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nm A G I all C the well- In which are given clear and concise explanations of I known illusions. as well as many new ones here presented for the first time By • / ! ^ : ELLIS STANYON Author of " Card Tricks. EVANS WW Philadelphia* & The Penn Publishing 1903 Company ." etc. WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY HENRY R.

Copyright 1901 by The Penn Publishing Company .



the British In the tended against Moses and Aaron. unquestionably a hypnotic feat. which contains an account of a magical seance given by a thaumaturgist named Tchatcha-em-ankh beKing Khufu. The pagan priesthood attained a wonderful profi- . The temples of Egypt. shows hypnotism to be old. conPharaoh. c. 3766. while the experiment with the lion. In this manuscript " He knoweth how it is stated of the magician : to bind on a head which hath been cut off. It has been known under various names. Jannes Hatural Magic.Preface The art of pretended magic dates back to the remotest antiquity. B. and Prestidigitation. Greece veritable storehouses of and Eome were magic and mystery." The decapitation trick is thus no new thing. and he fore knoweth how to make a lion follow him as if led by a rope. such as White Magic. of magicians and Jambres. Conjuring. Museum there is an Egyptian papyrus.

of ' . and undoing ing money into . . or counters into money. The list includes " swal- lowing a knife burning a card and reproducing it from the pocket of a spectator passing a coin from one pocket to another converting money . or vanish from a handkerchief tying a knot. . in Discoverie of Witchcraft. the ends of which are held fast by another person making corn to pass from one box to another.6 {preface In the Middle Ages magic was greatly in vogue. it words taking beads from a string. . in an improved form. . 4 power of words burning a thread and making it whole again pulling ribbons from the mouth thrusting a knife into the head or arm putting a ring through the cheek and cutting oif a person's head and restoring it to its former posi' . conjurers of his day. . enumerates the stock feats of the ciency in optical illusions. turning wheat into flour by the ' by the power . making a coin pass through a table. Keginald Scott. in 1584. Later on Nostradamus conjured up the vision of the future king of France for the benefit of the lovely Marie de Medicis. into counters. tion. . This illusion was accomplished by the aid of mirrors adroitly secreted amid hanging draperies. conveythe hand of another person." A number of these feats.

" and his autobiography makes fascinating reading. In the early part of the eighteenth century conjuring made considerable Men of education and address entered progress. He reformed the art by suppressing the suspiciously-draped tables of his predecessors. Torrini. He went still further in his innovations by adopting the evening dress of everyday life. In the year 1844. Philippe. sounding the death knell of double-bottomed boxes. The nobility of Paris flocked to the the great Pinetti perform. Bosco. substituting for these "clumsy confederate boxes " light and elegant tables and little gueridons. Eobert-Houdin. Paris. undraped. and a new era dawned for magic. .preface 7 survive to this day. the profession. and finally the king of conjurers. and apparatus which was too evidently designed for the magical disappearance and reappearance of objects. Houdin inaugurated his Fantastic Evenings at the Palais Eoyal. Houdin has well earned the title of "The Father of Modern Conjuring. thereby elevating it from the charlatanry of the strolling mountebank to the dignity of a theatrical performance. opera house to see Following him came Comte. instead of the flowing robes of many of the magicians of the old regime. His tricks were of a different order.

the most prolific as well as one of the cleverest He living writers. His excellent chapter on " AfterDinner Tricks " is particularly recommended as being within the province of almost any amateur who possesses a modicum of personal address and a fair amount of digital dexterity. tion to being a fascinating amusement has a pedagogical value. I have supplemented the work with chapters on " Shadowgraphy. it sharpens the mental faculties.8 preface Since Houdin's time. exposes have stimulated magicians to invent new tricks. and attention. I take pleasure in introducing readers. or imThe study of magic in addiprove old ones. comprehensive but concise manual on the subject of up-to-date tricks will be welcomed by especially those of observation A the student. on the subject of legerdemain. like the late Alexander HJerr- American manual Professor Stanyon is one of to . has done much to popularize the fascinating art of white magic. conjuring has strides." also a number of tricks which have proved " drawing cards" in the hands of American conjurers. Professor Ellis Stanyon's capital on sleight-of-hand. made rapid The wide dissemination of literature on the subject and the consequent. admitted by all professors of psychology." and " Stage Illusions.

0.preface 9 mann. Fox. Doctor Elliott. etc. Washington. Adrian Plate and William E. Powell. Henry Ridgely Evans. Eobinson. I In the preparation indebted for many valuable hints to those dexterous and clever performers. . am of-hand. who are especially noted as inventive minds in the realm of pure sleightRobinson. Elliott. Plate. and living artists like Kellar. of the additional matter. D.


a natural consequence that you must never perform the same trick twice in the same evening. the chances of detection are increased tenfold. The first and foremost is. will the knowing what more readily arrive at the true method of bringing about the result.Magic CHAPTER I INTRODUCTION There are one or two leading principles to be borne in mind by any one taking up the study of magic. as the spectators. it as much as pos- and to bring it to a different conclusion. to expect. to repeat a trick study to vary sible. It is very unpleasant to have to refuse an encore and should you be called upon It follows as . If you do. Never tell the audience what you are going to do before you do it. There will generally be found more ways than 11 .

" but this is entirely erroneous. as can be proved by experiment. quiet. not cultivate quick movements. It is an axiom its conjuring that the best trick loses half on repetition. The deception really lies in the method of working the trick. you add greatly to the of the spectators." By this means. at the same time it will never do to be painfully slow but endeavor to present your tricks in an easy-going. It is impossible for the hand to move quicker than the eye can follow. but treat the matter as a good joke. It is generally un- amusement Do . graceful manner. as will be seen from a perusal of the following pages. instead of spoiling the entertainment. derstood that " the quickness of the hand deceives the eye. Should a hitch occur in t}ie carrying-out of the programme by the accidental dropping of an article. It is perfectly solid and does not stick. and in the ability of the performer in misdirection.12 flkZQiC one of working a particular in effect trick. and meet the difficulty with a smile. little well-arranged talk as an introductory A . or from any other cause. above all things do not get confused. you see I put it down there to show that it would go. making use of some such expression as the following: "Well.

if I have been able to afford you some slight amusement I feel amply rewarded." In doing. will suffice " Ladies and Gentlemen. in concluding my entertainment I have only to say that. which was but a secondary consideration. apart from deceiving you. not only to conjuring. something like the following. will be " Ladies and Genfound to prove a good finish tlemen. without which the clearest instruction would : of which the following be useless.IFntrofcuction 13 to an entertainment will be found to put you on few words. This applies. good terms with your audience. with your kind attention I shall endeavor to amuse you with a series A < of experiments in legerdemain. and upon the extent to which I am able to do so will depend my success. . so I to be distinctly understood that I shall At the close of an entertainment a is little speech. so the would-be magician may congratulate himself on the fact that the difficulties to surmount are not in excess of those of any other form of entertainment." In concluding these remarks I must enforce upon the novice the necessity for constant practice. an example. but equally well to any form of amusement. wish it do my best to deceive you.

as pochettes.. etc. They contain " loads " for hat tricks. the mouth of which is on a level with the is Where knuckles. These are sewn on rather full at the back of the thigh. known as a profonde. the ordinary dress coat is used. coins. known on the trousers. are lined with buckram. should be of a size large enough to contain a din- . — The usual attire of the modern magician is the conventional evening dress. or balls. There are also two pockets known as breast These pockets. one in each side of the coat. but I have known performers of the present day to adopt various fancy costumes. and covered by the tails of the coat they are useful to contain rings. two others. it The Dress. which are usually seven inches square. and slopes slightly to the side. also to vanish articles. pockets. are used are used to In addition to these pockets. eggs.14 /Ifcafifc Before proceeding to describe the various tricks will be well to notice one or two appliances of general utility. and sewn on rather to keep them constantly open. . each tail provided with a large pocket. or other small articles required in the course of the performance. such as watches. These full. on a level with the knuckles.

if not entirely. to prevent articles placed in them from falling out. and should be made with the bottom sloping a little toward the back. . tables of any description of conjurers of the present day. fancifully made for show.flnttofcuctton is ner plate.no performer with any pretensions to originality making use of them. In the case of fancy costumes the pockets. are very secondary articles in the stage settings Where they are t employed they are usually of the small round tripod pattern. Tables with traps and other mechanical ap- pliances are almost. out of date. and are used only for the purpose of an ordinary table. if must be arranged as the attire permits. as already described. doves. in fact. etc. — There are a great many tricks which can be performed without the aid of a special table. The breast pockets. If you perform in a dinner jacket.. The Table. required. the ordinary side pockets can be used for producing or vanishing the articles. or anylarge or cumbersome article required for magical production. can be retained. The opening should be in a perpendicular position one and a half inches from the edge of the coat. These are loaded with rabbits. .

16 ilfcaaic A taste neat little table can be made from a piece of board eighteen inches in diameter. together with the top. This forms one of the most compact tables possible. covered with red . Two of these tables will occupy very little more room than one. about two fit the socket of the stand. . and throwing a cloth over the whole. to The Servakte. and hung with fancy fringe to the legs taking the form of an ordinary music stand. The under-side of the table is fitted with a brass plate holding a pin. baize. It is also used to vanish articles as occasion may require. on which are placed articles to be magically produced in various ways. and placed. This is a secret shelf behind the performer's table. inches long. as the stand can be folded up into a small compass. and is greatly in vogue. They will generally be found to afford sufficient convenience for an evening's entertainment. In the absence of a specially prepared table a servante can be readily devised by pulling out the drawer at the back of any ordinary table about six inches. in a black canvas case for traveling. and they look well in pairs. the cloth being pushed well into th< drawer so as to form a pad to deaden the sound of — any article dropped into it.

is by covered with green baize. which carries & network as shown. a which will answer every purpose. conceal the presence of the drawer the table will but if the whole of the under side of the table. which can be arranged as required by small drawer. A the ingenuity of the performer. can be arranged by throwing a cloth over the table and pinning it up behind in the form of a bag. If servante. drawer included. In the case of the small round tripod tables. a made from a cigar box.•ffntro&uction 17 a table with a drawer cannot be obtained. description of one for use on a chair will be sufficient to give a clear idea of the construction of others. 1) of the same dimensions as the board. to prevent injury to any fragile it article that may come in contact with in the course of the performance. To this is screwed an iron frame (Fig. The frame. and pulled out The fringe decorating the edge of as required. and slightly padded on one side with cotton wool. it cannot be detected at a few paces. seven inches A piece of onefive inches. is screwed to the board in such a way that it will fold up flush with the . be painted black. can be attached to the under side of them. There are various forms of portable servantes for fixing to the back of a table or chair. half inch board.

18 /ftaaic same. The board is fitted with two brass eyelets for at- taching of it to the top rail an ordinary chair by means ( of two screw eyes or stout pins. the whole being. In addition to the prestige derived from the traditional properties of the is The use wand . however. answer the purpose equally of the regarded by the uninitiated as a mere affectation on the part of the performer. The frame carrying the net- work is prevented from opening too far by an iron bar screwed to the back of the woodwork. This is a light rod about fifteen inches long and one-half inch in diameter. when closed. well. but such is far from being the case. — a plain rod. To conceal The Servante the servante throw a fancy cloth over the back of the chair. under one inch in thickness. The Wand. with ivory tips will . Its uses are legion. usually of ebony. the sides of the frame being extended under this as shown.

UntxoDuction 19 the magician's it wand. It will thus be seen that the wand is of the utmost importance. the magician can seat his ful called . which has been the mystic emblem of power from time immemorial. is absolutely necessary for the successful carrying-out of stance. separated by folding-doors. sufficient room between them and the audience to enable the conjurer to execute the various exchanges. say in the right hand. as will be seen in the course of the present work. having many experiments. which effectually conceals. When upon to give an entertainment in a house. etc.. you lower that hand and take up the wand. the presence of the coin. where there are two adjoining parlors. For inpalmed a coin. The arrangeof the stage is now to be considered by the — amateur. in a perfectly natural manner. necessary to the success- and allow accomplishment of particular tricks. and on opening the hand the coin will be found to have vanished. a space must be curtained off at one end large enough to accommodate the magic tables. The wand is now passed once or twice over the left hand. If the performance is to be given in a parlor. ment Concluding Observations. which is supposed to contain the coin.

Now as to the placing of the tables (Fig. 2. Behind the . 2). beneath or just back of the Fig.20 /Iftaatc audience in the front parlor. The amateur must A take care that ther^ are no bright lights behind his tables. It is custom- ary for the large table to occupy the centre of the room. couple of wax tapers in silver or brass holders.—Placing of Tables chandeliers. and use the back one for the stage. placed on the centre table. the folding-doors making an admirable substitute for a curtain. flanked by two small tripod tables or gueridons. or worse still a mirror. gives a fine effect to the whole.

three or four handkerchief tricks. Arrange your magical novelties in groups. late Alexander Herrmann "Alexander the Great " was equally non-communicative. if you are to exhibit the " rising-cards " this caution the conjurer's axiom : call it on your programme the " Cabalistic Cards." " A bouquet 4. somewhat as follows 2. sufficed to describe a dozen or more brilliant feats of legerdemain. then an illusion with a handkerchief. The — — of mystical novelties." This will give no clue to the trick. etc. And so with other Eobert Heller. Mocha.. With thirty pieces With a candle. 3. a clever entertainer. of silver. described his experiments 1. illusions.ITntroDuctton 21 scenes provide a table to hold the apparatus to be used in the various experiments. being in accordance with Never tell your audience beforehand what you are about to do." or the " Cards of Cagliostro. With a watch.. and not a coin trick.g. e. followed by an- . For example. " Thirty minutes with Herrmann. two or three coin tricks. In arranging tricks for the programme very little information should be afforded the inquisitive spectator as to the real nature of the illusion to be per- formed." etc.

This is to prevent confusion. In addition to the programmes intended for distribution among the spectators. This occasioned an awkward hesitation injurious to the effective performance of the feat. trick in each Lead up to the best group with several smaller feats less similar nature." explained in Chapter IX. of a This is well Magical production of flowers. or a coin in your pocket. It is impossible for the performer or his assistant to always keep in mind the multifarious When articles that go with each magical feat. the performer must have a private programme of his own. intended for use in the cornucopia and flower trick.22 Aftagic other feat with a coin. more or see that you consult the " prompt-programme " to you have everything in readiness for the next series of illusions for example an egg secreted under your vest. stuck up in a conspicuous place behind the scenes. I saw the celebrated Herrmann completely bewildered and nonplussed because — he did not have such a thing as a pin stuck in the lapel of his coat. Herrmann had failed little . On one occasion. you retire behind the scenes after each group of illustrated in the " tricks. Upon this stage-programme is a list of the tricks to be performed during the evening. with the articles used in each trick.

hence his embarrassing situation.Introduction 23 to examine his prompt-programme behind the scenes. This. if any. and is bound to lead to disastrous results. especially to the beginner. and the entertainment should be . technically known as the " patter. in its entirety. It is a weakness with young performers to endeavor to crowd too many tricks into the time allotted to their part. and very few. Each trick should have an appropriate verbal accompaniment. This is a mistake." or boniment. Having once become accustomed to a programme. By such means the performer saves himself a lot of trouble and anxiety. it also accounts in a large measure skill. it should never be changed. this is best done by the introduction of a new trick ?nd the removal of an old one. and as likely to give satisfaction is just view of an audience. This is from the point of the custom of prorarely alter their who very programmes for their . which should in every case be learned off by heart. for a new one. Each trick requires its proper time. of the best performers work otherwise. written underneath it. is a necessity. which is best found by experiment. If it be desired to vary the mode of procedure. fessional performers.

nervous. acquired. for the time being. at any rate. even under culties. nervousness will be forever dispelled. A make the spectators feel uncomfortable.24 dfcagfc arranged accordingly. In this way. if everything has been rehearsed in private. is sure to . his success is assured that is. and you will find your audience similarly affected. always avoid being personal. ISTot a little benefit may be derived from attending entertainments given by other conjurers. and every opportunity of so doing should be every possible effect of a trick. "A little and good" is better than " a lot and bad. Apart from taking every advantage for repartee. If the performer can bring himself to imagine. you will gain many how a trick may be . however clever he may be. not only as to the remarks of other auditors. by listening attentively to points. dull. or morose performer. the taken. and thus spoil their enjoyment ." A word or two as to nervousness may not be out of place. therefore always endeavor diffi- to cultivate a cheerful manner. that he is the most wonderful individual in creation. and he knows his part thoroughly. and opportunity for increasing the performer should be totally oblivious of all his surroundings and think only Once this is of himself and what he is doing.

Under these circumstances you will be able to realize the full force of Burns's well-known words." . and consequently to be avoided. " to see ourselves as others see us. but also as to what movements in the execution of the same are unnecessary or awk- ward.Unttofcuctfon 25 improved.

etc. i. by conjur- as its milled Fig. 0.. balls. 3. A half dollar is the convenient the is coin generally presize.CHAPTER II PKINCIPLES OF SLEIGHT OF HAND APPLICABLE TO SMALL OBJECTS Palming. Then palm by pressing the ball of the thumb inward. the art of holding small objects. -Palming Coin a affords edge ready grip to the L ay the palm hand as shown in Fig. 3.. moving the coin about with the forefinger of the left hand until you find it is in a favorable position to be gripped by the fleshy coin on the right slightly contract the 26 . The first thing the neophyte will have to do will be to learn palming. corks. concealed in — the hand by a slight contraction of the palm. such as coins. most and ferred ers. nuts. with a coin. Practise first.

until you can safely turn the Continue to practise this hand over without fall. coin side t bend the finand pass the up along the of the thumb . in retaining it. . any fear of letting the coin can accomplish this with ease. into the palm. to the right. lay the coin on the tips of the second and third fingers. and where. 4. with the exception that you retain the coin in the right hand by palming. in the left several then study to execute the same movement exactly. as if you really intended to place the coin in that hand. To get' movement perfect. practise this with the hand at movement with the right in motion toward the left.Sletgbt of 1banb Applicable to Small ©bjects 27 portions of the hand. it is advisable to work in front of a mirror. gers. steadying it with the thumb as in Fig. should which open to receive it. —Palming Coin previous instructions. When you Then moving the thumb aside. 4. if you have followed the you will find no difficulty As soon hand this as you can do the same rest. i j Fig. Take the it coin in the right hand and actually place times .

should fall to the side and the left hand should be closed as if it actually contained the coin. the profonde. The student who desires to become a finished performer should palm the various objects. and should be followed by the eyes of the performer. This will have the effect of drawing all eyes in that direction. may that Let it be distinctly understood once for desire to all when you draw the attention of the audience in a certain direction you must look fixedly in that direction yourself. practise with a small lemon. from the right hand into the left. In this case. found necessary to press the object into the palm. how- owing to the greater extent of surface. with equal facility. in the act of apparently placing it in will not be the left hand.28 dftagfc When appearing to transfer a coin. or any small object. but simply to close the fingers round it. the left hand should rise in a natural manner to receive it. The right hand. and in the meantime the right hand can drop the coin into . either in the right or in the left hand. or otherwise dispose of it as be necessary for the purpose of the trick. . in which is the palmed coin. a watch. size. or any it other objects of similar ever. When you can hold a coin properly. as described.

pass either hand.Steigbt of Ibanfc applicable to Smalt Objects 29 Le Tourniquet. known by this name. and then appear to take it in the right by passing the thumb under and the fingers over the coin. side. it 6. Under cover of the right hand the coin is time-honored title. and be followed by the eyes of the perclosed former. 5). —Lay gers as a coin on the fin- shown in Fig. raise the forefinger slightly. the left falling to the if and necessary dropping Fig. and clip the coin and the second finger. This Le To ™* et should be performed equally well from The Finger Palm. 5 the coin into the profonde. fall into the palm The right hand must be and raised as if it really contained the coin. allowed to the tion first left. Then in the act of ap- parently placing in the left hand. The left between it hand must now . its —This pass is generally so I will not depart from Hold the coin between the fingers and thumb of the left hand (Fig. it fall into the fingers of slight contrac- where by a may be held between the joints. or it and second may be allowed to proper.

6. The left hand. which is supposed to contain Fig. and at the same time the candle should be taken from the candle-stick beFig. Both hands should at — . 7 Application of the the coin. close as if Following is an illustration of the way in which this sleight can be em- ployed with good effect.30 /Iftadfc it contained the coin. T). while the right hand disposes of the coin as may be necessary. should now Finger Palm be held over the candle and opened slowly. (Fig. the effect to the spectators being that the coin is dissolved into the flame. Place a candle on the table to your left> and then execute the pass as above described.-The Finger Palm tween the thumb and fingers of the same hand. and be followed by the eyes of the performer. The thumb of the right hand should now close on the edge of the coin nearest to itself and draw it back a little.

it is necessary to change. or in conjurers' parlance to "ring. then lower the right hand to the opposite end and produce the coin from thence. from one end to the other. owing to peculiar position. the effect being that the money is passed through the candle. 5). There are many ways of effecting this. Now take the coin in the right hand. and remark. You now take the upper part of the candle in the left hand . as in " Le Tourniquet " (Fig. To Change a Coin. having previously secreted the substitute in the palm of : the right. in order to bring about a desired result. however. Then take it between the fingers and thumb of the left hand." a borrowed and marked coin for a substitute of your own. which you immediately close. is the one generally adopted by conjurers Borrow a coin and have it marked. as the coin. but having once mastered the various " palms " the student will readily invent means for himself. I will now make it re- .Slefsbt of fbanfc Applicable to Small ©bjects this point 31 be shown back and its front. The following. —Sometimes. cannot be seen at a short distance. " You have all seen me take the coin visin doing so ibly from the left hand. and drop the substitute into the palm of the left.

disposing of marked coin as may be necessary." Saying this. which every one takes borrowed one.32 /nsaaic turn invisibly. . You now proth< ceed with the trick in question. you appear to throw the coin into the left hand. to be the original and showing your own. really palming it.

showing it back and front as empty. Come forward with a coin palmed in the right hand. Then fold the right hand side of the paper under the coin. You must now fold the bottom one inch of paper 33 . treat- ing the left hand side in a similar way. as if in illustration of what you say. A New Coin Fold. then close the hand which masks the left. and.CHAPTER III TEICKS WITH COINS Magical Production of a Coin. leaving the coin behind. place a coin on it and fold the top of the paper down over the coin to within one inch of the bottom. with the right hand. and it pres- after one or two passes over produce the coin. give the palm a smart slap with the right hand. Draw attention to the left hand.— Take a piece of paper four inches by five inches. pulling up the sleeve with the left ence of the coin. and slightly contracting the fingers so as to retain it — now show the right hand empty.

holding the right After the flash show the hand empty. using " flash " paper for the same and dispensing with the plate.34 /Ilbaaic under the coin and you will. . Allow several persons in the audience to feel it the coin through the paper. The left hand immediately takes hold of the left lappet of your coat. leaving no trace behind. A you make use of a piece of " flash " paper. and. dropping the ashes on the found to have disappeared. which in the flame of a candle vanishes when placed entirely. of You now burn the paper in the flame plate. instead of using a piece of ordinary paper for the above. which contains the coin. which picks up a plate from the table. stand with the left — hand. have . then take hold of the right lappet of the coat with the right hand. Kepeat the last trick. When about to burn the paper in the flame of the candle. letting the coin slip out into the left hand. Coin and Candle. wrapped either it securely in the paper but really it is in a kind of pocket. the coin is a candle. and in doing so let the coin drop from the left hand into it. pretty effect can be obtained if. apparently. then take left from the hand to the right. and will readily slip out into hand at pleasure.

