This Completes Your Thimble

A Thimble Act of this kind may be finished after the Production of the first eight thimbles that is, the two surprise productions of four thimbles on each hand. The double production of two sets of four thimbles on each hand, however, gives double the punch to the act. Producing thimbles in such numbers as a finish for the act gives a smashing climax to single thimble sleights. The act may be shortened by omitting some of the single thimble moves. Placing holders with thimbles inside of bottoms...

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...

Sealed Card Mystery

Performer gives deck to spectator to shuffle thoroughly and then to select a card. Spectator passes the deck to two other spectators who in turn each select a card. Performer does not touch pack during selection of cards. Each spectator is asked to place his card in a small envelope and seal it in. Then each seals small envelope into a larger envelope. Performer divides deck into two sections. He shows top card on each section. Then one of the envelopes is selected. Spectator is asked to lift...

Greek Mystics

Historians tell us something of the early Greeks in relation to Magic. They believed that supernatural powers mixed with human affairs. Their gods were half human creatures with the powers of performing supernatural acts. From the hundreds of fascinating stories of Greek Magic, let me tell you just one. Circe was a beautiful creature who enchanted men with her charms. Whenever a Grecian beheld her, he could not resist her spell and fell into her power. She lured the bewitched men to her castle...

The Patriotic Rings And String

Three paper rings red, white, and blue, respectively are examined, also a piece of string or soft cord about two and a half feet long. The rings are strung on the string, one end of string being given to some member of the audience to hold and the opposite end to another. Performer covers rings with a handkerchief, hiding them from view, and requests that someone select one of the colors of the rings. Someone, for example says, red. Placing his hands under the handkerchief, performer removes...

The Cabinet Seance

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...

Chemical And Mechanical Magic

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Development Of Superstitions

In this History of Magic I aim to give you an insight into the development of magic from the earliest times down through centuries to the present. No one has ever adequately covered this tremendous subject. It would take many volumes to write a complete history of magic. And yet I want to give you a fairly complete picture of the progress of magic down the ages. It is a huge task to put together the knowledge the world has on magic. We have some information on magic in ancient times and some...

Three Cards Through The Handkerchief

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...

Vanish And Production Of Paul Fuchs

This is a beautiful effect in the hands of Paul Fuchs. Cigarette is placed in left hand and vanished. Both hands are shown empty, then cigarette is produced from behind left hand. Hold cigarette between first and second fingers of right hand. Place left hand with back to audience over back of right hand to conceal cigarette. Under cover of left hand, make the following moves with the right. Allow cigarette to fall over second finger. Figure 38. Place third finger over cigarette. Figure 39....

Method D

Magician shows a piece of white sash cord about seven and one-half feet long. A spectator is asked to cut the rope in half and the rope is then shown in two pieces. To convince the audience that the rope is actually cut, another spectator is asked to cut a small piece from each of the four ends. Magician then holds an end of each half of the rope and gives the other ends to each of the two spectators to hold. Performer now wraps his two ends of the rope around his left hand. He removes a ring...

How To Locate The Temperamental And Sentimental Development Of The Face

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...

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...

Magic And Religion

Magic was the cradle of the twin giants -- History and Science, as someone has so aptly put it. I would make it more explicit, however, and say that Magic was the cradle of History, Religion, Medicine, Pharmacy and Chemistry, and other Sciences. It was the beginning of all that we have now in the way of Science. It seems almost incredible to us that Magic, now that we regard it only as an entertaining art, should have led the way to an understanding of nature and thus to the development of...

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...

A B C D

The upper edge. the lower edge. the left-hand edge. the right-hand edge. When card is turned over with face uppermost, A is still the upper edge and B the lower edge. But C is now the right-hand edge, and D is the left-hand edge. Figure 5. Regardless of what position the card is in, the edges bear the same letters. The corners of the card are designated by a combination of the letters of the two sides forming the corner. With back of card up When face of card is up, corners retain their...

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...

