Make a Pen Disappear

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Never Mind Invisible Ink – How About An Invisible Pen?

If you’re wearing a jacket or long sleeved shirt then a pen and a handkerchief (clean one please – you are a performer on stage after all) are all you need to convince an audience that you can make things disappear.

Show the pen to the audience; let them examine it, even write with it, to prove it’s an ordinary pen. Do the same with the handkerchief; show both sides, crumple it up. Even let the audience examine it closely, so let’s hope it’s really clean!

Next , hold the pen in one hand pointing it upwards. Then drape the handkerchief over the pen and cover the whole of the hand holding the pen.

With all this movement going on: it’s time for the trick. Let the pen slip down your sleeve and stick your finger upwards. With the handkerchief covering your hand, your finger will look like the pen.

With your free hand grab your upwards pointing finger through the handkerchief and tell your audience that the pen is still there. Then say some magic words: “Magic Mister Murray, can conjure smells after curry!” will do but feel free to make up your own incantation.

Finally, pull the handkerchief away from your hand and immediately spread open your hand to reveal an empty hand and a disappeared pen.

Sorry, but I’ve yet to learn any subtle or magical way of making the pen appear again!

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