Sweet Salt

No higher tribute can be paid this Slydini creation than by quoting his own remark: "This is my favorite close-up trick."

The Effect: Slydini pours salt from a salt shaker into his left palm. He makes a fist and holds it over a spectator's hand preparatory to allowing the salt to cascade down. However, when Slydini opens his left hand, the salt has vanished. Reaching with his empty right hand, Slydini captures the salt out of the air and allows it to run down in a stream onto spectator's hand. Several spectators are asked to taste —to make sure it is salt. It is. When asked to taste again—to be very sure, it has changed to sugar!

Preparation : The only necessary piece of equipment is a small tube the size of a cigarette and tinted flesh color. One end of the tube is sealed off, the other is open. Fill the tube with sugar. To prevent the sugar from spilling, cover the open end. While seated at a table, drape a napkin, handkerchief or the edge of the table cloth across your lap. When ready to present the effect, take the sugar tube (uncovered) from your pocket and place it on the napkin on your lap and between your thighs with the open end up and resting against left thigh. (For the sake of clarity, foto 1 shows position without napkin or handkerchief.) Rest both hands in a relaxed manner on top of the table (Foto 2).

Performance: Ask one of the spectators seated at the table to hand you the salt shaker. Take it and, holding it in your left hand, remove the cap with your right and put in on the table. Pass the shaker to your right hand and hold it out to two or three of those seated around the table, saying: "Smell!" This is just in the way of a joke to get started. Pour some salt from the shaker into your left hand (Foto 3). The amount should be approximately the same as the sugar contained by the lapped tube. As your right hand moves forward to put shaker down towards center of table (Foto 4), perform the Revolve-Vanish (page 31). Without pausing, raise your left hand closed into a fist and with your right hand extended in open invitation (Foto 5) to the spectator seated at your left, say: "Give me your hand."

As your right hand places the salt shaker on the table (Foto 4), follow it with your body, face and eyes. Your actions will entice the spectators' attention drawing it away from your left hand. The synchronization must be such that, by the time your right hand releases the salt shaker, your left fist should have started to come up.

Be careful during the Revolve-Van-ish that the outer edge of your left palm remains in contact with the table; this will ensure that the spectator seated at your left will not catch a flash under your left hand.

One other slight item: Don't curl your left thumb around the fingers; let it project (Foto 6).

During the Revolve-Vanish, the salt pours into your lap. Foto 7 shows spectator's hand offered in answer to

MMMMK mBBmBMm your invitation; foto 7 A is exposed view of palmed tube. As spectator extends his hand, make a "magical pass" (throwing motion) with right hand towards left fist which brings right hand past edge of table in position for dropping into lap.

Slydini calls this the "rest position" (Foto 8) and it is accomplished by allowing the hand to go limp and fall by the pull of gravity; (see "The Magic of Slydini" or "The Art of Using the Lap as a Servante").

The instant your hand drops into your lap, pick up the tube and palm it. Immediately, raise your right hand (tube palmed) and once again gesture with right at left as in foto 7 "proving" your right hand is empty. Lean a little toward spectator, open your left fist over his palm and show the salt has vanished (Foto 9).

Now, take the spectator's fingertips with your left hand (Foto 10) and at the same time make a grabbing motion, towards left, with your right hand

(Foto 11). Turn your right fist over and allow the sugar to trickle down onto spectator's palm (Foto 12).

As soon as sugar stops falling, start to lean back drawing both arms back together and in one continuous motion. At the moment your right hand reaches edge of table (Foto 13) allow empty tube to drop—but don't stop!

At this point, Slydini leans back perfectly relaxed (Foto 14), smiles and says "That's the best I can do . . ." His whole attitude is one of having completed the effect; it says "That's all!"

While right hand rests in your lap, pick up a pinch of salt and hold it. Just as spectator is about to move away, say "Wait a minute!" Again take his hand containing the sugar (supposedly salt) with your left hand.

With the tips of your right fingers (holding the salt), reach into the pile of sugar on spectator's palm and pre-

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tend to remove a pinch of it; then, request two or three of the spectators to taste it after placing a bit in their hands.

After all have assured you that it is salt, ask them to wipe their hands. Meantime, don't relinquish the hand of the spectator who is still holding the salt!

After spectators wipe their hands, say "Let's try again . . ." Take "another" pinch of "salt" from spectator's palm, again drop a bit into the palms of the other spectators and ask that they taste it once more. Wait a few seconds for the expressions of surprise to register on their faces. Facetiously, Slydini asks again: "Is it salt?" Incredulously, the spectators exclaim "No, it's sugar!"

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INTERLUDE WITH A PAPER NAPKIN

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