Here are a couple of after dinner stunts for a change. Both are very simple, and little preparation is required. They help to fulfil a need that all magicians are constantly up against . . . and that is being able to do something under absolutely impromptu conditions.

1. One Pin is all that is required, and a dinner roll.

The roll is handed for examination, also your hands. When you have received your hands back, get the assistant to place the roll on a plate, and while he is doing this, you get hold of the pin, from wherever you keep it. This is placed through the skin at the base of the fingers, on the palm of the hand. The Pin in now bent slightly, which is simple to do as you push the pin in and through the skin.

The roll is lying on the plate, your hand advances towards it, and gives it a slight grip, this allows the pin to penetrate the roll. You

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can now open out the fingers and keep the hand flat. Raise the hand and the roil will come away from the plate, and gives the appearance that it has stuck to your hand. It looks very mysterious.

The Comedy magician might wish to emulate this, so my routine for that is to get a bun and smother it with jam . . . you can then do the exact same effect . . . without the pin ... no kidding ! !

2. Another simple one . . . Take your handkerchief out of your pocket and wipe your glasses, or your mouth if you have just finished your Fish Supper. While you are talking the handkerchief is laid aside on the table. Suddenly it jumps off the table and lands on your knees! This can be repeated if you wish, and believe you me, it causes the eyes of all who are watching to blink.

The KNOW HOW is simple. Merely have a piece of white thread attached to one of the corners of the handky, the other end being attached to your trousers button (braces), all you have to do is give the thread a sharp tug, and the effect has been completed.

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