By PETER WARLOCK.
This beautifully produced giant-sized manual by 11 inches) contains twenty of the most cherished effects from Magic's most fertile brain. Not only is the author renowned for his originality, but also for his performing ability, as evidenced by the fact that he won the British Ring, I.B.M. Shield with one of the most outstanding acts that has ever been presented in this competition. If proof were needed of the PRACTICABILITY and ENTERTAINMENT VALUE of the effects originated by Peter Warlock, this is it!
This book deals with five distinct types of mental effects, demonstrating: Coincidence, Prediction, Mental Telepathy, Spirit Slate Writing, Extra Sensory Perception and Movement of Objects. TRIGON TWO is one of the most beautiful Coincidence effects ever conceived: The performer deals a pack of blue backed cards and stops three times when requested by a spectator, and each time places the card stopped at back out into a stemmed goblet. Another spectator now takes a pack of red backed cards, shuffles them and himself deals them on to the table, stopping three times and placing a card aside each time, whenever he likes. These cards are placed back out in the three glasses, in front of the other cards. Each pair of cards are removed, in turn, from the glasses, and are shown in each case to be an identical pair. Coincidence indeed! In 30th CENTURY PROPHECY the author is certainly ten centuries ahead of his time in what is conceded to be the most direct triple prediction one could wish for. A spectator signs his name across the back of a card, the performer writes three predictions on the other side, and the card is placed in an unsealed envelope and rested against a glass in full view. Three spectators choose a colour, four-figure number and any city in the world, and these are noted down on another card. The spectator who signed his name removes the card from the envelope and checks his signature and turns over the card, Meanwhile the performer reads from his card the thoughts he has noted down, and each time the spectator confirms that the prediction is correct. It's as direct as that, and there are no stooges, carbon impressions or such-like methods.
PIN POINTED SLATES gives an unusual effect in that three slates are plainly shown to be blank on all six sides, yet upon a word being chosen under very fair conditions, it appears as one of a series of four separate messages upon the surfaces of the slates, building up from an apparent mistake to the final climax which ensures applause. Under the heading 'Movement' is a most unusual CARD RISING effect, that will be of interest to conjurers as well as mentalists, and might be said to be worth more than the price of the book on its own. A borrowed pack of cards and borrowed glass may be used. Three cards are freely chosen and signed (no force of any sort), replaced in the pack and the pack is placed in the glass, which is rested upon the seat of a chair well away from the performer. In spite of these impossible conditions the three cards rise one at a time, and the last card can be made to jump out of the glass. There is no switch of pack or glass, and no cards are added or taken away from the borrowed pack. These are but four of the twenty fine effects in this great book—space prevents us from describing them all.
Illustrated with Drawings by George Hill and Peter Warlock, Finely printed in the usual Armstrong manner and bound in strong Antelope finish boards. PRICE 15/- : POSTAGE 6d. ($2.50).
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ALEX, making himself comfortable, took a half a crown from his pocket and went on to say :—
" If you take half a crown and place it into the left hand, then squeezing it, strangely enough it emerges from the other side looking like a penny." The actions are suited to the words, for the left hand after being shown empty and closed into a fist has the half crown pushed in at one side only to emerge as a penny on the other.
Alex, continued, "to do that, in addition to the penny you need a half crown." The penny is place down in front of the performer and the right hand reaches into the trousers pocket for a half crown which is brought out and displayed.
" Before you commence, place the half crown in the left hand." This is done. "Of course, you must not open the hand, otherwise people will see the half-crown."
Now the penny is taken and pushed into the left hand fist, part of it remaining visible. The left hand is then opened showing that the half crown has vanished. "Also you mustn't let the half crown appear from thd bottom of the hand before the penny has been pushed in,"
The left hand is closed and he'd back uppermost, the penny still partly exposed. A slight movement of the hand causes the half crown to appear on the left side of the fist.
"Once the audience realises that you have two coins you might as well stop performing." The left hand is turned palm upwards both coins being seen, "so before pushing out the half crown you must push in the penny,"...
Left hand is turned back uppermost, the half crown and the penny both being seen. The right hand fingers now push the penny into the left fist.
" Another thing you have to be careful about is making certain that the coins don't clink together." At this point the left hand moves slightly so that the coins clink together.