This forms what may be termed legitimate sleight . The reader will have noticed that up to this point no duplicate coins have been used. The palm of the left hand can now be shown casually. which contract slightly so as to retain it. to lower the right hand over the candle and produce the coin apparently from the flame. when it will appear empty. nor has it been necessary to exchange one coin for another.GricfcS witb Coins if 35 lapel. disclosing the coin lying on the right . the coin being held between the first and second joints of the fingers. Hold the coin between the fingers and thumb of the left hand. to It is now a simple matter. The Invisible Flight. palm. The coin is really allowed to drop into the fingers of the left hand. and both hands pull the coat open as show that the coin is not concealed there. The left hand is now closed and the piece apparently passed from the right hand into it the left hand is then slowly opened. the hand is closed as if it really contained the coin and is followed by the eyes of the performer. which are slightly curled. looking at it — yourself. From this position appear to take it in the right hand by passing the thumb under and the fingers over the coin. but very effective.

remains palmed in the right hand. For the following tricks a duplicate coin is preof hand. and . The other coin. and then say that you will pass it from that hand into your waistcoat pocket show the hand empty and then with the same hand take the duplicate coin from the pocket. which con- . you will remember. remarking :— " I shall next underdertake a very difficult experiment. — Holding you have been using . the coin Vanish for Duplicate. in your right hand. obtained by means of the following trick. you appear to place it in the left instead of doing so.36 ilRagic but someis to be recommended times for the sake of effect it is really necessary to use a duplicate coin. left —In continuation of the preceding trick you place the hand (holding the hooked coin) behind the body and attach the coin to the back between the shoulders. This is is coin and placed in the performer's right vest pocket. To Pass a Coin Through the Body. however. side about one-quarter inch pared with a very small hook attached to one from its edge. . Close the left hand as if it contained the coin. you palm it. and I will now mention one or two instances.

Some one is almost sure to remark that the coin may be in the hand already. which is also quite empty. it's just as well to have : — the right one. you may. Should the coin fall on the ground. with the back toward the audience. If you prefer it I will use the fectly empty. no. Should the to get the coin into the left hand.Grtcfts sists in wftb GOfttS 37 passing the coin right through my body. the left hand is perso mean an expedient. up into my left hand " (as you say this you extend the hand closed). in which is the palmed coin. in the still I left it to you. remark " Well. I would not deceive you by See. but believe. that the coin is travelling up the body. whence you let it fall on to a table or chair. with some caution. The right hand will in nine cases out of ten be chosen." All that remains for you to do now is to make most dramatic manner possible. . other hand. well extended and open. you will be careful not to expose the one on your back when picking it up. to which you reply " Pardon me. right hand be chosen. and into the chosen hand. but should you be called upon to use the left you will have recourse to the method employed in the " Magical Production of Coin " at the head of this chapter." You should have been holding the right hand. along the arm. — commencing from behind.

wT ith the exception of the piece you are using. from which you take it as in the " Invisible Flight. and producing it from the bottom of " This the vest. The left hand now contains a coin. shown both hands empty. however. and at the same time let fall from the right hand the coin concealed therein. Eepeat this pass. without apparent design." You now turn round and show the coin sticking on your (strike back. — Still keeping the coin palmed from the last trick. palming it." This time. You now lay the hooked coin down on the . by way of variation. Having secured the com again. This movement is employed here to satisfy the spectators that you are working with one coin only. " which will have the effect of sending it right through the body again. and remark : Swallowing — — time. but will be thought to be empty. Coin and Lemons. we it will stop the coin when push" gets half way down and give it a sharp your chest rather violently with both hands).38 iiSastc Illusions. appear to place it in the mouth. remove the one from your back and hold it between the forefinger and thumb of the left hand. you having. you do actually take it with the right hand.

" Thank you. the right or the left ? " If the prepared one is chosen take it and proceed with the trick. insert- in the slit already made. or the one behind ? " (The one behind is the prepared one. then I will use the one that remains for the purtable - : — : — pose of the trick. with the remark. which have been placed there in readiness on a plate. Now pick . you force the choice of the one with the coin in the following manner: "Ladies and Gentlemen.) If the one behind is chosen take it and proceed. "Which of the three do you prefer. into which you insert the coin you have carried oflf. Coming forward with the lemons on the plate. One of the lemons has a slit cut in it. Which one shall I take. I only require one for the purpose of my trick and I will ask you to decide which it shall be. I hope you will find it sweet." You now force ing it the knife into the lemon. and give it to some one to hold high in the air. If the other one is chosen take it with the remark " Very good.XZvicke witb Coins 39 and go behind the scenes for three lemons and a knife. I have here three lemons. the right or the left. If the right or the left is chosen throw it to the person making the selection." You will now have two left and you continue " I have now only two lemons.

The Pocket Vanish. and extending your hand. believe to place in the really palming The left hand closed as if it contained the coin and held the body. a coin in the it is make it.40 dfcagic up the coin from the table and vanish it by one or other of the means already described (a good method is given in the next trick). and then have the fruit cut open and the coin disclosed. in which is the coin. into which the coin is allowed to fall unperceived* The coin is now vanished . please. This movement brings the right hand over the outside breast pocket of the coat. The above form of ambiguous questioning can be used in any trick where it is essential that a particular article be chosen. call out loudly to your assistant "Bring me those lemons. —Take right hand and left. slightly as The if away from back the sleeve to show that the coin has not been right hand pulls vanished in that direction. behind it." In drawing attention to the fruit it is perfectly natural for you to extend your hand behind the wing and thus dispose of the coin. You can avoid going behind the scenes by adopting the following ruse: Go to the wing.

in a magical manner.Grfcfts wftb Coins 41 from the left hand in the orthodox manner and both hands are shown empty. as actually presented to an audience. give the box to some one to hold with instruc- when you count three the box to be . which will doubtless be new to the majority of my readers. the whole being out of Arranged is thus. the greater part of which sight of. Prepare a matchbox as follows: sliding portion — Push — open the fix be- about one inch. Should you desire to regain possession of the coin. Then tween the top of the slide and the back end of the box a coin. I cannot. . leave the subject of coin tricks without making mention of several other very deceptive experiments. the one to follow the other in a natural manner. The preceding list of coin tricks has been arranged in combination.the casual observer. having shown the right hand unmistakably empty. tions that is overhanging the box. you produce the coin thence. have the outside pocket made communicating with an inside one on the same side of the coat when. however. To Pass a Coin into an Ordinary Matchbox held by One of the Spectators. for an entertainment.

and when dry cut away the paper close to the glass. and place the whole : — . Borrow a penny and lay it on the large sheet of paper by the side of the wine-glass cover the glass with the paper cone.42 /flbaflfc closed smartly. and the coin will be ! ! ! heard to fall inside. You now take a duplicate coin and vanish it by means of the " Pocket Yanish. Coin. acting according to your instructions. counting " One two three when. The following arrangements are necessary Take a wine-glass. . to disappear and return as often as desired. This very pretty and amusing table trick consists in causing a coin placed under a wine-glass. and Paper Cone. turn it over on a sheet of white paper. on it. This will have the effect of jerk- ing the coin into the box." or any other convenient method. mouth downward. the person will close the box. and stand the glass. Make a paper cone to fit over the glass and you are ready to present the illusion. the whole being covered with a paper cone. Wine-glass. Obtain a Japanese tray and on it lay a large sheet of paper similar to that covering the mouth of the glass. and. having placed a little gum all round its edge.

Obtain a small metal box large enough to contain half a dozen coins of the kind you intend to This box should be enamelled white and use. Borrow a silk hat. Hat. six marked coins. which you change for six of your own. Drop . have an opening in one side large enough for the coins to pass through. as the paper over the mouth of the glass. which Then obtain the loan of leave on your table. as you go back to the stage. replace the cone and carry it. away the This can be repeated as often as To make the experiment more effective. Place a little wax on the top of the box and leave it. on a table at the rear of the stage. use colored paper. To cause it to re- appear you glass under desired. Command the penny to disapand on removing the cone it will seem to have done so. pear. Coins. with the plate. being the same color as that on the tray. a number of and Plate. effectually conceals the coin.XTrfcfcB witb Coins 43 over the coin. which shows up against the coin more than white. but a metal one is preferable. —In this experiment borrowed and marked coins are passed invisibly into a hat covered with a plate. A common pill-box would answer the purpose.

Introduce the marked coins into the box. the usual way." hand by a in slight contraction of the "The Invisible They should be held in the hand at the base of the thumb and jerked into position in the act of apparently passing them from one hand to the other. as The coins are retained Flight. as number of the coins as they fall into it The the hand is noise quite would be almost impossible to Now pick up actually take them in silence. and attach it by means of the wax to the under side of the plate. which forthwith drops them into a little box containing sawdust placed on the servante. and go to the rear of the stage for the plate. really palming them in the right. and having shown the hat to be quite empty. in the right fingers. or lay them in some other conspicuous position on the table. holding it at arm's length vanish the money from the left hand in . Come forward. being careful to note the position of the hole in the side of the box. The pass called "Le Tourniquet" of coins.44 /Iftagtc the latter coins into a tumbler. You now take the coins from the glass and appear to place them in the left hand. place the plate over it. is a better one for a natural. the hat with the right hand. at the same time tilting the hat .

it until you get a large ball with the end of the tube projecting Place the ball thus prepared . when the coins To Vanish a Marked Coin from a TUMBLER AND CAUSE IT TO APPEAR IN A SMALL Box.) into your Tumbler hand. For — very surprising trick you will require to make the following Procure a tumbler preparations this : — having a parallel slit cut flush with. Place one end of this tube inside the box and close the lid on it. also a flat tin tube about three inches long and just wide enough for the half dollar to slide through it.Gricfes wftb Cofns 45 slightly in the right direction. (See Fig. Obtain a small metal box large enough to take the coin easily. in the Centre of a Large Ball of Wool. wrapped in Paper. keeping it in position by passing an elastic band over the box. and which should be The opening should be just large enough to allow a half dollar dropped into the turnbier to slip through 8. You now wrap the box in paper and wind a quantity of wool round about one inch. flat. will be heard to fall inside. the bottom. to.

Show fact that the tumbler. which has been marked by the owner. in front of it. to the jug when the action of the elastic band closes the box. and then place it down on your table. Going to the back of the stage for the ball of wool. securing the coin through the slit as you do so. Eeturn the water and borrow a half dollar. Bring the ball forward in a large glass basin and have the wool unwound.4tf /BSa^tc on a table at the rear of the stage and you are ready to perform. you insert the coin into the tube and withdraw the latter. . . Cover the tumbler with a handkerchief. which can be done by placing the forefinger round the slit. allowing him to actually drop it into the glass. and a sheet of " flash " paper. Place a tea- — plate near the rear edge of your table. large enough to cover the plate. disclosing the box on this being opened the marked coin will be found within. and draw attention to the it is an ordinary one by filling it with water from a jug. You must also have an- other plate on the servante and you are then ready to commence. To Vanish a Number of Coins from a Plate in a Sheet of Flame. shaking it continually to prove that the coin is still there.

is as follows The performer borrows a marked half dollar from a stranger iri the audience. While this is being done the performer obtains the loan of a programme. apparently sweep the loose coins on to the plate you are holding. laying one half on his table. Every one will now suppose the money to be on the plate which. which is effect of this an improvement on the old " programme and ring " trick. immediately handing it to a gentleman to examine the mark. under cover of the paper. and over that on the servante. as no stage assistant is required. The paper ignites and disappears in a sheet of flame. which he tears in half. really letting all fall on the hidden one. Take up the plate in one hand and the piece of paper in the other. throw them on the plate. carelessly dropping several Programme and Coin. and the plate is found empty. you bring forward just over the flame of a candle burning on the table. The gen: — .— The experiment. which you immediately place over the plate in your hand. date. and other items. with studied carelessness. and holding the plate just behind the table.ttricfte wftb Coins 47 After performing any trick in which a number of coins have been used. on the table.

but the result is the same. and. when immediately it is found transformed into a packet of three envelopes. failing to find it. but before he has proceeded far the performer tells him he has dropped one of them (he has not really done so). with the marked half dollar in the smallest one. own The six envelopes are now rolled up and given to the gentleman to hand to the lady. however. He now goes to his table for a piece of sealingwax. that he may open it and satisfy himself that it actually contains his coin. when he discovers to his astonishment that he holds the programme restored. is This time. the gentleman requested to take the last envelope to the owner of the monej'. As the gentleman cannot see how it is done the performer repeats the trick for his benefit with the other half of the programme. to keep as a souvenir of the entertainment. . which he passes several times over the packet held by the gentleman. who wraps it up and gives it to him to hold. made from the programme.43 Aftagic is tleman now requested to place the coin in the half of the programme held by the performer. all gummed and sealed one inside the other. he very naturally begins to count those in his hand.

and while one is being procured he drops the actual bor- rowed coin smallest of into the the three envelopes placed fonde. envelope.Gticfts witb Coins 49 'Explanation. closed. which mark is of course taken for that of the owner of the coin. 9. othesr in which are one inside the the right pro- To facilitate the introduction of the coin a tin tube. with a rather wide mouth. coin placed in the smallest has this duced After the Fig. he adroitly changes it for one of his own bearing the mark of a cross. in the act of asks for the loan of a programme. left in the pocket. just large enough for the is coin to pass through. — After the performer has bor- rowed the half the handing it to gentleman for examination.— Packet of Three Envelopes been introtube is withdrawn. The performer now dollar. and the envelopes The flaps of the envelopes are sealed with wax .



beforehand and prepared with the best gum arabic, which is allowed to dry hard. They are moistened with the tongue just as you are about to commence the trick, and if cut as in Fig. 9, can be closed all together while in the pocket. This packet is laid on the table under cover of the half of the programme used in the second stage
of the trick.

To commence
half dollar

the trick the performer palms a
in exactly the

similar packet of envelopes containing another


same way as
it is

the one he handed to the gentleman, and,

hardly necessary to remark, being of the same appearance, and bearing the same date. "When rolling up the programme the performer retains it and hands the gentleman the packet of envelopes and when going to his table for the wax leaves the half of the programme and the half dollar thereon. By the time the first coin is taken from the envelopes the packet containing the actual borrowed coin will be dry and ready

for use.

The remaining portion of the trick will now be understood. When the performer goes for the other half of the programme he takes the packet of envelopes with it and substitutes it as

and the


proceeds as described.

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collecting the six envelopes for the final

performer palms a duplicate programme which has been lying on his table behind some object, and substitutes this as before when handing the gentleman the envelopes to take to the lady.
effect the



—Borrow a half dollar from

one of the company, wrap it up in a handkerchief, and request some one to hold it over a glass of water on the table. Hey, presto The coin is dropped into the glass and heard to jingle. When the handkerchief is removed the half dollar has disappeared, having been apparently dissolved in the water. Placing your hand under the table you produce the coin, which you declare has passed through the glass and tabletop. This exceedingly effective trick is accomplished by means of a glass disk of the same diameter as a half dollar. The modus operandi is as follows Borrow a half dollar and while holding it in your hand throw a handkerchief over it. Under cover of the handkerchief exchange the coin for the glass disk which you have concealed in your palm. Now get some one to hold the disk by its edges through the handkerchief, directly over the glass of water. Pronounce your magical phrase, and command your



volunteer assistant to drop the half dollar (disk) the glass. The disk will be precipitated into the glass with a jingle that exactly simulates

the falling of a genuine coin, and will adhere to the bottom of the glass, where it will not be

You may even pour out the water, but the disk, thanks to the power of suction, will remain in the same position, firmly attached to the drinking glass, which of course must have a flat

bottom. ginger-ale or beer glass of small diameter comes in handy for this capital trick. After sufficient palaver, the genuine half-dollar may be reproduced from under the table or from the pocket of the volunteer assistant.


The Penetrating Coin. This coin trick may be performed anywhere, and requires no
special preparation.


borrowed Derby hat


placed upon the
into the hat,


of a tumbler, (Fig. 10).

Three half dollars are now borrowed and tossed whereupon one of the coins is seen to penetrate the crown of the hat, and drop visibly and audibly into the tumbler beneath. It
In the act of placing the hat and without jingling, slip a coin of your own between the rim of the glass and the hat. The weight of the latter will retain

thus explained.

on the

glass, secretly

Grtcfts wftb Coins


the coin in position, which of course
side of the hat farthest

is on the from the spectators. The dropping of the borrowed coins in the hat will

disturb the balance of the secret half-dollar, caus-



to fall into the tumbler.



to the

necessary to remind the student that the fourth
coin must be gotten rid of
audience, otherwise the
effect of the


will be destroyed.

experiment In

putting the hat in position

two hands may be
This will greatly

facilitate the placing of


on the


of the



should lay stress on the
fact that
it is


to get the hat evenly

on the


As simple
seems in

this trick


it is

i*-*""*™** <**

theless wonderfully illusive,


to the

and can be recomamateur as worthy of his reperthe parlor, or club room.

toire, especially for


excellent coin trick, to be used in conjuncis

tion with the preceding illusion,

the following



The performer shows a
ceeds to pass

coin and forthwith pro-


by way of the That there may be no doubt as to the
into the hat
it is left

actual passing of the coin

sticking half

a final push and it is heard to fall inside. The coin used is a trick one congroove is first turned structed as follows round its extreme edge deep enough to conceal a
the hat

way through


next cut in half is drilled in the across its diameter. centre of one half in which is inserted a needle In the other half a slot is cut to admit point. the needle. The two halves are now placed together and kept in position by passing the band round the groove afore mentioned. (See Fig. 11.) This coin has a distinct advantage over the older form in which the
small india-rubber band.




11.—m Trick



one half only was used, in so far that it may at the outset be shown as an ordinary coin. giving the final push it is, When 5 „ , i of course, withdrawn and palmed.




Coin in the Bottle. With a coin grooved and prepared as above and cut into three pieces, but minus the needle point, the amateur can perform the deceptive trick of the half-dollar in the

The coin will enter the bottle. and demonstrate the You impossibility of passing a coin into its neck. first borrow a half dollar from a and secretly exchange it for your " folding-coin. Bend the it in the neck of the bottle." Exhibit the bottle. and expand as soon as it passes coin and insert the neck.— Coin in Bottle from the spectators by your fingers.ttrfcfes witb Coins 55 bottle. 12. the coin being concealed Fig. spectator. after which give the mouth of the bottle a violent blow with the palm of the hand. preferably. Then grasp the mouth of the bottle in the man- ner depicted in Fig. You may now pass the bottle for in- . 12. which should be of clear glass.

56 /toa^tc spection. the aid any one being able to discover A clever amateur with of a very fine metal saw and a file can manufacture the folding coin for himself. . without the secret of the trick.

mence. making these is fine quality an ordinary small sliding match-box.—" Ladies and Gentlemen. You are now ready to com. Handkerchief and Candle. You prepare for the series of tricks by rolling up one of the handkerchiefs very small and pushing it into the back of the match-box. the following experiment was sug §7~ . — For the following series of experiments you will require three fifteen inch silk handkerchiefs (the best material for sarcenet). a candle in a candlestick. .CHAPTER IV TEICKS WITH HANDKERCHIEFS Peregrinations of a handkerchief. and a conjuring also a false finger wand and a conjuring pistol. here- after described. which you open about one inch for the purpose another is rolled up and placed behind the collar on the left hand side of the neck and the last is loaded into the false finger and placed in the right hand trousers pocket.

You now appear to take something from the flame of the candle with the left hand. which you close as if it really contained an article. you place the candle in the . which masks the pres- ence of the handkerchief. and throw the box down on the Take the candle from the candle-stick and table. What really takes place is the formation of etc. however. but you do not destroy the matter of which it is composed. carbon. which any of the text-books : on chemistry will explain. and re" Well really I cannot understand this. You see. place it in the right hand. is . as you are well indestructible. pushing the handkerchief into the right hand. as hydrogen. know what the matter. give you one striking illustration " Pick up the match-box and light the candle then close the box. aware. looking surprised to find you have failed. You may light the candle at one end and let it burn to the other. I will. water." Saying this.. I then learned that all matter was Proof of this. mark : — — I am generally successful with this trick. Open the hand slowly.58 IfoaQic gested to me at the age of twelve while studying chemistry. I Oh I am using ! the left hand if you do things left-handed they cannot possibly be right. new substances. is afforded with an ordinary candle. I will try the right hand.

closing the hand as before. and lay the wand down on the table. of course. the handkerchief in the left hand.Gricfts left witb fttan&ftercbtefe 59 hand and immediately produce the handkerfrom the flame with the right. To Pass a Handkerchief into the Pocket of a Spectator. in his pocket (you. Place both handkerchiefs. chief it To Vanish a Handkerchief and Produce from your Collar. Place your wand under — your left arm. Much fun is generally caused removing his own pocket handkerchief and sundry other curious articles. are supposed to be using one only). It now only remains for you to open the hand and develop the silk slowly. immediately placing it in the right hand. really palming it in the right. and take the one from your collar. Take the handkerchief and roll Affect to place it up small. and take your wand from under the arm in the same hand. to mask the presence of the one already there. Obtain the assistance of a young gentleman from the audience. and ask him to let you have the loan of the outside breast — pocket of his coat. and stand as . Vanish the handkerchief from the left hand. which have all the time remained by his in the right hand. using both hands.

60 dfcagfc far away and say: for sir. in which again conceals the one the wand down on the and lay the palm. do you think it possible remove the handkerchief from your pocket without coming a step nearer to you than — " Now." You now take the handkerchief from I really intended to his What pocket. place it in the right hand. me ing. table. and the gentleman take the one from his pocket. I scarcely know what I am do- do was to pass the handkerchief from my hands into your pocket. as the limits of the stage will allow. me to He will probably look conat present. unknown to the spectators still re- and probably the gentleman himself. Take the handkerchief from him. where. which will seem to be the same." and hardly know whether to say Yes or No. To Fire a Handkerchief into a Gentleman's Hair. altogether. — . For the purpose of this trick you will have to make use of what is known as a con- — juring pistol ? which. and you remark " My dear sir. do not look like that your face is calculated to upset I am fused. one mains. . "Whatever he may say is all the same to you. You will now vanish the handkerchief let as in the last trick. being in constant use in .

be seen protruding from each of his ears. I will describe. you place the two handkerchiefS) which look like one. in the cup push . 13. in his hair.) Taking up the pistol. tube is fitted Avith an inner tube to keep it firm on the barrel of the pistol. It consists of an ordinary pistol fitted with a conical tin tube eight inches long. Fig.{Tricks wffb 1bah&ftercbfete ei magical surprises. Are you ready. (See Fig. after the shot the handkerchief will be found firmly embedded and will. The mouth of this tube is about two inches in diameter and is supplied with a tin cup one and one-half inches deep. not unlikely. 13. and I need hardly say I loaded the pistol myself. you know. sir ? then good-bye " Place the " muzzle " of ! . —Conjuring Pistol : them well down and remark —" I shall now and fire direct at the gentleman's head. having its outer edge turned over all round so as to The conical afford a ready grip to the palm. and am totally ignorant of fire-arms. It just depends on the force of the shot.

When discharging the pistol you hand to behind in the left will. ask the gentleman to take the handtelling kerchief from his hair. then lowering the hands on to his head you detach the finger and draw out the handkerchief. etc. left ear him it is just (of course it is not really and while he is trying to find it you stand with your hands in your trousers pockets. telling you cannot wait all he has tried some time and failed to find it you take your hands from your pockets. you drop it into your pocket on the left side. you pass them several times over the head of the gentleman. Showing the hands back and front (the addition of an extra finger will not be noticed). having got the false finger into position between the second and third fingers. is made of thin spun brass painted flesh color it is quite hollow from tip to root. The finger .62 /IBaafc the pistol in the left hand while you shake hands with the gentleman. You now behind his there) . The false finger is laid down on the table under to haste. In taking the pistol back into the right fire it. . of course. you leave the cup hand. When cover of the handkerchief. him make the evening. stand with your right side to the audience. and at the instant you pull the trigger.

