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Thimble Tricks - Magic Tricks
( Article orginally published July 1927 )
1. The Floating Thimble.
The magician demonstrates that a thimble will float-like a little boat-when he places it in a dish of water. A little push, however, and the thimble fills with water and sinks.
It is dried and someone else is asked to make it float. But this time the thimble sinks immediately! When the magician takes it again, it floats!
Method: Two thimbles are used, one a heavy nickel-plated or silver thimble; the other a light one, preferably of aluminum. These thimbles must look very much alike. The light one will float, the heavy one will not.
One thimble is concealed in the folds of the handkerchief that is used to dry the thimble. The act of drying enables the magician to secretly exchange one thimble for the other in an indetectible manner; thus he can make the thimble sink or float as he chooses
Two light thimbles can be used, a few drop of solder being placed within one, to make it too heavy to float.
2. Handkerchief Through Thimble.
The magician shows one thimble on right forefinger. Otherwise his hands empty. He places a silk handkerchief ov his forefinger, and reaching beneath the cloth with his left hand, brings out the thimble a sets it on his right forefinger, but with the cloth between the thimble and the finger.
Taking the handkerchief by all four corners, the magician yanks it with his left hat and the handkerchief comes away, leaving the thimble still on the right forefinger! The effect of this is most startling.
It is accomplished by the use of two, thimbles; one fits easily inside the other a they are shown as one on the tip of the right forefinger.
The cloth is spread over the right forefinger and the left hand brings the larg thimble out from beneath and sets it on top of the silk handkerchief. Thus the larger thimble covers the smaller, but with the cloth between. When the handkerchief is snatched away, the large thimble comes with it, but the smaller thimble is revealed on the right forefinger. The action is instantaneous and surprising.
The handkerchief is dropped in the coat pocket where the thimble falls from it.
3. Magnetic Thimbles.
Two thimbles are placed mouth to mouth. The upper thimble is held and the lower one adheres to it in a mysterious fashion. The thimbles are later shown to be quite ordinary.
Method: A little ball of spongy rubber is required. It is slightly greater in diameter than the opening of the thimble.
The ball is placed in one thimble, to a very slight degree, but it is kept hidden by the fingers. When the thimbles are placed mouth to mouth, the second thimble is forced over the ball, and the ball holds both firmly together.
When the thimbles are taken apart, they are immediately placed on the forefingers for exhibition. The ball of spongy rubber cor, presses and is forced up into the tip of oi thimble, so the thimbles appear quite odinary. Large thimbles should be used.
4. The Tell-tale Thimbles.
A tiny ball of paper is laid on the table and is covered with one of three thimble The magician requests the spectators to cove the ball with any one thimble, while his back is turned, and then to mix the thimbles aroun on the table.
This is done; and the magician immedi ately points out the thimble which covers th paper ball!
There is no preparation about the thimble; But in making the little ball, a short hair is rolled up in it, so that one end of the hair projects a short distance.
When the paper ball is on the table, no on will notice the presence of the hair. But when the thimbles are set on the table, th magician can instantly name the location of the paper ball by pointing out the thimble which has a bit of hair extending from beneath it.
5. Red, White and Blue.
This trick is similar to the last; except that three tissue-paper balls are used: red, white, and blue.
The magician can point out the location of each ball, when the balls have been covered by thimbles.
The red ball has a long hair, the paper being wrapped around the center. Thus two hairs will project from each side of the thimble covering the red ball. One hair projects from the thimble covering the white ball; while the blue ball is unprepared and nothing reveals its presence.
The balls can be carefully made, and glued so that the hairs will not come loose.