To Make Japanese Cords For Tying

Get some cord about one-eighth to three-sixteenths of an inch in diameter and about eleven inches long.

Take a strip of heavy parchment or gloss tissue paper or genuine rice paper, if you can secure any about an inch wide. Cut this material into inch strips.

Roll the paper around the cord diagonally, overlapping each turn a little to cover the cord completely. Twist the ends of paper to hold it on cord securely. Figure 48.

Prepare another cord in the same way. To make the working of the principle easy, the cords must be fairly stiff. That's why pipe cleaners work so satisfactorily. Wrapping paper around cord makes them fairly stiff and suitable for performing the move.

This thumb tie which I have given you is one of the best methods known and is especially good because of its impromptu nature. Perfect yourself in performing it.

Later on in the course under Japanese Magic I will teach you another Japanese Thumb Tie in which the thumbs are tied separately and rings are passed onto the arms without slipping the thumbs from their ties.

TARBELL SYSTEM, INCORPORATED, Chicago.

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