To Perform

Pick up sheet of paper and show both sides.

"Some time ago we had a lady visiting up from Paris. As you know, Paris has a reputation for its fashions. Though this lady's wardrobe trunk was small, it was amazing the number of dresses she apparently carried with her. One would seldom see her with the same color dress on twice in succession. One day, my curiosity got the best of me and I asked her about it. She told me that she really had only three dresses with her, but the great variety was secured through a peculiar process of dyeing her dresses various colors at a moment's notice. Let me demonstrate the process on a smaller scale. The dye works revolve around a piece of paper."

Show paper on both sides again, then hold it up in left hand directly in front of you. Reach under your coat with right hand as if you were getting something and pretend to place it back of the paper. Roll paper into tube. Figure 78.

"She would roll the paper up into a tube—just an EMPTY tube of paper."

Audience murmurs that you placed something in the paper.

"Pardon me, but there seems to be a wave of suspicion going cm around here that the tube is not empty."

Unroll paper and show both sides.

"There you are. I wouldn't fool you for the world. Someone is just seeing tilings."

Replace paper on table as in Figure 77. Pick up the three white silks.

"These silks will each represent a dress. One—two-three."

Show each silk separately as you count them.

"Three nice white dresses. They are almost as large as some modern day dresses at that."

Pick up paper again, placing right thumb above paper and fingers below so that you can also lift up the loaded tube of silks under paper, Figure 79.

How to Show Paper Both Sides and Conceal Tube:

With right hand bring paper and tube up to left hand. Place left fingers in front of paper and thumb behind into opening of tube, Figure 80.

Release right hand from paper, allowing top edge of paper to fly up. Place thumb and index finger of right hand behind paper and grasp tube. Place the other three fingers in front of paper, Figure 81.

Slide left hand to lower edge of paper with forefinger in back and thumb and other fingers in front. Right hand holds paper at upper edge, and thus you show one side of paper, Figure 82, next page.

Raise lower part of paper upward between tube and upper edge. To do this, turn paper upward toward yourself and roll it up behind tube, Figures 83 and 84.

Now drop upper edge of paper from right hand. Grasp lower edge, which is now at top, as before, with tube behind paper held by thumb and forefinger and other fingers in front, Figure 85.

Bring tube to bottom of paper in preparation for wrapping it in paper, Figure 86.

With aid of left hand wrap tube in paper. To the audience it appears that you merely make a tube of the empty paper, Figure 87.

Pick up one white silk from table with right hand as you hold paper tube in left. Push the white silk into cup end of metal tube and slide cup up a little way.

Pick up one white silk from table with right hand as you hold paper tube in left. Push the white silk into cup end of metal tube and slide cup up a little way.

Of course, the audience sees you do this, Figure 88.

"The first stage is the cleaning stage. A dress is pushed into one end of the tube and is taken out of the other end."

Tap tube against right hand a little so that white silk at loaded end of tube

will come out far enough for you to grasp it. Remove white silk with right hand and place on table, Figure 89.

"A very simple process but important. Not only does the tube clean the dress, but the dress also cleans the tube."

Holding tube in left hand, push the second white silk into cup end of tube, thus pushing the pink silk at other end upward.

"Now, the dyeing process is similar to the cleaning process, except that the tube is held at a slightly different angle and the silk remains in the tube a little longer. The length of time varies with the particular color.

Tap tube against right hand again so that pink silk comes out at top and can be withdrawn with right hand. Show the silk freely.

"I didn't keep it in the tube long enough so that the dyeing is rather faint. Let us try again and keep it in a moment longer."

Push pink silk into bottom of tube, tap tube, and remove red silk from top.

"There, that's better. Milady now has a nice red dress. Or as I overhear someone remark—he read it in the paper."

Place red silk in center of table and pick up another white silk.

"This, likewise, goes into the paper."

Push white silk into bottom of tube and pick up last white silk.

"While we are dyeing for a living, we will add this one."

Push silks up with sliding cup so that both green and blue silks come out at top of tube but are still concealed by paper. Be sure paper tube is straight so dye tube can easily slide out at proper time. Tap tube against left hand and draw out green silk.

"For the benefit of my Irish friends, how is this?"

Remove green silk with left hand and place it toward rear of table. As you do so, let right hand with tube come to rear edge of paper just over the Servante. Allow dye tube to slip out of paper tube and down into Servante, Figure 90.

Do this very quickly and raise paper tube immediately. Tap tube against left hand again and remove blue silk.

"This was left in the tube longer and that's why it assumes a darker color unless the wind blew (blue) it."

Place blue silk on table with the red and green ones. Unroll paper tube and show it empty on both sides.

"And so, dear ladies, you have an easy process of dyeing."

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