The Incomparable Juggler

of my forehead, when I dart my head foreward and receive the ball on the incline of the back of my neck."

An error of judgement would, of course, prove fatal ; even to this day I feel goose-fleshy as the iron strikes me. Some day I will exclude it from my repertoire, as it affects my nerves, and causes me some anxiety. I vary this feat sometimes by tossing the cannon ball in the air and receiving it on an ordinary plate, without the slightest damage to the latter.''

Another very clever business of M. Cinquevalli is to juggle with a cigar, a hat, a walking stick, and a half-crown piece. The half-crown, after pirouetting sometime in the air, drops 011 to his toe, at the same time that the hat falls on to his head, the cigar into his mouth, and the stick into his hand. Then he will kick the coin and catch it as a monocle in his eye.

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'' The aspirant who is to attain any success,'' observes M. Cinquevalli, in answer to the inevitable question—for it is surprising how interesting it becomes, even to a modest interviewer, to fathom the mysteries of juggling— "The aspirant who is to attain any success in this profession must, of necessit}', possess perfect steadiness of nerve, a great deal of patience, and a quick and accurate eye.''

Anything that comes to hand, from a pin to a crowbar, a scrap of paper to a cannon ball weighing forty-eight

is a consummate musician, and a composer to boot ; the one man who is a living contradiction to the saying, " To do a thing well, you must do one thing at the time."

This article has been reproduced by the courtesy of Mr. Paul Naumann, Editor of "The Favorite."

jerk, and catch the top cigar in the holder, the other falls into his hand.

In fact, M. Cinquevalli is a psychologic wonder. He

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To the Editor.

MODERN MAGICIANS' METHODS.

Dear Sir.—Will you permit me to offer a protest through Magic 011 the modern methods of producing magical (?) effects. I have had the pleasure of witnessing the performances of several very expert pros, and amateurs, and I find their effects follow so rapidly upon one another that it is impossible to tell whether any Magic has been presented : in plain language it is Juggling not Magic. Compare the unique and finished style of De Kolta and others with that of the " ram-it-down-your-throat " performers. I admit one must be aufa.it with the game to work á la De Kolta, but what prettier magical effect can be imagined than the Billiard Balls worked at South Eastern Railway speed instead of at the velocity of Marconi Telegraphy?

I am invariably met with the remark " that's all very well but modern effects must be worked quickly" ; nothing of the sort. Take the reverse palm with a coin, when the coin is 011 the back of hand it is only necessary to put the third finger over it, bringing lit to the other side, at the same time turning hand over. This sleight can be worked as slowly as you please and right under the most acute of probóscides without detection. I submit the great goal to aspire to is Magical Effect, there is obviously 110 Magical Effect in vanishing a ball before the audience realize that the ball is in existence. I saw a gentleman in the North of England vanish a ball by palming in right hand and pretending to take it with that hand from vest, really leaving it there ; he then worked a couple of passes with £11 imaginary ball which vanished. The audience appreciated this latter effect more than they did those which had taken him months to perfect. Verbum sat sapienti. i consider modern magic (as generally practised,-Ed. ) is bewildering not Mystifying. What do other readers say ?

Yours mystically, Samuel Blake.

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