The Linking Headbands Pinch

This is a very commercial handling and presentation for Dan Harlan's Linking Rubber Bands using head bands instead of rubber bands. In Dan's method, he sometimes had the spectator pinch the middle two strands of the band and pull them toward themselves. Then, as they let the two center strands snap back, he would release one of the concealed loops to create the impression they had just linked. Then he would unlink them with one of the visible unlinking methods. I loved the idea and evolved the modifications detailed below. The use of headbands instead of rubber bands takes a close-up effect and transforms it into a powerful stand-up piece.

Begin by setting up the two center strands. All you need to remember is transpose the two center strands twice.

One band is held between the index fingers of both hands, and the other is held between the little fingers (FIG. 1).

Remember, your objective is to transpose the two center strands twice. There are many ways to do this. In fact, Michael has several ways to set up and he uses them interchangeably. Use your left second finger to lift up on the upper strand of the lower band until it is above the lower strand of the upper band (FIG. 2). Simultaneously, use your right thumb to pull down on the lower band of the upper strand (refer to FIG. 2).

Without hesitating, move your left second finger toward you and your right thumb away from you to continue to twist the two controlled bands around each other. Remove your right second and third fingers from behind the portion of the band that is touching the back of the right third finger. Once free of this strand, bring the right second and third fingers toward you, through the lower (large) opening, and then up through the center (small) opening, where they close and take over for the right thumb, which is withdrawn.

Remove your second finger from the band and insert it and your left third finger back through the center (small) opening, where they then curl and close. FIG. 3 shows an exposed view of the two center strands having changed place twice. You are now set up. As I said earlier, there are many ways to get into this. You will most likely hit upon a method that you feel most comfortable with. The set up is not hard to do, just hard to describe in print.

Keep all your fingers closed and the backs of your hands toward the audience. This shows what appears to be two bands, one each hooked between a forefinger and a little finger. Direct your attention to a spectator and say, "Your right hand has the power to link these two bands together." Ask the spectator to hold up his right hand and pinch the two center strands between his thumb and forefinger. This perfectly covers your left fingers from his view (FIG. 4).

Continue by saying, "Nowknead the bands together. 'By way of demonstration, your left second and third fingers release their concealed interlocking strands as they show how to knead the bands between the second and third fingers and thumb (FIG. 5). FIG. 6 is a performer's view of this action. All of this is done under the cover of the spectators hands, as you tell them to knead the bands back and forth. By extending your left fingers and thumb to help illustrate how you want them to knead the two center strands between their fingers, you perfectly cover the release of the concealed locking strands.

The spectator now removes his hand and the bands are seen to have linked together. Say, "Your right hand has the power to link the bands, but your left hllfid has the power to Unlink them." Have the spectator reach up and grasp the strands at the point where they are linked, again using their first two fingers and thumb (FIG. 7 shows a performer's view).

The use of the spectator's left hand perfectly covers the actions of your right fingers, which must release their strands for the unlinking. Your right first and second fingers and thumb extend in order to help illustrate the kneading action. It is during the extension of these two lingers that the strands are again released. Once this is done, curl your second and third fingers again. Now have the spectator release the bands to show they are unlinked. You are back to your starting position, with the two bands stretched between the forefingers and little fingers.

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