This concludes the series alluded to in the beginning of this chapter. and is really an indisis pensable accessory. bottom to bottom.Grfcfts wftb Iban&ftercbiefe 63 and third fingers.— This piece of is visible. I will now describe a number of handkerchief tricks complete in themselves. Fig. The . and hiding that which for the time being is at the bottom. as it is available for producing. but and the cabinet looks the picture of if turned over and stood on its opposite end. (Fig.—False Finger very apparatus should be in the repertoire of every amateur magician. changing. 14. When standing on the table the top drawer only useful The Hakdkekchief Cabinet. the sliding panel falls. innocence. 15). Its secret lies in the fact that it contains two drawers. or vanishing a handkerchief. shaped for fitting between the second and It can be used in many tricks with handkerchiefs. 14). exposing the hidden drawer. (Fig. the lower one being hidden by a sliding panel.

go through any form of incantation You now please. pull out the now . turn . 15. over the cabinet as before.64 jflfcaatc cabinet high. and give it for examiReplace the drawer. drawer is When opened the the handkerchief will have disappeared. If you desire to vanish ^ o 4 dw> Fig. introduce the cabinet. follows: —Having the cabinet. you o open the drawer and take out the handkerchief. If is about two inches square by four inches for production required you proceed as placed a silk handkerchief in the concealed drawer. take out the empty drawer. and place it on your table. Should you wish to change one handkerchief for another you will beforehand conceal say a red handkerchief in the cabinet then taking a white one. _j <* r \*s a handkerchief you will have it placed in the drawer by one of the spectators. secretly turn over nation. have it deposited in the upper drawer. and while going to the table turn over —Handkerchief Cabinet the box.

long enough to pass easily over the thumb. — One of a handkerchief the best appliances for causing the disappearance of may be : made from a ball small celluloid ball as follows — Obtain a if one and three-fourth inches in diameter. which will take three small silk handkerchiefs desired. which is instantly pushed over to the back of the left hand under cover of the right. From the foregoing description is it will be obvious that the cabinet in conjunction with capable of being used many tricks. it is . and produce the red handkerchief. while appearing to roll up the handkerworked through the opening into the ball. it does not hang too is When thumb required for use the ball taken up secretly under cover of the handkerchief. its and cut a one inch hole in any part of surface. when the handkerchief will seem to have vanished chief. and to suspend the ball on the back of the hand so that low.{frfcfte witb IbanDftercbtefa 65 uppermost drawer. The Handkerchief Vanisher. The palms of the hands are now shown empty. of the left and the hand is passed through the loop. On the side of the ball opposite the opening fix a loop of flesh-colored thread. Then.

being immediately afterwards reproduced. Two handkerchiefs of different colors are placed in the pochette on the left side. the corks being left protruding to enable the performer to instantly draw them out. all tied together by the corners. which he passes for examination. stand with your right side to the audience. When using the vanisher you will. of course. are pushed into this slit.66 iftasic entirely. these accessories. about eighteen inches square. from the white-one. back and front. He then pulls up both sleeves and immediately produces a white silk handkerchief. Then by simply shaking the handkerchief he obtains from it about half a dozen other colored ones about fifteen inches square. The colored handkerchiefs are then caused to vanish by simply rolling them up in the hands. . and two of the colored handkerchiefs. in different —The Magical Production of Handkerchiefs. performer comes on the stage showing both hands empty. each having a minute piece of blackened cork tied to one corner. for the trick are as is : The necessary preparations follows —A slit one half inch long made in the seam of the trousers at the right knee. It is well to be provided with two or three of sizes.

Gricfts witb Ibanfcftercbfete 67 A It fifth handkerchief. handkerchief is contained in the false finger (previously described). page 18). the impossible. 1. Having had the handkerchief examined. When pulling back the sleeves the performer secretly obtains possession of the handkerchief. also the ball of six duplicate handkerchiefs corners. and develops it slowly. and while holding it by two corners. as will be found by experiment. also prepared with a piece is of cork. all tied together by the : The and trick is handkerchief tied as follows The white up into a small compass with a piece of silk just strong enough is worked rolled — to hold it. placed in the front of the vest. the it then placed in the hollow of the arm being bent slightly so as to retain in that position. and quite sixth easily. breaks the thread. but the silk this hole cork protruding through the watch-chain hole. It is arm at the elbow. drawn through may be very rapidly. As the handkerchiefs are produced they are thrown over the back of a chair fitted with a network servante (Fig. which should be placed in may seem A the right hand trousers pocket. spread it over . behind the top rail of which are suspended two vanishers of the kind already described .

' ' ! He them from his pockets. seize the piece of cork at the buttonhole of the vest. pull the two colored ones through the seams.' The other said. these handkerchiefs.' " Saying this you thrust the hands into the pockets by way of illustration. and produce the fifth handkerchief. Oh no. The other evening I overheard two gentlemen conversing in the boxes. r chair. throwing both over the back of the empty. in the act of raising it. for I saw him. and throw them over the chair with the two already there. shaking it the whole of the time.68 jrtlSasic the knee as it is if drawing attention to the fact that Then. and while developing these take the two from the pochette on the left side. One said to the other. Don't you see where he gets those handkerchiefs ? They came down his sleeve. and throw the other two over the back of the chair. Then take the w hite handkerchief by two corners. and fix the finger in positakes . For the production little of the last handkerchief a "Ladies and Gentlemen. and while turning it round to show both sides. I dare say you will wonder where I get patter is desirable. Place the wr hite handkerchief in the left hand to conceal the colored ones. they don't. Now produce the two in the left hand in a similar manner.

secure the other one. and. Then pass the ball to the back of the hand. I wish to prove to you that both of these gentlemen were wrong. To cause the disappearance of the handker: Take up three of the same time secretly obtaining one of the vanishers. again disposing of the vanisher into the servante. watch closely and see if you can detect me. with an up and down motion of the hands work them into the ball. at the drop the vanisher into the servante. My hands " Now are perfectly empty " (show hands).aticfts witfo DanDftercbiefe tioii. and shake out the handkerchief. 69 Then withdraw the hands. Then take up the white handkerchief. from the pocket you will also see it. and proceed as before. of six tied together. placing the palms together." You now bring the hands together. drop : — the linger into the servante. and show the palms empty. one after another. and continue " Now. and gradually work out the colored ones. When taking up the other three handkerchiefs chiefs proceed as follows — colored ones. and when laying it with the others on the chair. reverse the finger. and securing the ball Finally wave the white handkerchief up and down. . If the handkerchief comes down the If it comes sleeve you will be sure to see it.

The last of the colored handkerchiefs to appear at the end of the tube is prepared as fol- ji . which is — The in one of the best the whole category of sleight of hand feats. three Fig. yellow.. To the perform trick you must be provided with a piece of drawing-paper inches (a ten leaf inches by eight from a plain drawing-book will answer the t purpose admirably). and three colored ones of the same size and texture. and green.70 insagfc Color-changing effect of this trick. 16. unrolled and torn in half. is as Three white handkerchiefs are pushed follows : — into a paper tube. Handkerchiefs. The paper is then when the white hand- kerchiefs are found to have vanished entirely. and as they come out at the opposite end they are seen to be dyed respectively red.-Handkerchief Fitted with Brass Tube very fine white silk handkerchiefs fifteen inches square.

it with a piece of silk of This piece of silk is extended be- yond the form a kind of pocket.. Show the handkerchiefs. as shown. three inches long. Pick up the paper. and take up the white handkerchiefs. then lay it on the table in such a manner that it again conceals the tube. remarking that they are of the ordinary description. and with it the colored handkerchiefs. which are held behind it with the thumb of the right hand. To perform the trick stand on the left of your table and take up the paper with the right hand. and insert the middle of one side of the handkerchief (Fig. The three tube. The piece of paper is laid on the table with the tube of handkerchiefs under its rear edge. Draw attention to the fact that the paper is unprepared. . You now form the paper into a tube round the colored handkerchiefs and hold it* in the left Pick up the white handkerchiefs one at a hand. by covering the same color.Grtcfcs witb IbanDfcercbfete 71 lows it in : —Take a piece of one and one quarter inches brass tubing. the left hand keeping the white handkerchiefs in front of the tube of colored ones. 16). body of the handkerchief into the brass tube at the end A. to To prepare for the trick push the white handkerchiefs are then laid across the paper. and the other two colored ones on the top of it. and then lay them on the table..

This gives you the opportunity of dropping the colored time. however. to introduce the colored ones first." As you say this you take the handkerchiefs in the right hand. place them near the mouth of the tube. otherwise the experiment would not be successful. and to keep them out of sight of the audience. This. The following is the method of presenting the above trick. and the white handkerchiefs are pushed into one end of it care being taken . of course. which appear at the other end of the last colored one. the white ones being concealed in the body of the When performing the trick it is necessary to be careful to insert the right end of the brass tube into the paper cylinder. pushes out the colored handkerchiefs. with appropriate " patter " u For the purpose of my next experiment I : shall make use of this square-looking piece of . You now grasp the brass tube tightly through the paper and press the white handkerchiefs into it. The cylinder now shown empty. cylinder. and as if to illustrate what you say. first.72 ilRagfc them in the left hand with the tube. and remark " I will now pass the white handkerchiefs through the cylinder. place : — is handkerchiefs into the white ones. showing you that it is perfectly empty.

One day I had occasion to take a return single from Portland Road to King's Cross and while passing through those tunnels I noticed that my linen changed color considerably. not even a trap-door. however. in which you can nothing conif cealed. I propose to these three pieces of silk.Gricfcs witb IbanMtercbiete see there is 73 paper. which sug: — . gested to me this illustration. because I suppose they find they sell better. prior to forming the cylinder. being fond of scenery. you would be sure to see it. remark " This experiment was suggested to me while in England traveling on the underground railway. " In Well. I always travel by that line when possible. not for the liberty of the thing. you continue." Laying the paper down and taking up the handkerchiefs. and. was anything concealed from your view. some people would prefer subdued white ." . you take up the paper with the tube behind it. but I know they call them art white in the stores. With the piece of paper I will form a kind of tube or tunnel to represent for the time being one of those cavities on the underground railway. com- monly known as art white squares. there addition to the paper. make I use of or silk in pieces. them were if it to call possibly dirty white. am afraid." Laying the handkerchiefs down.

the quickest eye being unable. The construction of this con- — trivance is very simple. One of the straps carries what is known to mechanics as a " lazy " pulley. I will pass the handkerchiefs through the tunnel. working freely in all directions. which are buckled on just above the elbows. however. having satisfied you that there are no trains on the line. one for each arm." As the colored handkerchiefs appear at the op: end of the tube. even at close quarters. so that the . showing you that it is perfectly empty. remark " I may say that I have been getting my living for some considerable time by conjuring. as from deception am. to detect the flight of the handkerchief. " first. I will take the handkerchiefs " (take up the handkerchiefs from the table) " and pass them through the cylinder " (drop the colored handkerchiefs into the white ones and show the tube empty). It consists of two straps. and provided with a shield. and its it is absolutely in- stantaneous in action." posite — Mechanical "Pull" for Vanishing a Handkerchief. You will now notice that I am beginning to dye by it. Then.74 /BSagtc Make free the tube and continue as I : — " There now it is.

and when in such a position that the arms may be moved about freely. (c) Pivot. . the two ends . passed over the back. The apparatus must be attached to the arms underneath A D Fig 17.Grtcfta wftb IbanDftercbfefe . the shirt. a black thread is passed through it. To enable the artist to obtain possession of this loop. 75 cord cannot possibly leave the wheel and the cord is tied other carries a metal " D " loop. the loop should be in the centre of the back. " loop. (d) Brass Hinge (e) Pulley in Shield (l) Left Arm (r) Right Arm (a) . 17. doubled and carried down the right sleeve. as shown in Fig. (b) Brass Plate. .—Mechanical " Pull " for Vanishing Handkerchief. round the to the " pulley on the left arm. the end of the cord being furnished with a loop to receive a handkerchief. back again and down the right sleeve . Leather Strap.

Having found the thread. and a favorite with the most . — This is a very surprising trick. The Flying Handkerchief. The act of pulling the cord to secure the elbows close to the sides. the thread being broken and allowed to fall on the floor. To is cause the handkerchief to disappear is all that necessary from the sides motion with the move the elbows away while making a quick up and down to glass cylinder. where they must be kept until the handkerchief is to disloop will pull the appear* Having placed the handkerchief through the loop. which should be of catgut. which is forthwith passed round the thumb. and place the hands one over each end. being semi-transit parent. the performer pulls it down until the loop appears. In moving the elbows away from the sides a pull of from three feet to four feet is put on the cord. the handkerchief flying up the sleeve and finally occupying a position in the centre of the perform- er's back. slightly lifting the base of the right hand from the edge of the glass to allow the silk to pass up the sleeve.76 /Iftaaic hanging out of the cuff so as to be readily found by the fingers. push into the glass tube as described in the next trick.

the red being in They are then rolled up into the shape of a ball so that the red one cannot be seen. are laid onr the table behind the other red handkerchief. 17. one yellow and one green. Holding this ball in the right hand. two yellow. rolling them up to look as near like the duplicate ball as possible. rolled up into the shape of a ball. also two glass cylinders of the kind used for gas. and with it the ball of three. the centre. one of each are tied together by the corners.) its effect on the " Mechanical Full" For its execution you must be provided with six small silk handkerchiefs (two red. the ends being covered with the hands. and ties them together.TTrfcfts witb Ibanfcftercbfefs 77 noted pfestidigitateurs. he takes up the red handkerchief. . It depends chiefly for (Fig. and be found between a yellow and a green handkerchief previously tied together. thus - Three of the handkerchiefs. The performer now takes the two remaining handkerchiefs. to disappear. It is accomplished color. The idea of the trick is to cause a red silk handkerchief placed in the centre of one of the glass tubes. He then takes the red handkerchief in his right hand. and placed in the other cylinder. and two green). and thus prepared.

the performer has ample time to dispose of the ball of two. It consists of a . Vanish. and to get down introducing the cylinder see. the red one will appear to have tied itself between the other two. however. unrolled and shaken out when." then inserted in the cylinder. or Change a Handkerchief. that the tubes are of the : remark — " You the "pull. which should be on a table at the rear of the stage.78 dBagfc left. the balls are exchanged and that of three is actually placed in the tube. — This is really an indispensable piece of apparatus and should be in the repertoire of every wizard. me The red handkerchief is quite so easily. Brass Tube to Produce. . and forthwith pushUnder cover of the red handkerchief. While going for the other cylinder. being previously passed through the loop. you can see right through them." When most ordinary description and perfectly free from preparation in fact. passing the ball into the ing it into the glass cylinder on the table. by some unaccountable means. whence it is caused to vanish as described* The handkerchiefs are then taken from the tube on the table. I hope you will not be able to see through . Ladies and Gentlemen.

(See Fig. serted in the tube and the caps are immediately placed on but notwithstanding this. in the centre of the tube. to enable the performer to palm it off. 18). the tube and the two caps. with the addition of a and one-half inches deep. in such a manner that a loop hangs down flush with. or can be changed to another . easily into either . and forming a bottom common to. —Brass Tube for Handkerchief Tricks end of the tube.ttrfcfcs witb fbanDkercbiefa 79 piece of one and one-half inches of brass tubing four inches long. either end of the cup (as at a). The apparatus cup. but is fitted with a piece of three-quarter inch tape fixed at each side. and provided with a flange as in the magic pistol already described. the handkerchief disappears. 18. with two caps of the same handkerchief is inmetal to close the ends. one really consists of four pieces. made to fit Fig. This cup is not provided with a bottom. A of a different color.

reversing the tape). palming off the cup while doing so and while holding the tube in the same hand. or % otherwise dispose of it at the earliest opportunity. and over the cup and fit the cap to the opposite end. Take back the tube with the left hand. and remark end the whole of the time. and place it under your vest. Give the tube to some one to hold and drop the cup into the profonde. reverse the " As the cap has been on this tube. We will now place a cap on the opposite end of the tube and we have the hand. fit on the cap. to hide the palm. it has not been possible for the handkerchief to escape in that direction. and with the right hand apparently place the white handkerchief into it (the handkerchief really goes into the cup and pushes the red one into the tube. the other uses of the tube will be apparent. Give the tube and caps for examination. pass it into the right. reverse the tube. get possession of the cup and palm it in your right hand. Now place the right hand over the cup. . or in the righthand trousers pocket.80 dibasic The method employed in changing say a white handkerchief for a red one being explained. Load a red handkerchief into the cup at the end a. Turn over the tube. . and while they are out of your hands. : — kerchief secure." Saying this.

The tube can be used in many ways in com- . or can be fired from the magic pistol. Another duplicate white handkerchief should be in readiness in the back of a match-box for producing from the flame of a candle as previously described. you take up the red one from the back of the chair. At this point a good combination trick can be worked by the use of two duplicate handkerchiefs Have a duplicate red handkerchief as follows hanging over a chair. I dare say the white handkerchief has jumped out of the tube to make room for the red one. It has probably found its way into the candle on the table." To conclude the trick you light the candle and produce the handkerchief from the — flame. The red handkerchief is now vanished by sleight of hand. and at the same time dispose of the palmed cup by dropping it into the servante. To account for the disappearance of the white handkerchief you may remark: "Oh. and eventually found in the brass tube.ttricfts witfc IbanDftetcbfefs 81 On removing the caps the handkerchief will be found to have changed color. on the back of which is : — suspended a network servante. When handing the gentleman the tube which is supposed to contain the white handkerchief.

Disappeaking Handkerchief. that the small piece of red silk protrudes from closed right hand. but leave the handkerchief in the bend of the left arm. I am indebted for the following new handkerchief invented and performed by him. also a loose piece of silk of — the same color about one and one-half inches.82 /ftagfc bination with other tricks. for do they — not see the corner of it? JSTow rub the hands together and roll the piece into a small pellet. clever manipulator of cards Adrian Plate. Now with right hand pull up the left sleeve. Retain the handkerchief in the right hand and with left hand pull up the right sleeve. Keep this piece at the corner of the handkerchief with thumb and first finger. taking care. Rub the handkerchief between both hands until you have succeeded in getting it into small compass. a wonderfully and handkerchiefs. but I must leave these to the ingenuity of the performer. To my friend. and for the first time explained. however. tricks. Obtain a small red silk handkerchief. . where it will be hidden by the folds of the sleeve. de- luding the spectators into the belief that the handkerchief is still in your hand. taking care that the small piece is at the top. square.

and by grabbing in silk the left hand. and will deceive even the conjurers. This is a most effective illusion. a handkerchief can be apparently placed in when in reality it is stuck between the loop in the right hand. The dotted lines represent the thread on the outside of the hand. first finger. The right hand can be freely moved. —For Vanishing Handkerchief in the 19). (Fig. 19. . Vanish a handkerchief in above manner from the left hand. palm it — Fig. With this simple device. and place it about the right hand. and show both sides. Another clever disappearing trick with a handkerchief is the following: Take a piece of fleshcolored thread. between the bend of the thumb and Slap your hands together. manner depicted in the illustration.Grtcfta wftb IbanDfcercbfefs 83 and.

four and one-half by seven inches. Handkerchief from Tissue Paper. By pressing the wire the handkerchief is kept securely fastened. and construct a clamp about the size shown in the diagram. 21). (Fig.> a piece of insulated telegraph wire). covered with cotton (e. Place the fake on your table. This arrangement of course is effected before the performance begins. —Handkerchief Trick ward yourself. (Fig.— Take a small bit of soft copper wire. .84 /Iftacifc the air with your right hand you reproduce the handkerchief. small red silk handkerchief A is about ten inches square folded as compactly as possible and placed Fig. be- 20. Now take a piece of white tissue paper. and lay it over the handkerchief. g.— Handkerchief Clamp tween the clamps. 21. the handkerchief pointing to- kHAHdkenchtLF Fig. 20).

as depicted in the illustration. which under cover of paper secures the clasp (part A of fake) between the first and second fingers. the student to will find it cementing glass disks at the ends of the chimneys. — For this capital trick you must provide yourself with two glass cylinders closed at one depots. and with the latter the fake containing the hand- Now take the paper in your right hand. All you have now is to crumble the sheet of paper. and drop the fake into your pochette. The handkerchief is now on the inside of the right hand. while the hand is perExhibit both sides fectly free in its movements. Preferably they should have rounded bottoms. end. of the paper and smooth to do it out. The effect of the satisfactory trick is as follows : — On your table are two cylin- . Then show the handkerchief to the audience. work out the handkerchief from the fake and insert the ball of paper into wire clamp. or constructed out of They may be procured from conjuring lamp chimneys. by However.tlrfcfts wftb 1banfcftercbfet0 85 With your kerchief. The New Cylinders and Handkerchief Trick. more purchase these cylinders from some reliable dealer in magical apparatus. left band pick up the tissue paper.

tricity* and move the quickly kerchiefs apart. cylinder. the other Now pick up (yellow) it the left-hand hand- kerchief and place in the right-hand cylinder.86 dbagtc ders^ In front of each lies a handkerchief. Fig. one in each hand. one yellow. change under the influ- ence of atmospheric elecPick up the cylinders. and the right-hand handkerchief (red) in the left-hand 22). red. (Fig. and make a little speech about the rapidity with which articles sometimes places. -Handkerchief change places Trick like a flash of lightning.—Handkerchief Trick Lay the cylinders once more on the table. 22. hands same moment In the the hand23. FiS- The secret of this very clever illusion will become .


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apparent on consulting the diagram, (Fig. 23). The cylinders have little holes in the bottoms. strong silk thread is run through them and looped about the handkerchiefs. A few trials will have to decide the proper length of this The explanation of this feat is simplicthread. ity itself, but the effect is very bewildering upon an audience. It is one of Plate's cleverest tricks and is performed by him with artistic finish.


—A clever

The Handkerchief Burned and Eestoeed.
trick is the "

Handkerchief burned and was a favorite with the late Alexander Herrmann, who performed it in the most artistic and graceful manner. It is a trick of pure sleight of hand, and requires no apparatus or elaborate preparation, for which reason it is to
be highly commended to those who delight in digital experiments. Says Edwin Sachs, the eminent English authority on legerdemain " If I wanted to test a conjurer's ability, I should give him this trick to perform." And yet it is made


of the simplest elements.


attention to

the rudiments of palming,
of execution.

etc., it

becomes easy

You commence

operations by requesting the

loan of a lady's handkerchief.

Take care




devoid of lace, or special ornamentation in other words a plain, white one. You come down among the audience and extract a lemon from the hair or whiskers of some gentleman, or better still from a lady's muff. Casually exhibit the lemon, holding it beneath the nose of one of the spectators, remarking: "It is a genuine lemon, as you perceive." Borrow the handkerchief, then wheeling about toss the lemon to your assistant on the platform. Now request some gentleman to stand up and rub the handkerchief between his hands. Advance toward the stage, but suddenly wheeling about, look at your volunteer assistant, with well simulated alarm on your face. " My dear sir," you remark, u what are you doing to that handkerchief ? You are rubbing it the wrong way. Kindly examine it." Much to his surprise, he finds it in small pieces. You then take the pieces, expostulating vehemently all the while with the gentleman, for having spoiled your trick, likewise the lady's handkerchief. The more comedy you inject into this little scene, the Finally you remark, " I will show you, better. sir, how to restore the handkerchief." Pass the pieces back to him, with the request that he rub tbem gently from " North to South " whiohev§r

borrow one that



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way he

performs the absurd movement, you cry I said from North to Stop that South, and you are rubbing from East to West. Let us see what you have done now." He shows the results of his handiwork, but instead of the Take pieces there is now one long strip of linen. this from him, and observe, with a melancholy
" Here, here
! !



" It is


make a

no use trying. I see that you will magician. Kindly take your seat,

sir, and study the points of the compass, before you again presume to enter the magic circle." Offer the strip to the owner of the handkerchief, saying that it is no fault of yours that it has been ruined. She will naturally refuse to accept it. Then remark " Very well, the only thing I can do is to buy you a new one, next bargain-counter day, but in the meantime let us see what we can do with this mutilated mouchoir." Return to the stage, pick up the lemon, which has been placed on the table by your assistant, and announce that you will shoot the strip of linen into the lemon. Load it into your funnel-pistol and fire at the lemon. Then cut open the fruit and take out the


Start towards the lady as but stop suddenly and remark, " This handkerchief smells rather strong of lemon.


to return

Shall I perfume





madam ? "



"Without waiting for an answer place the handkerchief on a plate and pour perfume over it, but Pick it up, and accidentally put on too much.




