, "Notice, I have no glue or preparation of any kind 011 my hands." Do not say, "See, my hands are empty." The audience can see this without it being said. Spread the fingers wide, starfish fashion, and show both sides front and back.
Pick tip the straw at the left end between the left thumb and first two fingers. Grasp the other end in the right hand. Push the wrapper down about an inch with the right hand so diat the pellet can be nipped by the right fingers. The left hand now pulls die wrapper completely off as the right hand holds onto the straw. The £ duplicate wrapper has now been loaded
0 into the empty right hand without
1 arousing any suspicion.
2 Retain die wrapper in the left hand and place the straw aside on the table off to the right. Flatten the wrapper out between both hands. The pellet is nipped between the forefinger and middle finger of the right hand. (See Photo 2)
The technique that is used to tear and restore the wrapper is basically the same as that used in Leipzig's "Tear-up with a Twist." Hold the straw wrapper between the thumbs and fingers of both hands, with the fingers on the side of the wrapper toward the audience and pointing down to the table.
Tear the wrapper in half. Show the pieces apart. Gesture with the left hand piece and say, "The left side"; gesture with the right hand pieces and say, "The right side." Put the pieces together and tear them a second time, repeating the gestures and saying, "Left side, right side." Put the pieces together and repeat the procedure a third time. In all, the wrapper is torn three times.
Hold the pieces together, pause for a second, and say, "By the way, did you hear abotit the guy who lost his left side? He's all right now." This gets a smile or a groan. It always gets some reaction. I don't care, because it gives me the necessary time to roll up the torn pieces and to add the torpedo pellet to the bottom of them, between the right thumb and first two fingers.
lorn and Restored Soda Straw Wrapper
The Leipzig switch of the two pellets is now performed. The two pellets are held together between the right thumb and first two fingers with the torn pieces above the untorn piece. The left thumb and forefinger come over to the pellets. The right fingers rotate slightly counter-clockwise as the left fingers rotate clockwise. This indetectably turns the entire bundle
over, bringing the whole wrapper to the top. (See Photos 3 and 4)
Squeeze the pieces together and clip the torn ones between the first two fingers of the right hand. Slowly, with the left thumb and first two fingers, pull the accordion-pleated wrapper open. (Photo 5) This always gets quite a gasp of surprise as it opens restored. Stretch the wrapper out between both hands.
Smooth out the wrapper between fjgj both hands and take it at one end between the left thumb and forefin- HiffiMrfl 1 ger. The right hand now picks up the straw that was previously set aside. Return it to the pocket that it was originally taken from, and say, "I'll use this later." At the same time, the torn pieces are dumped into the pocket. Then, of course, 1 use the straw later, either as the stick for the "Ringon St ick" routine, or as the wand in an "impromptu Cups and Balls" routine using coffee cups and either olives or cherries for the balls.
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