A version of this trick
was performed by David Blaine on his television special
Effect: The magician takes a small amount of cigarette ash and rubs it onto the spectators clenched fist until it disappears. He then
says some magic words and asks the spectator to open their fist to
reveal that the ash has penetrated onto their palm.
Preparation: Put some ash on your middle finger before
performing the trick.
Method: Tell the spectator to stand in front of you and hold
their hands out towards you, palms down. Tell them to come a little
closer and physically grab their hands to gently pull the person a
little closer. At the same time touch their palm lightly with the ash
on your middle finger. Ask them to close
theiir fist and then take a small amount of ash from an ashtray which you place on the back of their fist and rub in until it disappears. You can then say some
magic words and ask them to open their hands to see that the ash seems
to have penetrated their fist.
This trick can get a really good reaction but should only be
performed once or the spectators will get wise.
| 1) Put ash on finger.
||2) Spectator holds out hands.
|| 3) Place ash in spectators palm.
|4) Rub ash on spectator's fist.
||5) Spectators opens hand to reveal ash.