By Val Le-Val
Val Le Val - what can I say about
him? I have known Val for many years. He is a member of the Paisley magic
club for many years more than I care to say. He is also a past president
of S.A.M.S. and a very dear friend of mine. He also invents miracles from
time to time. It took some arm twisting to get this effect from him. This
is a variation of a trick Val saw and he then altered the handling to suit
his own needs. I hope you like it .This is based on a effect by Sam Dalal.
A solid metal finger ring is
shown, a piece of cord is knotted on to the ring with a hitch knot, the
ring is then placed over a handle of a teaspoon, it is then covered over
with a handkerchief, a spectator holds the handle of the teaspoon through
the handkerchief, the performer pulls on the cord, pulling the ring
completely through the handle of the spoon and the ring is still securely
tied to the cord. The spectator now holds an end of the cord in each hand
with the ring still firmly attached to the centre of the cord, the ring is
now covered over with the handkerchief and the ring released.
This is a two phase effect. The
idea of using the cord was suggested to me by Roy Walton which I think
enhances the effect greatly.
A finger ring, a teaspoon, a
piece of cord or shoelace, which can be borrowed, also you will require a
gents pocket handkerchief (opaque as possible) You will also need a piece
of toupee tape which has a stronger tack than double sided cellotape.
will have to gimmick the handkerchief first (fig.1) take a piece of toupee
tape, approx (2.5cm) which you stick to the handkerchief 5 or 6 inches
down from one corner towards the center of the handkerchief, with trial
and error and the spoon hanging down under the handkerchief from the
center, the tape should be about level, with the base of the handle where
the bowl starts. This is all the preparation you will have to do. Keep the
backing on the tape until you are ready to perform.
With borrowed ring, shoelace, and the spoon to hand you are ready to
perform. Thread the ring on to the shoelace by making the hitch knot (see
2. Place the ring over the handle of
the spoon, take the handkerchief from your pocket and holding the spoon
and the ring at the bowl placing it under the handkerchief ,as you as you
draw the handkerchief over the spoon make sure the ring comes in contact
with the tape.
You now draw the spoon away from the
ring and place the tip of the handle approximately center of the
handkerchief the bowl of the spoon should now be about level with the
ring, at this point you should be able to shake the spoon slightly to
verify that the ring is on the spoon. Now hand the spoon through the
handkerchief to the spectator to hold, make sure he holds it tight because
you are going to give the shoelace a tug to release the ring.
Hand the shoelace with the ring
still attached to the spectator to hold each end of the shoelace, it is
now covered with the handkerchief. You now push the ring through the hitch
to release the ring.
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