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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 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 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 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 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,...

Sawing A Woman In Half

Selbit Sawing Illusion

At one time this was one of the most sensational illusions on the stage. The effect of sawing a woman in half was a good box office attraction. It gave ample opportunity for good publicity. Even to having an ambulance standing out in front of the theatre with sign attached that it was ready for emergency in case of any accident that may occur in sawing the lady in half. A big steel saw such as used to fell big trees was hung in the lobby. Selbit of England had a method of performing as did...

The Siberian Chain Escape

Magical Chain

This is really an escape stunt but it is effective in seance work on a stage. Performer's wrists are bound securely together with a chain and chain is padlocked. A large handkerchief is thrown over performer's hands, and in a moment he is free. The chain and padlock are passed out for examination. 1 -- A Siberian Chain, which is a chain especially prepared with two rings. 2 -- A small padlock which will easily slip through links of chain. 3 -- A rather large handkerchief, preferably opaque. The...

Bewitched Rising Cards And Envelope

The Rising Card Image

This is another variation of the envelope method of performing rising cards. It is easy to prepare and simple in operation. Three selected cards are placed in an envelope and envelope sealed. Top of envelope is cut off. Magician commands, and up rise the three cards out of the envelope, one at a time. 3 -- A double heavy manila envelope, 3 5 8 x 6 1 2 inches in size. Refer to Lesson 8, pages 10 and 11 for description of Double Envelope. Remove the Six of Clubs, the Jack of Spades, and the Ten...

Mysterious Ball Transposition

There have been many descriptions written for this effect in which a red ball is wrapped in a piece of paper or handkerchief and a black ball is wrapped in another paper or handkerchief, and upon command the balls change places. I have seldom seen it performed, however. I have myself tried out several methods, but the effect proved to be somewhat lifeless and so I discarded them. I finally worked out this method which is clean-cut, snappy, and gives a chance for applause at the end. The...

Rabbit Production From Paper Ribbon

This is a good finish for a silk and paper ribbon production from the Master Hat. Silks and coil of ribbon are first concealed in secret compartment of hat. Silks are produced and then the ribbon. The ribbon is unwound by means of the wand and is allowed to pile up on the floor. Reach down and pick up ribbon, holding it in front of you with left hand. Be sure to conceal right hand. Reach into rabbit pocket at left side with right hand, bring out rabbit, getting him into the mass of paper...

The Dark Seance At The Table

This act provides interesting entertainment at a party or at dinner when a few guests are assembled. Performer and spectators sit around a table. Each one places his hands at the edge of the table, touching the little finger of the person on each side of him. Spectators have their feet touching also. Performer's hands and feet are touched in the same way by the spectator on each side of him. A tambourine, a bell, a mandolin, and a trumpet are placed on the table. The lights are turned out and...

Review Of Lessons

Review of Lessons 1 - 12 1-4 13 Review of Lessons 13 - 24 1-3 25 Review of Lessons 25 - 37 23-24 37 Review of Lessons 38 - 49 25-26 49 ROPE, TAPE AND RUBBER BAND TRICKS, TIES AND ESCAPES T Coats, Ropes and Rings 9-12 7 T Coats, Tapes and Rings 1-8 7 T Comedy Version of Germaine Cord Effect 7-10 6 T Japanese Thumb Tie, The 10-17 11 T Impromptu Cut and Restored Cord Effect 10-14 6 T Jumping Rubber Band, The 4-6 11 T Kellar's Cut and Restored Cord 4-7 6 T Magic Orange, The 16-19 7 T Metal Ring on...

Remember That Pantomime Is Very Important In Illusion

Reach out for another coin and pretend to drop it into hat, allowing a seventh coin to fall from left hand. Then repeat again and let an eighth coin fall from left hand. You now have one coin left in your left hand and one coin palmed in your right hand. This is called, Easy Come, Easy Go. Reach into the air for a coin again, and this time really drop coin from right hand into hat. Reach into air again and pretend to grab a coin in right hand. Now TURN BODY TO THE RIGHT SO THAT LEFT SIDE IS...

The Asbestos Palm

This is a similar effect to the above, but no handkerchief is used. A lighted cigarette is dropped into the left hand, and a little Magic Sand is sprinkled on it. The left hand is opened slowly and the cigarette has vanished. This effect involves a little manipulation which you must learn right now. It is a little sleight of hand. You show your hand apparently empty and yet conceal a thumb tip. These manipulations enable you to show thumb freely at times. You will find that it is little moves...

Divisions Of Modern Magic

Modern Magic has evolved until now it may be classified into three major divisions with regard to its effect on the audience 1--Effects which are accomplished by mere physical means. Tricks with cards, coins, handkerchiefs, etc. - things usually employed in a magical performance. In this division are effects which people believe they could do themselves if they could discover the Modus Operandi. But you know, of course, that they seldom discover the clever magical principles. You have already...

The Indestructible Handkerchief

I do not know where this mystery originated. I have seen a number of versions of it. My first apparatus came from England. I had another method from France. Floyd Thayer of Los Angeles, California, has perfected a piece of apparatus that is really beautiful. It is easy to work, substantially built, and not detectable. With this apparatus the effect is most puzzling for it can be worked with people all around the performer. A lady's handkerchief is borrowed, stretched across a wooden frame, and...

