Performance

Twist the silk into a loose rope and thread the ring onto the centre.

Hold both hands palms upwards and grip each end of the roped silk between the first and second fingers (Figure 1). Now ask a spectator to hold the bottom of the ring firmly.

Bring the hands upwards and towards each other above the ring, then lower them to the position shown in Figure 1 again. Do this three times but on the third time, bring the hands together quickly above the ring and insert the right thumb under the left side of the silk (Figure 2). Release the grip on the end of the silk with the right first and second fingers and as the hands are moved apart again, the silk will travel over the left thumb whilst the end will pass quickly through the ring (Figure 3). The final position will be that the hands are apart and above the ring with the silk stretched between them; the ring will be free.

FIGURE 2.

FIGURE 3.

FIGURE 2.

FIGURE 3.

The vital move should be performed quickly then it is impossible for the audience to see that the end of the silk has passed through the ring; the appearance is that the silk has been pulled upwards through the solid circumference of the ring.

Place the silk over the spectator's arm immediately the penetration has been made then the fact that the position has been altered for gripping the silk with the right hand, is never noticed.

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