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Many years ago, in Vienna, In the presence of Ottokar Fischer, the famous Austrian magician and collector, I saw an East Indian mystic apply a handkerchief tourniquet to the base of his thumb, and then, picking up a knife,make a circumferential cut from which blood freely flowed. Afterwards, he released the tourniquet, wiped off the blood, and the cut appeared to be healed completely.

this trick was of a kind to attract my medical curiosity, and my good friend, Ottokar,gave me the explanation. I since have discovered that the chicane is not new, but I have worked it out so that it can be performed easily and effectively with dramatic comment always forthcoming from table and intimate parlor audiences.

The principle involves the making of a single puncture in the Skin with a needle point, usually about £ inch below .the base of the left thumb nail (unless you happen to be left handed). If a handkerchief is wound tightly around the base of the thumb, between the first and second joints, under the guise of a tourniquet to prevent excessive bleeding during the experiment, the construction produces sufficient congestion in the end of the finger to make the tiny puncture produce a good sized drop of blood. This is controlled further by bending the thumb at the first joint which fattens the rest of the member and tends to force the blood out. Only this single drop of blood is actually needed.

As the drop appears you apply a borrowed and previously examined

A I i knife blade at the

' s pricked spot and the

! J blood is carried by the

! / blade of the knife a-^round the finger as though a cut were actually being-made. The ruse is terminated by releasing the constricting , hank and wiping off the blood. , No evidence is left of any damage / and the puncture is invisible. It /won't bleed again unless the thumb is constricted, and not even then after about ^five minutes.

Although a safety-pin point can be used, I have found that a regular hypodermic syringe needle, size 26 x i, obtainable at any surgical supply store, to be excellent and painless for making the slight puncture. It can be carried in a clean metal box, such as used for Aspirin tablets, and the tiny stab made prior to the demonstration.

An even more effective way is to carry the needle in a prepared handkerchief inside a small false and not-easily-discernible pocket sewn in one corner. The value of this method is that the puncture can be made practically under the direct vision of the watchers and without removal of the needle from its hiding place. Under the pretense of wiping off the finger prior to applying the touniquet (starting at the diagonally opposite corner for the several twists), the puncture is made right through the handkerchief folds.

Another variation in the ending of the trick has been suggested by Annemann. After displaying the bleeding (?) cut around thumb, a shortened thumb tip which ends at the base of the nail is secretly put on the finger. The tip is then removed obviously, and the left thumb hidden in closed fist,while the other hand with the tip casually puts it away in a pocket. It is a sort of laugh finish, but it actually is a momentary shocker because the cutting and the bleeding has been "genuine". This effect is a pretty (?) one to include in the "NO PAIN" routine of oriental mysteries back in Jinx No. 59.

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While not excruciatingly remarkable, this effect of a dollar bill enlarging itself to one about four time its original size can be used in a number of combinations other than by itself. It lends itself to one of those "incidental" presentations which often are remembered when the trick in which a bill was used has been forgotten.

All magic shops and novelty stores now carry the giant size dollar bills in quite good replica. We are not certain about other countries,but with the novelty at a height in America it seems probable that pitchmen and grafters in England have similar duplicates of their currency.

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Use two of these bills. Three and one-quarter inches is cut from the end of one bill and this strip is pasted to the same end of the other bill; but pasted in such a way as to leave an opening and closing pocket as diagrammed. The heavy line indicates where paste is applied.The dotted line shows the fold.

To uses the flap of the pocket is folded open and the bill folded to one thirty-second its size, the opening of the pocket at all times being on the back. Borrow an ordinary bill, add the folded bill behind, and show both hands otherwise empty while announcing the disappearance of the money.

Slide the folded bill off into a left finger palmed position with its pocket outwards. Fold the small bill openly into eights and say that it just keeps getting smaller and smaller until gone. Then lay the little packet behind the big packet, and, as you unfold the big bill, close the pocket. Both sides of the big bill can be shown with hands empty.

In disgust, say that some unknown law of op-posites must have caused the failure. Continue, that as long as the owner couldn't spend such a monstrosity without a lot of official questioning, you'll reimburse him. Drop two half dollars in his hand, and then, begrudgingly, give him two more, saying, "Here, the dollar certainly enlarged, through no fault of mine, so you may as well have the profit, too. When it disappears altogether, I make the profit. Maybe I should learn not to fool with the government."

Actually you give the man a half-dollar and a cheap palming coin. Immediately you follow up with another half-dollar and palming coin, letting the real coin be seen on the second pay off. It is very fair looking, and people seem to remember that you've given away two dollars for the one that went awry. And for the best effect, hold the big bill, when opened, upside down. It has a more realistic appearance.

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The "Egg On Fan" trick, so popular since Tommy Martin resurrected It from an untimely grave, may be fine for night club and stage performers who want action and one minute mysteries, but there still remain magicians who, with one hour and two hour shows, would like the feat worked into more of a trick so that their "pace" isn't changed throughout.

My routine, tested through many performances, is, first, to have a card selected, preferably a deuce with a light colored back (Steamboat) so that both sides are light in color. The card is torn into pieces, one of which is retained by the spectator. The performer takes the rest of the card's parts and switches them for the crumpled egg skin which then is bounced on„the fan or in a large glass until it shapes into an egg. Then the switch to a real egg Is made,and, picking up a "card id egg" wand, the egg is broken with its tip. Inside is found the card minus the retained corner.

As one either possesses the egg trick or needs get it for this presentation, detailed explanations are unnecessary. The moves are all standard, likewise the war»!, an accessory that has come down through many years. The effect of torn pieces to an egg and then back to a card have made it a "must" item on my programs.

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