TO PREPARE: Have the three bowls stacked inside of each other. In the top one have the nine balls of paper. These bowls may be all ready on the table or may be brought in and placed there for the experiment.
Separate the bowls and throw balls on table. Show bowls empty, one at a time, and place them in a row on the table, about six inches apart. In front of the bowl on the left side (1) place the three blue balls in a row about 2 1/2 inches apart. In front of the middle bowl (2) place the three white balls. In front of the bowl on right side (3) place the red balls. Study illustration carefully for arrangement of bowls and paper.
"When you have looked at our American flag, I wonder whether you have ever thought why the colors, red, white and blue, were used instead of green, black and pink, or purple orange and lavender. It is because of the patriotic nature of red, white and blue and the inseparable bond of harmony between them. I can perhaps explain it better with a few objects which I have here—three bowls and three red, three white and three blue tissue paper balls. Bowl 1 is empty and I will set it here. Bowl 2 is empty and I will place it nearby. Bowl 3 is also empty and I place it here."
Show the bowls one at a time as you say this, and place them in their positions.
"In front of each bowl I shall place three balls. In front of Bowl 3—these three red balls."
Place three red balls in a row in front of Bowl 3.
"In front of Bowl 2—three white balls."
Place three white balls in row in front of Bowl 2.
"In front of Bowl 1—three blue ones."
Place three blue balls in front of Bowl 1.
"I will place each color, one at a time, in their respective bowls. In Bowl 3, this red ball."
Show right hand empty and pick up red ball between first and second fingers and thumb. Pretend to put it into Bowl 3. Audience thinks you do put it in, but this is what you really do—move ball down from first and second finger with thumb to middle of third finger and curve third and fourth fingers inward to FINGER PALM the ball. You will find the movement easy with a little practice. Back of hand is toward audience throughout most of experiment.
Then pick up white ball and hold with thumb and index finger of right hand, while red ball is still finger palmed.
"In Bowl 2, this white ball."
You pretend to put white ball into Bowl 2, but this is what you really do. You drop RED ball into Bowl 2. Then you bring White ball down with the thumb of right hand from first and second finger tips to middle of third finger and finger palm the White ball as you did the Red one originally. You now have your first and second fingers and thumb free to pick up another ball.
Through most of the experiment these moves are the same:
PICK UP BALL
"In Bowl 1, a blue one." Pick up blue ball and drop white. "I'll place this red ball in with the other red one..." Pick up red ball, drop blue. "This blue ball with the other blue one..." Pick up blue, drop red.
You will note that I jumped the white ball, but it was done with a purpose.
"This white ball with the other white one..." Pick up white ball and drop blue.
"Let the remaining red ball keep company with the other two red ones..." Pick up red ball and DROP BOTH RED AND WHITE BALLS into Bowl 3. "The white ball with his other white friends..."
NOTE THIS MOVE. As you pick up white ball, turn right hand over casually so that audience can see palm of hand. Instead of placing hand into bowl as you did with other balls, drop this white ball from a height about three inches above Bowl 2, so that audience sees it go in.
WHY DO WE DO THIS? It is such moves which make Magic. When we get a chance to accent a point to convey a certain impression to the audience, we stress that point.
We wanted the audience to believe that we had placed the balls one by one in their respective bowls so that three of each color were in each bowl, respectively. We did not do this with seven of the balls, but now with the last two-- a white one and a blue one--we have a chance to show that we are actually dropping the white ball into Bowl 2 and the blue ball into Bowl 1. The fact that we show the audience that we actually drop these balls into their respective bowls, accents the fact that the others were fairly done.
"And last, but not least, the blue one we shall place with the Blue Brothers."
Put blue one in with a toss, which makes a good finish.
"Let us summarize the situation. What have we? In Bowl 3, three red balls; in Bowl 2, three white balls, and in Bowl 1, three blue balls. But if you were standing where I am, you would see something peculiar happening. They are moving about in a mysterious manner. Well—look at that little red fellow go."
You are looking into bowls and pretending to see this.
"Now I will show you what I mean by patriotic colors and why we use red, white and blue in the flag. I turn over Bowl 3. Look! A red, a white and a blue ball. In Bowl 2--a red, a white and a blue ball. In Bowl 1—a red, a white and a blue ball.
As you say this, turn over each bowl, one at a time, and show the three balls. Pour them out into right hand, then let them drop on table.
"Patriotic? I'll say they're patriotic. You can't keep them apart."
In order to impress on your mind the ROUTINE of dropping the balls, study this chart and keep diagram well in mind.
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