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The beach bag was on a small table on the prompt side of the stage, and there was a chair, with an open back, in the exact centre. Figure 2.


1. Picking up the bag remark: "In this sack I have a litt.e souvenir of the seaside, name'y my bathing costume." Remove the costume from the bag, and, spreading it out, hold it in front of your chest, and if that does not raise a big laugh, there is something seriously wrong with the audience. (Or with the performer!) Add: "Of course I do not wear this one any more: I have grown recently." Place the tiny garment on the back of the chair.

2. Remove the two quoit rings from the bag and ask the ladies if they know the game. If they say they do, throw a ring to each lady. This always makes the audience smile, but I don't know why.

3. Take out the bands, unroll the coil, and hand one band to each of the male assistants

4. Get a small boy, about seven years of age, to come on to the stage. Tell him to sit on the chair, and give him the costume to hold.

5. Request the two men to stand up, and to hold the two bands stretched across the stage.

6. Take the costume from the boy, and tie it—by means of one of the shoulder straps —to the cenfre of the bands, observing: "Let us hang it up on the clothes-line to dry", (Do not make two knots. A single knot, tied securely, will suffice) Figure 3.

7. Go to the lady on your left, and take the! quoit ring from her. Cross the stage to the lady on the O.P. side, and get her ring also.

8. To the man on the right, hand one of the rings, at the same time taking his ends of the bands from him. Cross to the assistant on the prompt side, give him the remaining ring, and take the bands from him. Then tell the helpers to sit down.

9. Turning to the boy on the chair, remark : "Wouid you mind getting up and helping me to tie these bands on to the back of the chair?" Under cover of this simple patter, the ends of the bands are reversed— as in the standard version of the trick—the shoulder strap of the costume taking the place of the usual thread.

10. The bands having been duly fastened to the back of the chair—with a single knot—request the two men to stand up again. Give two ends to each assistant to hold.

11. Instruct each assistant to slip his ring over BOTH ends of the bands that he hoids. Then get them to raise the ends into the air, causing the rings fo slide down towards the costume. Take the ends of the bands, and secure the rings in position with a single knot

12. Tell the boy to sit on the chair and, when he has done so, give him the ends of the bands to hold: two in each hand.

13. Removing the beach robe from the bag, remark. "Here we have another souvenir." Standing behind the chair, help the boy to slip his arms into the sleeves. (Warn h.m not to release the bands). The effect of a small child wearing a robe many sizes too large for him is ludicrous in the extreme, and it always makes the spectators laugh. Give the two ends of the bands protruding from the right sleeve to the man on your right, and the other two to the man on your left.

14 Request each assistant to give you one of the two ends that he holds. Tie a sing!e knot, and give the ends back to the helpers. The man on your right gets the end previously held by the assistant on the left, and vice-versa. Tell the boy to keep his hands close together as there is a tendency on his part to spread his arms wide apart.

15. The following details are of importance. Request each of the assistants to insert the forefinger of his right hand through both loops of the bands that he holds, and to close that finger, whispering to them not fo let go under any circumstances as an accident might happen to the child. (This, by the way, is perfectly true). Then get them to grip their closed right forefingers with the fingers of the other hand, and see that your instructions are carried out.

16. Address the audience somewhat after the following manner: "This young man is, as you see, securely tied to the chair. As

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This is a "small space in the bag", "big spot in the programme" item that will cause you very little trouble to prepare and rehearse for a forthcoming children's show.

The two basic moves are the paddle sleight, and the French drop—or any favourite vanish of your own.

You will need two identical paper bags, in one of which you place a small handful of sweets. This bag is tucked into the top of the right trouser pocket where it is best kept in place by a piece of broad tape, sewn to the inside of the pocket at one end, and secured by a snap fastener at the other (the opening of the pocket end).

This precaution is not absolutely necessary, but it gives peace of mind.

Finally, you need a longish paddie, painted red on one side, and yellow on the other. This is passed off, quite reasonably, as a lollipop.

With the lollie in the bag you are all set to go.

Remove the lollie from the bag showing it to be yellow on both sides, by means of the paddle move. Of course—you don't say, "this is yellow on both sides". You say, "I bought a lovely yellow—I mean lemon lollipop today. It's all right on this side, but I don't know about the other, because I've been sucking that a bit. Oh yes—it hasn't lost its colour yet. They do sometimes you know."

The lollie is returned to the bag, reversed inside it, and brought out as red.

"I also brought a nice red—I mean strawberry one."

• The patter and move are repeated here, and the lollie is returned to the bag.

"I discovered something funny about these lollipops. If I put one in my empty pocket—"Oh, it isn't empty. Here's my halfpenny change."

You have shown pocket empty and the little gag with a halfpenny tickles youngsters —especially if it's a half-crown!



"Which lollie shall I put in? The strawberry one? Right. It's a bit sticky, but I suppose it'll be all right. Well, if I put the strawberry one in, and say a magic word at it it flies back to the bag, and the lemon one takes its place."

Take the lollie out and show it as yellow.

'Oh—that's the licked side. I'd better show you the other one. It looks better."

Re-place the lollie in the bag.

"You might wonder what happens if I place the lemon one in my pocket. Well, I'll show you."

Take lollie from bag—yellow side, and repeat the "licked side" patter and paddle move, which by now will amuse the youngsters considerably.

"You see the same thing happens. The strawberry one flies into my pocket." Take it- out as red and repeat patter and move, take a lick at the lollie and pop it into your breast pocket. "And the lemon one is back in the bag. No it isn't! Now what's gone wrong? Oh, I know. The lemon one is still floating about in the air. I'll collect it up, (Pretend to do so), and put it in the bag— there. Now watch what happens. I roll it up in the bag, and make a ball of it. Then I rub it on the outside of my pocket (You have executed your favourite vanish). It goes right through the cloth—and here it is inside. (Take bag from top of pocket and pull pocket out). Well—goodness me. It's turned into separate sweets. I'd better give you these, because I'd sooner have the strawberry lollie Besides—I've licked it already."

The palmed bag is disposed of in picking up a small dish of the sweets.

That's the routine then—simple, direct, and amusing to youngsters. Don't indulge in any fancy paddle moves, and stick more or less to the patter angle suggested, and you will find you have an item that will be a favourite on both sides of the footlights.

We are very proud to be able to offer to our readers this month a New Trick from the pen of the World Famous originator of magic.— Eddie Joseph.

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