Working

1. Lay the pack, face down, on the table at which you are seated, squaring up the cards between the middle finger and thumb of each hand, and resting the tips of both forefingers on top. The exact position is clearly shown iri Figure 1.

2. Advance the forefingers and bring them alongside the middle fingers.

3. With the right thumb and forefinger draw out—towards your right—about a quarter of the pack, and place it on top, but retain the grip. (With the thumb and forefinger).

4. Then, with the tip of the left forefinger, raise up about a third of the under portion of the pack.

5. Next, with the tip of the right middle finger, grip about half of the remaining cards.

6. Position. Three "breaks" are now being held, and they divide the pack into four packets, more or less equal. The bottom card of the pack is not in direct contact with the surface of the table: it merely grazes it.

7. Raise the complete pack about two inches from the surface of the table. Then, separate the hands VERY QUICKLY (Figure 2^, and—by relaxing the pressure of the right thumb and forefinger—let the upper packet fall, face down, on the table. (It should drop, roughly, in the position occupied by the pack at the commencement of the sleight)

8. Let the remaining packets fall on top of the first one in the following order :

a. The lower packet held by the left hand.

b. The packet held in the right hand.

c. All the cards held in the left hand. (This is the original top part of the pack).

9. Square up the pack as shown in Figure 1.

When properly performed, this is a most convincing sleight, but, as Erdnase remarks : "Some practice is necessary to form the divisions rapidly, and the fingers must take hold of rhe packets without an instant's delay. The action of dropping the packets one on the other should be rather slow. The appearance of the cut is brilliant, and the fact that the order of the whole deck remains intact will puzzle more than the unsophisticated."

Since August 1952, I have had the honour and the pleasure of being a regular contributor to "The Magic Magazine", and I believe that my monthly letters have met with your approval. Much to my regret, however, pressure of other literary commitments will prevent the continuation of this series, and bid you all a cheery farewell.

C&ameCeen £g# Siay by ALEX McKEOWN

Make up an egg-bag using four different coloured pieces of material, one each of black, red, white and blue, sewing the pocket in the blue piece, and, naturally, of blue material too. Lay all the pieces together to sew, using a binding of wide purple tape, doubled to catch the back and front edges.

The egg-bag is first seen as a black one, turned inside out is seen to be red, and empty. Turned outside in, the front of the bag is now white. A white egg is now produced from inside and is replaced in the bag. Turned inside out again, the egg has vanished and the bag is seen to be blue.

Turned again, a blue egg is produced from the bag and laid down in view. Again the bag is turned to be seen as red and a red egg is removed. Once more the bag is turned, seen to be white and the white egg is produced. The bag is here laid upon the table and the eggs are taken up.

The performer patters to the effect that these must have been laid by magic chickens. A white chicken we know of, and a red one, but a blue! We must look in the bag and find out the cause.

He takes up the bag again and uses its cover to steal from the table a small folded packet of three silks, one each of red, white and blue. Silks are held at the back of the bag and as it is turned inside out, they are introduced into the bag proper and pushed into the pocket. Bag is then turned to show a different cofoured side and the silks are produced. These are placed, as produced, on a stand along with the eggs.

At this stage, the bag is placed on the table, opening to the rear to allow a large sized egg to be loaded in. One of the eggs and its appropriate silk is taken up, the egg wrapped in the silk, crushed and apparently vanished. This rolled up silk is placed into the egg-bag, which is merely drawn forward on the table for the purpose and placed opening upward. Repeat with the second and third egg and silk.

Bag is taken up, turned inside out and the silks have vanished. Bag righted again and the large egg, coloured red, white and blue is produced. The bag is dispensed with, and the large egg multiplies to two, with a farge Union Jack hanging between them to bring the effect to a conclusion.

The bag is made of a size sufficient to take a pocket that will accommodate your large plastic egg, coloured latex eggs and small silks. Divide the pocket, having one side small to hold the latex eggs and silks. The plastic egg, of course, breaks in halves. A silk flag is fastened one corner inside each half. When showing as two eggs your audience sees two separate half shells.

When turning the bag do so with a quick pull from inside and then^a half turn sideways to bring the opening to the top again, or a screwing movement with thumbs inside the bag and fingers outside, ruffling up the bag. The purple tape edging, while adding design to the bag. also serves to hide the other colour of the back side of the bag. The colour changes are not intended so much to fool as to Tend colour in keeping with coronation party shows.

The effect can be performed silently, using facial expression in lieu of patter, pretending to be as bewildered as you hope your audience will be.

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