To Perform

Pick up the blanket and come forward to center of stage. Have man assistant at your left. Girl assistant stands behind the scenes just to right of door.

"The Mystery of King Tut. With this blanket, I shall imitate a mummy."

Start to wrap yourself in blanket. Assistant comes forward a little and says: "Pardon me, but a mummy is wrapped in a different manner. You have to whirl into it." You say in an amused manner:

"Who ever heard of a mummy whirling into a blanket?" Assistant retorts:

"Anyway, that is how it is done. Do you mind my showing you?"

You tell assistant to go ahead and he takes blanket. He says:

"Stand there and hold the blanket up high while I hold up this other side."

Figure 4 shows arrangement. P is the performer, A is the assistant and the line between represents the blanket.

Figure 5 shows how blanket is stretched out between you and assistant.

When blanket is held up this way, it screens center door enough to allow a person to enter or exit

Figure 5 shows how blanket is stretched out between you and assistant.

When blanket is held up this way, it screens center door enough to allow a person to enter or exit unobserved.

Assistant now says:

"When I roll up in the mummy case or blanket, tuck your end around me. All ready. "

Assistant wraps himself in the blanket in this way: He steps behind blanket so that only his left hand is visible at upper corner of blanket.

Figure 6 is view from rear.

He turns to the left, bringing the blanket around him, Figure 7.

Then he continues turning to the left until he is completely wrapped in the blanket.

Figure 8 is view from audience, while assistant is wrapping himself.

When he is wrapped as in Figure 9, he motions to you under blanket and calls to you to undo him. "Unwrap me quick. Let me out."

Figure 8 is view from audience, while assistant is wrapping himself.

When he is wrapped as in Figure 9, he motions to you under blanket and calls to you to undo him. "Unwrap me quick. Let me out."

Hold corners of blanket firmly while assistant unwraps himself by turning to the right several times. When he is unwrapped, you say:

"What is the matter?"

He tells you that he forgot his crown. He goes over to chair, picks up crown, and shows it. Then he says:

"When I get wrapped up as a mummy, put the crown on my head. This is a king mummy and must wear a crown."

He replaces crown on seat of chair and picks up ends of blanket again as in Figure 5, saying, "All ready?"

This is the cue for girl assistant to come through center door and step behind blanket. She will not be seen by audience if blanket is held properly. Relative positions of Performer, Assistant, and Girl are shown in Figure 10.

Assistant then steps behind blanket as he did the first time.

Figure 11 shows position of assistant and girl from rear.

Now comes a move which must be studied carefully in order to make it natural. When assistant wrapped himself, his right elbow naturally protruded from under the blanket. As girl is wrapped, she must imitate this elbow movement.

Assistant steps behind and to right of girl while she slips into his place. As assistant brings blanket around her, she turns around, pushes right elbow out a little into blanket, and grasps upper corner of blanket with left hand. This is done quickly in one continuous movement so that audience suspects nothing.

Figure 12 shows the actual movement.

Figure 13 shows a diagram of the positions at this point.

Figure 13 shows a diagram of the positions at this point.

Assistant now quickly exits through center door and back stage and puts on the old man's clothes, the wig, whiskers, and eyeglasses as hurriedly as possible. The moment assistant is offstage, girl continues to wrap herself in blanket by turning to the left just as assistant did the first time, Figure 14.

When girl is wrapped as in Figure 9, she moves her arms under blanket and turns her head and shoulders toward crown. This gives a funny effect.

Figure 15 shows a diagram of position of girl and yourself at this point.

You walk over to chair and pick up crown. Bring it over and place it on girl's head over the blanket,

Figure 15 shows a diagram of position of girl and yourself at this point.

Figure 16.

"I never saw a mummy with a crown—not even a king mummy like King Tut."

The patter from now on must be worked up to the proper length to allow assistant to get into his clothes and to come around to rear of theater or hall so that he can come up the aisle from back of the audience. If desired, you may give him time to sit for a moment in an empty seat.

Assistant must hurry as much as possible as speed is important in working an illusion. While he is taking the necessary time, you must keep up the interest of the audience. You talk and the girl answers with motions, bending her body and shaking her head.

"The crown was placed in a separate compartment outside of the mummy case, if I remember right."

Girl shakes head from side to side to indicate, No.

"I do not know where you saw mummies or where you studied their getup. I still doubt whether you are even wrapped right."

Girl shakes head for Yes.

"Turn around once and let us see your back."

Girl turns back to audience.

"You are a fine looking mummy. If King Tut looked like that, he must have had an ignorant mummy wrapper and crown placer."

Girl turns to face audience again. Then you say to spectators:

"Do any of you people know anything about how a mummy was wrapped?"

Assistant dressed as old man hobbles up the aisle and talks in squeaky voice, Figure 17.

"Hold on, young feller. I know how mummies is wrapped. I've wrapped and unwrapped many of 'em in my day. He ain't right and you ain't right. Neither one of you has the right idea. Egyptian mummies is peculiar things."

He comes down to stage and points cane at performer as he talks.

"Gol ding! The mummy clothes is crooked. Let me show ye how to fix 'em."

You say:

"Come up on the stage, dad."

You assist him up and this is another chance for comedy.

Assistant says:

"Gol ding! Take off that there crown. Unwrap the young feller and let's commence right. I'll show ye how Cleopatra herself was wrapped up."

Remove crown and unwind blanket by holding outer corners while girl revolves to the right. When she is free of blanket, it drops to floor and is held only at one end by performer. When girl appears, old man says:

Then he quickly removes spectacles, beard, and wig and shows that he is the man assistant who is supposed to have been wrapped in blanket, Figure 17A.

You should have no trouble with this excellent illusion if you study the details of it and use care in performing. Notice the effect when assistant wraps himself in blanket and have girl imitate the movements to produce the same effect. Try to cover the feet as much as possible, but to avoid detection in case they are exposed, have the girl's and man's shoes similar. The costume of the girl may vary. It may be Turkish, Chinese, or any straight costume desired. If it is Chinese, the trousers and shoes of girl and man can be very much alike.

To Perform King Tut Illusion with Side Wings of Stage—

With this stage arrangement, have girl stand back of second wing at right of stage. When assistant and you hold blanket up, stand in such position as to screen edge of wing enough for girl to get behind blanket and for man to exit. Study Figures 18, 19, 20, and 21 for the various positions in performing illusion.

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