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Copyright 1942

By Samuel Berland

All Rights Reserved No Part of This Book, Text or Illustrations May be Produced Without Permission of the Publisher


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To My Wife Lena and my two sons Theodore, age 13 and Lawrence, age 9

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FOREWORD All lovers of magic know what to expect when Sam Berland writes a book. It is my pleasure to know him, not only as a friend and gentleman, but as a magician and inventor of unique effects. Here is his most recent effort and one which should prove a classic in magic. One that has been the demand. "Tricks with Watches", where no special apparatus are required, and most effects can be performed with but the aid of simple sleights. It plainly explains each trick and is lavishly illustrated, showing the method of working step by step. This book of choice effects, is a thorough, practical treatment of sleights, equipment, suggestions, plus carefully worked out rou­ tines. Every effect has been tested, and I'm sure many could be sold singly for more than the price of this volume. I know of no finer collection of tricks and routines with watches that has ever been assembled within two covers. I have seen the development of each effect from its first incep­ tion, to the final completion, and the hours spent with Sam in reviewing each effect, have been happy onesThe ample material contained here should give you choice magical routines for immediate use in your programme. Therefore this is one book that should be owned by everyone who is interested in magic.

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CONTENTS Forew ord............. .......... ........................ .... ................................... 4 Chapter One SLEIGHTS Watch Vanish ala Zano______ ___ ___________ ___ _____ ______ 8 New French Drop Variation__________ ____ __________________ 8 Two Watch Vanish................................................................... ..... 9 Thumb Palm With One Watch. ..____ _________ _____________ 10 Thumb Palm With Two Watches...............................................10 Berman Deceptive Vanish.......*.................................................... 11 New Take-A-Way Vanish............. ........... .......... .......... ..............12 New "Swing" Sleight..................................... ................... .......... 13 Daring Double Vanish........................................ .................. ...... 13 Simple "Back-Palming" W atch................................ .............. ..... 15 Sleights therewith............ .............................................................. 15 Watch Sleight ala Card Vanish.............. ................................ IB W atch Passes Thru Knee...................................... ...... i —..........-16 Watch thru Elbow Appears in Palm...........................................17 Misers Dream......................... .............................. -.... ..... ...............17


Production from Time Magazine.................................................19 Repeat Appearing W atch on Chain........................................... 20 Catching a Hatful of Watches with an Alarm Clock Finish.....21 Watch Goes Boogie W oogie........................................................ 22 The Watch Takes Leave................ ............ ..... ..... ....................... 23 Silk and Watch Transposition......................................................24 Come A gain W atch............. ................................ ........................ 24 Watches to the Pocket.............................................................. ..... 26 Watch and Cigarette Surprise.................................................... 27 Watch, Napkin and Cigarette.....................................................28 The Daffy Watches..........................................................................29 5

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The Watch Makers Dream............................................................ 30 Watches at the Fingertips............................................................ 32 The Elongated Watch Chain........................................................ 37 Humorous Diminishing W atch.......................................................38 Watch, Billiard Ball and Dollar Bill............................................. 39 The Billiard Ball W atch................................................................ 41 Another Case for Sherlock Holmes............................................. 42 Fun on Borrowed Time.................................................................. 43 Added Suggestions for the Sandwich Watch............... ............ 45 The Hold-Up................................................................................... 46 Unique Restoration..........................................................................48 Finale Appearing Watch and Chain.................... ...................... 50 Visible Appearance of Three Watches on Chains............... .....51 Time Marches on............ ............................................................... 52 Time Magazine Loading D evice.................................................52 Chapter Three TRICKS WITH WRIST WATCHES Humorous Watch Stem.................................................................. 54 The Restored Strap..................................................._....................54 Is Your Strap Long Enough?.................................................... ....55 Watch and Chain to Wrist W atch...............................................56 The Crushed Wrist W atch............................................................ 57 Chapter Four VARIOUS WATCH VANISHES Paper C o rn u co pia...................... ........... ........................................60 Vanishing Watch Pull, spring top..........................._.......... ........ ..60 Loop W atch ................................................................................... 60 Devil H andkerchief......................... ............... ...............................61 Changing Bag ......... ..................................................................... 61 Hooked W a tc h ............................................................................... 63 Paper Bag Vanisher.............. ,....................... ............. ...................63 Watch Bag ..................................................................................... 63


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W ATCH VANISH A LA ZANO Some years ago it was my good fortune to make the acquaint­ ance of a truly great sleight-of-hand m an of the old school. His name was Zano. W hat impressed me most in his work was the natural way he had of palming objects. There were no cramped palms, stiff looking fingers, or undue attention given to the hands at all. Here you have the secret of perfect misdirection. Do not make your hands appear skillful, only be skillful in their use, and cover up their skill by holding them as natural as possible both before, during, and after a sleight. The following is my impression of how Zano would vanish a Watch. To Perform:

Watch is held between first finger and thumb of right hand, with the stem pointing toward the left, Fig. 1; the hand should be tilted slightly toward the body. The left hand approaches to remove watch, fingers placed in front and thumb in back of watch as Fig. 2. While screened by the left hand, the right thumb is raised just enough to allow the watch to drop backward into the palm, Fig- 3. The left hand now moves aw ay as though containing the watch, Fig. 4, and your attention is focused on the left hand, the right hand remaining just where it is, just turning it ever so slightly toward the body. The left hand is opened and shown empty . . . the right hand reaches under left elbow or knee, and produces the watch. This is the simplest sleight in magic, and the most natural. One that you can do immediately.

NEW FRENCH DROP VARIATION The French Drop is the most widely known sleight in magic. Hardly an old book on magic ever passed it by. While this new variation looks like the old French Drop in effect, it is exceedingly easier to do, for we have an advantage here that other objects do not have . . . a good gripping contact— the stemTo Perform:

Grasp the stem of watch between the middle fingers of the right hand, thumb at opposite end, Fig. 1. 8

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The thumb of left is inserted under the right thumb, and left fingers held in readiness to close around the watch, Fig. 2. Left fingers completely cover front of watch, and while thus screened, the right hand pivots away, carrying the watch away easily and simply, thus clearing the grasp of the left hand, Fig. 3 rear view, (shown still holding onto the right thumb). The closed left hand now moves aw ay from the right as though containing the watch. Left is opened . . . watch has vanished.

TWO W ATCH VANISH Based on the New French V ariation

Vanishing two watches is not at all difficult when using the New French Drop Variation as a basic support. Vanish the first watch as explained in the previous sleight. Now take the second watch in the right hand, holding it between the thumb and first finger, Fig- 1. The left hand is cupped in a loose fist, both hands held as Fig. 2. Push the watch into the left hand, the first finger being out­ stretched, and held in the left fist, resting on stem, Fig. 3. The left fingers curl upward, and the watch is allowed to rest on the fingertips, Fig. 4. The first finger is still held by the left thumb, and using it as a hinge the hands are brought together, while thus screened the right thumb reaches over and pulls the watch into the right hand allowing watch to rest on top of other watch. The transfer takes but a moment, and hands move apart the moment watch has been taken into the right, Fig. 5. The left hand releases right first finger, and moves aw ay a p ­ parently with the second watch. Hand is opened and shown empty. First watch can be produced from elbow, and second watch at knee. Other possibilities are optional with the performer.


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THUMB PALM WITH ONE W ATCH Were you to ask which palm is the most important in all watch magic, the answer would be ■. . the thumb palm. This is really a utility sleight, and as it forms the basis for sev­ eral effects in the book, you should master its performance. Its many advantages lie in the naturalness of execution, a b ­ sence of rigidity of the fingers, and palm. Ample illustrations are provided. Practice with the article in hand. Practice This First:

Allow watch to lay across the fingers, rather at an angle, with the stem pointing toward the first fingertip, Fig. 1. Hand should be held natural, neither stretch the fingers nor the palm. Close fingers bringing them under the thumb, this carries the watch under the control of the thumb, Fig. 2. Fingers straighten out, and the watch is left gripped at the root of the thumb. Hold hand natural, fingers slightly curved, hand relaxed. Fig. 3. Practice the above until you have it down perfect. The Complete Sleight:

Watch held in position as Fig. 1, using both hands as Fig- 4. The left hand remains immobile, while the right hand moves toward the left, bringing the back of hand toward the audience. While thus screened the actual thumb-palm action takes place. The fingers of left rest on the outside of right hand, Fig. 5. The right hand is slowly withdrawn, fingers slightly separated but not held stiff, and as the right hand withdraws, the left hand closes over the supposed watch and turns with its back to the audience, as Fig. 6. Two watches can be palmed with but little extra inconvenience; in the one move, if you wish.

THUMB PALM WITH TWO W ATCHES For those wanting to vanish two watches in separate actions, the thumb palm is practical and not difficult. First vanish a watch as previously explained. The empty left hand picks up the second watch, transferring it to the right hand,


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as Fig. 1. The watch is brought across the fingers, by the right thumb, Fig. 2The right hand approaches the left to place watch in the left as you did previously, and as soon as screened by the back of the right hand, the right fingers close, pushing the second watch on top of the other, Fig. 3, and while the fingers hold both watches in place, the thumb opens, allowing both watches to be pressed at the root of the thumb. The thumb now closes over the stems of both watches, the fingers straighten out, and the left hand moves away as though containing the watch. Hand is opened and second watch has vanished.

BERMAN DECEPTIVE VANISH Sam Berman, of Chicago, is an acknowledged expert on billiard ball manipulation. Those who have witnessed his "Tramp Act" concede him a true artist. In his billiard ball routine, he does a bit of business with the last ball that is very puzzling. I have his permission to include this effect, as it adapts itself very easily for performance with a watch. To Perform:

Watch is apparently placed in the left hand, but really thumbpalmed in the right hand, as Fig. 1. Note that the left hand is held with its back to the audience. The left hand now opens, still with its back to the audience, fingers separated, simulating an empty hand, and the right hand begins to reach toward the knee; while the right hand is thus occupied, the left hand drops to the side, and the right hand now produces the palmed watch behind the knee. Once again the watch is placed in the left. Note I say placed, for this time you really place the watch in the left, being careful to simulate the real placement as the false move made previously. The watch is gripped in the left thumb-palm as Fig. 3. The left hand is now opened as you did before, with its back to audience, fingers separated, as Fig. 2, and as the right hand begins to reach toward the knee, the left hand is lowered to the side, and the


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watch is dropped in the coat pocket. Meanwhile the right hand pretends to find the watch at the knee, partly closing the hand as though you have it. Bring the hand up to the ear as though listening to it tick; now shake the hand as though watch has stopped. Open the hand and show it empty, and look surprised.

NEW "TAKE-A-WAY" VANISH The watch is held in the right hand, with the stem held between the first finger and thumb. The second finger is held alongside the watch, Fig. 1The left hand is held alongside, slightly cupped, thumb held apart from the fingers, with its back to audience. Fig. 1A. The third finger now is placed on the back of watch, thus you have sides of watch firmly held between the second and third finger, Fig. 2. The left hand now moves toward the right hand with the inten­ tion of "taking" the watch aw ay from the right. Soon as watch is covered by the left, the thumb and first finger of right release hold of stem, and the second and third finger with the watch held be­ tween them are bent into the palm thus concealing watch in the right, Fig. 3. Note that the left thumb and first finger hold onto the outstretched first finger of the right. Fig. 4, audience view. All that remains now is merely to move the left hand away, and slowly open it and reveal watch has vanished. O ptional Acquitment:

With the watch held in its present position, between the middle fingers of the right hand, you are in position to execute an easy acquitmentLeft hand held with its back to audience, now while the left hand turns with its palm toward the audience, the right hand at the same moment is placed behind the left hand, and hand held as Fig. 5, with watch concealed out of sight; thus audience gets view of both palms, Fig. 5a how watch is held behind the left. Watch is produced from back of hand with the aid of the thumb.


