The trick that
fooled Patrick Page.
A,G. who says he invented
this trick told me that he showed it to the late Patrick Page and Patrick
admitted that he had not got a clue as to how it was done. I have shown it
to three good magical friends who have an excellent knowledge of magic and,
even with my own inept handling and lack of skill, they have all been
fooled. It is an incredibly simple effect to perform. You have two long
safety pins; one is red and the other the normal silver colour. A borrowed
ring (unfeked obviously) is placed on the on the free arm of the red safety
pin and the pin genuinely closed. The two safety pins are held between your
hands and your hands separate and the ring has travelled to the plain safety
pin. The pins have not been feked mechanically in any way and the principle
used is well known to magicians but it has never been applied to safety pins
The pins do not have extra
openings or slits and sleights are not needed. If you want to enhance the
effect then you can use some sleights but they are not really necessary at
all. It is a fooler and I love it. The props are not that well made but the
fact is that this is something special and well worth performing if you like
to puzzle your audiences.
Put a borrowed ring on the
red pin and lock it. Hold the two safety pins between your hands for a
moment and zap when you open your hands the ring has moved to the silver
pin. Almost self working and priced at £17.50 and would be much more if the
props were better quality ... but whatever ... they work!
For a similar mentalism
effect see Malarky.