Say you

will dry






Light a candle,

and while holding
it ignites.

the handkerchief over the flame

on the plate and

offer it to the

Drop owner. Of


Smother the it. and again offer the burned remnants to the lady, making all sorts of excuses for the accident. As she again rejects your offer, say that you will
course she will refuse to accept

put the ashes in a paper for her. Lay the plate on the stage, and go to your table for a piece of newspaper. In the meantime your assistant creates a small diversion by endeavoring to pick up the hot plate and place it on the table. Several times he burns (or pretends to burn) his fingers, dropping the plate, but finally succeeds. By this time you have come forward with the piece of newspaper. Koll up the ashes in the paper, and remark, " Here, madam, is what is left of your handkerchief. I present it to you as a small souvenir of the entertainment. What, you won't
it ?

Tear open the paper and take out

the handkerchief fully restored.
will be greeted with applause,


the lady with your best compliments, and you


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The following


the secret of this ingenious

Take a lemon and prepare it by cutting a plugshaped piece out of one end. Now dig out all the pulp. Stuff an old handkerchief or piece of square linen into the lemon, after which replace the plug and secure it with pins. Palm the lemon in your right hand, holding the lapel of your
coat the better to conceal the fruit as you

down among
band of your

the audience.

come Under the waiston the left side, you have

secreted a bundle of about a dozen pieces of white


three inches


right side a strip of about three inches wide

on the and

a yard long. On your table have a double piece of newspaper, about a foot square, pasted together on three sides, so that it forms a sort of bag, but appears like a single thickness. Also have on the table two plates, a magic pistol, a perfume bottle filled with alcohol, a candle and a candlestick. After producing the lemon from the gentleman's whiskers, take the lady's handkerchief in the left hand. As you turn Jboward the stage to throw the lemon tuck the handkerchief under your vest in the middle and pull out the pieces and long strip from under the vest. Give the pieces to the gentleman who is to assist you, but retain

smoothing it out as flat as you can. Crumple up the paper and throw it carelessly on rid of the pieces in T Get the stage. the scenes to ob- and effect the concealment of the is original handkerchief.92 jfllbagfc the ble slip. and finally tear open the paper through the outer thickness. . While your assistant is working with the supposedly hot plate. your profonde. besides it detracts from the effect of the experi- ment. A judicious use of the wand will ena* you to better conceal the palmed linen. All is now plain sailing until you arrive at the incident of the newspaper. substitute the pieces for the long strip and give him that to hold. but this unnecessary. Wrap up the ashes. you will have ample opportunity for stuffing the original handkerchief into the paper bag. and to effect the several changes in an indetectible manner. Some performers go behind tain the paper. The ashes w ill be concealed by the inner cover. The diversion created by your assistant with the hot plate will afford you ample opportunity to get the handkerchief into the paper. While explaining to the gentleman how to restore the handkerchief.

CHAPTER V teicks with balls Creation. should be enameled trick. When closed this case will represent a solid ball. Multiplica- —For you tion. When about to present the solid come forward with the case containing a ball in the left breast pocket. but when open and held in the hand with the thumb over the hinge. solid ball Creation. will appear as two balls. —Pull up the right sleeve and then the left one. The balls. together with the case. and the other under the left armpit. 93 . the series of tricks hereafter described. consisting of two hemispheres of thin spun brass hinged together. and then produce the ball from the back of the right hand. and Annihilation of Billiard Balls. and a case to contain one of the balls. which gives you the opportunity of taking the ball in the right hand unperceived. You now execute what is known as the " Changeover Palm " to show both hands empty. Manipulation. red. will require two solid billiard balls.

ball is now found on the back of the right Manipulation*. —The amount of manipulation is considerable. showing it back and front. 24. When doing this you will be standing with your right side toward the audias follows : This palm made ball into the right ence. Now make a sharp half turn to the right and show the right hand in the same manner.— Revolving Ball pass over ferred each other.94 USSnQic is Having gotten the hand draw attention to the left with the fingers of the right. as when making the turn the palms of the hands very naturally FiG. The hand. and the ball is transfrom the palm of the right hand to that of the left. and limited only by the dexterity of the performer. This you will be able to do. possible with a single ball .

and is to all appearance a feat of dex- however. For the benefit. 1. Fig. place it between the gers.Grfcfts witb JSail5 95 The principles of sleight of II. (Fig. 24). will. of those of my readers who have not hitherto made sleight of hand a study. where Vanish the ball from the left the usual manner. 2. be found equally adaptable to this branch of the mystic art. —Ball in Position on Right Hand puzzling effect. two forefin(Fig. however. which will cause the ball to revolve with them. From this position appear to take it in the left hand. to sink it down is retained. 25). Having obtained the ball from the back of the right hand. I append a few examples. Close the right hand and place the ball on the top. very little practice. twist Then fingers the round and round. 25. hand as described in Chapter with few exceptions. really allowing it It requires. . This produces a very pleasing and terity. in hand palm of the right. and produce it from into the the left elbow.

Vanish the ball place the left hand to the nose and let the ball fall into the right hand. Place the ball between the teeth and. is palmed in the right hand. pass it up the back and over the top of the head. When the left hand is underneath. 4. . Then apas in " Le Tourniquet " with a coin. producing the ball. Appear to take the ball from the left hand. palm it in the left. Stand with the left side to the audience. and let it fall into the left hand. and immediWhen ately taken from the back of the head. throw the ball into the air several times. knee. 5. To all appearances it actually comes from the nose. apparently. howas if to force it into the mouth. ever. Throw the ball several times from one hand to the other. At the . and 1. /l&agfc hands as it Roll the ball between the palms of the if you were trying to make it smaller.96 3. give it a smart rap with the right hand The ball. really palming is it in the right hand. and finally. 6. ball The left hand now brought down rather smartly on the back of the head. producthrough the left it parently pass ing it from underneath. seem to close over the ball. when appearing to throw it into the right hand. and the produced from the mouth.

a vanish. hand palm Place the the right breast. 97 third time being that the ball Now knee. after having regained posyou stand with the hands one on each lappet of the coat. session of the ball. and can be produced as fancy suggests. is all that is necessary to reverse the its motion of the arm. the above forms an excellent final vanish to If used as any billiard-ball trick. and show the hand empty. bow. If the ball is not produced. then pulls up the sleeve. You then blow on the left hand to vanish the ball. the hand. 8. . and find the ball at the back of the right Apparently transfer the ball from the right to the left. a very clever amateur conjurer. which I have found practical in every way. perform the " Change-over Palm. hand the effect vanished into thin air. George Newman. turned palm toward the audience. really palming of the right it. into the the ball will find way palm of the hand. and retire. this. hand (containing the ball) on and thence extend it over in the In the act of doing is held between direction of the left sleeve." described palm it in the left is above. This pass. was given to me by Mr.Gricfcs witb $all0 . the ball leaves the palm and the forearm and the body. To when regain possession of the ball.

placing the thumb over the joint. really opening the case to represent two balls. For two balls. To show these as two solid balls. vanish. one in each hand. In doing so you take out the trick ball.98 jflfcaGtC The following explanations will to some extent be given in the " vernacular." As you say this you appear to place the ball in the left hand. " One. when you will appear to have two balls in the left hand." it being assumed that the student has become familiar with the various passes. Multiplication. session of the trick ball. means of the following which can be done byAppear to place the ball in the left hand. This can easily be done under cover of the right hand. take the ball out of the case. waving the hand up and down. open the shell. and take it from the left breast pocket. Draw attention to the ball in the left hand. leaving the solid one behind. —Take the trick ball in the left hand. which forthwith close. and. and palming the solid one in the right hand. —You must now obtain posruse. and this one " (ball in right hand) " make two. and remark. and really — . For three balls. Produce the ball you have palmed from behind the left knee.

and you will seem to have passed a ball up your sleeve. previously left in the breast pocket.Grfcfts witb 353all0 99 place left with the two others (case open) in the Wave the left hand up and down. and really place it with it hand. and drop the solid ball out of the case into the profonde.— Appear case. and this one" (ball in right hand) "make three. really allowing one to fall into the Vanish this ball in the act of throwing it to the audience. Draw attention to the two balls now in the left hand (case open. and dropping the ball but of the case under the cover of the right hand. really palming it as before." Actuand throw the ball into the air several times. appear to hold four solid balls. You now find the palmed ball at the left elbow. You will now Annihilation. you apparently place the ball in the left hand. — the other three in the left hand. For four balls. while doing this lower the left hand. and under cover of the movement allow the solid Then produce the ball ball to slip into the case. . Watch me." Saying which. actually take another solid ball in the right hand and exclaim. " Two. with a solid ball in one half) and remark. to take a ball in the right hand. " I will You now vanish this one into thin ally air.

solid ball extracted. " Oh. Two and one" (the one in the right hand) "make some one is sure to remark." At *sure to say." left You now really place the ball in the hand. make believe to take this last ball in the right hand. looking at the right suspected.100 /HSaafc making a movement fail to notice. the Finally. The right it hand is then closed over the ball so that cannot be and the left the profonde. saw him put one To which you will rein his pocket that time. standing with your right side to the spectators. Then vanit in the act of apparently throwing into air. " Oh ! this point some one is almost but I saw you put it in your . the case is opened. Instead of doing this. it fall Again appear letting ish it into the case as before. Wave the left hand up and down. and under cover of the movement close the case. It is well to again let this hand quietly places the case in move- Then. I would not deceive you in such a manner. which will dispose of the third ball. no. " I have now only to dispose of hand. remark : ment be r this last ball. " I three. and the seen. however. I did not put any in my pocket. under cover of the right hand." ply. that the audience cannot Thinking they have caught you. to take a ball in the right hand.

on the table. The plates are to act as covers for the basins. On the top of this plate place the other basin. billiard-ball trick. place one of the one of the balls. covering the same with the remainbasins. and each is covered In the course of the preceding a portion of the same. and bring derision by showing the ball To cause the disappearance of the last ball make use of the pass described under Example 8 (p. . To prepare and cover it for the trick. Billiaed Balls and Basins." You will then cause considerable amusement to the spectators. In addition to these paraphernalia you will require two india-rubber balls to match in size and color the ordinary : billiard balls. containing ing plate. basins —For the pur- pose of this trick you will require two small and two tea plates.Gricfce witb JBalls 101 pocket. containing the second ball. or — basins. The effect of the illusion is as follows The two basins are shown empty. two balls are vanished. in the right hand. 97). with one of the plates. afterward appearing in the with a plate. on the party with the voice.

You must now go through the same movements with the other plate. left you take hand. floor.102 fl&asfc "When about to present the illusion. would rattle and thus betray Color-Changing Billiard Balls. and the trick is practically finished. ball. balls essential for silence Ordinary wooden their presence. known as the " Chameleon Balls. Show the left hand empty. This the right. and im- mediately take the plate in the right hand. while holding the basin so that the inside can be inspected. balls The india-rubber balls are when dropped into the basin. Cover the basin with the plate and in doing so secretly introduce the ball. also both sides of the plate. retaining Place the basin on the the ball in the fingers. fingers enables you to grasp the ball. All that re- mains for you to do now is to vanish two and find them in the basins. and conceal it in the top plate in the the fingers. and show both sides of the right hand. which again conceals the ball. taking the ball with it. and basin." this form of the trick the ball is caused to change . is —There a very old trick similar to what I am about to In describe. Then pass the plate back into the left hand. and the basin in inside and thumb out.

you throw this in the air as if to While all eyes follow the ball in its upward flight you lower the left hand and take the. in which you have the white ball Then show the right hand back and front. palming it. Now take the visible red ball in the fingers of the right hand. and> at the same inThis stant." the left palmed. white ball from the profonde. may require. . make the "Change-over Palm. — Make a half turn to the right and take the red ball in the fingers of hand. half shells of different colors. course stand with the right side to the audience. and the black one in the Having arrived at the pochette. brings your right side again to the auditorium and enables you to show the left hand empty. In doing this you would of vanish it in that direction. in point Annihilation (p. but brought about different means. I will now ex- method of producing a result analogous to the old trick. by entirely The necessary and a white accessories are a red. or off.Gricft0 wftb J3ail5 as occasion' 103 by palming plain a on. a black. 100) where all the balls have been disposed of with the exception of the billiard ball. Place the white ball in the prof onde. The Chakge to White. on the left side. last solid one. all solid.

The Diminishing Billiard Balls. with the exception of the white To make ball. and turning to the left bring it down rather smartly on the table. . to prove its solidity. it is necessary to actually balls in practice the various movements with the front of a mirror. Then lay both balls down on the table.104 flbZQiC in the fingers of the left hand. or it can be produced with good effect from the bottom of the trousers. The Change to Black. — The trick under notice has for its effect the apparent . execute the change you place the red ball and then stroke it with the palm of the right palming the red ball and leaving in place of it the white one. To change the white ball to black you will proceed as in the previous change. To appreciate and thoroughly understand the — effect of the above. disposing of the palmed white ball at the earliest opportunity. You take the ball in the right hand. This gives you the opportunity of dropping the red ball into the profonde and taking the black one from the pochette. Again the "Change-over Palm" showing the hands empty.

and dispose of it as soon as possible. In this case a trick ball is used of a size equal to half that of the ordinary one. palm off the hollow ball. but can be instantly released by simply passing the ball of the thumb over it. The trick ball is placed in the left pochette. and which afterward disappears entirely.. in the left hand. A duplicate of this small ball should Fi ^ 26 - Trick "is be placed in the right hand waistcoat pocket for use in the latter part of the trick. whence it is obtained and used according to the instructions given in the " Color-changing Balls. and in the act of stroking it with the right hand. and hollowed out so as to contain a solid ball of a diameter equal to half that of itself." To produce the smallest size. 26). and finally to a very small ball. (Fig. . with which several amusing passes are made.Gricfcs wftb mnlte 105 diminution of an ordinary billiard ball. first to half its original size. hold the trick ball having previously loosened the small bne. The hollow ball must be so the small constructed that one pinches slightly into it. secondly to one-quarter its original size.

pretend to mouth. raise the right hand as if to take the ball into the left hand. 96.106 ^BSagic With the small ball you now execute the pass Then as described under Example 4 on p. showing the ball between the teeth. which will appear to be the same. really palming it. Then repeat the same pass. all . hollowed out so as to take a handkerchief. then bring the left hand down with apparent force on the top of the Here from the mouth. including the above. You now seem to place the ball in the left hand. I have seen a series of passes. but this time actually let the ball fall from the mouth head. performed with two eggs in place of the small balls. and produce the one from the vest pocket. I should not advise him to attempt this. introduction to a billiard ball trick. the right disposing of the palmed ball into the profonde. actually place the ball in the swallow it. The Handkerchief Ball. with an opening one inch in diameter on the surface. — This that forms a very good is required being a ball of the usual size. but really push it back and show the palmed one. but unless the performer be endowed with a colossal cavity between the upper and lower jaws.

which would not admit of the hole being observed. being careful to keep the ball out of sight as much as possible until the handkerchief has totally disappeared. you can do so by changing the hollow ball for a solid one in the same manner that you changed the solid ball for the trick one in the " Multiplying Billiard Balls. Finally throw the ball into the air. glass tumbler three parts filled with — A . Then take up the handkerchief (secretly securing the ball) and gradually work it into the ball. perform any small trick before proceeding with the present one. After performing any trick in which a handkerchief has been employed. carelessly throw it over the back of the chair while you roll up your sleeves. which can safely be done providing it and the handkerchief are both of the same color." is by means The Dissolving Billiard Ball. At this point. should you desire to proceed with a billiard ball trick.Gtfcfts wftb $all0 107 This ball chair suspended behind the top rail of a of a pin. This forms an excellent conclusion to a billiard ball trick. otherwise it might be too palpable that the handkerchief was thrown over the chair for a purpose. If you do not care to roll up the sleeves.

108 /Ifcaaic water is given to a gentleman to hold. man is not at all likely to discover that he holds only a half ball. he is effectually prevented from making an examination. This shell is secretly slipped over the ball in the act of covering it with the handkerchief. A ball then covered with a handkerchief and given to the gentleman with a request that he will hold it over the glass and at the word " three " will allow it to fall into the water. but it is applicable to any object that can be conveniently . the ball having apparently been dissolved therein. and upon the handkerchief being removed from the tumbler. nothing remains but the fluid. being hampered with the glass of water. and when handing it to the gentleman the solid ball The gentleis palmed away by the performer. It is well to be provided with a tumbler the bottom of which is shaped somewhat to fit the form of the shell. Fancy Sleight with a Small Ball. as. but this latter feature is not absolutely necessary. and ornamented slightly. is The secret of this lies in the fact that the per- former is provided with a half shell of clear glass. which is perfectly transparent. — small ball is generally used for this pass. This is done.

apart from being an accident.{Wefts witb $alt0 100 it is placed in the mouth. The hand is then brought down rather smartly on the back of the head. which is then brought down with apparent force on the back of the head. immediately facing round and drawing attention to the right hand the fingers of which must seem to close round the object. the ball being immediately afterward taken from the mouth. In effect as follows left A ball. still After having picked up the ball and while in a stooping position with his back toward the spectators. ball on the floor. the performer quickly throws it into his mouth. The performer then makes a sign indicative that the ball has passed up into the left hand. when it will appear to have actually traveled to that position. dropping the The dropping of the ball. lutely essential to the success is abso- of the illusion. for instance. The ball in the mouth is then revealed. At this point he apparently meets with an accident. . however. is rubbed into the elbow thence up into the hand. The rubbing at the elbow is again commenced and the right hand eventually shown empty. The performer The sleight is thus executed arid passed : takes the ball in his right to rub it hand and commences into his left elbow.

The other one is prepared in exactly the same way. but contains a to change places at : layer of black glazed paper to represent the black ball. The solution of the problem lies in the construction of the papers with which the balls are covered. for the above. I am indebted to Mr. Ross Conyears. They are arranged thus Take two pieces of newspaper and paste them together all round the edges. Rouge et Noir. and thereby confusing the audience as to the relative positions of the balls. care being taken to cover the red ball with the paper containing the black layer. and vice versa. having previously inserted between them a layer of red glazed paper of the same shade as the ball. The two balls are now wrapped in the papers. As if to satisfy them on this point he . The diameter of the balls should be four and one-half inches.110 ilfcagic This sleight can very well be introduced at the close of the Diminishing Billiard Balls. wrapped and placed in borrowed hats. mixing up the packages. command. one red and one black. After this has been done the performer feigns a slip. an exceed- ingly dexterous magician. in pieces of paper —This pretty trick consists of causing two balls.

on the is paper being removed. and Tumbler. the parcels. The ball. and wrapped in paper. after which the supposed transposition of the balls will be easily understood. must be secretly introduced into the hat : — . are then caused to vanish. who immediately afterward produces them from the hat. paper. — A billiard is ball is placed in a small wrapped in a piece of newspaper and deposited in a borrowed hat.Sticks wftb ffiatis 111 tears a small hole in the outer covering of one of exposing say the layer of black is then placed in the hat on the supposition that it contains the black ball. and tumbler. is then taken from the hat. which in turn chief The performer then takes a small silk handkerand rolls it up in his hands. found to contain the handkerchief. and. when it is seen The glass to have become transformed into a billiard ball. together with the piece of paper. and as such will serve as an example for the arrangement of others. from the hands of the performer. This a very good combination trick. handkerchief. tumbler. The other package is now treated in the same manner. Handkerchief. The modus operandi is as follows A duplicate tumbler containing a handkerchief. one at a time. The parcel is Ball.

This can easily be done by taking the hat fingers inside and thumb out. These articles. including the piece of paper. opening downward. and. in the cenwhich is fixed a disk of cardboard of the . and found to contain the handkerchief. The tumbler containing the is (See ball Hat and then placed in the hat. The performer then returns to the table and proceeds to dispose of the articles thereon. into the ball. and under cover of the same the hollow ball alThe handkerchief is worked ready described. which is shown in due course. The performer now goes to the hat.112 Aftasfc prior to the Tricks. in conjurer's logic. To cause the disappearance of the glass you must be provided with a handkerchief. and the ball.) commencement of the trick. are then wrapped in paper laid on the table by the side of the ball. that it is empty. under pretense of moving it further away. The performer now takes up a duplicate handkerchief. and The laid on the table. consisting of two handkerchiefs tre of sewn together round the edges. silk by preference. the fingers being inserted in the top of the tumbler. duplicate tumbler is then removed from the hat. The piece of paper rolled up. thus proving. are caused to vanish by any of the means already explained. turns it over.

Grfcfts wftb Sails 113 same size as the top of the tumbler. not forgetting to crumple the paper into a ball before taking out. to satisfy the spectators that is still there.. the performer. the right hand being immediately dived into the hat and the handkerchief produced. strikes it several times on the back allows the glass to and under cover of the movement fall into the network servante. readily understood. The handkerchief. the ultimate disposal of which will now be In conclusion. still appears to contain the glass. owing to the presence of the disk. as of a chair. it . however. the performer takes the handkerchief lying on the table and vanishes it by palming in the ordinary way. if The tumit bler being covered with this handkerchief. The other articles should be removed one at a time.

The chief. in large pleats. lends itself in "1'art magique" are almost innumerable. known as spring flowers. These are made to fold flat. and the one immediately under consideration. the size of the parcel when ready for introduction being five inches by three and threefourth inches by one and one-half inches. Two hundred flowers.CHAPTEE VI HAT TRICKS The uses to which that piece of headgear. The ribbon should be folded over and over. eight inches wide. three and and one-half inches by two and one-half inches. is the production therefrom of a host of heterogeneous articles. but immediately on being rethree-fourth inches by two Two — in . — dozen fancy cardboard boxes. so that it can be readily taken from — the hat. the silk much abused hat. however. of which the following list will give an idea Fifty yards of sash ribbon. Each flower when closed is very little thicker than brown paper.

is hardly necessary to remark. made bundle of wood. machine rolled. One hundred easily be of these flowers. and provided lid. can hidden in the hand. colored is made in coils. These make a tremendous show when strewn about the — stage. —This It is usually filled made inches in diameter. is to have a number in zinc. This is made hollow. with a sliding also sweets can be with various soft goods. such as handkerchiefs. — These. A five cannon ball. together with a feeding-bottle containing ribbon. A coil of ribbon can very well be placed in the bottom of the sham bundle of wood. —This this One hundred yards of narrow.Ibat Grtcfea 115 leased expands to the size of a full-brown tulip. Four pound weight of playing cards. also. consisting of a cardboard case with pieces of wood — glued on the outside and on one end. hollow. and bonbons for distribution. etc. ribbons. . are imitation. joined together in a long string by means of cotton. A A string of sausages. when it closed.. When producing the coil it should be unrolled from the centre. It is usually filled with baby linen. milk. similar to that used for telegraph purposes. A good plan. the other being left open. being in silk of the required color.

etc. This is made with stout colored paper. for facility in introducing it into the hat. This should have a three-quarter inch hole. —The which is telescopic in action. made from pieces of carrot cut A cage. (Fig. Fig. 27). white. A bowl of gold fish. The bowl 27. The space between the two contains the water and fish. when introducing the trick. The fish used are is filled imitation. may announce that he is about to erect the American Colors at the North red. two inches deep.116 ilftagic solid wooden cannon hall. barber's pole. which are inserted through a hole in the bot- tom of the outer inside bowl. and pulls out A — A — from the centre. — This really consists of two bowls. the latter being afterward corked. large cage containing a live canary. the upper part . Pole. being to shape.— Bowl Gold Fish of with bonbons. about thirty feet long and four inches to five inches thick at the base. bored in it toward the centre. one within the other. If the pole be constructed of and blue paper the performer.

as the cage is withdrawn. This is owing to the fact that the seed boxes. These are made in celluloid and fit one in the other. and decobottles in rated with labels taken from the genuine article. Twenty pint tumblers^ ruby and green. A . which in their normal position are on the inside. and drape it with a silk skirt. and the lower part a tumbler. These are not quite so as they look. being merely halfthin metal. the upper part containing wine. — Six champagne bottles. five inches in diameter. If a hole be cut in the top of the head it can be utilized in the same manner as the cannon ball. and when once taken out cannot be put back. revolve on spring pivots.Dat Cdcfts sliding 117 is down into the lower. They are all of the same size. japanned black. skull which rises spontaneously from the hat. nearly twice the height of the hat. bottle with a horizontal division in the centre. thus making it impossible to return it to the hat until they are replaced. — Obtain a doll's head. is generally introduced with the substantial — A shells. A Chinese doll. from any Oriental store. A small rabbit. but being very thin occupy very little more space than a single one.

as. The articles for the . as a rule. a model in papier-mache.118 fltisnQic —This hollow. is the manner in which they are secretly introduced. Apart from this I have another. It is not my intention to give directions for making these goods. clumsy and ill-made apparatus being absolutely useless. and being very serviceable. as they can be bought at a very small cost from any of the dealers in magical apparatus. should this be detected. It will be at once obvious to the reader that the chief element in the magical production of from a borrowed hat. is. It is caused to rise from the hat by means of a black thread. I have found by experience that Amateur work this is the best course to pursue.. and down to the is is assistant. very commendable. that of giving in- struction in the actual working of the trick. of the looks and gestures of the performer to articles misdirect the audience. and consequently dear at any price. which is carried through a staple in the flies immediately over the performer's table. the trick would fail ignominiThe main secret lies in the combination ously. viz. but scarcely so as regards conjuring. thence through another staple behind the wings. and what I believe to be a more important object in view.

