X-Treme Effect: Using my new T-Shirt Magic
(see The Wizards' Journal #7),
I produce two 18" white silks and stuff them into my side
jeans pockets with the ends hanging out. They stay in plain view
there until the end of the routine. Note: you don't have
to do the T-shirt production of the white silks. Just produce two
white silks according to your favorite method.
Now I produce the large 36" heart silk, looking
something like the diagram on the left, only a little fancier
with designs and colors. Check the Dollar stores and you'll find
all sorts of Valentine themed designs. I use another T-shirt silk
production method to produce the large heart silk- and again, you
can use any production you like. The silk is not gimmicked in any
Now I have a young lady from the audience take the silk, and
holding it for her on a large piece of stiff cardboard, I hand
her a blue or green magic marker and have her print her name in
large letters across the silk (as shown in diagram two).
Professor Spellbinder said when he saw me do this the first time,
his heart fluttered, remembering what 36 inch silks used to cost
when he was my age. He told me that's the reason why he didn't
invent this trick first!
I have her place the signed silk into a transparent red
plastic see-through candy box that I found in the Dollar store.
You can see the silk in the box at all times up until the end.
When the young lady places the silk in the box, I show her how to
push an end of the silk out of each hole. Then the top is put on
and transparent cellophane tape is wrapped around the box to seal
The young lady stands off to the side, holding the box
containing the heart silk. In the meantime, I get a box of
Valentine chocolates and entertain her with a version of the Four
Traveling Balls (Tarbell - Volume 1), only using chocolates
and the two white silks from my pockets as the covers. This trick
is optional and you can substitute any other magic trick in this
I ask the young lady to prove that her signed heart silk is
still in the container by pulling it out by one of the ends and
showing it to the audience. To her (and the audience's)
amazement, the heart silk has been vandalized! The hearts have
been cut out of the design, leaving only large holes. Her
signature is not there.
I "accuse" her of destroying the scarf.
"That's not the scarf I gave you for Valentine's day! You
don't love me anymore!" I hold up the scarf so all can see
the open holes. "Where's the scarf I gave you?"
Naturally, she doesn't know. I ask her to pull on one of the
white handkerchiefs sticking out of my pockets. It doesn't matter
which one. When she pulls on the handkerchief, it comes out with
the original signed silk tied to it, and it is also knotted to
the other white silk which vanishes into one pocket and comes out
the other. In addition to her original signature, she sees that I
have somehow magically added my own so that it now reads as shown
in the third diagram above. I get a hug from my volunteer and
give her the scarf as a souvenir.
Regular Effect: Produce the two
white silks, and push one into each pants pocket, leaving the
ends hanging out. Produce the heart silk, then vanish it using
your favorite means. Have someone pull on either of the white
silks sticking out of your pockets and out comes the chain of
three knotted silks- white silk, heart silk, other white silk
(which is pulled into the opposite pants pocket and comes out of
the pocket they are pulling the silks from). Easy to do, nothing
X-Treme and you can do it again and again using the same
ungimmicked silks (not in the same show, of course!).