First Fratricide

Embodying a series of beautiful and picturesque Attitudes, being a most perfect illustration of the Passions,






Introduction—Lent Fare—Dampers of Friends—Dr. Tadpole, a character— An interesting narrative—Memory the best friend—The Horse and the Hackney Coachman—The Card Shop—Kings, Qtieens and Knaves—Shuffles and Tricks.

Song - "Mankind is like a Pack of Cards."

Trip to Reading—Otium cum dignitatethz principle Barber—Sambo Ginger, a West Indian Nigger—a Nigger est—Opposites mixed together—Animated Punch—Mr. English, Mr. Paul Coffin, Mr. O'Flaherty—Epitaphs—A deadly lively gentleman—Black incredulity—Place wanted—No accounting for losing one—The land we live in—Insinuating Landlord—"To bed, to bed"—Etymology and Entomology—English topics of conversation—Yawning catching —A man of science—A blue-bottle—"Buzz, buzz, buzz"—The Moon—Nature— Silly Sally—A ticklish subject. Song -------- " The Tickler."

To rest—"To sleep no more"—Flea-ing alive—Warning to the Public—Entomological victim—Sicily Fleas—Return to London—Music of the shores— " Tria juncta in uno "—A Black Amour. Song - -- -- -- " Coal-Black Rose."


By the celebrated M. BUCK, from Paris,

Whose Performances have excited such an extraordinary sensation on the Continent—exhibiting

Seeming Impossibilities, Extremely Fascinating Amusements, and MATHEMATICAL OPERATIONS,

With Birds, Eggs, Cards, Money, Fruit, Handkerchiefs, Boxes, Letters, Medals,


Tableau Vivant,


The second part of this old and very interesting programme will be given in our next issue.

New Billiard Ball Production.

By W. Gilbert.

Effect: The hands are shown empty on both sides, yet without approaching body a billiard ball is produced at finger tips. Provide yourself with a flesh coloured feke Which consists of a piece of rather thick wire one inch ■ and a quarter long, to one end of which a small cup is soldered, the whole, when finished being exactly similar to the little feke used for balancing an egg on end of j a straw. Into the cup put enough wax to nearly fill it. The wax must be of good adhesive quality. Use a very 1 light ball of such a size that it can be concealed behind ; the four fingers of either hand.

Press ball against wax in cup and come forward with it in the right hmd. In the left hand have your wand Call attention to 3^our wand at the same time showing casually that the hand is otherwise empty. Your right side to the audience, with the right hand remove wand ■ from left hand and place wand on table, under cover of j doing this the ball is left at the back of fingers of left hand and is kept there by the second and third fingers i gripping the wire which conies between them to the front of hand ; this wire is quite invisible at a few paces and should project between fingers about % of an inch.

Show that the right hand is quite empty and with the fingers of the latter rub the palm of left hand which is towards audience. The right hand fingers now cross those of the left hand which brings the projecting wire between the second and third fingers of the right hand. The left hand now moves away leaving ball concealed by the fingers of the right hand, when the left can be j shown empty 011 all sides. The hands are once more ! brought together so that the finger tips meet and the ball I is produced between them by pressing it off feke with thumb of right hand ; the feke can now be dropped into j vest servante while left hand drops ball on floor to prove solid.

Many other moves and changes will suggest themselves such as taking the ball on to the back of one hand from off the back of the other, always remember that it is the moving hand that is being watched. A strong wax can be made with 7 parts beeswax, 1 part turpentine and 1 part shoemakers' wax.

A sucker may be attached rigidly to end of wire instead of the cup, but I always use the cup with wax. E. Stanyon & Co supply a ball made of very light wood.

N.B.—Mr. Gilbert sends me a sample of the little accessory in j question which I have found practical in every way.—Ed.

MAGIC each month tells—

what tricks are being worked by the most prominent Conjurers ; the order of tricks in their programmes, WITH AN EXPLANATION OF EACH TRICK. Invaluable to the aspiring amateur, as this shows him at a glance what he must do to emulate the Professor and draw a big SALARY.

GRAND TIP-OVER BOX, dovetailed, 5ft. by 2ft. 2in. on end. Will exchange for Magical Apparatus. Send for particulars.— J vernon BlyThe, 2 Lymington Road, W. Hampstead, N.W.

WANTED—Books, Vent. Figure and Apparatus.—Professor Edgar, 10 Molesworth Road, Devonport.

explanatory Ppogpagimes.

(In every issue from No. 1, Vol. 1, to present date).


Re the Four Colour Sand Trick, an explanation of which was given in our last issue, Mr. Owen Clark writes that the trick is probably done as follows, and I remember now that a '' figured '' glass bowl was used which goes to support his idea. The glass bowl has a hole in the bottom and the water (poured into it from a jug iu front of audience) passes through it into the upright of stand supporting the glass table top, otherwise the trick may be worked as explained in our last issue. This " dry " method has its advantages for stage—it is clean—though scarcely suitable for drawing-room work. To conjurers who think like our correspondent, the absence of the towel (which usually accompanies the trick for the purpose of drying the hands) gives the show away. But a sham use of the towel might very well be made in the "dry " method as suggested to me by Prof. Carl of Derby.

The Wine Trick.—A dozen or more glasses of different coloured wines are poured from an ordinary clear glass decanter. This appeared to be an improved version of the old and well known trick in so far that the decanter was, apparently, unprepared as also were the glasses, anyway both were handed for examination and in one instance a member of the audience took the decanter and glass in his own hands and poured out the wine he had called for much, apparently, to his surprise. Some boy "upstairs" called out "Ink, let's have some ink." Thorn created some considerable amusement by reiterating " Very well,jvou drink ink, all right," and ink was produced. The wines were afterwards passed round to audience to drink, but very few partook of any, one only, I believe, very cautiously tasted the milk 011 the occasion I was present. That they were fit for human consumption, however, there was no question as on returning to stage performer offers his attendant a glass, he took it greedily, and continued to help himself to some five or six others mixing the various colours together, the one after the other, not omitting the milk, ink, etc., much to amusement of audience.

Then followed the four illusions in the order given above (I have already offered an explanation of these, with the exception of "Aga," in the back numbers of "Magic" q.v.) which concluded a very novel and pleasing entertainment.

N.B.—SUPERIOR Apparatus for the production of the above magical programme in its entirety may be obtained from Stanyon & Co., at from 25 °/o to 50 °/o below the catalogue price of any conjuring trick dealer in the world.

"Revelations of a Spirit Medium,"


Treats solely on the exposé of tricks of Mediums ; full of new ideas for Magicians. 324 pp. illustrated. We have purchased the entire stock of this interesting work. Price 3/6, post free 3/10.

Memoirs of ROBERT HOUDIN, i£gSfu°rU

Written by Himself (English Translation).

This book should be iu the hands of every Conjurer. The most intensely interesting work ever written. From the French. 445 pp. Illustrated. Post free 2/9.

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