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gers, down motion of the arm of about 12-in. as follows.

2. Make Pass (Fig. 2 and 1 (b) closing 3rd and 4th fingers. (It will be found that this Pass is easier to make with the 3rd and 4th fingers in act of closing.)

3. Open 2nd and 3rd fingers. Close „ ,, ,, Open 1 st and 2nd fingers.

Reverse Pass (Fig. 2) closing up 1st and 2nd fin-and leaving coin as per Fig. 1 (a). The next step is to transfer coin to Thumb Palm as per Fig. 4 (a). To do this the 3rd finger is drawn back on to the free edge of coin Fig. 1 (c) the 2nd finger also drawing back in a bent position and making coin (gripped by sides of 1st and 3rd fingers) perform a quarter revolution Fig. 3 (a). By straightening second finger coin will arrive at position for thumb palming Fig. 3 (b). It is then thumb palmed into position at Fig. 4. Both these movements are accomplished during a sweep of the arm from front to back and front again. All the fingers are now opened. To admit of thumb being shown free from hand I use a new method of gaining workable possession of the coin. Instead of closing the fingers in the usual way, the 1st and 4th are brought somewhat over the back of the 2nd and 3rd respectively (see Fig. 4.) The palm of hand is turned partially towards the floor and fingers are inclined in the same direction. At the same moment the pressure of the thumb on the coin is relaxed when it will be found to slip down back of fingers and be gripped between the 1st and 4th which form a kind of liitle hollow to receive it, Fig. 4 (b) and (c). Thumb can be shown separate from hand and coin dealt with according to fancy, its immediate production at tips of fingers being perhaps the most effective conclusion.

A NEW "COLOR CHANGE" FOR BILLIARD BALLS.

After making the ordinary color change, leaving say, the white ball visible in the left hand—the red being palmed in tne right, take the white ball in fingers of right hand and show left empty back and front, then replace white ball in left hand, at the same time leaving red ball in balm of left hand and turning round so that left side is to audience. This act is really the change over palm with the red ball, but you have in addition the white ball in evideuce all the time. You now show right hand, back and front. Repeat the change over and you will be standing right side to audience left hand empty—in right hand is the white balls, visible in fingers, the red ball palmed. Now toss white ball in air and catch again, being eareful it does not click against red ball. At second throw let hand drop well, and leave white ball in pocket, letting hand go up again without pause and allowing the palmed red ball to leave palm and go up in air. Catch it and hand for examination. T. Hayes, Magician.

I APAVPTTP Magician and

Programme, Hippodrome, September 14th, 1900.

Enters arena in his automobile, alighting, reaches stage by steps in centre, without speaking proceeds to make six lightning sketches, on as many prepared boards (about ift. square) with coloured chalks ; as each sketch is made it is thrown to an attendant in a careless manner ; the subjects up to this point are not apparent, but in conclusion Lafayette takes the six boards and stacks them in rows of two, one above the other on an easle when the whole are seen to form one large finished picture, the subject of which is quite apparent.

Lafayette next gives an excellent imitation of Bandmaster " Sousa," at conclusion of which he steps off the stage (wings) ; attendant enters to put things straight ; it is Lafayette, not attendant.

At the conclusion of this last change Lafayette retires to rear corner of stage where await him two attendants one in Khaki, and one in a dark uniform. Lafayette apparently takes a seat 011 a chair at the rear of a low screen, adjoining wings, leaving only his head visible ; in reality he goes right off the stage while the attendants push up a dummy on chair. They next envelope this dummy (presumably Lafayette) in a cloak/ then the khaki attendant retires to fetch a scarf to complete the attire of the dummy. The khaki attendant (really Lafayette who has had time to don khaki attire) returns with scarf which he places round neck of dummy ; lie -next leads the dummy forward to footlights; the dummy, who up to this point is taken for Lafayette, suddenly collapses, and the khaki clad attendant, smiles blandly on the audience.

An imitation of Ching Ling Foo (Chinese Magician). Dressed as a Chinaman, in which garb one could produce almost anything from a doll's house to a castle, he produces from a cloth a dog (a full-grown spaniel), a full-grown turkey and two dozen pigeons in a large bowl ; also a real live piccaniny about 2 ft. 6in. high. It must not be overlooked that the cloth from which the above live stock is produced is not smaller than a full-sized counterpane. Lafayette next fashions a tube out of a large sheet of cartridge paper with which he covers the piccaniny produced from cloth, and which we will call No. 1. On lifting the tube the child has vanished, but is a few seconds later shaken out of the paper. (The child simply clung to the hand lifting the tube). The paper is next opened and shown to be empty, then once more wrapped round piccaniny No. i, while this is being done, piccaniny No. 2 contrives to run from skirts of performer, into tube which now contains '' twins.'' The tube is next lifted from No. 1 and placed on a chair ; when removed No. 2 is seen standing on chair. (No. 2 simply clung to the hand lifting tube on chair).

Variation of above.—Having produced Piccaniny No, 1 he is left standing in full view. The tube is now made and set aside presumably empty ; really No. 2 has contrived to run in secretly as above. No. 1 is now lifted into tube over the top : tube is next lifted so that audience see the legs, as they think of No. r, but really of No. 2 who is nursing No. r : tube is lowered, the impression being that it contains one child only, 011 removing it a moment later two picca-ninies are discovered.

A large bowl of fire probably 18 in. diameter is next produced from the cloth. In conclusion, the performer as Chinaman creeps under the cloth, and immerges changed to a charming damsel in appropriate robes, hair &c. The cloth used in the above act is covered with a dozen or so coloured incandescent electric lamps.

The stage is one mass of drapery and light, which detracts much from the magic element; but on the whole the show is extremely novel, and judging from the continued applause, well appreciated.

Qiogpaphç of. Ppoî. flndepson

Sketches from his Note Book, Anecdotes, Incidents, etc.

(Continued' from page 18).

Anderson returned to Aberdeen and there gave his first entertainments in Magic, in the Hall then known as Morrison's. The success which attended these repre- j seutations was much beyond his expectations, and afforded him sufficient encouragement to hold on in the course he had begun. Every performance added to the stock of his experience, and the confidence which he felt in his own ability ; and he soon began to sketch out the outlines of that magnificent plan which in after years he so ably completed, by placing himself at the very top of his profession, and gaining for himself that celebrity and renown which everywhere are associated with the honoured name of " The Wizard of the North.'' After remaining for some time in Aberdeen, he made a short tour through the northern districts of Scotland, and then returned to the point from which he had started.

It was at this time that he came in contact with a person who afterwards, under the designation of M. Philippe became celebrated in France as a magician. Philipee, so named in Scotland, was originally a cook in the service of the late Lord Panmure. Leaving that employment, | he settled down and remained for a number of years in Aberdeen. He heard of the fame of the youthful magician, was induced to visit his " temple," and was struck i with his performances ; and having made the acquaint- j ance of Mr. Anderson, he obtained an insight into his profession, and fac similes of his then humble apparatus. Philippe improved to such a degree upon the knowledge he thus acquired, that, leaving England for France, lie earned the reputation of being one of the most accomplished magicians ever seen in that countr}\

Time passed on and John Henry Anderson became a better magician daily, working diligently to secure the apparatus his means would allow, and devoting his inventive powers to the discovery of new modes of pleasing the public.

He continued for a considerable time to amuse the citizens of Aberdeen, and having concluded his season there, he wended his way southwards. Arrived at Brechin, he was much gratified at receiving an order from the late Lord Panmure to call upon his lordship at Brechin Castle. Here an incident occurred, the description of which we extract from the " Wizard's Note Book.''

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