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TMs illustrates how both gimmicks appear when in the bag and in nested order. Top right is the bottom of bag cut out in circular form, leaving opening for the nested tube gimmick. Bottom right is the gimmick tube which fits Into the bag after the tobacco has been taken out. Then the bag is filled.

The principle upon which the effect is worked was admittedly suggested by DeMuth's "Saltrlx", but the application, Insofar as known, is original. The entire principle would be the same, but as will be readily understood, the "Saltrlx" cannot be called an item of Innocence. Taking a salt shaker from the pocket for a trick is not an innocent procedure and far from appearing Impromptu. It is natural for tobacco being on one's person and is most natural in this respect. The gimmic is a flesh colored tube of a size that the middle finger can be inserted slightly at the open end. This fake fits snugly in another tube which has been set in a bag of popular tobacco, after, of course; the bag has been treated by cutting a hole in it at the bottom.

Open a bag of 'Bull Durham1 or 'Duke's Mixture1 and dump the tobacco out. Cut a circular hole in the center of the bag's bottom. Now insert the gimmick tube into the bag and then repack the bag with tobacco. The finger tube is closed at one end the same as the gimmick tube and is handled in the same manner as an oversized finger tip. In your coat pocket have a duplicate bag with a bit of tobacco gone. Start by bringing out the fake bag and show the left hand empty. The right hand then passes bag to the left while it, in turn, is shown empty. Taking the bag back with right hand, the tube is left in left fist and the right proceeds to pour the tobacco into fist and into the tube. The right hand now drops bag into pocket and with a gesture of poking into fist the few flakes that are on top of the left fist, the right middle finger steals the tube in the usual and well known move. The hands are now held high and far apart. The left is first shown empty and in the meantime the tube has been pulled off the finger and into the closed right fist for the subsequent dumping of the tobacco back onto the left hand. The right hand drops to pocket and bringing out the unprepared bag, lets the left dump tobacco into it and the bag may be laid on table in case anyone thinks of looking at it.

Bag tobacco is the ideal type for this effect because it Is flakey and if not packed down too tightly into the tube will flow freely at the finish of the trick.

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Z7he Classical Ccaarette *Cu-&retvt

Cigarette tricks are always popular and the following effect on those who know the old cig vanish via the thumb-tip is quite uystify-ing. It is an excellent close up item and it has everything in magical elements.

You will need a thumb-tip, a bag of Bull Durham tobacco, a booklet of cigarette papers and one ordinary cigarette. That's all. The thumb tip is tucked slightly behind your hanky which is in the same pocket. The regular cigarette is placed into the lower right side vest pocket protruding a little so that it may be easily secured at the opportune moment by thumb palming it. If you wish you may place it into any of the standard type of cigarette holders and pin to the position given.

Reaching into right coat pocket take out the tobacco and paper. Hand to a nearby spectator to open and also have one paper ready for you. In the meantime you reach into breast pocket of coat and take out the hanky including "the thumb tip fixed to its proper place, on the thumb. Now state that you would prefer using some one elses hanky instead, so borrow one, allowinr spectator to keep yours as security, 71th ripht hand hold the borrowed hank at the center of one side and with left hand pretend to hunt for a match in your lower right vest pocket and at same time secure the real cigarette by thumb palming. As if not finding a match bring out hand, drop the hank over left hand and with rlfht reach into left vest pocket still searching. These moves must be timed but are perfectly natural. Not finding a match borrow one from another spectator and have him poke a pocket into the left fist with this match.

As if the hole were not large enough, use your finder an-'! then thumb to make it larger. The thumb tip, of course, is left in the pocket and underneath the bank, the left fingers are now holding the cigarette. The match is taken from spectator and placed in your ripht coat pocket. Take the opened tobacco bar and pour some into the pocket. Put the single cigarette paper in next and tuck it well into the tip, making the usual getaway on the right thumb. Tilth hand obviously empty reach into right coat pocket and take out match leaving tip behind. Now state that you will cause the tobacco and naper to penetrate the hank and appear in your closed fist. The hank is next drawn off and shaken out to show the tobacco and paper pone. Upon openlnp the hand, it is a surprise to find a perfect cigarette. With the match you light the cigarette and take your bow. Prom this point the individual performer may ro on with any routine or effect usinp a lighted cigarette.

