In effect this »s practlcally the same as has been done before, but the method is far advanced in simplicity and safety is the important feature. The performer at no time has a loose needle in his mouth,his mouth is absolutely empty at the start and will stand a physician's examination, and there is no secret loading of the Inevitable threaded packet.
For personal use I have found Crowley *4 Sharps a practical size.From magicdom's largest supply house (Voolworth) obtain a large spool of white linen thread. Have the center of this spool bored out making a hole about 5/8ths of an inch in diameter at the center. Cover one end with a piece of gummed paper or duplicate label.
Now read carefully so as to clearly understand th"4 preparation of the needles. Take three yards of thread and one package. There are 26 needles to a package. Thread a needle to about seven inches from one end and tie a single knot so needle will not move from position. Bring another needle on from the long end and stop about four inches from the first, tying another knot. Repeat this with all needles. Now for the rolling up. Here is where I have made a departure that is practically the most important principle. The needles are rolled in a manner so as to be held and shown as a package of LOOSE needles. Start at the end where you have finished, and holding the point of first needle with left thumb and forefinger, wind thread around eye end of needle for about a half inch from end until you reach next need le.
This needle is laid tightly against first and the thread now wound in the same manner around the two. The third needle is placed against the others and the winding continued for the remainder of the bundle.Thus the thread is all wound within half an inch of the eye ends.
On the end of the 'seven inch length of thread at end, tie a knot. With a very light daub of paste, touch it to thread about half an inch from this knotted end so that it sticks to the bundle. The value of this kink will be plain, as the bundle will not loosen up until after being placed in mouth and the knotted end is easily secured with tongue.
Put this prepared bundle into the hole in spool with the points downward (then they can't catch coming out) and put the spool,hole up,on a small six inch tin tray (a small pie tin is perfect). Have one package of needles and a glass of water on hand and that is all you need to introduce the effect at any time in your program.
Have a committee of from two to five and divide them on each side of you. Doctors are especially invited because you have nothing concealed that can be found when mouth is inspected. Put spool (open end up) on table or in your vest pocket and bring forward the tray and package of needles. Have them identified as being genuine and have one party hold the tray while you open package and drop the needles from about a foot above. The sound can be heard all over and is convincing. Now take the spool of thread lengthwise between left thumb and second fingerlthumb over hold) and reel off three yards of thread with right hand. Break and hang it around neck with right hand so ends are in front. Right hand now takes spool from left and either places back on table or in pocket,and the left hand immedlately reaches over and takes the tray of loose need les.However,the right has turned the spool over and the bundle of threaded needles has fallen Into left hand at the base of the fingers. Taking the tray with left hand and fingers underneath keeps the bundle covered, and all moves perfectly natural.
The thread is now around neck,the tray of loose needles in left hand and the threaded bundle in same hand at base of fingers. Taking hold of tray with both hands,shake it up and down to rattle the needles noisely. Tip tray with right hand so as to dump needles into left hand just in back of the threaded bundle. Keep this left hand cupped. With right thumb and forefInger,reach into the cupped palm and appear to be getting them together, but you are really getting a firm hold of the threaded end of bundle between right thumb and first two fIngers If you will pick up such a bundle in this manner with the points sticking upward,you will see that the thread is completely hidden and the needles appear like a loose bunch.
As the right hand brings this bundle away from left, this hand, with the loose needles goes to the left coat pocket, drops them, and comes out with a handkerchief. The handkerchief is dropped to the floor and you drop to your left knee on the handkerchief for the act of swallowing the needles. The committee is motioned in closer and by doing it in this manner they can see without getting in the way of the audience and it serves a good purpose otherwise.
Place the needles on tongue, but turn them as you do so, and the upper teeth come down upon them holding the bundle in place and at the same time concealing the threaded end. All that can he seen is apparently a bunch of loose needles on the tongue.
Keeping the head back, the needles are apparently swallowed but really the bundle is drawn back on tongue, turned so that the points are towards throat and pushed over onto right side of mouth outside of teeth. Now drink half the glass of water. Take the thread from around neck, place end in mouth and then loop the rest over tongue. Chew up the thread into a compact mass and shift it over as far as possible to left side of mouth. Drink the rest of the water and show glass upside down before setting as ide.
Now you are ready to produce the thread and needles. Bring bundle onto tongue again and roll it over until tongue gets the loose knotted end. The small dab of paste has loosened up in mouth and the knotted end is brought between lips without use of your hands. Have a committeeman take hold of same and you slowly back away from him,telling him not to pull. Back away unrolling the bundle and the needles will appear on schedule. When the last needle is reached,your right fingers take it from mouth and with it, concealed in fingers, is the small bunch of thread. The mouth is left empty for inspection if desired.
If, when unwinding the bundle in mouth, the thread ever gets stuck, turn head in the opposite direction to which the threaded end of bundle lies in mouth. If it is towards left, when lying on tongue,turn head towards left so as to bring thread in nearly a straight line with threaded end,and it will always pull thread out of a catch,which is rare if they have been wound carefully.
I have used four differently colored threads,by having four feked spools and a corresponding bundle inside. Then a free choice of colored thread can be had after the loose needles are on the tray. This looks very nice. However, I think it a most practical method with points that will make it popular with magicians who heretofore have objected to taking loose needles into the mouth. I was afraid to, hence this routine and subterfuge.
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