Volume Ii No 3 16 20 Cents December 1956

that the other handkerchief in glass No. 2 occupies a similar volume and also that the handkerchief and ring are wedged into the glass sufficiently tightly so as not to fall out when the glass is inverted.

Phase 1. Penetration of glass through base of hat The glass is now placed on the left hand held

palm up in the same position as for back palming a coin. The foulard removed from the left arm and, held by the middle of one side, is drawn over the glass from the front until the middle of the side being held can be gripped in the left thumb crotch. This will result in the glass being in the centre of the foulard in one dimension and in the other approximately one third will be behind the glass and the remaining two thirds will be hanging down in front. Raise the front of the foulard and show that the glass is still there. Let the foulard drop again and flick the glass through the foulard ; during this move the left second and third fingers bend in to the palm under the base of the glass similarly to the commencement of the coin back palm.

Under handkerchief fingers take up this position. After hat is placed on top and pressed down with the right hand, glass is caused to slide through fingers of left hand and take up position shown by dotted lines.

This leaves the glass gripped between the tips of the first and fourth fingers, but no change in the position of the glass is evident to the audience. Tilt the left hand slightly upwards so that the level of the first and fourth finger tips is slightly above the level of the knuckles of the second and third fingers curved into the palm. (This aids in getting the maximum possible traverse of the glass during the penetration).

Turn half left and place the hat crown down on top of the foulard covered glass with the right hand. Now effect the penetration by pushing down with the hat and causing the glass to slide down between the left fingers. The extent of the downward movement is accentuated by the left fingers being pointed upwards to commence with and dropping slightly during the slide. The glass apparently penetrates the base of the hat. Practice in front of a mirror will allow an effect equal to the piston and table method to be obtained. If a trilby hat is used it is necessary to place the right hand inside the hat and push against the inside of the crown and the effect is not as good as when a hard hat is used as this can be held by the brim and pushed down. The penetration terminates with the hat resting on the second and third knuckles below the foulard covering the left hand.

Left 2nd and 3rd fingers enter glass and left hand drops to side, the glass being retained between the first and second fingers.

Lift off the hat with the right hand, lower the left hand and simultaneously straighten the left second and third fingers which will enter the glass, (Figure 3.) (It is to facilitate this and to avoid nipping the foulard in the process, that is necessary to have the glass as near to tips of the fingers as possible during the penetration.) The glass will now be gripped between the tips of the first and second fingers and be completely concealed by the foulard.

Replace the hat in the left hand gripping it between thumb and fingers above the foulard. (Figure 4.) Remove glass No. 2 from the hat with the right hand and place it on the table. Turn the hat with the right hand, re-gripping it on the opposite side of the brim with the left hand, so that the bottom now faces the audience. Snap the bottom and show that there is no hole in the crown. (Figure 5).

Hat taken in left hand whilst right removes duplicate from hat.

Now snatch the foulard hanging below the hat from the left hand and show no hole in that either—this automatically loads glass No. 1 into the hat ready for Phase 2. Place the foulard in the. right trousers pocket, the hat on the table and take up the glass.

Position of left hand as hat is tapped by right to show " No hole in the crown." This is the end of the first part of the effect and the performer is left holding the glass No. 2 with the lady's handkerchief inside and the audience believed the borrowed ring to be inside that. Phase 2 Vanish of Ring. Handkerchief and Qlass individually

The second part of the effect consists of again passing the three objects into the hat but this time they travel separately.

(1) Vanish of the ring The right fingers dive into the handkerchief in the glass and appear to extract the ring without removing the handkerchief from the glass. Place the glass on the table. Describe the imaginary ring from the details noted earlier and apparently transfer it to the left hand and vanish it from there.

