This is the Principle of VESTING. Before you go any farther with this lesson, get a flag or piece of silk and practice this thoroughly in front of your mirror. Bring your left thumb up under vest and raise edge of vest just enough to get silk into hand. Then bring hand down again, adjusting vest at the same time. Keep your left hand almost flat but in a natural position.

Many performers try to reach up with their hands under their vests, but the easiest and least detectable way is to raise lower edge of vest with thumb, as taught to you above. Billiard balls, eggs, lemons, and other objects can be VESTED and produced in similar manner.

Flag is now concealed in left hand and behind other silks.

Figure 27 is view away from audience.

Place blue silk in left hand with the others. With right hand gather up the silks, crumpling them up in right hand, Figure 28.

"I take a corner of the blue silk."

Pick up corner B (blue) of flag and expose it about half an inch.

"And a corner of the red one."

Pick up corner A (red) of flag and pull it out a short way.

"A peculiar tiling about red, white, and blue is its power to blend."

Grasp A with left forefinger and thumb and B with right forefinger and thumb, or vice versa. Figure 29.

Pull hands apart, allowing flag to open out. The three silks are concealed in palm of right hand.

Figure 30 is a view away from audience.

To show opposite side of flag, bring right hand back toward yourself and over to the left under left arm. This keeps right hand concealed behind flag. Left hand goes over to right and arm is in front of flag. Each hand retains its original hold on flag. You merely turn flag around to show other side.

Figure 31 is view as audience sees it.

Bring hands and flag back to position shown in Figure 30. Then hold flag in left hand. Reach under flag with right hand about at the center, allowing flag to fall over right hand. Grasp center of flag above with left

hand, taking hold of the silks inside at the same time. Place flag aside with silks concealed inside of it, see Figure 32.

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