be seen and heard as it enters the envelope.

"I suppose he thought it was payday." Lower your left hand briefly to your side as you peer into the envelope and shake it once or twice. You do this seemingly to setde the contents, making room for the watch. In reality, you shake the ring only, which you try to position in the bottom left corner of the envelope. This by-play draws attention away from the left hand while it allows the ring to be heard inside the envelope—further evidence that the items really are there.

As the left hand hangs at your side, press your left thumb against the right edge of the palmed feke and relax the third and fourth fingers, releasing the watch. The tension on the line will immediately pull it into your hand. At the same time the bottom of the money feke will be pulled into alignment with the sleeve opening. The watch hangs alongside the feke. Your fingers grasp the whole unit, holding everything together. At this point, slowly release your grip. The fingers guide the watch and feke toward the sleeve, so that they are drawn smoothly inside.

Cup your fingers and press the thumb against them, as if you still held the watch. Even if attention weren't drawn from your left hand, all that could be observed is the apparent action of letting the watch escape from the fourth finger in preparation for its being placed in the envelope.

Raise the left hand to the envelope and insert the fingers into its mouth, pretending to drop the watch inside. Flex the envelope a bit, making it rustle, thus creating the expected noise of a watch being placed into it. Here is our vanish by ditching.

There is no need to display your empty left hand if the previous actions have been convincingly performed. Its emptiness will be amply proven as, with both hands, you close the envelope by folding down its flap.

"Anyway, he had all my things." If it is not already there, tap the envelope once or twice with the left fingers to get the ring into the bottom left corner. Then, while gripping the envelope with both hands, squeeze it flat, forcing the ring through the star trap (Figure 26) and onto the left thumbtip. And there is our vanish by stealing.

"But to get all my things back, all 26 I needed to do was make a magic gesture. .." Make a brief magical pass with your right hand over the envelope. ".. .and our friend had no ring..." As you say this, tear the envelope in half across its width.

"... no watch..." Put the halves of the envelope together and tear them in half again.

"... no money..." Tear the pieces a third time.

"... nothing at all!"Tear the pieces once more and, with your right hand, toss them into the air like confetti, off to your right. As you do this, watch the pieces scatter in the air and flutter down, causing your audience to do likewise while your left hand drops

briefly to your side. Once out of the frame of attention the left fingers slip the ring off the thumb and onto the third finger.

"Because I still have my ring..." Raise your left hand to display the ring back on your finger.

".. .my watch..Extend your left arm forward, causing the sleeve to fall away from the wrist. This exposes the duplicate watch on your arm.

".. .and all my money!" With your right hand, take the wallet from your waistband and flip open the second compartment, displaying the duplicate stack of bills (Figure 27).

This leaves you with both arms raised and extended: a natural applause cue and a nice picture on which to conclude.

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