To Perform

This experiment may be performed without assistance, but it is well to have an assistant. Have a little girl come up from audience. Place her a little in front of you and toward your right so that she does not screen your movements from audience.

To girl:

"If you will watch me closely, I will show you the mystery of 'The Silk and the Flame.' It is taken from the story of a fairy magician who one evening gathered his little friends together by the candlelight."

Pick up box of matches with left hand and take out match with right. Strike match and light fake candle in candlestick. Hold match box in left hand as in Figure 30.

Now place right hand over box and close box with left hand, forcing the silk out of box into palm of right hand, Figure 31.

Curl right fingers around silk and keep back of right hand to audience.

Replace match-box on table.

"When they were all assembled, he reached over the flame to warm his fingers for a moment."

Move left hand over the flame. Close hand and then open as though you thought you might have something in it. Do this slowly and gracefully so that audience will be interested in watching your movements. Then move right hand over the flame.

"Suddenly he dipped his hand into the flame."

Dip right hand close to flame and move up again, Figure 32.

Uncurl fingers a little and allow silk ball to expand, Figure 33.

Finally move hand a little to side and above candle and allow silk to hang from finger-tips, Figure 34.

"And behold, he produced a brightly colored piece of silk --just as though he grasped a beautiful butterfly that was hovering around the flame."

Spread silk out and show to audience and assistant.

"This, Mary, is magic silk made from the flame."

Place silk in lower right vest pocket. As you do this, tuck a little of it into the opening of the Pull, Figure 35.

"Then the fairy magician picked up the candle. He struck on the table three times with it—that's a magic number."

Take candle from candlestick. Strike bottom of it three times on table, without putting out flame. This is to show that candle is solid without saying so.

"He wrapped it up in a magical newspaper. Many fairy tales in this one."

Wrap candle in the newspaper. Do not stop to extinguish the flame. As you cover candle, flame will go out. Twist the ends of the paper.

"He twisted the ends. And then he gave it to one of the little fairy princesses to hold. How would you like to be a fairy princess?"

Give wrapped fake candle to little girl assistant. Hold it at each end where solid parts of candle are. Have girl hold it the same way so that she can feel the solid candle, Figure 36.

"You feel the candle all right, don't you? Just hold on tight."

Reach into right vest pocket with right hand. Take out silk and pull together. To do this, insert tip of forefinger into opening of "pull" and remove it from pocket with the silk. Hold "pull" against right palm with back of right hand to audience. It is easy to conceal it in this way, Figure 37.

"Now he stroked the magic silk gently."

Take silk in left hand, removing first finger from opening in "pull." Hold "pull" in right palm with third and fourth fingers curled over it, Figure 38.

Some performers palm the "pull" as in Figure 39.

Stroke silk twice with thumb and first two fingers of right hand.

"He tucked it into his! hands."

With fingers of left hand, work silk into the "pull" in right hand. Grasp it first by the center. About four movements should be enough to conceal silk in "pull., Figure 40.

"Then he held it in his left hand."

Pretend to place silk in left hand. Make movement of putting it from right into left hand. Close left hand as though grasping it. Look at left hand to MISDIRECT attention from right, Figure 41.

During this time, bring right hand back toward body and release the Full. It will fly back with silk in it, under coat and into position under ring.

In using "pull," be sure that your right forearm screens elastic. Also be careful that there are no objects in any of your pockets against which "pull" might strike and make a noise. Bringing right hand back toward body before releasing "pull" helps to keep it from making an unnecessary bang.

"But look! He opened his fingers and the silk had mysteriously disappeared."

Open both hands slowly and gracefully and show them empty, Figure 42.

"Mary, have you still the candle? You have."

Take parcel from her. Tear it open at center and remove the silk, Figure 43.

"And strangely, when the fairy magician touched the parcel, the candle, too, had disappeared--and in its place, was the magic silk."

When you have removed silk, crush the newspaper and fake candle into a small ball and place it on table.

"The fairy folk all wondered what had become of the candle. It occurred to the fairy magician to look in

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