To Perform

Borrow a gentleman's hat and request a young boy to come up from audience to assist you. Place boy at your right. Ask him his name, and after suitable introduction, continue with effect.

"John, you look like the sort of boy who would be of great help to mother and could even help her cook the meals. Did you ever do much cooking?"

Get candlestick with candle, also matches from table. Give candlestick to John to hold.

"Do you know, John, that cooking has changed quite a bit from what it used to be. It used to be quite primitive."

Strike match and light candle. Have boy hold candlestick in left hand.

"Yet with all our modern ways of cooking, it is well to know some of the earlier methods—especially when you are out in the open, away from home. By the way, John, are you a Boy Scout?"

If he is a small boy, he naturally wouldn't be a Scout. If an older boy, he may be. Handle patter accordingly.

"No? Well, when you get older you no doubt will be. Now good Scouts know how to cook in a simple manner. They use sort of an Indian style."

Pick up borrowed hat in left hand and prepared box in right. Have right forefinger in such position behind box as to be able to release button readily when time comes, Figure 67.

"John, what would you think of a hat for a stove? A hat should hold quite ;

Show hat empty to convince audience that you use no trick device in it.

"I feel quite sure that the man who so kindly let us have his hat would have no objection to our using his hat for a stove."

To gentleman in audience:

"You have no objection, have you, sir? No, of course not. Now, John I have a box here pretty well filled with unpopped corn. Reach in and take a handful."

Turn toward John and extend the box so that he can reach in and take a handful of unpopped corn.

Figure 68 is a view of yourself and boy as audience sees you.

"John, what would you think of a hat for a stove? A hat should hold quite ;

Show hat empty to convince audience that you use no trick device in it.

"It is very good corn, John, even though the grains are a bit sharp. They are good and dry. Now you can just drop the grains of corn into the hat. That's right—put the whole handful in."

Boy drops corn into hat.

"Oh, I forgot, John, you are holding the candle left—you should hold it right. Hold it with your right hand."

As you direct attention to John, bring box down into hat a little way. Push button up with right forefinger. This releases flaps and causes popped corn to fall into hat, Figure 69.

As soon as corn is well within the hat, remove box. Hold box low so that bottom will not be exposed and place it aside on table. Hold hat above boy's eye-level so as not to expose popped corn in hat.

"That's better now. I suggested using this gentleman's hat for a stove, but now that we have popcorn in it, I suggest that we use the lighted candle for the stove and the hat for a popper. You keep hold on the stove, John, while I do the popping."

"That's better now. I suggested using this gentleman's hat for a stove, but now that we have popcorn in it, I suggest that we use the lighted candle for the stove and the hat for a popper. You keep hold on the stove, John, while I do the popping."

Move hat back and forth over lighted candle as you would a popper. Keep hat about six inches above flame so as not to injure hat, Figure 70.

Increase speed of your motion to cause a grain or two of corn to jump out. Continue to cause grains to jump out one or two at a time. You can imitate popping effect very nicely by control of the hat. Finally cause several grains to jump out. Slow down motion as you would in regular popping, Figure 71.

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"Well, John, I guess most of the grains have popped."

Take candlestick from boy and place it aside. Give him sheet of paper to hold spread out between his hands. Pour the corn from the hat out on to the paper, Figure 72.

"There you are, a nice hatful of popped corn. Take it down and let your friends help you have a popcorn feast. It will make them appreciate from now on just how good a cook you really are."

Help John down from stage. Then return hat, saying:

"I shall return the gentleman's hat to him. You will find it unharmed, sir, and, no doubt, you will be popping a bit of corn in it yourself occasionally."

This may be used as a comedy addition to above effect.

Get a flat nursing bottle, fill it three-quarters full of milk, and stop the nipple to prevent leaking. Place bottle in special pocket inside of left side of coat. Have opening of pocket in the side toward the front edge of coat, Figure 73.

After you have performed preceding experiment and are helping boy down from platform. Get behind boy, and under cover of hat, reach into pocket with right hand and get nursing bottle into hat. Just before returning hat to gentleman, remove nursing bottle from hat and show to audience.

"Pardon me, sir, I didn't know you carried the baby's lunch in your hat."

A big lesson in PRODUCTIONS, featuring the production of many eggs from an empty hat. This effect is excellent for injecting comedy into your programs as it is invariably greeted with a roar of laughter as the eggs are piled up on a boy's arms, and some fall on the floor and break.

You are taught how to remove a rabbit or a chicken from a gentleman's coat in a manner truly magical.

Also the production of various articles from a hat, including a RABBIT.

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