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NEW "SWING" SLEIGHT Lest you think that magic has gone "Boogie W oogie” let me explain that the sleight was not inspired by jitterbugs, as it really gets its name from its vanishing action. Effect:

Performer is seen holding a watch between thumb and first finger of his right hand. The left hand removes the watch. A moment later the left hand is opened and it is seen empty . . . a n d the watch is seen to have re-appeared between first finger and thumb of right. The "S w in g " Action:

Grasp the stem of watch, (the winding key) between first finger and thumb of right, dial toward audience. You will find that if you relax the pressure of the fingers, the watch stem acting as a pivot, and your finger and thumb as guides, will cause the watch to "swing" down out of sight into the palm. As soon as watch is concealed in the palm, the first finger and thumb again apply pressure on the stem of watch, holding it secureNow for the Complete Sleight:

Grasp the stem of watch between first finger and thumb as previously explained, Fig. 1. The left hand is placed in front of watch as though to remove it. Fig. 2. While thus concealed, the watch is allowed to swing into palm, Fig. 3. The left hand pretends to close firmly around the watch and is moved away as though containing the watch. The right hand is now turned palm down, Fig. 4. All attention is on the left hand, which now opens showing it empty, and at the same moment, the pressure is released from the stem which will cause it to "swing" out in view, thus making its novel appearance. Fig. 5.

Herewith is offered the most novel departure in watch vanishes to date- Especially designed for those who are on the alert for that something different, we guarantee this effect to be radically new and bound to be startling to both magicians and laymen alike. 13

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In effect we have the vanish of two watches. They vanish one at a time, and after each vanish both hands are shown empty! The basic principle on which the effect depends is that marvel­ ous magic-aid— Wiztax. Two watches prepared with a strip of Wiztax on the back of each. To Perform:

A watch is held in the right hand, and apparently placed in the left, really thumb-palming watch in the right. Fig. 1. The left turns with its back to the audience, and the right hand presses palmed watch to the back of left, where due to the Wiztax it adheres in place, Fig. 2. Still screened by the right, the left turns over again and the right hand is removed, thus having the appearance as Fig. 1. Now the left hand is opened and shown empty; the right also is shown empty. The watch has vanished and both hands are seen empty— pretty convincing. The right hand picks up the second watch and for a moment places it between thumb and first finger of left, Fig. 3. The right hand now takes the watch and again apparently places it in the left, again thumb-palming watch in the right, Fig. 1. The right hand is placed in front of the left, and while thus screened, the left hand turns over, and the palmed watch is pressed to the watch already there, Fig. 4. The left hand is again turned over with its back to audience, and the right hand re­ moved. Thus both watches are now stuck to the back of the left hand. The left hand is opened and shown empty, and the right hand also is shown palm to audience, so they see both hands at the same time. Now the right hand is placed behind the left and the top watch is removed and produced from the back of hand. The watch is placed in the left palm as Fig. 5. The thumb is placed on top of watch while the fingers dislodge the watch from back of hand, concealing it in the fingers as Fig. 6 back view. The right hand is removed with the concealed watch, and hand reaches behind knee and produces the second watch. The Wiztax will peel off watch when rolled and easily disposed of, thus leav­ ing watches unprepared for any following effect14

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A SIMPLE "BACK PALMING" W ATCH and Sleights Therewith A book on tricks with watches would be incomplete without the inclusion of this old popular sleight, that started two men on the road to fame and fortune, Howard Thurston and T. Nelson Downs. Strange that the same sleight should be the means of their suc­ cess, yet one used it as a basis for card manipulation and the other for coins. I can readily understand why no one as yet has tackled backpalming with watches, as two factors must be overcome— viz: slippery sides— no gripping surface, and secondly, the size being too large for gripping between the first and little fingers. Herewith is presented one solution to the problem which I hope will be the stimulus for the origination of other and no doubt more perfect methods for the accomplishment of this old classic. Two important points are in favor of this simple idea; a good non-slippable gripping surface, and ease of handling. The Method:

Procure a IV2 inch bathroom stopper, and with the aid of a razor blade cut off the upper part of it- The part in which the ring is imbedded, and make it as flat as possible. Remove the back of the watch, and the works, and cement the stopper to the inside of watch, and you will have what appears as Fig. 1, Page 16. The tapering sides of stopper adapts itself easily for gripping between the first and little finger, making it easy to maneuver from the front to back and vice versa. To Perform the Sleight:

The watch is gripped in front with the thumb and the two middle fingers on the back, resting on the ledge. Fig. 2 shows hand turned to show position of the fingers, watch actually is held facing audience. The thumb now pivots the watch backward, digging the tips of the middle fingers on the inside wall of stopper. The sides of stopper are gripped between the first and little finger, and the two middle fingers are removed from inside the stopper and curl inward the palm, Fig. 3. The thumb helps pivot the watch during this action, and the middle fingers now straight­ en out, with the watch safely concealed behind the hand, as Fig. 4 rear view. The transfer of the watch to the back of the hand should be exe­ cuted with a movement of the hand as though tossing the watch into space to conceal the movements of the fingers and the revolv­ ing of the watch to the back of the hand. The production of the watch is merely the reversal of the foregoingCaution:

Don't get the idea that just because the watch is adapted to the back hand palm that it will work itself. A little practice will be required to train the fingers in holding this object, but the effects it makes possible are worth the effort. 15

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Suggestions: W atch Sleight (ala card vanish)

Watch held in the right hand in position for sleight. The left hand is extended and held with its back to the audience. The fingers holding the watch are partly placed into the open left hand, Fig. 5, and while thus screened from view, the watch is back palmed, Fig. 6. The right hand is removed with palm toward audience, so the obvious conclusion is that the watch is secure in the left hand. Fig. 7. The left hand pretends to crush the watch away to "nothing", and opens palm toward audience showing it empty, and at the same moment the right hand is placed behind the left arm, and while thus shielded by the arm the watch is brought to front of hand, and it is produced at the fingertips.

W atch Passes Thru the Knee

This is as pretty a sleight as you have ever seen in magic. The effect is that the watch is pushed into the right knee and the left hand takes it out of the left knee. Now the left hand pushes watch into left knee and the right hand produces it at right kneeFor the accomplishment of the above effect, two back-palming watches are necessary. The duplicate watch is easily obtained from the left coat pocket, during some move when the right side of body is toward audience. The duplicate watch is backpalmed and held with the palm to the audience, loosely, at the side. The watch held in the right is apparently pushed into the trouser, really being back-palmed, Fig. 8, and the left hand working in unison causes the watch to come in front of hand so that the illusion is perfect for the passing of the watch thru both knees. 16

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Now backpalm the watch in the right hand and produce the one in the left to reverse the effect. W atch Passed into Elbow Appears in the Palm:

The method is exactly as the above, only for variation you cause it to pass from the elbow in to the hand, then it vanishes from the hand and it appears at the elbow. Fig. 9. Misers Dream:

One of the oldest effects in magic is the apparent production of articles from the air and dropping them into a hat. T. Nelson Downs, the King of Coins, was associated with the catching of money from the air, thus the title "Miser's Dream". Well, now you can have a "watchmaker's dream", and "catch" a hatful of watches from the air. The only requirements are a number of watches, and the Back Palming Watch- Either load the watches into the hat after show­ ing it empty, or have the load already in the hat covered with a piece of black velvet. Stand with left side to audience, hat held in left, and the "W atch" in the right. Pretend to place watch in hat, and as soon as hidden by the hat, the watch is backpalmed and hand is with­ drawn apparently empty; open palm to audience, but the watch really clipped between the first and little finger, on back of hand. The hand gropes in space, then makes a grab for the watch producing it at the fingers and thumb, then proceed to "place" this in the hat, again backpalming it and produce another, con­ tinuing the production, and walking off, finally turning hat over and showing a hatful of watches. Another Method:

Have a duplicate hat off stage loaded with watches and a nest of alarm clocks. Now when you start the trick you show the hat empty, and proceed to "catch" a hatful of watches, finally walk­ ing off stage catching the watches as rapidly as possible. The moment you get off stage, you switch hats, and walk back on stage carrying the loaded hat. You now proceed to catch a few more", passing watch thru crown of hat, etc. Finally turn hat over revealing you really have a "hatfull".


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Performer enters reading a "Time" magazine. He shows the cover on both sides, then tears it from the magazine, discarding the rest. He shapes the cover into a cornucopia. Seems that one thing "Time" magazine has plenty of is "time", for when cornu­ copia is turned over, out comes a bunch of watches. Requirements:

About half a dozen watches; small paper bag; length of thread and piece of adhesive tape, or gummed paper. Preparation:

Watches placed in paper bag, and tied with thread, allowing about four or five inches of thread. Attach thread with the aid of adhesive tape to upper left hand corner of front cover, now fold magazine in half, with the front cover on the outside, and place the load in the fold, Fig. 1. Either walk on reading magazine, or carry in the coat pocket, or place on table or chair. To Perform:

Open magazine front to audience, load concealed behind Fig. 2. The right hand grasps the front cover, and lifts it show­ ing front and back, hand is kept open so they see it empty. Also note the position of the left hand near top corner of magazine. Fig. 3. The right hand is now placed right where the tape holding the load is hanging from, and proceeds to tear the page- Tear slow­ ly, Fig. 4. W hen you have torn about half way down, you swing your hands over, lowering the right and raising the left, this will swing the load from the back of the magazine right behind the cover, Fig. 5. Now complete tearing the cover, and discard rest of the magazine on floor. Still holding onto the corner with the right hand the left hand forms cover in shape of conucopia, around the load. The right hand now reaches inside, tears thread off mouth of bag, turns conucopia over, and allows watches to fall out onto a tray.


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"REPEAT" APPEARING W ATCH ON CHAIN Magician removes his watch and chain from pocket. Openly the watch is removed from end of chain. Watch is tossed into space and it vanishes, only to appear a a moment later back on the end of chain. Again watch is removed and vanishes from the hand only to re-appear once again on the end of chain. Requirements:

One regular watch and one hooked watch- One chain. Watches are attached to both ends of chain as Fig. 1. Place the hooked watch in lower right vest pocket, the other watch in upper left pocket. To perform:

Left hand reaches for chain at upper pocket, the right hand tak­ ing out the watch from the right vest pocket. Left hand conceals the presence of the second watch, Fig. 2. The right hand takes hold of the watch, and with the aid of the left hand unhooks watch from swivel, Fig. 3. The right hand now places this empty end of chain over the first finger of left, the thumb keeping it in place, Fig. 4. The right hand holding the watch now makes a tossing move­ ment, thumb palm ing the watch as you do so, w aving hand to­ ward the chain, at the same moment you release the watch from the left hand, holding on to the end of chain, thus appearing as though vanished, watch re-appears on end of chain. Fig. 5. The right hand now grasps the watch on chain, the left letting go of chain, and makes a pretense of removing the watch, Fig. 6, left hand is now brought near the right, and under cover of both hands the watch on end of chain is concealed in the left hand, and hands are separated, exposing the watch in the right, as though you removed it from chain, Fig. 7. You again place empty end of chain as Fig. 4 on right first finger. The right holding the watch, now makes a downward and upward swing of the right hand, and with the upw ard swing you brush against your clothing and watch will hook on clothes, but hold your hand closed as though it contained watch. Now pretend to toss watch toward chain, releasing watch from hand, and showing the right hand empty as the same moment.