Adam And

A story is told about Adam and Eve and illustrated with billiard ball manipulations. During the tale, four bright red billiard balls mysteriously appear between the fingers of the right hand, one at a time, and as mysteriously vanish again. 1 A Professional Set of Billiard Balls. This consists of three bright red solid wooden balls and a half shell which fits over any one of the balls. Figure 1 shows a ball, Figure 2 the half shell, and Figure 3 the way in which the shell fits over the ball....

Angle Of Visibility

This principle plays one of the most important parts in Magic. You must know how much the audience can see when you are in front of them or when they surround you. By practicing before a large mirror, you will learn the various angles of visibility in relation to where you are standing in your performance. You must study these angles so that you will be able to judge how your hands should be held to conceal things. We will use palming a coin for illustration, as you will learn how to finger...

The Doll House Illusion

Magicians 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...

Magic Develops Your Personality

Personality plays an important part in Magic. It has a reciprocal relation to the Art that is, to use a common phrase, it works both ways Personality is developed by learning Magic and becoming a Magician, and success as a Magician depends a great deal on personality. Magic gives you confidence. That is a big factor in developing a strong personality -- confidence. First you must study and practice faithfully so that the presentation of your tricks may be excellent. Then you will gain...

Card Fountains

Down Over Around

This makes a beautiful effect with cards and adds display to your program with little effort. Three cards are selected and shuffled back into deck. Deck is placed in a glass tumbler, which is placed on the seat of a chair. At command, the cards start flying out of the glass, way up into the air. They continue to fly out until only the selected cards remain in the glass. These are then removed from tumbler and shown. This Method is the one used by DeKolta, one of the finest magicians of days...

Image Magicians Thimble Holder

Thimbles may have been designed for sewing purposes, but the manipulative magician has found them very effective in sleight of hand. Every kind from the simple aluminum or silver thimbles to the brightly-colored metal or wooden ones are used. Cardini, the noted English magician, uses beautiful rhinestone thimbles. Work with thimbles is flashy and permits of beautiful moves as they appear and disappear. They reflect the light and thus are very effective. As in other branches of manipulation you...

The Black Art Table

And now we come to one of the most interesting and most important developments in Magic the development of The Black Art Table. This is a splendid revelation of how a new thought will usher in a new era in Magic. In the early days the magician came to the conclusion that a table could be used to make articles vanish or appear, or for substituting one thing for another. To aid his work, that is, to help conceal his apparatus and assistant, he draped his table to the floor. In the top of the...

Perfect The Move Of Opening The Hand To Show That Coin

You must put showmanship into this. Open your hand slowly and gracefully. The hand must never be opened suddenly except in a throwing motion or some special action that requires it. Study this move to give it finish. Let me say again -- practice before a mirror and do each sleight just as you would if you were actually placing the coin in the left hand. Remember NOT to look at the opposite end of your effect. Do the moves NATURALLY. Use the Two Finger Balance for holding coin and...

The Passe Coins And Glasses

This is an excellent effect to work under artificial light and at such a distance from spectators that a fine black silk thread will not be visible. Two empty glass tumblers are freely shown. Into one five palming coins or half dollars are counted one at a time. Performer holds this glass in his left hand and the empty glass in his right hand. Upon his command, a coin leaves the left-hand glass and drops into the right one. The coins are then counted and only four remain in the left glass....

The Jumping Rubber Band

I remember seeing this effect performed years ago by Theo. Bamberg (Okito). In the hands of this master of sleight of hand the illusion was a perfect thing. This experiment is a good one to use before or after the PENETRATING RING effect. If you use this trick first, you can explain ( ) how you did it with the ring. The audience, of course, is none the wiser after you finish than they were before. A rubber band is placed over first and second fingers of right hand. Another band is twisted...

The Penetrating Ring

Magician takes two rubber bands and twists them around each finger of his right hand. An examined nickeled ring is placed on the first joint of the second finger. Attention is called to the fact that it cannot slip down to the base of the finger because the rubber bands prevent it from doing so. In a moment, however, the ring passes the bands and slides down to the base of the finger. The rubber bands are still around all the fingers and the ring seems to have penetrated them. Then the magician...

Rising Cards Through The

We have discussed Rising Cards in earlier lessons, but these effects which you learn here are even more amazing than those I taught you before. Here you learn how to make cards rise up and soar into the air up into your hand. Howard Thurston made a hit in London years ago with this style of rising card effect and he still uses it in his evening performances. I give you three methods which are practical and easy to perform with or without an assistant. The effects are adapted to stage work and...

The Tarbell Rope Mystery

It is with a great deal of pleasure that I disclose to you the secret and presentation of my famous rope mystery. This effect has been a fine reputation-builder for me, and I want it to be the same to you. This mystery has puzzled audiences time and again, and even magicians have found it utterly baffling. Some of the finest newspaper men in the country have seen me perform it and have admitted their complete bewilderment. It has received more comment, perhaps, from the magical fraternity than...

