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Lessons in fT)crgi<j by Prof. ELLIS STANYON,

Author of1' Conjuringfor Amateurs,'' '' Conjuring with Cards,'' ' 'New Com Tricks," "New Card Tricks," &c.

Continued from page 82.

Suggestions lor Programme of a Coin Manipulator.

Introduction. — "Ladies and Gentlemen, I take pleasure in introducing to your notice a few experiments in Legerdemain, including my original creation entitled : " The Miser's Dream."

N.B.—It is interesting to note that the majority of conjurers now working the act refer to it as their original creation, but seeing that the trick was in existence long before the advent 011 this sphere of any present day performer, it is somewhat difficult to locate the actual creator. For the benefit of the wizards of younger generations it may be well to here state that it is really a revival of an old time trick, admittedly one of the best, as being the most suitable for an exposition of the skilful palming (Back hand and Reverse) of modern times.

'' I shall first require the loan of a hat.'' The hat is the property of the performer and is '' planted '' in the auditorium (see explanation on page 54). Having obtained the hat the performer places it in a casual way crown upwards on table and rolls up sleeves to elbow. These movements give plenty of cover for securing the first '' load '' unobserved. Taking up the hat he handles it, for the purpose of showing hands empty, exactly as explained at page 7 of our '' New Coin Tricks '' (first series) and not elsewhere. Instead of handling the hat with the coins at the side, it may, to advantage, be handled at one end as suggested to me by Mr. McMahon, a very clever amateur conjurer.

The hat and coins in position in the left hand, the procedure is as follows :—

Simulate the action of catching a coin in the air (to the left), and without showing it, apparently put it into the hat. This catch is quite imaginary but is made to appear real by the sound of the coin falling into the hat: the coin is of course one released from the left hand. This " catch " which for sheer audacity surpasses anything I have yet met, is repeated several times, the last time the right hand secures a couple of coins from the left hand : when making the next catch the coin is shown and openly dropped into the hat: the next time the coin is palmed usual way and one let fall from left hand. This imaginary '' catch'' avoids the necessity of palming the first coin or coins in the right hand.

Seem to throw a coin in the air (palming) and catch in hat (drop one from left hand) : repeat this movement and as the coin falls into hat produce palmed coin at crown ; it seems to have passed right through hat. Seem to place a coin in mouth (palming) and blow into hat—or right through crown as above. Make a turn to the right reverse palming coin (see " New Coin Tricks " II) show hand back and front as empty and catch coin — repeat if desired. Next seem to see coins falling in a shower and holding the hat a little above your head and moving it about from point to point, simulate difficulty of catching coins, which however are heard to fall into the hat—the coins are let fall from the hand holding hat; the right hand is not used in this '' catch '' and under cover of the greater movement of the left hand may very well secure a second '' load,'' but this is not necessary as when making a display of the coins in the hat several. may be retained in the right hand for subsequent production ; or a second load may be secured from the trousers pocket (see p. 7 " New Coin Tricks," I).

The exact number of coins caught is never made known, but will appear greater or less according to the degree of violence with which the hat is shaken. Make a turn to the left and catch several coins, secured in the right hand by one or other method suggested above, from the air dropping them into the hat in quick succession. Remark to the effect that as so many people wonder how its done you will explain the trick and proceed to pass a coin through the crown and then to remove it. (Reverse palm No. 2 '' New Coin Tricks, II.") Make a turn to the right and show right hand empty by means of reverse palm ; use that palm where the coin is transferred from the tips of the first and second fingers (back of hand) to the tips of the second and third fingers (the third finger passed over coin pulls it from one position to the other) which then place it edgeways in the palm proper ('' New Coin Tricks '' second series.) Remark '' when I wish the money I simply reach for it—I will explain it." Catch coin and repeat several times, finally '' loading'' right hand from left as already explained. Next catch a couple of coins front palm (to left) which drop visibly into hat: repeat, loading from the left hand as before. Display coins securing a dozen which manipulate on rim of hat to show hands empty as previously explained : these twelve coins are now caught at finger tips (" New Coin Tricks," I) and are finally counted one by one into the hat. It will be well to ask the audience to name the number of coins to be caught in this way— you force the choice of the desired number, say twelve, by seeming to understand that a smaller number has been asked for, then to overhear the remark '' make it twelve.'' To be continued.

Facsimile reproduction of one of Ander soif s early Programmes.

STRAW» THEATRE.

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