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By CLLIOTT

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Magic catalogues of a decade ago were wont to describe each effect, ad oft subsequent disappointments to a degree of nauseum, as being suitable for parlor, club or stage. We offer "Not For The Meek" as strictly a parlor or drawing room mystery for not too large a gathering. The title itself is in order because the vroblem needs perfect aplomb and not an iota of hesitation in its performance.

The performer shows a box of Life Saver rolls, and" from it takes one. He calls attention to the fact that, because of the hole in the center of each piece of candy within the well sealed wrapper, there is a length of tubular space. "I think", he says, producing a penknife, "that the most convincing way of proving that the manufacturers have not packed anything within this space is to slice the segments apart."

He lays the roll upon a clear table, and v/ith the knife proceeds to cut through between each candy Life Saver for the length of the package. There are nine cuts, all of which is proof enough that nothing lies inside, that is, nothing of a solid nature.

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ing up the stack between his thumb and second finger at the ends, this almost segmented roll (except for a very small section of outside wrapper at the bottom of the roll throughout its length) is given to a spectator to hold for the duration.

From the box another roll is taken,and another spectator opens it at one end while a third person loans a dollar bill to the performer.

The magician has the bill identified for a later check-up, and gives it to the second gentleman for insertion, in a rolled up fashion, in the center hollow of the candy roll. The apparent effort of this procedure is an important part of the effectiveness of the trick. The per* former then has a fourth person take the candy roll containing the money. At this point the mystic uses the knife as a wand and makes a pass from the first man to the fourth. A miracle seems to happen.

The fourth man takes the knife, steps forward and faces the audience. He holds the roll of candy up and cuts off the pieces one at a time. The bill has vanished.

The first man steps forward and faces the spectators. He holds up his segmented roll and starts to separate them, one by one. He runs into trouble, however, because the inside core is found to contain the rolled up bill, the number of which is checked and returned to its owner.

When we mentioned magic catalogues of a decade ago we were thinking of a ten cent number which consisted of nothing more than a penknife with a semi-circular bit cut from the blade. It was the solution plus apparatus for a devastating effect wherein one showed his finger half cut in two. That was all.

Now we purchase two kitchen type paring knives. Ours, blade and handle, is about six inches long. Past center of blade towards -handle, file out a serai-circle of a depth in blade so that when it falls into place between the candies of a Life

Saver roll, the blade will apparently have cut through the roll hut, because of the »cut-out» miss any obstruction which passes through the center holes of the confectionery!

In your left trousers pocket have an extra roll of Life Savers. In your right trousers pocket have the two knives, one with the "cut-out" and one ordinary - handles down. Take another roll, open one of the tin foil ends carefully after sliding the tubular wrapper part way off, and insert a dollar bill, rolled tightly from one end to the other. It's width just fits the length of the Life Saver roll. Roll it with the number side in, and on your right thumb nail ink the last three or rour figures of that particular bill's number.

As long as you're going to use this effect often it will be best to buy a carton of rolls which contains about two dozen at a reduced price. In the U.S.A. the corner United, Liggett, and Shultz 6tores retail them at 3 for 10 cents so a carton comes to but a small amount. We've found it safest to buy a carton of one distinctive wrapper (flavor) and add to it one roll of a different kind, that roll to contain your own money. Then you can't miss it when you pick out one at the start. The spectators can't see and won't notice what to you is very apparent.

This is the roll which you show empty by cutting. Pick, from your pocket, the "cut" knife. Lay the roll on a table giving it complete view. You are facing the audience directly. Hold the knife by the handle but keep the blade pointed towards the spectators as you put its point end on the roll, held at the end by left hand. Saw the blade into the wrappered roll and then push it forward a bit, the knife blade cutting through to the bill until the "cut-out" section reaches the center of the roll. At this point the blade is seen to drop apparently through the roll. It thus can cut the papered roll through actually, while not cutting through the bill inside.' Any little part of the paper not cut does not matter. The watchers see the blade cut into and then drop to table level. And they see this happen as many times as you wish to cut through between the ten separate candies.

The knife goes back to pocket. The cut (?) roll is picked up carefully and thus held by the first spectator. To all appearances it can't be other than empty, that is, in its core.

Next take any roll from the box and Rive it to the second man. Have him open one end"of the package while you borrow a dollar bill. Look at it, mention the number as being different from the millions of other bills, and ask that the last few figures be remembered, reading irom your thumbnail just before you start rolling the money lengthwise with its own number inside. It is then handed the man with the opened roll of Life Savers for him to insert it within the roll. That this is not easy will be seen by all. And the rolled bill prevents any checking of the number as apparently read by the performer.

Your left hand has dropped to trousers pocket and comes out with the unprepared roll loosely "palmed" by letting it lie in the slighly curved fingers as Is natural. Take the monied roll from spectator when he has finished his job, using your right hand. Merely make the gesture of transfering it to the left hand which opens to show that which was already there, and the right hand goes to right trousers pocket, leaving behind the roll in hand and coming out with the unprepared knife. Th4: roll is given fourth spectator and, with a flourish of the knife for the passing of the bill, all is accomplished according to

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Cagliostro and the blade giyen him for the cutting apart of the papered Savers. The bill is gone. Then the first man, who patiently has awaited this climax, takes apart his roll to find money where it couldn't have existed when you originally cut the pieces apart. The last figures of the bill, naturally, check with What you read (?) from the borrowed currency.

Some clever reader undoubtedly will figure a gimmick of a sort to allow the insertion of the same bill as borrowed into a roll of Life Savers. We will salute such an accomplishment only when it proves to be something which can be done without a trace of effort or hand-fumbling on the part of the performer, even if but for a second. Until then we will think that our proof (?) of non-existence via the knife is sufficient to bewilder the knowing.

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