|Here is a very easy
effect that I have just begun to perform – ideal for Christmas. I
found the story and immediately saw the possibilities.
In those days it was customary for people in the villages to take gifts to the Baby Jesus at Christmas Eve. Little Maria, a poor peasant girl had no gift, but she did so want to enter the church and see the Baby Jesus in His crib.
She stood outside, watching others as they entered, carrying their gifts. Some took food, some took crochet and lacework. Others carried flowers. But little Maria had nothing. One lady passed her with a huge bundle of flowers in her arms. As she walked by, a leaf fell from the enormous bunch and landed at Maria’s feet (1) She picked it up and thought, "I will take this leaf".
Others saw Maria pick up the leaf and smiled as she carefully wrapped it in her small handkerchief (2) And then, clutching her tiny gift, Maria entered the church. She took her place at the end of the line of people waiting to make their offerings. Then at last, it was Maria’s turn. She stretched out her arm and carefully opened her fingers to place the leaf on the altar in front of the crib.
There was a gasp from the adults who had seen Maria fold the leaf into her tiny handkerchief. For as her fingers separated (3) , it was seen that the little peasant girl was now holding a beautiful flower. The miraculous bloom was formed like a star with brilliant scarlet leaves.
Word of the miracle spread quickly through the church and people fell to their knees. The gift of the Poinsettia came to be known as "The Flower of the Holy Night".
I am left-handed and I begin with the small poinsettia and thumb-tip held in my left hand - fairly tightly closed. The silk handkerchief is in my left trouser pocket and the leaf is in my right-hand. Begin the story:
show the leaf and drop it on the ground, then pick it up as
Simple though this is, it produces a BIG reaction so don’t sell it short.
N.B. Just a quick word on stealing thumb-tips. I have NEVER stolen a thumb-tip away with my thumb! I believe that it is most unnatural to do so. I poke the silk (or whatever) a couple of times with my fore-finger, once with my third finger, once again with my fore-finger and then STEAL the tip away with my second finger. Just as you do with a silk dye-tube. I will sometimes have a further prod with my fore-finger after the tip has gone. But NEVER with my thumb! – I just thought I would mention it.
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