Simp lex Ubm Card and Balloon o£u-Brent

Versions of a chosen card in an inflated balloon are many, but invariably by mechanical methods. The following was designed as an emergency method and its simplicity will be appreciated by all Club performers.

Effects The performer exhibits four colored balloons on a small tray. A spectator who will act as an assistant is requested to select one of these after which it is inflated by blowing air into it. A tape ribbon is tied securely around the neck to keep it so. Another spectator selects a card, a comer is torn from it for the spectator to hold, and the remainder of the card vanished. The balloon is bursted and the seleoted card found inside. The corner be in, held by the spectator fits.

Operation: You will need an ordinary deck of cards with one duplicate. Four colored OPAQUE balloons, a straight pin or two, a piece of tape rlbbcn and a little tray complete the necessaries. Tear a corner from one of your duplicate cards and place it in your pocket where it can be easily reached during the course of the effect. This cerd, minus the corner, is rolled and inserted throu -he neck of the balloon, after which it is straightened out inside. The other three balloons are unprepared. Put the balloons in a line across tray so that the balloon containing the card is second from your left while holding tray in front. Place the tray on a nearby chair or table.

Presentation: Force the balloon .containing the card with this subtle method. State that you have four toy balloons and that one will be selected for the experiment. Ask spectator for a number from one to four. (Don't say "between one an four) They will generally say 'two' or 'three' regardless, and it sounds more logical. Let us assume they have chosen 'three'. Step to table, pick up tray, walk to spectator and have him count to the third one in the usual fashion from left to right. If they say 'two' it is there also because it's all in the way you pick up the tray. It is pick up AFTER the number is given and can therefore be picked up either by front or back to bring the right balloon In the right position. The chosen balloon is blown up by performer and tied by the spectator. He holds the end of the ribbon with the balloon dangling for all to see.

You now force the duplicate card from pack.

Drop pack in pocket and secure the corner there. Taice card, tear off the corner, and drop your corner into his hand. Fold the card over and over (incidentally folding up the genuine corner with it) and vanish it. A nice way is with a cigarette vanisher after rolling the card the long way, or one may use a dnuble handkerchief. Pull the pin from your lapel and explode the balloon. The card id there, minus its corner, and the corner held by the spectator fits. Throw the three remaining balloons into the audience.

J'ke. Itinerant Dollar

Jacob Sielsal

One of the cleverest ideas which has come my way in a long while is this idea by Mr. S'telsfl. I can record the subtlety which makes many variations possible and also suggest a possible presentation. ^fter that I leave it to the individual performer to take it apart and work out & routine to suit his needs and fancy.

In short, a dollar bill, the number of which has been recorded by a spectator himself, travels into a cigarette and from there to a lemon. From this spot it may find its way to a sealed box or envelope, or even another kind of fruit.

Explained in many books has been the principle of clanging the last figure on a bill to match the number of another, both bills being the same otherwise because they were secured in new form and with numbers consecutive. Mr. Steisal makes possible with his idea as many as ten duplicate bills through the simple process of erasing the last figure of each with a common ink eraserl11 Thus it can easily be seen how apparently the same bill may be found in different places and checked each time. It is merely a case of loading the various spots and either handing out or planting the bill to be used.

Without a great deal of thought on it because of too much travelling of late, I can suggest trying to borrow a bill with the naive statement that you v/ant to try a feat of bill burning you have lately learned. It is good for a laugh and after the short stall for looking around say that evidently the audience would rather have you use your own. Take out four or five bills and hand one to a spectator to write down the number and also initial it. Before taxing It back, pick up a pack of cigarettes, one of which has" been faked with ft duplicate bill and resealed. Open, or allow someone to break the seal, and remove cigarette.

Ho_d it while someone initials the tobacco end and place in mouth. Now take bill back and use the slit envelope into which it is placed. The bill goes to left trouser pocket as you take out the match and light cigarette and then envelope. Finally the cigarette is checked for mark, broken open and the bill handed MAN WHO WiRKED CIGARETTE to call off the number and the first person says it is correct. At this point pick up a tray of three lemons, one of which has another duplicate inside. Have another spectator take any two of the lemons and if he leaves the right one behind tell him to keep them as souvenirs and to hold the tray with other lemon on it. If he takes the right lemon among the two tell him to hand you one and if he hands you the right one toss it to someone to hold high in the air. If he keeps the right one, let him hold it high.