Lesson

In this lesson you learn four more of the finest card effects in the World of Magic. Two of them are given to you by two of the world's greatest magicians. 1 -- The Conjurer's Touch. Performer gives deck of cards to a spectator, who removes a card, shuffles it back into the deck, and then returns the deck to performer. Magician places it in his pocket. Spectator calls out suit of card and magician instantly pulls out a card of like suit from his pocket. Number of card is called out and magician...

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...

Double Slate Writing

Performer shows two blank slates and marks each side, 1-2-3-4, respectively. Slates are placed together, a tape is wrapped around them, and they are given to someone to hold or placed in full view on table. A spectator is asked to think of a question. Slates are then untied and a message has appeared on one of the slates. 1 -- Two school slates, the same size. Figure 25. 2 -- A black flap for one slate. Take a piece of cardboard painted dull black on one side and covered with a piece of...

Distant Mental Communication

This Act is excellent for tests before newspaper men or others with whom you wish to create an impression of unusual ability in mental thought transference. It is not suitable for stage work, as a rule, but is adapted to special occasion work. Performer states that his assistant is at a nearby hotel or special room not far away. He says that if there is proper concentration at this end, his assistant can tell what is happening here even at this distance. Several objects freely chosen by...

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The Phantom Coin

The shell coin offers many interesting variations in Coin Magic. It may be introduced into Coin Sleights with excellent results. Here are two good effects, using the shell Take two coins, one covered with the shell. Show coins freely and show hands empty. To all appearances place both coins in left hand, but in reality place one coin and the shell, retaining the other coin Finger Palmed in right hand (as you did in the preceding effect). Figure 74. Call attention again to the TWO coins in left...

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Mystery Of The Burning Cigarette

Magician borrows a handkerchief and lays it over his left hand, fist closed and thumb side up. He shows his right hand empty and with his right thumb tucks handkerchief a short way into his left fist. He next borrows a piece of lighted cigarette and drops it burning end down into the little well he made in the handkerchief with his right thumb. The smoke curls upward from the handkerchief. The audience holds its breath, thinking that the handkerchief is being burned. The Magician then sprinkles...

Necromancy And Divination

I gave you in Lesson 2 some of the history of Sleight of Hand, one of the two distinct branches of magic. The second division of the art includes Necromancy and Divination, which I shall tell you about here. is the art of foretelling the future by pretending to have communication with the dead. The ghosts of the departed are called up to give oracles or discover hidden treasures or these ghosts come, through the offices of the necromancers, to enter men's bodies and afflict them with diseases...

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...

Burning A Borrowed Handkerchief

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...

The Elusive Hindu

This is a fine illusion for the performer who carries with him a man assistant or for the woman magician who carries a girl assistant. Performer dresses as a Hindu. He shows a Phantom Framework and sets it up two or three feet in front of the back curtain. He walks behind it and audience can see his legs behind the frame. He places a triangular top on the framework and then gets a three-sided parlor screen. He stands on the Phantom Platform and places the screen in front of him. Assistant now...

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...

New Era Version Of Card Through Handkerchief

This is a modification of an old magical experiment which is in every magician's repertoire. In its old form it was effective, but in its new dress it is even more wonderful. In the old version only one side of handkerchief could be shown after cards were wrapped. In this version both sides of handkerchief can be shown just before the card starts to penetrate the handkerchief. Spectator selects a card. This is returned to deck and shuffled thoroughly into it. Magician then borrows a...

Production Of Rabbit From Silks

This is a good method for producing a good-sized rabbit. EFFECT After producing a good quantity of silk from a hat or box, Magician picks up the mass of silk and calls attention to the fact that it is so bulky that it could never be put back into the hat again. Suddenly he discovers a rabbit among the silks and pulls him out, wiggling and squirming, from the mass. 2 -- A chair, preferably of dining-room type. In emergency a folding chair can be used. 3 -- A special rabbit bag. SECRET The Chair...

The Chinese Pigeon Production

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...

