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EDITOR'S NOTE. This effect, as the informed reader will realise, is based on the principle described by Mr. Paul Curry in the "Phoenix" and " Magic as a Hobby." The present version has the advantage that the effect can be performed without the need for any gyrations by the performer. A number of conjurers seeing the effect have requested further particulars. Because of that, it is now being published.

On the conjurer's table, to the left, stands a little board in a stand. This board has four slots cut out about half way from the top and each one and a quarter inches apart. Two pieces of cord, of different shades, are threaded through these slots so that there are two loops one side and four ends the other. The performer shows the cords, and after placing them down he introduces the little board. He points out to the audience that both sides are equal in size and shape and then places it back in the stand. The cords are then threaded through again, but this time with the loops at the back of the board and the ends in front, nearer the audience. Again he picks up the board and shows the audience that there are two loops on one side and four ends the other side. With the two loops towards him, the conjurer takes them and as he pulls them up towards the top of the board, he shows that one loop of cord has passed through the loop of the other.

Requirements.

1. Two lengths of different coloured silk cord (the colours I use and which show up well on a stage are red, and grey), each piece measuring about one and a half yards. These cords should, to prevent them from unravelling, have their ends whipped.

2. A piece of wood measuring eleven inches in length, twelve inches in width, and a quarter of an inch in thickness. This is for the board and must have four slots cut out of it. These holes are one and a quarter inches in length, half an inch in width, and one inch apart. The measurements for the position of the slots will be best seen in Illustration 1, rather than explained by words.

3. A small projection to fit at the back of the board pn which to catch the loops as they are brought up. This is fixed to one side of the board approximately two-and-a-half inches above the holes and between the second and third slots (See Illustrations 1 and 2).

4. Having dealt with the board, let us now take its holder. This is made from a piece of wood twelve inches by five and three-quarter inches and having the same thickness as that used for the board. To this base are attached two thicker pieces of wood. These are five and three-quarter inches in length, two inches in height, and about an inch in width, and are fixed at approximately two inches from each end of the base. In the centre of these pieces of wood are cut two slots, just large enough to hold the board. The board and its holder are now painted. I use cream for the board and the base of the stand, and red for the slotted uprights.

Preparation.

There is very little to do really in the way of preparation, except to fix the board on to its stand and put the cords through their slots, making sure that the projection side of the board does not face the audience. In writing out the presentation I will be using the table to my left as I am left-handed. If you are not, right-hand should be substituted where I have written left.

Presentation.

The magician begins the effect by saying that scientists say that it is impossible to pass one solid object through another solid object without

detriment to either, but that you, as a magician, will try to disprove that theory. The silk cords are then displayed, and having shown them you can either place them on a table, or as I do, drape them loosely around your neck. The next thing for introduction is the board which is picked up with the left hand, the thumb facing the audience and all the fingers at the back, so that as you turn the board round to show the other side the projection is between the second and third fingers and cannot be seen by the audience. Both sides are shown quite casually and the board is then replaced in its holder in the

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same position as bsfore. The grey cord is now taken and threaded through the two slots nearest the magician with the loop at the back of the board. Similarly, the red cord is taken and threaded through the other two slots. Again the board is picked up with the thumb in continued on page 79

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Heavy prediction effects that depend upon locked boxes seem a little unwieldy as regards purity of effect. The following principle enables exactly the same results to be obtained with the use of a couple of envelopes only—and the prediction itself, of course. There are no fakes and no gimmicks.

The effect is the normal prediction routine : a sealed envelope is deposited with a member of the audience before the show, or is placed in full view of the audience before the event predicted takes place. It never leaves the sight of the audience; there are no switches of envelope, inner envelope, or contents of the inner envelope, no stooges, no thumb-writing, no carbon, and no surreptitious skulduggery of any description.

The secret hinges on a method of loading a folded paper, card, or small envelope into another envelope imperceptibly.

First of all, the envelopes. Two are needed —outer and inner. Both are of heavy paper and are quite opaque. The outer should measure about 6 inches by 4 inches; inner envelope measures about 5 or inches by inches. Sizes a little larger or very little smaller may be used, so long as the inner envelope fits easily into the outer.

The inner envelope is sealed up—empty—in rather a special way. The top edges of the gummed part are moistened, but the lower edge, in the shape of a leter V, is left dry. On the inside tip of the V a dab of rubber cement is placed, and this edge is folded back. Where the blob of rubber cement would register on the body of the envelope another dab of rubber cement is placed, so that when the tip of the V is folded down into its usual flat position, the two blobs stick together.

This should leave the inner envelope with a clear passage up beneath the flap. It is into this passage that the prediction is inserted.

I recommend that this inner envelope should be one of those on which the flap comes nearly down to the bottom edge of the envelope, thus allowing much more cover for the folded prediction when it goes under the flap.

Having prepared the smaller envelope thus, and having folded back the rubber cemented tip of the flap to stop it adhering, yet, to the body of the envelope, place the smaller envelope into the larger, which is then sealed as securely as you wish. You may now part with the package to the member of the audience, or you may stick it on the ceiling or anywhere else where it will be prominently displayed and out of your reach.

After the event you are predicting has taken place, write your prediction, and fold it very flat to about the size of 1\ inches by 2 inches. Use thin, tough paper which will not readily crumple. If you use the wrong sort you are going to find yourself holding an envelope with a balled-up wad of paper stuck half-way.

To present : the prediction must be palmed in the left hand. The two envelopes are called for and handed to you. With a sharp knife, open the outer envelope and, after extracting the smaller envelope, lay it down. Take the inner envelope in right hand, face of envelope to audience, and transfer it to left hand, in front of palmed prediction slip. The slip is then in a position just below the tip of the flap, and is pushed slowly under the flap with the left thumb.

If you have used an envelope with a large flap covering most of the back, the prediction slip will be out of sight under the flap and you may show the envelope casually on both sides. If the slip is not quite out of sight, no matter, but don't let the back be seen.

Now take the paper knife again and slit along the top of your inner envelope, hold it out to a member of the audience, and request him to take out the slip inside. As he draws it out, your left thumb turns down the folded-back tip of the flap, and presses it down, so that it adheres to the rubber cement beneath it.

So much for the working.

You will find that the slip pushes up beneath the flap to such a position that it definitely appears to come from within the envelope when it is withdrawn. Pick the right shape of envelope and you

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