The performer spreads a handkerchief on the table and on the center of the handkerchief lays a borrowed match. The handkerchief is folded over it two or three times, and then, picking up the match through the folds of the linen, the performer breaks it into four pieces. Every one is satisfied that there is no deception about this; the match is unmistakably broken. Yet on opening the handkerchief, the match is found to be as sound as at first. Nor is it to be wondered at, for in the hem of the handkerchief the performer has concealed a second match, and this it is he breaks.