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Because I once mentioned the plume production from Sach's immortal book "Sleight of Hand", as a sterling piece of magic for the modern nite club performer, X received, and still get, quite a few requests that, because of the book being so hard to find these days, I reprint the instructions. Heeding those resquests because I really think the effect should be in use by one performer at least, the trick is put down here with no apologies to those who haven't asked for it, and who, is spite of themselves, may find it Just what it is, a very perfect opening number*

This Is a trick requiring a great display of dexterity, combined with considerable boldness. Hie performer produces, from a large handkerchief, enough plumes, each nearly two feet in length, to cover the floor of an ordinary room. The plumes are rather expensive articles to purchase, but, when once obtained, form an excellent stock in trade.

The method for producing them is to take off the coat, and then, grasping a large quantity by the lower ends In each hand, replace the coat. The compressible nature of the feathers enables a dozen or more plumes to be concealed up each sleeve. Care should be taken that they lie along the back of the am. The performer, thus padded, comes on with a large silk handkerchief in his hands, but contents himself with remaining well at the back of the stage, and also refrains from turning his back to the audience. He waves the handkerchief to and fro, to show that it is empty, and then says that he will try and find something in it.

To do this, he spreads It over one hand, and, with the other, seizes the end of one plume through it. At the same moment, with a sharp swift movement, the handkerchief and plume are withdrawn, the underneath hand falling to the side, assisting thereby in the withdrawal of the plume, and also keeping the ends of the remaining ones out of sight. The hand holding the handkerchief is inverted, and the plume will be revealed. Under pretense of removing this plume, the disengaged hand seizes another plume through the handkerchief, and withdraws it with the same movement which casts the one exhibited to the floor. The second one is then shown, and the process of drawing another one out repeated from each arm alternately, the production of the plumes being made as rapidly as possible, the motive being to bewilder the audience, who, if the performer does not make any blunder, will never imagine that they are concealed up the sleeve.

It is well to draw out a couple at one time once or twice, for the sake of extra effect, and with the same object in view, have the plumes of several colors. Some should be all white, some all red, and others all blue, whilst another variety can be of two or even three colors. Never attempt to produce a plume until the handkerchief has fallen well over the arm from which it is to be withdrawn, and let the whole trick be executed with great dash. Sometimes larger plumes are placed around the body and drawn out from the vest, the handkerchief being spread ov-. er the chest for the purpose. The attendant who picks them up should make the best show he can with them. Some performers place the plumes in fan-shaped vases or receptacles, but the operation hampers the performance of the trick too much, and also leads to too many undesirable movements to be recommended. An excellent ruse is to conceal one plume beneath the carpet, with

Page the end just through a hole or silt in the seam. The handkerchief is spread on the floor, and the plume produced. It Is undoubtedly a very difficult trick to perform well, but it produces a great effect. It may be performed in a small way by means of ostrich feathers laid inside the shirt sleeve, the coat sleeve being turned back.

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Enabling the performer to get into a climax with but very little preliminary preparation, this item forms an effective opening for a mental act. The effect is based on an idea from "Secrets of Magic" by Blackstone. However, It will be seen that a new principle and method of handling is brought into play which will confuse those who may know the older secret.

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