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A trick which is in effect similar to this was published in the " Phoenix " by Dai Vernon. In Vernon's effect a card was selected and returned to the pack. An ace, two and three, of any suit, were then shown and placed face down on the table. A spectator was then asked to name either ace, two or three, and the one he names is found to have changed to the selected card. The only drawback to this trick was that a different procedure had to be adopted for whichever card was chosen.


In the method I evolved the four aces are used instead of an ace, two and three. It can safely be repeated if so desired, without any chance of detection, as the procedure is the same whichever ace is chosen.

The four aces are first placed face up in a fan on the table. At this point the order of the first three aces from the face card of the fan must be noted. A card is then selected from the remainder of the pack, and after being returned, continued on pane 28

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Effect. A piece of paper with a slit in the centre is held up for inspection. A half-crown is pushed through the slit. The paper is turned round and the coin is seen to have vanished. A second half-crown is pushed through the slit, the coin disappears, the paper and the hand holding it being shown entirely empty. The magician then calls for a coin to re-appear, and one slowly comes back into view through the slit. The second then reappears in like manner.

Requirements. A piece of paper, about eight inches square, with a clean slit two inches long in the centre. Also two half-crowns.

Method. The performer stands facing left, behind his table, and holds the paper up in the left hand. The first coin is taken from the table by the right hand, and slowly pushed upwards through the slit in the paper, see Fig 1, which shows the spectators' view from the front. Fig 2 shows the back view at this moment. As the coin comes through the slit, it is grasped by the second and third finger-tips of the left hand, which eventually pull the coin completely through the slit

and hold it behind the paper, see Fig. 3. The right hand, having pushed the coin through, drops to pick up the second coin from the table. In doing so, the wrist turns, and as the hand passes downwards, the coin is dropped by the left hand and falls into the right fingers, see Fig. 4. Fig 3 shows the position of the hands at one moment, and Fig 4 the position at the next instant, as the right hand is dropping. The right hand continues smoothly downwards, and picks up the second coin. In so doing, Number 1 is palmed in the palm proper. Before inserting the second coin, the paper is turned round to show that there is nothing at the back. Coin Number 2 is now pushed through the slit, and dropped back on to the right fingers by repetition of the above moves.

The next thing to do is to show the paper and the left hand empty. To do this, the right hand comes up and takes the piece of paper from the left, as in Fig. 5, which shows the spectators' view. The coin in the right fingers (Number 2) is held underneath the paper. The left hand is removed and shown empty. It then re-takes the paper from the right, as shown in Fig. 6 (omitting the hand shown dotted), at the same time taking Number 2 beneath the paper. The right hand is removed for a moment and then grasps the paper while the left hand is moved along the line of arrows (see diagram) to the position shown in dotted lines, taking coin Number 2 with it beneath the paper. The paper is held vertically as in Fig. 1 (omitting the right hand).

To cause the coin to appear, the left fingers manipulate the coin slowly through the slit, where it drops into the right hand and is placed on the table. Coin Number 1 palmed in the right hand is now allowed to drop on to the fingers, and the same hand takes the paper from the left, and shows it on both sides. In doing this, the performer swings round to face right. Coin Number 1 palmed in the right hand is now allowed to drop on to the fingers, and the same hand takes the paper from the left, and shows it on both sides. In doing this, the performer swings round to face right. Coin Number 1 is now held against the back of the paper with the right fingers. Still facing right, the left hand comes up and takes the paper from the right. In doing so, the coin is droped from the right to the left hand behind the paper, see Fig. 7, which shows the spectators' view. Swinging round to face left again this coin is caused to appear through the slit in the same way as with the previous coin.

Patter Suggestion. " I would like to show you a remarkable invention of mine (showing-paper) . I call it the disappearing hole (show-slit). I don't mean that the hole itself disappears; I mean that anything pushed through the holt-disappears. That is (picking up coin), if I push this coin through from this side, it never comes cut on the other side (pushing coin through). You see it's disappeared en route (showing back of paper). Once more I will push a coin through—and it also never comes out the other side. So, you see, it merits its name of ' The Disappearing Hole.' (Showing left hand empty). If you want the coins back again, all you have to say is ' giily gilly coin come ' and one coin comes back (one coin appears). I shall now call for the other. You will notice that although it is actually jnst behind the slit (showing back of paper), yet you still cannot see it. I have only to call ' gilly gilly coin come ' and it makes its appearance " (coin appears).

[Reproduced from " Impromptu," by kind permission of the publisher, George Johnson.]

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