Secret And Patter

To prepare: Lay one strip of paper on a table. About 1-3/8 inches from the left end, place a drop of glue. Place the other strip on top of the first and press paper at glue area so that the two strips will stick together. Let glue dry (See illustrations on next page).

Starting at the right end, fold top strip in one-inch folds up to glue. Double the fold. Fold over top, then

bottom to center, then left end of strip to form a tight ball. It must be folded tight so that the ball will not undo itself.

The result is a strip of paper with a ball of paper glued onto it. Fold up strip and place in your pocket. You are ready to begin effect.

The result is a strip of paper with a ball of paper glued onto it. Fold up strip and place in your pocket. You are ready to begin effect.

"Some time ago a great Chinese magician came to this country -- Ching Ling Foo. He was a master mystifier. Even magicians were baffled by his cleverness. I shall never forget the first time I saw him back in the year 1849 (or you can give any other year before you were born). I remember how after he rolled up his sleeves (roll sleeves up), he reached into his pocket and took out a piece of tissue paper about this size (reach into pocket and take out prepared tissue), which he would unfold."

Unfold tissue so that ball comes to rear and is concealed from the audience. At no time should audience get a glance at ball.

Hold paper so that audience can get a good view of hands and see most of the unprepared side of paper.

They can see all of paper if you shift your fingers slightly.

"He said this was Chinese paper, and so that you might see the point, he had a Chinese character placed on each corner. (Call attention to the corners). Then he would say, 'You see my right hand'."

Hold paper with left hand and show right hand slowly and carefully, fingers wide apart.

Transfer paper to right hand and show left hand, fingers wide apart.

"And the paper -- peculiar paper, because it has a side on this side and a side on the other side."

Hold paper in left hand, thumb covering ball. In calling attention to side of paper which left fingers are on, give paper a quick downward stroke with tips of right fingers, front of hand towards audience.

Then turn paper over, thumb of left hand concealing ball. Again give quick stroke with back of right hand. This quick movement tends to overcome close scrutiny of upper part of paper where ball is concealed with left thumb. Turn paper back to original position, ball at rear. Hold paper up again by tips of fingers and thumbs of both hands so that audience can see insides of hands and almost all of paper. ALL OF THIS IS DONE TO CONVINCE AUDIENCE THE YOU USE ONLY ONE SHEET OF TISSUE PAPER AND THAT YOU HAVE NOTHING ELSE IN YOUR HANDS.

"Then he would tear the paper into a number of small pieces."

Hold paper with left hand and tear with right hand, placing each piece as torn in front of the piece with ball on it.

After you have torn the paper to the end, tear through the pieces all together, taking care not to disturb paper within a half inch of ball. One tear with all the pieces is enough.

"Which he would roll into a small ball, his idea being that the smaller he rolled it, the littler it would become."

Push the paper forward and work into a ball. The piece on which ball is attached acts as a wrapper for the other pieces. You now hold two balls of paper, held together with the bit of glue.

To the audience it looks as if you hold ONLY ONE BALL. Balls should be held one in front of the other. Hold ball so that hands can be freely shown empty and ball ALWAYS IN FULL VIEW. Never wholly cover it.

"He also called particular attention to the fact that the ball of paper never leaves one's sight. You can see the paper at all times. Then came those mysterious words, 'Al - de - be - ron - ti - co - fos - fic - a - form - i - o -van - der - spink - en - toot - le - heimer - chee - lee -bal - e - wong - wa', and then he blew on the paper twice. (Blow twice on paper). That was enough to make it happen. He opened the ball and unrolled it."

During this talk, turn balls around in hand so that ball of torn pieces comes to rear. Open up the ball of whole paper. This will conceal the torn pieces. Holding paper securely with left hand, thumb over ball, unroll paper with right hand. You will have no trouble doing this if you will open ball so that it brings paper to position as shown in first illustration at left. Unroll until paper can be shown in its entirety. Then hold it with tips of fingers and thumbs at each end, so that hands are shown empty and paper can be seen.

"And the paper came out just as it was in the first place. Again he would say. 'My right hand - my left hand - and the paper - a side on this side and a side on the other side'."

In saying this, show paper and hands as you did at beginning of the trick — always careful to conceal ball with thumb of left hand. As a finish, roll up paper and place in pocket, or else hold in readiness for next effect.

"There is one regret, however, about this experiment — and that is, I have never been able to find out how he did it."

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