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Magician's Arsenal, Professional Tricks of the Trade

Magician's Arsenal, Professional Tricks of the Trade

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MAGIC TRICKS AND FUN TRICKS FOR TOTAL AMUSEMENT
MAGIC TRICKS AND FUN TRICKS FOR TOTAL AMUSEMENT

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The following three devices are used to fire a ball
of flash paper into the air. Before you tamper with
the shell, it is very important that you remove the
lead shot. Open the shell with a nonmetallic object,
such as pencil, from the front and pour out the shot.
The shell is still dangerous at this point. There have
been many cases where people have been killed or
injured by blanks. Treat the shell as if it were still
loaded. Each of the three devices will be discussed
individually.

Figure 1 is an electrically fired shell. To make
it, you must take apart the entire shell, including
the primer. First remove the shot. Then put the
shell in a shotgun and fire it. This safely disables
the primer. Next remove the dead primer by
pushing it out from the inside with an ice pick,
thus leaving a hole in the shell. Then thread the
wire leads through this hole and out the other
end. Now hook a piece of fine Nichrome wire to

the leads. (Nichrome wire, usually called "Solar
Igniters," can be found in hobby shops. It is used
to ignite model rocket motors.) After this, pull
the leads back so the Nichrome rests on the
bottom of the shell. Now fill the shell with a little
gunpowder, about 3 to 5 grams, so the Nichrome
rests directly in the powder. I recommend
Pyrodex gunpowder. Now insert the spacer into
the shell and then a large ball of flash paper. The
paper should fit loosely.
From here it is very important to be careful.
Ensure that the switch is off, then hook the leads
to a battery and switch. I use a toggle switch, but
almost any sort of switch works. Radio Shack is
your best source for switches. You may want to
fire the shell by placing it in a 3/4-inch pipe with
a pipe cap. The leads will come through a small
hole in the pipe cap and then connect to the
battery and switch.

FIGURE 1

Nichrome

Wire

All three devices use 12-ga.
shotgun shells.

Ball of Flash Paper

Toggle Switch

WARNING: THE EFFECTS AND DEVICES IN THIS BOOK ARE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND SHOULD BE UNDERTAKEN
BY TRAINED PROFESSIONALS ONLY. THIS MATERIAL IS PRESENTED FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY.

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Figure 2 is simple to construct. After removing
the lead shot and inserting the flash paper, you
will need to poke a small hole in the plastic part
of the shell. Use a nonmetallic object such as a
pencil. Poke the hole just above the metal into the
gunpowder portion of the shell. Now insert a

fuze directly through the hole into the powder.

All that is left is to light the fuze and set it

upright. You may wish to have some sort of a
timer to light the fuze. A simple 5-to-7 minute
fuze can be a cigarette hooked to the fuze, as in
the illustration.

FIGURE 2

Cigarette

5-7 Minute Delay

Ball of Flash Paper

1/16" Hole in Shell (in the plastic)

Fuze

Figure 3 is a device that is to be thrown or
dropped on a hard, flat surface. Construct the
basic device as above. You then glue a BB or
small ball bearing to the primer and connect cloth

streamers to the other end. To detonate the de-

vice, throw the shell up in the air and it should
land on the BB, which will fire the shell. This
device is dangerous because you do not know in
which direction or at which exact angle the shell

will fire. Be careful.

FIGURE3

Cloth Streamers

BB Glued to Primer (use water-
based adhesive, as solvents in

many glues will kill primer

compunds)

Ball of Flash Paper

WARNING: THE EFFECTS AND DEVICES IN THIS BOOK ARE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND SHOULD BE UNDERTAKEN
BY TRAINED PROFESSIONALS ONLY. THIS MATERIAL IS PRESENTED FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY.

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