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irle magic. --- Scoop?? The April Linking Ring carried, under that mysterious "Unknown" byline, the item, "Howd'ja like Sid Lorraine's Xmas card? Very subtle, but most of us ignoramuses qot it fairly quickly." -a-«--» Dear Unknown; Even the ignoramuses who read our sheet had time to figure it out by the time you mentioned it. We printed Sid's yuletlde slyness three months ago. Send full name and address at our expense - we'll send Jinx to help your column. (SIGNEDJI ) ~Tt«.o. *—— \\

This can be called one of the Dr. EGOLAR'S truly few tricks explainable al-RAZOR BLADE most in entirety by illustra-TRICK tion. as we go on with words, however, please srlance, from time to time, at the sketches.

The magician may talk about Houdini's needles, should he wish, and then say that a modern mysticlst, always beleagured by advertising of the present day and age, must resort to the use of such articles if his performance is not to bee ome dpted* Therefore, he shows a package of double edged razor blades and drops them from the broken package onto a tin (anything that makes resounding noise) plate. A spool of white "button thread" is shown,and from it about three years are unreeled, broken off, and the length is hung around the neck.

The blades are picked up from the plate, by the performer,(the plate Is being held by a volunteer) placed on his tongue, and apparently swallowed.

Then, as an after thought, he removes one blade from his mouth and, in a manner restrained, vocally speaking, says, "Sharp, sharp." Picking up a folded newspaper at hand, he lets it unfold to its size, and proceeds to cut it into several strips with the blade. Then the paper is crumpled and tossed aside -- the blade is tossed carelessly (?) into the air to fall where it may. If a spotlight is on you, this detail is pretty. The shimmering blade is very effective, especially after the cutting.

Next, the thread is taken from around the neck. It's center is hung on the tongue, and, by looping the thread, and chewing with all of the showmanship deemed necessary, the three foot length Is apparently taken into the same system which absorbed the steel.

A glass of water is downed with much gusto. And, after more showmanship has had Its day, a spectator holds the end of thread protruding from the sorceror'a mouth. He backs away to produce, one by one, the razor blades securely strung upon the thread.

There is very little to prepare in getting this effect ready for presentation. Its most valuable feature is that one doesn't have to carry threaded razor blades around in the mouth durine a performance until that time when the trick is done. Neither Is there any worry about the putting of a bunch of blades Into the mouth for a few minutes, for, unlike needles, blades are too large In size to be lost down the gullet. This whole effect is based on a subterfuge.

Tne newspaper has, behind It, a pasted on carrier and 3ervante. The servante is pictured on this page quite well. The carrier is made simply of adhesive tape strips, the surface of which that contacts the blade packet being covered with paper to counteract stickiness. The Illustrations make clear the threading of a duplicate set of blades via a small block cf wood and three nails which have been driven through from the other side. This Insures regularity. Sketch II shows the final length of thread in place under the top blade to Insure aeainst its coming loose before wanted.

In action, the performer does all that is expected of him until the time when he picks up the paper with his left hand, lets it unfold, and with the right hand takes a blade back from the mouth. The paper is held directly before the face, and, with great aplomb, the cutting of the strips takes plaoe. However, the performer's "expectoration" of the blades (which hold in a mass as soon as wetted) is another matter, only unto himself. On the last cut the blade Is transferred to between the first and second fingers, the paper is lowered (the magus has proven his point) and the thumb and forefinger of right hand grab the bunch of threaded blades as the paper Is crumpled and tossed aside.

The loose blade becomes the bottom one of the threaded bunch, and APPARENTLY THE LOOSE BLADE. PREVIOUSLY TAKEN PROM THE MOUTH, IS POT BACK. IT HAS SERVED ITS PURPOSE. EVERYTHING 13 LOGICAL.

After due (and often undue. Ed.) thyroid gymnastics applicable to magic, the end of the thread Is pulled out by the performer and then held by the spectator nearest. The performer backs away, and lets the loose blade fall out, for his own safe being, at the earliest moment. He may mouth the words, "I'm sorry. I missed tha t one."

Other than tha£ there is little I can tell you. Just be blase and be convinced that all is right.

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