28). folded as instructed. must be wing and another similar packet must be placed in the profonde on the left side. with black tape. I will now describe one or two methods employed to effect this desideratum. Under this heading I shall endeavor to give the working of a hat trick as actually presented to an audience. The sash ribbon. 28. the tape being passed through the small loop. The following preparations must be made A small rabbit is placed in the right hand profonde. using for the purpose articles selected from the preceding list. A packet of one hundred spring flow: — ers. at the right round the fancy boxes together with the string of sausages.1bat Grfcfce 119 most part are introduced under cover of natural movements.— uk le the back of a chair by means of a x pin -P° Wire Loop and a double loop of florist's wire (Fig. This leaves is tied 17 . secured by a band of tissue paper. quickness being of little or no avail. in the hands of the assistant . and a billiard ball and a small dinner plate are laid on the table. Loading. which is then hung on the pin. The parcel is suspended behind Fig.

Thus prepared they are placed in the capacious breast pocket on the left side. — The performer places his hand. perfectly hat. where. this empty. it is quite invisible at a few paces. in The twenty pint tumblers are wrapped up piece of colored sash-ribbon a and tied round with tape to which is attached a loop of wire. and feeding bottle.120 ilftagfc the large loop. The skull. and in position it can be moved about and turned . however. and having done so. it is well to perform a preliminary experiment with the same. sticking up over the back of the chair. containing the coil of ribbon. A very good one is that known as The Magnetized Hat. baby linen. must be in readiness on the servante at the back of a second chair. The bundle of wood. is located on the servante at the back of the table. The next thing to do is to obtain the loan of a hat. the loop projecting so that the thumb of the right hand can be passed through it and the package withdrawn. on the crown of the which forthwith adheres to the palm. or globe of gold fish. cannon ball. the use of which will be noted in due course. whichever the performer intends to use.

with the handkerchief. and the palm of the hand placed thereon. fitted little piece of apparatus It consists of a brass plate with ^ two bent pins as shown. a silk handkerchief is thrown over the hat. beThe. The nation. This seeming impossibility is accomplished with the aid of the illustrated in Fig. The clip is removed. in the final stage of the trick. The clip must be pressed into the crown of the hat while returning with it to the stage. Finally. 29. painted pins should > situated be so that by the placing Fig 29 *~" A PP aratus for Magnetized Hat ' two middle fingers between them the hat can be raised. but the effect is still the same. The finger tips are then used in place of the palm with the same result. ball and plate are now given for examiand while all attention is riveted on these . the pin on the left of the figure be- ing inserted first. the whole ing black.1bat Ctfcfts 121 over in any direction. The working of the trick will now be readily understood.

and vanishes it by palming . the hat being changed over into the left hand. and the second load thus introduced. in which condition it carried back to the stage. appearing to pass it through the The plate is then removed. gives the performer the packet of flowers the hat being immediately placed in the right hand to conceal . The hat is is then covered with the plate. the packreceive them. under cover of the wing. age is obtained from the profonde. and the rabbit handed to the assistant at the wings with the right. plate into the hat. which should be spread over the stage to While this is being done. which should be done while amongst the audience. The hat is now taken in the left hand. their presence. While drawing attention hat. paper is broken with the and the flowers are released. They are then shaken out slowly on to a large sheet of black alpaca. two ample opportunity will be found to introduce the rabbit unobserved. followed immediately by the rabbit. and at the same time. The performer now takes the ball. and placed on the table. When the flowers have all been shaken from . the tissue to the outside of the fingers.122 d&agfc articles. and the ball taken from the hat with the right hand. The assistant takes the rabbit.

push the forefinger through the loop of wire. and contains a large quantity. take it in the right hand. no one will suspect that the hat contains anything. and when removing the hand from the back bring away the load. which will fall into the hat unobserved. hand holding the hat. putting it on one side. fingers inside and thumb out. Now move the chair away a few paces. taken from the hat and placed on the table. the in the breast pocket." The ribbon is next pulled from the hat in long lengths with the right hand.Ibat Gtfcfts 123 the hat. are The boxes now When removing the lattery some amusement may be caused by referring to them as " an indefinable. followed by the sausages. and take up the alpaca containing the flowers. condimental amalgamation of membranaceous disintegrations. Leave the hat on the chair. and approach the chair (this should be on your right) on which is the bundle Take the top of the chair in the of ribbons. as what you have done has been but natural in the preparation of the stage for the next trick. and in doing so. etc. Up to this point. when the hand thumb is slipped through the wire loop attached to the tumblers These are introduced when inserting the hand to take out the next length of .

It is usual when taking the ribbon from the hat to spin it out on the wand. and placed on the table. Holding the hat by the brim. I shall reribbon. and remarking. and coil.124 dftagic The introduction of the tumblers cannot be detected. owing to the presence of the ribbon When the whole of in which they are wrapped. The tumblers are now taken from the hat. and by inserting the middle finger of the hand into the hole in the cannon ball scoops it up into the hat. and finally the wood itself. " Now. how do you suppose I am going to get home with this ? Why. which is forthwith raised and placed crown downward on the table. . The performer then takes up the ribbon from the chair. -The baby linen. it is thrown over the back of the chair." It is needless to say that under cover of the ribbon the bundle of wood is introduced into the hat. fingers inside and thumb out. quire at least two cabs. the ribbon has been extracted. are now produced. behind which is the bundle of wood. the performer lowers it for an instant to the rear edge of the table. and makes an effort to return it to the hat. feeding bottle. thereby drawing attention to its great bulk.

— For this purpose . From little the foregoing it will be seen that with a expenditure of ingenuity and trouble a hat trick can be carried on to an almost indefinite It should not. To Produce a number of Eggs from a Hat held Crown upward. or skull. . and. is necessary to execute a good hat trick faultlessly but this should not disconcert the reader. if necessary. of course. also as a basis on which the student may arrange a hat trick of his own. only acquired from years of actual practice. in any case exceed fifteen minutes. or the list may be supplemented by others. I have taken the preceding list simply as an illustration of the way in which the various movements are combined to appear natural and thus avoid detection. . would of course be in a similar manner. as it is only in accordance with what must be expected in the acquisition of an art. makes room This for the next production. be substituted for those given. Any articles can. An amount of sang froid and boldness. or cut down as occasion may require. The worked fish bowl. period. however.•feat Gricfes 125 left movement should be executed with the hand while the right lays the bundle of wood down on the table.

To one end of this bag is sewn an ordinary tie clip. and attached to the lining of the same by means of the clip. and removed later under cover of some other article. and large enough to contain the required number of eggs. the other end being cut off and provided with a piece of elastic so that eggs placed therein cannot come out unless pressure be applied with the hand. The eggs used should be blown ones. The bag should be allowed to remain in the hat after the last egg has been taken from it. oval in shape. The bag is loaded into the hat by one or other of the methods described. Under these circumstances the production of the eggs from the inverted hat will be an easy matter.126 dfoa<3tc you must be provided with a black linen bag. .

which he then holds in a The ring now comperpendicular position. the knot making all secure. mences to climb up the wand very slowly. about twice the length of the wand.CHAPTER VII ANTI-SPIRITUALISTIC TRICKS The Climbing Ring— The performer having obtained the loan of a lady's ring. who immediately hands it back to the . but a good plan is to make a very small knot in the end of the thread. in which position it will not be noticed. The ring is now dropped over the wand. to which it is fixed at the uppermost end. The thread is then passed down the side of the wand. This pretty experiment depends entirely upon a black silk thread. stopping or descending at command finally it jumps right off the wand and is caught by the performer. and conse127 . The means by which the thread is attached may vary. which is then passed through a fine slit cut in the end of the wand. passes it over the end of his wand. lady.

at the same time asking some one to call out the name This having been done the of any celebrity. thereon. while the right. he waves it about very slowly. pencil . by the manipulation of which it may be caused to rise or fall. This thimble having been placed on the forefinger of the hand. holding it between the thumb and the second finger of the hand. or. The Mysterious Name. The wand is usually held in the left hand. who finds the selected name written This ingenious trick to the end of is accomplished with the aid of a small accessory in the shape of a thimble. in response to a sharp tug. which is attached a small piece of about a quarter of an inch in length. in which is the end of the thread. it will be found. — This trick. and. is a capital and one that can be introduced at any The performer borrows a visiting card from any stranger in the company. card is almost immediately handed back to the time.128 jflftasfc quently over the thread. owner. holds the lapel of the coat. by experiment. when all that is necessary to obtain the desired result is to move the left hand to or from the body as required. to jump right off the wand.

. An ordiis to be produced in a magical manner. The corner is laid on the it A New — table and the card torn up into small pieces which are then placed in the magic pistol (see p. corner. as Postal Tkick. The card is afterward produced from the hat covered with writ- and fully restored with the exception of the on being fitted to the card is found to correspond in every way. etc. the thimble may be palmed as instructed elsewhere. and fired at a borrowed hat. message. which This card is secretly introduced into the hat it returning with to the stage. and from which a corner has been removed. can be employed in conjunction with any trick where a word. and immediately after the trick. hand both portions back to the performer.BntteSpfrftualfstfc Grfcfts 129 that the name may very easily be written on the back of a card held as instructed. having palmed the portion missing from the card in the hat. nary postcard is handed to a spectator with a request that he will tear a small piece from one corner. total of sum. makes an exchange when laying the . The trick is accomplished with the aid of a second card prepared with the necessary writing. This is very useful. Prior to. ing. 61). when The performer. and having done so.

after . Slate Tricks. as floor by this means the danger of dropping any on the is obviated. "No. for —Under this heading will recent in- be noticed several methods. New vention. who. you appear to overhear a remark to the effect that you have put something in your pocket. into fragments. An of additional effect may be obtained by having previously placed in the body of the pistol a piece a powder for producing when. after having disposed of the cup containing the torn card. all of performing the well-known slate First Method. here is the paper containing the card " (really the package of colored fire). See. trick. to which you reply. which is then fired at the hat. after which the card is removed from the paper containing colored fire. The package of powder is then laid on a plate and fired. The plain card is then torn placed in and together with its corner is the pistol. hat.130 rtfcaflfc corner on the table. I certainly did not put anything in my pocket. paper in the mouth of It is well to place a piece of the cone to receive the torn pieces of card. — Two ordinary school slates are given into the hands of a spectator.

and when it ceases the slates are at once handed out to the performer. in which condition they are placed in the cabinet. therewedges between the slates on sufficient space is of the rib. under — . who on separating them finds the required message. will be when the writing of provided for the the message found an easy matter. to which at one end is fitted a . Under these circumstances the performer is provided with a piece of prepared chalk not the conventional commodity as sold by every chemist. which is then allowed to dry. after examination. which are then bolted together and put into the cabinet. but prepared by coating a piece of steel. The piece of chalk is placed between the two slates. ties them together with stout cord. may be actually screwed to- gether with iron bolts. with chalk paste. Second Method. minute piece of one side until insertion pencil. —In this case the two slates. fore. about the size of a pea. "Writing is immediately heard. The secret lies in the fact that the medium is provided with two small wooden wedges also an umbrella rib.BntteSpiritualtetic Gricfcs 131 making a careful examination. when. is to force the All he has to do. but in spite of this precaution writing is obtained as before.

the prepared chalk will produce the spirit writing. when almost immediately writing is heard and on the slate being turned round it is found to contain the desired message. and when this has been continued long enough the message is thumb on the back revealed. and while returning to the stage. This having been done. . a small one for preference. After performer examination the slate is held by the above his head. The slate. or in the large pocket in the breast of the He then holds the slate above his head. and concealing the writing which is already there. coat. and asks a spectator to initial it in one corner to satisfy himself that it is not ex- changed. the performer removes the flap under cover of his body and places it in the vest. is provided with a loose vulcanite flap covering one side. — nation (keeping the flap in position by means of the fingers). The performer hands the slate round for exami. of writing is produced by scratching with one of the slate. The sound fingers in front and thumbs behind. Thied Method (one slate only).132 flhWiC the influence of a powerful horseshoe magnet passed over the outside of one slate as required.

effect of is this trick. Avhich is exceptionally as fol- knots having been tied in a large silk handkerchief borrowed from a member of the audience. —Several . and all round the handkerchief. on which. with glycerine just before commencing the is and to load the pistol with a small charge of powder. at a the slate. it is thrown on the floor of the stage when it immediately begins to act as if it were a live snake. the message is To produce sary is this startling effect all that is neces- to write the message on the slate trick. The Spirit Handkerchief. is on both sides. fires immediately" after the report. — condition given to a spectator to hold. direct at The performer then takes a few paces.BntteSpiritualtetic Gricfcs 133 Fourth Method (one slate instance the slate. The performer passes his wand over. In this an ordinary one. on the top of which placed a quantity of powdered chalk. under. thus proving to the satisfaction of the most astute that there are no connections. discovered. which is shown to be it is clean only). in which pistol and. twisting and twirling about in every conceivable form. lows : —The good.

to the owner. the performer. . takes it diagonally by two corners and twists it up rope fashion. one a little below the centre. the loan of the handkerchief. Having made the last knot the performer drops the handkerchief on the floor. and it is done in the following manner fine black silk thread is stretched across the stage from one wing to the other. and the third at one end. with the knots still tied. one a little above the centre. however. This is managed by the assistant at one end dropping the thread and the other one pulling it clear of the handkerchief. Finally. forming the head of the snake.134 Hbmic hardly necessary to say. it should be made to jump into the hand of the performer. the ends being Having obtained in the hands of two assistants. standing behind the thread. While this is being done the assistants raise the thread round which the last knot. He then ties three knots in it. is actually but owing to the thread being invisible this tied will pass unobserved. who should at once hand it. connection is actually made with the handkerchief. when its emulation of a live snake will depend entirely on the adroit manner in which the assistants manipulate the thread. It is : A . that in spite of such convincing proof to the contrary.

waxed side in which condition the assistant When it to a gentleman in the audience. is performed by a method very little known. At this stage the performer is introduces a reel of telephonic wire. the end of which. takes is placed on the glass. and having done so. This having been done. writing on the paper a very faint impression. The use of the wire is . The paper downward. Mysterious Communication. handed to the writer. —This which is a very good one. all that is necessary is to be provided with a piece of paper smeared over on one side with white wax. is obtained on the glass.BntteSpfrftualfstic Grfcfcs 135 The trick. or common washing soap also a slab of plate glass by way of writing board. writes the message. with a request that he will place the loop over the ball of the left thumb. folds the paper and — puts it in his pocket. the performer places the reel against his forehead. after a few seconds' thought. The effect is as follows: Any person writes on a piece of paper any word or series of words to form a short sentence. and. on the blackboard. or an answer thereto. To obtain this result. invisible to any one who does not actually look for In the act of taking it. the glass back from his assistant the performer obtains the desired cue. containing a loop.

Ob- . " Magic. The Great Dictionary is Trick (new an improvement on the old trick under this name. is taken from a bag containing fifty. but. dictionary." The gentleman is next requested to open the envelope." in exact accordance with the word chosen. and which is. it adds much to the effect of the trick. The effect is as follows The performer hands a sealed envelope to a spectator. a playing card. n sorcery enchantment. say twenty-seven. all numbered differently the dictionary is opened at the page containing the card. from the A . A dictionary is then given for examination. asking him to take care of it. whereas formerly the trick depended entirely upon a dictionary composed of one page method). and on doing so finds to his astonishment that it contains a card on which is written " Magic. The seeming mystery is easily explained. as any dictionary may be used. of course. after which a lady inserts in it. we will suppose. counter bearing a number. and due note 36 taken of the twenty-seventh word indicated by the counter. at any page. y .136 flbagic optional. apparently by chance. and not break the seal until requested. — This repeated throughout.

gives a card. of course. The book is then closed. care that the two cards do not clash. from which the performer takes a handful of counters numbered from one to fifty and gives them for examination. silk.2lntf=5pfritualf0tfc Crfcfcs 137 tain a new twenty-five cent pocket dictionary. preferably of counter. however will care- he is may be. bag which is accounted for by the fact that the provided with a division through its entire . unless otherwise maltreated. with a request that she will insert it between the leaves in any position and push it right into the book. takes The performer. after which they are returned to the bag. it and. Any person is now allowed to place his hand in the bag and remove one small bag. After the dictionary has been examined the performer allows it to fall open at this page. but ful it is A needless to say. open readily at the same page. is this condition the dictionary is laid next introduced. In on the table. bend the covers right back until they touch each other. identical in every respect with the other one. to a lady. The performer. still holding the book. into which he secretly introduces a playing card previously palmed in his right hand. having opened somewhere about the middle. the number chosen be twenty- seven. Any new book used thus will ever afterward.

e." For the above trick. usually a lady and a gentleman. one of which connumbered one to fifty. Maurice Victor. twenty-seven. a most skilful exponent of sleight of hand. in the form described. to a conclusion as already described. are required for this seance.. with the card. or it may be revealed by the method employed in "A New Postal Trick. fifty i. two pockets. the one chosen by the lady some one is asked to note the twenty-seventh word on that page as indicated by the counter. dictionary is now opened by the performer which every one will take to be page. and the counters all bearing the same number. I am indebted to Mr. The performer can always ensure the left-hand page of the opening being read. Care must also be taken not to expose the duplicate card. Long-distance Second Sight. The gentleman intro- . By way of variation the chosen word may be produced with the sympathetic ink. in such a position that the twenty-seventh word on the right-hand page cannot be seen. forming tains the counters other. the trick being brought The at his own .138 dfcagic length. — Two per- formers. by holding the book.

is placed in the soft a small piece : . This pad.BntteSpirftualfstfc Hrfcfte 139 duces the lady. who immediately number. amount of money in any purse. ink. consisting of a piece of cardboard. of cigarettes in lady. etc. mittee. writes down the time. on examination. . . part of then escorted by a comto a room in a the house. together with several cigarette papers. and kind of After this has been done a member of purse. the committee takes pen. initials. these. neither has the performer left the stage. on which are held. . by means of two elastic bands. chosen different who from the audience. three and one-half inches by two inches. and no connection of any description exists between them. are found to be correct. and kind of case. of lead pencil. in which she is is under lock and key. This inexplicable performance is thus accomThe performer is provided with a small plished writing pad. Several of the committee then guard the room. while the others return to the concert-hall and give the performer the following particulars Time shown by any watch (not necessarily the proper time) initials of any person in the room any number of four secured : — . although she has never left the room. and paper to the . figures any word of four or five letters number any case.

on the cigarette paper. necessary that the order in which the . one under the other. in order to prove that a prepared piece is not used. seconds.140 d&aflfc right-hand trousers pocket. the performer stands with his right hand in the pocket. can be done quite legibly. before placing it on the opposite end of the pen in the place provided for it. and together with a fountain pen. It is and writes out the required information." and in the absence of the committeeman she takes a hairpin. a perfectly natural attitude. to the lady. by one of the committee. he inserts in it the small ball of paper. and appears to be thinking deeply but he is really writing down the particulars. and with reads. paper the lady requests to be left alone for a few . is taken. As the various items are called out. which. A piece of plain paper is now obtained from any member of the audience. with a little practice. supplied by the performer. it extracts the ball of paper from the pen. and. as otherwise she will not be able to obtain the aid of " the spirits. While the paper is being obtained the performer has ample time to remove the cap from the pen. He then tears off the paper and rolls it into a small bail between the fingers. which is thus secretly On receipt of the pen and carried to the lady.

should also be agreed on between the two parties.anteSpfrttualtstfc trrfcfcs 141 various items are called out should be known alike to the performer and medium.. A throw of dice a person's age or the name of a selected card (write "8 D " for eight of diamonds. ject to be obvious that the above trick is subvariation according to the taste of the performer. It will much ." and other errors might cigarette cases. occur. etc. . . as otherwise the " time " might be mistaken for the " number. and may be elaborated if desired. as " etc. " S " for silver.) may be substituted for any of the items given above. A number of letand ters to indicate the various kinds of purses L" for leather.

learn to perform the following tricks. I would state that it has been my life study to popularize the art of sleight of hand. . which is about half the . simply because. certain very novel and entertaining tricks were within the reach of all persons possessed with the least desire to amuse their friends.CHAPTER VIII AFTER DINNER TRICKS In introducing to my readers a series of simple^ but effective. and thus put themselves in a position to brighten what might otherwise prove to be a dull evening. tricks in magic. . The straws are fashioned into the form of across A as shown 142 in the figure. Every one is not musical every one cannot sing but every one can. 30. I was impressed with the idea that. —The only properties are six stout required for this excellent little trick straws of the kind used for lemonade. at the outset. The Chinese Cross. with but little or recite practice. and the small metal accessory shown at in Fig. while having no desire to emulate the skilled professional magician.

where the two pieces intersect would not be effectual. The piece of metal is next pushed into the centre straw at the foot of the cross in such a manner that it will not readily It will be . through the three straws this is done at each extremity of the structure with a view to keeping it perfectly flat. 143 observed that pins are passed longitudinally. otherwise the binding. when it is suddenly seen to stand erect. comes in contact with the base of the middle — . —Chinese Cross The cross is fall out. on the palm of the left hand the right hand makes a few passes over it. carrying the metal fake. 30. and to rise or fall at command. point upward. or A Fig.after 2>fnner bricks actual size. laid . The method of working is as follows: The cross is laid on the hand in such a manner that its foot. and so as to be entirely covered with the exception of the sharp needle point.

noticed at all raising no suspicion. In view of the possibility of the cross being " snatched " by a person overanxious to discover the secret. care should be taken to see that the metal fake is attached to the hand more firmly than to the centre straw. practically imperceptible. the point is now inserted in the hard flesh at the base of the said finger. Here a metal disc about the size of a quarter is caused to sink or swim at command in water contained. Perhaps the better way would be to work the trick with the fake attached to the hand from the commencement. the cross caused to rise and fall as often as desired.144 /ifeagfc finger . the one an exact The Floating Metal — . in a shallow glass tray. The secret in this case depends upon duplicity in reality there are two discs. for convenience. By a slight move- — ment and is if of the fingers. when it will be found that to cause the cross to lie flat on the hand the fingers must be bent at an angle of about sixty degrees to the palm. If the hand be now straightened out very slowly the cross will rise gradually until it assumes a perpendicular position or ninety degrees. Disc. then the cross may be given for examination at any time.

