Body Load

The articles you are going to produce we shall call the Body Load. Take the baby bonnet, shirt, and dress, and roll them up tight. Around this bundle wrap a pair of baby's stockings. Then around all this wrap the lady's stocking and hold the end in place with a pin. This gives you a small compact package which is easy to unwrap when the pin is removed.

On edge of bundle fasten a pin. Through middle of pin place a loop of black thread about an inch or two long. This thread should be strong enough to hold the bundle but not so strong that it cannot be broken easily when pulled.

Pin other end of loop to left side of vest, high enough up so that bundle hangs in the hollow of the waist. When coat hangs down naturally this bundle cannot be seen. Figure 24.

The detail diagram at the upper right corner of Figure 24 shows the arrangement of the pin on the end of the bundle, the loop, and the pin on the vest.

Now to get ready for your experiment-Have the body load in place. Put an egg into the trick opening in the egg bag, turn bag upside down and let egg drop to top of bag, directly above trick opening. Egg is now between partition and one side of bag at the top. Fold bag and lay it aside, being careful that form of egg does not show. Have the other egg in right coat pocket. Fold prepared handkerchief and have it handy. If you are doing a club show, have handkerchief and egg bag in your grip, and all you have to do is to reach in for them when you need them.

To Perform:

Come forward with prepared handkerchief.

"I want a nice little girl to hold this magic handkerchief."

Pick out some little girl in the audience and give her the handkerchief to hold.

"That's it. Hold it up high. Now, can I get a boy to hold this egg?"

Reach into pocket and take out egg. Give it to boy.

If you desire, you may produce the egg in this way. While attention is directed to the girl holding the handkerchief, reach into your right coat pocket, palm the egg, and then produce it from a lady's hair or some gentleman's ear. Keep back of hand uppermost until production is made so that egg will not be exposed. Productions of this kind, of course, add to the comedy of an effect. As you take the egg, say,

"Pardon me, but may I use this egg?" Then give egg to boy and say,

"Hold the egg up high. Can everyone in the back see? Well, maybe you had both better come forward a

With a hand on each of your little assistants lead them to the stage. Some children hesitate about coming up, so you must help them along with little remarks and a little leading.

Place the girl at your left and the boy at your right. Ask their names and introduce them to each other. Let us assume that her name is Frances and his name is John.

"I don't suppose you have ever held a magic handkerchief before, have you, Frances?"

Unfold the handkerchief and hold it by two corners, showing both sides.

"There isn't really any difference between a magic handkerchief and the kind we usually have as far as


looks are concerned. The only difference is that when you tell it to do something, it will do that thing. If I should drop this handkerchief on the floor and tell it to dance, it, being a magic handkerchief, would have to dance. That would be rather funny, wouldn't it, Frances, to see a handkerchief dance?"

Gather up the four corners of the handkerchief this way: First get handkerchief into position between your two hands so that white thread mark is in left hand and opening between handkerchiefs is on top. Right hand holds the other top corner.

Now place the right-hand corner over with the left, bring up the lower right-hand corner and finally the lower left-hand corner. Hold all four corners in your left hand, Figure 25.

Reach into the opening, indicated by the arrow in the above illustration, and spread it out so that it looks like one of the spaces between the corners of the handkerchief.

"Now, I'll just gather the handkerchief by the corners and let you hold it as am, Frances."

Give handkerchief to Frances to hold by the four corners, keeping prepared opening toward John.

Get the Egg Bag.

"John, I suppose you still believe in fairies and brownies and all that sort of thing; but you would, no doubt, be surprised anyway if a fairy princess came tripping put of this bag which I have here and tapped you with her magic wand. I guess we'd all be surprised."

Unfold bag and hold it with the OPENING DOWNWARD so that the egg will not fall out through trick opening and into the bag. Be sure to have double side of bag containing the egg nearest you.

Now turn bag around so that double side comes toward audience, screening egg with right fingers. Reach into each side of bag with thumbs and turn bag inside out, Figure 26.

This brings the double side of bag nearest you again with the egg concealed in it against your right palm,

"Well, there is no need to be surprised for there is nothing inside the bag."