Newspaper Publicity

Newspaper publicity and success run hand in hand. It is through the press that the public as a whole hears about unusual deeds and happenings. The press can do much to make or break a person. Newspaper publicity is an interesting thing to study, for when properly handled it helps to keep your name before the public. To begin with, it is well to know just what the fundamentals of a newspaper are. A newspaper is a money-making proposition, the same as any other business. It requires considerable...

Master Hat Production

Remove false crown of Master Hat and place a roll of paper ribbon on bottom of hat proper. Readjust false crown in hat. Open flap and tuck silk handkerchiefs and silk streamers into secret compartment. It is surprising the amount of fine silk which can be tucked away in compartment. Close flap. It is easy to produce silks by merely reaching into hat, opening flap, and bringing silks out. After silks are produced, hat is shown empty. Then reach in and start the roll of paper ribbon from the...

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Cigarette Magic

This lesson is devoted to Sleight of Hand with cigarettes. Because the cigarette is in such common use, cigarette magic is popular. It also permits of working with lighted cigarettes and thus makes this kind of magic doubly mysterious. You learned some excellent effects with cigarettes in Lesson 2, in which the Thumb Tip was used to accomplish the tricks. In this lesson, you make use of a Cigarette Pull and a clip, but most of the work depends wholly on digital skill. You learn some very...

The Dollar Bill In The Cigarette

Magician borrows a dollar bill and requests that owner remembers the number. He then takes out a box of cigarettes and has one selected. He places this one in his mouth. Folding the dollar bill he tucks it into his closed left hand. In a moment he opens his hand and the bill has vanished. He lights the cigarette and finds that it does not draw well. Magician then tears the cigarette apart and discovers the dollar bill inside of it. Bill is unfolded and returned to owner to check up on the...

The Climbing Balls

This is a fascinating Hindu experiment. It is not difficult to perform but requires a little practice. Performer shows a pole about five or six feet long. Stretched from end to end are two strings supported by two wooden bridges. Three wooden balls are placed on the strings against the lower bridge. Magician holds the pole slanting upward and begins to turn in a circle. Slowly the first ball climbs to the top of the pole, then the second, and finally the third. He also makes the first ball...

Oriental Magic

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...

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 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...

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...

Spirit Communication

In Lesson 8, I taught you THE MYSTERY OF THE TRAVELING NUMBERS. In this lesson I give you an interesting variation of that effect, combining it with the use of ribbon. Two pieces of cardboard are shown to be blank on both sides. A spectator is requested to write four numbers, one on each side of the two pieces of cardboard. These slates are then wrapped with ribbon and given to a spectator to hold. Magician now asks several spectators to write numbers of three digits, one under the other, on a...

Modern Production Of Bowl Of Water On Table

This production is adapted for the performer who works in American style clothing and has no room under his clothes for concealing a bowl of water. This is a good opening number if done with pep. It is very easy to do, yet appears most difficult and mysterious. After showing production cloth on both sides, performer throws it over his left arm. Suddenly he seems to catch something in his arms it appears to be a very heavy object. He goes over to table and places object on it. Then production...

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...

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...

Rainbow Billiard Balls

This effect is performed with balls of various colors. It is taught to you in pantomime style and is best presented with music. There is no reason, however, why this effect cannot be Pattered and used without music, or pantomimed without music. The effect of the different-colored balls is very pretty and will make a good number for your programs. Before you attempt this experiment, however, be sure that you have mastered the moves in the preceding routine. Four balls mysteriously appear between...

Info

Answering in that manner, takes the audience away from the thought of slip writing. They think that the man only signed his initials, and yet you could tell him his name. They do not know that he gave you the information about his berth and car number. They believe you told him about the journey he was thinking of through your mental powers. You told your audience to begin with that you are not a fortune teller, clairvoyant, or spirit medium but they begin to feel that you have PSYCHIC power...