The handkerchief and : — the zinc disc are now transferred in a careless manner the pocket. you forthwith seem to place it in the left hand. I have arranged a special sleight of hand change for the trick as follows You carry a handkerchief in the left breast pocket and the aluminium disc palmed in the left hand. fails. while the handkerchief effectually conceals the " palm. are alike in appearance disparity in weight." The disc is now floated. which forthwith returns only) to handkerchief (handkerchief the .aftet Dinner Grfcfts 145 duplicate of the other in appearance. Aluminium and zinc afford the necessary and The zinc disc is given for examination. The right hand now takes the handkerchief from the pocket and proceeds to dry what seems to be the wet zinc disc. On receiving back the zinc disc the performer " rings " it for that in aluminium and proceeds to surprise the company. really palming it and showing its prototype. but con- siderably lighter in weight. to the left hand. and a member of the audience is requested to float it on the water . On receiving back the zinc disc in the right hand. This latter action gives an excuse for the transfer of the disc from one hand to the other. he. of course.

to repeat the exchange above. at the con- of the floating.146 dftagic is The performer elusion now in a position. in which position they may be inspected He then. or an exchange may be suspected. It is not absolutely necessary to give the metal for examination a second time. — ISTo particular dex- necessary to perform the trick I am about to describe. after the first " change. When apparently wiping the disc dry be careful that it is never once completely hidden from view.cover of returning the handkerchief to the pocket. The rowed coins the . with the thumb and second finger of right hand. grasp the edges of the outermost coins and raises all into a perpen- by all present. and once more hand it for examination. having obtained the loan of three pennies. dicular position. performed with the actual borsecret depends upon the introduction of a little accessory in the shape of trick is . dry the disc. although considerable care must be exercised for its successful execution ^ The performer. The Balanced terity is Coins." be dis- posed of entirely under . lays them in a row on the palm of the left hand. in which case the duplicate may.

then transfers them to the left hand. and in length about one-sixteenth of an inch longer than the combined diameter of the three coins. in which a cigarette paper having been torn into a number of pieces. little —A pretty an impromptu nature. Mutilated Cigarette Paper. the pieces being rolled up into a little ball. then tossed with apparent carelessness into the right hand and forthwith handed to the owner. Now with the strip of wood. secretly placing them in the re- quired position strip of : the coins effectually hide the all be examined. is afterwards found completely trick of restored. wood and may by grasping the coins. In conclusion the coins are again laid carefully in the left hand. At the commencement this strip of wood is held concealed in the left hand. coins in the right hand. together The strip of wood is of course " palmed " in the left hand (as described above) in the act of tossing the coins into the right hand. (as explained above) no difficulty will be found in securing the desired effect. being held between the base of the thumb and the first joint The performer receives the of middle finger. .Bftet 2>fnner ttrfcfes 147 a thin strip of wood one-quarter of an inch wide.

and roll up the fragments into the form of a little ball. First Method.flftagic cigarette is smoking a an indispensable condition of the trick.) Thus prepared. with a request that he will take one. and having lations. mutilate it. under cover of the manipuis passed to the rear. By the side of the cigarette. passes it over to right hand. the cigarette is occasionally taken between the forefinger and thumb of the right hand experiment will also show that the little paper ball may be removed and replaced. (See Fig. While this is being done the performer casually shows both hands empty. the duplicate its whole paper taking place. concealed between the lips. on the right. presenting the trick. it rolled it about a little.148 . this is —The performer . thumb of same hand.) The performer nowr returns the paper (the whole . 31. under the pretense of showing the gentleman the proper way to roll the paper. Now. occasionally removing the cigarette from his mouth. (See Fig. the performer hands packet of papers to a gentleman. and finally securing duplicate ball. as when smoking in the ordinary way. by holding it between the finger and . is a little paper When ball made from a duplicate whole paper. quite secretly. where. he takes it between the finger and thumb of the left hand. 32.

FiS. hands same to a gentleman with a request that he will tear it into small pieces. with the same hand.31." and with it the duplicate ball.-Cigarette Trick and kept there until an opportunity arrives for removing them in secret. Second Method. and forthwith. without 31) exciting suspicion. " I will take one and show you what I mean tear Saying this. the performer removes the packet from his pocket. it as I do. takes cigarette from mouth. While tearing the . — . In this case the packet of cigarette papers is prepared beforehand by rolling up one into a little ball. and fixing it on the underside. near the edge at one end. Thus prepared. ball be- Finally pieces in the the are torn placed mouth when returning cigarette. he removes second paper. This is no less interesting than the method described above. of the second in order from the top. thus concealing duplicate tween fingers (see Fig. and tearing off top paper.2Uter 2>fnnet Grfcfcs 149 one) to the gentleman with the right hand. Says the performer.

sir. by no means a difficult matter." This is done. "Now please take this little ball and give me yours. care being taken not to expose secreted ball." . with which he also mingles his own. When the tearing is complete. whereupon the gentleman and all present are surprised to find the paper completely restored. 32. the performer screws up paper with the remark.— Cigarette where it is completely conTrick cealed by being pressed tightly — between tips of first joint of finger and thumb. that will do nicely.150 jflfcagfc kept concealed between the and thumb. this of course leads to an examination. Fig. Performer now accuses gentleman of retaining one of his pieces . Finally the performer unfolds the pieces of gentleman's paper.) Continuing. " Now roll the pieces into a little ball like this thank you. and occasionally passed from one hand to the other that the hands may be shown empt}^ paper the little ball is forefinger alternately. " You evidently don't quite understand the trick. the performer remarks. the duplicate ball being presented at the extreme same fingers. (See Fig. 32." While giving these instructions he passes his torn paper to the rear. with the remark.

Hfter Dinner Gticfts


TO READ THE WHOLE OP THE CARDS IN A Pack just Shuffled (new method). The

performer gives pack of cards to be shuffled, and when returned places them behind his back and He brings the card calls out the name of a card. forward and throws it on the table, and continues in this manner to name every card in the pack. The secret is exceedingly simple. second pack of cards, prearranged in a given order, is substituted, as hereafter explained, for the pack shuffled by the audience. All the performer has to do then to make the trick a success is to acquire a thorough knowledge of the order of the cards in the prepared pack. The order of the fifty-two cards can be learned in five minutes by the aid of the following mnemonic Five Kings wanted {one ten), six Knaves. For


{four) twenty-three {two three) ladies {queen) or
eighty-nine {eight nine) slaves {seven).

The above
cards only

gives the order of the values of the

the suits must, of course, follow in

regular sequence, say


clubs, hearts,




the table, face upward,

place the five of diamonds, on this the king of

on this the ace of hearts, on this the ten of on this again the six of diamonds and so on throughout the pack. Thus arranged, the pack






be cut to any extent without disturbing the

order of the cards.

The exchange of packs is carried out under Percover of a natural movement, as follows former receives the shuffled pack in the left hand and forthwith places it behind his back, resting

the hand on the hip.






placed to the rear, ostensibly for the sole purpose
of removing the handkerchief

from the

left tail

pocket, with which the performer

first re-



the right hand, however,

lieves the left

hand of the shuffled pack and


fully low ers

into the pocket containing the

handkerchief and prepared pack these two latter are then removed together, the cards being placed in the left hand and the handkerchief brought to the front. Performer now requests some member of the audience to blindfold him in order to preclude the possibility of his obtaining assistance from mirrors or other reflecting surfaces. As he makes the request he turns round, thereby cas-

drawing attention to the cards still in the hand, and which all present will readily believe to be those shuffled.


solution will

now be


but various

additions will, doubtless, suggest themselves

in the

working of the

For instance, the

Bfter 2>inner Gtfcfts




undertake to pick out any card
If the card

called for, which, with a little practice, will be

seen to be easy of accomplishment.

asked for


out he will state the fact.

In making this reference I would state that the

above doggerel

rhyme has


arranged, quite rewill

by myself. be seen


gives a to-

tally different or-

der of the cards, a

much-needed variation, from the

now hackneyed
rhyme which


ages has appeared

works on

card conjuring.


—T a k e

Fig. 33.

— Balancing Knives

three dessert knives and arrange them in triangular fashion upon three tumblers. Upon the
triangular space formed

by the

intersection of

the knife blades, deposit a water bottle, and upon



mouth of the bottle an apple, (Fig. 33). It seems quite an impossible feat, but it is readily


Another curious experiment

in equilibrium


the following: Take a couple of forks and arrange them with their prongs one set over the


stick a silver dollar

between the midforks.

dle prongs, thus uniting the


This ac-

complished, place the coin

tumbler, pushing it cumferences touch externally. The coin with appendent forks will\ remain balanced much to

on the rim of a outward until the two cir-

the surprise of



You may follow this up by pouring the
(Fig. 34).

water steadily from the glass
into a

35.— Balancing Forks


second without

disturbing the

money or the forks, which remain in equilibrio. The above clever feats may properly be performed at the dinner-table after dessert has been brought on.

mtct Mnncv



Walnut Shells and Pea.— This is
lent table trick,

an excelat close

and can be performed

quarters without


fear of detection.


only articles required for the execution of the The trick are three half walnut shells and a pea. three shells are laid in a row on the table, the pea being placed under the centre one, from

which position it disappears and is ultimately found under either of the end ones at the will of the performer. The table used must be covered with a cloth of some kind. The secret lies in the pea, which is fashioned from a piece of india-rubber, but unless closely inspected cannot be distinguished from the ordinary everyday article. When presenting the
trick the pea

actually placed under the middle


shells are then,

each in turn, com-

mencing from the one on the left, pushed up the table about three inches. "When moving the middle one the pea, owing to its nature and the concavity of the shell, will be found to work its

way out, when it thumb and middle


instantly seized with the

This, however, cannot be suspected, as the hand retains a perfectly natural position. The third shell is then moved into a line with the other two.

The pea can now be caused

to appear under

all that is neces- sary being to leave it on the table immediately behind the shell in the act of raising the same. the cord having to all intents and purposes been severed. in ward as before.156 /Ifcagfc either of the shells at pleasure. after which the apple is cut in half with a table knife." which it is therefore needless to describe. and announces that he is . but the secret is much prettier and calculated to deceive more thor- oughly. both portions are shown. and passes it through an apple.— This is a very interesting and is especially suitable for an afterdinner surprise. The performer takes a needle containing about a yard of thread. The performer prepares which condition it is laid on the table. When about to present the trick the performer takes up both articles. In effect this trick is identical with that known as " Thimble Rigging. The Restored Cut. which if held properly will appear to be separate. The cord is then pulled backward and forward. The two portions are then united and the cord is pulled backward and forlittle trick. for the trick by passing the needle in at the side of the apple and bringing it out at the end opposite the stalk.

after which they are replaced and the cord shown to be intact. however. will be recognized at once as common It is to the sharps who frequent race-courses. which under the circumstances will re- main uninjured. not. He apparently does so. At the conclusion of the trick the thread should be withdrawn from the ation. but really inserts the needle at the point opposite side. secret fruit and given for examinthe this also prevents the discovery of by any inquisitive spectator. it came out. generally known. when it will appear to actu- where ally traverse the centre of the fruit. It is usually performed with a piece of stiff half-inch tape an ordinary inch tape measure will answer the purpose admirably. .Bfter 2>fnner XLticke 157 about to pass the thread through the apple. care being taken to keep them together at the bottom. at right angles to the cord. passing it to the The thread is now pulled backward and forward. The tape is folded in half and coiled round and round on the table until it is almost impossible to . The apple is then cut in half. and as it forms a good table trick a description of it may not be out of place. The parts are now handed round for inspection. The Garter Trick. —This and from its title is a very old trick.

and both ends are pulled from the point A. e.) was doubled. 35. one end shorter than the other by about three inches. and to act accordingly. but Fig. The secret lies in the fact that the tape being left not folded exactly in half. if it will not come away . if the knife be actually placed in the loop. is to watch and see if the knife is really placed in the loop or otherwise. the point at which the tape 35. i. . but in actual practice the tape would receive many more twists. it will be The short end is carried round under cover of the fingers while twisting the tape. therefore. may be in his selection he will is as the performer able to pull the tape clear of the knife in all cases. 35 is arranged for clearness. All the performer has to do. which would also be of a more intricate nature. (See Fig. found to come clear of the knife..158 tell for /IfSa^ic certain which is the loop proper.— Garter Tnck the short end be passed round to the left and both ends pulled from the point B. The bystander is then requested to place the point of his penknife in the loop. Fig. but how- ever careful he fail. When uncoiling the is tape.

mixture of nitric and sulphuric acids." I will now describe the manner in which it is prepared. The experiment should be made in the open air. as can be obtained in large quantities at a verysmall cost. but not near a fire.CHAPTEE IX MISCELLANEOUS TRICKS Flash Paper. practical to manufacture it at home. until all This can trace of the acid has been removed. it however. —Having had occasion several times during the course of the present work to make use of " flash paper. 159 A . It is not. and allowed to stand for twelve hours before using. and it is ready for use. which when dipped into the water will betray the presence of the acid by turning red. be ascertained by the use of blue litmus paper. Flash handkerchiefs are prepared in a similar part of the former to two of the latter. Ordinary tissue paper is then immersed in the fluid for a few seconds. one is made. after which it is taken out and washed well in clear water. The paper should then be dried in a warm atmosphere.

Fire Flash. To produce this effect you must obtain some up in his hands. Wrap a very small quantity of this powder about as much as will lie on a penny together with one of the acid tubes in a piece of flash paper. and then treat it in the same way as the paper. This can be done with the aid of a long piece of india-rubber tubing.160 jflRafifC For tins purpose take a piece of fine wash it well in hot water to remove all grease and other impurities. You must next prepare a powder composed of equal parts of chlorate of potass and powdered lump sugar. fill them with sulphuric acid. When rolling up the paper in the hands the tube is broken the acid escapes and fires the — . and all is ready. the acid being into the glass by suction. and having broken off several pieces about an inch long. drawn The ends of the tube are then sealed hermetically in the flame of a spirit lamp. — . This forms a very good opening trick. very fine glass tubing about the thickness of a darning needle. picks it A New — it up a piece of paper from the floor. where disappears in a flame. The performer steps on the stage and. leaving no trace behind. rolls and throws it in the air. cambric. manner. in what appears to be a careless manner.

which in turn sets fire to the paper and produces the desired result. where some objection might be taken to the employment of powder. The pistol. and pull the trigger. Saying you it remove the conical tube and blow to cause the supposed transmission. however. The paper pistol. the pistol need not be loaded at all. but hardly suitable for the drawingroom." this. To prevent accidents never prepare the papers or even mix the powder. as it can still be used in a manner that will in no way detract from the charm of the trick. need not be discarded. place a percussion cap on the nipple. Load the pistol with a piece of flash paper. until actually — required for use. and remark " Oh well in that I see the ladies object to the report site — ! — case I will use the pistol as an air-gun. even in a small quantity. described on p. through . Conjurer's Ammunition.d&iscellaneous Grfcfts 161 powder. Again. but just as you are about to fire you appear to understand that the ladies object. will take fire and be thrown from the vanishing in a sheet of flame at the oppo- end of the room. Caution. This is excellent for stage purposes. —The magic pistol 61 is usually loaded with a small charge of powder.

when the performer. being .162 dfcaaic Smoke from empty and prepared. startling trick. Fire-eating Trick. by simply insert- ing one of the stems in his mouth. while the other is similarly treated with ammonia. The union of the two chemicals produces a thick vapor. as above described the plate is then placed over the tumbler. apparently by some occult means. for examination Two Empty Pipes. to find : — . although a very per- quite harmless. swallowed. A good combination trick may be formed by preparing a glass tumbler and the bottom of a tea plate. which has all the appearance of smoke produced from tobacco. The solution of the mystery is as follows few drops of hydrochloric acid (spirits of salts) are placed in one of the pipes. The smoke so mysteriously produced from the pipes may now be caused. the whole being covered with a handkerchief. apparently. commences to blow clouds of smoke from the pipes. is — This. its way into the closed tumbler. passed —Two round and proved ostensibly to be unThe bowls are then placed one over clean clay pipes are the other. and can be formed by any one. in the Small balls of fire are placed mouth and.

balls are small pieces of camphor cut to to and are lighted and in the flame of a candle. which. The best effect. and deposited about the person as required. the only preparation necessary being that the bowl of the pipe must be filled with cotton-wool soaked in gasolene. however. together with a small quantity of the powder. as the tubes are not so likely to be prematurely fractured. Bubbles blown with a pipe thus prepared will be found to explode in a flame when approached with a light. . extin- forthwith be closed. elty. finally into the the mouth. which should be secretly re- moved at the earliest opportunity. is obtained by producing them from behind the ears it is also a very convenient method. Exploding Soap-bubbles. The shape. . and will be This is a novfound to produce a very good — effect. They should be tossed from one hand other. or any part of the body that fancy may suggest. which should of course.dfcteceiianeous Gricfcs 163 immediately afterward produced from the ears. The bubbles are blown in the usual way with an ordinary clay pipe. The reproduction of the balls of fire is man- aged with the aid of the acid tubes mentioned on p. 160. guishes the balls. should be wrapped up in flash paper. This.

on the tube being raised. attention being drawn to . The audience. The operator then takes the ball and vanit Tube and ishes Ball by means of sleight of hand. 36. The . The apparatus consists of a piece of — one and one-half inch brass tubing about seven inches long.) The tube and cap. appearance been passed underneath. together with the ball. the fact that the ball will readily pass through the tube. the tube is After examination stood on one end on the Fig. with a cap of the same metal fitting loosely over one end alsa two billiard balls about the size of the diameter of the tube.164 Aftadic The Tube and Ball. are given for examination. are not supposed to know of the existence of more than one ball. It can be used in several ways. This is a very ingenious trick.- table and covered with the cap. and well worthy the attention of the most fastidious performer. has The secret lies in the fact that there is a very small dent in the side of the tube at the centre also that one of the balls that given for exam- — ination— is slightly smaller than the other. it to all when. 35. however. (See Fig.

is performer which. When placing it on the table the performer is careful to bring it down rather smartly on the end at which the ball was introduced. it is suggested that round discs : — . The ball can of course be reproduced if desired or if two tubes are used it may be. case. the plates are removed and the ball is proved to have disappeared. The tube can be used to cause the disappearance of a ball in the following manner Place the ball on a tea plate and cover it with the tube. On receiving back the tube the it. owing and *can still will not fall out. secretly drops the large ball into to the force of the fall. where it is retained in the manner described. apparIn this ently. . pinched in the centre In this condition the tube be turned about in all directions and will appear empty.jfllMscellaneoue Gticfce 165 small ball runs freely through the tube. By reversing the position of the structure the ball falls into the tube. and after a little more twisting and turning. which in turn cover with a second plate. but the large one will not pass the centre on account of the indentation. passed from one to the other. however. owing to the concussion. when. to add to the general confusion. the ball is released and falls on the table.

however. the performer must be provided with two thimbles exactly alike. as by this means the audience will be the less likely to suspect the introduction of the second one. down with sufficient force The Ubiquitous Thimble. 37.-Thimble Trick ^ on the forefinger of the right hand disappear and be found on the corresponding finger of the left hand. The idea of the trick proper is to cause a thimble placed Fig. — This and requires very little is one of the prettiest sleight of hand tricks in existence. as the latter likely to get fractured in the act of bringing the tube to dislodge the ball.166 OSngic of wood be used would be in place of the plates. without the hands approaching each other. to execute a number of passes with one thimble only. It is usual. in its entiretjr. but very many surprising passes can be made with one thimble only. in the first place. For the pur- pose of the trick. practice. The main thing necessary is to acquire the knack of holding a thimble in the fleshy portion of the .

) facility with both hands.fl&iscellaneous Grfcfca 167 hand it at the root of the thumb. so long as the hand is kept in motion during the recovery of the thimble. (See Figs. or removed at pleasure. When about to present the trick the performer comes forward with a thimble on the forefinger of the right hand. place the thimble in the left hand. there is no fear of the movement being detected. While doing this the performer stands with the . when the right hand is in motion toward the left. This can be done with perfect ease. by simply bending the forefinger. ~^S at Eoot of The thimble is then apparently placed in the mouth. The left hand is then brought down with F^ 3a some force on the head and the thimble produced from the mouth on the forefinger of the right hand. it is palmed as described. and afterward produced from the bottom of the vest.. the second one being in the He now appears to left-hand trousers pocket. really being palmed as before. as. 37 and This sleight must be executed with equal 38. in which position can be placed. but really.

and that in the left hand produced." The cone is then removed. and placed on the table on the supposition that it is empty. one fitting over the other. Under cover of this the right-hand palmed. and kept in continual hand in the trousers pocket motion. with the remark. when it will appear to have been passed from one hand to the other. This can be rethimble is peated as often as desired. are placed on the forefinger of the right hand. and the trick brought to a conclusion with a pass performed with the one only. The one left on the finger is then vanished. Both hands are now held palms away from the spectators. which appear as one only.flftafifc and palms the second thimble. Finally the second thimble should be secretly disposed of. and covered with a small paper cone.168 left . use of two thimbles. An additional effect may be obtained by the be. " I will You see the cone just fits the thimble now show you a rather extraordinary ex. periment with the same. under cover of a throwing movement toward . as near alike as possible. but it really contains the uppermost thimble. These should be made in thin metal so as to in point of size. with slight pressure at the base. The two thimbles.

and pressing the upper one down over the lower. which is then removed by the apex and is the thimble discovered.dfttscellaneoue Gtfcfts 169 the cone. is The Mysterious Tambourine. should the silk hat gen- go out of fashion. The apparatus consists brass rings. ever befall the profession the mysterious tambourine will. to some extent. Fig. 39. the one fitting easily over the other.) (See The tambourine is constructed by placing a sheet of paper beFig. Thus prepared it is shown back and front. eight inches in of two nickel-plated diameter and one inch deep. . come to the rescue. conjurers suitable article would be at a loss for a wherewith to work the numerous Should such a calamity "production" tricks. the edges of the paper being afterward trimmed round with scissors.-—Tambourine Trick tween the two rings. While all attention is drawn to the table the duplicate thimble dropped into the profonde. — It erally understood that. 39.

which should be folded up neatly. The flowers should be done up in three packets of twenty each and laid on the coil. If the performer desires to add to the effect of the trick the production of the ribbon may be preceded by that of a number of handkerchiefs. sufficient being obtained to fill a large clothes basket. being covered with the handkerchiefs. The packet is then tied together with .170 dRa^fc makes a small hole in the centre of the paper with his wand. away under cover of The back the paper and pressed into of the colored coil should be rubbed over with chalk to match the white paper used in the construction of the tambourine. but but will still appear empty. which can then be shown back and front. which was on the servante or suspended at the back of the table. the coil. and immediately commences to twist out yard after prestidigitateur then The yard of colored paper ribbon. is very simple. and when taking it up prior to trimming the edges. The tamput together at the rear edge of the table. Finally a rabbit or a large bird cage containing a live bird may be produced from the bourine pile of ribbon. is brought is The explanation the ring. also a quantity of spring flowers and other articles of a like nature.

which on being removed reveals a live dove. is suspended behind the back of a chair. the bran having entirely disappeared. It can. be made available for the production of various articles.dlMscelianeous Grfcfts 171 thin cotton. however. which can easily be broken quired. The cage. in its primary form. like the tambourine. over which the ribbon would be thrown while performing a The rabbit is the right side. The Bean and Dove Plates. The performer comes forward with an ordinary soup plate filled to overflowing with bran. The explanation is as follows One of the : — . • simple trick with one of the handkerchiefs. The bran is then covered with a second plate. sweets. and is especially suitable for the magical distribution of bonbons. a portion of which is scattered over the stage to prove its genuineness. consists of changing a quantity of bran or flour into a live dove. which should be a folding one. In the act of taking the ribbon from the chair op- portunity would be found for introducing the cage unobserved.—The trick about to be described. etc. when re- in readiness in the profonde on and is introduced into the ribbon when picking it up from the floor.

a handful of loose bran being thrown on the top. enamelled white on the inside to represent the china.— Plate • take out the dove. 40. plate should remove the uppermost plate and The inside of the bottom do to it now now be shown. ==^--1] i 4. with one side rubbed over with chalk so that the inside of the plate may be shown prior to its production. when will appear perfectly empty. . All he has to is ^ Fig. turns the plates over several plates times. It is hardly necessary to say that the dove is already in the plate concealed by the bran shape. In place of the dove the plate may be loaded with sweets and small toys. An m Trick ™ 40. (See Fig. The false heap of bran is now covered with the second plate.) The supposed bran is really this tin lining turned upside down with bran gummed all over it. . If a coil of ribbon be used it should be a colored one. for distribution or with a list of articles similar to those produced from the tambourine. in a careless way.172 d&asfc is fitted with a tin lining. and while talking the performer. finally placing ^J r - them on the table in such a manner that the one \ that was formerly upperrj^ most shall now be at the bottom.

jftStecellaneous ttricfts 1^3 By using two pairs of these plates. The Wandering pass Stout. will also be required. and large enough to pass easily over the same. —The feat bearing this title consists of causing a glass of stout to through the crown of a borrowed hat. In addition to the glass and the paper cylinder a piece of glass tubing of the same height as the tumbler. The kind known as picnic glasses will be found the most suitable. Having obtained the loan of two hats. apparently. This piece of tubing inside to within one must be blackened on the . the performer places them on the table mouth to mouth. covering it with a paper cylinder On removing the of the same height as itself. tapering very slightly toward the bottom. the glass being immediately taken from the lower hat. the bran in one may be made to. and stands the glass of stout on the crown of the uppermost one. change places with the dove in the other. and being provided with two doves exactly alike. cylinder it is shown to be perfectly empty. For the performance of the trick the operator must be provided with a glass three and onefourth inches high by two and one-half inches in diameter at the mouth.

