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Volume III. contains a full explanation of the great Handcuff and Prison Cell Release Sensation, including naked release, in all some six or seven pages of small type, with illustrations of various regulation, also special irons and trick keys, and it is in fact the only practical and professional explanation yet in pi int. Unscrupulous authors, and others are continually advertising the secret, and content themselves with telling their victims to wear a pair of leaden pants, a sandpaper shirt, or to strike the iron while hot, I mean on the toe of the boot, or similar absurdities. It must be obvious to anyone that .the lengthy lessons, six or seven pages of small type, with illustrations, as given in volume Ilf. of Magic, could not very well be sold in MS. form, or even incorporated in a book of conjuring tricks.
As already stated, the first part of the present volume contains the secret of the Trunk, Sack, and Handcuff illusion the effect of which is given above, and other important and practical secrets of New Tricks and Illusions are to follow and which you may not hope to find in any other magical paper. Why ? Well, if the reasons are not obvious, put on your smoking cap and think hard, and remember what our readers say.
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Original Lessons in iT)agi<j.
By ELLIS STANYON.
In every issue from No. i, Vol. I, to present date.
Chosen Card Found Reversed in Pack.—This is an excellent trick because the little sleight of hand necessary in its execution does not by any means account for (in the minds of the spectators) the wonderful effect produced, which is as follows :—A card is freely chosen from a pack just shuffled. The card, duly noted, is returned to the squared up pack by the drawer, who inserts it in any position, pushing it home square with the rest. The performer then, immediately, with one sweep, spreads the cards in a line on the table, backs j uppermost, when it is discovered that the chosen card has been, by some unaccountable means, reversed in the | pack to reveal itself face upwards amongst the rest. I Ihe explanation.—When the pack has been thoroughly shuffled and the card freely chosen, the performer, in the act of squaring up the balance of the pack, " slips " the top card to the bottom to face the rest of the cards, and forthwith "turns over" the pack. The whole of the cards are now face upwards with the exception of the top card, the back of which gives the impression that the remaining cards are all similarly arranged. In this condition the pack is held square together for the introduction of the chosen card, which, as will now be seen, is inserted facing the rest of the cards. Now, in the act of finally squaring up the pack, the performer again slips the top card to the bottom as before, and also again "turns over" the pack, which is forthwith taken by the right hand and spread in a long line on the table with the result above explained.
I11 practice the several manipulations will be found to resolve themselves into one movement, which is readily concealed under cover of the greater and natural move-1 ment of squaring up the pack of cards, and the usual misdirection in the way of momentarily attracting the I eyes of the audience in the direction of your own with a | well-timed question such as " You will be quite sure to remember the name of your card," or " You are not try-j ing to thwart me in the production of this effect—you j remember the name of your card ?'' But even in un-1 skilled hands, and where a movement is suspected, the 1 exact manner in which the chosen card becomes com; pletely reversed in the pack will still remain a puzzle to the spectator.
The effect will be somewhat enhanced if the drawer of the card be requested to name it just before the cards are spread on the table.
Second method.—A quicker effect, with a little less manipulation is obtained as follows :—The shuffle at the outset is omitted, the trick starting with the bottom card | already facing the pack. A card is now selected, care being taken not to expose the face of the bottom card. The pack is now simply turned over for the introduction of the card, the performer requesting the drawer to be sure and return it to tlie pack back uppermost. Now, under cover of the misdirection explained above the pack is once more turned over, "ruffled," then forthwith '' fanned'' in the hands, under the eyes of the drawer, accompanied with the exclamation '' I thought I particularly requested you to return your card to the pack back upwards ?"
Improved Cut and Restored Tape.—In effect a piece of white cotton tape, about six feet long and half an inch wide, is cut in half. The two pieces are shown hanging side by side and are then tied together again, which of course leaves a knot in the centre of the tape, as seen in fig- 5-
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