Find The Burglar

This experiment is adapted from Jack Merlin's popular effect. Two kings are moved from the deck. A card is chosen and returned to the deck, and then the deck is shuffled. First one king is placed in the deck and next to it the other one is placed, both extending about half way. Performer states that the kings are very clever detectives and a burglar could not escape them. Supposing that the selected card is a burglar, it will not take long far the kings to find him. Magician moves kings up and...

Hanging Oneself With Ropes

Performer shows two pieces of rope, each about six feet long. He then places the ropes around his neck and ties them securely. In a moment he jerks the rope off, apparently right through his neck for when he shows the ropes, the loops, which a moment before were around his neck, are still in the ropes. Two pieces of rope, preferably soft white clothes line -- each about 6 ft. long. Some time ago a magician was in a strange land and amongst strange people. His wanderings about the world had led...

Comedy Egg Production

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...

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...

Bank

On one of the envelopes letter the word BANK. See Fig. 19. In Space B, between partition and front of envelope, place a check written out for one dollar. In the plain envelope in Space B, place the dollar bill. Just before doing so commit to memory the last three numbers and letter on the bill for instance, let us say that they are 735A. Now seal the flaps 1 and 2 together on each envelope so that they will look like ordinary unprepared envelopes. Have you ever had any difficulty in getting...

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...

Cards That Pass In The Night

This is my version of the famous Thirty Card Trick or The Cards from Pocket to Pocket, which has been so popular with conjurers. Every magician of note has his own angles of working this effect and various sleights which he uses in accomplishing it. I have used many ways in presenting this experiment, but the one that I am going to teach you is my favorite method. This effect is one of those magical experiments which seem to be performed supernaturally. It permits of fine Showmanship 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...

The Patriotic Paper Balls

A very pretty experiment that is easy to perform. It gives you one or two moves in sleight of hand. Three bowls are shown empty and placed in a row about six inches apart on the table. In front of each bowl Magician places three tissue paper balls red balls in front of one bowl, white balls in front of second bowl, and blue balls in front of third bowl. He drops the three red balls one by one into the first bowl then the white balls in the same manner into the middle bowl and finally the blue...

Leg Tie And Release With Handkerchief

This effect requires the use of a large silk. It always goes over with good results. Performer twists handkerchief twice around his leg, above the knee. While securely holding both ends in one hand, he jerks handkerchief and it suddenly frees itself from his leg. Hold handkerchief in front of left leg above the knee (represented by black circle). Silk is rolled into a rope. Bring handkerchief against leg and twist it around leg. Bring ends forward toward audience again. Figure 30 shows actual...

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...

The Mystic Knots

This effect may be presented in any kind of Oriental program to good advantage. Performer shows a piece of soft, white clothesline about eight feet long. He coils this up in his left hand and places rope on table. Suddenly he jerks up one end of rope and a number of single knots have been formed in rope. He places rope on table again. In a moment Magician again jerks up one end of rope, and the knots have disappeared. 1--A piece of very soft clothesline, six to eight feet long. A piece of soft,...

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 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...

Bewitched Rising Cards And Envelope

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...

The Homing Coins

Performer shows a plate of coins, then pours them into a borrowed hat which a boy is holding. He says that he placed fifteen coins in the hat, but the audience is a bit skeptical as the coins were not counted. Boy counts the coins and finds that there are actually fifteen. Coins are poured back into the hat again. Boy then gives performer two of the coins, which leaves thirteen in the hat. The two are wrapped in a handkerchief and given to the boy to hold. Mysteriously the coins wander back...

Window Cards

Where your type of entertainment is given to raise money for organizations and the crowd must be drawn in from the outside by advertising, the window card plays a prominent part. Local merchants are, as a rule, glad to co-operate with local organizations by displaying cards in their windows. If the cards are attractive, they make good window dressing. They also save the expense of bill posting. To be effective, the window card must be attractive and catch the eye at a glance and quickly tell...

The Chinese Sticks

An excellent Chinese sucker trick that permits of good comedy. Performer shows two sticks, each about a foot long. He holds them parallel and shows that a string runs through one stick and across and through the other one. He cuts the string between the two sticks and shows the sticks separated. Suddenly he brings the two sticks together again and shows the string has been restored. Once more he cuts the string and separates sticks. He pulls the short end of string, and as it becomes long, the...

