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This billet switch is based on Blackstone's "Pick-up," and can be used for billets of varying sizes. I find 2in. to 2|in. square is a convenient size. The billet should be folded in half each way and then again in half one way, making an oblong packet. The dummy billet is folded to the same size and is clipped by one corner between first and second fingers of right hand, nearer to the second joint than the first joint. (See illustration (1)).

First and second fingers are cupped round it, and billet is inclined towards base of thumb. Third and fourth fingers project a little. Hand is held palm down.

Have the other billet written and folded as above. Take it from the writer between thumb and thin/ finger of right hand. Little finger then encircles it and draws it into palm, while the thumb releases it, and coming up under dummy billet, raises it into view above edge of first finger (illustration (2)). Dummy is then gripped between first finger and thumb, which slides up to take a grip on the corner quite naturally.

In this position, right hand (still palm down) can safely be extended to a third party, offering him the dummy billet, or better still, it can be dropped into a wine glass for him to hold, or placed in a pair of tweezers. Genuine billet is perfectly concealed in right palm.

Now for the glimpse. Under cover of a turn to the right the genuine billet is opened against the palm. Turn front again, and raise left wrist to look at wrist watch. Genuine billet is open now, and is cupped between first three fingers oi right hand, held between first and second fingers along top edge. Right little finger is extended., and with it you draw up left sleeve an inch to be able to see your watch. Look at your watch and you have the billet right under your eye at the same time.

You will have ample time to read the longest message if you remark': "If I don't get an impression with ten seconds, I shall have failed . .

" meanwhile looking for ten seconds at your billet. But don't forget : keep looking at your watch—you arc counting seconds, remember, not taking a peep at something you have hidden in your hand.

Keep the left wrist well in towards the body as it is raised, thus dropping the eyes more to read the billet. This prevents front row spectators noticing the very slight movement of the eye from watch face to billet held in hand.

Although this glimpse is fairly safe as regards angles, you should beat off spectators who take up their stand immediately behind you or within a yard of your left shoulder. The others don't matter a Shinwell's cuss—they will see nothing of your artful move.

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Editor's Note.

It is strange how certain tricks bring to mind certain events. For me, with this little effect of the late Jules Giraud, I shall always remember a ride back to Parame from Mont St. Michel. We were both travelling in an open car and a strong wind was whipping up the fine sand from the beach below the shore road and turning those little particles into lilliputian arrows which struck our cheeks without cessation. It was the evening of that day when Giraud after showing me his amazing, and as yet undescribed, spirit cabinet, later he showed me a routine of which the effect to be described is a part.—P.W.

Effect.—It is a version of the mutilated card trick. After a card has been chosen, it is torn into eight almost equal parts, one of these being retained by a spectator. A reel of thread, a needle and a cotton handkerchief are then introduced. The four corners of the handkerchief are taken and held together so that a kind of bag is formed. First of all the pieces of card are taken and they are dropped into the extempore bag. The pieces are followed by the reel of cotton and the needle. ... a short pause for effect and the handkerchief is placed on the table. The corners are then drawn back to show the reel of thread plus the card duly sewn together (see illustration). The corner held by the spectator, needless to say, fits the empty space.

What struck me when I saw the effect was that here was a fine basis for a children's effect, cards other than playing ones being used. The idea of an invisible magic seamstress or a leprechaun stitching away would appeal to children.

Requisites.—One pack of cards ; a duplicate of one, say nine of spades. A reel of thread, from the centre of this reel the core has been removed leaving a shell. (Anyone who has the reels for Jordan's " Spectral Seamstress " has the very thing.) Two needles. A Devil's handkerchief. This is a stock prop, but in case there are readers unaware of it, it is a double handkerchief, with an opening half-way along one edge.

Preparation,—-"The duplicate card is first torn into eight pieces, and seven of these pieces are sewn together (see illustration). When the sewing is complete, a length of thread is attached at the top and bottom of the card. The top piece is then fastened to the remaining thread in the reel whilst the lower length is threaded through the needle. One point must be attended to in sewing and that is that there must be freedom of play between the separate pieces of card, for we now-come to the point where the sewn cards must be folded. The method of folding is this : first of all the sewn card is folded lengthwise; this done, the four segments showing are folded " W " shape and together with threaded needle and loose thread stowed away inside the shell reel. The reel is now placed on the table with the opening to the rear. With the " devil's " handkerchief in the breast pocket, the odd corner from the

" sewn " card in his right-hand pocket, and needle and pack of cards on table the conjurer is ready for the

Presenation.—The pack of cards is picked up and the duplicate nine of spades forced upon a spectator. (It is not a bad thing to use the " under the handkerchief " force which brings the faked handkerchief into play.) Placing the cards in his right-hand pocket, the conjurer gets possession of the odd corner whilst the spectator with the card is asked to double it over and tear it. Then place the pieces together again, etc.. until he has torn it into eight pieces. The conjurer takes the pieces in his right hand. Pausing a moment he remarks, " Oh, perhaps you had better retain one corner," at the same time handing the spectator the piece that fits the " sewn " card. The pieces are momentarily placed on the table whilst the conjurer takes the handkerchief from his pocket ; it is taken by its four corners in the left hand. The right hand in smoothing out one side of the bag formed, opens the secret pocket in the handkerchief. The pieces then being picked up from the table one at a time and dropped into the secret pocket. Next, the needle is taken and this too goes with the pieces of card. Lifting the reel, care of course being taken that the opening is not exposed, and carefully showing that otherwise his hands are empty, this is placed not inside the pocket, but in the actual bag. Immediately the reel is out of sight the contents are allowed to drop from their place of con-

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