Davids routine of Turning the Clock Back from the television series Modem Magic 1961

It wasn't said loudly. And there's no telling what the men thought. From the audience's point of view David had handed the coins back and the men had, by their actions, confirmed that they had received them.

David continued with the card effect producing the selection between the sheets of glass. The Television Frame was then reset for the repeat. Each signed selection was palmed away before the pack was handed back to the spectator.

Next was the Clock Dial effect. David had the arrow in his possession when the spectator named a number. He set the mechanism so that it would stop at that number when the spectator spun the arrow.

The same procedure was followed for the second chosen number. After the experiment David removed the arrow again from the Clock Dial and set the mechanism so that when replaced it would point at the first chosen number, 11. He also secretly inserted the needle into the dial so that the arrow locked in place, pointing to the number 7. When the assistant pulled on the thread the arrow obeyed the weight and moved to number 11.

At the end of the routine all that remained was for David to turn around the blackboard and make some calculations about the length of time that had passed. He operated the flap and then revealed that all the writing had disappeared.

Finally David moved the clock hand back one more notch so that it was back where it began, 8.15. The director quickly cut to the compere who repeated his introduction and gave the audience a twinge of déjà vu. It also gave David enough time to walk around the back of the set ready to make his second grand entrance of the evening. Some things are worth watching twice.

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