The Japanese Thumb

Strander Island Drawning Purple Mash

I first saw this thumb tie performed by Asahi, the Japanese magician, a number of years ago. His presentation of it made it a work of art. His co-ordination of movements was so perfect that he could produce his effect right in the midst of the audience as well as on the stage. Ten Ichi, another Japanese performer, produced this same effect also. The experiment created a sensation among magicians, and many solutions to the secret have been brought forth, some good, some mediocre. The method...

The Hindu Mango Tree Growth

Mengo Tree Megic Secret

Great tales have come out of the Orient about the remarkable mango tree growth performed by the magicians. Descriptions of the effect vary according to the imaginations of the people who tell about it. Many who have never seen the effect but have merely read or heard about it discuss it as if they knew all about it. Everyone seems to consider this experiment in which the magician puts a seed into the ground and suddenly causes a tree to spring up as a mystery of mysteries. Because of this...

The Doll House Illusion

I am now about to reveal to you an illusion that has been very popular with many of our leading magicians. It was originated and first introduced, I believe, by Fred Culpitt, a clever English magician. It has a particular advantage in being a self-contained novelty and enables the performer to present it in story form. The performer shows a miniature house on a table. The front is opened and inside of the house shown with its various furnishings. The furnishings are removed, house shown empty...

The Substitution Trunk Mystery

Sub Trunk Illusion Plans Free

This escape illusion is in great favor for it seems to be accomplished with terrific speed. It is not as speedy as the audience thinks, but the method of working at the psychological moment gives the impression of instantaneous escape work. Houdini, ably assisted by Mrs. Houdini, featured the Substitution Trunk Mystery for years. The trunk used in this mystery may be used as a regular traveling trunk, then at a moment's notice it can be prepared for this startling illusion. Some performers...

The Mysterious Selffilling Lota

This effect is usually credited to the Hindus but it is performed by the Chinese also. A lota, or bowl, is filled with water. Water is then poured out into a bucket or jar and lota shown empty. Performer states that he will cause water to flow from his eyes or his ears. He places his eyes down on top edge of lota for a moment and then pours more water out of lota. Next he places the lota to his ear and again water is poured out of lota. He may cause water to flow into the lota from his elbows...

The History Of Sleight Of Hand

Before proceeding with the lesson I want to give you some further history of Magic -- this time, on the branch of Magic called Sleight of Hand. Sleight of Hand is the art of deceiving the eye of the spectator by adroit movements of the hand so as seemingly to bring about the following effects 1--Producing--making an object appear 2--Vanishing--making an object disappear 3--Transforming changing an object Legerdemain and prestidigitation are synonyms of the term, sleight of hand. The term,...