The Magic Wand

Three complete routines with THE THREE SHELL GAME by Eddie Joseph. THE FOUR FOURS CARD TRICK by Gerard de Bodt—a beautiful four-phase manipulative routine with cards. Two apparatus tricks by Len Belcher—THE CYLINDER OF HOFFMANN and ORANGE SQUASH—ideal for the concert platform. PARTY FOR PAMELA by Jack Gittings—the first part of a great new series for the Children's Entertainer. RAINBOW FINGERTIPS—a colourful thimble routine by Edward Victor. Also by Edward Victor—Three Card Sleights. SHEER CHANCE by Peter Cavour—a " natural" "Just Chance " effect. THE SHOWER BATH ILLUSION by Jay Palmer—saucy and surprising. THE DISCOVERY OF A MENTALLY SELECTED CARD by Arthur Carter—as usual first rate. MAGIC FOR MAGICIANS by Mark Weston, THE MEDIUM KNOWS by Gordon Prunty, WARRANT FOR THE ARREST by Peter McDonald, and many other effects, features and articles complete a FIRST RATE ISSUE.

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IN THIS well routined effect, that great Dutch magician, Fred Kaps, has added Skill to a marketed effect the result being a delightful and entertaining coin sequence. The effect.

First of all the performer produces four silver coins which then travel invisibly and singly from one hand to a glass held in the other. The coins are then removed and wrapped inside a silk handkerchief which is placed inside the glass. Placing the glass behind a small screen, another screen is shown and placed some distance away. A magical gesture and glass, silk and coins vanish from behind the screen to appear behind the second screen.


Four silver coins, a glass, silk and the fake for the ' Transpo Glass * effect (Unique Magic Studio. As the latter is a proprietory effect quite obviously we cannot explain the working, the reader having the effect will follow the present explanation with ease. We hope, however, that those unacquainted with the working of this excellent marketed item will have the necessary enthusiasm to purchase it for whether used in the present routine or as originally intended by John Rice, its originator, it is an excellent effect. The price, incidentally, is very moderate . . . twenty shillings!) Preparation.

Open one of the screens and stand it on the table. It should be opened only partly. On top of this screen place the second one which should be folded. Behind the standing screen place the fake which should be completely hidden. On top of the folded screen place the glass. The silk you intend using should be in your left breast pocket and the four coins in a get-at-able position on the body.


First of all get possession of the coins in the left hand crotch position. Reach into the air and

produce the coins one at a time. As each coin is produced it is placed between the fingers of the right hand a la billiard ball production.

After the fourth coin has been produced and placed in the right hand, the coins are displayed. The left hand then moves across and the coin held between the third and fourth fingers of the right hand is taken between the left hand thumb, first and second fingers edgewise. The coins between the third and second fingers and second and first fingers are similarly taken. At this point you should be standing with left side towards the audience. The left hand fingers now appear to take the fourth coin which is held between the first finger and thumb of the right hand, but actually as soon as the left hand screens the right hand the fourth coin is moved into a thumb palm position so that as the left hand moves away, with what to the audience, is the fourth coin the right hand appears to be empty.

The performer now steps towards his table and with his left hand places the three coins in a stack upon the table, so that they cannot be seen by the audience. The right hand takes the glass from the top of the screen. It is held as shown in

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Taking one coin from the table with the left hand the performer makes a throwing motion towards the glass held in the right. Actually the coin in the left hand is palmed in the classical manner and right thumb moves out a little allowing the palmed coin to drop inside the glass.

The right hand changes its grip and turning the glass over,the coin inside is apparently dropped into the left hand. As the glass is brought over the left hand the curled fingers of the right hand catch the coin whilst the palmed coin in the left hand (apparently the one dropped from the glass) is displayed and tossed into air and then caught.

The visible coin is dropped into the glass which is now held in the right hand as shown in Figure 2.

The left hand takes another coin from the table and another throwing motion is made towards the glass. Again this coin is palmed and the coin held concealed in the right hand allowed to fall.

The right hand now tilts the glass and allows both coins to fall onto the fingers of the left hand. At this stage the left hand has three coins, one in palm position and two on the fingertips. The hand should be held fairly high. The left hand thumb pushes the two coins forward and displays them and then drops them into the glass. This time the glass is passed across to the left hand which holds it by the rim whilst the right hand takes the third (and last) coin from the table. A throw movement, palm and a release of the coin palmed in the left hand. The third coin has arrived! Now in trans ferring the glass from the left hand to the right, the performer turns right and at the same time brings the coin palmed in the right hand to a back palm position. The screening of the right hand by the left hand and the glass gives excellent cover and the position is shown in Figure 3.

Note that the glass should be gripped by the thumb and fourth finger allowing perfect freedom for the remaining fingers. With the left hand feign to take the final and non-existent coin from the table and make a throw towards the glass. Jerk the right hand sharply and release the clipped coin which should tumble over the side of the forefinger into the glass.

Show the left hand to be empty and on to it pour the four coins from the glass.

Replace the glass on top of the screen and remove the silk from your breast pocket. Drop the coins onto the handerchief and gather the corners together to form a bag. Taking these corners, the silk and its contents are dropped inside the glass.

The glass is now placed behind both screens and fake, and after showing both screens and placing them well apart, the effect proceeds upon the lines laid down in the instructions. Quite obviously the performer builds up the effect by making first the coin and then the handkerchief pass invisibly. Remove the silk and its contents from behind the screen without allowing the coins to chink against the glass, for until the last you intend to make the audience think that only the silk and coins have moved across. Unpack the coins and count them one at a time onto the table, then placing the silk back inside your pocket.

Finally order the glass to make its invisible journey and finish the routine in accordance with the dealer's instructions.



THE SECRET reversal of a card in a pack, never seems to have brought to light methods otherwise than those most obvious. With the sleight about to be described, Hugh Scott, whose pack handling is impeccable, has given us a method which is simple in operation and perfect in deception.

The purpose of the sleight is to secretly bring the top card of the pack to the bottom and at the same time reverse it, one hand only being used for such purpose.

Take a pack of cards in the right hand. The pack is held at the narrow ends between thumb at the inner end and first, second and third fingers at the outer end. (See Figure 1.)

The top card is the three of spades and in the action of either placing the pack on the table or on the palm of the left hand you are going to bring the three of spades to the bottom so that it will lie face-up.

The ball of the right hand little finger presses against the corner of the three of spades and moves in towards the body a little so that the top card is bridged slightly. (If you are used to using the single hand palm, the movement of the little finger at the start of this sleight is in an opposite direction to that employed in the palm.)

The little finger continues moving and the top card is levered to one side. (See Figure 2.)

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