The Vanishing Cigarette

EFFECT:

Performer places lighted cigarette in closed left hand. He then opens his hand and cigarette is gone.

PARAPHERNALIA:

1 -- A Cigarette Pull. This was send to you FREE with your second package of apparatus.

MODUS OPERANDI: To Prepare:

The Cigarette Pull is a small metal cylinder with a spring inside. The spring keeps the cigarette tight in place when it is placed in the Pull. The Pull is attached to a length of round black elastic, Figures 74, 75, 76.

Figure 77 shows the Pull with a fountain pen clip attached to it. Under the clip articles may be placed, such as silks, for changing lighted cigarettes into other objects. If you wish to do this, show the lighted cigarette, place it in the Pull, release the silk handkerchief from the Pull, and let Pull slide back under cover. Then show the silk.

The Cigarette Pull is adjusted to body in same manner as Handkerchief Pull. It is well to use the Handkerchief Pull on the right side and the Cigarette Pull on the left side.

Keep Cigarette Pull in place by a small ring or pin, Figure 77 A.

Place cigarette in mouth and light it. Turn right side of body toward audience. Reach up with left hand and close your fingers over Pull.

Face front, bringing left hand with Pull up in front of body. Left hand and arm conceal Pull and elastic, Figure 78.

The Vanishing Cigarette

Figure 77 shows the Pull with a fountain pen clip attached to it. Under the clip articles may be placed, such as silks, for changing lighted cigarettes into other objects. If you wish to do this, show the lighted cigarette, place it in the Pull, release the silk handkerchief from the Pull, and let Pull slide back under cover. Then show the silk.

To Perform:

Show lighted cigarette with right hand. Place it apparently in closed left hand with lighted end down — really in the Pull in left hand. Release Pull and allow it to slide back under coat into original position. Open left hand gracefully and slowly and show that cigarette has vanished.

Ed Reno has a favorite impromptu stunt in which he uses the Cigarette Pull to vanish a pencil. He takes his lead pencil from his pocket and says, "You have perhaps heard about breaking a pencil with a dollar bill. Here is a new way of doing it without a bill." While he says this, he is demonstrating by striking pencil on the table. This is merely for misdirection — to get right side of body toward audience and secure Pull in left hand. He then faces front and puts pencil down in left hand, into Pull. Holding top of pencil with right hand, he makes a movement as if to break pencil. As soon as pencil is fully concealed by hands, Pull is released and goes back into place under coat. Hands are opened and audience sees that pencil has disappeared.

Magician borrows a dollar bill and requests that owner remembers the number. He then takes out a box of cigarettes and has one selected. He places this one in his mouth. Folding the dollar bill he tucks it into his closed left hand. In a moment he opens his hand and the bill has vanished. He lights the cigarette and finds that it does not draw well. Magician then tears the cigarette apart and discovers the dollar bill inside of it. Bill is unfolded and returned to owner to check up on the number and make sure it is his own.

PARAPHERNALIA:

SECRET AND PATTER: To Prepare:

You must prepare one cigarette. Carefully remove all the tobacco except about one-half to three quarters of an inch near the end. Do not injure the paper. You will have no difficulty in removing tobacco with a pair of tweezers or a toothpick, or rolling cigarette, Figure 79.

Take the dollar bill and copy down the last three digits of the number and the series letter after it.

Fold the bill in half lengthwise, then in half the other way. Finally, roll up the bill as tight as possible, Figures 80, 81, 82.

Place rolled bill in hollow space in prepared cigarette. Turn cigarette as you insert bill and you will find it easy to do. When bill is well concealed in cigarette, place a little tobacco on top of it to make cigarette look natural, Figure 83.

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  • LANFRANCO
    Who opens cigarette packet lengthways?
    1 year ago

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