On page 34 of his most excellent "Linking Ring Routine/' published by Louis Tannen,JacK (Holdout King) Miller describes a method for removing a solid ring from a knotted loop of rope. Whether this is Miller's own conception I am not sure for a few pages back a ring on rope routine of our own is given without any acknowledgment.
The same basic principle is involved in the effect now under description but we venture to think that the natural method for the placing of the ring on the rope, plus certain additions at the end of the effect, will make for greater deception.
The effect from the spectators' point of view is that a large metal ring is sli$;. to a length of rope, the two ends of which are men tied together. Without untying the ends the ring is removed from 1 he loop. At this point I would like to mention that my fr'snd Edward Victor has recently published a s.milar effect in the "Methods for Miracles " series, but the means for obtaining the final result are entirely different, so different in fact that I would recommend the purchase of Edward Vic or's routine so that the alternative methods can be used in conjunction with one another.
The reader will have at hand the requirements for this effect, namely a six or eight inch linking ring and a piece of rope measuring about five feet in length.
The left hand holds the ring so that it is parallel with the ground whilst the right hand holds the rope between the second and third fingers
about eight inches from one end. the rest of the rope trailing on the ground. Both hands approach one another until the position is reached that can be seen in illustration.
At this point the ring is apparently placed over the right hand but what actually happens is that the right hand thumb comes down inside the ring and underneath the short piece of rope that hangs down thus :—
The thumb presses lightly against the first finger in order to stop any slip of the rope and the rins is swivelled over the rieht hand thus :—
At the same time the right lv.ind turns so that it has its back towards the audience. The left hand now picks up the lower end of the rope ancl the two ends are tied together. From the performer's view this is what he sees.
To the audience the rope runs through the ring and this is accentuated still more by the performer running the ring down to the bottom of the loop thus :—
Now comes a most convincing move. The left hand drops the knot and takes the rope at a point immediately above the ring thus :— the right hand releasing its hold of the ring.
The right hand moves along the rope to allow this (this is the performer's view.) The ring is no a turned so that it is side on to the audience whilst the right hand (not seen in illustration) holds the rope outstretched in this position.
So natural have all the moves been up till now that there can be no doubt in the audience's mind that the ring is genuinely threaded upon the rope. Now comes the iinal move which entails the magical removal of the ring. The right hand drop5 the rope it is holding leaving the left hand with the rope and ring. If the lingers and thumb of th: left hand were removed at this point, this is wh u the audience would see.
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The left hand thumb is at point X whilst the second finger is at. point Y. The right hand now takes hold of the lower portion of the ring and gives it a quick tug, which if the left hand fingers and thumb stayed put would bring it to this point and at which the ring would stay. Immediately the pressure is felt, however, the left hand second finger slips out of its loop and with a carry through action fh ring is apparently pulled oil' the rope.
Try this out and 1 feel certain that you will Jike it."it needs practice but none of the moves require any skill out of the ordinary.
Those who were regular visitors at the Unique Sunday Shows, will regret the returning of Tommy to the States. A smooth worker of the modern school, we are more than -pleased to publish, with the very kind permission of Bruce Elliott, this very neat coin transposition that appeared in PHOENIX 2,75. We look forivard to seeing him when he returns to this country.
Here's a trick which uses an old move but has a fine effect. It can be used as a drawing room or table trick.
The idea is that inverted glasses covered wi h a blue and red silk respectively are exhibited. On the top of the glass on the leri is the red silk and a silver coin (Half crown) whilst on top of the glass on the right is the blue silk and a copper coin (A penny).
Each coin is wrapped up in a silk, and tnen put into the glasses that they were sitting on.
With one or two mumbled words the coins change places. The copper coin is now in the red silk on the left, whilst the silver coin is in the blue silk on the right.
All that one needs for the effect are a red silk and blue silk, two glasses, two pennies (one or which is displayed whilst the other is finger-palmed in the left hand) and of course the silver coin which is displayed on the left hand glass.
Attention is drawn to the silver coin on the left which is picked up along with the red silk by gripping the coin by its edge between the first finger and thumb of the right hand, a piece of silk being caught up by the edge. The silk is fame* Staug£ad/d
Certain types of audiences are very sensitive to " sucker " effects and consequently do not react as one would expect " Here it is," although falling into the '' catch your audience " category, will be found to be agreeable and entertaining to any spectator who hates being led up the garden path.
The plot is simple as it is old, but the routine is a winner nevertheless.
The performer displaying a small silk, tucks it into his left hand and causes it to vanish and produces it later from his previously shown empty placed over the left hand and of course over the copper coin finger palmed there. The silver coin is placed in the centre of the handkerchief so that the arrangement is silver coin centre of silk, copper coin underneath. Now the right hand come: across and the first finger grips the copper coin through the handkerchief, whilst the thumb of the same hand comes down on the silver coin. The whole caboodle is now picked up and given a little shake as though you had imprisoned the silver coin inside the silk. Actually the silver coin is on the outside facing you and hidden from ¡he audience whilst the copper coin is safe inside!
This is now placed in the left hand, the bottom of the " bag " being laid in the finger palm position and the corners of the silk hanging between the first finger and thumb of the left hand.
The corners are now taken by the right hand twisted a couple of times and then the " bag " is lifted off the hand leaving the silver coin finger-palmed (this cannot be seen because you turn your hand inwards as you lift the silk " bag " away). The left hand takes the left-hand glass and turns it over (being careful not to expose the finger-palmed coin) and the silk, apparently containing the silver coin, is dropped inside.
The same move is repeated with the copper coin so that you are now left with a copper coin palmed in the left hand. To ditch this you take a pencil from your pocket leaving the coin behind. The pencil is used as an impromptu wand.
Hocus Pocus! Place the pencil down and pull the corner of the red silk, the weight, of the coin inside holding it down. The coin is left inside the glass and displayed. A similar procedure is gone through with the blue silk.
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