Hull Notes

Iniro Fox proves a star turn at the Alhambra.

Anyone visiting the Scarbro' Aquarium will be struck by the number of side shows, illusions, and conjurers, that appear there during the season. At the time of writing there are two side shows, viz.—" The Flying Lady " and "She" both of which take well. On the variety programme are Mc'Askel (a humourous conjurer who exposes some really good tricks) and Major Devono, an old fashioned conjurer who does not glory in the ability of a card and coin manipulator, but who's one aim is to mystify his audience, and that he does by showing complicated mysteries that are very rarely seen at the present time.

The McKays, who are very clever at lightning sketch business, are here this week for Moss and Thornton.

" Thauina," * The Crystal Palace Mystery is beiug performed here in a penny show, the effect is as follows.—A girl's head and bust are shown on a short board which is suspended at each end by ropes in the form of a swing. The showman passes his hand underneath and above the swing and says there are no mirrors connected with it whatever. J. C. SxElvSEY, Aug. 15th.

* This illusion will be found illustrated and explained at p, 272 of " Modern Conjuring," [Garennel, Ed.

Diversified Diversions.

A Novel Trick wiih Bread—Take a piece of moderately new bread and mould it between the fingers until it becomes of the constituency of stiff dough. Finally shape it into the form of a pyramid, i.e., having four equal triangular sides and four sharp points or corners. You will find that the bread readily assumes the tequired form if pressed between the tips of the two fore-fingers and the two thumbs.

The bread properly moulded, throw it, with all the violence you can exert, at the wall and note the result. You naturally expect to find it smashed to atoms or at least to be minus one or more of its delicately fashioned points. You will be surprised, however, to find it quite uninjured. Exasperated you will throw it at the wall again with still greater violence, but the result will be the same, in short it will be found impossible to destroy or even damage it by such means. The reason is that any one of the flat sides, being heavier than either one of the points, must come in contact with the wall and the same rule applies when the bread leaves the wall and strikes the floor—it is really consolidated by the force of the impact.

I know of no simple experiment that will create more amusement as an after-dinner trick than the above.

An Experiment with an Egg and a Playing Card__

The feat described and illustrated below is an enlargement 011 that pretty little trick, illustrating the property of inertia, and performed with a penny and a playing card, where a penny is placed on the centre of a playing card, which is, in turn, balanced on the forefinger ; a sharp fillip is given to the card which is sent flying across the room while the penny remains poised on the finger.

A more interesting feat is that where a card is placed over a tumbler three parts filled with water, On the card is poised an egg kept in the perpendicular by the help of a finger ring (see Fig 1.) A sharp fillip is given to the card as in the instance above noted ; the egg falls uninjured, cushioning on the water contained in the tumbler.

A still further enlargement on this amusement will be found under our Explanatory Programme in this issue.

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