Warning

Do not throw your head back, for there is danger of your actually swallowing some needles. Some performers do throw their heads back in pretending to swallow the needles, but it is unwise for you to do so. You can get the same effect by leaning your head forward. Get the needles into position and then straighten your head. It will appear that you did lean your

Go through movements again of showing mouth empty, hiding both bundles of needles with forefingers. Do this rather hurriedly.

"I am going to ask, sir, that you help me now and be very careful in doing so. What I intend to do is to cause the needles to thread themselves on the thread while in the stomach, and then I shall pull up the thread with the needles strung on it. I shall ask you to take the thread and pull it slowly. Do not jerk. A slight jerk and I might injure my throat. So be careful."

Now make facial motions as though forcing something up your throat. Do not exaggerate these motions.

Show hands empty, fingers wide apart. With first finger and thumb of right hand reach into mouth. Push needles up from left side of mouth onto your tongue. Grasp end of thread and allow bundle of needles to unroll on tongue.

Slowly pull thread out. When about eighteen inches of thread has appeared, have spectator take hold of thread. This leaves your right hand to assist in getting needles out of mouth. When you come to end of string, grasp it in your mouth. Take other end from spectator again and hold in right hand. Hold string of needles straight out with your coat sleeve as a background to show them up better, Figure 10.

Your effect is now completed, and you may place thread and needles aside.

Thimbles may have been designed for sewing purposes, but the manipulative magician has found them very effective in sleight of hand. Every kind from the simple aluminum or silver thimbles to the brightly-colored metal or wooden ones are used. Cardini, the noted English magician, uses beautiful rhinestone thimbles.

Work with thimbles is flashy and permits of beautiful moves as they appear and disappear. They reflect the light and thus are very effective.

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