Craftsmen Have Big Night

Club Member Enjoy Nove Entertainment Feature at Annual Nomination Meeting Husband Colh> Being informed Fatal Injury Members Of Craftwnon's Club turned out In largo numbers on Saturday evening to attend lha annual nomination meeting of tba club, and remained arter th* business suasion to enjoy an unusual entertainment program that bad been arranged by the commltteo In charge. of Harlan Tartan, the scientific entertainer from Chicago. Tlie new orclicstra. which shuns Jaxx and confine* its...

The Cards Up The Sleeve

There are many methods and routines used in performing this effect. Each performer uses a variation of the experiment which best suits his individuality. After you have mastered the trick as I teach it to you, you may start blending in other principles or varying parts of the effect to develop a routine which you like best. In this effect STUDY YOUR MISDIRECTION CAREFULLY and MASTER YOUR PALMING. This effect is a good one to use after CARDS THAT PASS IN THE...

Various Principles Of Palming And Shifts

Deck is held in a horizontal position in left hand. Right hand is brought up close to it in a vertical position. Figure 8. With left thumb push up the top card into the right palm. Figure 9. Press card securely into right palm with left thumb. The card is now palmed with back of it outward. Figure 10. This principle of palming is very valuable in some cases when it is advisable or necessary to have the card reversed with back outward instead of face. Practice it until you can do it quickly and...

False Counting

False Counting Cards

In the effect, CARDS THAT PASS IN THE NIGHT, in a previous lesson, I taught you a method of False Counting. Here I give you other methods that will add to your fund of Magical knowledge. The effect, as you remember, is apparently to count a certain number of cards, but in reality to count fewer. The Slip Over False Count -TO PERFORM Assume that you want apparently to count TWELVE cards and really to count only NINE. Hold deck in left hand, backs of cards to audience and faces toward yourself....

Cards Up The Sleeve

One Sleeve Magician

This is a pleasing variation of the CARDS UP THE SLEEVE effect. Instead of producing the cards from the trousers' pocket they are produced from under the left side of coat at the shoulder. Twelve cards are counted from the pack and placed in the left hand. Performer causes the cards to pass one at a time up his left sleeve and takes them out from under the left shoulder of his coat. PARAPHERNALIA 1--Deck of Cards. SECRET AND PATTER To Perform Have twelve cards counted from deck and hold them in...

The Chinese Pigeon Production

Hack Saw Tool With Lables

Performer calls attention to a large easel-like structure with a frame at upper part. Two light frames with paper stretched across each frame, are then shown. One of these is placed at the back of the easel and the other in front. Magician thrusts his hands through the paper and produces a white pigeon. He then breaks paper still further and allows other pigeons to fly out. Paper in frames is then torn away and easel shown to be unprepared as at first. 1 -- Chinese easel, which is specially...

Magic And The Science Of Medicine

I have given you in previous lessons some of the History of Magic and Magic's Relation to Religion. Now I shall trace for you Magic's relation to the great science of Medicine. The Art of Medicine today with its profound studies of human ills is a far cry from the elementary medicine practiced by Magicians of old and still practiced by barbaric tribes. Yet this great and highly developed art had its origin in the crude practices of ancient magicians. The most primitive method of treating...

The Silk And The Flame

Aparato Destilacion Cianuros

This is another pretty experiment which has been handed down from the days gone by and will, no doubt, be popular for many years to come. A candle, resting in a candlestick, is lighted. Magician reaches into the flame and produces a bright-colored silk handkerchief from it. The candle is then removed from the candlestick and is wrapped in a piece of newspaper. This is given to a boy assistant to hold. Performer rubs the handkerchief in his hands, and it mysteriously vanishes. He tears the paper...

Hindu Cut And Restored Turban

There is a difference of opinion as to the origin of this trick. Some say it came from India, while others contend that it came from Egypt originally. However, where it started makes no difference. It is a good effect and can be presented as either a Hindu or an Egyptian effect. It may be adapted to Chinese or Japanese Magic by presenting it with just a piece of cloth and not emphasizing the fact that it is a turban cloth. Performer removes a turban from one of his assistants, unrolls it, and...

The Mystery Of The Dancing Girls

The Mystery of the Dancing Girls is especially valuable for the able magician because it is so easily adaptable where you are working with a number of people. It can be easily enlarged to handle up to a dozen people if necessary, though six is the customary number. The Mystery of the Dancing Girls works out especially nicely for Christmas Entertainments, where various characters are to be magically produced or in a Fashion Show for the production of various models - or - in a musical production...

Production Of Stack Of Four Bowls Of Water

The bowls of water are produced in a stack and it seems hardly possible to handle them without spilling the contents. Performer's assistant stands holding a cloth. Performer takes it from him, and after showing it freely, places it on the floor. Suddenly cloth is raised and a stack of four glass bowls filled with water and containing goldfish appears in view. 1 -- Four glass goldfish bowls as shown in Figure 24. The bowls vary in size so that they can be...

