Big Book of Magic Tricks (Dover Books on Magic) by Karl Fulves

By Karl Fulves

Learn how to do fabulous feats with few or no props and not less than sleight of hand. tips with playing cards, cash and twine, comedy magic, psychological dexterity and masses extra, together with professional recommendation on mental misdirection and dramatic presentation. «The most sensible ebook but on easy-to-do magic.» — Martin Gardner. 247 black-and-white illustrations.

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Loop the other over the left forefinger as shown in figure 35. The important point to note is that the left middle finger is in back of the rubber band. Twist the rubber band as shown in figure 36. Then bring it under the left middle finger, around the back of that finger, and hook it onto the forefinger again (figure 37 ) . The end situation is shown in figure 38. Be sure to emphasize that the rubber band has been doubly looped over th e left forefinger. Now, to keep you honest, ask the spectator to place his right forefinger against your left forefinger, and his right thumb against your left thumb.

You bet the spectator that the paper clips will land within 2" of one another. It is permissible to say this rather smugly, because it appears obviously impossible to control the flight of the paper clips so they will land so close together. By acting smug, you encourage yo ur opposite number to bet. On the other hand, it is wise from an ethical standpoint to make this a no-money wager, because you cannot lose. While the spectator watches, hold the ends of the bill firmly and pull them in opposite directions with a sharp motion (figure 48) .

But although the y have seen a simple trick, they find a solution curiously illusive. If they try to duplicate the feat, they finel it impossible. Most give up eventually, claiming they were duped by hypnosis. @ TIlE l\IAGIC BOOK 0 46 Flying Clipper This mini-routine of three tricks uses dollar bills. The first trick is a completely baffiing stunt with a single dollar bill and two paper clips. It is one of those tricks in which, even though you may know how it's done, you don't actually know why it works.

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