He then puts the glass. however. containing the sham glass. from the hat. as if to prove that it has not undergone any preparation. Now. after which he places it over the glass of stout. "No. being on the table. into one of the with the remark "I will now cause the tumbler to pass from one hat to the other. perhaps it would be more effective if I place the hats one over the other. the stout was behind. stout is actually on the lifts crown of the hat. the cylinder and exposes the sham which every one believes to be the genuine . and pass the glass through the crown of the uppermost one. thus prepared. covered with the cylinder. He then takes up the cylinder and passes his wand right through it. still hats." then. takes the tumbler. the cylinder and counterfeit glass in order to satisfy the spectators that the alone being removed. the performer comes forward with a bottle of stout and fills the tumbler. apparently." Saying this he. saying. as if struck with a sudden thought. the performer glass. and places it in the re- quired position. changes his mind. when. The paper cylinder. left Really.174 flfcaafc inch of the top. it will readily pass for a glass containing stout. still under cover of the cylinder. and finished with a little white paint to represent froth.

and is to be found in the repertoire Fig. counterfeit. the modus operandi is too palpable. together with the before. The reason as. do not meet with is the hands of professional Mystery. The A Crystal Water tricks. . changes produced. of the ma- jority cases. 41. Chemical much favor at conjurers. after which it is again raised. together with a on a tray as into shown in Fig.—Water Trick of the leading performers of the day. seen to be clear. owing to the number is of an exceptionally good one. glass is and the wand passed through it as hats are then separated and the produced from the lower one. is changes to stout. glass jug full of water. The one here described. Ko. No. however. is 2. 3. 1. in — pretty clear. are arranged Four empty glass tumblers. 41.ilRtecellaneous XLticke article. as a rule. Water poured from the jug No. — seen to be clear. 175 The cover is then replaced and the tumbler commanded to pass into the lower hat.

4. 2 contains a small portion of pyrogallic acid. Some performers will give prefer to use the following I chemicals in place of those enumerated above. into which a 2. No. although by no means obvious. 3 and 4 mixed equal water. . Nos. and then the . magician as before. The iron should not be placed in the water until actually required is for use. 1. in which condition it would not For the same reason very well pass for water the jug should be removed immediately after the D trick. 3 is prepared with half a teaspoonf ul of sulphuric acid. 2 contains a few . all The explanation. 1 and 2 mixed equal stout. them in the same order. about the size of a pea. 1 and 2 put back into the jug give No. as at first. 3 and 4 put back into the jug give water. No.Nos. Nos. Nos. all stout. No. very simple. 4 contains the same quantity of pyrogallic acid as No. teaspoonful of sulphate of iron is dropped just before the trick is commenced. may is choose for himself. quite clean Glass No. 1 is perfectly clean. The jug contains clear water. Glass No.176 ItSUQiC again changes to stout. as the solution changes rapidly to a yellow color. No.

are quite instantaneous. is prepared in the same manner as No. The magical production of steaming hot coffee has always been a favorite trick with the juveniles. but in the case of a spill the latter very dangerous. 4 2. especially when the beverage is — handed round for their con- sumption. are introduced to the .dftfscelianeous Gdcfta 177 No. The most up-to-date method. drops of muriated tincture of iron and No. A teaspoonf ul of tannic acid should be added commenceof the experiment. 3. and various pieces of apparatus have been designed for effecting this purpose. after described is the one here- Two inches fitting boxes. The Wizard's Breakfast. hence the trick produces a most extraordinary effect. sizes about twelve in by eight inches by eight inches. and containing respectively cuttings of blue and white paper. a teaspoonful of a saturated solution of oxalic acid . changes. without lids. and on this account The method is to be preferred. as I be- to the water in the jug prior to the ment I myself always use the sulphuric it is lieve it produces the best result. acid. however. usually one within the other for convenience traveling. in either case.

filled.— Triek which. " Out in the cold. and makes a motion as if throwing the whole over the audience.178 jflBa^fc Two pint goblets. each tray being filled with paper of the required color. after which they are covered with small silk handkerchiefs. containing the % are concealed in the boxes unknown to the spectators. as the paper gives a faithful representation of . The performer then pours a portion of each fluid into a breakfast cup.) presenting the trick the performer comes forward with the box containing the white paper. 42. and throwing a handful in the air. when nothing falls but a shower of blue and white paper cuttings. disappeared. in metal. These two are provided with shallow trays fitting loosely within them at the top. ets Fig. two of fluids. are then one with blue and the other with white paper from the boxes." which remark is perfectly justifiable. calls out. 42. There are in reality four gobemployed in the trick. On removing the handkerchiefs the blue and the white papers are found to have been transformed respectively into hot coffee and hot milk. um er When (See Fig. every vestige of the coffee and milk having audience.

179 Placing this box on the table. after which the second goblet treated in like manner. The shallow trays have each a piece of wire projecting from their upper edge to enable the performer to remove them under cover of the handkerchiefs. owing to the presence of the shallow tray. an exchange is made for the one containing the milk. chiefs are — Cup and Saucer if careless be allowed to fall. while in the box. which. but really. the trays sufficient may . The cup and saucer will next require our atThese are of metal in imitation of the tention. and taking up that containing the blue paper. he scatters a handful over the stage with the remark." He now takes one of the goblets from the table and appears to fill it with white paper. 43. This is then covered with a is handkerchief. paper has been provided. The handkerthrown in a manner over Fig. the sides of the boxes. " This is the same as the white. will appear to be full of paper. only the wind blue it.dRtecellaneoua {Tricks falling snow. into which.

The Hydrostatic Tube.) The front and larger side is filled with a mix- ture of blue and white paper cuttings. . but should the performer be provided with a number of small cups and a tray. 43. together with the saucer. the saucer being made double. It requires very careful handling. a small hole being drilled in the bottom of that side next the handle.180 HfolLQiC genuine article. it is placed on the table. that portion of the beverage not used may be handed round as refreshments. with a small hole in the centre of its upper side. and the performer must be possessed of almost superhuman nerve to present it successfully to a critical audience. cup is provided with a perpendicular division nearly in the centre. immediately runs into the body usual to bring the trick to a conclusion by apparently throwing the fluid over the audience as already described. When pouring the coffee and milk into the cup the performer takes care that it goes into the space provided through which of the saucer. (See Fig. The for a purpose that will presently appear. This is a trick of comparatively recent invention. and thus prepared. It is it with the small hole. It produces.

is viz. The papers are now replaced. so that the point of juncture shall be . . which is then filled with water.jfflSi6ceUaneou0 Zxitke 181 however. but the water does not fall from the cylinder on the contrary. The right hand is then placed on the top paper and the position of the tube reversed. must cap. known natural law. be ground. mosphere. also the edges of the caps. A piece of paper is placed at the bottom of a glass tube or chimney used for gas. however. each in turn.. and Each end of the cylinder is fitted with a glass grooved to fit into and over it at the same time this is necessary to avoid slipping. The papers are then. of paper. The ends of the tube. and the top one is pierced with a hatpin. while the top of the tube is covered with a second piece of paper. when. This surprising result is due entirely to a well. a most extraordinary effect. and on this account is to be recommended. require special explanation. it remains suspended without visible means of support. on the pin being withdrawn. the pressure of the at- nothing more nor less than a modification of the old schoolboy trick of keeping a glass of water inverted by means of a sheet The new arrangement will. removed. the water at once falls into a basin placed ready to receive it under the tube.

afterward laying them down on the glass tumblers. after which it is taken by the Fig.— Hydrostatic Tube The water run out from the small hole in the bottom cap owing to the fact that no air can get in at the top. and over the glass discs. (See Fig. The performer then draws attention to two square pieces of paper. Then taking one of the papers. He next shows the tube. 44. which he dips into the water contained in the bowl. 44.) When about to present the trick the two glass caps are laid on the bottoms of two upturned tumblers. passing his wand through it to prove that it has not undergone any preparation. where they are quite invisible. with water and covered with the remaining piece of paper and glass cap.182 air-tight. will not . ilBagfc One of the caps has a small hole drilled through the centre. he places it at the bottom of the tube. The glass caps being absolutely incentre and both papers are removed. which is forthwith stood on the palm of the The tube is then filled left hand. and at the same time secretty securing one of the discs (not the one with the hole in it). The position of the tube is then reversed.

gives the imtube. when the tube can be once more given for examination. The cap is then brought away from the top of the tube under cover of the piece of paper. they readily adhere. 183 the water will now appear to be suspended in the tube without any natural means of support. which. When the pin is withdrawn the air rushes into the tube. preceding preferred by some as being less also easier to cumbersome it is work and conse- quently entails less anxiety on the part of the . and both are dropped into the bowl. The hands are now placed one on each end and the tube is reversed this is necessary to bring the cap with the hole in it to the top. being wet. The Hydrostatic Tumbler. —This which is trick. of the where. and. liberating the water. as a natural consequence. the paper and disc fall from the bottom. passing through the hole in the cap. is . .dfttecellaneoue Gricfts visible. to avoid fracture of the glass. similar in principle to that immediately it. The papers are again placed on the ends pression that there cannot be anything but the paper covering the ends of the tube. The bowl should be half full of water when the cap falls. The top paper is then pierced with the hatpin.

The necessary apparatus consists of a glass tumbler with a small hole drilled in the side one inch from the bottom. however. (See Fig. although pretty. The glass then inverted and the the sus- — Hydrostatic Tumbler paper withdrawn.184 IttSZQiC performer. is the glass Fig. 45. and it lays glass down over the The tumbler. un- known is to the audience. the mouth of which must be fitted with a glass cap in the same manner as the tube in the preceding trick. dips the latter into a bowl of water. is The effect.) The performer having drawn attention to the tumbler. and covered with the piece of paper under which. held with the thumb covcap. 45. any di- . not quite so startling. is then filled with water from the bowl. water remaining in pended without visible means of The tumbler can now be turned about support. disc. ering the small hole. also a small piece of paper.

after which the bag . to provide a cushion for the falling disc. . without the least fear of the ing. which under these circumstances will not be injured. the watch rection of the bag. A a small silk handkerchief this he fires in is the di- opened and foi^nd to contain the handkerchief. and Boxes. It can also be stood on the table. when the air rushes in and causes the disc to fall. when the performer undertakes to cause the water to fall at any given number counted by the effect. should be half full of water. The performer then loads the magic pistol with . which adds considerabrought about by very simple means all the performer has to do is to remove the thumb covering the small hole. The tumbler is once more raised and inverted.d&tecellaneous Gricfcs rection. so 185 water escaplong as the thumb is kept over the small hole in its side. ence detected. the hand being removed entirely the water cannot escape through the small hole owing to the . presence of the cap. Kabbit. This last is bly to the trick. as before. Paper Coke. The lows : — effect of this excellent stage trick is as fol- conical paper watch is borrowed and dropped into a bag held by one of the spectators. Watch. The bowl. nor its pres- audience.

which . which has been hanging over the head of the performer from the commencement of the entertainment. pieces ""-A of per gummed together round the edges.186 AfonQic having disappeared. Attention is next drawn to a box. the smallest of watch which contains a rabbit with the borrowed tied round its neck. the double side being immediately pulled over to . /-' The main / ~~ secret trick of lies the in € / */ X \ "~\ **"*--^ the paper bag. When making the bag it must be so arranged that the corner at which is the opening is at the top. 46.— is really double. sisting of con- two pa- > Fig. and which on being opened is found to consist of a nest of six boxes. as in Fig. Under cover of the point of the bag the handkerchief is removed from its place of concealment and dropped into the bag proper. the corner of one piece being removed. 46—Paper Cone At the commencement of the trick a small silk handkerchief is hidden between the two pieces of paper.

into the bag proper. He then unfolds the bag and shakes out the handkerchief. If the bag is well made. This swivel hook is attached to the ribbon round the rabbit's neck. as he thinks. The box. fires in the direction of the bag.Miscellaneous Grfcfts 187 the opposite side of the bag to again conceal the handkerchief. and this side well creased over. In this con- given to a spectator to hold. . He then crumples up the paper in his hands. the paper being thrown away. but really the watch falls into the position predition the bag is viously occupied of the bag is by the handkerchief. which he does. and he is then requested to drop the watch into it. having disposed of it in the usual way. and in the act of doing so tears out the watch. The performer now loads a duplicate handkerchief into the pistol. is then lowered and when taking it in his hands to place it on the table the performer is able to secretly attach the watch to a swivel hook which is hanging on the side most remote from the audience. being careful to hold the watch so that it does not fall at the same time. which should be suspended with two cords over pulleys. a casual glance into its in- terior will reveal nothing suspicious. the arrangement being as follows : —The ribbon . and. The top then folded over. which is forthwith palmed.

The then placed in the next larger one. " Ladies and gentlemen. I notice that in my hurry I have dience. which is then placed in the smallest box. —Whenever The Magical Production of Flowers. This is continued until the ribbon is left hanging on the is box bon still outside of the last box. well. As . The magician comes forward. it is always best to lead up to an elaborate trick with a succession of smaller This is well illusillusions of the same nature. trated in the " Marvelous production of Flowers. with the announcement. the boxes are removed one after the other the last suspended behind that the rabbit is taken out tell exposed be impossible to that the watch was not actually removed it watch is and when will from the same box." which in good hands terious experiment. especially is a most pleasing and mysFlower tricks always take with the feminine part of the au- and ambitious amateurs should strive to have at least one good illusion of this character on their programmes. The solution will now be clear. . possible.188 is dftasfc tied round the rabbit. the ribbeing allowed to hang outside. the ribbon being allowed to hang outside the box when the lid is closed.

place a single seed here in my buttonhole and after breathing on it a moment. fortunately. I touch it with my wand and instantly we have a beautiful rose. I will just put in a pinch of various kinds and try is again. which. is What that ? You don't believe me ? Why. " if to return it. " How rose garden this? Ah. if some gentleman will kindly loan me a silk hat for a moment." Remove the hat and find the goblet still empty. you see. I have here a quantity of magic seed capable of producing a if required. to supply the necessary heat." Show a small box. but. Now. I only have to place the hat over this glass goblet." Place hat over the glass again and in- stantly raise it. while in " You see I have only to reality it is empty. I will show you a method by which bouquets may be produced while you wait. and here we have a handsome bouquet." "While saying this brush the hat carefully and walk down as of seed. is quite free from deception. which is supposed to contain the seed. . I remember now. still holding the box Once among your audience you exclaim./Hfctecellaneoue Gricfts 189 neglected to provide myself with the customary bottonhole bouquet. and discover a large bouquet. I neglected to put any of the magic seed in the goblet. " You perceive the seed acts instantaneously.

and breathing on thus." Now for the explanation To prepare for producing a flower in the buttonhole. the brim rest on the table a second while looking at the glass. : — freeing the flower." Show hat nearly full Then reof small bouquets and distribute them. knotting the end to keep it from slipping through. sir. take a piece of black elastic cord about a foot in length and put one end of it through the centre of an artificial rose. let and after removing During this brief time slip your finger into the little cardboard tube which serves as a handle to the . which seems particularly fitted for : raising flowers. I will produce bouquets for all present. also through a small hole made in the coat just behind the buttonhole. Draw the flower away from the buttonhole and conceal it under the left armpit. After borrowing the hat place as above. and as you touch the spot with the wand raise the left arm slightly. " I thank you. and then down and fasten to the suspender button on the back of your trousers. for the use turn hat saying of your hat. it over the glass. which will instantly fly to the buttonhole. Pass the other end through the buttonhole. from which the stem has been removed. by just putting a pinch of the seed into it.190 jflftaaic see here this hat .

illMscellaneous Gdcfcs 191 bouquet.-—Production of Flowers glass the movement is entirely invisible. and as all This takes only a fraction of a second. is As soon as the hat " loaded " raise it quite a distance above the table and hold it there while you pretend to put the seed in the glass. (See fig. which lies on the shelf at the back of your table and just beneath the hat. By closing the fingers the bouquet is brought into the hat. let the hat rest on the table as before. are looking for the bouquet in the Fig. 47). As soon as the bouquet is shown in the glass. 47. and introduce the small bou- .

which are tied together with a weak thread and are provided with a tube like the large bouWhen you appear to put the seed in the quet. and they will nearly fill the hat. We now come to the production of rose-bushes . as that would give your audience a hint that something was going on in that quarter. —Production of Rose-Bushes goblet while loading the hat. and never allow yourself to glance toward the left hand which holds the hat. course you must keep your eyes fixed on the Fig.192 /Gaelic quets. break the thread and shake up the bouquets Of loosely. 48. hat.

are seen on the conjurer's stage. On each table is a miniature stand on which are flower-pots. The roses are culled and lowing presented to the ladies in the audience. covered with buds and roses in full bloom. Attached to the leg of each table is a small shelf. which the magician declares has just sprouted. A second rose-bush is then produced from flower-pot No.dfcfscellaneous Gvicke 193 from flower-pots which contain nothing but a small quantity of white sand. It is Kellar's most famous illusion. to the branches of which are tied the roses. He then places the cone over it Eemoving a full grown rose- bush appears. 1. is an explanation of the trick : The fol- tables are open at the back. open at both ends. the drapery extending completely around them. and A pasteboard cone. Two small tables. The not . which is of course concealed by the drapery. which fits into the The bushes are suspended inside of flower-pot. The bushes are stumps. flower-pot No. is exhibited. When it is removed a green sprig is seen. draped within a foot or more above the floor. After the pots have been examined by the spectators. 2. 49). Each bush has as a base a circular piece of lead. them on the stands. and placed for a second over flower-pot No. the performer places plants seeds in them. 48). 1. (Fig. (Fig.

49 a) which are placed on the secret shelves above described. As attention being called to the sprout.the thread Trick which fastens it having been detached. down behind table just the over the prepared and rose-bush and them up under brings cone The loaded cone closely into the fits empty one. The bush is now shown. (Fig. and the performer . As soon as the cone is removed the hand naturally and carelessly drops behind with it over the next prepared cone on the shelf.194 d&agfc cones. the magician drops the empty cone. and drops from his palm the green which sticks into the sand. The performer covers sprig is the first pot with the cone in his hand. shown.—Table for Flower into the pot. 49. but as an adcover. goes to the second table and places the cone over the flower-pot. A ditional } security is held in place by the fingers of He the performer. is The rose- allowed to drop bush Fig. .

but far more effective and but little known. Fasten the egg to the handkerchief by means of : — . It is a modification of the old egg-bag trick. to which is attached a piece of thread. He now has three cones. The materials used are easily procured a blown egg.dfttecellaneous Gticfcs 195 produces a rose-bush from the first flower-pot. of eggs — To produce from an empty handkerchief is a quantity a favorite Fig. To facilitate the picking up of the cones in succession the back part of each table top is cut out in crescent shape. Magic Incubation. —Magic Incubation experiment with magicians. and a silk handkerchief. 50. one inside of the other.

Now place the forefinger of the right hand against the upper part of the handkerchief. 50). 51). fold and handkerchief over. 50. The thread will hold in the But remember to keep the handkerchief waving slightly. It is hardly centre of the handkerchief. grasping the two upper corners with your left hand. otherwise the impact of the falling egg against it might betray the secret of the trick. Take the right hand corner of the handkerchief in your mouth and hold the left corner with your left hand. (Fig. Spread out th« when exhibiting the trick. the . and show that both sides are free from preparation. Explain to the audience that you are going to magically pro- duce an egg. as handkerchief. Tilt one end of it over a hat and an egg will be seen Shake out the handkerchief to fall. shown in Fig. Next hold the lower corners with your right hand and bring the handkerchief to a horizontal position. (Fig.196 /IfcaflfC the thread. and at the moment it let fall in the position depicted in the illustra- tion. and repeat the above described operation of producing eggs until the hat is apparently full. necessary to say that the "egg-side " of the handkerchief is turned toward yourself. To do this you must keep the egg concealed in your it right hand. the side facing yourself.

/IMsceUaneous Gricfcs after 197 it over and show it trick neatly executed never fails This empty. which of course must be loaded into Fig. After having borrowed the hat and while your back is turned to the spectators during your journey to to . to elicit well deserved Perhaps a better way to conclude the trick would which you may turn be to show that the hat really contained a number of eggs. applause from the audience. 51. —Incubation Trick trick. it prior to commencing the The best way do this is to have the eggs in a black silk* bag which you conceal inside your vest.

— ander Herrmann. and presently turned out into a dish an excellent omelet. after having apparently placed so many eggs into it. holding the latter over a spirit lamp. I onqe saw a clown in a French circus produce an omelet in a small frying-pan. Those who partook of it pronounced it to be delicious and worthy of the chef*of the Hotel Grand.198 /ISagfc the stage. in my opinion. is The Wizabd's Omelet. without using eggs at all or more properly speaking. The recipes for making a magical omelet are numerous and varied. This is the way the trick is accomplished There is no preparation about the frying-pan that is all fair and square. He stirred his wand about in the pan. Some magicians produce the eggs from the mouth of a negro assistant following the example of Alex. i — : . without the apparent use of eggs. and make the omelet in a borrowed hat. to show the hat empty. slip the bag full of eggs into the hat. among the audience. It a weak point. Some acute spectator is apt to jump to the conclusion that there was but one egg used during the experiment. It may be examined by the as well as round. . smoking hot and very palaHe cut up the omelet and passed it around table. Then begin your handkerchief feat.

of a smaller size. The secret depends upon the little accessory illustrated in Fig. 52. The performer having shown both hands unmistakably empty. hollow and filled with the contents of One end of the wand has an openseveral eggs. This is an excellent and one very suitable as an introduction to a complete " production" trick. When the pan is heated the butter melts and the beaten-up eggs run out of the wand and are which is speedily stirring metamorphosed into an omelet. This is a shield made to fit . where objeets of ever-increasing size. ing which is stopped up with a piece of butter. The Wonderful Production of Ribbons Finger-Tips. in a compressed condition. are produced under cover of similar oblittle trick at the — jects. necessary The wand is usually made of tin. Not so the magic wand.dBtscellanecms Hiiche 199 spectators ad libitum. It must be an exact imitation of the wooden wand used during the course of the entertainment. is The really of the pan with the wand. be a part of the conjurer's performance. commences to pull yard after yard of real colored silk ribbon from the extreme tips of the fingers. supposed to to the trick. but displayed to the best advantage.

the Fig. see Fig. provided with a lid to keep the four coils in position. will seem to come from the finger-tips.200 Abagtc the second finger of the right hand. little. also with a corresponding number of slots on the front through which the ribbon be withribbon yards long about two should be and of a width to readily pass may drawn. Each piece of the slot. Japanese Bird Vanish. 53. After a quantity of ribbon has been produced in this manner. or Devil's Handbe : known for vanishing small objects Fig 53 _ to the majority of my Production readers at the best it was but a clumsy expedient for producing a magical disappearance. 52. . if and on that account was very ever used. kerchief. will —The old * Mouchoir du Diable. An excellent winding up of the trick would be the production of a dove from breast pocket. Eibbon drawn from the apparatus when in position.—The magician may very well bring out Accessory a larger supply from his vest under cover of gathering up the mass of material.

ostensibly in the most careless manner possible. soft silk is —Two sewn excepFig. 54. The handkerchiefs sewn together from the said corner to the centre as further indicated by the dotted lines in the figure. bird. 54. will. ball. A bag is thus formed into which the is object actually dropped. and any object as an egg.. This seeming prodigy thus explained. handkerchiefs. the handkerchief being immediately shaken out and both sides shown. preferably of for and rather are large (neck handkerchiefs instance). as used by Japanese conjurers to cause the disappearance of a bird. be found of practical utility to the magical fraternity. round their the with tion of a portion at one —Bag for Vanishing are corner as also shown by the dotted lines in Fig.flMscellaneous Gricfts 201 The New Devil's Handkerchief. etc. In practice it is merely held by the four corners. all together edges. on the contrary. dropped into the bag thus formed instantly dis- appears. orange. I feel sure. The introduction of the object into the bag is facilitated by the insertion of a couple of whalebone strips in the silk .

which ignites and sets fire to the paper. receive the object. This is rolled into a cylinder. and then proceeds to blow through the paper tube. when the far end bursts into a flame of more or less intensity. Martinka for this novel experiment. keeping all secure. To produce a larger flame and sparks. the saliva comes in contact with the potassium. When through the tube. in the end of which is is secured pasted' a small piece of metallic potassium. some —While pretending to blow blown through the paper cylinder. the performer brings saliva into the glass tube. —The writer is indebted to Mr. Explanation. New Fire Trick. a small piece of gun cotton. when the bag will open. sprinkled with powdered .202 mnQic of the bag. not unlike an The performer opens exaggerated cigarette. will at the mouth mouth of the close again. being apparently a plain piece of white paper. between two pieces of tissue paper. and. These strips keep the bag closed until pressure be applied at their ends. on the pressure being removed. his mouth to show that nothing is concealed there. So pre- pared the paper is shown from both sides. A thin glass tube.