Chinese Production Of The Four Bowls

This experiment is similar to the Production of a Large Bowl of Water except that performer produces the stack of four bowls instead of the one large bowl. A fair-sized load of bowls can be produced by this method in which a special type of harness is used. This consists of the belt and suspended rope. At the end of the rope is a metal contrivance. This is a flat metal piece with a hook at the front end and weighted at the other end so that when nothing is attached to it, A goes up and B goes...

Location Of Cards In A Hat Shuffle

Several cards are selected, marked if desired, and returned to deck. Deck is shuffled and dropped into a hat. Inside of the hat, cards are thoroughly shuffled around. Spectator is then asked to hold hat. Performer reaches into hat with his right hand and brings out, one at a time, the selected cards. Deck is shuffled. Have several cards selected and removed from deck. Each spectator may mark his card for identification. Divide deck into two equal portions and have first spectator place his card...

Sleight Of Hand With Coins

You have now reached the stage where you are ready for sleights with coins. This field of coin manipulation is a vast one and a thorough knowledge of it will add much to your Magical Education. Other small objects may be handled in a manner similar to coin sleights. Consequently when you have mastered the manipulations in this lesson you have proceeded a long way in your mastery of Sleight of Hand. T. Nelson Downs is a King of Coins. He built a great reputation by specializing in Coin Magic,...

Sleight Of Hand With Cards

Card Manipulation has always been very popular with conjurors. You can be a good magician without these sleights, but I am sure you will want to add them to your repertoire so that you can use them from time to time. To be an expert card manipulator, is of course, a great accomplishment, and if it is your desire to become one, this lesson will prove invaluable to you. To become an expert in Sleight of Hand with Cards requires First A careful analysis of the sleights. You cannot hope to become...

Chinese Paper Mystery

Many years ago a famous Chinese magician, Ching Ling Foo, came to this country. His oriental mysteries were so cleverly performed that even magicians were baffled at the methods he used to obtain his effects. Prominent on his program was an effect in which he showed a piece of tissue paper, tore it up, and restored it again. When I was a boy, I heard of the wonderful mysteries of this clever mystifier and was particularly impressed with the torn and restored paper effect. I set about to find a...

Wintertime In China

This may be performed as a continuation of the effect just described, or it may be worked as a separate effect. After performer has done the torn and restored paper experiment, he again tears the paper into a number of pieces and places same in an empty glass tumbler. From another tumbler or pitcher he pours enough water into the glass to cover the torn pieces of paper. When the paper is well saturated, he reaches into glass, takes out the paper, and squeezes it tightly in his right hand to...

Japanese Torn And Restored Napkins

This is the usual method of doing the torn and restored paper napkin effect, and because of the finish in which the method is apparently exposed, this trick is very popular. A paper napkin is shown and torn into a number of strips. Magician rolls them into a ball, then opens ball and whole napkin is found to be restored. He then explains to the audience how it is done. He tells them that you use two napkins, one of which you palm in your left hand. You roll napkin into a ball and place in left...

Hindoo Paper Tearing

This is another variation of the torn and restored paper effect with a different way of handling the thumb tip and of getting rid of the extra piece of paper. A strip of colored tissue paper about 30 inches long and 1 inch wide is carefully shown, then torn into a number of small pieces, which are placed in a saucer and burned. The performer shows hands empty, then reaches into the ashes and with the tip of his first finger and thumb of right hand takes a pinch of the ashes. A few magic words...

Place Left Thumb Into

Close box of matches with right hand. This automatically forces tip out of cover. You now have Tip on thumb, end of it facing audience. Drop match-box on table with right hand. But here is where the Hindoo teacher taught his philosophy of life. He would show his left hand containing nothing. Show left hand for a second, thumb tip towards audience. Then drop hand a bit, concealing tip behind fingers. And with his empty right hand he would take up a pinch of ashes. Show right hand so that all are...

Mystery Of The Traveling Numbers

Performer shows a piece of red tissue paper on both sides and holds it to the light to prove that it is unprepared. He rolls this into a ball and gives it to a spectator to hold. Performer now takes a small white card and shows it on both sides. Then he asks a spectator to write a number of three digits, such as 342 or 569, on the card. Then in rotation, four more spectators are asked to write such numbers on the card under each other. A sixth member of the audience is requested to add the five...

Psychological Impossibility

Pick off about a third of the deck, as in Figure 24, and place the rest of the deck in full view on the table. Place the third of the deck in left hand. With right thumb lift up lower left corner of TWO TOP CARDS about an inch. Move the two cards over to the right as ONE. Then fan the rest of the pack to the left with left hand. It appears that you are showing all the cards in the pack to the audience, but in reality the last card in the fan is a double card (two cards together.) Your left side...

The Circus Trick

This is a good effect which you may perform after you have forced a card by above method. After spectator has looked at Forced Card, tell him to place it with other cards in his hand and shuffle it in well. Then give him rest of deck, telling him to place all the cards together and shuffle them. Then take deck. This is a circus trick, in days gone by performed by the fakers who used to follow the circus. This was one of the old standbys like Three Card Monte and the old Shell Game. The object...

