Do Not Read Further Until You Have These Moves Mastered

If you are going to do thimble work, you must realize the importance of mastering the moves in getting a thimble quickly from the finger-tip to Thumb Palm position, then back to the finger-tip—and also in getting the thimble from Thumb Palm to back of hand and again to Thumb Palm position.

In using Back and Front Hand Palming to conceal a thimble, it is absolutely necessary to study carefully

ANGLES OF VISIBILITY and NATURAL COVERING of hand in its motion to screen thimble.

Place thimble on back of hand as in Figure 22. Palm of hand is held toward audience so that thimble is not visible, Figure 23.

Bring thumb outward and downward, rotating hand with thumb as you do this. Close fingers a little, Figure 24.

Bring thumb up behind hand and close fingers more, so that you can readily Thumb Palm thimble. Insert second finger in thimble to help you get it into crotch of thumb, Figure 25.

Open fingers straight out, Figure 26.

Figure 27 is a detailed diagram showing each motion in accomplishing the preceding manipulation. First, the thimble is grasped between first and third fingers and rests on back of second finger. As fingers curve downward toward thumb, the thimble is pivoted and rotates downward until it is finally inserted on tip of second finger. Then it is thrust into Thumb Palm position. This diagram is a side view.

Figure 27 is a detailed diagram showing each motion in accomplishing the preceding manipulation. First, the thimble is grasped between first and third fingers and rests on back of second finger. As fingers curve downward toward thumb, the thimble is pivoted and rotates downward until it is finally inserted on tip of second finger. Then it is thrust into Thumb Palm position. This diagram is a side view.

Figures 28, 29, 30, 31 show the movements from the rear away from the audience. Study these illustrations closely until you understand them perfectly and can perform the moves without hesitation.

Now with thimble Thumb Palmed you can show back of hand empty—and you have shown both sides of your hand apparently empty.

To get thimble from Thumb Palm to Back of Hand again, just reverse the movements.

3 - Production of Thimble:

Have thimble on back of hand gripped by first and third fingers. Pull second finger-tip downward and backward, causing the thimble to revolve into position shown in Figure 32. It is now easy to insert tip of second finger into opening of thimble. Thimble is held tightly between first and third fingers so that it can be pressed down well on second finger, Figure 33.

OPEN FINGERS SLIGHTLY when thimble is adjusted to make a "clean" production.

To facilitate the movement and to cover it slightly, I lower my hand about 12 inches while getting thimble on fingertip. Then I raise hand again and show thimble on finger-tip.

Sometimes I vary the production, however, by holding hand as still as possible and get the thimble suddenly on to the finger-tip..

This SHOWMANSHIP used in varying manipulations is something which you must acquire by experience. It is necessary for successful presentation and gives finish to a performance.

4 - Change-Over Palm:

This manipulation enables you to show both hands empty and yet have thimble concealed. The thimble is changed over from one hand to the other.

To start with, thimble is Thumb Palmed in right hand, Figure 34.

Look at left hand and bring it toward your right hand until two hands meet in front, backs toward audience. Slip left hand inside palm of right and slip tip of second finger of left hand into thimble, Figure 35.

Immediately Thumb Palm thimble in left hand by curling second finger down to crotch of thumb and leaving thimble there, Figure 36.

Continue moving both hands to the right, showing back of left hand and palm of right with fingers apart, Figure 37.

Figures 38, 39, 40 show position of hands in relation to your body while you perform the Change-Over. First, your right hand with the thimble Thumb Palmed is in front of you. Your left hand is out at your left side with palm shown empty to audience, Figure 38.

Bring left hand over to right in front of you. Slip thimble onto second finger and Thumb Palm thimble in left hand, Figure 39.

Continue moving hands to right, keeping back of left hand now to audience and exposing palm of right hand, Figure 40.

You have now shown both sides of both hands to audience with nothing in them. The Change-Over must be done in one continuous movement with no hesitation so that audience will not suspect anything. Practice

Changing-Over the thimble from right to left and from left to right hand. To Perform:

You are now ready to study the actual performing of your THIMBLE ACT. At the end of this section of the lesson I give you an outline of the whole act. You can then get a mental picture of the whole presentation as your audience sees it and will not be confused by all the moves and manipulations you learn here. Study each move carefully as you go along, and when you have them mastered, the organization and presentation of the whole act will be clear to you.

Turn right side a little toward audience. Reach up into air with left hand as though to catch something. Close hand and then open it again to show nothing in it. This is your MISDIRECTION for getting thimble into right hand.

Follow your left hand with your eyes and audience will do the same thing. Then at the same time curl right fingers under lower right edge of vest. Insert forefinger in middle thimble, remove thimble, and Thumb Palm it. Back of right hand is toward audience and attention is MISDIRECTED by left hand, so you will have no difficulty in doing this without being noticed.

Reach into air now with right hand and bring thimble on to tip of forefinger. You have apparently caught a thimble out of the air. Show it by turning hand back and front.

5 - Slow Thimble Vanish in Hand:

This is so named because of the slow, easy way in which a thimble vanishes when placed in the palm of one hand.

Thimble is on tip of right forefinger. Hold palm of left hand facing audience. Place right forefinger against left palm, Figure 41.

Close left hand around right forefinger, Figure 42.

Remove right forefinger, leaving thimble in left hand, Figure 43.

Then open left hand and show thimble in it, Figure 44.

This is all done in plain sight of audience.

Place thimble on right forefinger again and place it against left palm as you did before. Close left hand over it again, but do not grasp it tightly. Bring right forefinger into a nearly horizontal position. Remove it with thimble still on it from left hand and Thumb Palm thimble quickly in right hand, Figure 45.

Immediately bring right forefinger into position shown in Figure 46.

End of right forefinger is away from audience when you withdraw thimble and Thumb Palm it. This move will fig not be seen by spectators, therefore. To them it will appear that you merely withdrew finger from left hand without the thimble.

Open left hand slowly and audience sees that thimble has vanished, Figure 47.

To help conceal the thimble in Thumb Palming it in right hand, rotate right hand a little toward audience when removing finger from left hand and then raise hand upward a little while Thumb Palming.

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