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CA TCH IN G A HATFUL OF WATCHES With An Alarm Clock Finish Performer borrows a hat, and shows it to be empty. He re­ moves his watch from end of chain and openly tosses it into the hat. Another watch is seen to appear in his hand, it too is drop­ ped into the hat. Again and again watches are caught and all tossed into the hat. Soon it begins to appear as though performer has caught a hatful of watches. Reaching in hat to "count" the number of watches he now has, he brings forth a ringing alarm clock! and not a single watch is to be seenRequirements:

One watch prepared with short piece of catgut, knotted at the end, Fig. 1. Catgut should be just long enough to be retained between the fingers, Fig. 2. The short length of catgut when held between the fingers acts as a hinge on which the watch swings. A turn of the wrist with a guick outward movement aided with the right thumb brings the watch from its concealed position in view of audience as Fig. 3, as though "caught" at the finger tips. Removal of the thumb will naturally cause watch to swing back to its former position out of sight, in palm. Place this watch on end of watch chain, in pocket. One ordinary alarm clock. W ind up alarm, keeping it open, and turn alarm hand several hours ahead of the time you will work the trick. To cause alarm to ring all you need do is turn alarm knob around until it rings, which takes but a moment. Conceal alarm clock in any favorite place, behind chair, table, servante, etc. You may use the "Time" magazine method of loading alarm clock in hat, or conceal clock in coat. To Perform:

Borrow hat, show it empty, and load clock in hat. Remove watch from chain, gripping catgut between first and second fin­ ger as previously explained. Pretend to toss watch in hat, which is held in the left hand. W atch needless to say appears to go in hat really swinging out of sight in palm. Reach in the air and “catch" another watch, and toss in hat. Continue catching watches until apparently 7 or 8 watches are caught. Reach inside of hat with the right hand, pretending to count the watches, really turning alarm hand around until it sets off alarm bringing it out of hat ringing. Turn hat upside down and show it empty. Watch may remain between your fingers or held concealed behind alarm clock.


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W ATCH GOES BOOGIE WOOGIE W hy do people roar when they see someone get hit with a pie in the movies? To laugh at another person's misfortune is hum an nature, es­ pecially when they know that its only make-believe. In this efiect a borrowed watch (either regular or wrist) is the basis for some good comedy. Effect:

Performer borrows a watch and after a cursory examination, listens to it tick, and deciding it has run down somewhat, he pro­ ceeds to "w ind" it with the result that the noise sounds like you are jacking up a car. Soon he finds that the winding seems to get quite hard as though he is overwinding it, suddenly there is a loud report as though the watch has exploded, and they see you are holding the mainspring in your hand! After a bit of suspense, however, the performer replaces the mainspring in the watch and returns it to the owner quite un­ harmedRequirements:

A Noisy Watch Winder; a Bingo Shooting Device; Small coiled Clockspring. The Noisy Watch Winder and Bingo Shooting Device are ob­ tainable in most magic shops. Attach the Bingo shooter to one side of the Noisy Winder. W ind up the spring and place it in the open end of the Winder. Fig. 10, page 62 shows the complete preparation. Put a catch on the Bingo to keep it from shooting the cap off until you are ready. To Perform:

Conceal the device in the right hand, and proceed to borrow a watch with the left. Hold the watch to the ear as though listening to it "tick”. Pretend to w ind it, remarking that it must be "run down" somewhat, and as you pretend to find the winding getting too tight you begin using the "Noisy" winder and the noise it makes is enough to make the owner of the watch squirm, and the audience howl. After a moment's use of the Winder, you release the catch from the "Bingo” shooter but hold it down with your left thumb while the right hand grasps the spring ready to remove it. Release the Bingo, and bring out the spring. The illusion is perfect, as though the entire watch is shot to pieces- (During the entire "business” the watch itself is well hidden in the left hand, to carry out the illusion of ruining the watch.) Hold the watch in the left hand and the spring in the right and offer it to the owner, who of course will refuse to take it. Explain you will fit the spring into the watch by magic means. Place watch on table. Using either a cornucopia, or watch pull vanisher, you place the spring and winder in the vanishing device, thus getting rid of them; pick up watch, see if it is O. K. and return it to the owner. 22

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THE W ATCH TAKES LEAVE Performer removes his watch and chain from pocket. They are seen to be ordinary in every respect. The left hand is shown empty, and the watch and chain is lowered onto the open palm. The hand closes over the watch and chain. The right hand reaches under elbow and produces the watch. Left hand opens at the same moment and the chain is seen to be empty! How did the watch leave the end of chain? Preparation:

1 watch and chain with any kind of charm on end of it. Tie watch to swivel with a piece of white thread, Fig. 1. To Perform:

Exhibit watch and chain, swinging it around to convey the absence of any preparation. Grasp the watch with the fingers and thumb of right, holding onto other end with the left, the charm end hanging several inches out of the hand, Fig. 2. While thus held the right fingers pull on watch, thus breaking thread. Right hand is now lowered coiling chain onto the left palm, with the watch being placed on top of chain, Fig. 3. Show the right hand empty and bring it on top of left, thumbpalming the watch, Fig. 4, and at the same moment closing the left hand and turning it over with back of hand to audience, Fig. 5 rear view. The right hand now reaches under elbow and produces the watch, and at the same moment the left hand swings the charm end of chain over fist as it turns over with open palm to audience showing it empty, Fig. 6. Suggestion: You can add greatly to the effect if you place a strip of Wiztax on the back of watch previous to performing the effect. Perform the effect as outlined until you have the watch thumbpalmed as Fig. 5, with this difference: that you have watch thumbpalmed with the back instead of the front. Now you bring the right hand against the back of the left, and press watch to back of hand. While still screened by the right hand the left hand turns over, and opens allowing chain to be shown as Fig. 6- and you also turn over the right and show it empty, therefore watch has completely vanished. Now reach behind left, pull watch off and using the sleeve as a cover-up, you produce watch at elbow.

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Performer shows his trouser pocket to be empty, and places a watch in pocket. A silk handkerchief is now taken between both hands and it is seen to change to the watch. Reaching in the pocket, the missing silk is found. Requirements:

One regular watch; one hooked watch (with needle point on back); two silk handkerchiefs. One silk rolled compact, and placed in the upper right trouser pocket as Fig. 1. Second watch prepared with a strip of "Wiztax" across its back and placed in left coat pocket. Duplicate silk is prepared with a strip of "Wiztax" on one corner. Tape should overlap both sides of corner. Place this silk in the left coat pocket, also partly hanging out of pocket. To Perform:

Pull out right trouser pocket and show it empty, and in replac­ ing pocket, you pull the silk down to the bottom of pocket- Show the watch (hooked) and place in the right trouser pocket, hooking it in the upper part of pocket, Fig. 2. Reach in coat pocket for silk, secretly obtaining the watch in the hand. Fig. 3. Roll up silk as compact and tight as possible and when end of silk is reached the Wiztax tape will prevent it from unrolling, Fig. 4. Press ball-like rolled silk to back of watch, Fig. 5, where it will be concealed . . . exhibiting watch as Fig. 6 with silk concealed. Show right hand empty, reach in trouser pocket and bring out the silk, pulling pocket out and showing it empty-


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watch held in the hand is tossed into the air, and it vanishes; at the same moment handkerchief falls to the floor revealing watch has re-appeared on end of chain. Requirements:

One regular watch; One hooked watch; One chain; a length of black thread. Preparation:

Put end of thread thru hole in swivel of chain and tie securely. Now pass thread thru the swivel itself, continue and put thread thru ring of watch, finally tying thread to ring on end of chain. Length of thread when tied should be same length as chain. Tie the hooked watch to swivel end of chain with a piece of white thread- Fig. 1 shows the complete preparation. To Perform:

Hold chain in left hand, the threaded watch concealed as Fig. 2. The right hand now takes a corner of handkerchief, placing it between thumb and first finger of left thus concealing full length of chain and watch. While pretending to drape handkerchief etc., the fingers of right holding onto hooked watch behind hand­ kerchief, break thread pulling watch into the fist concealing it. The left thumb releases hold of handkerchief, which flutters to floor, and the right hand reaches behind knee and produces watch. Once again handkerchief is placed between thumb of left, and just before doing so keep the handkerchief well spread and cov­ ering the left. While thus concealed for a moment you allow the threaded watch to drop out of hand to end of chain. Handkerchief now held between first finger and thumb as you did previously. Taking the hooked watch you make a downward and upward motion of the hand catching watch on clothing. Make a tossing motion toward handkerchief, at the same moment allow handker­ chief to drop to floor, and show the right hand empty. To all a p ­ pearances the watch has re-appeared on end of chain.


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Performer counts out four watches. Trouser pocket is pulled out and shown to be empty- Performer commands a watch to disappear from his hand and appear in pocket; placing hand in pocket he brings out a watch. Again a watch is commanded to appear in pocket, and a watch brought out. Now only two watches are shown to remain in the hand, and pocket shown empty. Another watch is asked to leave the hand, hand shown empty, reaching in pocket and producing watch. Finally only one watch is left, this too vanishes and finds its w ay to the trouser pocket. To Perform:

Show the watches one at a time counting them as you do so, finally stacking them in the left hand, all stems pointing up, Fig. 1. Now the right hand pulls the pocket out showing it empty; replace pocket. The right hand is placed on the watches, supposedly to restack them, and the right thumb is placed between the second and third watch, Fig. 2, gripping the front two watches by the stems between the thumb of right, Fig. 3. Right hand withdraws with the palmed watches, holding the left hand cupped around the remaining watches, will prevent the two watches from being missed. The right hand gives a few tugs at the left coat sleeve, remark­ ing that as everyone knows, magicians cause things to vanish upsleeve, you will go one better • . . have a watch go up-sleeve across the chest and into the pocket, and as you say "pocket", the right hand reaches in pocket, and brings out a watch (leaving one watch behind in pocket). Place the watch you have produced on table. Command another watch to pass up-sleeve . . . again tugging at the left sleeve . . . carelessly showing right hand empty, and reach in pocket bringing out the second watch. Open the left hand revealing two watches, which you show sep­ arately. Both watches are now held in the right hand, making sure the top watch lays with its stem in position for thumbpalm, Fig. 4, bottom watch pointing other direction. Pretend to place both watches in the left hand, thumbpalming the top watch, and allowing the bottom watch to drop into the left hand, Fig. 5. Close


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the left hand partly, just allowing a glimpse of the watch to be seen. Give the left coat sleeve a tug with the right hand . . . repeat the formula again . . . reaching in pocket and bringing out the palmed watch. Open left showing it contains but one watch. Use any other pass or The Berman Watch Deception for this last watch vanish. *



W ATCH AND CIGARETTE SURPRISE An adaptation of an effect first explained by the author some years ago in his book Exclusive Trix. Effect:

Performer lights up a cigarette. Now he looks at his watch to see if it is "going" (you can use a comedy “watch winder" here)Watch is placed in the left hand, "I can still hear it going" (hold­ ing hand to ear), left is opened showing it empty . . . fact is its gone! Having no further use for the cigarette, it too is placed in the left hand. W hen opened cigarette too has vanished. Left is shown empty, and formed in a fist. Suddenly they see the lit cigarette rise out of the closed hand. Cigarette is removed, a few puffs taken, and again placed in the left. Hand is opened, it conta ns the watch instead of cigarette. The lit cigarette is pro­ duced at the elbow. To Perform:

