To Perform

Borrow a hat and a handkerchief from gentleman in audience.

Come back to stage. Show hat empty and pull up the inner band. Place handkerchief in hat and put hat on table, opening upward.

"Have you ever eaten a magical Welsh Rarebit? It is a rare delicacy. Let me teach you how to make one. Take a kitchen utensil on this order."

Pick up pan by the handle but keep one finger under it to hold fire-pan in place. Then place fingers of other hand on top edge to keep tray from falling out. Turn pan upside down for a moment and then place it right side up again.

"And it will be necessary to have a stove. Perhaps the gentleman's hat is large enough for a stove." Place pan down into hat for a moment, releasing the bottom fire-pan, Figure 53.

Take pan out of hat, leaving fire-pan inside. Place pan aside on table. Inner band of hat turned up helps to screen pan inside of hat. Figure 54.

"A good fit and just the right size for a stove. You do not mind my using your hat for a stove, do you, sir? Of course, not. We used to have stove pipe hats, but this can be a stove hat without the pipe. But now for the lesson in making a Welsh Rarebit. Gather together an egg."

Break egg on top of pan and let contents drop into upper tray. Throw shells in also. Tear up paper and place pieces in tray. Put in any other small articles you wish. Season with the salt shaker.

"Some paper, preferably a fresh newspaper, late edition, seasoning and such, and mix them well together. Cover well."

Place cover on pan. Press it down tight to grip tray.

Open bottle of alcohol, and pulling white cloth in firepan up a little, pour alcohol on it. Then allow cloth to fall back into pan. To the audience it appears that you poured alcohol on handkerchief and let it fall back into the hat.

"You do not mind if I put a bit of gasoline on your handkerchief."

Light match and drop it into fire-pan. Flames flare up out of pan and rise above hat, Figure 55. "And make a fire in the hat."

Pick up pan quickly and wave it over flames for a moment. "I guess that is cooked enough."

Bring pan down into fire-pan in hat, apparently to extinguish flames, but in reality to secure fire-pan on bottom of rest of pan and bring it up out of hat.

"That is what is called dousing out the flames."

Place pan on table and remove cover with tray. Put cover and tray aside on table, being careful not to expose solid bottom of cover.

Reach into pan and take out guinea pig, Figure 56.

"And behold a Welsh Rarebit, commonly known as pork pie."

Place guinea pig on table or give to assistant.

Pick up hat and remove handkerchief.

NOTE: If a small rabbit is used you can say, "and behold a Welsh Rabbit."

"Your handkerchief is, I believe, unharmed, and likewise the hat." Show inside of hat, tucking down the band. Return handkerchief and hat.

"Spiritualistic" Effects for the next lesson. These go over big with an audience and may be used individually or in a group to form part of a big evening's show. This is an excellent lesson and will give you interesting additions to your knowledge of Magic and your repertoire of effects.

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