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Editor's Foreword.—Many years ago I marketed an effect which I called " Enchanted Petals." The effect to be described, whilst reaching a similar climax, is entirely different in method. It will, for those readers zvho care to make it up, form a useful addition to a programme of general magic. It conforms with my general policy of not using apparatus for apparatus's sake} for the articles seen by the audience are those which they can see in everyday life.

—Peter Warlock.

The Effect.—An empty photograph-frame stands on the conjurer's table (it is the type where the photograph is slipped in and held between two pieces of similar sized glass. The illustration shows the frame at completion of effect). The glasses are removed from the frame (as a reason for removable it is not a bad idea to have a photograph in between the glasses which is removed and placed aside) and replaced; a silk is placed over the frame. From a number of cards bearing the names of common flowers, one is chosen. A glass containing a number of coloured silks is picked up (the ends of the silks drape over the edge of the glass, and the conjurer points out that every colour in the rainbow is represented. The spectator with the card is asked to name the flower. Supposing he replies "Red Carnation" . . . the conjurer says " Watch the red and green pieces of silk ! " Instantaneously these two silks vanish from the glass, the remaining silks being removed singly and the glass shown empty. The silk is lifted from the frame and between the glasses is seen a spray of red carnations formed in red and green silk.

two main parts, viz., (i) Vanish of the two silks; (2) Appearance of the silk picture.

The choice of flower is forced, and whilst leaving each reader his individual method, I should like to make the following suggestion for the newcomer to conjuring. Supposing that you wish to show cards bearing the names of ten flowers. First of all obtain twenty blank playing cards {or if these are unobtainable, paste some white paper on ordinary playing cards). On ten of these cards print the name of the flower you wish to force. On the remaining ten cards print the names of ten different flowers, one of these bearing the "force" name. Place the ten duplicates face down on top of these ten different cards. With the cards thus set and the time for showing the cards arrives the conjurer remarks, " And here are some names of common flowers—poppy, daffodil, red rose, etc." He reels off about eight names at the same time, showing the faces of the cards, then turning the whole stack down, fans the top ten for selection.

(1) The Vanish.—The requirements are: (A) One Okito glass; (B) seven nine-inch silks, respectively coloured mauve, blue, green, yellow, orange, red and white ; (C) one ring-pull.

Preparation.—Supposing that it is desired to vanish the red and green silk. Stitch a small ring to two corners of these silks (see illustration A). These two silks, ring first, are pushed down the tube of the Okito tumbler so that the ring protrudes from opening at the base. The remaining silks are tucked inside the glass proper. In arranging the silks see that the free corners of the

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red and green silks are separated by other colours. Whilst the ring protrudes directly, the glass is placed on a solid surface, it lies flat. The reader will now see that if the ring-pull is attached to the ring stitched to the coloured silks, a release of the pull will carry the red and green silks through the central tube and up the conjurer's sleeve. It is a novel and effective visual vanish.

(2) Appearance.—The first requirement is a photograph-frame of the type previously mentioned. In the one illustrated the pieces of glass measure 9" by 10". For a description of the very elementary faking the reader will obtain additional help by studying the illustrations. Let me first explain that the silken flowers do not appear between the glasses but at the back of them. The means of accomplishment are ones of extreme simplicity. A piece of strong cardboard, size 6" by 9" is stained a dark colour (this to conform with the size of the frame I use), and on it is glued a strip of wood (A) measuring 2" by 5" (illustration C). To one end of this is hinged a piece of fibreboard (B) measuring 2" by 5!" (the piece used came from a suitcase), so that an uneven see-saw is formed. It will be realised that if end C is pushed down, end D will rise until it assumes a vertical position. This is the principle, but in order to get this strip flush against the glass one thing must be done, and that is to cut a segment from the base of the frame. This segment, rectangular in shape, should be one inch longer than the width of B, i.e., 3", and. in depth should come to within one-eighth inch of the rear piece of glass. The flower to be produced (the reader is not forced, as in the older method, to use only one flower, for he can make up various flowers) is obtained by first of all making an envelope of stiff paper (the sides are best stitched) that will fit over the B. On to this is now glued the cardboard cut-out of the flower and the appropriate pieces of coloured silk are lightly stuck and sewn on. When finished, this is slipped over B. To complete the preparation, place the flower cards in a box. This latter is then placed on the table in the position illustrated. The distance between box and " X " is sufficient to allow the base of the frame to come between hitting the fibreboard B and bringing it into a vertical position. An eighteen-inch silk is placed over the flower and fake, folded in such a way that it can be picked up two corners and immediately opened. The frame, with glasses inside, is now placed in front of the box containing the cards. The Okito glass is placed on another table and the ring-pull is attached to the conjurer, the pull itself coming down the right sleeve.

Presentation in bare-bone form :—

1. Frame is shown and replaced on table in same position;

2. Silk at rear is lifted, opened out at rear of frame over which it is draped, care being taken that the front is completely covered ;

3. Frame is lifted and placed behind card box, the latter then being picked up. (This action, of course, brings B into a vertical position behind frame and silk.)

4. Cards removed and desired and forced ;

5. Cards replaced on table with left hand, possession of ring-pull being obtained in right hand ;

6. Left hand picks up Okito glass near base, masking any possibility of a glimpse of ring ;

7. Right hand takes glass and slips swivel on to ring. Left and right hands both hold glass momentarily whilst this is done. The tension on on the pull is increased, freeing the spring, but pull is maintained by pressure of the right hand against glass ;

8. Pull is released, taking silks up sleeve ;

9. Remaining silks are removed singly and glass shown to be empty ;

10. Silk is removed from, and dropped behind, frame, card revealing silks apparently between the glasses.

Note.—If the reader has neither Okito glass nor ring-pull, any other vanish can be substituted. I like the idea of a visual vanish. The simplest vanish might be to use a paper cone with the usual pocket, the silks not be be vanished being left in the cone proper.—P.W.

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