(2) Vanish of the lady's handkerchief The lady's handkerchief is removed from the glass by the right hand and the glass placed down. The left hand is closed into a fist and held with thumb side up: the handkerchief is placed centrally over the fist and the centre is tucked in to form a well similar to the thumb tip cigarette vanish. Whilst the handkerchief is tightly gripped in the left hand the four corners and finally the remainder are tucked in. The result of this is a tight little bundle about the size of a pigeon's egg. Whilst the tucking is being completed the left hand is turned first horizontally and finally vertically with the thumb down. During the final tucking movement the bundled handkerchief is allowed to extrude from the rear of the hand between the first and second fingers.

The last tucking movement is made facing half left; the right hand is held vertically, palm towards the audience, the first finger doing the tucking and the hand being obviously empty.

Now with one continuous movement the right hand rotates so that the back is towards the audience, the right second and third fingers extend up behind the left hand take the called handkerchief, and bend down into the right palm and hold it there : there is no need to palm it. The left hand turns fingers towards the audience, appears to pulverise the handkerchief and vanish it; the right hand which was just before shown empty dives into the right trouser pocket, stuffs the handkerchief into the top corner and draws out the foulard. The left hand takes up the glass from the table.

(3) Vanish of glass

A. Left hand Instructions The glass is placed on the left hand in a similar position to that detailed in Phase 1 for the penetration and is again covered with the foulard, the middle of one side of the foulard being again gripped in the left thumb crotch. This time whilst the foulard is being arranged over the glass, the left second and third fingers bend in under the bottom of the glass so that the glass is gripped between the first and fourth fingers and is resting on the backs of the second and third fingers. (Figure 6).

If the left fingers were now straightened the glass would be back palmed with the base of the glass in the same position as a back palmed coin. This is where a rim on the base of the glass helps, particularly if any perspiration is present. As the hand is horizontal the back palmed glass points vertically downwards.

Under cover of handkerchief, left hand fingers take up this position, right hand giving support.

B. Right hand Instructions The right hand with the fingers spread is placed palm down flat on top of the foulard covered glass in the left hand. The right fingers now close together and trap a small portion of the foulard between the first and second, and the third and fourth fingers. The effect of this is to maintain the shape of the glass-similar to the disc in handkerchief-and the glass could now be removed without the audience noticing its departure.

C. The Vanish of the Qlass Turn half left. The foulard is gripped by the right hand as B. Raise the right hand about two inches and simultaneously back palm the glass with the left hand.

HANDKERCHIEF CLIPPED BETWEEN 3rd it 4th \ FINGERS & lat FINGER & THUMB

HANDKERCHIEF CLIPPED BETWEEN 3rd it 4th \ FINGERS & lat FINGER & THUMB

Glass allowed to drop unseen to this position.

Glass allowed to drop unseen to this position.

The right hand now drops the foulard which it is holding in the shape of the glass and the effect of this is that the foulard seems to collapse and the glass to melt away.

Right hand drops to side, handkerchief covering glass.

The left hand drops to the side which brings the glass parallel to the floor at the back of the hand, the portion gripped by the fingers, whilst not perfectly back palmed due to its width, is entirely concealed by the hanging foulard which is still gripped in the left thumb crotch. Pause here momentarily.

The following now occurs with a simultaneous movement of both hands. The right hand approaches the left hand which rises slightly and the fingers bend up to a more horizontal position with the result that the back palmed glass points vertically downwards, Exactly at this point the thumb enters the glass pushing in the foulard and

Left fingers raise glass to position shown whilst right hand thumb enters glass and fingers and thumb take both glass and handkerchief.

rips the glass between the first finger and thumb and takes it, giving it an inconsequential shake whilst attention is focussed on the left hand.

glass comes in an inverted position in the palm of the left hand with the four corners of the foulard hanging over the back of the hand towards the audience, effectively concealing the glass which is now securely in a bag in the left palm. Turn right,

pick up the hat tipping it to show the arrival of the glass and place it in the left hand making the glass in the palm on the turn and taking the hat between the left fingers and thumb.

hand. This is the performer's view.

Reach into hat remove glass No. 1 with contents with right hand and place on the table. Drop the foulard with contents into the hat; place down the hat. Pick up the glass, show and return the borrowed ring.

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