Dug from My sorapbook of personal notes, facts, and fancies comes this really fine idea regarding the age old phantom ring on the cord between the wrists trick. I print it for posterity, or something or other, beoause it is too food a routine, end has too nloe en effect to be ost in the limbo of forgotten tricks.

A wooden ring and two stout eords are examined. A spectator steps forward as the subject to work with the perfoxner. Someone else ties one rope to the perfonner's wrists so that there la about six inches of cord running between them* The performer's hands are thus tied in front of him, and the spectator's hands are tied in the same manner behind him. The speotator faces the audienoe and the performer takes the ring.

He steps behind speotator fo a moment, and then turns spectator around. The ring Is now on the cord between spectator's wrists I The speotator again faces audience, performer stepping behind again. Again spectator turns, but performer is carried with him as the ring now encircles both speotator and performer ropes between wristsI Again the speotator faces the front, and this time the performer walks free with the ring only on his own rope. The spectator Is free! And everything is taken off by the audience and examined to their heart's content.

There are really three rings used, they being large wooden curtain rings, and of a size to fit over the hand and be pushed up on forearm under sleeve. Take one of these and drop it or pound it until it cracks. With such a ring, the defeot can only be noticed when the ring is sprung open. Put the broken ring under ▼est, and a-solid one on left forearm. Have the other solid ring and two ropes at hand.

Have spectator's wrists and your wrists secured as desorlbed. Take solid ring and step behind spectator. Merely exchange it for the vested and broken one, spring it slightly apart and slip over the spectator's rope between wrists. Turn him around and show. The second time, merely open the ring again and slip it over your rope between wrists so you both are secured. The last time remove ring from both ropes and vest It, bringing the solid ring down frcm left arm onto your rope for the finale and subsequent inspection.



hen one can do a trick with the assistance of a telephone operator, he is quite a person, and that is just what seems to happen in the case of this excellent home, office, or press stunt.

It is short, simple and sweet, depending upon dial telephones and a bit of timing. Most oltles of any size have dial phones now, so tht> inclusion of this feat is warranted. During the evening, or while you are in an offloe, you ask for the use of the phone and dial the operator. You speak into phone, "Ring book In a few minutes, operator, as soon as you get my friend1s thought Impression, and tell him the card by the number of" rings. Use the usual suit order. ----I'll oall you baok."

Now you explain that the operator is concentrating, and that a card is to be selected. The puzzled spectator takes one from the deck which is laid aside. You do not see the oard. Tell him that the suits are in a certain order, as H-C-D-S and thought of as one-two-three and four so a stilt can be told by the number of rings. The speotator concentrates, and in a minute or so the phone rings once, twice, three times or four and stops. You say, "That's --- rings. It means the oard must be a ----. Is that correotT

Now think of the value very hard, and listen." The phone starts ringing again and stops when It has rung the correct number of times I

The stunt has an amazing effect on a person with whom it la done. The calling of the operator, of course, is so much hooey, and the poor operator doesn't know what it is all about. However, they get so many orackpots on the wire everyday with foolish questions that they are used to suffering. Note, however, that you say the above remarks quite fast into the phone, pause for the operator to say, "What?" and then say, "I'll oall you baok." That quiets her down and makes her think you're a bit mixed up*

It is only necessary now for the oorreot oard to be forced and stand by for the rings. Your confederate in crime is outside, and calls the number at the agreed upon time. With all dial phones, one can dial the number and listen to the ringing at the other end which is automatlo. When the correct number of rings are heard for the suit of card, he hangs up and breaks the connection which stops the ringing. He immediately dials the number again and this time listens until the correct number of rings have been made for the value before hanging up. The very slight delay in re-dialing the number is taken up by your asking speotator if the suit is correct and telling him to start thinking Intently of the card's value.

As simple as it all is, you'll find very ef-fefclve the ringing of a phone bell. It affeota the onlooker as being quite spooky, for they are used to answering a phone, and just letting one ring and counting the rings Is a strange bit of practice.

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rinciples may be old but new appllcatlona are constantly being made as in the present eaae. (continued on page

With only five red back oards and two with blue baoks, an entertaining little story is illustrated.

Fatter: "These two hlue backed cards that my friend Just removed fro« the pack represent two 0 men. Mow let me ahow you my pockets, aa empty aa usual. One 0 man goea Into thla pocket, the other in thla one. How, will aoswone pleaae remove any five cards from the red becked deck, these five eards will represent five magicians.

One day these five got together to exchange secrets with each other. And so that no outsiders oould Interfere with their mysteries, they went to a secret place known only to them, that is, they thought that. But from the very beginning, these two a men that I have in my pookets had followed them, thinking that these five magicians were ganatera up to no good.

They began picking them up, one by one. After that had captured the whole lot, they realised they had made a mistake, ao they started taking than back to where they had found them. Then oame the suspicion that perhaps the men really were gangsters after all, hiding under the guise of honest magielsns, so the G men started out to plek them up once more for more thorough investigation. But the whole truth of the matter is that the five men really were magicians, and being clever eaoape artists, had made their escape, leaving the two 0 men all by themselves."

Working routine! First introduce the two decks of eards, one red backed and the other blue. From the blue backed deck have a spectator remove any two cards. Take these, without letting the faoes be seen, and lay them face down on the table. Start patter and ahow both trouser pookets empty. With right hand pick up one blue card and place it in right pants pocket. Whan card ia in pocket, turn it face towards audience. With the left hand do the same thing with the second blue card.

How take red deck and have another spectator remove any five cards. Lay these down on table, saying they represent five magicians. Now follow this part with cards in hand. Right hand ploka up one of these red backed cards and puts it in right pants pocket behind the blue backed one already there, turning its face to audience. Left hand does the same by placing another red backed card behind the blue one in left pocket. Repeat thla again. First the right and then the left. This leaves one red backed card on table. Plek this up with right hand and plaoe In the right pocket.

the result of this maneuvre leave you with 4 eards In the right pooket and 3 in the left.

How the left haul removes the first card from left pooket, this being the blue backed card, but without showing it aa you patter along, you place it face up on table. She right hand does the same with the other blue backed •ard and places it face tip alongside the one just put on table. Again the left hand removes a card and puts it next to the two bluea, face up. The rlffet hand does the same. How the left hand removes the only card left In left pooket.

The result of this second aotlon leaves you with 2 red becked eards In right pocket and none In the left, and 5 faoe up oarda on table, sup-poaedly the 5 red eards. The first two, though, are the blue backed ones, the remaining 3 being red*

How comes the last action, according to pat ter. The right hand picks up one of the red backed oarda from table and places it in right pooket. The left hand does the same with one of the blue backed cards, putting it in left pooket. Repeat this again, first the right and then left. The right hand pockets the last card. And the result now is that 5 red backed eards are in the right pooket and the 2 bluea are in the left.

When you came to the part in your story about the joke being on the 0 men - remove the S red backed earda from right pooket with right hand and throw them faoe down on the table. At the same time the left hand removes the 2 blue backs from left pocket, throwing them faoe down also. The story is what makes this routine cute and surprising, and it can be done impromptu without have someone "take a card."

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