Slip loop from index finger over onto thumb. This leaves your thumb secured by a double loop in the rubber band. Figure 22.

Repeat this series of moves exactly in the same way with the left thumb.

You now have the arrangement pictured in Figure 23. Loop around right thumb is A, loop around left thumb is C, and the band between loops is B.

"Something like this. Anyway, I am well tied. A nice time I would have getting my thumbs out of two tight loops like these."

Show hands, both sides, and move thumbs to show that they are tightly bound. Figure 24.

Pick up cane or broom and give it to assistant from audience.

"Now, if you will please hold this broom up. . . . That's right, the brush part on the floor and the handle up. Now please hold the upper end tight."

Have spectator assisting you hold broom straight up in a vertical position.

"Nothing could pass under the broom because of the floor or above the broom because of the gentleman's


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As you say this, screen right hand with left and push second finger of right hand into Loop C. Then insert third finger also in Loop C. Figure 25.

When loop is secure on second and third fingers of right hand, remove left thumb from Loop C. Be careful to screen this movement behind hands. Figure 26.

Place left thumb quickly under B portion of rubber band. Keep hands close together so that assistant and audience cannot see your movements. Figure 27.

Pull down slightly with fingers in Loop C and bring two thumbs close together. The audience is not aware that you have made any change in the arrangement of the rubber band. It appears that the thumbs are still secure in the loops. Figure 28, next page.

"Oh, I forgot to tell you. The policeman placed the man's arms around a small tree for extra precaution."

as you say this, bring hands up to broom about a third of its length from the top. Withdraw left thumb from under band. Open hands only enough to allow broom handle to pass between. Figure 29.

When hands are around broom handle, like a flash slip left thumb under B portion of rubber band again. Turn thumbs to audience and to assistant to show that they are still securely bound. Figure 30. The effect produced is that you have passed broom handle right through rubber band between your hands.

"Like this. Now my arms are around the tree, or broom rather. Of course, being bound like this, it is impossible ... "

Slip thumb out of B, bring hands away from broom handle, and slip thumb back under B again very quickly.

Practice for perfection in this move. You must perform it very rapidly so that neither assistant nor audience suspect you are doing anything out of the ordinary. Be careful to keep hands screened and hold them as closely together as possible while passing them around broom handle.

"To escape."

"Now that you understand that, I shall explain it again."

Repeat above effect — putting arms around broom handle and then bringing arms away.

"Please, lay the broom aside and we will use these rings."

Pick up rings from table and give them to spectator assisting you, all the while keeping thumbs closely together.

"Examine these rings to see they are perfectly solid. You are satisfied? Toss one to me so that I can catch it when I have counted three. Are you ready? One - two - three."

As ring is thrown, draw away thumb and open up hands slightly to catch ring on right arm. Place left thumb back in place quickly, then show that hands are still tied.

"I didn't mean that you should throw it quite so hard. You see you threw it on my arm. But I'll forgive you this time. Now throw another ring."

Catch the second ring as you did the first one. Then show that thumbs are still tied.

"I guess the second ring wanted to be with his brother. Toss the third one. One - two - three."

Catch the third ring, allowing it to pass onto left arm.

"This one is more exclusive. See, it went onto my left arm. Will you please take them off?"

Spectator tries to take them off, but, of course, he is unable to do so.

"So, they will not come off. Well, no wonder, you didn't speak to the rings according to the manner set forth in the latest book on etiquette. You should say, "If it will not inconvenience your royal highnesses, I should like to have your presence at my home for afternoon tea,' . . . "

Slide rings all over onto left wrist. Then removing thumb from loop quickly, let rings slide onto the tips of

your fingers. Slip thumb back into loop immediately. "And away they go." Give three rings to assistant. Show thumbs still tied securely.

Now open Loop C a little with second and third fingers of left hand and quickly slip it back onto left thumb. Remove other fingers. Loops are around both thumbs again as they were in the beginning of the effect. You may now have assistant examine bands around thumbs and remove them to see that they are intact.

"The moral of which is, 'It is better to be a magician than to go to jail'."

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