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By now you may feel ready to advance to some of the more difficult tricks. These tricks have been selected because they are easy to do, but look professional. In fact, they are!
THE SYMPATHETIC SILKS
You show six silks, each about 18 inches square. They may be all one color, or three of one color, red, and three of another, green. You tie the three red silks together, and hang them over the back of a chair. The green ones are hung over the back of another chair. You say the magic words, and the knots change places. The red ones are now separate, and the green ones tied together.
Before you start, tie the corners of the green silks together with a tight knot. To make them appear as single silks, hold them up by the corners next to (not opposite from) the knots. The knots will be hidden in the folds of the silks.
You must learn how to tie the red silks together with a "dissolving knot," so that they will look as if they are tied tightly, but will come apart when you wish. To do this, begin as if you were going to tie the silks in a genuine knot. The first part of the knot which you make quickly, is nothing but a twist. The second part, which seems to make the knot complete, is a simple single knot. The motion of the tying, and the appearance of the knot when tied, give it a genuine look.
To start the trick, either hold the silks in your hands, by the top corners, or have them lying on a chair. Show them to your audience, and count them from hand to hand. You can do this, if you keep your hands together, even though three of them are tied. Lay the three green (knotted) silks over the back of a chair. Tie the red ones together using the special knot, and place them over the back of another chair. Call attention to the fact that the red ones are tied. Command the knots to change places. Then pretend you are carrying the invisible knots from one chair to another.
Pick up the green silk on the end of the chain of three by the corner diagonally opposite the hidden knots, and show that they are tied. Then pick up a corner of the red silk but pick it up suddenly and give it a slight snap. The red handkerchiefs will be unknotted and separate.
Two handkerchiefs change color, change places, and multiply.
You will need four silks, two red and two blue, about 12 inches square. You will also need a bag and a candy "kiss." Make the bag about 7 inches square, with a cloth partition running the length of the bag, dividing it into two sections or compartments.
Before you start, place one of the blue silks in your right trouser pocket, and one red one in your left pocket. Push them both up to the corners so the pockets may be shown empty, as explained in "Here and There." In one side of the bag place the other red silk and put the blue one on top of it. Place the candy kiss in your right outside coat pocket.
Get a lady or girl to help you with the trick and have her stand next to you, facing the audience. Show that the bag is empty by turning it inside out. Say you found it and it must belong to someone very poor because it is empty. Show that your pockets are empty, and say that you are very poor, too. As you push your pockets back in, push the handkerchiefs down into the pocket proper. Reach in the bag and act very surprised and pull out the blue silk. Hand it to the lady and ask her to put it back in the bag. Have her put it on the empty side, then open the other side. Ask her to take it out again and this time she gets the red one. All through this trick you must act surprised. This is what makes the trick funnier and more enjoyable to the audience.
Reach into your right trouser pocket and pull out the blue silk. Act as if it had disappeared from the bag and jumped into your pocket. Put the blue silk into the bag on top of the other blue one. The spectator still holds the red one. Reach in your left pocket and bring out the other red one. Place both red ones into the empty side of the bag. Have the lady reach into the bag and take out the blue ones. Show that the two red ones have changed to blue. Put them back in the bag on top of the red ones. Now show that the bag is empty, by turning it inside out. Hold the bag in your left hand. Put it close to the lady's eyes and ask her to look into the bag. While she is looking into it reach in your right coat pocket and get the candy kiss. Bring the bag back in front of you, and put your right hand into the bag, leaving the candy inside. Say, "Yes, it is really empty, but if you reach in the bag again you'll get a kiss!" Have her pull out the candy kiss. Thank her for helping you, and let her keep the kiss.
THE 20TH CENTURY SILKS
You tie two handkerchiefs together and place them in full sight. A third handkerchief is shown which vanishes. It is finally found tied securely between the first two handkerchiefs.
You will need one red or light-colored silk, one dark blue silk, two variegated or "rainbow" silks which match, and a pull (page 88). The colors in the rainbow silks should run diagonally, and two of the corners in each silk should be blue to match the blue silk.
Fold the blue silk diagonally in half, and sew a "pocket" in a curved line almost the length of the silk from top to bottom. Tie one of the rainbow silks to the corner of the blue silk, and tuck it down inside of the blue one, center first. The other end of the rainbow is left exposed so that it looks like the corner of the blue silk. Place the pull where you can reach it easily.
Hold the three silks up by the top corners, and tie the red and blue silks together. You actually tie the red to the corner of the concealed rainbow. Place the two tied silks behind your neck, or over the back of a chair with the knots to the rear. Or, roll them up, and tuck them, knotted end first, into a glass. Vanish the duplicate rainbow silk with the pull. Grasp the end of the red silk and give it a sharp pull. The rainbow will be pulled out of the blue silk, and the three silks will appear knotted.