Flash Card Production

Performer shows two wooden embroidery hoops. He places a sheet of tissue paper between them and pushes one hoop down over the other, forming a sort of tambourine. He then shows both sides of tambourine and his empty right hand. Suddenly he plunges his right hand through the paper and hoops, tearing the paper. Just as his hand appears through the paper a fan of cards is seen at his finger-tips. 2 -- Small wire clip such as is used to hold papers together. 3 -- Two wooden embroidery hoops, large...

Book And A Card

This impromptu Rising Card Effect can be done anywhere at a moment's notice. It is surprising and puzzling in its effect. A card is dropped inside of a book. Magician shows the book on both sides and his empty hands to the audience. Suddenly the card rises up in a bewildering fashion from the book. 2--A book. SECRET AND PATTER To Perform Run through the pages of the book to show that nothing is concealed. Then give book to a spectator to hold. Would you mind holding this book You don't have to...

The Rope And Tape Principle

The rope and tape principle, which I teach you in this lesson, is one of the oldest principles in the realm of Magic. We have evidence that this principle was in use over 350 years ago, and for how many centuries before that time this principle was employed by magicians we can only guess. It is probable that this principle was handed down from the ancient Hindu magicians for the Hindu fakirs today do similar effects with two small ropes and one, two, or three wooden balls. The first modern...

Walking Through Tapes

This is an effective version of the double rope principle and coupled with showmanship it is very puzzling. Two long tapes are freely shown and passed up under a gentleman's coat and behind him. One of the tapes is tied in a single knot in front of him to secure him still further. The ends of ropes are given to two spectators to hold, one standing at left, and other at right of gentleman who is bound. The latter is told to walk backwards with the result that the tapes instead of being behind...

The Cut And Restored Ribbon

A bright red ribbon is shown by performer and an end is given to each of two spectators to hold. Showing his hands empty, Magician gathers up the middle of the ribbon and cuts it in half, then twice again for good luck. The pieces fall to the floor. Or, if desired, the ends of the ribbon may be burned. Yet in a moment, the ribbon is completely restored. 1 -- A Thumb Tip This was furnished you FREE with your first box of apparatus. 2 -- A piece of bright red ribbon, about 6 or 7 feet long and...

Making The Box Office

The preceding lessons have laid great stress on teaching you how to perform various magical effects. This lesson will take up the commercial side of magic and deal with those things which will enable you to sell your wares and be amply repaid for your services. As to what this pay will be, depends a great deal on you yourself, and the end toward which you work. For example, one man will want to make money another does not care so much for the money angle but is interested in the social...

The Cabinet Seance

How Draw Someone Tied Chair

This seance is especially good for the stage, although it may be done in the parlor. It enables the performer to carry on his work in full light without being detected. Performer is tied to a chair with tapes or soft clothesline and is placed inside a cabinet or a curtain is drawn in front of him. A cane placed in his lap mysteriously appears over the front curtain. A tambourine and bell, placed in cabinet, jingle and ring in a baffling manner. A glass of water placed on performer's lap...

Spiritualism And Magic

It is a curious commentary on the public's love of the occult that people wish to believe that magicians are mediums. If a magician poses as a medium and presents his effects as spiritualistic phenomena, his earnings are greatly enhanced. Even if later (as has been done by the Davenport Brothers, J. S. Davies, George Leo Wilkins, and others), he exposes his methods and explains in detail how he fooled his audiences, many spiritualists will continue to believe him to be a genuine medium. In...

The Power That Suggestion Has Over You In Magic

You wonder how this applies to you in learning Magic. In just this way Tell yourself from the start that you are going to be a Real Magician. Form a picture in your mind of yourself as a Successful Magician on the stage or see yourself as Popular, Well Known, a Social Success through your knowledge of Magic. Form a definite image of what Magic will do for you. The Power of Suggestion will do the rest. If you are in earnest and have suggested to yourself that you are going to be a Social Success...

The Sword

A box is shown mounted on four turned legs with castors. The top lid is raised and front door opened. Girl assistant steps into the box and then sits down in it. The lid is pulled down. The girl practically fills the box. The front door is closed and attention called to a number of holes on each side of the box. A bunch of swords are shown and run through the box apparently penetrating the girl. The swords are run through the box at every possible angle. Even a spear is run down through a hole...

Quick Release Double Knot

Quick Release Slip Knot

This is a real double knot, but you easily make it into a slip knot which can be released quickly. Performer ties the ends of two handkerchiefs together in a double knot. At his will, the knot unties quickly. Tie A and B in a single knot, looping A over and under B. Hold B securely with thumb and forefinger of left hand and lower part of silk with other fingers. Hold A in same manner with right fingers. Slip second finger of left hand under A where it first loops over B and press finger against...

Showmanship

To become a Master of Showmanship you must be inspired with the spirit of being a Magician. Do not merely play at the part, but use the POWER OF SUGGESTION on yourself to make you really feel and fill the part. Dress the part -- act the part -- do everything to create personal magnetism and a favorable impression -- avoid all disturbing elements -- and STUDY SHOWMANSHIP. Now, let us analyze this tremendous factor in Magic -- Showmanship. It means the ability to put ROMANCE, MYSTERY, THE ELEMENT...