Light up cigarette, and bring out the watch. (The Watch Winder is a standard item sold in most magic shops and is good for a laugh). Pretend to place watch in the left hand, really thumbpalming it in the right, Fig. 1. Open left hand, showing watch has vanished. The left hand is formed in a loose fist, and held with its back to audience. The cigarette is pushed into fist, lit end first, and re­ moved as Fig. 2. Again the cigarette is placed into the fist, but this time end of cigarette is clipped between the middle fingers, Fig. 3, and right hand is removed with the cigarette. Left hand


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dience view and Fig. 5 rear view. The left hand is opened and shown empty. The open left hand is held near the right, and hands come close together and under cover of the right, the cig­ arette is dropped into the left, which forms in a fist, and the left thumb pushes cigarette upward thus appearing to rise out of the fist. The right hand goes for the cigarette and in doing so rests palm against back of left, thus pushing the thumbpalmed watch held in the right between the thumb of the left, Fig- 6. The left hand with the thumbpalmed watch is held with its back to audience as Fig. 7 (rear view); take a puff on cigarette and place in top of left hand, again palming it out between the middle fingers. Open left hand revealing the watch. Reach under elbow and produce cigarette. * * *

W ATCH, NAPKIN AND CIGARETTE Performer lights up a cigarette. He now takes a paper napkin and drapes it over the left hand, pushing center of napkin down into fist, thus forming a "well-like" depression. The lit cigarette is pushed info the center of napkin. Now per­ former takes his watch and likewise pushes it down into center of napkin. The napkin is now slowly opened and it is found to be com­ pletely empty! Both cigarette and watch having vanished. The napkin is rolled up and tossed into audience. Reaching under his elbow, he produces the watch, and under his vest he finds the missing lit cigarette! Requirements:

A watch; Paper napkin; Thumb tip; Cigarette "tank",, a stand­ ard device used for re-production of a lit cigarette. Preparation:

"Tank" loaded with a lit cigarette, pinned under vest. in vest pocket, thumb tip on the right thumb.


To Perform:

Spread napkin on the left hand, and push center down as Fig1; push thumb inside, secretly leaving the thumb tip. Take a few puffs of cigarette (should be about a third smoked) and push it into center of napkin, really going into the thumb tip. Pack cig­ arette well so fire will be extinguished, withdrawing thumb tip on thumb with the loaded cigarette. Casually show the right hand empty. Now right hand reaches in vest pocket for watch, leaving the thumb tip behind and bring­ ing out the watch. Exhibit watch and push it into center of nap­ kin, bending the ring down, leaving the stem exposed, continue pushing watch down, clipping stem between middle fingers as Fig. 2 (somewhat exaggerated). Turn napkin more to audience, and remove the right hand with the concealed watch, Fig. 3 as seen by audience. Fig. 4. How watch is held, note how the second, third, and fourth fingers are curled inward, as though pointing to napkin. 28

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The right hand now grasps corner of napkin so that watch is held underneath Fig. 5 and napkin is opened, still keeping watch concealed, finally holding napkin between both hands as Fig. 6. Ball up the napkin and toss it aside. Pretend to look around legs and finally reach under arm and produce the watch. Place watch in left hand, and reach under vest with right hand, pulling cigarette out of tank and show to audience. Take a few puffs, etc.

THE DAFFY W ATCHES Here is a humorous routine with watches that has novelty and surprise. The audience is kept in a continual mixup as to how many watches you really have. They see one, then two, then none at all, now they see three, then it's four, and you finish with five of them! Requirements:

Five watchesFour of them in the right trouser pocket, one of them in the vest pocket. To Perform: with patter.

"I would like to show you a watch that I always carry around to tell me the time" (watch taken from the vest pocket and shown). "While there is nothing strange about this watch (pretend to place in the left, really thumbpalming it in the right) I have another one like it here in the pocket (reach in pocket and bring out the palmed watch) this is the exact duplicate of the watch I have here in the left hand" (open left showing it empty and look perplexed). "That's pretty strange; let's see, I placed a watch in the left (suit action to the word and this time really place watch in the hand, simulating the real move to the previous false one). Then I reached into the pocket and took out an exact duplicate of the watch I had placed in the left hand" (open left showing watch and holding up both watches) you see I W AS right, I HAVE two watches." 29

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The two watches are shown as Fig. 1, stems facing toward front, lying across fingers. Now, apparently place both watches in the left, really thumbpalming them both, by closing fingers, thus bringing watches into crotch of thumb, Fig. 2. Thumb presses stems together holding them thumbpalmed, and the fingers are removed Fig. 3 how watches appear after they are thumbpalmed. Try this— it is not at all as difficult as it sounds. "Now, I will let you in on a little secret, I really carry three watches (place right hand in trouser pocket, leaving one of them behind and bringing one out) this one and the other two in my left hand, (open left hand showing it empty, and stand there with­ out saying anything for a moment as though you are stuck). "Say, this has got me daffy, let's start all over again. Here is the watch I originally had, I placed it in the left hand (really place it) then I reached in the pocket (really take two watches, conceal­ ing one of them in the palm and showing one as Fig. 4) and showed you I really had two watches (open left and show watch is really there, and one they see visible in the right) you see I was telling the truth. Then I placed both watches in the left hand (really placing both watches you have in the right hand into the left, which closes over the three watches). "Now I have two watches in the left hand, and I have another watch in the pocket (place right hand in pocket, and again palm one and the other held visible as Fig. 4). "Let's see now, I have two watches in the left hand, and this one makes three watches, (put both hands together, mixing watches of both hands, then open hands and begin counting). Now to prove that there is no fooling around, I'll count them for you and prove that I really carry around three watches, (count the five watches). "Now how do you like that?"


Pieces of clock spring, cogs, case, etc. lay scattered on a jewel­ er's tray, evidently a watch left to be repaired . . . and the watch maker asleep . . . this is what he dreams. He gathers the pieces and drops them into a paper cornucopia . . . when paper is unfolded . . . watch is found fully restored! The watch maker is happy. W hat an easy way to repair a watch! Now to give it the final touch . . . he picks up a "polishing cloth", with which he shines up the watch, allowing it to drop into a hat. Cloth is shaken out, shown empty, again a-watch appears 30

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in cloth and is allowed to drop in a hat. This continues, to the watch maker's amazement, until he seems to have produced five watches in the hat. He is full of glee. He can now return the one watch to the owner and still have five watches for himself! But alas, his hopes are short lived, for when he turns the hat over—it is empty. He lights a cigarette to console himself, for now even the cus­ tomer's watch is gone . . . he flicks the ashes on the empty tray . . . and in a flash the pieces of broken watch, spring, etc. have re­ appeared back on the tray— proving 'twas only a dream. Requirements:

1. Trick cornucopia (as explained under various watch van­ ishes.) 2. Polishing cloth— this is an imitation chamois cloth sold for polishing woodwork, etc. Dept, stores, auto accessories, or dime stores. About 10x14 in size. 3. Shallow tray— not too large— first get the size of flash paper obtainable, then get the tray. 4. Two of each of clock springs, wheels, etc. 5. Piece of flash paper, size to fit the tray. Preparation:

Sew a thread on polishing cloth about center of narrow width near the edge, thread should reach down half way. Tie a watch to end of thread. Fig. 2. Place duplicate set of pieces of watch on tray, cover with flash paper, needless to say the real bottom of tray should be the same color of the flash paper you are using. Now on top of the flash paper place other set of pieces of watch. Fig. 1. To Perform:

Obtain watch in the right hand and keep it concealed. Relate story of the sleepy watchmaker, pointing to the pieces of watch on tray. Pick up paper and form into a cornucopia, showing it empty, while held in the left hand. Pretend to straighten paper and secretly drop watch inside of cone. Now pick up pieces of watch and drop in cone, of course they


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go in the secret pocket. W hen all pieces have been dropped inside, slowly open paper revealing the restored watch, and paper empty. Put paper aside. Pick up "polishing cloth" (concealing the presence of the watch inside of it) open cloth and pretend to place first watch in cloth, really thumbpalming it and open folds of cloth revealing what appears to be the original watch. Place hand with palmed watch in pocket to get some "polishing powder" (you may have a shaker of some kind to carry out the idea, leaving behind the palmed watch and bringing out the shaker). Pretend to shake powder on cloth and place shaker on table. Hold cloth with thread end downward, in the right hand, and left hand outstretched several inches below, and allow watch to drop into the waiting hand, Fig. 4; hat should be near you, look at watch and drop it into the hat. Now hold cloth as Fig. 5, twisting cloth around showing both sides of it, now drop corners A— B and pick up C— D (with watch concealed of course Fig. 6) straighten cloth as Fig. 2. Fold cloth in half, Fig. 3, pretend to feel something in it, move hand over to lower end, and holding cloth again as Fig. 4 with left hand under­ neath, allow watch to slide into the hand. Again look surprised, and shrug shoulders and drop watch in hat. Repeat this "pro­ duction" of watches several times. O n the third time allow the trick to fail, do not succeed in getting a watch. Try again and on the fourth attempt you get another one, this adds interest to the trick. Finally fold cloth and put aside, counting gleefully the watches you have now in the hat. Turn hat over, revealing it empty. Light a cigarette, take a few puffs, and look mournful that now you haven't even the broken watch . . . pointing at empty tray, touch the flash paper, and the pieces will seem to have appeared by real magic— before their very eyes. (Note: For those not wanting to use a cigarette to touch off the flashpaper, merely use a match and pretend to look in empty tray touching the paper off). *




A complete routine that starts with the production of a watch from a page of a "Time" magazine, then a vanish and repro­ duction of the watch in a cornucopia. Watches now begin to appear at the finger tips, and as they are produced they are dropped into an empty hat. During the routine watches vanish, change and multiply. Finally performer picks up his hat and as he walks off stage he continues catching watches in rapid succession and placing them in the hat as fast as he can pluck them from the air. Requirements:

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1 hooked watch. 1 watch prepared with short piece of catgut as explained un­ der "Catching a Hatful of Watches," with an alarm clock finish. 1 miniature watch about one-fourth the regular size. 1 magazine page prepared with a secret pocket known as a "Cornucopia (look under various watch vanishes). Small snap fasteners. Preparation:

Solder the male part of snap fastener to the top of watch stem (Fig. 1.) Five watches are prepared in the same manner. The other part of snap is sewn to a strip of binding, which in turn is sewn to inside of coat. You now have a perfect "Watch Holder." Merely push the top of watch having the male part of stem into the part of snap sewn in binding, and watch will be held secure until wanted, when a slight pull on watch will release it. Three watches are arranged on each side of coat (Fig. 2). Watches should hang about an inch above edge of coat. Place a strip of wiztax on the back of one of these watches, and stick the miniature watch to tape. Now for the proper disposition of the watches on the snap holders. Three of the watches are placed on the left side. O n the right side the first watch is ordinary, but the second watch has the miniature on the back, and the third watch has the catgut grip (Fig. 6.) Of the remaining two watches, the regular one is placed in the secret pocket of the "cornucopia," the page from the "Time" magazine. This page should be replaced in the magazine. The hooked watch is concealed in the right hand as in Fig. 3, gripped between the middle fingers, and pressed against the palm. Magazine is held in the left, and you are ready. To Perform:

