Having made two visits to India, I should be lacking in my duty to the fraternity if I failed to record the result of my personal investigation of the traditional miracle.
He gave me a good hour’s entertainment for the money, ingeniously contrived from such properties as an industrious person can collect from a day’s tour of domestic rubbish heaps. Then I asked him, "What about the Mango Tree Trick?" The Mango Tree Trick he informed me, was an affair of a higher power, and he recommended me to his uncle. Regardless of the cost, I duly engaged the uncle, and a venerable old gentleman, with another sack of castaway trifles, responded to the call. A very pleasant hour passed in the exhibition of exactly the same show that I had already seen (wherein I observed the similarity of habit between the wizards of the East and of the West); and then came the Mango Tree Trick complete - all except the mango. I asked about the fruit, but was told that it was not in season - from which one gathers that even the far-famed magic of the East has its limitations.
Credits: Nikola, Louis
The Secret behind this trick
And now I will explain the guarded secret behind this trick. The rope is hollow in its center. The basket has a hole in the bottom. It sits on a large plate 4 feet in diameter with a 4-inch hole in the center. The plate covers a pit which is 4 feet in diameter and 4 feet deep, with an assistant crouching in it. In the floor of this hole is another hole only about 4 inches in diameter, but some 15 feet deep, containing a long pole. Assistant pulls end of rope down hole, slips it onto the pole like a condom, then pushes the pole up through the hole.