The Thumb Palm

With right hand still under handkerchief, you Thumb Palm the torn pieces. Curve the fingers of right hand downward and place the pieces at base of thumb. Hold them tightly in place by pressing thumb against base of first finger. Straighten first and second fingers and you have accomplished the Thumb Palm. Figure 17.

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Practice this move until you can do it easily and perfectly. Practice it first without the handkerchief, then with it.

Be careful to hold pieces of card exposed to palm of hand, but gripped only by the edges so that they do not show between thumb and first finger when back of hand is toward audience. Figure 18.

Practice the THUMB PALM with a half dollar. It is an important move in coin and thimble work which comes later in the course, and you should master it now.

To spectator to whom you are going to give handkerchief with fake corner containing torn pieces, you then say:

"I will just leave these torn pieces in your care."

Remove right hand from handkerchief. Be careful not to expose pieces that are thumb palmed. With left hand give handkerchief to spectator and have him hold the pieces in the fake corner which are now in the center of the handkerchief. He thinks, of course, that he is holding the pieces of the selected card.

"Hold them tightly. You can feel them all right? Just be sure you have them and do not let them get away. Now, I need a knife."

Reach into right coat pocket for knife, and as you do so, leave the pieces of card there. Bring out pocket knife. If you are using another kind of knife and have it on the table, say:

"Oh, here is one on the table that will do."

The audience thinks that you started to look for a knife in your pocket and then just happened to discover one over on the table.

In Magic you can rid of many articles by placing your hand in your pocket, apparently looking for some object.

Hold knife in right hand and use it as a pointer in explaining what you are going to do.

"When the magicians perform this magical experiment in China they do it differently from the way we do it here. There is quite a bit of difference between the psychology of the Oriental and the Occidental or Western World. Perhaps you would like to have me perform this in Chinese style. Very well. When I perform it according to our custom, I never tell what I am going to do. The Chinaman, however, takes special pains to tell you just what is going to happen. He wants you to be sure that you know it will happen and then he convinces you that it has really happened. Now then, what I intend to do is to cause the torn pieces of card to fly suddenly from the gentleman's fingers here and jump over into the orange which the gentleman here is holding."

Hold knife in left hand. Grasp a corner of the handkerchief which the spectator is holding. Turn to man holding the orange and say: Figure 19.

"You are holding the orange tightly, are you, sir? (To other spectator.) And you still have the torn pieces in your fingers? All right. (To audience.) Keep one eye on the orange, one eye on the torn pieces, and one eye on me."

Jerk handkerchief quickly from spectator's hand. Then open handkerchief and run fingers along one edge so that you can hold it up and show it empty. Turn it quickly and show other side, then take handkerchief by a corner and let it drop again. If you can get fake corner easily into one of your hands while showing handkerchief, so much the better. If you cannot, however, make your moves quickly and the audience will not detect it. Figure 20. Or you can place handkerchief aside immediately after jerking it from spectator's hands.

"Gone. Away they go."

Turn to left and with left hand gesture toward audience.

Place handkerchief in pocket or lay it aside on table.

"Now, if you will let me have the orange please."

Take orange in left hand and hold it so that audience can see it. Revolve it to show all sides and prove that it is just an ordinary orange. Figure 21.

While doing this and while performing the rest of the experiment, hold your hands so that audience can see at all times that you have nothing

concealed. They will be looking for a concealed card in your hands which they expect you to get into the orange somehow.

You must convince them by your actions, not words, that you have no card concealed in your hands.

You are now working up to your CLIMAX and you must SELL your effect to the limit. You are a magical salesman and you are about to sell the idea that the selected card really got into the orange by magical means.

If you are playing in vaudeville or performing where music is available, this is the cue for the orchestra to play. I shall discuss the use of music in snapping up climaxes in detail later in the course.

With orange held in left hand, pip upwards, and knife in right hand, cut orange around the middle into two pieces. Figure 22.

When orange is completely cut through, place knife down without taking your eyes off the orange. Carefully lift up top half of the orange so that it frees itself from the card and leaves card in lower half. Figure 23.

Focus your attention on the cut orange and card. Hold your audience tense and full of expectancy. You are about to expose the card and this is the great climax of your effect.

Lay upper half of orange on table, keeping your eyes on the card all the time. Remove card from lower half of orange with right hand. Place second half on table with left. KEEP CARD ALWAYS IN AUDIENCE'S SIGHT AND DO NOT TAKE YOUR EYES OFF IT, until orange is on table. Then look at audience.

Unroll card and flatten it out. Figure 24.

"THE QUEEN OF HEARTS. Fully restored by the orange juice -- that is, except for this corner, which the lady here is holding."

Walk up to spectator holding corner of card.

"Will you, madam, please take this card, place the corner against it, and see whether it fits?" The lady does this, and, of course, the corner fits.

Then take the card and corner yourself. Hold them up fitted together so that everyone in audience can see them. Figure 25.

Look at audience. "They fit perfectly."

Bow slightly, and you will get your applause. "Strange people, these Chinese."

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