Pretend to read the "Time" magazine, thumb thru pages, etc. Pause at the prepared page as though the article interests you, finally tearing the page out, and discard the rest of magazine. Bunch the page up in the left, transferring the watch from the right hand palm to the back of left. (Fig. 4.) Watch being clipped between first and second fingers (Fig. 5). The right hand is curled around the rolled up paper, and then is brought up rather guickly as though you are trying to pluck something from the paper, but nothing happens the first time. Once again right hand is placed around paper, but this time watch is gripped between middle fingers of the right hand, and when hand again comes up a watch is seen to have appeared in the hand. The paper is now unrolled and formed into a cone, after showing it empty on both sides, and is held in the left hand. The right hand holds the watch, body is held slightly with left side to the audience. 33

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The right hand makes a downward sweep of the hand, and on the upw ard swing "hooks" the watch on the clothing. The hand is brought up closed as though holding the watch, making a tossing motion toward the cornucopia, opening hand and showing it empty. The cornucopia is now tilted and the watch from the con­ cealed pocket is allowed to drop out on the open palm of the right. The hat is now shown empty with the right hand, and then openly drops the watch inside. While the left hand crushes the paper and tosses it aside, the right hand obtains the hooked watch, concealing it in the palm. Body is held with right side to the audience, and the right hand is outstretched ready to "catch" the palmed watch, and the left hand is lowered to the side, middle two fingers reach under edge of coat and grasp watch as in Fig. 7, pulling watch off in the hand as Fig. 8. The fingers press watch into palm, where the hand, held somewhat cupped, conceals the watch (Fig. 9). The right hand meanwhile has produced the palmed watch. The left hand is raised, with its back to audience, and the re­ cently produced watch held in the right hand is transferred to the left, where it is gripped between the first finger and thumb (Fig. 10). The right is shown empty, and then removes the vis­ ible watch held in the left and openly places it in the hat. Hand removed from hat is carefully shown to be empty. Right hand is lowered to the side, and the body is held slightly turned with left side to audience. The left hand is extended and while producing the concealed watch, the right hand se­ cretly obtains watch from holder as previously described. The right hand grasps the recently produced watch from the left hand between the first finger and thumb, and the left is shown empty. The left hand is held with palm up, and slightly cupped, the fingers toward audience. The right hand is placed over the left and while thus screened by the back of the right, the con­ cealed watch is dropped to the base of the left fingers, where it is hidden from view of audience. The watch held in view be­ tween fingers and thumb of right is transferred to the fingers and thumb of left (Fig. 11). The right hand is now shown empty. Thus the above manipulation has enabled you to show first the left and now the right hand to be empty, except for the visible watch. The right hand now removes the watch from the left, and as the hand moves aw ay holding the watch in view, you give it all your attention, and the left hand now produces the con­ cealed watch, so when you look at the left and see a watch you are surprised. You now have a watch in each hand. The left hand places the watch in the hat, and the right hand apparently places the watch in the left, really doing the thumbpalm, leaving the watch concealed in the right, and the left 34

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hand moves away as though containing the watch. Left hand is opened and shown empty, and drops to the side, while the right hand reaches under right foot and re-produces the watch, the left hand secretly obtains a watch from the holder. The watch held in the right is dropped into the hat, and body is turned slightly to the right. Now the left hand plucks a watch in space, while the right hand held at the side secretly obtains the second watch from holder, having the miniature watch on back. The watch held in left is dropped into the hat, and the right hand now produces the concealed watch. Watch is held in full view, both hands shown empty. W atch is allowed to lie on the fingers, and the fingertips pry the miniature watch off the tape. Apparently place the watch into the left hand, but thumbpalm the regular watch, allowing the miniature to drop into the left (Fig. 12), which closes over it. Open the left hand, reveal­ ing the miniature watch, and then drop it into the hat. Right hand reaches under left elbow and produces palmed watch. Note: This is a good spot to work the Watch and Cigarette Surprise . . . or the W atch and Napkin Cigarette. Now the left hand secretly obtains the last watch from holder. The watch held in the right hand is placed in the left, where the stem is grasped between first finger and thumb. Fig. 13 shows the concealed watch and position of visible watch. The middle fingers curl inward, grasping side of watch (Fig. 14). Left side is held to audience. The right hand is held at the side and obtains the last watch (with the "catgut grip") while the left hand produces the second watch, as Fig. 15 as seen by audience. Both watches in the left hand are now placed in the hat, and then picks up the hat. The right hand meanwhile produces the concealed watch, making sure that the "catgut grip" is held between the first and second finger. The left hand tilts the hat to show you really have produced a number of watches. The right hand pretends to drop watch into the hat, watch of course only swings out of sight into the palm, as you have control of it because of the catgut held be­ tween the fingers. Reach in the air with the right, and as the hand swings outward, tossing the watch toward the first fin­ ger, the thumb assists in bringing watch in view, thus appar­ ently producing watch at the finger and thumb (full working of this is explained under Catching a Hatful of Watches, etc.). Continue "catching" watches and placing them in the hat, and as you walk off you gradually increase the tempo, until it seems to be endless. Suggestion: The smoking of a cigarette during the first part of routine adds to the effect considerably, also by all means try to have music, as this should for the most part be done 35

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silent, as patter would tend to slow up the pace. Work in a sure, smooth tempo, not too fast that they don't know what you are doing, yet not too slow that would cause them to yawn.

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THE ELONGATED W ATCH CHAIN "A C h ain for a Fat M a n "

The Elongating Watch Chain owes its inspiration to that fine performer, Milbourne Christopher, whose "Stretching Rope" is truly a classic in Magic. Performer removes watch and chain from pocket, and allows someone to pull on the chain to prove it solid and not made of lastex. He now relates a story about a fat man who was faced with the problem of buying new watch chains every time he added inches to his girth. He finally solved the problem by purchasing a magic chain that kept stretching as he grew and grew and . . . grew. While performer is telling the latter half of the story the chain is seen to grow many yards long. Requirements:

A "long" chain either made up of several lengths of watch chain, or else getting a chain used by the ladies in costume jewelry, and then making a regular length watch chain from it to match. 2 knife charms, .or other trinkets, and of course a regular watch chain to match the "long" chain, with a watch attached to swivel. Preparation:

Attach one of the charm trinkets permanently to end of "long" watch chain, and then place it upsleeve, allowing the trinket end of chain to hang near the edge of sleeve. The rest of chain is placed in the inside breast pocket (Fig. 1). With the aid of a piece of white thread tie the other trinket to the end of regular watch chain, and place the watch and chain in vest pocket. To Perform:

Remove the watch and chain from pocket, grasping the trinket end of chain, not the charm itself but the end of the chain. Approach someone with the request to pull gently on the chain to prove it not made of rubber. As you are returning to platform the chain is held in the right hand, and the left hand secretly breaks thread and drops it in


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the left coat pocket. The right hand of course conceals the a b ­ sence of the missing charm by holding end of chain well in the hand. The chain is transferred to the left hand, while you are tell­ ing this story, and stand with left side to audience. The right hand forces the knife charm to drop in the hand, the fingers as­ sisting in this operation (Fig. 2). The watch and chain is now transferred back to the right hand and the left hand reaches into the palm and brings the trinket attached to the "long" chain between the first and second fin­ ger. The right palm is held facing upw ard as Fig. 4 and the real end of the regular chain is kept coiled in the palm. Fig. 3 is how hand appears to the audience. Notice the perfect illusion. All that remains now is to pull on the charm trinket, and the chain will begin to stretch, becoming longer and longer. When the end of the "long" chain is reached the two ends of chain are held together as Fig. 5, thus completing the illusion.

HUMOROUS DIMINISHING W ATCH A regular size watch is shown, and both hands are seen empty. The watch is placed in the left hand, when opened a moment later watch is found to have diminished to one-fourth its original size. Again it changes, this time to a twenty-five cent piece, then back again to the full size watch. Requirements:

1 regular watch. 1 miniature size watch (size of a quarter watch), a 25c piece and a strip of Wiztax.

. . . use a toy


Apply strip of Wiztax to miniature watch, and press 25c piece to other side of tape as Fig. 1, thus you have a watch on one side and the quarter on the other. Place another strip of W iz­ tax on the back of the regular size watch, and press coin to back of the large watch as Fig. 2, Page 39. To Perform:

Exhibit watch to audience, both hands empty. "I bought this watch and it cost me a dollar, keeps very good time too . . . yes, keeps good time but doesn't give it. I showed it to a friend of mine the other day (place watch so it laws across fingers as Fig. 3, fingertips pry watch-coin free of watch but continue holding it under the large watch as yet). He said it was a fugitive from a can opener (pretend to place watch in the left hand, really thumbpalming it and allow the watch-coin to drop in the waiting left. The back of right hand acting as a screen, see Fig. 4 (side view) close left hand over it. "Well, he continued poking fun at my watch until I felt pretty small. In fact, even the watch did! (Open left hand with watch side to audience, Fig. 5; fingers at side conceal coin). 38

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"He said that all the watch was worth was a quarter in junk (close left hand and reverse it so coin side will face front, open hand, revealing what apears to be a quarter). "Well, I surely felt pretty low after that, so I decided to re­ turn it to the dime— er, I mean the jewelry store where I bought it. Well, let me tell you, after hearing the sales talk that the clerk gave me (place right hand in front of quarter and press it to the back of the large watch (Fig. 6), I decided that it wasn't such a b ad watch at all (remove right hand, showing the large watch, show both hands empty, and hold watch at stem as Fig. 7).

W ATCH, BILLIARD BALL AND DOLLAR BILL Performer is seen smoking a cigarette. He pushes it thru the empty left hand, and it emerges at other side. Again cigarette is pushed thru the first, and when hand is opened, it contains a billiard ball! Now a few sleights are done with billiard ball, finally the ball changes into a watch! And the watch in turn transforms into a dollar bill! Quite a mixture of surprises. Requirements: Billiard ball; watch; dollar bill. Preparation:

Watch is fastened to back of dollar bill (Fig. 1). Now fold bill so that it is hidden behind watch (Fig. 2). Before using, place a weight on folded bill so bill be kept compressed flat. Grip watch by the stem between middle fingers, with bill side underneath. Billiard ball rests on watch, and cigarette held be­ tween first and second finger, give the hand a natural appear­ ance (Fig. 3). To Perform:

Enter smoking a cigarette, take a few puffs, and casually show the left hand empty. Form the hand in a loose fist, with its back to audience, and push the cigarette thru it as Fig. 4. Now turn hand over, removing cigarette from fist as Fig. 5, open left and show it empty. Again form the left hand in a fist, and push the cigarette thru the hand, the left thumb reaches into the right hand, grasps the ball and carry it into the left,as Fig. 6, remove cigarette as Fig. 5 and open the left hand, revealing the ball as Fig. 7. 39

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Place ball on right hand which is formed in a fist, right hand pretends to remove ball (Fig. 8). The left hand is held as a screen momentarily, allowing the ball to drop back in the right fist on top of watch as Fig. 9. Left hand partly closed as though containing the ball moves away from the right hand . . . and then is opened, revealing it empty. Right hand reaches under left elbow, and fingers squeeze ball up to top of fist in which position it is revealed to audience. Left hand is shown empty, then partly closed, just curling the fingers inward. Now both the watch and ball are placed in the left hand. The presence of the watch, needless to say, is con­ cealed from audience, allowing the ball to be seen partly in the hand above the curled fingers. Fig. 10. The right hand is shown empty, and fully opened is placed on top of the ball. Right hand bears down on the ball, causing it to roll into the right palm (Fig. 11). The closed left hand moves away as though holding the ball, then is opened revealing the watch. Turn with left side to audience, and make a tossing movement with the watch, as though you are going to toss watch in the air, and using this as a cover-up the right hand drops the ball in the coat pocket. Pretend to change your mind about getting rid of the watch, showing both hands empty, and watch held at the finger-tips to prove everything to be fair. Place watch between both palms, reversing watch, and rub­ bing it between the palms, thus causing the bill to unfold, and when fully opened, by the action of both palms (Fig. 12) sepa­ rate hands, revealing the dollar bill, which is held at the finger­ tips of both hands (Fig. 13).


