VB' INNER BAG u/lfr\3cards a.txC'

Marked cavds arc put'»nib ouler bag side *t>'

Pachy is dropped Into sectionne on. fop of ca.Y-ds already mere.

Stepping back to rear of his table, performer lowers the bag behind a small screen on table, but does not let the top of bag disappear from sight.

After a few seconds, he brings out the bag in one hand, and three cards in rhe other.

Spectators are asked to name their cards, and that card is handed to him to verify his mark upon it.

The bag still securely tied, is then given for examination, but there is nothing to find our.

The pack is proved to be three cards short; they are the three marked cards.

The audience are absolutely dumbfounded with amazement! (we hope).

The secret is very simple. The bag is really two bags, one within the other. The principle was used on a much larger scale for the famous 'Sack Escape' performed years ago. When performer showed the bag to be empty, he did so by holding the inner bag to one side, really displaying the outer side of the inner bag, and the inner side of the outer bag if you get my meaning. He did this because the inner bag proper already contained three cards. These are from the pack used for the trick. When the spectators dropped their cards into the bag, they really went into the outer bag. The rest of pack was then put into the inner bag on top of the 3 already there, but which are taken to be the three chosen cards, just pur in by the choosers. Before tying the ribbon round neck of bag, performer secretly pulled up the neck of the inner bag, hiding top of outer bag with his fingers, so really it is the inner bag that is tied with the ribbon, leaving outer bag containing the marked cards, free.

The back of screen has a pocket into which performer drops the outer bag. Screen can be folded and laid on table. The use of the three extra cards should now be apparent. They are to give the illusion that the pack is being put into the bag along with the three chosen cards. If they were not used, the person who drops pack into bag, would notice rhat the bag was empty, although three cards had just been put in. This would not be the mystery the Magician intended !


Ventriloquial Dialogue for Small Children.

It is not always easy to find really suitable ventriloquial material to interest very small children, that is to say the 3—6 age group and in case other ventriloquists experience the same difficulty I pass on the following dialogue which they may find useful. It has been thoroughly audience-tested and I always find it enthusiastically received by the very young.

Vent. What are you going to do to entertain the girls and boys?

Fig. Well, I think I'll recite?

Vent. Good, what will you recite?

Fig. Humpty Dumpty.

Vent. Very well.

Fig. Are you ready?

Vent. Yes, we are all waiting.

Fig. Humpty Dumpty. Humpty Dumpty —er—Dumpty—Humpty—(hesitates)

Vent. Well, what about Humpty Dumpty?

Fig. Er—he went to the pictures.

Vent. He did nothing of the kind. He sat.

Vent. Yes.

Fig. (reciting) Humpty Dumpty sat—

Vent. We'll, where did he sit?

Fig. In the one and ninepennies.

Vent. Don't be ridiculous! He sat on a wall.

Fig. (reciting) Humpty Dumpty sat— (to vent.) Which wall?

Fig. The garden wall?

Vent. Yes, the garden wall.

Fig. (reciting) Humpty Dumpty sat on a—(to vent.) How high was it?

Vent. I don't know

Fig. Humpty Dumpty sat on a Wall—

Vent. Humpty Dumpty had—

Fig. Humpty Dumpty had—

Vent. Well, what did he have?

Fig. He had an ice cream in the interval.

Vent. Now listen. I tell you Humpty Dumpty did not go to the pictures.

Fig. Well I did last Saturday morning.


Vent. Humpty Dumpty did not go.

Fig. So he didn't see the cowboys?

Fig. Nor Mickey Mouse?

Vent. Certainly not!

Fig. What a shame. It was jolly good.

Vent. Now will you get on with the recitation? Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

Fig. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

Vent. The King's what?

Fig. Castles?

Vent. No. What are those animals you see with four legs and a tail?

Fig. Elephants.

Vent. No! Horses. All the Kings horses and all the King's men, couldn't—

Fig. All the King's horses and all the King's men, couldn't—

Vent. Couldn't what?

Fig. Couldn't go to the pictures.

Vent. Will you please forget all about the pictures.

Fig. I can't forget the cowboys.

Vent. Never mind the cowboys. Listen! All the King's horses and all the King's men, couldn't put Humpty together again.

Fig. All the King's horses and all the King's men, couldn't put Humpty, together again.

Vent. At last! Now as you recited that so badly I'm going to (put you in the bag/ make you sing a song, or as required to finish).


Unfortunately, just after the Barcelona Convention, Fred Kaps teacher, to whom he gives a!l the credit for his success, died, but not before he was able to witness the success of his so apt pupil. Incidentally Fred has recently married the daughter of his late mentor. He has just returned home to Holland but will be back again for four weeks again in June to keep his engagements, and we do sincerely hope that he will have the really tremendous success he so richly deserves.

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