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TWO IN TIME

PETER WARLOCK

1. CIGARETTES TO FLOWERS

THE EFFECT is very brief but colourful. The magician takes from his pocket a packet of twenty cigarettes, opening the packet he removes one, places it in his mouth and lights it. Blowing a puff of smoke towards the packet of cigarettes, the latter instantly changes into a bouquet of flowers.

The requirements. Some cardboard, seUotape and a packet of twenty cigarettes, Players Churchman or whatever you smoke. You'll also want fifteen first quality, repeat first quality spring flowers. The ones that I used in a model I made up for a friend came to him from Lou Tannen in New York, but I have no doubt that English dealers will supply some well up to this standard.

From the cardboard (and this should be strong but not too thick) make up a shape as shown in Figure 1, using sellotape to act as a binder. The hinge of the piece that hangs down is also made from sellotape.

The size approximates to the size of the cigarette packet.

A small hole is cut in the back of the box. The purpose of this is to run the strings of the spring flowers through so that they be secured at the back.

Now completely dissect the outer casing of the cigarette packet so that you have a separate front, back and two sides. Glue the two sides to the corresponding sides of the box you have made. Glue the back to the back of the shape, taking care to cut a hole which coincides with the other hole and finally on the flap giue the front of the outer case, but in applying the glue see that the topmost three-quarters of an inch is free from adhesive, as shown in Figure 2.

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From the inner casing cut away the flap and part of the back. This is then glued on to the back of the box so that when the apparent cigarette packet is intended to be closed the flap is tucked into the gap between the packet front and the flap, as shown in Figure 3.

Take your fifteen flowers and placing the fifteen strings together fasten them with a small piece of sellotape so that they become attenuated.

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In this condition they are taken through the hole from the front of the box to the back and secured with yet another piece of sellotape. See that about two inches of string is inside so that when the flowers expand they form quite a solid bunch. Incidentally, whilst you are passing the strings through the back, the flowers should be held in a bulldog clip.

Hold the flowers and remove the clip and then bringing up the large flap, take the packet flap and tuck it in as previously described. You will find that the packet remains closed without any chance of it accidentally opening. Having tried this, open the flap, place a loose cigarette inside and reclose the flap. Place the packet in your left hand pocket and a lighter in your right hand pocket.

Presentation. Remove the cigarette packet from the left hand pocket, taking care to well cover the back of the packet where the strings are held by sellotape. With the left hand fingers pressing down on the flap (i.e. the large flap) open the top of the packet by lifting the small flap, and withdraw a cigarette. Place the cigarette in the mouth, retaining a grip on the packet with the left hand. The right hand takes the lighter and lights the cigarette. The lighter is replaced. The left hand comes up to shoulder height and you blow smoke towards it. At the same time the left hand fingers release their grip on the flap and the flowers inside automatically push it forward and down, and the bouquet appears.

2. LINE OF SILKS

We'll suppose that in the course of a silk trick like the twentieth century the performer is left with a line of knotted silks, say mauve, yellow and green. The audience is asked to note that the yellow is in the centre. Gathering the silks up the performer throws them into the air and as they come down and are caught the yellow is now seen to be one of the end silks.

Requirements. Three different coloured silk handkerchiefs, say mauve, yellow and green, and two small bar magnets.

At one corner of the mauve silk sew one of the bar magnets. Do the same with the green. To the opposite diagonal corner of the mauve silk tie the yellow silk with a reef knot and then taking the end of the green silk which contains the magnet tie round the opposite end of the yellow silk a single knot so that with a reasonable pull the yellow silk can slide out of the knot.

Presentation. You now have the three silks in a line, mauve, yellow and green. Hold the magnet end of the mauve in the left hand, and the nonmagnet end of the green silk in the right hand. Thus the silks hang naturally between the hands with the yellow in the centre.

Draw attention to position of yellow silk and as you do so raise the right hand and bring it towards the left so that the magnet in the green silk comes into contact with the magnet in the mauve silk. Let the left hand grip the silks at this point, the right hand releasing its hold on the green silk. The silks are apparently held bunched in the left hand. The right hand is displayed and comes in to take the silks. Actually as it takes them the right hand pulls on the yellow silk, releasing it from the knot of the green silk. The silks are thrown into the air and as they come down and are caught their order is seen to have changed.

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