THE STRONG CIGARETTE
From More Secrets, 1933.
The performer borrows a cigarette, then shows a piece of ribbon with a loop at one end and a small hook at the other. He now attaches an examined weight to the hook on the end of the tape. Holding the cigarette at the extreme end with his fingers and thumb, he slips the loop over the other end. The weight is seen to be suspended from the top of the cigarette, yet it does not break. The loop is removed and the cigarette is given back to the lender with the remark that it is too strong for you.
A weight (just heavy enough to be lifted by the thread), a piece of ribbon about two feet long with a small loop at one end and a small hook at the other. Attach a thread to the hook, this thread should be longer than the ribbon used. Tie the free end of the thread to one of your vest buttons, place the ribbon and hook in one of your vest pockets allowing the thread to hang free. You are now ready to perform.
Borrow a cigarette and allow anyone to handle the weight.
Remove the ribbon with hook from your pocket and attach the weight to the hook.
You now take hold of the end of the ribbon with the loop and place the loop over the tip of the cigarette, at the same time allowing the thread, which you will remember was attached to your vest button, to take the strain of the ribbon. See illustration (sorry about poor quality).
weight apparently by the end of the cigarette for a moment or so, then take the loop off
the cigarette and return it. Remove the weight, coil up the ribbon and replace in vest