Catching Cigarettes In The

EFFECT:

Performer borrows a hat, shows it empty, and then proceeds to catch a number of cigarettes in the air and tosses them into the hat. His hands are shown empty all the time and the productions are most mysterious.

PARAPHERNALIA:

1 -- About a dozen cigarettes.

MODUS OPERANDI: To Prepare:

Clip consists of a flesh-colored piece of metal which clamps on to first phalange of second finger of right hand. To this piece of metal is attached a long pin on which cigarettes are placed, Figures 84 and 85.

Place a cigarette on the Cigarette Clip. Take rest of cigarettes with the one on Clip and wrap them in a little bundle with thread or rubber band, Figure 86.

Place bundle of cigarettes in lower right vest pocket or in special pocket inside right side of coat so that you can get it easily.

To Perform:

Borrow hat and hold it in right hand. As you go back to stage, remove bundle of cigarettes from pocket with left hand. Bring hat in front of you for a moment to get bundle under brim as shown in Figure 87.

This method of handling is similar to that used in production of silks from a hat or in loading coins for The Miser's Dream.

Turn to right and face audience. Hat is now held with left hand concealing cigarettes under brim. Show

hat empty, then turn it over to show outside with nothing concealed, bringing bundle of cigarettes inside of hat. Turn hat with opening up again and let bundle fall into crown. Reach in with right hand and quickly break thread or remove rubber band from bundle.

Adjust Cigarette Clip on back of second finger of right hand as you do this. Cigarette lies along back of finger, Figure 88.

NOTE:

Sometimes performer carries prepared cigarette on Clip in his right coat or trousers' pocket. While talking to audience, he reaches into his pocket and adjusts Clip on finger.

Remove hand from pocket or hat and be sure to keep back of it away from audience to conceal Clip with Cigarette. Turn left side to audience. Hat is in left hand, and show empty palm of right hand, Figure 89.

Now reach into air with right hand. Bend second finger quickly. This brings cigarette into position shown in Figure 90.

Other fingers are held straight, and the effect is that you reached into the air with fingers wide apart and suddenly produced a cigarette.

Pretend to throw this cigarette into hat. Your hand goes into hat, second finger straightens out to conceal cigarette. You bring hand out apparently empty. Remember the cigarette does not come off the clip and does not fall into the hat. Your middle finger simply bends to give the effect.

Reach into air again and produce another cigarette in same manner as first one. Pretend to toss this one into hat also. Continue this until eleven cigarettes have been produced and apparently thrown into hat. Audience is not aware that you are producing the same cigarette every time. They believe you have produced eleven different ones. Productions may be varied by taking cigarettes from behind the knee, etc.

Keep palm of right hand to audience to conceal cigarette. Show cigarettes in hat to audience. Pour them out on table. Then reach into air once more with right hand and produce a twelfth cigarette. Remove it from clip with left hand as if you were merely taking it from right fingers.

Straighten right fingers immediately to conceal Clip and dispose of Clip in pocket at your earliest opportunity.

You may continue from this point with manipulations with one cigarette if you desire. NOTE:

The Cigarette Clip is a handy piece of apparatus. It may be used to perform The Phantom Cigarette. It does away with use of prepared box of matches.

To do this, first place clip at base of third finger of left hand with cigarette extending into palm, Figure 91.

With Clip in this position, back of hand must be held toward audience. Hand and fingers may be moved freely.

Go through pantomine of making cigarette and lighting match. Toss match box aside. As you bring hands in front of mouth, get cigarette between your teeth and draw it from Clip. Light it and show the real cigarette.

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