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THE BILLIARD BALL W ATCH The Billiard Ball Watch is really an accessory, to be used in conjunction with some billiard sleight, trick, or routine. In working the Billiard Ball Watch as an example; you per­ form several sleights with a ball, now you vanish the real ball, and re-produce the Ball-Watch. They see what appears to be the same ball. You pass your hand over the ball, and it changes to a watch. Thus the Billiard Ball Watch can be used for the finish of the ball routine, or as the means of going from billiard ball into watch tricks. Requirements:

A half shell as used in the Multiplying Billiard Ball Trick. 1 watch. Wiztax tape. Cut three strips of Wiztax and apply them on the inside of shell at three different spots (Fig. 1), allowing about three-eighths of an inch to hang over edge. Place the shell directly on back of watch, pressing the over­ lapping ends of tape to watch. Watch and ball will keep to­ gether quite firmly (Fig. 2). Place this Ball-Watch in right coat pocket. A duplicate solid ball of course will be required. To Perform:

Produce regular billiard ball in any manner you desire. You can do the multiplying ball trick first if you wish. Do a sleight with the real ball, vanishing it and apparently reproducing it from the right coat pocket, actually leaving the real ball behind, and bringing out the Ball-Watch, holding it well in the hand with the thumb and fingers around it, thus concealing the rim of watch (Fig. 3). The stem should be held between the middle fingers. Make a show of placing the ball in the left hand (Fig. 4). a p ­ parently placing in the left, hand now turns back to audience as though containing ball (Fig. 5), actually Ball-Watch is still held in the right with stem between fingers. Fig. 6 rear view. Open the left hand, showing it empty, and the right hand reaches under elbow, and turning hand to audience appears as Fig. 3, as though you are producing watch at elbow.


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The "ball" is now really placed in the left, which closes over it. The right is now held a moment in front of left, and the ball is reversed so that the watch side will face audience (Fig. 7). Remove the right, revealing the transformation. You are now ready to do a few watch effects, by merely switching this Ball-Watch for a regular watch.

ANOTHER CASE FOR SHERLOCK HOLMES Performer exhibits a blue silk handkerchief, which he says will represent "The Blue Phantom," who was wanted by the police for several crimes. However had mysteriously vanished, leaving no clue of his whereabouts; While magician is telling this tale the handkerchief is rolled between his hands and it vanishes. "This was a case for Scotland Yard," whereupon magician re­ moves his watch and chain from pocket. "The chain represents Scotland Yard and the watch Sherlock Holmes, who is dele­ gated to solve this case. "The detective, working alone as always, leaves Scotland Yard." The watch is removed from chain, leaving the bare chain hanging in the left, and the watch is held in the right. "The famous detective wastes no time in finding a clue to the 'Blue Phantom,' and he too vanishes from sight." Watch has vanished from his hand. In that instant the blue silk appears on the end of the chain, and the watch is tied to end of silk! "A nd as you see, Holmes found the hideout of the 'Blue Phan­ tom' and brought him to Scotland Yard, and another case was solved." R equirem ents:

1 watch chain. Two watches, one of them a "hooked" watch. Two blue silks. Any method of vanishing a handkerchief. Preparation:

One blue silk placed in outside coat, or breast pocket. "Hooked" watch is placed on regular end of chain, and on the opposite end of chain, tie the duplicate silk, and to the end of silk tie the other watch. Fig. 1, Page 43. Now roll the watch up in the silk, making it as tight as pos­ sible, and place a very small band around it only once (Fig. 2). Thus prepared, place chain on your person, the end of chain with hooked watch is placed in the right lower pocket, and the watch with rolled silk is placed in the upper left vest pocket. To Perform:

Patter about the "Blue Phantom," exhibiting the blue silk, and secretly obtain the vanishing pull, and cause the silk to van­ ish Now reach in vest for chain, the left hand grasping the 42

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rolled up silk well in the hand to conceal its presence. Fig. 3. Remove the "hooked" watch from chain, and place the empty end of chain between the first finger and thumb of left as Fig. 4. Make a tossing motion of the hooked watch held in the right and hook it on the clothing. Hold hand closed as though con­ taining the watch, now make a tossing motion toward the left hand, and at the same moment that you open the left hand, you release the silk and watch end of chain held in right, but retain the empty end of chain, thus you have switched the bare end of chain for the loaded end, causing the silk and watch to appear on the end of chain. Do not shake the chain at all, merely release the loaded end. It has enough weight to drop and cause silk to unroll, as the small band will pop off of its own accord. Fig. 5.

FUN ON BORROWED TIME Performer reminds the audience of the days when women used to carry their valuables, such as rings, keys, change, etc., tied in a corner of their handkerchiefs. That was before they de­ cided to carry around luggage cases, containing everything but a complete change of wardrobe, that they laughingly call "bags." To illustrate what he means, he requests the loan of a man's watch. He now ties the borrowed watch in a corner of a hand­ kerchief. He speaks feelingly of those "carefree" days, and being too carefree with the handkerchief as he swings it about, it strikes hard against a door, or the floor with a resounding smack. You can hear the crystal smashed and heaven knows what else. Performer looks crestfallen as though it really were acciden­ tal. He unties the knot to gaze at the gory mess. Sure enough the pieces of crystal, spring sticking out, etc., looks pretty bad. He of course is sorry about the whole thing, wraps the pieces in handkerchief and offers it back to the owner, who no doubt refuses to take it in that condition. Magician reminds himself of a magic b ag that he recently in­ herited from a famous wizard that guarantees to restore al­ most anything. He places the handkerchief, with its contents, in the bag, and says a magic word. He reaches inside, removes the handkerchief and unties it. W hat should he find but an onion! 43

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Realizing how the owner of the watch must feel, he offers to give him his own watch in trade, bringing out an extra large size watch the size almost of an alarm clock! He puts it to his ear: "I don't know whether I hear the clock ticking or my knees shaking." The "large" watch doesn't seem to be going, so performer decides to investigate. Opening the watch he reaches inside and brings out the borrowed watch in perfect order, which he returns to the owner. Requirements:

Extra large watch known as the "Sandwich Watch." It is padded inside to eliminate noise. Changing bag. A smashed watch, spring, pieces, etc. Two handkerchiefs, 18-inch dark colored silk, green, blue, etc. Preparation:

Tie broken pieces of watch in a corner of one of the silks (Fig. 1, Page 45). Fold this corner inward (Fig. 2) and remaining corner fold over this as Fig. 3. You will find that you can hold handkerchief by the topmost corner now and handkerchief will appear innocent in appearance. Place on table. Tie an onion in a corner of the duplicate handkerchief and place in secret side of the Changing Bag. Put a piece of pencil across lid of "Sandwich W atch" to keep it open and place in the left coat pocket. To Perform:

Pick up handkerchief by the corner with left hand, and re­ quest the loan of a watch. Lay center of handkerchief on left palm, receiving watch with the right. Place watch in corner of handkerchief (Fig. 4) and tie a knot over it, leaving it in view. The right hand meanwhile reaches in folds of handkerchief and gets hold of the other knot, as Fig. 5. The "A " knot has the borrowed watch in it, the ”B" knot is the smashed watch. Now you boldly bring up the "B" knot right up thru the left hand, leaving the "A " knot held concealed in the hand as Fig. 6. You approach someone with the request to tie a second knot, and while thus engaged in looking for a likely person, the fin­ gers of left hand are inserted in the A knot and loosen it. This is not as difficult as it seems. While the person is helping tie the second knot, you of course hold onto the handkerchief as Fig. 7. By this time you have untied the A knot and the watch is held free of it and hidden by the handkerchief. The right hand now draws the handkerchief away from the left hand, and the left with the concealed watch drops to the side. Stand with the right side to audience, swinging the handkerchief around by the corner, and the left hand drops the borrowed watch inside of the "Sandwich Watch." Swing the handkerchief so it hits some hard surface with a 44

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resounding smack, make it appear accidental, play up the part but don't exaggerate. Open out handkerchief and show the damage done. Do not allow too close a scrutiny of the watch to the owner as he may see the hoax. Re-wrap pieces in hand­ kerchief and place in the Changing Bag. Switch for the onion silk, turn bag inside out and show it empty. Unwrap handker­ chief and show the onion. Play up comedy a moment or two, finally bringing out the "Sandwich Watch.'' Open watch and reach inside, bringing out the borrowed watch, which you re­ turn and thank the owner.

Added suggestions for the use of the

"SANDWICH W ATCH" This is a jumbo-size watch about the size of an alarm clock, made hollow and has a hinged lid. Its original use is for the performer to take watch out of pocket, look at it and mention he is hungry, open watch and remove a sandwich from its in­ terior. However, its uses are many. Here are a few sugges­ tions. Production From a Borrowed Handkerchief (a la Glass of W ater) Preparation:

Hook watch on a pin on the right side of vest. To Perform:

Borrow a handkerchief, and hold a corner in the right hand, allowing handkerchief to drape over back of hand. Left hand is held near opening of coat, the handkerchief being used as a screen. The left hand reaches in left vest pocket, "to get a magic coin." Not succeeding in finding any, the left hand reaches on the right side of vest, grasps the large watch, and the right hand transfers the handkerchief over the left hand, thus cov­ ering the watch. The left hand is moved out of the way, while the right hand reaches in vest pocket, and finds the "magic coin." 45

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Pretend to place the coin under the handkerchief. Now whisk the handkerchief away, revealing the jumbo watch. Production W ith Silks:

Remove the pin from the hinge, and do aw ay with the hinged door. Load the interior with silks, and paste a piece of paper on back of watch to seal the silks inside. Conceal behind a Saturday Evening Post. To Perform:

Enter reading magazine, with the watch concealed from view. Thumb thru the pages, finally tearing one of them out, carrying the jumbo watch away with it, concealed behind. Tear a hole in paper, at the spot where you are holding the watch, tearing right into back of the watch, and produce silks from various parts of page. Finally bunch up the page, and reach inside and produce the jumbo watch.

