Drawn Double Cupped Up

E-FpE-CT - You play with a wad of Silly Putty while you borrow a dime and a finger ring from your pal...then offer to demonstrate yet another little-known putty principle. You tear the putty in half and flatten the pieces into two small putty patties then press the dime into one patty and the ring into the other, thus creating a rare "dime-and-ring." And it even gets better. Your putty buddy holds the patty with the ring while you hold the one with the dime. You both give your putty patty a friendly squeeze... and a silly second later the dime and ring change places!

Once the principle is understood, nearly any small objects can become your putty buddy's pal.

PR.E.-PUTTY PE.E.P - Push a dime into the center of your putty ball. Work the putty a little so the dime is completely hidden inside. Put the putty in its little plastic egg house and wait for the moment.

6TE.P ¿?NE- - Bring out the egg, and dump out the ball of putty. Borrow a dime and someone's ring. As the ring and dime are being located, pull the ball of putty apart so the dime ends up with your right-hand piece. Be very careful here not to expose the dime to your audience. (The dime should be covered by putty but sometimes it pokes out.)

óT^P T- Give your left-hand putty piece to a nice person and have her flatten it into a half-dollar size patty. As you flatten your putty piece secretly uncover the dime. (You'll be able to feel it with your fingers. Just unfold it out toward yourself to uncover the dime and make sure it shows tail-side up on your side of the patty.) Your fingers hide the whole process from your audience. Take your time. This is all done under cover of the innocent patty-flattening procedure.

5TE.P TJ-IE.E.E. - Take the ring and carefully press it into the blank side of your putty. This creates an impromptu silly putty "Copper/ Silver" coin. Put it ring side up on the table.

6TE.P F¿?UR. - Press the dime into the top of the other patty so it looks like the secret dime on the other patty. Set it onto the table dime-side up next to the other patty. Let everyone see the two pieces as you talk about dime-and-rings and the amazing properties of silly putty (FIG. 1).

5TE.P HVE- - Pick up one patty in each hand. The double-sided patty is held between your right thumb and index finger. Place the other patty between your right index and middle finger (FIG. 2). The patties are slightly staggered so the audience can clearly see the dime in the lower one and the ring in the upper one. (You have to hold them like this so the two patties don't touch. They'll stick together and if that happens you'd have to pack up your egg and leave.)

5TE-P 6IX - Have your putty buddy hold out a hand. Turn your own right hand palm down (so both patties turn over) and deposit the "blank" patty face down on her palm. Take the dime-up patty away with your right hand as you have her close her hand over the putty...which apparently contains the ring on its other side but is actually a dime (she won't be able to feel the difference).

•5TE.P 6E.VE.nI - As she's closing her hand, place your dime-up patty on your left fingers. Draw attention to the fact that you are holding the dime.

5TE.P E.ICj'JJT - Close your left hand into a fist and shake it back and forth a bit. This immediate shaking of your hand disguises the fact that the patty turned over when you closed your fingers.

6TE.P NlNEL - Hold your fist palm up next to her's and remind everyone which object is in which putty. You both gently squeeze your putty patty.

5TE.P TE.N - Slowly open your hand so the ring side of the putty is displayed on your palm. Your putty buddy opens her hand and finds the dime.

6TE.P LLLN/LH - Ask your helper to remove the dime from her putty. As she does this, remove the ring from your putty by pulling the pattie edges down over the concealed dime. This pops out the ring and leaves the dime buried inside the putty (FIG. 3). Return the borrowed object and combine the two putty patties into a single ball. Return the borrowed objects. Put the ball back into its little plastic egg home until you feel like making another putty buddy pal.

• If any bits of putty are left on the borrowed ring when it's pulled from the patty it's easily cleaned up by dabbing it with the putty The bits are picked up by the bigger body of putty.

• Any small object that can be pressed into the putty can be used in place of the ring... a rubber band, a paper clip, an earring, a match, a piece of pretzel. Just about any silly little thing will do.

You offer to create a home-made piece of strange for some deserving normal person. Your tools are a pen and a three-inch piece of string. That's it. Your hands are empty. Nothing else strange is used. You compel the normal person to tie the string into a loose knot and hold it on her open palm. You then use the pen tip to gently slide the knot off the string and onto her hand, depositing a finger-ring size "0" on her palm. You slip the piece-o'-strange onto her trembling cultural-consensus finger...leaving her with an insatiable craving for a hunk-o'-weird.

PÎZL-Û - You need some of the braided-string core that's in the center of "cheap" magician's rope. (André Hagen makes really cheap magician's rope by putting white clothesline into the washer and then the dryer...and ends up with official magic rope.) Slide out about ten inches of the string core, then unbraid one of the single strings. Cut off a three-inch piece of the string (FIG. 1). This string is just compressed fluff, which allows you to make a seamless "0" as follows:

Untwist the two ends of the three-inch string to loosen them up. Twisting one way will tighten the fibers...twisting the other way will fluff them out. Peel down the fluff on both ends as in FIG. 2 to expose about 3/4" of the inner string for a French-poodle look. Smear some

white glue on one of the exposed ends...then tightly twist it around the other exposed end to make a solid circle (FIG. 3).

When dry, carefully scrape the peeled-back fluff so it re-covers the exposed ends. Sculpt the "0" with your fingers until you have a seamless white circle (FIG. 4). You can make a bunch of these if you plan on using them as give-aways but resist the urge to print your name and phone number on the back.