ANOTHER 20TH CENTURY
Here is another way of creating the same effect without using prepared or sewn silks.
You will need six silks, two red, two blue, and two yellow, all about 12 inches square. Tie a yellow silk between a red and a blue. Roll these in a small bundle with the blue one on the outside, and place them in your right hand trouser pocket. Push the bundle up to the top corner so that the pocket may be shown to be empty.
Show the three silks and tie the red and blue ones together. Roll them into a small bundle with the blue one on the outside. Show that your right hand trouser pocket is empty by pulling out the pocket. Place the silks in your pocket. Tell your audience that the corner of the handkerchiefs will be in view at all times. Pull the corner of the blue silk (the one that has the red and yellow tied to it) out of your pocket. Vanish the yellow silk by placing it in your left trouser pocket (page 88). Command the yellow handkerchief to join the red and the blue. Grasp the corner of the blue silk that is in sight, and pull it. The silks will unroll, showing the yellow one tied between the other two. Now, casually show that your right pocket is empty, pushing up the remaining silks so that they do not show. You have already shown that your left pocket is empty, when the silk vanished from there.
You can also use the special bag (page 102) instead of your pockets to perform this trick.
THE MISER'S DREAM
You will surprise and please your audience by producing a seemingly endless number of coins from the air. You drop them into a bucket to make them rattle and clink.
You will need a small children's sand-bucket, or a plastic or metal cup that is opaque, and several real or palming coins.
Place about four or five coins in a neat stack on your table behind the bucket. Place four coins in your left coat pocket, and one coin in your right coat pocket.
It is also necessary to learn one simple sleight-of hand move with a coin. The coin should be held edgewise or flat in the crotch of your right thumb and first finger. If it is held properly you will find that you can open and close your first finger and the coin will stay in place. Now, if you bend your fingers as if to close the hand, the coin may be grasped flatwise between your first and second fingers. Straighten your fingers, and the coin will be displayed. By closing your fingers again, the coin will once again be hidden in the crotch of the thumb. Practice moving the coin from the tips of your fingers back to the crotch of your thumb until you can do it quickly and smoothly. If a throwing motion is used when the coin is made to vanish (into the crotch of the thumb) the coin will not be seen.
To begin the routine, obtain the coin from your right pocket and hold it in the thumb crotch position as explained above. Pick up the bucket in your right hand and show it to be ordinary and empty. As you show the bucket, your left hand secretly picks up the stack of coins from the table. Hold these in the finger-palm position (page 9). Take the bucket in your left hand, from your right hand, and hold it so that your left fingers are inside the bucket, with the coins against the inside of the bucket. Your left thumb will be outside the bucket.
Thrust your right hand into the air, and apparently "catch" a coin between your fingers. What you do is to bend your fingers in and grasp the coin bringing it into view. Put your right hand into the bucket, and get the coin back into the thumb crotch position, and at the same time, let one of the coins held in your left hand drop into the bucket. The audience will hear the coin fall into the bucket, and think that it is the coin that you had in your right hand. Take your right hand out of the bucket, and it will appear empty. Once again reach into the air and catch "another" coin, and drop it into the bucket. Of course you really drop one from your left hand.
After all the coins are produced, that is, all the coins you held in your left hand, have been dropped into the bucket, you will still have one coin in your right hand. Produce this in your right hand and drop it into the bucket. Always keep the bucket moving so that the coins inside the bucket will rattle and make a lot of noise. Now your right hand will be empty, while your left hand still holds the bucket.
Reach into the bucket with your right hand and remove the coins. Place the bucket on the table, and drop the coins from your right hand one at a time into it. As you do this, remove the coins from your left coat pocket, finger-palm them, and pick up the bucket again with your left hand so that the coins go inside it once again as before. Reach into the bucket with your right hand and stir the coins around. Get one of the coins in the thumb crotch position, and take out your hand which will appear empty.
Produce a coin from behind your neck, show it, and instead of putting your hand inside the bucket, make a throwing motion toward the bucket. Pretend to see the coin go through the air, and follow it with your eyes, and as the coin seems to arrive at the bucket, drop one in from your left hand, so that it is heard to fall. Now begin producing coins from behind your knee, from a lady's hair, or anywhere you wish. Don't always drop a coin from your left hand as you apparently place the coin in the bucket, merely shake the bucket and make a noise. Or you can make a noise by hitting the top edge of the bucket with your right hand.
Produce the rest of the coins, by allowing them to drop from your left hand. Produce the last coin from your right hand and actually throw it into the air so that it lands in the bucket. Then take a bow.