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(Charles t. Jordan)

Read over the complete effect as per the advertisement above. Necessary adjuncts are four large handkerchiefs (white), three faked spools, and fifteen inches of cord with a needle and button at the ends. Three of the silks are prepared by having a prominent name sewn diagonally across each with different colored silk. The names may all be different, in fact, they should be. Each spool is wound with a different colored silk to match the names on the handkerchiefs. These spools are ordinary and 'fekes' are on each. The 1fekes1 are shells to fit over the spools and each is covered with a layer or two of the different silks.

Fold each of the three handkerchiefs on which the names appear into a long strip diagonally, so none of the writing shows, and wind each" onto a spool rather tightly for the first turn or two. Then wind more and more loosely as the other end of the handkerchief is reached so that it will bulk up well.Now slip a not-too-tight rubber band over each, to keep it from unwinding. Next slide the proper silk-covered shell over each spool, doing so slowly,and then tuck the handkerchief in evenly all around with a flat, dull-pointed instrument. If this is carefully done, the shell may be slipped off readily and the handkerchief will bulk out well. If carelessly done it will be difficult when you try to slide the shell off. Of course, each handkerchief must be covered with the same colored thread-shell as that sewn across the handkerchief. Each will now look like a genuine spool of thread. Stand the three spools in a row on your table, and you are ready to perform, the only accessories needed being a paper bag, or a small cloth one if your prefer, another rubber band,the handkerchief, and the stringing cord with needle and button attached.

Pass the plain handkerchief for examination, and exhibit the three spools for the free choice of one. Be sure that the audience realizes their freedom of choice. Take back handkerchief, and folding it as you did the prepared one on each spool, wind it right over the thread shell in the same manner as the handkerchief, except that you must wind it tightly all the way. Secure it in place with the rubber band. Next thread the spool onto the cord, the button keeping it from coming off, and openly lower it into the bag.Allow the needle to hang outside, pinch the mouth of the bag, and have someone hold.

How force in any manner you like the name that is written on the handkerchief that was selected. Taking back the bag, grasp from outside the spool in the bag, but not too tightly. Pull the cord with the other hand, and you will find that the spool with prepared handkerchief will come out, while the shell and handkerchief around it will remain inside bag which you crumple and throw to table or pocket. It is well to have a duplicate crumpled bag at hand just in case it is asked for later. Have someone remove the handkerchief from the spool. The effect is most surprising, for the silk has apparently unwound itself from the spool and sewn itself across the handkerchief to form the very name that was selected.

After a few trials you will find that the inner and outer handkerchiefs on spool and shell can be wound in such a manner that when the shell is pulled off the inner handkerchief will expand so that it is almost an exact counterpart of the outer handkerchief, a stray corner left loose for a couple of inches helping to heighten the illusion.

A pleasing variation is this. After you have lowered the spool into the bag by the cord, pretend to hear someone murmur something. You now apparently pull the spool into sight again, but in reality have left the shell in bag. Then say you will perform the feat openly, and lower the.spool into a tumbler letting someone hold in plain sight. Probably the easiest force would be to have names of prominent deceased statesmen called out and you write each name suggested on a separate slip of paper. However, you write on all slips alike using the name on the handkerchief selected. With very prominent names on the handkerchiefs, the correct one is bound to be among those mentioned, or you can pretend to hear someone say It. Have one selected and destroy the others so your perfidy will not be discovered. This is an extremely flashy and radically different from the ordinary effect usually presented.

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