Some Novel Tricks

Torn and Restored Postal Order. (An Old Friend with a New Face).—Preparation.—Procure two of the new Postal Orders with counterfoils of the same value and consecutive numbers ; your choice of the amount will be governed by the consideration that one of them will be destroyed in the course of the trick. But as you need not call the attention of the audience to the amount, sixpence will probably be found sufficient. Of course, if you feel so disposed, there is no reason why you should not get them for a sovereign each. Having torn off one counterfoil, roll up the Postal Order as small as possible, and' insert it into a hole in the end of a candle, plugging up the hole with melted wax. Put the candle ready in a candlestick, and lay the other Postal Order on your table, with the torn off counterfoil of the other one underneath it.

Presentation.—Take up the Postal Order with the duplicate counterfoil held behind it in the left hand, while the right hand holds the counterfoil of the complete one. After pointing out to the audience that it is impossible for you to duplicate the Postal Order on account of the numbered counterfoil, tear off the counterfoil, and exchange it for the duplicate counterfoil, as directed in "A Paper-Tearing Trick " in " Magic " for March, 1903, handing it to a member of the audience to hold. Then tear up the Postal Order, and with it the duplicate counterfoil ; light the candle and burn the pieces; then cut the caudle into three, offer the choice of the pieces to the holder of the counterfoil, forcing the choice of the end piece ; then give him a knife and let him scrape away the wax till he comes to the Postal Order, which he will find agrees in number, date, and amount, with the counterfoil which he has been holding all through the trick.

The Old Fashioned Rising Cards (zvithout an assistant, forcing, or changing the pack). Take about twelve feet of black thread, and make a loop at each end ; select a chair with an upward projection at each end of the top back rail ; loop one end of the thread round the off fore leg of the chair, pass the thread over the back, and loop the other end over the near hind foot, letting all the slack hang down behind the chair, which may then be stood with its right front corner towards the audience.

In presenting the trick, hand round a pack of cards in the cardboard case in which they are sold, having four or five selected by different members of the audience, leaving the chosen cards with the audience, take the case containing the pack, and place it on the seat of the chair, immediately beneath the thread. Then collect the clioseu cards, placing them in the pack one by one, and pushing the thread down with each card, as you put it in. Standing with your left side towards the audience, rest your right hand negligently on the chair back, thus gaining possession of the slack of the thread. A slight movement of the body away from the chair will cause the chosen cards to rise from the pack in the reverse order from that in which they were placed.

A variation on the Twentieth Century Rising Cards. Effect.—The performer distributes a dozen photographs of celebrities ; each holder of one calls out the name of the person whose portrait he holds, and the performer writes each name on a separate piece of paper, folding or crumpling it up and throwing the folded pieces into a hat or other convenient receptacle. Then he collects the photographs and places them in a lioulette or goblet. Taking up one of the pieces of paper, he unfolds it and calls out the name written thereon, when the photograph in question rises from the pack, and so on until all have been called and have come out of the goblet or houlette.

Preparation.—Get a dozen picture post cards of celebrities, wind them with black thread, as directed for the Twentieth Century Rising Cards (see February "Ma^ic") and memorise the order in which tliey will rise when the thread is pulled. Procure a duplicate set, also a dozen picture post cards of one and the same person who figured in the other sets, say Lord Kitchener. You will also need a small tear off memorandum pad.

Method.—Distribute the unprepared packet of picture post cards among your audience, and as they call out the names to you, under pretence of writing them down on the leaves of the memorandum pad, write " Lord Kitchener" a dozen times, crumpling the pieces of paper up as you tear them off. Collect the post cards, and substitute for tliem the threaded packet, which you place in the goblet or houlette, the end of the thread being in the possession of your assistant behind the scenes. Shake the pieces of paper together iu a hat, draw out one and profess to read the name written 011 it, but really call out the first name in the order you have committed to memory. The assistant pulls the thread and the picture rises. Go through the same routine with all the names. Pick up the post cards and exchange them for the set of 12 " Lord Kitcheners." Allow one of the audience to choose any one of the papers, and look at the name written 011 it. You pass the cards slowly from one hand to the other, or deal them face downwards 011 to the table, telling him to stop you at any number he likes ; when he does so, you exhibit the portrait, which coincides with the name written on the paper.

The New Rising Cards.— Variation.—This arrangement enables the performer to present this charming trick in any room, and without an assistant.

Use the inside part of the cardboard box in which packs are usually sold ; to each end of the top affix a loop of white tape, twelve or eighteen inches long. Having wound the thread round the cards as directed iu the February number of "Magic," pass the thread through a small ring or through a safety pin, attached to the cloth on your table, and loop the end round your wand, which you lay on the table. Provide yourself with a wooden rod, about fifteen inches long ; a long wooden knitting needle, or a "giant" lead pencil will do

After having handed round the unprepared pack, lay it down and show the audience the box with the loops of tape. Standing with the left side towards the audience, hold the box in the left hand, the loops hanging down ; take up the prepared pack with the right hand, and place it iu the box; then pick up the wooden rod, and pass it through the loops as they hang down ; raise the rod, so that the box hangs by the loops, and the thread now passes from the cards iu the box over the rod and back to the ring or pin in the table cloth. Place the rod over the backs of two chairs placed back to back, letting the box swing. Picking up your wand gives you possession of the end of the thread, and as you secretly wind it up, or retire from the chairs, all the cards will leave the box.

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