Friday, August 31, 2007

Trick #5: The Vanishing Knot

Make a knot disappear from a rope or handkerchief, even a borrowed one!

REQUIREMENTS: One handkerchief or woman's scarf.
A soft rope can also be used.
Here's another classic effect! To perform this trick you must twirl a handkerchief into a ropelike shape, and then hold it between the index and middle fingers of each hand, palms up, as shown in Figure 1.
Take the end in your right hand (if you are right handed) and lay it between the thumb and forefinger of the left hand, as in Figure 2.

In Figure 2 you are still holding onto part of the handkerchief with your right hand. Use your right hand to position that part of the hankerchief between the second and third fingers of the left hand, as you reach through the loop with your right hand and grasp the closest dangling end (Figure 3).

Pull that end through the loop, being certain to keep your grip on the part of the handkerchief between the left second and third fingers (Figure 4). As you pull the end through with your right hand, you will notice a loop forms around your left middle finger. Withdraw your finger, leaving the loop hidden behind the knot, and display the hanging knot as in Figure 5.
Now, blow on the knot while giving it a gentle shake, or while pulling lightly on the free end with the other hand, and the knot will disappear into thin air!

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