To Perform

Borrow a hat or use one of your own. Show it empty, then place it on table. Pick up cloth, holding bent pin securely with right fingers and thumb. Pin is at rear, Figure 21.

"There is an Oriental experiment in which the magician takes his turban or hat, places it on the ground, and then covering it for a moment or two, causes it to disappear. This always seemed to me an excellent way of eliminating check rooms. You could walk up to the check room, place your hat down, and just as the girl starts to pick it up, wave your magic cloth and said hat vanishes. If you do not mind, sir, I shall show you how it works with your hat. This will be the magic cloth."

Show cloth freely on both sides, holding it up between both hands. Left hand holds one corner and right hand holds pin corner with top edge of cloth drawn taut along left arm. Hook pin on to left shoulder of coat, but do not change position of right hand, Figure 22.

"We shall cover the hat for a few moments."

Swing left arm around in front of table and hat, screening hat from audience.

Figure 23 shows you and cloth as audience sees you, Your back is almost turned to audience.

You can now release hold on cloth with right hand and have free use of right hand without audience seeing it. Audience is not aware that cloth is pinned up on left shoulder and believes that right hand continues to hold cloth up. Be sure that cloth hangs down close to coat and that no one can see between cloth and your body. Experience will teach you to swing cloth far enough to left.

With right hand reach into rabbit pocket and grasp rabbit by the ears. Pull him out and drop him into the hat out of sight. Be sure not to push arm out backwards so that audience will see it while performing these moves, Figure 24.

Replace right hand on corner of cloth, unhook pin, and swing into position shown in Figure 22 again. Allow cloth to fall a little, bringing hands closer together as in Figure 21. Finally, hang cloth over left forearm.

Look at hat.

"Am I seeing things, or do you still see the hat there also? It is quite evident, sir, that your hat refuses to answer the dictates of Magic and intends to sit there."

Reach into hat, pick up rabbit by the ears and bring him out of the hat. Figure 25.

"Well, no wonder, the engineer was sitting in it."

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