for holding the envelope can be changed at will, but be careful not to try to prove too much—it should appear that your envelope is displayed casually whilst you direct attention to each of your helpers in turn and have them open their envelopes.

As each one finds a slip of paper, have the wording read out, then, after the fourth slip has been read, stand in front of the audience and bring your own envelope to the position seen in Figure 8 (performer's view). It is a simple matter to do this because the left thumb can be moved to the back of the envelope to hold the note whilst the fingers are moved to the front.

Holding the envelope as in Figure 8, bring the right hand up to the flap of the envelope, inserting the right forefinger under the flap and tear it open (Figure 8—performer's view). Now reach into the envelope with the right finger-tips, then, by extending the right thumb at the back of the envelope until the pad contacts the note, draw the note to the right until it comes into view from the right edge of the envelope. Figure 9 shows the audience's view as the note comes into view. The right finger-tips slide from the opening of the envelope onto the note, which creates a perfect illusion of the note being withdrawn from the interior of the envelope.

Crumple up the envelope (which contains a slip that you do not wish to reveal), open out the note and act relieved that you have been the lucky person —climax!

My main object in this text has been to give readers a description of the subject matter under the five main headings :—


2—Holding the packet of envelopes.

3—Counting the envelopes.

4—The selection.

5—Opening your own envelope.

When the moves for performing these functions have been mastered, then many different forms of presentation are possible, but the reader is advised not to complicate the plot. The one given is simple, direct and offers plenty of scope for introducing entertaining by-play.

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