Mechanics

1. Facing the audience and holding the cord by one end in your right hand, raise that hand high above your head, call attention to the length of the cord.

2. Lower your hand, tie the ends of the rope together, forming a loop. Hold the cord as shown in Figure 1.

Take particular note of how the ends are gripped with the thumbs pressing against the forefingers.

3. Bring the hands together. Turn the left hand inwards—towards your body— giving a HALF TWIST to the cord in your left hand.

Piace the right end of the loop in the left hand, and display the rope as in Figure 2. (Note the position of the knot),

4. With the right hand, seize the lower end of the double loop (near the knot) and give it a few sharp "tugs".

5. Pass the double loop into the right hand, and give it to a member of the audience, requesting him to see if the knot is secure.

6. Regain possession of the rope, but catch hold of one "strand" only. In this way, the double loop wiII no longer exist, only a single loop as before.

7. Hold the single loop exactly as in Figure 1, namely, with a hand at either end. (Note position of the knot).

8. The following manipulations will be explained "by numbers."

i. Bring the hands together, and as you do so, insert the third finger of each hand in its end of the loop. (Figure 3).

This photograph is an exposed view. Nothing will be noticed by spectators as the backs of the hands will be turned towards them when the cord is gripped in this way. And both hands must be closed.

ii. The backs of the hands being still towards the audience, extend the first and middle fingers of the 'eft hand. But continue to press the loop against the left forefinger with the left thumb.

iii. Lower the right thumb, and let its tip come in contact with the top joint of the closed right first finger.

iv. With the help of the right forefinger, bend that end of the loop round (and inside) the left end. This is done under cover of the extended first and middle fingers of the left hand. (The loop is bent INWARDS towards your body. The BACK of the right forefinger is in contact with the inside of the left middle finger).

v. Raising the right thumb, press the folded end of the right loop well round the end of the other, and keep the two linked together, (This is the old "Grandmother's Necklace" attachment).

vi. Withdraw the right forefinger from the left loop, and let go with the ieft hand.

vii. All the movements explained in sub-paras i to vi should not take more than two seconds to accomplish at the very most.

9. Holding the double loop in the right hand—and keeping a firm grip of the "linked" ends—seize the rope (near the knot) with the left hand, and give it a few hard "tugs". Let go with the left hand and display the double loop once more. (Fig. 2 shows the position as seen in a mirror.)

10. Still facing the audience and using both hands for the purpose, pass the cord over your head. With the right forefinger and thumb, push the interlocked loops down between the back of your neck and the coilar. Insert the thumbs in the large loops, and the position—if it were seen from the back— would be as in Figure 4.

11. Do not turn round, however, but still facing the audience, get two members of the company to stand on either side of you. The man on your right holds the loop on that side with his left hand. The assistant on your left takes the other loop in his right hand.

12. Instruct both helpers to pull hard, and after a second or two, the interlocked ends (at the back) will come apart, leaving you free.

The assistants will be holding the loop stretched between, and you will be behind it.

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