The Coin In The Magical Envelopes

This experiment is really a Coin Classic. When skillfully done, its effect is wonderful. Performer requests that a spectator mark a half dollar and loan it to him. He wraps this coin in a piece of newspaper and gives it to spectator who is assisting him to hold. He then waves a piece of sealing wax over the parcel. Spectator opens newspaper and finds that it has been converted into a large newspaper envelope sealed with wax. Upon opening the envelope, he finds that another sealed envelope is...

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 Passe Coins From Hand To Hand

An especially good effect for close work and entirely impromptu so that you may perform it at the dinner table, at your club, or while entertaining at a party. Magician shows four coins in his left hand. His right hand is empty. He then closes both hands and reopens them to show three coins in his left hand and one in his right. Performer continues to close the open his hands, each time showing one less coin in his left hand and one more in his right, until all four coins have passed over into...

The Sympathetic Silks

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...

The Japanese Thumb

The Ten Ichi Thumb Tie

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...

Comedy Version Of Germaine Cord Effect

This is a popular method of Karl Germaine's and is similar to the Kellar effect except that cord is tied together at first to form a loop. Center of looped string is cut, tied together and restored in a mysterious manner. Take a piece of cord as in the first effect. Taper the ends and wax them. Then bring these ends together and press and roll them together until they make an unnoticeable joining. You now have a loop of string. Now take a piece of same kind of cord about 5 or 6 inches long....

The Wandering Glass And Bottle

How well I remember my mystification when I was a boy to see the magician cause a bottle and a glass of wine to change places at will. This effect is just as interesting to me now as it was then. It is familiarly known as The Passe-Passe Bottle and Glass Effect. Performer shows a bottle and glass, also two empty cylinders. These cylinders are just large enough to fit down over the bottle or the glass. Magician pours out a glass of wine from bottle and places bottle and glass some distance...

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...

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...

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...

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Get the two cards together and Back Palm them both, thus vanishing the second card. Now by Back and Front Palming the two cards together, show both sides of right hand empty. Vanish the remaining cards in the same way. It is not necessary to show both sides of hand after each vanish, but show them occasionally to convince audience that you have nothing concealed. To produce cards again, use either method for producing cards one at a time, taught to you above. As cards are...

The Siberian Chain Escape

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...

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...

Metal Ring On A String

A metal ring about an inch in diameter is given to a spectator to examine carefully, also the same is done with a piece of string about two and a half feet long. The spectator is asked to thread the ring on the string and to hold both ends of the string securely. Performer then covers the ring on the string with a handkerchief, and in a few seconds takes handkerchief away and shows that he has removed the solid ring from the string while the spectator was holding the ends tightly. We have given...

Magical Transformation

I give you here a modification of the famous old Bran Vase experiment. The familiar way of performing this effect is to pretend to fill the vase with bran, place a cover on it, then remove cover and bran has changed to candy, rice, lump sugar, or other small objects. The Vase is a pretty piece of apparatus and I shall teach you the manner in which I like to use it with a flashy ending to the effect. Performer shows a box of confetti and an empty vase. He dips vase into confetti and fills it to...

Producing A Card From A Whole Orange

This is a very effective magical experiment. The beauty of it is that it can be worked under difficult conditions and will puzzle even the closest watcher who looks for suspicious moves. An orange is given out for examination and is then held by a spectator during the experiment. Performer has a card selected from a deck by a spectator, who then tears it into a number of pieces. Magician wraps torn pieces in a handkerchief, retaining one corner which is given to spectator. Another member of...

The Force

The Force is one of the essential principles of Card Magic. It is a means by which you can influence a spectator to take from a deck of cards any card that you want him to take, yet giving him the impression that he has a free choice. We will assume that the Queen of Hearts is the card you are going to force. To begin with you must have the Queen on top of the pack, holding pack in your hands with backs of cards up. Insert little finger of left hand about half way in the deck and make the...