The Card Stab

A deck of cards is divided into two halves. From each half a card is selected and remembered. Each spectator who selected a card returns it to the deck and performer shuffles each into its respective half. The two packets are placed together to make the whole deck again. Performer places the deck behind a piece of newspaper and crimps the paper around the cards. A spectator is given a knife and told to stab through the newspaper into the cards. After this has been done, paper is removed. Deck...

Comedy Version Of Wandering Glass And Bottle

This is an excellent comedy effect if you have an assistant to help you. As described above glass, assistant l performer is busy the bottle out of it under his arm, magician's discomf magician lifts the assistant is surpr under his arm. Per happened. . During the passing ooks on with interes talking to audience, cover at performer's sits down in a chair iture about to come. cover, bottle is st ised to find that it former continues as of bottle and t. Finally, while assistant steals right and,...

Your Business Card

In Lesson 30, I gave you an example of an inexpensive business card. I have been some excellent looking cards made from the example I gave, by those who followed the instructions carefully, and had type and arrangement duplicated, and at the same time I have seen some very weak cards by those who followed the wording but did not follow the style of type or arrangement and who employed a cheap printer. An interesting style of card can be made by using a playing card for the background and...

Chinese Box Vanish For Rabbit

Have the Chinese Box loaded with candy kisses (candy wrapped in paper) in place of silk load. Have a good quantity of these kisses. Pick up box and show it empty, then replace on table. Show bunny, holding him by the ears, and then drop him into box. Swing flap over and hook into place to conceal bunny. Pick up box and pour the candy kisses out into a bowl. Then show box empty. Distribute candy to children. The Loop Rabbit Bag Figures 41 and 42 show the bag. The top is hemmed well. Round holes...

Advertising And Publicity

One of the big essentials of the show business is publicity that will excite the public and cause such interest as to make the public turn out and pay money to see the show. Many schemes have been devised to create interest. Associated with the show business has been high pressure advertising which stirs up quick action and gets instantaneous results. The press agent has been a valuable man as he is in a large measure responsible for the success or failure of the performance. Public patronage...

Power Of Suggestion

Today I want to give you some of the psychology of Magic so that you may have a better understanding of your powers as a Magician and just what it is in the human mind that gives you this power. The Power of Suggestion is a tremendous force in life. Whether you have realized it or not, it has had its influence on you many times, and you are constantly using it on other people. It has a two-fold character. It works on you from within and it works outward from you on the people with whom you come...

Blindfold Card Reading

This bit of mental work is particularly mystifying because of the use of a blindfold. Performer divides a deck of cards into two parts. He gives these halves to two spectators and has them shuffle the cards. One of the spectators is asked to pass through the audience and have about ten cards selected, one at a time. The other spectator is then asked to collect the cards, having each member of audience put his own selection into his half of deck. A third spectator is then asked to shuffle cards...

The Dyeing Handkerchiefs

This course would hardly seem complete unless I taught you this favorite magical effect of dyeing handkerchiefs in a paper tube. Performer shows a sheet of paper and makes a tube from it. He pushes a white silk through tube to show that it is empty. Again he pushes the white silk through the tube, and it comes out of the other end dyed pink. Stating that the dyeing process is a little too weak, he puts the pink silk through the tube and brings it out of the other end a bright red. Magician then...

The Welsh Rarebit

Bombe Peinture Dessin

The amazing effect of building a fire in a hat borrowed from a spectator is made possible by the Welsh Rarebit Pan. It has found great popular favor. Performer borrows a gentleman's hat and a handkerchief. He places the handkerchief in the hat and places them on the table. Showing a pan to be empty, he breaks an egg into it, and places torn paper and other articles in pan. He then covers pan with lid. Now alcohol is poured over handkerchief in hat, fire is set to it, and flames are seen rising...

Rising Cards From Glass Tumbler

This is perhaps the most popular method of performing a rising card experiment. It is particularly suited to stage performance or working under conditions in which the magician is some distance from his audience. Magician must be far enough away and have such lighting conditions that a fine silk thread will not be visible to spectators. Three spectators select a card each. These are returned to the deck and thoroughly shuffled in. The deck is placed in a glass tumbler. A hoop is passed over...

Oriental Magic

Baguier Imprimer

From time immemorial tales have come out of the Far East about the weird mysteries of the Orientals. Writers and artists have woven strange stories and have drawn fascinating pictures of Oriental Magic. Because of this, the public has come to believe that mysteries of the Orient have an unusual charm. In reality, the Oriental Magician is no more clever than the Occidental Magician. But because the Oriental comes from a distant, strange land, his appeal is greater. The Oriental has had good...

An Eggstraordinary Eggsplanation

A good sucker effect, in which a trick is apparently explained but finishes with a surprise. Performer shows a handkerchief and tells audience he will cause it to disappear in a mysterious manner. He rolls it up in his hands and pretends to put it into his left hand. He then places his right hand in his right trouser's pocket. Audience believes that he placed the handkerchief in his right trouser's pocket. Magician, however, opens his left hand and shows that handkerchief is really in his hand....

