Magic Trick: A Traveling Wand

Before he attempts to exhibit this trick, the performer makes a case of stiff black paper, just large enough to allow his wand to slide in it. It must look as much like the wand as possible and be open at each end. Silver paper at each end, somewhat like the caps or ferrules, generally seen on the ends of a conjurer's wand, add to the illusion. Slipping his wand into this, he tucks both under one arm and comes before his audience. Taking two pieces of thin wrapping paper, each about ten inches wide and four inches longer than his wand, he rolls them in the shape of a tube, and closing the ends of one gives it to some one to hold. Before this, however, he lays both on his table and in doing this (?) accidentally drops his wand on the floor, thus testifying to its solidity, without calling special attention to it. As he picks it up, he pushes it an inch or so out of the case. Then taking one tube he puts his wand inside, presumably to see that it is the proper length. When he apparently takes out the wand, he really pulls out the case, leaving the real wand in the tube, which he immediately closes and hands to his volunteer assistant. The imitation wand is put into the other tube and that he closes. Calling the attention of the audience to the disposition of the tubes, he says: "The tube that the gentleman holds is empty, while mine contains the wand. Now see the result when I cry Go." As he says this he crushes the tube that he holds, affording indisputable evidence that it is empty, and asks the person who holds the other to open it, when the wand will be found inside.

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