one of which would fit. The keys were to be mixed and each of seven people would pick one out and hold it in their closed fists. The performer would now pass from one to another and finally stop in front of one whose key would be tried and found to open the lock. I used a small size changing bag and extra keys in the method given. Robert Thrasher, of Elmira, New York, and I were together not long ago, and in talking about the effect evolved, not alone a better method, but a much improved effect from the standpoint of the audience. One needs only the padlock and eight keys one of which fits the lock. These keys all look alike, but only seven are used openly. One of the dummy keys is used secretly. Have the real key with a ribbon tied on it. Hand the dummy keys to a spectator with the lock and have him try them. Then hand him the real key which opens the lock. Now hook the lock into his coat lapel and snap it shut. Remove the ribbon from the real key and toss it into a hat or bowl with the others. Really, though, you switch it with a simple coin move for your dummy key. And at this time, no one expects anything, attention being on the lock in the lapel. Now have the keys mixed and picked out by seven people. Pass along and finally stop in front of one. Have the real key in your left hand finger palmed. Take the key from this spectator, make a change over palm and toss the real key to the spectator with the lock. He removes the padlock and all is well and can be checked.

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