Effect

Magician shows two sheets of tissue paper on both sides. He places them together and tears them into a number of pieces. Then he folds the pieces into a small wad. The paper is opened and is found to have been transformed into a French tissue paper hat, which Magician places on his head or on the head of a lady in the audience.

SECRET AND PATTER:

To Prepare:

Here I will teach you how to construct the paper hat. Materials you will need are:

Tube of glue or good paste, pair of scissors, piece of black tissue paper, 15 inches square, two strips of green tissue, each 2 3/4 inches wide and 14 inches long.

Take the square of black tissue paper. Fold paper over in half. Fold both sides over and paste down. Fold over top corners and paste down.

Take strip of green tissue. Paste strip on black tissue as shown below. Paste other strip on opposite side. Turn hat over. Fold both strips over to this side and paste down. When dry, hat is ready to be folded for trick.

Fold in half. Fold green flap up at bottom. Fold top down. Fold over right to left side Turn paper over. You now have the hat folded into a square about 3-5/8 inches each way.

We proceed now with the rest of the preparation for the trick:

Take a piece of black tissue paper, 15 inches square, and a piece of black tissue 6-1/2 inches square.

Put some paste on the inside two edges of the small square -- AD and CD. Then place small square carefully on large square and press down pasted edges. This makes a large square of tissue with a pocket. The sides AB and BC are open.

When all pasted parts have dried, fold square of paper into small squares. This is done to keep the edges of the pocket from being noticeable.

Take the hat, which you have folded into a small square, and put a spot of paste, about an inch, at point indicated in illustration.

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Open up pocket on large square of tissue and slip in folded hat as shown in illustration. Press down on pocket and hold until paste holds well. Set aside until dry.

Hold paper up by outer corner of pocket. Be careful to hold outer edges of pocket and those of large square together. You can show both sides of square quickly. It looks just like an unprepared black paper napkin.

Take a sheet of green tissue, same color as band used in making hat. Cut a sheet 15 inches square (same size as black sheet).

Place green and black sheets together and fold green in squares as you did with black sheet.

Put sheets on table, green on top. You are now ready to perform.

Pick up the two sheets of paper. Hold them up with the green sheet in front of the black one. Hold them at the corner in which the hat is concealed.

"Have you ever heard of French tissue paper millinery? It seems to be very popular in Paris. I was visiting some friends there and I was surprised at the number of new hats my hostess wore — green ones, pink ones, black, blue, lavender ones. 'Your hat bill must be very high,' I said to her one day. 'What makes you think that?' she asked. 'Well,' I replied, 'I am judging from the number of new hats you have.' She laughed and said it was evident that I did not understand the Parisienne art of tissue paper millinery. 'You see,' she said, 'We ladies make our own hats and thus make use of our artistic sense. For instance, here are two sheets of tissue paper — black and green '"

Show papers -- first the green sheet, then the black one for a second, then back to the green one.

Now separate papers and hold black in right hand by corner with pocket and green in left hand. Turn hands quickly and show papers both sides. Then bring papers together again with green sheet in front.

The audience think they have seen just two plain sheets of paper. You must try to keep the edges of the pocket together. However, with the quick turns of the paper, the pocket will not be noticeable to the audience anyway.

"Now watch me tear the papers into a number of pieces. Instead of cutting patterns with scissors, I tear them."

Hold Pocket Corner with left hand. Tear through green and black paper tearing about half an inch off pocket. Then tear one more strip through both sheets.

Now turn paper sideways. Tear through, tearing about half an inch off pocket, then tear once again. In tearing, each time place the torn pieces in front of each other. You now have a bunch of square pieces of tissue, all in front of the back pocket concealing hat.

These pieces can be shown on both sides as rear piece of black pocket prevents audience from seeing folded hat.

Then place rear black piece in front. The folded hat is now behind the torn pieces, just as the ball of paper was in the Chinese Paper Trick in Lesson 4.

Fold and crumple torn pieces into a loose ball or flower effect.

"Then I fold them over and give them a tuck here and there and open some of the pieces up." Begin opening up the folded hat. "Until I find a beautiful Parisienne hat."

Open hat out in full and place on your head or on the head of a lady assistant or lady spectator.

You will see that the ball of torn pieces forms the pompom or flower on front side of hat. "And Hubby certainly could never kick about the expense of such a millinery bill."

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