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This Blindfold is wider than the first two. It is made to cover the front of the face right down to the mouth. A single thickness of black felt is ironed out flat with a very hot iron—so as to singe the material making it compact and brittle. After this, a red hot pin is used to make two very small holes positioned to correspond with each eye. Suitable bands are affixed to the felt to hold it in position.

In use, by peeping through the two pinholes a surprising range of vision is made possible. However, the Felt Mask—Faked should be used discreetly as it will not withstand examination. When donning the mask, care should be taken to avoid having a strong light behind you and in the action of bringing the mask to the face, allowing pinholes of light to appear through the material. This applies also to the types of Blindfold which function on the principle of a sliding panel inside.

(4) The Folded Silk Blindfold

There is much to be said for this type of Blindfold. Probably the simplest form there is, it consists of an eighteen inch square of silk folded in such a manner that vision is possible both by peeking down the nose—and, more important, through the material. A fine silk or nylon is used, sometimes a good grade handkerchief will suffice. The manner of folding is as follows.

Lay the silk out in a square, take two opposite corners and begin to fold inwards in steps about 2 to 3 inches on each fold. The centre of the silk remains one thickness which enables you to see through with ease. Bring the two outside folds right up to the centre and just before donning the Blindfold, push back the folds allowing about half an inch gap. Rather than allow people to see you fold the silk in some special manner, it is better to have it ready folded in the pocket and carefully unrolled when required. Will Dexter advocates that you hold with Blindfold across the outstretched palms of the hands—and bend the head forward when coming to place it on. If you bring the blindfold to the face—the folds are liable to fall out of position.

Annemann made use of this Blindfold quite a bit for both stage and close up work. For stage work I recommend that you use thin black silk material —and for close up, thin white silk—looking as though you had improvised

with your pocket handkerchief. If you have not used a Blindfold before and you are not sure what type to try first—I suggest this model is your starting place. It has every qualification for Blindfold Work. With a good light you can see many yards ahead—see downwards and obtain a substantial glimpse to each side—in reality, your vision is hardly obscured at all! The important points to remember are: have the square large enough to enable you to tie the ends behind your head (no tapes are used), make the choice of material with care so that it gives you maximum transparency without looking unduly thin—and most important of all—ACT BLINDFOLDED when wearing it.

(5) The Bag Blindfold

As the name suggests, this is a bag made large enough to fit completely over the head. It is made from fairly thin black material and is designed so that really there are two bags, one inside the other. If the head is put into

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