There is a way of doing this trick, which is referred to here, that will puzzle many of those who know the old method. Before beginning, the performer rolls a sheet of cigarette paper into a tiny ball and with a little bit of wax sticks it on the nail of his right thumb. He can now show his hands, seemingly empty. Taking a fresh sheet he tears it to bits. These he rolls into a ball and bringing the thumbs and forefingers together takes the whole piece from the thumbnail and for it substitutes the torn bits. It is a simple matter then to open the whole sheet slowly and show the hands with the fingers spread wide open.