THE HOLD-UP Let us give credit to that fine m agician and gentleman from England, Oswald Rae, who in his excellent book, "Sub-Rosa," first gave us the idea of a burglar robbing a magician, and the magician turning the tables on him. The version presented herewith is different both in effect and method of performance. Effect:

Performer relates a story of being held up and robbed of his money, valuable ring, and his watch and chain. All these ar­ ticles are collected by the robber in his gunny sack. However, the robber finds that his "easy pickings" have flown, for the bag turns out to be empty. The magician by his "magic power" causes the pilfered money to return to his pocket, the ring re­ turns to his finger and the watch and chain return to his per­ son on his vest. Requirements:

Two sets of watches prepared as explained under “Finale Watch and Chain Appearance." 2 "money clips" loaded with some folded bills. A false pocket. 2 flashy rings not too snug fitting. Penny box of matches, the kind with the cardboard drawer. Changing Bag. Preparation:

Watches prepared in vest pocket as mentioned. False pocket in the right trouser pocket, and the two clips of money. One ring on finger of left hand. Match box drawer prepared by cutting two slits from the top about half an inch apart, in which the duplicate ring is placed. Match box so prepared is in the left coat pocket. 46

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Suggestion: Optional with the performer. Have a b and an­ na handkerchief and a toy pistol. Then reguest someone in the audience to assist you, allowing the spectator to be the "rob­ ber." Place the bandanna around his face, etc. Performer states he will try to re-enact an experience he hadthe other night during a "blackout." He explains he had been walking along in the dark and a stranger stopped him for a “light," and then, before he knew it, the stranger with the aid of a gun started to "light-ten" the magician's pockets. (Hand assistant the changing bag.) “First he took my money." Reach in pocket and take out one of the loaded money clips, and then pull out the false pocket, remarking: “Boy, he sure cleaned me out." Drop the money in the changing bag. “Then he spied my genuine 'imitation' diamond ring. Why, this ring cost me between 98 and 100 dollars. You don't be­ lieve it? Yes, sir, between 98 a n d 100 dollars. That's 2, isn't it? Well, that's what it cost me— two dollars." (Drop the ring in the bag and show both hands empty. And then stand there with the coat held open, so they spot the watch and chain.) “To make the 'haul' complete he 'lifted' my prize possession. He was a very particular crook, too. He wanted to know what movement it had. I told him it had a continuous movement to and from the pawnshop. Tears came to my eyes when I re­ membered the many nights I would get up and wind up the pawn ticket." (Watch and chain are dropped in bag.) Take the bag from assistant "to show the articles in the bag to the audience" but actually to give the handle the necessary turn. Now take the bandana handkerchief and cover the bag so assistant will not see the bag empty. Button your coat and bear down on thread so chain will be brought up for re-production as explained under "Finale A p­ pearing Watch and Chain in Pocket." Take a cigarette, and the left hand brings out the box of matches without giving it any unnecessary attention. Push the drawer toward the left, and the left thumb grips the ring in the root of the thumb. Remove a match, light cigarette, and toss box on table. "So here I was minus my money, valuable ring, and my watch and chain. Well, just about now the satisfied bandit started to go off with my valuables, and this got me very angry. I took my magic w and and waved it at the fleeing bandit, who by this time found that his 'take' had 'taken leave.' " (Turn bag inside out, holding the handle with the left hand, and the right hand is used to push bag inside out.) Stand with right side to audience, and while the right hand brings out the clip of money, the left hand gets the thumbpalmed ring onto the finger. Grasp the cigarette nonchalantly with the left hand, not calling attention to the ring on the finger, take a few puffs. "Well, I have my money now, and my ring!" 47

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Then gaze on finger and notice the ring back on the finger. "Now if I had my watch back, it would be wonderful," and with that you open the coat, revealing watch and chain back in the vest.

UNIQUE RESTORATION Here truly is a brilliant effect that combines several unusual surprises. A watch chain is to be seen in the performer's hand, having a watch on one end, and a watch charm on the opposite end of chain. Aside from that the performer's both hands are seen per­ fectly empty. The performer now takes a wire clipper and deliberately cuts the chain apart. Thus leaving a part of chain on the watch, and other half of chain on the charm knife. Each half of chain with the attached object are held in each hand, to prove every­ thing quite fair. The performer now takes his handkerchief and with it cov­ ers half of chain that is attached to charm knife. This is given someone to hold. Taking the severed chain and watch, he places them into a b ag for safe keeping. However, when he looks in b ag a mo­ ment later it is empty! Bag is turned inside out. Part of chain and watch have vanished. Performer shows his hands perfectly empty and reaches un ­ der handkerchief being held by assistant and grasps charm knife, with the request that handkerchief be removed. Audience witness the most remarkable surprise they have ever seen, for the chain and watch have become united and become whole as it was at the very beginning. Requirements:

Two Two One Any watch

watch chains. watches. charm knife. method of vanishment, such as changing bag, watch bag, pull, etc.


One of the watch chains is cut in half with a scissors, and with the aid of a piece of white thread it is tied to other watch chain. Watches are attached to end of both chains, and the charm knife is hooked to end of regular chain. Complete preparation is shown as Fig. 1. You now apply a strip of Wiztax to the back of the watch on the regular chain, and press the watch to the back of the left hand, allowing the chain to pass between first and second fin­ ger, the charm knife therefore hanging on the palm side of hand. The attached short chain and watch hang over the second fin­ ger. Fig. 2. 48

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The hand is now held palm toward audience, thus con­ cealing the hidden watch on the back of hand, and you have a perfect illusion of the watch hanging over the second finger. The left thumb helps conceal the chain that passes thru the fingers to back of hand (Fig. 3). Place a small clipper in the vest pocket for cutting chain. To Perform:

Enter carrying watch prepared as outlined above, the hand held outward and with front of hand to audience. Show right hand empty and bring the clipper out, and with it pretend to cut chain apart, actually cutting the thread holding the chains together. The right hand removes the severed part of chain and watch (this is the extra part of chain and watch that were tied to regular chain) as Fig. 4. The left thumb holds onto the suposed other half of chain. If someone is close by, hand them this severed part of chain and watch, otherwise place it on table for the time being. The performer now takes his pocket handkerchief, shows it empty, and drapes it over the left hand completely. Now grasp the chain thru it and lift it, at the same time pulling the watch attached to the chain, off the back of the hand (Fig. 5). Re­ quest someone to come up and assist you, and hand the hand­ kerchief to assistant, asking him to hold onto the chain thru the handkerchief. You now take the severed chain and watch and place it in your vanishing device for "safekeeping," then as an after­ thought look in to see if it is still there, turning b ag inside out to prove it empty. Show both hands perfectly empty. Reach under handkerchief grasping the charm knife, and re­ quest assistant to whisk the handkerchief away, revealing the remarkable restoration of the watch and chain. While show­ ing the watch the Wiztax on back of watch can be rolled off and dropped unnoticed to the floor, allowing everything to be examined. 49

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FINALE APPEARING W ATCH AND CHAIN In The Vest Pocket Here is the perfect climax for a watch routine. It has brevity, novelty, and a very powerful climax. Effect:

After performing several tricks with watches, etc., you make a feint of returning watch and chain to pocket, but you sud­ denly think of another effect. The watch and chain is placed in a bag and given someone to hold. The hands are perfectly empty, and the attention is called to the bare vest. The coat is now buttoned. Magician now commands the articles to vanish from the bag. Sure enough, the bag is empty, for it is turned inside out. Dra­ matically he opens his coat, and there hanging across his vest is the chain, and the watch is attached to the swivel, as m agi­ cian reveals by taking it out of his pocket to see the "time." Requirements:

2 complete watches and chains. Any device for vanishing, such as cornucopia, watch bag, or changing bag, etc. Needle and black thread. Preparation:

Tie thread to end of chain, and place watch and chain in lower right vest pocket. Chain should be just out of sight below edge of pocket. Carry threaded needle across vest, and push it into upper left vest pocket, inside, about half an inch below edge of pocket. Now push needle thru vest and right thru the coat itself, below the left armpit, and tie end of thread to second buttonhole, Fig. 1. You will find that if you catch thumb of left hand in the loop of thread and pull downward, it will pull chain out of pocket (in which it lies hidden) and cause it to travel across vest, and finally come to a stop at upper left vest pocket, when thread re­ fuses to go any further you have reached end of chain.


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Select any preliminary effects you may wish as part of the rou­ tine. Make a bluff of returning the watch and chain you have just used to the pocket, then changing your mind you remove it, and place it in your vanishing device. Show hands empty, and open coat, calling attention to the bare vest. Close coat, and button second button, catching thumb on thread and pulling on same as your hand moves downward to the lower button. Do not look down on the coat or what you are doing, make it look as natural as possible, looking at audience, and speaking about the watch and chain in bag. Turn bag inside out and show it empty, toss it aside. Show hands empty once again, dramatically open coat revealing chain across vest. Reach in pocket, take out watch, look at it, remarking: now it's "time" to go. Exit.


This is a platform type of effect. Three watches having been produced in some previous effect, they are now placed in a paper bag. Attention is now called to three chains seen hanging on a simple stand. He now fires at the bag, which bursts and is seen empty, and at the same moment the three watches appear visibly on the ends of the chains! Method:

The idea is very simple, as the watches themselves are attached to very light weight fish line, which in turn are attached to one single line. These lines are threaded thru the swivel end of chains. The watches are concealed in the base of the stand, see illus­ tration. Another suggestion: Your table top cafi be prepared to conceal the watches. To Perform:

Produce three watches in any manner you wish. Place them in the Paper Bag Vanisher (Chapter on various watch vanishes). While you shoot the gun at the paper bag, your assistant pulls on the line, causing the visible appearance of the watches.

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"TIME" MARCHES ON! This idea is merely suggested as another possibility for a watch act finale. After the performance of several tricks with watches, performer calls attention to a "Time" magazine on his table. He now fires a shot and vis.bly watches appear on each side of it. Once more he fires at the magazine, and this time the center picture vanishes and in its place is seen a ringing alarm clock. See illustration for suggested performance of it, Page 51.

"TIME MAGAZINE" LOADING DEVICE The idea of concealing an object behind a board, tray, etc. to load a hat, or pan is far from new. I merely wish to give that "loading" device an innocent appearance. The idea can be used with other magazines, like children'pub­ lications when loading a rabbit in a hat, etc. "Time" magazine is finely suited for tricks with watches or clocks Obtain a piece of composition board. This is light in weight and strong. O n one side attach metal guides or clips on which an alarm clock can be safely held, yet will allow clock to slide off easily. These guides are placed on three sides of clock, leaving one side open. Fig. 2. Needless to say the board is the size of the magazine, so that now you merely paste several pages and the front cover on other side of board. You now have what resembles a magazine, Fig. 1. You can handle it at the fingertips, pretend to look thru the pages, etc. Thus loaded it can either be out of sight, or resting on a table or chair that has suitable trap or opening, which in turn is covered with a sheet of rubber so that magazine just appears to be laying there innocent like. To Perform:

Borrow the hat and show it empty. Pick up magazine, thumb thru it, and place it on the hat, being sure the lower end touches the hat first, otherwise they will see the clock as you are lowering board on the hat. Fig. 3. All that remains is to remove the board (toward audience) which will pull the clock off the guides, dropping it off into the hat. C an be used for the loading of a set of nested alarm clocks.


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TRICKS WITH WRIST WATCHES In this chapter are described for the first time some new and novel effects with wrist watches. These effects should be wel­ comed twofold— First: all of them are on the humorous side, which is bound to be popular to an audience. Second: all the effects are performed with borrowed watches.

HUMOROUS W ATCH STEM Here is a little silly effect that is good for some laughs. Per­ former borrows a wrist watch, and after hearing it "tick" he de­ cides to wind it for the owner. He proceeds to “w ind" it and as he does so the stem seems to grow longer and longer until it is some three inches or more in length. Requirements:

A long, thin nail will do, but for a more convincing effect, ob­ tain a wire of heavy gauge, and solder the head of a stem on one end. To Perform:

Conceal the 'long" stem in the left hand between the fingers. Borrow the watch with the right hand. Transfer the watch to the left placing it directly on top of wire, and the real stem of watch points toward the palm, being concealed with the left thumb. The head of the "long" stem extends over the edge of watch. (See il­ lustration). Fig. 9, Page 62. Pretend to listen to watch and then grasp the stem by the fingers and thumb as is usually done and proceed to "w ind" it, pulling the wire out by degrees until it extends several inches from the watch. Finally "push it back" into the watch and return to the owner.


