Excerpt from The Spirit Paintings
A second canvas is next selected by the same method as followed with the first, and is carried to the foot-lights and the shadow cast by the hand noted. While this demonstration is taking place, assistant N o. 1 retires with the three unselec... ted, to wing N o. 1 against which they are allowed to rest, allowing approximately three-quarters Of the, surfaces to be exposed to the audience. While assistant No. 1 is apparently adjusting the canvases, assistant No. 2, who is off stage at wing No. 1 holding the first subject to be materialized, face away from the audience pushes forward his, and steals away the hindmost canvas.
Simultaneously assistant N o. 1 picks up this subject canvas and walks toward frame and shadow box, in an apparently careless manner, yet concealing the subject by holding it in front of her. This canvas is put in the frame face against the face of the one already placed. While assistant No. 1 is walk ing towards the frame the performer with the selected canvas, goes to wing No. 1 where it is placed across the ends of the two which remain at that point.
Performer and assistant now lift the frame into the shadow box. (subject is now at the rear.) This move throws subject into the traveling carriage. The hooks (fig. II-CC) are dropped or adjusted so that they fall between canvas and framework along the side. This move has locked the subject securely in the carriage, while the left hand hooks frame to shadow box. (use [ap] Fig. I for entrance to interior). The subject is now ready to be drawn to the rear of the shadow box by assistant No. 2 by means of the controller. He now pulls the string drawing the carriage to the rear of the box so that when the lights are all pulled off with the exception of the ¿ood there will be no image cast on the front canvas. This much accomplished N o. 1 repairs to a property pedestal or table and procures a tray hear ing labels, postals and pencils.
The performer states that he now requires identification marks, 'and that for this purpose he will use gummed labels autographed by members of the audience. Accordingly he goes into the audience to obtain the signatures. These procured he returns to the stage and hands them to No. 1. No. 2 proceeds immediately to the shadow box in which rest the two canvases selected, one at front, subject at rear. In his journeyample opportunity is presented to enable her to shift the two autographed labels for two dummies. One dummy is pasted on the top rail of the canvas now facing the audience while the second is pasted on the second selected canvas at the wings. The two autographed labels are now in the possession of the assist ant and are, at the proper time, to be applied to the painted can vases.
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