To Test The Ties

Keep your hands together to screen movements from assistant and from audience.

I want you to test the ties to be sure that you can slip your right thumb out of loop quickly and back in again easily.

Pull down on Cord A by trying to pull right thumb away from left thumb. With fingers of left hand work up Cord B (the one between the thumbs) tight against left thumb. Place second and third fingers of left hand on loop around right thumb and withdraw thumb. Figure 40.

You may aid in getting thumb out of loop by pushing on loop with tips

of fingers of right hand. Figure 41.

When your right thumb is free, you find that you have a loop of the wires around left thumb and a free loop which you use in inserting and withdrawing right thumb. Figure 42.

As soon as you have freed your thumb, slip it back into the loop again quickly. Use the tips of fingers of your right hand to help you. Figure. 43.

Then quickly open your hands out flat.

"Will you explain to me, sir, why it is that when my hands are on this side of the pole my arms are away from the pole, but ..."

Put hands up against pole so that your thumbs touch it, then draw hands back toward chest with your finger tips together. Now slip right thumb out of loop.

Suddenly push hands forward again, spreading them just enough to permit them to pass around pole.

The instant thumbs are past pole, insert right thumb into loop again very quickly. Turn backs of hands to audience to show them that thumbs are still tied.

"When my hands are on the other side, my arms are around the pole?"

Swing arms and hands around so that audience and spectator can readily see that arms are really around the pole and that THUMBS ARE STILL TIED. Figure 44.

Then suddenly pull your hands back, release right thumb, allowing pole to pass back through hands. Quickly insert thumb back into loop, and show thumbs still tied and pole freed from arms.

"Now the pole is free again, or I am. It is just like this. We are here."

Push hands through pole again and show tied thumbs and arms around pole.

"And here we are there."

Bring arms back to original position, freeing pole.

Hold thumbs up close to assistant to examine.

This illusion is perfect when properly performed. It really appears that pole passes through tied thumbs or solid hands or arms.

"Just set the pole down a moment and take these three rings."

Spectator puts down the pole and takes the three rings.

"These rings are made around a circle and I am sure that you will find no ends to them nor any secret openings. There are none. Some people think the rings come apart in some mysterious manner or that there are

trap doors in them. Now just toss me a ring."

Stand several feet away from spectator, facing him. He is at your right, therefore audience is to your left when you face him.

Catch first ring in fingers of both hands. Figure 45. "Not quite right that time. Throw it again."

As spectator throws ring again, release right thumb from loop, spread hands apart a little and allow ring to pass over onto right arm. Figure 46.

As soon as ring has passed thumbs, insert right thumb back into loop.

"Now, see what you have done -- you have thrown the ring right onto my arm."

Show thumbs tied and ring on arm.

"Will you please take it off?"

Assistant is, of course, unable to remove ring because of tied thumbs. "Oh, well, never mind. Just toss me another ring."

Assistant tosses another ring. Catch this on your arm as you did the first one. "I knew you threw that one too quickly. See, here it is on my arm also." Again show thumbs and arms. "All ready for the last one."

Assistant throws third ring. Catch this one on left arm.

"This ring is left -- that happened because you didn't throw it right. Here I have three rings on my arms, — bracelets, as it were. But what am I to do with them?"

Drop hands downward so that rings slide down to bases of thumbs and hang down over hands.

Suddenly release right thumb and let rings slide down to tips of fingers outside of thumbs. Insert right thumb immediately in loop again.

Perform this move very smoothly so that assistant and audience will not even notice it and think that rings are still on arms.

"I'll give them to my friend here to wear."

Toss rings to assistant.

Show thumbs tied.

"You don't want them? Then we'll lay them aside." Put rings on table.

"Now, place your right hand on my right shoulder."

Assistant does this. Your arms are below his arm. Figure 47.

Quickly bring your hands upward and pass them through his arm, releasing thumb. As soon as your hands are above his arm, insert thumb in loop again. Show thumbs tied.

"You see I meant to have your arm under mine, instead of . . ."

Bring hands down quickly through arm again.

Show thumbs again, securely tied.

"Please untie my thumbs and notice as you do so that they are secure just as you wired them."

Assistant untwists wires and removes cords.

"There are the marks on my thumbs from the tight wires."

Show marks on thumbs caused by binding.

"But that always goes with the experiment. I thank you."

Assistant returns to his seat.

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