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...

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....

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...

The Magnetic Knife

In this case, the deck is not wrapped in paper. EFFECT A card is freely selected by a spectator. It is then returned to pack and shuffled into it. Spectator is asked to run a knife blade anywhere into the deck. Performer separates cards and shows that selected card is at place where knife was placed. 2--A pocket knife. SECRET AND PATTER Have spectator select a card from deck and remember it, then return it to the pack. Perform the SIMPLIFIED PASS to bring the...

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...

The Vital Temperament

This Temperament controls the vital organs, the blood supply, and nutrition. The vital processes of life depend on it -- warmth of the body, digestion, assimilation, absorption, and secretion. It gives man hunger and makes him distinguish the requirements of his body through his senses of feeling, smelling, tasting, seeing, and hearing. It is essential to reproduction and growth. Herein lies the great chemical laboratory of the body. It also gives the power of relaxation and sleep, creating in...

Is Done

This is an explanation of the above effect, in which you tell your audience how you have accomplished the effect, and yet when you have finished, they find your explanation all wrong and are as much puzzled as ever. On the table at your right you still have a napkin with a concealed ball under one corner. In your left hand you have the napkin that you have just been performing with. I will admit that that was a rather easy experiment. Nothing to it in reality. And if you would like to know how...

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....

The Elusive Changeover Palm

This is a principle which enables you to show both hands empty in a casual way without calling attention to the fact that the coin is gone. The coin is, of course, concealed in one of your hands. Let us assume that you have the coin Thumb Palmed in your right hand. Bring left hand up to it and grasp coin between tips of second and third fingers. Figure 74. Curve fingers inward to palm of hand. This brings coin into Curled Finger Tip Palm position in left hand. Figure 75. Right hand may now be...

The Mystic Ribbons

It requires little preparation and is effective. Performer shows three pieces of tissue paper, orange, green, and black. These are lighted with a match. While paper is burning, performer suddenly crumples it up and throws it out toward audience. Mysteriously it changes into three long silk ribbons. The ribbons are then gathered up. Suddenly Magician draws his hands apart and the ribbons have changed into a large silk with a butterfly or design painted on it. 1 -- A...

Black Art Illusions

Black Art, in the mind of the average person, is associated with the Black Magic of old, which I discussed in the beginning of the course under the History of Magic. Another aspect of Magic which is associated with Black Art is work done on a dark stage, such as the acts of Paul Kleist and other magicians. In this work, a row of electric lights shines out in the audience's eyes and thus creates even greater darkness on the stage. Suddenly white objects appear and disappear. The secret of the...

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...

The Treasure Chest

And now I am going to tell you about the Treasure Chest illusion. In this case I have developed a new adaptation of an old time principle and utilization of the famous old tip over box. A wooden chest painted like a treasure chest is freely shown all sides and placed on the table. The chest is tipped over so that lid faces audience. The lid is raised and box shown empty. The lid is closed and box placed in upright position again. Lid is raised and various articles are removed such as silks,...

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...

Mysterious Japanese

Performer ties two tapes around a girl assistant's waist. Another girl stands in front of the first and is also bound with the tapes. Two ends of the tapes are given to an assistant and performer, himself, holds the other two ends. At command, the tapes are freed from the girls and are shown stretched out between the performer and his assistant. 1--Two tapes, each about 16 feet long. The tape should be about 1 inch wide, and the length should fit in with the requirements of the performer. 2--A...

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We can supply you with complete set of rings at reasonable price. SECRET AND PATTER To Prepare One of the Key rings must be concealed from audience. Mr. Laurant uses a special pocket sewed inside of right side of his coat for this purpose. There is a snap fastener at the opening of pocket which keeps the Key ring secure in the pocket until it is needed. This can be unsnapped at a moment's notice. In case of emergency when Mr. Laurant is not prepared with his special pocket, he merely places his...