D.O.S. (DEAD ON STAGE)
Astound your friends and family with these magical marvels
EFFECT: Invite a spectator on stage to take your pulse and count each beat out loud, steady and strong. “And now for an astonishing demonstration,” you announce. “The technique is rarely seen today. But after years of practice, I’ve mastered it.” The spectator, counting aloud, slows as the magician’s pulse is slowing. Then it stops. “Check again…to be sure,” you say in a weak voice. Repeated attempts to locate the pulse fail. As if snapping out of a trance, you click your fingers, and the pulse steadily returns to normal, apparently thumping at its usual pace after only ten seconds or so. You are back from the dead! PREPARATION: Place a small, hard rubber ball (or a balled-up handkerchief) in the pit of whichever arm your spectator will take your pulse. Hold there loosely. PERFORMANCE: Once you’ve found a spectator who can take a pulse, proceed as above. Have her locate your pulse on your wrist and call out each beat of your heart so that everyone can hear. As you deliver your monologue, increase the pressure on the ball in your armpit. Your pulse will apparently begin to slow and should be reflected by the counting. Eventually, if enough pressure is exerted, your pulse will be impossible to find (on the wrist she is holding). To restore your pulse, gradually relax your pressure on the ball. Once “revived”, take a bow – if you’ve the strength.