Burning A Borrowed Handkerchief

Finger Loop Hankerchief

Performer borrows a handkerchief (man's or woman's). He sets fire to the center of it by holding it over a lighted candle or match. The flames are extinguished and handkerchief is touched with a magic ring. The handkerchief is restored. This trick goes well at a moment's notice in the parlor, the dining room, at a banquet, or on the stage. Many times I just happen to see a handkerchief in a lady's lap. I ask her for permission to use it and proceed to do the trick as though seeing the...

Three Cards Through The Handkerchief

Chevaux Dessin Tete

Similar to preceding effect, except that three cards are selected, remembered, and returned to the deck. The handkerchief is wrapped around deck as previously, and then the cards come through the handkerchief one at a time. 2 -- A borrowed handkerchief, or performer's own. SECRET AND PATTER Borrow a handkerchief and place it over your left arm. Pick up deck of cards. Figure 25. Have three spectators select cards, remember them, and have them returned to pack. You, of course, keep track of these...

The Penetrating Pocket Knife

Mero Para Colorear

This experiment appears to be entirely impromptu. It is puzzling and entertaining. Performer borrows a pocket handkerchief and has two spectators hold it stretched out between them by all four corners. He takes a pocket knife and places it under the handkerchief at about the center. Covering top of handkerchief with a piece of paper, he pushes the knife right up through handkerchief and paper and pulls it out of the top. Handkerchief is then shown unharmed and knife and paper are given to...

How To Locate The Temperamental And Sentimental Development Of The Face

How You Properly Wipe Your Butt Diagram

For rapid analysis it is well to read the Temperamental and Sentimental aspects of the face together as they are closely related. The face can be divided into three great areas. The Vital-Commercial is located in the cheeks, in the fleshy, non-bony region. To determine this region, look in the mirror and puff your cheeks out with air. The Will-Protective area is formed by the cheek and jaw bones. The Mental-Evolution area consists of the upper lip, the nose, and rest of the head. When the...

Comedy Egg Production

Digi Girl With Car Keys

This effect has been a great feature number with Thurston in this country and with Devant in England. I remember seeing Thurston a number of years ago take many eggs out of a hat and pile them up on a boy's arms while the audience went into gales of laughter. Thurston had his pet presentation, as did Devant, and many others who have since performed this interesting comedy effect. It would be an education for you to study the way Thurston and Devant handle children. I am going to teach this...

Repeat Handkerchief Vanish

A handkerchief vanish which permits of good comedy. This is an adaptation of an effect originally performed by Oswald Williams, a well known English magician. Performer removes a silk handkerchief from his right vest pocket. With his right hand, he tucks it into the closed palm of his left hand. Magician opens his left hand, and the handkerchief has vanished. He again takes a handkerchief from his vest pocket and vanishes it in his left palm also. He repeats this a number of times with suitable...

The Sympathetic Silks

Jerk Them Gallows

A great favorite of Houdini. In various forms, this problem has graced the acts of a number of professionals. I present it to you in its simpler form. Six silks are shown separately. Three are placed on the seat of a chair. The other three are knotted together by the corners. Performer explains that a sympathetic bond exists between the two sets of silks. Because one set was tied, the other set also ties itself. The three separate silks are lifted from the chair...

Elusive Silks

A pleasing experiment with silks, good for stage or close work. Though very easy to perform, it is effective. This introduces to you a very handy piece of apparatus known to Magicians as a Changing Bag. A small bag, attached to a handle and resembling a church collection bag, is turned inside out and shown empty. Performer then turns it back right side out and suddenly a red handkerchief appears in it. This is given to a spectator, who is asked to place it in the bag again. He does so, and the...

The Hindu Jar Of Grain

Nature Sketch

Performer shows a jar filled with grain. He covers it with a cloth for a moment, and suddenly the grain disappears and the jar is empty. 1 -- A metal or earthenware jar, shaped like the one shown in Figure 42. It should be painted black inside. Cut out a piece of stiff black cloth to fit into the neck of the jar. Put glue over one side and cover with grain. When cloth is fitted into neck of jar, it appears that jar is full of grain. 3 -- An 18-inch square of opaque cloth to cover jar. SECRET...

The Soup Plate And Handkerchiefs

This experiment was a favorite of Beautier DeKolta, a famous Magician of days gone by. To DeKolta's original version, Servais LeRoy, prominent Magician, added interesting wrinkles and used the experiment on his programs for a long time. A number of years ago, Eugene Laurant, another light in the Magic world, became fascinated with LeRoy's clever handling of the soup plate and handkerchiefs. He varied the effect a little and added it to his program, where it has been a popular number ever since....

Two Soup Plates And Handkerchiefs

In this version, two plates are used and no newspaper. Performer shows two empty plates, puts the two tops together and places them on table. He vanishes two silks in his hands and makes them appear between the two plates. 1--Two soup or dinner plates, the same size. 2--Four silk handkerchiefs, two red and two white. Fold two handkerchiefs as in Figure 23. Place one plate at rear edge of table, top down with part of it extending over table. Under edge of plate, place the two folded...

Double Handkerchief Color Change

This version, I believe, was brought out by Horace Goldin, another world famous magician. Two handkerchiefs, tied together by their corners, change color as Magician passes his hand over them. A yellow and a blue handkerchief, for instance, change to a red and a green one. Place a green handkerchief on a blue one and sew a metal ring, an inch in diameter, to both upper corners. Also sew lower ends together. Tuck the green silk well inside of the blue one and sew the two sides of the blue silk...

