The Modest Scotsman
The conjuror invites three Scotsmen wearing kilts on to the stage. A pair of heavy duty industrial strength pants are supplied. The conjuror is blindfolded. One of the Scotsman is asked to pull on the pants and then to readjust his kilt to look natural.
Once this has been done, the blindfold is removed. It seems impossible to know which Scotsman is wearing the pants without the aid of a mirror on a stick, but...
Within a few seconds the conjuror identifies the modest Scotsman upon which all three kilts are raised and the truth is revealed.
WHAT YOU NEED
- A large pair of heavy duty industrial strength pants with a convenience hole.
- A large ice cube
Take the pants and sew up the convenience hole from the inside.
Prior to the performance, the ice cube should be inserted into the outside of the convenience hole. A convenient way of fixing the cube into the pants is to dampen the ice cube slightly and then put the loaded pants in a freezer for a few hours before the trick is due to commence.
Perform the trick as explained above and once the pants have been put on by one of your volunteers, remove your blindfold. After a few moments of light conversation, look down at the floor beneath the Scotsmen. The one standing in a small puddle of water is the one wearing the pants.
- When selecting volunteers for this trick be sure only to pick true men of the Northern Highlands. Although many other men enjoy flaunting their Scottish ancestry by wearing the kilt, only a genuine Scotman is capable of donning the prepared pants without noticing anything amiss.
- If performing in America or Canada, despite the large number of kilted men, it is unlikely that any are true Scots. Therefore instead of putting an ice cube in the pants, you may wish to use this alternative method. Make sure the pants are brown, and then smear matching brown boot polish inside the back of the pants. This will be undetectable as the pants are pulled on, but a quick glance at the back of the legs for brown smudges will identify the wearer.