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R. S. Francis, Printer, (Private Boxes to be had at alTthe Fashionable Libraries.) 25, Museum St.,Bloomsbury

Lessons in fDagig.


A uthor of'' Conjuring for A mateurs," " Conjuring with Cards," " New Coin Tricks,'' &c., &c.


Coin Dropper for Hat—This takes the form of around box on the principle of a sovereign purse, differing only in point of size, and the fact that the closed end is provided with a strong, sharp hook. In depth it will take some eight or nine coins, while its diameter is such as to admit a penny, florin or half-crown to work freely from one end to the other (see Fig. 7). However many coins the box may contain the action of the spiral spring in its interior keeps the uppermost always flush with the top and in a position to be dislodged by the fingers. The construction of the box in other respects admits of one coin 7- only being removed at one time.

In use the box duly loaded with coins is secretly palmed in the left hand. A borrowed hat is next received in the right hand and shown to be empty. (The performer may here ask if he may do as he likes with the hat and upon receiving a reply in the affirmative may exclaim, " Then I will keep it.") The hat is next taken in the left hand which movement affords the opportunity of fixing the box by means of the hook just inside, near the top, on one side of the hat.

The box is covered by the hand holding the hat, and the coins are in a position to be pushed out one by one as required in the Money Catching Act, entitled, " The Miser's Dream." See" New Coin Tricks " (first series).

The chief use of the apparatus is to admit of the hat being placed on the table and the hand, sometimes suspected of holding the coins, being shown empty at any moment.

The Best Hooked Coin.—A coin provided with a minute hook is a valuable adjunct to the stock-in-trade of the magician. The best method of preparing such a coin is shown in Fig. 8. It will be seen that the coin is drilled 7] from a point on the outside edge, diagonally to a yf^J point on the surface, the direction and size of the hole being such as to admit of a needle point being hammered tightly into it and to project about of an inch, and at an angle of about 20° from the surface of the coin. Fig. 8 gives a sectional view of a coin provided with such a hook. I append a couple of examples for the use of such a coin.

In connection with the '' Money Catching Act,'' performer apparently sees a coin sticking on wing, or on screen, and while seeming to take it off, his assistant (behind wing) secretly attaches it to his (performer's) back. Performer proceeds to catch two or three more coins, then suddenly turning round to catch one in the rear, he is quickly apprised of the fact that there is one on his back. Appearing surprised, performer while attempting to find said coin (with hand containing one palmed) attaches it to another part of his attire then suddenly appearing to hit upon it, produces palmed coin ; the surprise can now be repeated.


Again, a coin with its edges blacked and one side covered black cloth may be attached, by means of the hook,to any part of the attire, to be produced as required.

The New Vest Dropper.—This is a box constructed to hold say a dozen coins. The coins are kept in position by a hinged plate which is in turn secured by the spring clip, (see Fig. 9). The box is further provided with a safety pin for fixing it to the underside of the bottom of the waistcoat on the left side.

Having vanished a number of coins from the hands (really palming them in the right hand) performer, with the empty left hand, presses the clip when the concealed coins fall into the hand, the inference being that those vanished have been produced from the The coins produced are now transferred to the right hand, and the " palm " is concealed.

" Spider " Coins.—Other adaptations of the " Spider " principle (see Magic for Nov.) are shown in Figs. 10, 11, 12, and 13.

Fig. 10.—This is really two coins soldered together, a space being first cut across their diameter to admit a small india-rubber band to which is attached the two cat-gut loops for passing over the fingers. This band forms a spring which admits of much freedom in manipulation.

Fig. 11.—This again, is two coins soldered together.

Before fixing, one side of each coin is turned down, to reduce thickness ; a groove is then made across their diameter, in which the wire, provided with a crutch at each end, may work.

Fig. 12.— This is an ordinary coin with a piece of wire driven through it near the edge, leaving a dull point projecting about one-sixteenth of an inch on either side. These points are gripped between the tips of the first and second fingers, which admits of the coin being swung to back or front of hand as required.

Fig. 13.—This is an ordinary coin provided with two dull points about in. long soldered on its edge. In place of these points the edges of the coin may be drilled as in the hooked coin (Fig. 8), and a piece of flesh coloured silk attached, with loops for passing over the fore and little fingers.

N.B.—The several pieces of apparatus illustrated above have been designed with a view to enable conjurers, not having the time or inclination for long practice, to give a mechanical representation of the " Mizer's Dream." For a full, clear, and correct description of the'said Act, performed by sleight of hand, alone, the reader is referred to " New Coin Tricks " (First series) to be obtained from this office. The instructions contained in the work referred to will not appear in these pages—Ed.

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