Beginning Of Records

Every land and every age had its Sorcerers and Magicians. Here and there we pick up some information. Here we find a tale about King Macbeth of Scotland, who conjured up visions and apparitions and somewhere else we read of the Popes of the Tenth Century, who practiced Magic and Sorcery. But these little stories are scattered and vague as no records of Magic were kept until the Dark Ages beginning with the Eleventh Century. Then we begin to get accurate history. Merlin is the outstanding...

The Rising Card Escape

Rising card tricks have been very popular in Magic. There are many methods of producing the effect, but most of them are mechanical arrangements. The method I give you is impromptu, so that you can perform it with an ordinary deck of cards at any time and in any place. In this method you use some sleight of hand and the very simple mechanical arrangement of closing the card case. Spectator draws a card from deck of playing cards and shows it to audience. He replaces it in deck and shuffles it...

Your Relation To Other Magicians

A big part of your job as a Magician is not only to make yourself liked by audiences, managers, committees, newspapers, etc., but also by other Magicians. You cannot get very far in the Magic World if your Brother Magicians dislike you. Now, what causes a Magician to be disliked Just those things which cause any professional or business man to be disliked Too much egoism, knocking of others, never cooperating with others. I have always preached to you the necessity for having CONFIDENCE in...

Ethics At A Magic Performance

When you attend another magician's show, go with the idea of helping that magician in every way possible. The better he is, the less he will need help and the poorer he is, the more he will need assistance. When a real magician comes to town, his brother magicians always make it known to him that they are ready for service. If he desires them to come up from the audience while he is performing, they are ready to do so. If he wants encouragement and appreciation from the audience, they are ready...

Cups And Balls

Who is there in Magic who has not heard of the famous cups and balls It is the mysterious effect in which the balls vanish, appear, and jump about under three cups. This is one of the oldest tricks in Magic. It has many routines and has also been the foundation for many variations from the disappearing and producing of balls under cups to the three shell game of the circus, paper wads through a hat, etc. In days gone by, this effect was a feature trick on programs of many Magicians and it then...

The Magic Chocolates

This is a charming problem with properties seldom used by Magicians. The effect is puzzling, yet the secret is very simple. Performer shows a box of chocolates and empties it into a glass candy jar. The jar is then covered with a silk handkerchief. The cover is placed on the box and it is set aside on table. Magician now produces his magic whistle and things begin to happen. Handkerchief is removed from glass jar, and candy has vanished. Box is opened and is found to be filled with chocolates...

Production Of A Large Bowl Of Water

This experiment is a favorite with Chinese magicians. EFFECT Performer shows a large cloth on both sides and runs it through his hands to show that it contains nothing. He throws it on the floor, as though expecting something to happen. Again he raises the cloth and shows it freely. Once more he spreads it on the floor and a large object is seen to have appeared under it. When cloth is removed, this object is found to be a large bowl of water. Magician pours the water out from the bowl into two...

Escape And Substitution Illusions

Popular in magic for many years have been illusions of an escape nature. Magicians are handcuffed, tied with ropes, placed in sacks, locked in trunks, nailed into packing cases, chained to boards, tied into straight jackets. In each ease, escape seems impossible, yet in almost an instant performer releases himself without leaving any clue as to the method of his escape. Houdini was one of the most popular of escape artists and a marvellous showman. No magician ever gained the amount of...

How To Operate Black Art Wells

In my Society Special table the black art wells are near the front instead of being at the rear as was the general position before. This makes it much more convenient for performances requiring the picking up of articles from wells. Donald Holmes in his excellent book, The Magic Art, has shown some excellent moves through the use of front wells. However, if desired, table top can be turned around, changing the wells to rear. TO VANISH A BILLIARD BALL OR SIMILAR SMALL OBJECT Place ball on table...

The Vaudeville Field

For those who have vaudeville as their goal there are booking agents who will present your act to the vaudeville circuits. New York, of course, is the big booking center for America with Chicago second. In other countries you will find agents in the respective large cities from which vaudeville is controlled. Find a good agent, put up your story to him. This should be done in person as a rule. Describe your act and ask for a showing. If he is interested he will arrange for a showing in a tryout...

The Rising Cards And Card Case

A method for presenting a rising card effect which can be used for work at close quarters if necessary. Performer fans a deck of cards and divides it into two halves, giving one-half to a spectator. Spectator is requested to remove any card from his section of the deck and place it among those held by the performer. Two other spectators, likewise, select cards and return them to section held by magician. All the cards are now placed in the card case and it is shown freely. On magician's...

Modern Crystal Gazing

An ingenious yet simple method of working which appeals to many. Performer passes out blank cards, envelopes, and pencils to audience. Spectators write any question they desire answered or numbers on coins or bills, telephone numbers, addresses, etc. on the cards. They then seal the cards into the envelopes. Envelopes are collected and placed in a glass bowl on table in center of stage. Magician takes a crystal ball and gazes into it. Then he begins to read off questions and answers them. He...