A Surprise Opening Effect.By J. F. Orrin, A.I.M.C.
The performer fills a tumbler three-parts full with milk, drinking alittle to prove that it is the real thing. He then places the glass of milk on a plate and covers it with a cardboard cylinder. Placing one handbeneath the plate and the other on top of the cylinder, he suddenlyturns the whole lot upside down--then removes the plate and spins thecylinder on his wand. The glass and milk have vanished. The vanish isso sudden and unexpected that, if worked as an opening effect, itcannot fail to make a deep impression on the minds of the spectators.
The apparatus may seem rather formidable considering the simplicityof the effect, but a good opening trick is worth a little trouble and Ihave reason to believe that it is justified in this case. The itemsrequired comprise: a plate, a plate-stand, two tumblers (one faked asdescribed later) and a cardboard "Ghost" tube.The plate is unprepared.The plate-stand is madeof wood, shaped asillustrated, and isdesigned to hold the platein a perpendicularposition. One of thetumblers is unpreparedbut the other is faked. Inthe first place it isbottomless; in additionthe inside is covered, towithin about one and ahalf inches of the top, with cream coloured paper, which is pasted on;lastly, sundry stains are painted on the inside of the tumbler, above thepaper, with Chinese white water-colour paint. One of these stainscomes right up to the top of the tumbler. At a distance of a few feetthis fake cannot be distinguished from a tumbler of milk from which
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