Magician Alan Alan shows us the secrets behind some simple tricks - try the pencil one!
Brief shots show magician Alan Alan hanging upside-down from a burning rope - see CP 252 - Burning Rope Escapologist for full details (*PM0097*).
We then see Alan at a table, showing us several magic / conjuring tricks. He does some slight of hand tricks with four playing cards; they are all blank until a joker appears on one of them and the reverse changes from a red pattern to a blue one.
He then shows us how to do some tricks, with the help of actress Maria Leonard. The first is to take a piece of paper from beneath a penny balancing on the edge of a glass, without the coin falling; Maria tries and fails; Alan shows us you have to hold the end of the paper and tap down smartly on the other end near the paper - it works!
The next set-up shows a sixpence under a glass that is held just above the surface of a tablecloth by two other coins under the glass rim. Alan scratches the tablecloth gently and the sixpence moves out from under the glass.
Alan shows us how to do a pencil 'juggling' trick - it is very hard to do, even in slow motion - I have tried!