. affirmative. for the trick a piece The King On The Wand. Give the handkerchief with ring in it to some one to hold and ask him if he still feels the He will reply in the get your wand from a While doing this take the opportunity to table. Care must be taken not to make the mistake of putting the wrong end of the tube in the mouth. slip the borrowed ring which you have in your hand over one end of the wand. When the paper bursts into flame it is crumpled into a The thin glass tube ball and dropped on a plate. is crushed into small bits by the above operation. Come forward with the handkerchief in your pocket. — You now cealed./HM0cellaneou0 Grtcfts 203 aluminum can be placed near the end of the tube. A very pretty and graceful parlor trick is the ring on the wand. Approaching the individual who holds . but substitute for it the fake ring. The potassium metal has to be kept in a bottle and covered with kerosene. Whenever required is cut off with a knife. Suspend a plain gold ring to the centre of a handkerchief by means of a short piece of silk thread. and borrow a ring as much like your own Pretend to wrap up this ring in as possible. your handkerchief. and is not seen by the audience. keeping it conring contained therein.

204 /IRaQfc the handkerchief request him to place it over the middle of your wand which you hold horizontally by its centre. give the handkerchief a quick jerk and shake it out. having slid your hand (with the concealed ring) along its smooth surface. despite the fact that the latter is firmly held by two persons. originator of the famous "Sphinx" trick. is Glass of a favorite with Water. as if it had really left the handkerchief and by some magical means appeared upon the wand. It was invented by Colonel Stodare. Now request two spectators to hold either end of the wand tightly. Your handkerchief with the fake ring attached must be pocketed as speedily as possible. With a hey presto. Disappearing clever illusion ers. This many perform- — and is particularly adapted to drawing-room entertainments. Explain that you will cause the ring in the handkerchief to appear upon the wand. It might be well to borrow a plain white handkerchief from some one in the audience and exchange it for your prepared handkerchief. The borrowed ring on the wand will spin around in lively fashion. Eemove your hand from the wand and take hold of the handkerchief. Since Stod&re's time many improvements have .

55. This constitutes Elliot t's improvement. Stitch two silk handkerchiefs. and pull . Fig. 56. diagram (Fig. —Fake on Finger it spectators. Exhibit the handkerchief to the contains nothing. Now to the middle of the under surface of the tin fake solder a little just band of tin large enough to fit snugly tip of the over the second or index finger of your left hand. 56). one idea. emanating from the Dr.jfllMeccllaneous Gricfta 205 fertile brain of it. preferably of a dark color. having first in- serted in the trian- gular space between them a tin. disc of thin of the same di- ameter as the mouth Fig. (Fig. together in been made in the manner shown in the 55). Elliott.—Silk Handkerchief of the glass used. calling attention to the fact that Twist it rope fashion.

distended by the disc. bringing the tin shape over the mouth same. 57. thereby demonstrating it. with waSpread the handkerchief over the glass. Place the left hand beneath the. handkerchief. that nothing could possibly be concealed in This you are enabled to accomplish by grasping the tin fake and retaining it in the right hand. Finally shake out the handkerchief.- under cover of the handkertin chief lower the glass table. of Lift the fake. Now step forward as though holding the glass of water. At the rear end of your table disc. up and w it in Position —Handkerchief *i v*- * • t> -4. the ** Fig. releasing the will now fall to the centre of the handkerchief and be kept in position by the triangular stitching. and quickly insert the index finger into the little band soldered be- glass of water under . which you have a glass filled ter. will present the appearance of having the it.206 it Aftagic through your left hand. upon the shelf behind the The handkerchief.

(Fig. (Fig. Elliott. To reproduce it. Ah. 57). when lo and behold the glass of water has melted away. would prove useful in the above instance. take a duplicate glass of water from your coat-tail pocket. we are coming to that no danger of spilling the water. To an audience it will seefti that you hold the glass of water on the palm of your left hand. " But "says the dubious There is reader. invented by that clever magician. To vanish the glass completely all you have to do is to catch one corner of the handkerchief with your right hand. In calling attention to the fact of its being endowed with peculiar properties. give it a sudden flick in the air. Anti-Gravity Waistd. Dr. presenting a very illusory appearance indeed.fllSfsceilaneous tTrfcfts 207 fieath the disc. All you have to do is to remove the cover before exhibiting the glass. the right hand bearing down at the time to facilitate matters." the conjurer might execute a few tricks with it as a prologue The " Anti-gravity wand. similar to the magic wand of Bulwer's " Coming Race. — ." to his programme. The use of the wand has been sufficiently explained to the student. for the moXith of ! ! ! your glass is tightly closed with a rubber cover. which releases the hold of the finger of the left hand.

by means of the which do partitions. two small ones at either end. so as to prevent noise while the fake is working. /iRagtc It consists of a piece of brass tubing made to correspond with the performer's ordinary wand to fit but with square ends. By reversing the wand. At each end of the weight internally into three compartments. extend completely across the . however. but the wand tilted mercury will flow into the little pocket at the lower end. With this trick wand you can apparently defy the law of gravity. the . It is divided nicely. A quantity or quicksilver is inserted in the wand and the ends not.208 58). „ _ Fig. w _ sealed up.. Should this end be laid upon the table. . either way. In the normal condition.— Anti-Gravity Wand \ / J#i wand. and it would therefore be suspended apparently in space. is In one end of this tubing inserted a cylindrical lead weight made is glued a piece of felt. this if will reis main in the central space. . the weight of the fluid metal would more than counterbalance the remaining portion of the wand. 58. . the other end would perform a like phenomenon. and a larger one in the centre.

exhi- some large They add zest to the entertainment. While suspended in this fashion she is draped in various pleasing costumes. He presents them with fine scenic effects. Kellar. dependent mainly for their effects upon ingenious mechanical appliances. and remains a great favorite with many conjurers. and not to skilful manipulation of the performer. makes a specialty of them. Dream. still suspension.— The trick of the aerial Herrmann under the 209 . and bowing herself off the stage." has been. presented by name of the " Slave Girl's Aerial Suspension.CHAPTER X STAGE TRICKS This is a chapter devoted to stage illusions. In this experiment a lady floats in the air with no apparent support but that afforded by a pole upon which her right arm rests. finally awakening from her pretended mesmeric trance under the passes of the magician. One of our lead- ing conjurers. bitions conclude with Most conjuring illusion.

which is operated by ratchet and paul. This frame is composed of the finest steel. 59. in a horizontal position. so far as any side concerned. is Fig. This is intended to allow the lady to use her right thigh and knee in walking on and off the is A stage. into a socket of which the pole enters and is rigidly fixed. and this bears nearly the whole strain of the lady's weight. At the centre of the curved steel bar is a plain hinge.210 Abagic is The explanation is as follows : —The lady's body encased in a strong framework of finely tempered steel. or about ten times the actual weight.500 pounds. and when belted and strapped on the body makes motion is it perfectly rigid. . Figure 59 very correctly represents the harness worn by the lady in performing this trick and the manner in which it is at- tached to the rigid pole.— The Harness about 1. At a hinge. which.

tacked on at the shoulder. a as stout slot in the bar. and the beauti- ful slave girl is suspended. into fits On the top there ^5^-is which short shown 59. as shown in Fig. This short is bar concealed of flap. Fig. a hole. 61. and is securely into fitted a hole in the platform. —Harness Adjusted disleft- The pole at her left has nothing to do trick. stool are The band pole and removed. by a sort which appears to be a portion of the lady's costume.Stase Sticks 211 Figure 60 shows the position of harness and poles after being adjusted. The upright pole on which rests the lady's right hand is a substantial affair. with the tract and is only introduced to the attention of the audience. 60. in Fig. the drapery being dis- pensed with in order to show the working of the trick. .

position without his intervenThis was action. a —Girl Suspended sort of windlass sistant.212 jfflSagfc the whole strain coming on the pole and the steel work of the harness. is in various Finally she in placed the first position. 61). where she maintained by a check which drops into one of the teeth of the ratchet at A. complished by machinery beneath the stage. Says Arprey Vere on this subject What. Herrmann improved this apparatus by causing the lady to assume the horizontal Fig. 61. becomes of all the . and awakes from her supposed mesmeric slumber. them will you ask. The performer now lifts the lady into a horiis zontal position (Fig. While sleep in this is aerial she adorned costumes. further " affair worked by a stage asThe well-known Fakir of Ooloo still improved this trick by knocking both poles away.

Thus. The calcium light beamed upon the figure of the Fig.Stage Grlcfts 213 machinery ? The two poles were seemingly taken away. 62. —Girl in Horizontal Position sleeping lady. when the conjurer apparently took away the only support the figure . while the rest of the stage was comparatively dark. The poles used consisted of brass bars.

Presently he comes running down the centre aisle of the ! theatre. the shawl is himself. and be a threefold . William E. the audience did not and could not perceive that he really took away the brass case of the se- cured pole. and the magician is seen to have melted away into thin air. He refixed the case before the stage was relit." The effect of the trick is as follows The performer standing upon a stool. and which was of the same color as the drapery of the stage. Robyears assistant to the late Alexander Herrmann. The principal requisite in the arrangement of this trick is a large screen. dropped.* for this simple but remarkably effective illusion called by him the " Vanishing Performer. for indebted to Mr. It was for the purpose of deceiving the eyes of the audience that the pole was encased in a brass shell in the first instance. holds up a shawl in front of Hey presto a pistol is fired. as it were." New The Vanishing Performer Illusion. which should be decorated in panels on each fold. the actual pole on which the framework was fixed. and the lady woke up from her sham mesmeric trance. is — inson. placed in writer many : front of a screen.214 /BSaaic had. leaving another.




one. In the centre fold the panel

so as to open,

must be hinged,' and made to fit nicely the better to conceal its existence from the audience. This panel must be about twelve inches above the base of the screen, and if possible have spring
This screen should be preferably of a
the magician steps on the stool he out-





stretches his

arms and hooks the shawl on a


thread, which
right height.

placed across the stage at the
leaves the shawl suspended so
over, giving the appearance


that the ends


of the performer's fingers being under



this cover

he quickly steps


the stool

and goes through the panel in the screen at the back. As the shawl does not reach to the ground, the performer's legs and shoes would be seen by
the audience.


obviate this a piece of stuff the

same color as the screen is used as a kind of carpet on which the affair takes place, and when this reaches to about twelve inches from the screen, the edge is turned up about twelve inches. The
conjurer in getting off the stool steps down behind this carpet. A pistol is fired, and the performer, or his assistant, pulls the end of the thread, which thus breaks and causes the shawl
io drop, as if first let

go from the hands.




shawl should be about six feet square. It should rest about nine inches from the stage when hung Practice to let as few seconds as possible up. elapse between the moment of suspending the shawl and dropping it. The reappearance of the performer is easily accounted for.

The Blue Eoom. — One

of the cleverest


sions performed with the aid of mirrors is that known as the " Blue Boom," which has been ex-

hibited in this country by Kellar.



the joint

invention of Prof. John
illusion fame,


Ghost Walker, both of EngIt was patented in the United States by

Henry Pepper,

and James

the inventors. The object of the apparatus is to render an actor, or some inanimate thing, such as a chair, table, suit of armor, etc., visible or invisible " It is also designed," says the specificaat will. tion in the patent office, " to substitute for an object in sight of the audience the image of another similar object hidden from direct vision without the audience being aware that any such substitution has been made. For this purpose employ a large mirror either an ordinary mirror or for some purposes, by preference, a large plate of plate-glass which is transparent at one end, and more and more densely silvered in passing from this




toward the other end.
plate so that


mirror or

can, at pleasure, be placed diago-

nally across

the stage or





vances the glass obscures the
view of the actor
or object in front
of which




the reflection of

an object

in front

of the glass, but

suitably concealed
direct "

from the view of

the audience.

When the two
Fig. 64

objects or sets of

objects thus suc-







sented to the view are properly placed and
ciently alike, the audience will be

any change has been made.

unaware that In some cases, in



place of a single sheet of glass,

two or more

employed. "In the drawings, Fig. 63 represents a plan view, and Fig. 64 an elevation, of a portion of the mirror, designed to show its graduated

may be

a stage. It may be in a lecture-room or h h are the seats for the audience in front eight or ten of the stage, c c is a small room feet square and eight high will often be sufis


ficiently large





may advantageously be
two or

be of any size. It and approached by

three steps from the stage



a vertical mirror, passing diagonally

chamber c and dividing it into two which are exact counterparts the one of parts, the other. The mirror d is so mounted that it can be rapidly and noiselessly moved diagonally across the chamber in the path represented by the dotted line d' and be withdrawn whenever desired. This can conveniently be done by running it in guides and upon rollers to and from a position where it is hidden by a screen, e which limits the view of the audience in this diacross the


rection. " In consequence of the exact correspondence

of the

two parts of the chamber


that in front




and that behind the mirror, the audience will observe no change in appearance when the mirror

passed across.

at cx

The front of the chamber is partially by a shield or short partition- wall,


permanently or whenever required. This is done in order to hide from direct view any object which may be at or about the position c "The illusions may be performed in various ways as, for example, an object may, in the sight of the audience, be passed from the stage 2 to the position near the rear short wall or

<? ,

counterpart shield f, diagonally opposite to and corresponding with the front corner shield cx,

and there be changed for some other. This is done by providing beforehand a dummy at



the object

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This may be produced by removing the silvering from the glass in lines or. somewhat as represented by Fig. by chemical deposition. is Through the centre of the rear drop scene seen a small chamber in which a suit of armor standing upright. showing " the stage apparatus. The apartment is raised above the level of the stage and is approached by a short flight floor of this of steps.220 /nsasic nary mirror. d. in his fine work on "Magic. etc. graduated opacity and reflecting power may be resorted to. 63." set as an is artist's studio. When the curtain is raised a servant makes his appearance and begins to dust and . and progressively in passing toward the other side they become bolder and closer until a completely-silvered surOther means for obtaining a face is reached. the. but one of graduated opacity. " By passing such a graduated mirror between the object at o2 and the audience.object may be made to fade from the sight. causing the silver to be deposited upon it in lines.. stage thus describes one of the many effects which can be produced by the Blue Room The curtain rises. Near one side of the glass the lines are made fine and open. if the glass be silvered . or gradually to resolve itself into another form." Hopkins illusions.

perhaps. he derides the servant's fear. takes the suit of armor apart. life has a (Fig. brought there by the noise and cries he demands an exUpon being told. It is the duplicate of the visible one. cleans ISTo comes to the and dusts is and finally reunites sooner the soul- suit of less armor perfectly articulated than the mailed figure deals the servant a blow. drops his duster. to explain that of the servant. from whom the suit of armor which becomes endowed with inside of is it. finally armor. to prove that he was mistaken. just as the master of the house enters. concealed behind the proscenium. The flies domestic. at H. the suit of armor pursuing him. "When the suit of armor considers that it has punished the servant sufficiently. It is needless. When the curtain rises a suit armor seen in the Blue Koom. and kicking him all over the stage. wrestling with him. and. Grtcfts 221 He it it." planation of the commotion. with a cry of fear. the armor at becomes invisible. taking apart. it returns to its original position in the small chamber. suit of it. throwing it piece by piece upon the floor. a second suit of armor. down the steps into the large room. When the mirror G is shoved diagonally across the room. man of 65). but the mirror reflects the armor conI is At H .Sta^e clean the apartments.

a sketch was written for it by the famous Burnand. and assumes is again withdrawn. in order to quiet the fears Fig. its removes the place. Those who have witnessed Prof. 65. the armor at becomes endowed with life.222 /Iftacjic cealed at I. and the mirror When H the actor re- places the original suit of ar- mor is at H. Kellar's performances will bear witness to the statement. —Diagram of Blue Boom is of the servant. suit of armor at H. When the illusion was first produced in England. Again the mirror is shoved across the apartment. making it appear to the spectators in position." It was entitled . It this latter suit which the master of the house takes to pieces and casts upon the floor. that the suit at H is still An actor dressed in armor now enters behind the mirror. editor of " Punch. This most in- genious apparatus capable of many novel effects.

A lady is laid on the — Fig. seen to floating in the air (Fig. 66). Mephistopheles suddenly appears to him. The performer places a board on the tops of two chairs." 223 A plethoric old gentleman who had been indulging in a midnight dish of curried prawns goes to bed. now is re- moved one walks after the other. and introduces him to the mysteries of the nether world. and the lady her. 66. —Levitation Act made over The chairs are board.Stage {Tricks " Curried Prawns. and pretended mesmeric passes her by the magician. The performer then In order completely around . soul-terrifying Levitation. and is visited by a nightmare.

d. 67). distant from \P^^/^>A the back scene. about three feet ner : > This ground slit backis pro- vided with a through assistFig. A (Fig. still is not etc. e).. the construction of which ex- . vaunted as a Hindoo mystery. ginning at her This seeming mirhead. to which the rods is are attached.224 jflRafifc show more conclusively that she supported by any arrangement of wires. Another important part is a small car.-Top View of Apparatus is upon which the lady reclines. is accomplished in the following manFig. 67. acle. he be- passes a large solid iron hoop. which an ant pushes three iron rods (c. The board A. previously given for inspection to the spectators. 68. —Side View of Apparatus of the apparatus beneath the board. over her .

To enable the per: former to go pass the hoop about her. which holds the lady. The extreme ends of c. ants hold a cloth in front of the trunk for a few On taking away the cloth the lady is seconds. The iron bars. after the centre bar has been pushed back. put into a bag and locked in a trunk. it is pushed back into place again. which is also withdrawn. 67 and Fig. 3. so that the assistant can easily push the bars under the board. are counterbalanced in order to equalize the weight. at the back.Stage Grfcfts 225 plained in Fig. 1 and 2 are the wheels on which the car is propelled. the bars. Nos. and at the back between two rollers. run in front over a roller. 68. 4 and 5. behind the floating lady. seen sitting on the trunk while inside of it. which gives a side view of the car. the assistant pulls away the iron bar at one end. allowing free passage to the third bar. also to lady is The Saratoga Trunk Mystery. of which only one is shown in the diagram. after —A . As soon as the performer and the hoop have cleared the first bar. and the next bar withdrawn. The arms of the lady overhanging the board and her dress conceal effectually the iron bars from view of the audience. on top Two assistof which a gentleman takes a seat.

70. 69 h). F which runs —Frame of Trunk across the top can be pushed sideways. so that when one end of the thread is pulled the whole comes out easily leaving the bottom of bag open. The frame (Fig. 70) is solid. is found the gentleman tied The ^ actors in this illusion have to work with which the of extreme quickness. * . Fig. 69. v The bag lady is in tied has at the botfalse seam. The is the trunk :^ %::>>-^W prepared so that one section of it opens inward (Fig./Ragle unlocking the same. —Section of Trunk In this way the lady escapes from the bag without injuring in lid of the ties any way. To open the trunk the strip F is pushed aside. whereas the strip Fig. in the bag. which releases a concealed mechanism that keeps the false . tom a made wide stitches.

whereupon the lady She assists the gentleman and closing the panel. her seat on the top of the trunk. to get into the bag. the Gricfts 227 The gentleman opens the panel. . takes gets out of the trunk. in manner above described.Staae panel shut.

M. his sweetheart. the " Man in Black. and his English confreres. These shadows are best made on a screen. Ellis Stanyon. which is illuminated by " a single lamp inclosed in a projecting apparatus throwing very divergent 228 . going through the usual evolutions of a disciple of Izaak Walton a policeman making love to a servant girl a concierge quarreling with a belated lodger a lover serenading . .CHAPTER XI SHADOWGRAPHY The idea of projecting silhouettes with the hands on a wall or illuminated screen is an old one. Felician Trewey. etc. and Hilliar. The above named artists enact little pantomimic scenes. . Notable among the American exhibitors of shadowgraphy is Olivette. such as a fisherman in a boat." whose clever fingers have added many new and amusing figures to the already long list. but it has been brought to great perfection by the celebrated French conjurer and juggler. David Devant.

and placed bean ingenious : device for It is thus described in his hind a piece of plate-glass supported in a frame secured to the back of the chair.SbafcowgrapbE rays. or better. well oiled and dried. by a wax candle. Makers of magical apparatus manufacture these accessories. and holding the frame with one . A making silwork on physiognomy " The shadow is projected upon a line paper. but the clever amateur can cut them out from sheets of cardboard without going to the expense of purchasing them. cheap and easy way of manufacturing a silhouette of a friend is to have him pose in front of a sheet of paper hung against a wall which is illuminated by a candle. 229 The lens short focus. The must consequently be of very electric light or oxyhydrogen lamp necessary in a theatre may be replaced at the amateur's house by a lamp. are used in the formation of many of the more elaborate figures. The famous Levater constructed houettes. The use of such material is depicted in the illustrations. Behind this glass the artist stands. and afterward fill in the white space with black paint or crayon. All you have to do is to outline with a pencil the shadow cast by his face." Yarious little accessories such as pieces of cardboard. fashioned to represent head- gear and the like.

The illustrating of books and magazines with silhouette pictures has recently come into vogue. as it A were. He drove a great trade among the aristocrats. constructed a silhouette cane for the suppressed Bonapartists. resident in Paris in disguise. During the French Kevolution. in the shadow of until the guillotine. it was a dangerous thing to indulge in Napoleonic relics. flourishing them under the very noses of the revolutionists. principles. A carver in wood. carefully hid all souvenirs of the king and royal family." the necessary light. Nobody could pos- — siblyigguspect a cane. living. Chessmen were also made on similar When the tables were turned and Louis XVIII came to his own again. death. The scions of the nobility. it was a dangerous thing to possess a likeness of the martyred King Louis XVI. possibly an old soldier of the Imperial Guard. who carried these walking sticks about with impunity. draws with the other. better days should dawn. .230 ifcaafc candle furnished hand. To ill- be found in possession of a portrait of the fated Louis meant denunciation and Fi- nally a clever wood carver of royalist persuasion succeeded in fashioning a cane which would throw a silhouette upon a wall a likeness of Louis XVI.

the Emperor Napoleon.SbatowgrapbE It 231 is especially popular in Paris. he conceived the clever idea of cutting figures out in zinc and casting them upon an illuminated screen fashioning them in sections so that they could be made to work by means of cords operated by assistants. where the famous caricaturist Caran d* Ache. M. for some time. His first exhibition was given at the Chat Noir. . has done much After working at silhouettes to elevate the art. d'Ache is very successful in representing military scenes. He projects upon the screen the battles and triumphal marches of . a cafe much frequented by artists and literary men. Finally a special representation was gotten up at the Theatre d' Application. and crowds flocked to see the silhouettes.




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