Turn bag inside out and back to outside again quickly several times. The trick opening in the double side of bag is not visible to audience. As you turn bag, it is stretched a little and there are folds in it so that the

Figure 27.

opening cannot be seen.

Now with trick opening again on inside, roll up bag. Hold egg in right hand and strike left hand several times with other end of bag. This is to prove that bag is empty, Figure 28.

Unfold bag again, keeping double side nearest you. Hold bag now with opening at top as you would naturally. The egg automatically drops down through trick opening into the bag. Fold the bag again.

"John, if you hold the egg in your left hand, I will give you this bag to hold in your right. Then you will be doing it RIGHT."

Give folded bag to boy to hold at the top. He cannot feel egg inside as this is at the bottom, Figure 29.

"By the way, John, were you ever a magician?"

He will, of course, shake his head or say, "No."

"You were. That's fine. Then I can let you do this trick instead of me. Frances, you don't mind if John does the trick, do you? Oh, you'll help him? Well, that's better yet. All right, John, bring the egg over and drop it into the handkerchief. First hold it up and show it to the audience and then drop it into the handkerchief."

Have John drop egg into opening you have prepared between the two. handkerchiefs. You can open it wider as he goes to drop egg in so that he will have no difficulty in getting it into the right place, Figure 30.

To all appearances he has dropped egg into center of handkerchief, but in reality he dropped it between the two handkerchiefs through the fake opening.

"Yes, you dropped it all right. I can feel it. Frances, do you feel the egg resting so cozily here in the bottom of the handkerchief?"

Let her feel the egg through the handkerchief, Figure 31.

Reach over and take the MARKED corner of handkerchief between your left thumb and forefinger and take the next corner with your right thumb and forefinger. Be careful that you take the right corner in your right hand to keep opening of handkerchiefs at the top. Do not remove handkerchief from Frances' hands yet.

"Now, Frances, if you will take the egg."

Now take the handkerchief. Let the other two corners of handkerchief which you do not hold, fall down so that handkerchief is spread out between your hands before the audience. The egg falls to the bottom between the two handkerchiefs. It seems that the egg has vanished into the air. Show both sides of handkerchief Figure 32.

"That's strange! I thought we had an egg."

Crumple up handkerchief in right hand and place it in coat pocket or some other convenient place where egg will not be visible.

"Oh, I forgot that was a magic handkerchief and that the egg, not being an Easter egg, would not stay in the magic handkerchief. John, give me that bag."

Take bag from John and open it. Be careful to show hands empty. Hold bag with opening upward by your finger tips.

"Now, John, reach inside."

John reaches in and takes out the egg.

Then you take the egg in your right hand, Figure 33.

"There's the egg! John, I congratulate you. I forgot you were a master magician and so you played a trick on Frances and me. Now, Frances, suppose I show John a trick. Watch me closely. Here is a bag and here is an egg."

Bag is in left hand and egg in right hand. Show both freely.

"I will place the egg inside of the bag."

Hold bag in left hand as shown in Figure 34. Double side is nearest you. With right hand place the egg inside the bag and into the trick opening.

Turn open end of bag downward, letting the egg fall between the partition and outside of bag just opposite the trick opening.

Position of bag and egg is shown in Figure 34A.

"And when I say, 'Go,' the egg will disappear. Are you ready? One, two, three -- Go!"

Remove right hand quickly from bag, keeping back of hand to audience. Shake bag up and down, keeping your eyes on it. Then suddenly reach into right trouser's pocket with right hand and quickly withdraw hand.

The effect you are trying to create to the audience is that you took the egg from the bag and placed it in your pocket and that you tried to do this unobserved.

Turn bag inside out and back again several times.

Now turn bag wrong side out again with the trick opening toward you. Egg is, of course, on right side of bag at the top of it, which is held downward, Figure 35.

Cover trick opening with thumb, holding the bag by the right corner in the right hand. Turn this side of bag to audience and back again toward yourself, Figure 36.

Of course, there is excitement in the audience for they KNOW that you placed egg in your pocket. You are working for this excitement and the comedy touch and you pretend not to notice what the audience is saying.

