Have spectator come up from audience. Have him stand at your right.
"I am going to ask you, sir, to act as a committee of one to be chief inspector for the audience for this experiment. Do you accept the nomination? Then all is well. This silk handkerchief has very peculiar properties. It acts up in such a way that people imagine I have many kinds of trick pockets with which to fool them. Now you know I wouldn't fool anyone intentionally for the world so I am going to ask you to reach inside my pocket and see that it is just a pocket such as is usually built into trousers."
Have spectator reach into right pocket and feel carefully around to make sure there are no trick devices in it.
"You are satisfied that all is well--that there are no tunnels or subways in it? So that the audience may also join the little game, I will just turn both my pockets wrong side out."
Place silk in right coat pocket. Now turn both pockets inside out. Pull them out far and show both sides. Be careful when pulling left one out not to pull it so far as to expose the silk, but there isn't much danger if silk is properly tucked in corner. Figure 21.
"Watch my hands and watch my pockets."
Show hands, both sides, with fingers wide apart. Tuck both pockets back into place. As left pocket goes back into place, reach up with left thumb and pull down the concealed red silk. Push it quickly down into pocket. Anyone reaching into pocket now can readily find silk.
Now take the other red silk from coat pocket and hold it up by corner so that audience can see you have only one silk.
"Just to look at this square of red silk, one would hardly think that it possesses the odd powers which it does. For instance, I place it in my pocket over here on my right side."
Bunch handkerchief up and place into right pocket with right hand. Hold it with thumb and finger-tips and push it into upper inner corner with thumb. Let other fingers come down into pocket so that audience can see movement way down in pocket as if you were pushing silk well down in pocket, Figure 22.
Remove right hand and show both sides, fingers wide apart.
"But will it stay there? No."
Reach in and turn pocket inside out, leaving it out.
"It walks over into my left pocket."
Show left hand, both sides, fingers wide apart. Reach in and remove handkerchief. Turn left pocket wrong side out and show silk freely.
Turn both pockets in again. As right one goes in, push right thumb into upper corner and bring silk down into pocket as before.
"Now watch. I shall place it back in my left pocket."
Place red silk in left hand back in left pocket as you did the silk in right pocket. Tuck it into upper inner corner with thumb and move fingers about lower down in pocket. Remove hand and show it empty.
"But just because I placed it there, it will not stay."
Turn left pocket wrong side out and show that silk has gone.
"Now, sir, will you please reach into my right pocket and remove the little wanderer?"
Spectator assisting reaches into pocket and withdraws the silk. Turn pocket inside out. Now push both pockets in again, and as you do so, pull silk in left pocket down lower in pocket.
"I wonder whether you understand this, sir? Suppose we try this experiment again. I just place the silk into my right pocket."
Go through movements again of placing silk in pocket. After it is concealed in upper corner, withdraw hand.
"You are convinced that I placed the silk into my pocket. Now watch." Turn right pocket out and show empty. "Please reach into my left pocket yourself."
Turn so that he can readily reach into pocket and remove silk. Then turn left pocket out. "See, you place the silk in one pocket, and it bobs up in the other."
In all this pocket work, be sure that your coat is held back so that audience can readily see that silk really goes in and out of trousers' pockets. You must make the experiment convincing.
"Now, I shall ask you, sir, to tie a knot in the silk—one in the middle of the handkerchief."
Assistant ties knot in handkerchief. Take it from him and hold it in your left hand so that audience can see
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