Knifed

Editor's Note. It goes without question that some of the finest close-up magic is to be found ivhen the little coteries meet. Roy, who is a most natural iuorkery belongs to such a group which for the moment zve'll designate by the letters ' D.GThe effect which he is describing is to appear in a book ivhich the group is publishing in the near future under the title ' Come A Little Closer,' a book ivhich in the light of this preview* of part of its contents we feel certain you'll zvish to acquire.—P. IT.

Effect

1. Both sides of two knives are shown to be white. The audience is asked to choose one knife and whichever is chosen is taken at the finger tips of the right hand. This chosen knife is rubbed on the back of the open left hand and the colour changes to yellow.

2. The left hand holding the white knife is then closed into a fist and the yellow knife pushed into it. The hand is then turned over, opened and the yellow knife shown to have changed red; the other knife is still white.

3. The red knife is then taken in the right hand and both sides shown. The left hand with the white knife goes to the pocket while the right hand closes into a fist over the red knife. The white knife now travels from the left pocket to the right hand. The right hand is opened and the knife shown to be white. The audience presumes the knife in the left hand to be red but this is shown not to be the case because the knives have again changed places and the white knife is shown to have returned to the left hand and the red knife to the right hand.

4. Both hands are again closed over the knives and the transposition is repeated. The right hand is opened to reveal the white knife and the audience is asked what colour knife is in the left hand. On receiving the reply " RED " the hand is opened and the knife shown to be Green.

5. The vanish of the Red knife is explained by stating that it slipped into the pocket and both hands go to the pockets with the knives. The left hand comes out empty and the right hand brings out both the red and white knives.

6. The white knife is taken in the left hand and the hand closed into a fist. The red knife is then pushed into the lower side ot the fist and the white knife is pulled out from the upper side, this is shown white on both sides and placed in the pocket.The left hand is then opened and the remaining knife also shown to be white; this is rolled on the table or given for examination. Requirements

In right trouser pocket— One unfaked knife, both sides white; One faked knife, one side white; one side yellow. In left trouser pocket— One faked knife, one side white; one side green. One faked knife, one side white; one side red.

The right and left hands both go to the trouser pockets and bring out a faked knife which is shown to be white on both sides by one of the familiar paddle moves. The white side of each faked knife can be roughened or nicked to make i t distinguishable by touch, or, the hands can be brought out of the pockets closed, held up with backs to the audience and opened slightly with the knives in the thumb palm position to allow the performer to check that the white sides are to ihe front, or if necessary to make the necessary reverse whilst lowering the hands.

Routine

1. Having shown the two knives to be white, ask the audience which shall be used and whichever knife is chosen is taken at finger tips of the right hand and rubbed on the back of the left hand still held palm up with its knife exposed. When the right hand knife is hidden by the back of the left hand it is turned over and brought out to show the colour has changed to yellow.

2. Whilst showing the knife to be yellow on both sides, close the left hand at the same time reversing the knife. The yellow knife is pushed into the left hand behind the knife already there. The right forefinger rubs the back of the left hand which is then turned over and opened to show that the yellow knife has changed to red.

LEFT HAND HOLDS KNIFE JN S/KILAZ MANNER BUT KNIFE /S REVERSED THUS

3. The red knife is taken at the right fingertips and shown red on both sides; whilst this is being done the left hand goes to the left pocket and exchanges the white knife for the knife already in the pocket, the hand remaining in the pocket. Performer now states he will make the knife in the pocket change places with the knife in the right hand. The right hand is turned over and opened to reveal the white knife; the hand is then closed again, reversing the knife in the process. The closed left hand is brought out of the pocket and after checking the colour, as detailed earlier, to ensure the knifo will show white when the hand is opened—the spectator is asked what colour the knife is in the hand. On receiving the answer "Red" the performer explains that the knives have again changed places and the knife in the left hand is shown to be white and that the red knife is back in the right hand.

4. State that you will repeat the transposition and close both hands reversing both knives. The right hand is opened to show a white knife and the spectator asked what colour knife is in the left hand. On receiving the reply "Red" the knife is shown to be green.

5. Whilst explaining that the vanish of the red knife was accomplished by slipping it secretly into the pocket, both hands go to the pockets. The left hand leaves its knife in the pocket and comes out empty, the right hand reverses its knife and also picks up the unfaked knife and is withdrawn from the pocket showing a white and a red knife. The audience believing the red knife has just been removed from the pocket when actually it is the white knife which was removed.

6. The unfaked knife is taken in the left hand, the hand is closed to a fist and turned over. The red knife is shown red on both sides and is pushed into the lower side of the left fist. The red knife is reversed in the hand, pulled out from the upper side and shown as white on both sides and placed in the pocket. To the audience the effect is that the red knife has been exchanged :~or the white which was already in the left hand, but the left hand is now opened to show that the white knife is still there and this knife can be rolled on the table for examination.

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