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Lessons in fDagi(j by Prof. ELLIS STANYON,

Author of '' Conjuringfot Amateurs,'' '' Conjuring with Cards," '' New Coin Tricks," " New Card Tricks&c.

Continued from page §4.

The Handkerchief and Bottle.—The trick I am about to describe is, to say the least, a novel one. It may be performed anywhere independent of time and place, and the accessories required for its production may be found in any home. The only articles the performer must of necessity carry with him are several small silk handkerchiefs of different shades, with the proviso that two be of the same color. An ordinary wane bottle, opaque glass and quite clean inside, also a glass tumbler half full of some kind of wine, are the only other properties required.

The effect is as follows : In the course of the Entertainment the performer begs to be allowed to take a little refreshment. He thereupon espies a bottle standing on a side table, removes the cork, pours out a quantity of wine which he drinks, and re-corks the bottle. Feeling much refreshed he proceeds with the entertainment and asks the spectators if they have seen the latest flying handkerchief. The reply being in the negative he offers to show it to them.

Three or four silk handkerchiefs are now introduced from which one is selected by the audience, the others not being required in the trick are placed on one side. We will suppose a blue handkerchief has been chosen. This is now vanished. Strenuous efforts are now made by the performer to recover the lost handkerchief, but all in vain, and he is about to give it up as a bad job when he remembers the wine bottle and exclaims, "Ah ! perhaps, by some means or other it has found its way into this bottle," and suiting the action to the word he takes a hammer and shatters the bottle, and there sure enough is the handkerchief in a perfectly dry condition.

As a matter of fact the bottle was dry from the commencement and duly loaded with a duplicate handkerchief, hence the necessity of an opaque bottle.

The choice of the handkerchief is forced, which may be done in several ways. One of the simplest, and at the same time the best, is to call out the colors in this way, "Which color do you prefer, the red, green, or

---pink?" The last named color owing to the pause will in nine cases out of ten be the one chosen, but in addition the performer is safe-guarded by several persons each calling out different colors when he of course takes the one that best suits his purpose. The handkerchief is then vanished. Stanyon's New A.I. Handkerchief Vanisher, nicely fashioned in thin spun brass, will be found the best and most efficacious for this kind of vanish. See lists.) The presence of the fluid in the glass has next to be accounted for. This is really there from the commencement of the trick, but is not observed as the glass is placed behind some object on a side table. Having removed the cork from the bottle the performer looks about him for a glass and at last finds the one placed say, behind a flower-pot. He takes it up in such a manner that his hands hides the lower part containing the fluid, and simulates the action of pouring wine from the bottle. The trick then proceeds as already described.

A New Coin for Reverse Palm.—A practical mechanical contrivance for this ever popular sleight is that shown at Fig. 19. A couple of minute holes are drilled in the coin from the outer edge, diagonally to points on the surface. The holes are exactly opposite each other so that a flesh-coloured silk thread, provided with loops for the fore and little fingers, passed through them will lay across the diameter of the coin. (See the Fig).

The thread may of course be broken at any time and the coin handled as an ordinary one if not actually given for examination. Several other mechanical coins designed for the same purpose will be found explained and illustrated at p. 19 of the present volume.

Special from this Date, April 1st, 1901.

Any piece of apparatus will be cheerfully shown and the working explained to intending customers, if not approved, there is no compulsion to purchase. Owing to the excellent workmanship our apparatus sells readily at sight.

Customers in th2 country who, having paid for conjuring apparatus which is not approved, may return same, at their own risk, NEXT POST, unused and carefully packed, and make one further selection from our lists.

We are the first to give magicians this facility in the purchase of apparatus, as we were the first to announce that United States Stamps and Dollar Notes would be accepted in payment (which other firms had to copy) thus facilitating the practise of magic as a hobby between the two great English speaking nations.

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6£planatop9 Programmes.

Programme, Alhambra, July 7th, 1900.

Travesty on the Original Chinese Magician, Ching Ling Foo.

Performer is in Chinese costume.

1. Dove and Bran Plates worked as follows:—Shows two unprepared soup plates for examination ; fills one with bran from box and gives to attendant to hold—covers plate of bran with second plate. Fans plates, then removes uppermost one, and out fly two doves. The plates are ?iot turned over; the fake, with doves, is doubtless loaded into plate from box and removed under cover of uppermost plate.

2. Organ Pipe Production Trick.—Pipes numbered 1 to 5 and worked on a low form. Nothing novel in objects produced, and none removed from pipe No. 1—rather a weak point.

3. Assistant pours a quantity of water into fancy drainpipe-shaped jar held by magician, who then takes from jar one by one a number of silk flags. Magician shows each flag and most obtain applause, but when he shows Chinese flag (his own country) it is hissed (Boxer disturbance rife), and he throws it to the floor. The flags are thrown on table, assistant gathers them all together and hands them to performer, who attaches two cords (coming from wings) to each side of bundle, cords pulled, and a large Union Jack is suspended (change made on table).

4. Comes on with candle and six square pieces of paper; lights and eats burning paper ; also eats candle. Eats paper shavings from Chinese bowl and produces ribbon and barber's pole from mouth, with smoke and sparks alternately. Finally, more ribbons from mouth, which multiply into larger ribbons (right and left pochettes), and finally large sunshade.

5. Fish catching ; ordinary rod and line, fish caught on end of line thrown in the air.

6. Swinging two bowls of fire on chain, d la juggler with two balls, one on each end of a rope ; this is done by an assistant, of which the performer has two. The bowls are bent ironwork, containing cotton waste soaked in kerosene oil.

7. Assistant, with Chinese wig firmly fixed on, places his pigtail over pulley wheel attached to rope hanging from above, and by pulling on pigtail raises himself from floor, the rope at same time being drawn up in the air.

8. Production from under cloth spread 011 stage of a big bowl of water containing live ducks. This very large bowl is attached to waist belt of performer, and hangs just at the back of his knees, hidden by his costume. It is fitted rubber cover, which is kept on by suspending apparatus and weight of bowl. The bowl coming in contact with the floor when performer stoops to spread cloth in front of himself, releases all; performer takes a couple of steps backwards and the bowl is under the cloth. _____

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