The stand is employed for causing the disappearance of the coins seemingly, to conjurers not in the know, by palming them one 011 top of the other on the back of the hand, to the audience by seeming to throw them into the air. Coin No. 1 is a hooked coin, and this is removed from the stand with the left hand (table 011 performer's right) placed on the fingers of the right hand and vanished by means of the reverse and continuous back anc| front palm (see " New Coin Tricks." 2nd series, pp 6 and 7). The coins remaining on the stand are without preparation of any kind. While picking up No. 2 fron* the stand with the left hand the right hand quickly disposes of the hooked coin by attaching it 1o the right hip. No. 2 is now actually vanished on to the back of the right hand. The left hand picks up No. 3 and places it on the fingers of the right hand which has remained outstretched with palm towards audience and with No. 2 palmed at the rear. In the act of placing No 3 on the fingers, No 2 is secretly allowed to drop from the back of the right hand into the fingers of the left hand, to be secretly deposited in the trough at the rear of the stand in the act of picking up No 4. No. 3 is disposed of in like manner. No. 4 is now resting secretly on the back of the right hand, and the performer appears to pick up No. 5, but this coin is in reality drawn into a kind of pocket or rather slit cut in the velvet lront of the stand. The left hand supposed to be holding No. 5 is raised to the right and just as the coin is supposed to be laid on the fingers, No. 4 is reversed and the illusion, if the movement be properly timed, should be complete. The performer is now left to vanish and work the continuous palm with one coin only, but lie will have the credit of manipulating a number of coins all at once.

Now, having shown the hand empty back and front by means of the reverse palm, No. 5 is seemingly caught from the air and forthwith thrown on the table. The right hand picks up the stand (first closing the flap at the rear) taking care to keep its under side out of sight of the audience, and the left hand covers it with a handkerchief. A ' catch ' is now made in the air with the covered stand to which, at the same moment a third of a revolution is given to bring the bottom to the front. The handkerchief is removed and the four coins, presumably the balance of the vanished five, are displayed as caught on the stand.

The variety of effects that may be obtained in coin conjuring by the employment of this stand are much too numerous to give in detail, but the above should form an excellent illustration of its value in coin combinations.

Novel Discovery of a Chosen Card,—For this trick, which depends for its effect upon a new application of an old ruse, I am indebted to Mr. Hubert Picton of Liverpool, who is occupying the front page of this issue of " Magic." The effect is as follows : A card is freely chosen and returned to any part of the pack held fanwise for its reception. The pack is squared together with the chosen card in the actual position placed by the drawer— there is no " pass" made. The cards are now " cut " several times yet the performer is able to pick out the one chosen in an instant.

The explanation is simple :—The pack is first handed to be shuffled, and as it is returned to the performer he quietly takes a mental note of the only visible card i.e. that at the bottom. A card is now freely chosen and duly noted by drawer. Now in the act of opening the pack fanwise to receive the chosen card the fingers ot the right hand, assisted by those of the left, draw the bottom card across to the right i.e. to the bottom of the upper half where the pack is eventually divided for the insertion of the chosen card, and now when the pack is closed the "ke}'" card is resting on the top of the one chosen which may be readily discovered when dealing, or picked out from the pack at the pleasure of the performer.

The Bent Corner Discovery.—An excellent method of ■discovering a chosen card, actually shuffled into the pack by the drawer is that which I have designated " The bent corner." The pack is held fan-wise, as usual, for the reception of the chosen card, and, as soon as it is inserted, its bottom right hand corner is sharply bent between the tips of the second and third fingers of the right hand. The pack may now be squared up completely all round and handed to anyone to shuffle without the slightest fear of the bend in the corner being entirely obliterated. After the shuffle the performer takes the pack and, by allowing it to lie easy on its side, on the fingers of either hand and by examining the corners on the opposite side, readily discovers the chosen card. If the corner is not quickly discernable turn the pack over and examine it on its opposite edge.

On the passing of 12 cards up the Sleeve into pocket.—I have already explained this trick at length in my " Conjuring with Cards " q.v. I will now suggest a few improvements.

Use the right hand trousers pocket, assuming that the cards are held in the left hand, and note that after having palmed in the first batch, usually six cards, the pocket may be turned inside out and thus proved empty—the hand also being seen empty. This may be done between the production of each card if desired, but I do not recommend this overdoing a good thing. The secret is as follows:—The pocket must be what is known as a side pocket and the cards when inserted are pushed, not to the bottom as usual, but to the extreme top corner most remote from the opening. With the cards in this position it will be found that the pocket may be turned inside out without any fear of exposing them.

Having produced five cards out of the usual twelve leave one only in pocket and proceed to count the cards remaining in the left hand proving that there are seven, in reality there are only six. To do this proceed as follows :—Pass the cards slowly and deliberately, one by one, from left hand to right hand counting aloud, and when passing the third card secretly draw back the one first passed over, behind the fan of cards formed by the two portions momentarily together. Continue to count the balance of the cards in the same deliberate manner making seven. This deceptive count must be done throughout with absolute regularity and then the illusion is perfect. Now hand the supposed seven cards to a lady to hold ; cause one card to leave her hands and appear in your pocket (producing the card already there) and ask her to once mo?e count the cards. Marvellous ! You really ought to give yourself a medal if you get this effect nicely.

Marvellous Spirit Pictures.—A wooden frame about 24 in. by 18 in. ; carrying plain canvas, is shown back and front, and afterwards placed on an easel. This done a lamp is placed behind the frame, immediately in front of the spirit cabinet, to satisfy the spectators that no one approaches from behind. The lights are now lowered a little and with a little music, a spirit picture is slowly precipitated in colours, on the canvas, creating a pretty and lasting effect.

Secret.—The picture is already painted on the screen of unbleached muslin in the following manner : ' 'Sulphate of Iron " for blue ; " Nitrate of Bismuth " for yellow ; " Sulphate of Copper" for brown. Make fairly strong solutions of each in warm water. Now, with a brush for each colour paint a landscape, portrait or whatever you wish, which when dry will be quite invisible.

When about to present the trick, slightly damp the muslin and all is ready.

To cause the picture to appear your assistant in cabinet plays on the canvas with a scent spray containing a solution of Prussiate of Potass. The action of the Prussiate of Potass on the other chemicals brings up the colours and produces the picture which, perhaps, while lacking in artistic beauty, will still be most weird and striking.

I have treated the subject of Paper Tearing at far greater length than I had originally intended. Paper Tearing to my mind has always seemed so absurdly simple as scarcely to need a description. I am glad, however, to find that my readers think differently, as is exemplified by tfre great interest taken in these articles, which, it will be remembered, were commenced in our issue for September last.—(Ed.)

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