New Spiritwriting Trick

By Professor Hoffmann.

This is a trick of pure sleight-of-hand, and, well executed produces a surprising effect, and the only requirements are a pack of ordinary playing cards, a pack of plain white cards of about the same size, a packet of envelopes, and a couple of lead pencils, each sharpened to a fine point, so that a fragment can be readily broken off. On the under side of the uppermost of the plain cards is written in pencil the name of a card, say the knave of hearts.

Advancing with the plain pack to the audience, the performer shews casually that they are blank on both sides, and invites a spectator to draw one. This he takes back in his right hand, and after shewing unmistakeably that it has no mark on either side, changes it by the sleight familiar to every conjurer, for the top card, and throws this latter, written side downwards, on a chair or table. He now asks a spectator to choose one of the envelopes, and places the card within it, first, however, again shewing it on both sides. To do this, he picks it up between the first and second fingers of the right hand, and holds it up perpendicularly with the unwritten side towards the spectators, at the same time passing the thumb to the front below the second finger. He now lowers the card as though to show the opposite side, but at the same moment, by a quick impulsion from the thumb, causes it to describe a semi-revolution on its shorter axis—the effect of this sleight is that the same side is again shown. Having thus proved (?) that the card is free from guile, he places it in the envelope with a fragment of lead pencil, and sticks down the flap.

He now has a second blank card drawn, and placed in an envelope with a fragment of pencil in a like manner. This we will call No. 2, the first being No. 1. Leaving the two closed envelopes in full view, he takes up the pack of playing cards, and forces the knave of hearts, leaving it in the possession of the holder.

The trick is now practically done, but a further little piece of sleight-of-hand is used to bring it to a brilliant conclusion. " I,adies and Gentlemen," says the performer, '' we have here two envelopes, each containing a blank card. A card has been freely chosen from the pack, and still remains in the hands of the gentleman who drew it. No one but himself knows what it is. I will now ask the spirits to write its name on one of the blank cards, which of them you shall choose for yourselves. Which do you say, this, or this. This one? Very good. Will some gentleman kindly take the rejected one, open it, and see that there is no deception? Meanwhile, I will ask your indulgence for a few moments while the spirits do their work. . . . That will be long enough, I think, I heard them writing, but they seem to have left off now. Will some one open the envelope, and you sir, please hold up the card you drew. Do you find anything written? What is it ? The knave of hearts? The spirits are correct for you see the card selected was the knave of hearts."

When giving the choice between the two envelopes, the performer holds them out before him, No. 2 (the blank) in the right hand, between the first and second fingers. And No. 1 (the genuine) in the left, between the first finger and thumb. Should No. 1 be chosen, he simply hands No. 2 to be examined. Should, however, the choice falls on the right hand envelope he makes a quick turn to the left, and in so doing "changes" the two envelopes (this is the ordinary bottom change, without the pack), thereby transferring the blank to the left hand, and the written card to the right, for production in due course.

6£planatop9 Programmes.

CHINKO (The Clever Boy Juggler).

Programme, HIPPODROME, Sept. 14th, 1900.

A combination of movements in throwing and balancing a Silk Hat; balancing Hat on Umbrella and trick movements with umbrella (closed) ; throwing the Hat, umbrella (closed) and ball of paper, catching hat on head, then lifting hat from rear, and catching paper under hat ; throwing a small table, hat, and umbrella (open) ; spins a basin on billiard cue (right hand), and throws a pail and a plate (left hand) ; throws a white top hat, umbrella, and travelling bag ; throws three tea plates (inner, outer, and shower), nose movement, and three in one hand ; Indian clubs, first throws and manipulates two, then kicks up a third, and throws the three (shower and back movements) ; throwing balls (a small size), showers five, and throws eight, four in each hand, the eight balls however are treated as jour only two being' handled at one time (ordinary movement) ; throwing four tea plates two each hand, concluding with the Boomerang Plates. The performance was given in the arena, eminently suited to this latter act, which was well done and produced loud applause.

See "New Juggling Tricks," No. 7 serial.

0 0

Post a comment