The magician places the pencil in the tube, places the end caps on it and then shakes the tube ‘to put the fluence on the pencil’. When the magician removes the pencil from the tube, he is able to balance the pencil on its end. The spectator examines everything and repeats the process, but cannot get the pencil to stand up. However, the magician succeeds every time. Once the possession of Cambridge magician Claude Perry. A Davenport advertisement for this effect is also illustrated.

We are grateful to Paul Freeman who has given us permission to include this PDF version of his talk, which he has given in England and Austria between 2008 and 2011. Paul relates the interesting and often surprising ways in which magicians have ended up with a well-known stage name.