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Pencil Thro' Handkerchief

By FREDERICK BARLOW

EFFECT.—A borrowed handkerchief is laid over the back of an open-backed chair, and a small square of paper held in front of the handkerchief. Now a borrowed pencil is placed behind the handkerchief and apparently pushed right through the handkerchief and the paper, leaving no trace of its passage.

PRESENTATION AND PATTER.—After the gentleman's handkerchief has been borrowed it is laid over the back of a Bentwood-type chair, which has an open back; most of the handkerchief hanging in front of the chair. The two top corners of the handkerchief may be fastened with drawing-pins if this is thought necessary to prevent the handkerchief slipping off the chair at the crucial moment. Now a pencil is borrowed.

"Would some gentleman kindly lend me a pencil? A lead pencil, please. You know the old proverb, "You can drive a horse to drink, but a pencil must be led". Thank you sir".

The pencil is put down on the seat of the chair whilst a newspaper is exhibited.

"Here we have a newspaper—a very weekly edition—all I need for this trick, however, is the agony column and half the 'house for sale'."

A small square, about 2" larger than the length of the pencil, is torn from the paper and the remainder discarded. Now a small slit is torn in the paper square, centrally, about 3" from one end. The slit should be just large enough to allow the pencil to pass through. Exhibit the paper square and push pencil through slit. See Fig. 21.

"Here then we have everything square, and by making a small slit here it is possible to pass the pencil *ight through. Marvellous! If that was the onl<> part of the trick I should be ashamed to collect all my fee. I should just take 3/9d. and let them give the other half to Charity. No, the mystery is far more astounding than that. This pencil—"

Hold up the pencil, point upwards, in the right hand, about 6" above the chair back and hold the paper in the left hand, the thumb and forefinger behind the paper, the other fingers in front of the paper. The paper, incidentally, should be held just below the pencil; the pencil, the paper and the chair back being in a level vertical line.

"—is a solid object and as you see comes up against another solid object."

As this is said the pencil passes down with a sweep behind the paper square, the left forefinger and thumb grip it and retain it, hidden by the paper. See Fig. 22. The right hand does not stop or slow up, but moves straight down behind the handkerchief; the forefinger of the right hand is extended and poked at the centre of the handkerchief, giving the impression that the pencil is being pushed from behind. See Fig. 23.

"Now in order that you will not see exactly how you are done—I beg your pardon —how the trick is done, I will cover the centre of the handkerchief with this paper."

The paper square is lowered in front of the chair to about the centre of handkerchief; forefinger and thumb of the right hand feeling through the handkerchief, grip the lower end of the pencil. The end of the pencil is slowly drawn back by the right hand until the point is level with the slit in the paper square; the forefinger and thumb of the left hand meanwhile guiding its course. See Fig. 24. The point of the pencil is eventually pushed through the slit in the paper and gradually the right hand forces the pencil right through.

"The real point of this effect is now taking shape. In fact, you can see the point quite easily. Here is comes—right through the handkerchief and the paper. It may leave a small hole, sir, but there are always the Invisible Menders—£3 15s. for a small hole —£10 10s. for a new handkerchief. Would someone like to look at this pencil—'this piece of paper and this handkerchief. They are all in order. Oh—my piece of paper, thank you —just in case I want to find a House for Sale".

When the greater portion of the pencil is protruding through the paper, the forefinger and thumb of the left hand grip the pencil, and the right hand is thus able to come in front of the paper and pu'l the remainder of the pencil through the slit. The paper, the pencil and the handkerchief may then be given, immediately for examination.

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"In closing, may I just compliment you on your "Magic Magazine" which I received from our local depot.

"You have a really fine set of articles and tricks in this.

"Long may you continue to keep it up".

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