Performer borrows a watch, and pretending to hear the owner say that one of the straps are too long, he takes a scissors and proceeds to cut one of the straps shorter. He continues taking a piece off bit by bit, until all the strap is cut away! Noting the consternation on owner's face, he takes all the


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pieces, rubs them together, and passing his hand over the watch, restores the strap as it was originally. Requirements:

An extra half of strap (not the buckle end)— glue a small piece of tin to the end and bend it to form a hook. This hook should be able to fit into slot of wrist watch where the strap is held, Fig. 1. Be prepared with both a brown and black strap prepared in this manner. To Perform:

While performing some previous trick, spot some person with a watch having a leather band and note the color of it, so when about to perform this trick, you do not hesitate in requesting for this person's watch. Secretly obtain the strap in the right hand thumb palm fashion, Fig. 2. Borrow the watch with the left hand, and as you return to front of stage, you fold back the end of strap, holding it in place with the left thumb and fingers. Meanwhile, the right hand hooks the extra strap into handle of strap, Fig. 3. This forms a perfect illu­ sion even several feet away. Take a scissors in the right hand and cut part of strap away bit by bit. Finally take all the pieces together thumbpalming them and pretend to rub them to the piece of strap remaining. Under the cover of the right hand, remove this short piece, and allow the band that is doubled back to drop so when the hand is removed the strap is restored. Pick up scissors and place in pocket along with the pieces of strap, thus getting rid of them.


Performer borrows a watch and proceeds to try it on his wrist, but finds it too short, so performer proceeds to " stretch" it until it is about a foot long! Requirements:

A length of strap, either black or brown. Glue a small piece of tin to the end of strap, and it should be bent to form a hook and be able to fit into space above the strap bar. Roll the strap as com­ pact as possible, Fig. 1, and place in an easily accessable place.


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You must first "spot" someone in the audience with a strap to match the one you have prepared, as outlined in the previous effect. Request the loan of the wrist watch, and while returning to plat­ form, you secretly obtain the "long" strap in the right hand. Call attention to the watch, and attempt to place strap around wrist, which of course is only a stall. During this "business" you fold back the real strap and hook the long strap in the strap bar. Fig. 2. The roll is concealed in the right hand, and hand is held with back to audience. Proceed to "stretch" the strap, allowing it to unroll gradually, until the end is reached. Now of course, the strap is too long! Take a scissors and while screened by both hands, pretend to cut the strap to the desired length, and while thus concealed you unhook the long strap, concealing part of it in your hand, and return the real strap to its original position. Remark that the strap may not be exactly the size it was orig­ inally, but you guarantee it to fit.

W ATCH AND CHAIN TO WRIST W ATCH After performing several effects with a watch and chain, he decides to make a more streamlined version of it, whereupon he forms one hand in a fist, and lowers the watch and chain into it. A moment later, when hand is opened, it is found to have changed into a complete wrist watch with band! Requirements:

Watch and chain; Wrist watch and metal band; Spring type vanishing watch pull as explained under various watch vanishes, with this addition: actually it's made of two bags, with one of the bags opening at the top and other bag opening at the bottom. The bags are sewn together. To prepare for the effect, place a wrist watch in b ag with the opening at the bottom. The spring across the opening, of course, will prevent it from falling out of bag. To Perform:

Secretly obtain the pull in the right hand after the performance of some previous effect, in which the watch and chain have been used. Apply pressure on top opening of bag and slowly lower the watch and chain into it. Now place the left hand, several inches below the right in readiness to catch the wrist watch. Apply pres­ sure on the bottom spring, which will open b ag and release the wrist watch into the waiting hand below. While you are staring in surprise at the wrist watch in the left hand, the right hand releases the pull, causing b ag with its con­ tents to fly away under the coat. Nonchalantly, open the right hand showing it empty, place watch on wrist. 56

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Performer borrows a wrist watch. He now takes a small coin envelope from his pocket, which has been cut down to 2 V2 inches deep. Fig. 1, Page 58. The borrowed watch is openly placed in the envelope, how­ ever, although the watch itself is out of sight in the envelope, both straps are in full view. Performer now rests the watch on edge of table. Now suddenly, without warning, he seizes a hard object such as a knife, and brings it down with a hard blow on the watch, with the resultant crushing noise. The watch no doubt has been crushed beyond repair. Per­ former very guiltily removes the watch from the envelope . . . it is unharmed! Requirements:

A small coin envelope, sometimes known as pay envelopes. Cut the length of it down to about 2V2 to 3 inches, also cut a slit across most of the width of it about an inch from the top. Place a half cube of sugar in the envelope; and place envelope in pocket. To Perform:

Borrow the wrist watch, explaining that you can tell time even when watch is hidden from your sight. This patter is designed to lead them astray from the real purpose of the envelope. Make them think you are going to do some mental feat with the watch, SO' that when you crush it, the effect will be somewhat startling to them. Request that they set the watch to any hour, and while they are doing so, you bring the envelope from the pocket, concealing the slit from the audience, of course. Now take the watch from their hands with the face toward them, "to prove everything is fair". Lower the watch into the en­ velope, really allowing watch to enter the slit and pass to the outside of the envelope, where it is held in place by the right thumb. The straps extending from the envelope proves every­ thing to be ordinary. Fig. 2. The envelope is placed on the edge of table, being sure the edge of envelope touches the table first, and the watch itself, guided by the fingers, now rests under the edge of table, out of harms way. Make a pretense of getting an "impression” of the number watch is set to, and pick up a knife to aid you in the "feeling tone” make a guess at some outlandish time, like 39 minutes, 49 seconds past 6, then failing in the first attempt, ask if you may have another chance, and try again. 57

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Finally ask the owner what make of watch it is, and get angry: "a Paskudnik?" no wonder I couldn't do the trick! And with that you crush the envelope with the knife. The crushing noise of the sugar is pretty effective. Look sorry, as if you didn't intend to lose your temper in this manner. Lift the envelope, bringing the watch safely behind the envel­ ope, and lift it out. Crush envelope and place in pocket, and after a bit of by-play, pretend to restore the watch and hand back to owner.


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Herewith is compiled a number of methods that you will require in the course of performing tricks with watches. Some of the most practical ideas have been gathered for the vanish of one and several watches. The methods are not new, but they have been used over a period of years as standard vanish­ ing devices. These have been selected because of their simple appearance, believing an innocent appearing article will be above suspicion. The first one, I believe, is about the oldest of a l l ......... PAPER CO RN U C O PIA

Two pages from a Liberty magazine are pasted together all over except for the triangular space, which is left open for the pocket. However, the edges are pasted on the side, leaving the top open. After thus preparing it, replace in your magazine. Now, when pretending to look around for something in which to wrap a watch or chain, etc., pick up the magazine, thumb thru it, and tear out this double sheet. To Use

Fold the bottom edge as Fig. 2, then fold once again, completing cornucopia, as Fig. 3. Place the article to be vanished in the secret pocket. Now open out paper, show on both sides, and article will have apparently vanished. V ANISHIN G W ATCH PULL Clock Spring Top

This is a standard vanisher on the market and can be bought in most magic shops. This is one of the most ideal vanishers for the disappearance of watches and etc. from the bare hands. This is recommended where it is necessary to vanish an article and leave you hands entirely empty. The Vanishing Watch Pull is made of black cloth, slightly larger than a watch, just looks like a small black bag, but it has a strip of clock spring sewn to the top edge, on each side of bag, so that the bag always remains closed, because of the tendency of clock spring to remain straight. However, when the sides of b ag are squeezed together, the bag is open. Thus an article is dropped in bag, and as soon as dropped in and pressure re­ leased from sides, it will not fall out. Being attached to an elastic, it is used as any other kind of vanisher. L O O P W ATCH

Here is a principle that has many possibilities. The idea has been applied to coins very successfully. Obtain a piece of catgut and tie a loop so it will hang with freedom on your first finger; Catgut being invisible on your skin 60

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lends the loop watch to many possibilities of concealment. loop to ring of watch, so it will not move around, Fig. 3.


Here are a few suggestions: For Vanish

Grasp the watch as Fig. 3b, with the loop around first finger. The left hand places a handkerchief over watch. While thus con­ cealed, the watch is allowed to drop on the back of hand, and the handkerchief is lifted by the center as though holding watch, and placed between first finger and thumb. The left hand suddenly grasps a corner and pulls handkerchief away, watch apparently has vanished, both hands are seen empty, and handkerchief is shown back and front. Right hand can be lowered to the side, and watch produced from knee. A dded Suggestion:

Use Flash Paper, instead of a handkerchief, pretend to wrap watch in paper, allowing it to drop on back of hand, and hold bunched up paper between first finger and thumb. Touch cig­ arette to paper and it vanishes, leaving your empty hand in view. The effect is startling. DEVIL HANDKERCHIEF

Another tried and true method for the vanishment of small ar­ ticles such as ball, eggs, and very good for watches. While this is a standard article, and on the market, would sug­ gest you have one made of some fine innocent looking pattern. The standard variety is made of bandana and looks pretty horrible. The Devil Handkerchief is really made of two handkerchiefs, sewn all around the edge, and a slit made in the center. Thus an article placed in the opening while pretending to wrap it in the center, goes inside the double handkerchief. You may allow someone to hold it, and when ready for the vanish, all you need do is yank the handkerchief from his hand. An improved method has the opening on one of the edges, so that the handkerchief may be shown on both sides even at close quarters. Be sure the handkerchief selected has an all over pat­ tern so it conceals the bulge of the vanished article. C H A N G IN G BAG

This is the best utility apparatus by far for the vanishing of say a watch and chain, and for the exchange of articles. The bag is really made double, having two compartments. The long handle makes it appear impossible to touch the contents of the bag, however the handle is responsible for the change, a mere twist opens or closes either compartment. This is a standard apparatus and is sold in most regular magic shops. 61

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We highly recommend this method for the apparent visible van­ ish of a watch from the hand, leaving hand empty. The hooked watch is used in several effects and suggest you have one made, or make it yourself as it is very simple. Merely cut off part of a needle point, and solder it to the back of watch, keeping it tilted at an angle so that it will "catch" easily when brushed against the clothing, etc. Fig. 6, Page 62. To Perform:

Hold watch in the right hand, between first finger and thumb (dial toward audience) in front of body. , Now open hand outward to the .side of body, this brings the back of watch to audience, bring your hand downward with a long sweep of the hand. Now bring the hand upward, and as you do so "brush" the watch against the clothes, which will engage the "hook" thus catching it on the clothes, where it is left, and hand continues upward, but it closes so that when hand somes in view of audience closed hand conveys the impression that watch is still in the hand. Slowly open the hand and show it empty. The purpose of the hand coming up closed is to misdirect them from thinking that you got rid of watch in any pocket. PAPER BA G VANISHER

A simple inexpensive method of vanishing watches, chains, etc. Made of two bags, a larger outer one and an inner small bag. Merely glue the smaller bag near the top, fold flat and place on table or chair. To Use:

Merely open bag, no need to show it empty, they will believe you. Drop the articles into the smaller bag, now fill larger bag with air, and crush it on hand. The broken b ag is evidence that the articles have vanished. Just crumple and toss aside (where you can get it later). W ATCH BAG

This is our old friend the egg bag. Suggest however you have it made up of black cloth so it forms a contrast to the watch. Also the bag will keep audience from associating it with the little "red bag." In construction one side is really double, and the inner wall is cut short from bottom about an inch. Fig. 8. To Use.

Turn bag inside out to show it ordinary and place watch inside of bgg, putting it under short wall, thus getting watch into the double side. Turn bag upside down, finally turning b ag inside out to prove it empty. 63

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