Magic Trick: The Mysterious Knots

First Method. Three silk handkerchiefs are thrown over the back of a chair. Picking them up, one by one, with the left hand and transferring them to the right, the performer throws them in the air, and when they come down they are knotted together, as shown in Fig. 109. To fasten these together a tiny, thin rubber band is slipped around a corner of each handkerchief before the three are thrown in the air. Again they are bunched together, the rubber band is quietly slipped off, and when they come down the second time they are separate. In order to have the rubber band in such position that it may be easily and readily slipped on the handkerchiefs a little piece of apparatus, as shown in Fig. 110, will be found very useful. It consists of a little brass plate, measuring one and one-half inches square, having four arms, an inch in length, one at each corner, and it is over these arms that the band is stretched. On the reverse side of the plate are four strong pins, so that it may be stuck on the back of a chair, as near the top as possible. The handkerchiefs are thrown over the back of the chair, and as the performer picks them up, his first and second fingers go into the band and after that his thumb also is put inside, and he is now prepared to slip the band on the corners of the handkerchiefs at any moment.

Fig. 109

Fig. 110

Second Method. Three handkerchiefs of different colors are tied together with a slip knot, made as follows: The corners of two handkerchiefs, A and B, are taken between the thumb and first finger of the left hand, as shown in Fig. 111. With the right hand the corner B is turned down so that it hangs between the first and second fingers of the left hand. It is then turned to the left, and the first finger is withdrawn from the loop thus formed. Corner A is now turned to the right, and when the corners meet again at the other side of the loop (nearest the body) they are tied together. The knot so formed may be undone with a slight pull. When the three handkerchiefs are tied together in this way, they are laid on a table with the knots in position, as shown in Fig. 112. They are then placed close together. The audience, of course, know nothing of these preparations. The handkerchiefs lying on the table, as in Fig. 112, are picked up with the left hand concealing the knots; the ends being entirely free gives them the appearance of three unconnected handkerchiefs. They are rolled into a ball and thrown in the air, and when they fall, it is seen that they are tied together in a long string. Then they are crumpled up once more, the knots are released by a slight pull, and when they are again thrown in the air, they come down separately.

Fig. 111

Fig. 112

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