Dinner Table Magic

EFFECT WITH A FORK : This experiment should be presented as a scientific problem taking a patter line such as: Concentration of sound waves, echo over water, £rc. The effect is as follows: A wineglass is half filled with water. A fork is then taken in the left hand and the two centre prongs are pinched well together with the thumb and finger of the right hand and then released. The thumb and finger, still held together, are then he!d in the glass just above the water. A clear ringing sound is heard, apparently emerging from the glass.

METHOD : The glass of water is purely misdirection. When the centre prongs of the fork are pinched together and released it is important that the handle does not touch the table. As the thumb and finger move into the glass the handle of the fork is pressed on to the table and a good ringing sound is produced.

A large sized fork will give a louder ring than a smaller one. When the water is being poured into the glass at the start the performer adds to the misdirection by remarking that "only the exact amount of liquid must be used to produce the sound".

THE MAGNETIC GLASS : This is a suitable trick to follow on the fork effect described above; here is the effect: The right hand is placed flat on the rim of a glass half filled with any liquid. Raising the hand above the table the glass is seen adhering to the palm of the hand.

SECRET: The rim of the glass is gripped securely between the base of the thumb and index finger; the other fingers remain stretched out. If the reader does not possess a strong thumbgrip he may not be able to perform this effect at once, but "practise makes perfect". The result is truly magical and is not likely to be copied by any member of the audience.

VANISHING CLASS OF WINE: The per former displays a glass of wine and covers it with his serviette. Several guests are then invited to place their hand under the serviette in order to feel that the glass is really there. As the last guest is about to do this the magician shouts "GO". The serviette is flicked away and the glass of wine has vanished.

METHOD : A confederate is required for the performance of this mystifying vanish. For the effect created the reader will doubtless consider it is worth it, The glass, preferably wine or liqueur, is held with the fingers round the bowl and the hand and glass are then both covered with the serviette. It is advisable that the confederate should be seated within easy reaching distance of the performer's arm; if this is not possible the magician must walk round to the persons asked to feel the glass. Assuming the confederate to be seated somewhere on the performer's right he first requests a guest on his right to put his hand inside the serviette and to feel the glass; then someone on the left is asked to do the same. The confederate is then approached and in the act of feeling the glass and stating it to be there he removes it in his hand and casually places it amongst the other glasses on the table; the performer's hand remains in exactly the same position under the serviette. A little misdirection is employed at this stage. The performer immediately swings his arm again to someone on his left, the eyes of the audience naturally following the serviette, and says: "Perhaps you would like to feel the glass". As the guest places his hand beneath the serviette the performer shouts "GO" and with a flick of the serviette shows the glass and wine to have disappeared.

by Edward Victor

STRETCHING A SERVIETTE : This could be a suitable trick to follow the "Vanishing glass of wine" already described. The performer takes up his serviette and appears to stretch it into double its size.

TO PERFORM : The conjurer holds up a serviette in front of him he'd in each hand by the two top corners. The right hand first places the corner it holds into the left hand fingers and then runs down the right hand side of the serviette to the lower right hand corner and grips it in the fingers. (At this stage the left hand will be holding the two top corners together and the right hand the bottom right hand comer). The serviette ¡s now rapidly twisted ropewise fashion by a swinging round of the right arm.

AS THIS IS DONE THE LEFT HAND FINGERS RELEASE THE RIGHT HAND TOP CORNER ONLY OF THE SERVIETTE. The swinging must continue as the serviette is pulled out diagonally; the effect created is that the serviette is stretched out to a large size. When the limit of the pulling has been reached the serviette should be quickly bunched up into the hands and "restored" to normal.


An excellent impromptu trick and particularly suitable to dinner table work. I described this original effect in my book "More Magic of the Hands" (Part 2, pp 140).

For those readers who may not have seen it or perhaps 'passed it by' it is included in this series. The effect is as foilows:

The performer pours a little mound of salt on to the centre of a table knife blade held in the right hand. In doing so he acci-dently (?) spills a little of the salt on to the table and, according to time honoured custom, he raises the knife upwards over his shoulder and shows the salt to have been thrown away. Both sides of the knife blade are seen to be perfectly clean. Not wishing to waste the salt he again raises the knife over his shoulder;

when he brings it down again the salt is seen once more on the blade.

METHOD: It will be found that if the centre of a knife blade is moistened with a little water (or similar liquid) and a little salt poured on to that portion, the salt will adhere to the blade when the knife is turned upside down. To perform: A finger-tip is first secretly dipped into a glass of water and the moisture then transferred on to the centre of one side of the knife blade. The knife is then he'd in the right hand by the handle with the blade pointing slightly upwards thus concealing the dampened portion from the view of the audience. A small quantity of salt is now poured on to the wet part of the blade and the knife then given a litt'e shake, getting rid of any surplus salt. The knife is now raised upwards with the blade pointing over the right shoulder. When in this position the knife is twisted round with the thumb and first finger and then lowered to its original position in front of the body displaying the opposite side of the blade. The salt is seen to have vanished. The blade is shown on both sides by twisting the handle of the knife as in the familiar "paddle" trick known I am sure to the majority of readers . The knife is once more raised upwards and again quickly reversed bringing the salt uppermost. Lowering the knife the salt is seen to have re-appeared. It is then pinched off the blade between the thumb and finger and squeezed on to a plate.

BITING A PLATE . For the sake of com-p'eteness I include this effect. It can perhaps be regarded as more of a joke than a conjuring trick. A plate is picked up and one edge placed to the lips; a crack is heard as the plate is apparently bitten. The method is simple; a coin is secretly held behind the plate with the thumb. The first finger is placed between the coin and the plate. On removing the finger at the appropriate moment the pressure of the thumb causes the coin to produce a loud rap on the plate.

For those who like a more elaborate version, Max sells one under the Vampire series.


Pearls of Perplexity

Effect- : A string of pearls hang on a small display stand, which is as illustrated, the stand being an openwork affair, which permits spectators to see through same. The pearls are removed, placed into a handkerchief from where they vanish to reappear back on the stand !

Working : The stand is faked as in illustrations. The duplicate necklace is out of sight as shown in hollow side and top of stand, the necklace is supported at centre by a pin which goes from back of stand to front but not right through, as the first necklace hanging on same has to be removed.

To support necklace in stand, a small piece of spring steel is fixed to back of stand as shown and a projecting pin is soldered to this, which in turn goes through a hole in stand and supports necklace. Due to spring being turned over at top, a slight pressure with finger or thumb, when stand is covered with a hank, pulls this out far enough to release necklace and allow same to hang in original position.

The vanish of necklace is accomplished by the use of a Devil's Hank, or if you prefer Changing Bag, Cone or what you wil!.

Jay Palmer (U.S.A.), Mrs. Eric Masoni, H. M. Vakil in Max Andrews Studio, admiring the New Catalogue.

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