This effect is one of Kolar's favorites. It has a flash finish in the nature of a surprise. Though this is not a trick definitely in the classification of Oriental Magic, it fits nicely into an Oriental program.
Performer blows up a toy rubber balloon and gives it to lady assistant to hold in her left hand. In her right hand, she holds a wand. Magician then shows a few colored silks and places them in a cloth bag. Suddenly bag is turned wrong side out and silks are shown to have vanished. Magician then touches balloon with wand and it disappears, leaving the silks in its place.
1 — A toy rubber balloon. This should be large enough to hold a few silks before it is blown up. The kind which sells at ten cents each retail is the best. In quantity lots, you can buy them cheaper.
2 — Magician's wand with sharp-pointed needle in end. Figure 7 shows balloon and prepared wand.
3 — From four to six silks of various colors, 13-inch size. Four to six duplicate silks.
4 — Changing Bag. Use of this was taught to you in Lesson 14.
SECRET: TO PREPARE:
Push silks into opening of balloon. If they are packed in carefully, balloon will not look suspicious. Place prepared balloon on table with duplicate silks, Changing Bag, and wand.
Pick up balloon. Blow it up and give to assistant to hold in left hand. Have her hold opening of balloon tight so that air will not escape. Give wand to assistant to hold in right hand, Figure 8.
Take wand from assistant and with needle-point, prick balloon. The balloon bursts and the silks come flying out. To audience, it appears that balloon vanished and the silks appeared in its place. They are not aware of needle on end of wand which causes balloon to burst, Figure 9.
Kolar has many variations for performing this experiment. One way is to have a large quantity of silks in balloon and have balloon, already blown up, brought in by assistant. Balloon is then punctured and a shower of silks falls to the floor. Another method is to have balloon suspended up high and have assistant fire shot from air gun from the wings to puncture balloon and release silks.
When Kolar uses an uninflated balloon and blows it up before his audience, he uses this bit of Showmanship. He has three or four balloons on a tray or table. One of these is loaded with silks and another is scratched thin in one spot with a pin or knife. First, he picks up the scratched balloon and blows it up, only to have it burst. Audience thinks it burst accidentally. Then he picks up the prepared balloon and blows it up, proceeding with experiment.
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