"There, I have turned the bag inside out and outside in to show you that the egg has disappeared."

The audience will be saying, "It's in your pocket." You assume great surprise and say,

"In my pocket? No, no, there is nothing in my pocket."

Turn your left trouser's pocket out and replace. Audience says, "No, the other pocket."

Show your vest pocket. As the audience insists that you have the egg in your other pocket, show your coat pockets.

Finally, pretend that you at last understand what they mean.

"Oh, you mean in my trouser's pocket? Oh, no, there is nothing there. Now, we'll continue."

As you have not shown your right trouser's pocket, the audience is convinced that the egg is there. The excitement grows greater than ever.

Now turn your right trouser's pocket inside out. It is empty, of course.


"Well, John, the egg flew away. This egg, however, came from a homing pigeon and it takes after the pigeon. If you take it away, it flies back again, invisibly, because it travels so fast. The egg is now back in the bag."

Peep inside of bag, but do not let anyone else look inside. By this time, have bag right end up. The egg, of course, automatically drops into the bag through the trick opening.

"There it is, back in the bag."

Drop hand with bag to your side for a moment. Pretend that you are not going to show egg to audience. Of course, they are not going to take your word that the egg is in the bag. But you continue in an unconcerned manner.

"Now, for our next trick, Frances."

Excitement in audience has started again for they are not satisfied that the egg is in the bag. In answer to their remarks, you say,

"Oh, pardon me—pardon me. Frances, reach into the bag."

Frances brings the egg out.

"There's the egg. Perhaps, John, you would like to have me explain this to you in a clear, concise manner. First of all, you get an egg and a little cloth bag this size. Then you put the egg into the bag."

Place the egg in the bag with your right hand.

"Having put the egg into the bag, you take it out again. You must keep your hand closed over the egg and the back of your hand toward the audience so that they cannot see it, and slip the egg into your pocket."

Take egg from bag with fingers curled over the egg to hold it easily. Show how egg is held and slip hand into right trouser's pocket.

"But you do not leave it in the pocket. You take it out again and slip it underneath your arm next to your coat and keep it there with the pressure of your arm."

Take egg from pocket again and place it up under your left arm so that you can hold it easily in place by slight pressure of the arm, Figure 37.

Hold egg with right hand and raise left arm a little to show that egg is under arm pit.

"As the pocket is empty, it is easy to show it empty. And as there is nothing in the bag, it certainly isn't difficult to show it empty. Now when you want the egg again, just reach up under your left arm with your right hand, let the egg fall into your hand, and then reach into the bag and bring out the egg."

Reach up under arm and take egg in right hand, curling your fingers over it. Reach into bag with back of hand to audience and bring out the egg at your thumb and finger tips.

"I is just an easy trick after all, isn't it? I'll show you once more how to do it, in

Place egg in bag again with right hand just as you did before, getting egg into trick opening. Figure 34. Turn opening of bag downward so that egg falls to top of bag. Figure 34A.

"Place the egg in the bag. Then take egg out again, keeping back of hand to audience."

Pretend to take egg out, back of hand to audience, but actually leave it in the secret pocket of the bag. Place hand in pocket as though putting egg there.

"Then you take egg out of pocket again and place it up under your arm."

Take hand from pocket as though holding egg and pretend to place egg under left arm pit. Hold left arm pressed awkwardly against you as though you had an egg under it.

"Then turn the bag inside out and, of course, there is no egg in it."

Turn bag inside out several times. The egg, of course, is in it, but the audience is not aware of this. They think your explanation is bona fide.

With bag turned right side out again, hold it in left hand, opening downward.

"Of course, the egg under the arm is perfectly safe unless you should accidentaly lift up your arm."

Raise up your arm as you say this to show that egg is gone. Turn your left side to audience to convince them that egg is actually gone.

"And then, you see, you might not have any egg. In that case, you can wave your arms freely and show your pockets empty."

Wave your arms about and turn your right trouser's pocket out to show it empty.

"Of course, the bag is empty."

Turn bag inside out and back again. When it is inside out, egg is in position shown in Figure 27 against your right palm. Then in turning bag back again, hold egg in place with right thumb.