Take your "0" and twist the string through it twice to create the illusion of a loose knot (FIG. 5).

5TC-P 0NlE_ - Place a pen and the fake-knotted string onto a spectator's palm as you show your hands empty. Your left fingers pick up the string by one end as your right hand picks up the pen and pokes it through the fake knot. Pull the pen down to apparently untie the knot (FIG. 6) but actually slide the loop off the string so the loop stays on the pen. The loop on the pen naturally ends up concealed inside your right fingers (FIG. 7). This looks exactly like you've untied the knot with the pen.

pen, make sure you poke the SMOOTH end of the pen through the loop, so it doesn't snag on the cap or clip later on.

.5TLP J\J0 - Hand the unknotted string to someone and have her tie a loose knot just like the first one. Take it back and if necessary adjust her loose knot so it matches your fake. (You're still holding onto the pen with its concealed loop.)

5T^P TJ-lR-LL - Place the knotted string back onto her palm...then place the end of the pen into the center of the loose knot so the pen's end touches her palm. Your left fingers pull the left end of the string as you slide the pen to the right to untie the real knot. Just as the real knot disappears, allow the concealed "0" to drop off the pen and onto her palm (FIG. 8). If you take care with the timing you'll have a perfect illusion of a knot sliding off the string. Leave the piece of strange on your spectator's palm and let it be.

- The fluffy string has a ten-dancy to shred if not gently handled. You may be able to find a tougher substitute by visiting your local yarn-mart.


A learned Doctor once theorized: If an unfortunate person were to hiccup, cough, sneeze, fart and burp all at the same exact moment - that death would be instantaneous.

As of this writing, no reputable insurance company will issue a policy to cover this tragic condition. However, a premeditated hiccup of astonishment could instantly release the deadly pressure, or at the very least make for a more well-rounded final experience.

ELfTELCT - You find yourself in a position where you're holding a Jack while a stranger holds an Ace. Separately, the two of you are just meaningless cards. Together you're a meaningless hand of blackjack. You try not to think about it when suddenly your Jack quivers and it's the Ace. She looks at her Ace...it's now your Jack. And in a hiccup of time that's mathematically insignificant the two cards change places yet again.

E>ACkC5TA<^E- - If you are using this to follow "Reset," (see Index) contrive to finish with the eight reset-cards face up. Aces on the top of Jacks, and two same-colored Jacks at the back. If you want to go into this cold, get two matching Jacks at the back of the face-up deck. An Ace goes at the face.

6TEP <?NEL - Get a left pinky break above the two matching Jacks. Grip them as one card. Your right fingers hold the deck (or packet) from above by its ends as you drag the Ace from the face onto the double with your left thumb (FIG. 1). Say something profound like, "An Ace, and a Jack." To the audience, the double Jack is one card, so it appears that you have one Ace and a Jack. Put aside the deck or packet. Its moment of glory has passed.

6TE-P TW/<? - Square the cards (still face up) from above with your right hand and lift off the top two cards as one. As the double is lifted your left hand turns its single card face down to keep the "wrong" Jack concealed. Place the face-down Jack in-jogged under the face-up double so about a third of the card sticks out. Your left fingers take the three-card unit from above by its sides as in FIG. 2 thus turning the packet over so the face-up Jack is on top. Your left index finger is positioned so that it covers the index of the face-down Jack, disguising it as the original Jack.

6TE.P TLII2.E.E- - With your left hand still palm down, use your right fingers to pull the face-down card out a bit more. As this is done, secretly slide the face card of the double slightly beyond the left end of the face-up Jack (FIG. 3). Have someone pinch the face-down card. They believe it's the Ace. Note how the "wrong" Jack is now in view, it's identity disguised by your left index finger which still covers its index. (Yes, this is how the index finger got its name.)

5TE-P r^UE. - Your left hand pulls away with its double...free of the face-down card in her fingers. Casually turn your left hand palm up under your right hand secretly turning the double Ace-side up, to sandwich (and square) the double between your palms. This is a non-moment. You're simply hiding the card between your hands. No one cares which way the card is turned.

SJL.P HN/E. - Slowly lift your right hand to reveal the Jack's change into an Ace (FIG. 4). She checks the card in her fingers...it's now the Jack!

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5TE-P 6IX - Place her single face-up Jack up-jogged onto your face-up double Ace as in FIG. 5. Direct your spectator to hold out her cupped hands.

5TE.P 5LVLN - With the very essence of nonchalance turn your left hand palm down to toss the single Jack face down onto her hand. This leaves the Jack side of your double in view (once again disguised by your left index finger [FIG. 6]). This wild-card type switch creates the illusion the face-down card is the Ace because the Jack is visible in your left hand.

6TC.P □¿¡'■LIT - Say, "This time keep your eye on the Jack." Your right fingers cut off half of the face-down deck by its ends - as the left hand revolves palm up to place the double-Jack square onto the face of your right-hand cards (FIG. 7). Drop this upper half onto the tabled half, then immediately spread the facedown deck to reveal the single face-up Ace of Spades in the center. Your spectator will be compelled to examine the card in her hand -which has hiccupped itself into the Jack!

• Workshopped with ERIC MEAD and DON VOLTZ...who hic-enized some complicated bits of handling out of existence.

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