Disappear the hill again to suit yourself hut in a different manner. I suggest an ordlrfary cigarette pull as being very clean at this point. Now take the lemon, cut it open and find the bill. THE MAN WHO HELD THE LEMON CALLS THE NUMBER AND AGAIN THE FIRST ¡¿AN CHECKS IT AS CORRECT. The last effect is very, very variable. It can be found this time in a bill tube which was in left trouser pocket and into which you put the initialed bill at the very start. It can be pushed into the end of one of the fountain pen gimmicks and then found in an egg which is freely selected from several. It may also be found in your banded wallet a la card into pocketbook. If you use the egg finish, the fact that the bill was wet from the lemon is covered. If you use the tube or pocketbook, always wrap the bill on the second vanish with a square of oiled paper and remark that it aids in the disappearance. You'll be surprised how effective it is to see a bill wrapped in such a way and vanish, only to find it in the same condition. People appreciate the fact that you have done this to keep it dry and the point aids in keeping them from the thought you had another bill.

Regardless of the finish, let the original spectator who marked the number down and Initialed the bill hold the egg, tube or wallet. Then take the bill from the man who held the lemon and make it disappear for the last time. Then remove it from the egg with the fountain pen, or let the spectator himself take it from wallet or tube after coming up to stand before the crowd. Then have him check the number and verify his original initials. This is the grand point for the finish.

I have written this just as I have been thinking about it, so please excuse the general way in which I have covered it. I think the principle behind it very clever and practical, and I also know that each person will have his way of doing it. The effect ean be made into quite a feature club or parlor effect and I know of several performers who will delight in making use of it as soon as possible. I hope you do too.

fke 3 <2, Card Wystory

¿ludley Walsh,

Effects The performer borrows any deck and proceeds to deal four piles of eight cards each. Hie onlooker selects any one of these piles, and picing it up, the performer has him think of a card when they are fanned face outward. The four piles are grouped together and again dealt Into four piles. Fanning each pile for the spectator to glance at, the performer asks him to state when he sees his thought of card. The others are discarded and this pile dealt into two rows of four Cards, one under the other, and with all of the cards face down. The spectator Indicates a row, then two cards in that row, and finally one card. He names his card thought of, turns the one left on the table, and it proves to be the onel

Operation; This effect practically works itself with the exception of a simple bit of information which the performer gains at the outset. Follow the above primary maneuvre in the effect. Have one of the four piles selected. Pick it up and fan four of the cards face down in left hand and four in the right. Now ask the spectator to think of just one card that he sees. Lift the two fans together, hold them for a second and lower them again. You won't miss once in a hundred times of knowing in which of the fans the card has been noted, v/hen you drop the fans, put the one in which the noted card lies under the other. Reassemble the piles, putting one on top of the one in hand and drop this packet on top of both remaining piles. This routine is always followed. The Cards may now be false shuffled and cut provided the order is not changed. Deal a row of four cards face down, on top of these another row and so on until the 32 cards are again in four piles of eight cards each. Pick up each of the piles and fan towards the spectator. When he sees his card he says so whereupon the other three piles are discarded. Now deal this pile of eight into two rows of four each from left to right and face down, one row under the other. The selected card will always be in the lower left corner. Have spectator indicate a row, then two cards in that row, and finally one of the two left. In each case, the well known dodge of either leaving or discarding the row or cards selected is resorted to and the last card left on table is the one which turns out to be the spectator's thought of card. This effect, smartly worked, is clean cut and although it may not sound so great in print, a trial will convince the performer as to its value as an Impromptu table trick.

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yhe Psychic fchows

Robert Pcwrisk

Although there isn't much originality in this effect, It is one I have been using quite constantly and with which I have had much success. To the audience you have performed quite a miracle in psychic tests. Your assistant or medium goes out of the room and the performer then spreads a deck of cards face down on the table, a spectator is asked to step forward and take three cards in a bunch from the pack. He is then to give two of the cards to different people in the gathering and keep the other for himself. All of these people stay In their places and conceal their cards from sight.

Returning, the medium ask3 If the person holding the Spade will please stand. He or she then successfully names the card. Thl3 maneuvre is repeated with the second card. However, the third time there is a little difficulty. She cannot get the card but has a vision of a dark haired, middle-age: man in a grey suit. Villi he 3tand? Taking hold of his hand she then names the card. This bit brings the effect to a nice climax.

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