Now shift your hands so that your fingers are inside of the top opening instead of your thumbs. Bag is now turned with the opening upward and egg is held at top by right hand, Figure 38.

"The egg is not in my hands, not in my pocket, not under my arms, not in the bag, so it must be somewhere. By the way, John, did you feel inside the bag? But first, hold my right wrist with your left hand and, Frances, you hold my left wrist so that an egg cannot jump down out of either of my sleeves."

John and Frances take hold of your wrists.

"Now, reach in, John, and feel around."

John, of course, finds nothing in the bag. When he has taken hand from bag, release egg from your right hand, and it will fall into right corner of bag through trick opening.

Remove right hand from bag and hold it above bag, showing it empty with fingers spread wide apart. Hold bag in left hand in position shown in Figure 39.

"You felt all over the bag, didn't you? In this corner and that corner?"

Reach into bag with right hand and feel around inside. Then take out hand with the egg. Hold egg up so that all can see.

"Really, I think there is some trick to this because there is the egg."

Have children release grip on your wrists. Bag is in your left hand. Curl your right hand about egg and then grasp bag with right hand.

Turn left side to audience and look at John. Talk to John to MISDIRECT his attention as you lift right hand from bag to right coat pocket and drop egg into it.

"It all goes to show, John, that you cannot watch too closely."

Point to him with the bag. After you have deposited egg in pocket, withdraw right hand immediately and replace it on the bag.

"Now, here is this simple little bag."

Show bag in left hand.

"And this simple little egg."

Look at right hand, pretending you think egg is there. Show right hand empty with much surprise on your part.

"I thought I had the egg. John, did you take it? That's strange."

Look at both sides of bag, without turning it inside out. Then crumple it up in left hand and place it in left coat pocket.

"John, have you the egg in your pocket?"

Step close to John and feel his right coat pocket with your left hand. Then feel his arm and his back. Figure 40.

As you lean forward close to John, your coat opens a little. Reach up under

left side of your coat with right hand. Grasp Body Load pinned to your vest. Pull the thread loop and break it, getting bundle into right hand, Figure 41.

Bring your left hand to John's shoulder. Grasp the edge of his right lapel and pull it toward you, thus opening the right side of his coat. His coat acts as a screen when you are close to him so that you can place the bundle in your right hand quickly up under the right side of his coat, Figure 42.

Push bundle well up under coat, then release hold on John's lapel with your left hand. Now place your left hand up under his coat and push the bundle over his shoulders to his back. As you do this, turn John around a little so that when bundle gets into position on his back, the audience will not see the bulge under his coat. Grasp John's left arm with your right hand.

When bundle is in position, bring left hand down again and grasp John's right lapel. Pretend to continue to search him with your eyes. Then turn John around so that audience can see bulge on his back, Figure 43.

"Pardon me, John, but what is this slight bulge in the back of your coat here?"

With your left hand reach up under John's coat again and grasp the bundle. Also reach down through the top of his coat in back with your right hand. Unpin the bundle quickly and pull out the stocking with your right hand, Figure 44.

"It must be some of your wearing apparel."

Hold stocking up for John to see. Reach into coat again from the top. Assist your right hand with left hand on outside of coat. Remove the baby stockings.

"Really, John, you have quite a collection."

Show garments to John. Open up every article so that audience can see them all plainly.

Reach in again and pull the rest of the baby clothes out one at a time, showing each one as you remove it.

"But never mind, John, it always pays to do your Christmas shopping early."

Dismiss the children, thanking them for helping you.

NOTE: Many funny articles can be pulled from a boy's coat. Even a baby bottle half filled with milk could be placed inside of the load.

Sometimes a pocket is sewed or pinned to left side of vest with an opening at top to hold articles.

In transferring bundle from yourself to boy, the MISDIRECTION IS VERY IMPORTANT. Your eyes and left hand must distract the attention from your right hand.

Use great care in putting the load up the boy's back. Be sure that it is far enough up so that it does not drop out accidentally. Your left hand can aid you in adjusting it.

Practice this Body Loading well. Skill in doing it will be very useful to you later on when you learn other

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