Posted by: chung on Jan 17, 2010
NONE of the principles employed in this clever combination are new, but, as the audience only sees the surface of a trick, the effect is none the worse on that account. If this surface is properly camouflaged, the closer one sticks to the time-tried methods the better.
The performer takes one of the leaves from an advertising calendar, tears off a corner and gives it to one of the audience to hold. Then he tears the remainder of the leaf into strips, which he rolls into a ball, saying: "There's another month gone, how time flies!" Holding the ball at the tips of the fingers of the left band, he picks up a fan from the table with the right and fans the strips, at the same time working the ball open with the fingers. He then lays the fan on the table and straightens out the paper, showing the leaf restored. He passes it to the spectator who holds the piece torn from the corner, who fits it in place and reports that the fit is perfect. He then pretends that someone looks suspicious, and, turning to him says: "I see, sir, that you suspect some trickery on my part, but you wrong me, you really do. I assure you that I am as innocent as an unusually young babe. You think that I kept this original sheet and tore up another. Now just to make you regret all the rest of your life that you so wrong fully mistrusted a fellow mortal, I'm going to sacrifice another month of our all too short life by again tearing this into bits." He proceeds exactly as before, returns to his table, picks up the fan and fans his right hand while walking back toward the audience. Then he straightens it out and again has the corner fitted.
Turning to the suspicious spectator he says, "Sir, I shall expect a public apology from you. Otherwise my second will call on you in the morning."
Three calendar leaves are used, which should be about five by six inches in size and all of the same month. Put two of these together and hold up to the light, taking care that the figures lie exactly one over another. If the edges of the paper are not even, trim with scissors so that the two are exactly alike. Then, holding these close together, tear off a corner. If this is carefully done one of the torn corners will fit either of the leaves. Lay one of the corners on your table and throw the other away. Over the torn corner lay a complete calendar, the top leaf of which must be the same as the prepared ones. One of the prepared leaves is rolled up into a ball and concealed under the vest on the right side, and the other treated in the same way and hidden in the bend of the left elbow.
To begin the trick, pick up the calendar and at the same time the torn corner, which is held against the back at the top, with the left hand, and with the right tear off the leaf, slip it under the left thumb, which is on the front, and draw the calendar away. This will leave the leaf in the left hand with the torn corner held against the back. Now tear off a corner of the leaf, being sure that it is the same corner as that torn from the hidden leaves, and making the tear as near like the original as possible. Pass the leaf to the right hand, at the same time shifting the corners, retaining the one just torn off in the left hand and substituting the hidden one. While the left hand is behind the leaf making the change, crush the last torn corner into a pellet and get rid of it at the first opportunity by dropping it on the floor. Give the other corner to a spectator to hold, and then tear the leaf into strips, roll into a ball and hold at the tips of the fingers of the left hand. Then draw up the sleeve, seemingly to show that the ball does not "go up the sleeve," but really to get possession of the ball concealed in the bend of the elbow.
Pretend to pass the ball from the left to the right hand, but really palm it at the root of the left thumb and show the prepared one in its place. Then, as you pick up the fan, drop the ball on your serviette or, if you use a black art table, into the pocket. In the absence of both of these, have the fan lying on top of a couple of books and drop the ball behind them. Fan out the leaf as described above and pass it to the person holding the torn corner. Of course it will be found to fit perfectly.
Now tear the second leaf as described above, turn and go to your table for the fan. With your back to the audience, get the ball from under the vest and hold it up high where all can see it; at the same time slip the torn pieces under the vest on the other side, and finish as already described.