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a change. Ye editor was afraid he might lose this spontaneity should he toy with the wording.)

This is a colorful effect, apparently impromptu, and can so nicely be fitted into your act. The preparation required may be completed! in a very few minutes so I will firstly describe how the spectator sees the 'flash ribbon restoration,'

Look! The magician is just beginning another stunt and we must try to catch him this time. He takes two reels of ribbon, one of yellow and the other a light blue color, and requests a choice of either. One of the audience shouts out yellow so yellow it is and the magician discards the blue reel. Snapping a suitable length from this reel and holding the broken length of ribbon in his right hand he takes a pair of scissors in left hand from his vest pocket.

A mysterious wave of the scissors and a magic pass with the right hand causes the ribbon to levitate hanging downwards into space, altogether mysteriously. Snip, snip go the scissors, and the ribbon is cut in half, but more magic, the cut halves do not fall apart, just look! They float apart both levitated and the cut ends being several inches from each other. The magician takes the top piece of ribbon and very slowly, as if controlled by the left hand, the underneath portion of ribbon rises and comes up to again join the other piece. o

We cannot see whether this join really takes place for the magician has bundled the mystery ribbon up and wrapped it in a piece of paper which was protruding from his breast pocket. This tissue paper parcel is now in his right hand and — My! What a vivid flash as that paper was thrown up in the air, and there is the length of yellow ribbon floating down to the ground to be given out for examination 'restored.' Well, it deserves a clap, don't you think so readers?

The method is so delightfully simple and presentation is of course up to yourself, but you should be able to put it over effectively because the misdirection is excellent. (Ed., and it is.)

Say the length of ribbon decided on its 12 inches, cut this length from the yellow reel and ditto from the blue. Take a length of fine black thread and fasten it to one end of the yellow ribbon. Thread a needle onto end of thread and bring it through the other end of ribbon. There should be now a fair length of thread left and the end of thread should be fastened to a vest Searchable & Indexed by Houdini Magic, Inc. © 2002

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