" Remember you have pushed a penny into your fist and a half crown came out the other side." The half crown is taken away and dropped into a pocket. "That still leaves the problem of what to do with the penny. I think that the best answer is to change it into a half a crown." The left hand is then opened to show that instead of a penny it now holds another half crown!
For the performance of this delightful close-up coin routine, the would-be performer will require apart from a mastery of the necessary moves, two half crowns and a penny. These coins, prior to the commencement of the routine, are placed in the performer's right hand trousers pocket.
The opening phase: The performer's hand goes into his pocket, takes into a thumb palm position the penny whilst one of the half crowns is held at the finger tips and brought from the pocket. The hab' crown is dropped on to the left hand palm at the base of the forefinger (see illustration 1). The left hand moves from left to right to display the coin. With the opening words of the routine: "If you take half a crown, etc.", the right hand comes across over the left hand and taking the half crown between the tips of the thumb and forefinger drops the thumb-palmed penny on to the left hand fingers. Following through the left hand moves down and turns over so that it is back uppermost, the coin being finger-palmed, and then the hand forming a fist. At this stage the thumb-palmed coin is dropped and held. The half crown is now momentarily rested on the left hand thumb just touching the crotch the forefinger of the right hand keeping it in place. It now seems that a forward movement of the right forefinger pushes the coin inside the fist, but this is actually what happens. The tip of the forefinger presses on the centre of the coin and with a forward and downward movement causes it to swivel right round the left hand thumb, then coming to rest, and being gripped by the right hand thumb. If you look at illustrations 2 and 3 (the left hand has been opened more than it should be to allow the photographs to be taken) you will sse the passage of the coin and its ultimate position gripped by the right hand thumb. The left hand now moves away from the right and coin gripped by the right hand thumb is transferred to a proper thumb-palm position.
The right hand fingers tap the back of the left hand and by means of a manoeuvre with the left hand fingers the penny is pushed to the left so that part of it is visible on the left side of the fist. It is essential that a grip be maintained on the coin with the little finger otherwise it (the coin) may jump out of the hand.
With the words "To do that, etc.", the left hand, still closed, is turned palm upwards, whilst the thumb-palmed coin in the right hand is allowed to fall into a finger-palm position. The penny is taken from the left hand by the thumb and forefinger of the right hand. It is displayed, placed down in front of the performer and the left hand opened and shown to be empty.
With the words, "To do that, etc.", the right hand goes to the pocket and takes and brings out at the fingertips the other half crown, the original half crown still being retained in a finger-palm position. Now at this point the performer accompanying the words, "Before you commence, etc." apparently places the visible half crown into the left hand. Actually he thumb-palms this coin, to prevent any question of 'talk' with the one already iinger-palmed, the left hand closing to simulate the take. The left hand is then turned back uppermost and the penny is taken from the table and pushed halfway into the fist.
The left hand is then opened showing that only a penny is held.
The right hand coming in to take the penny, repeats the move used in the initial phase, i.e. the thumb palmed coin is dropped, the left hand moving downwards and turning over with the half crown inside it. Once more the penny is pushed half way into the fist. Repeating the manoeuvre previously mentioned the half crown is allowed to protrude from the opposite side of the fist (illustration four). This accompanies the phrase, "Alsb you mustn't let the half crown appear from the bottom of the hand before the penny has been pushed in."
The left hand is now turned palm uppermost and opened, the right hand thumb and forefinger staying the half crown to prevent it falling, whilst the left hand thumb pushes the penny into the palm of the left hand. The right hand thumb and finger meanwhile position the half crown at the base of the second and third fingers of the left hand.
Now the two coins on the left hand are apparently tossed on to the right palm. Actually, however the half crown is retained in a finger-palm position in the left hand and only the penny falls on to the other half crown in the right hand. The coins are displayed once more. At this point the left hand is back uppermost and it closes into a fist. The right hand now places the half crown it holds on the left hand side of the fist whilst the penny is pushed halfway in on the other side. A move is now made of pushing the penny into the fist but actually the move originally used (illustrations 2 and 3) comes into play and the penny comes away gripped by the right thumb.
Accompanying the words, "Another thing you have to be, etc.", shake the left hand so that the half crown inside the hand moves and strikes the edge of the half crown that is partly visible. The left hand is now turned palm uppermost and reaching across with his right hand the performer removes the visible half crown and places it in his pocket at the same time disposing of the finger palmed penny.
With the words, "That still leaves the problem, etc.", the left hand is opened to reveal the presence of the other half-crown!
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