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the handkerchief that was selected. Taking back the bag, grasp from outside the spool in the bag, but not too tightly. Pull the cord with the other hand, and you will find that the spool with prepared handkerchief will come out, while the shell and handkerchief around it will remain inside the bag which you crumple and throw to the table or pocket. It is well to have a duplicate crumpled bag at hand just in case it is asked for later. Have someone remove the handkerchief from the spool. The effect is most surprising, for the silk has apparently unwound itself from the spool and sewn itself across the handkerchief to form the very name that was selected.

After a few trials you will find that the inner and outer handkerchiefs on spool and shell can be wound in such a manner that when the shell is pulled off the inner handkerchief will expand so that it is almost an exact counterpart of the outer handkerchief, a stray corner left loose for a couple of inches helping to heighten the illusion.

A pleasing variation is this. After you have lowered the spool into the bag by the cord, pretend to hear someone murmur something. You now apparently pull the spool into sight again, but in reality have left the shell in bag. Then say you will perform the feat openly, and lower the spool into a tumbler letting someone hold it in plain sight. Probably the easiest force would be to have names of prominent deceased statesmen called out and you write each name suggested on a separate slip of paper. However, you write on all slips alike using the name on the handkerchief selected. With very prominent names on the handkerchiefs, the correct one is bound to be among those mentioned, or you can pretend to hear someone say it. Have one selected and destroy the others so your perfidy will not be discovered. This is an extremely flashy and radically different effect from the ordinary effects usually presented.

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