The Back Tingler

Tie a small nut on the end of a three-foot piece of thread, glue some small pieces of cotton to the nut. Spot someone with an open collar or. low-necked dress, then when the lights are turned off drop this nut down the victim's back. Pull it up and down slowly a few times with the free end of the thread, then place it back in your pocket. While it is still dark, ask the spectators if any of them have felt the spirits of the worms, which you have been trying to summon, crawl up and down their...

Thread Divination

EFFECT Several spools of differently colored thread are given to a spectator to examine. The performer turns his back, one is placed into his hand, and 1he others are hidden from sight. The performer turns around, holds the spectator's wrist with his right empty hand, and names the color of the thread. EXPLANATION Purchase four or five spools of thread, each of a different color. When a spool is placed in your hand, which is held behind your back, break off a small piece of it while talking....

Diminishing Streaks Of Light

This is an odd and somewhat creepy effect. In absolute darkness,- the medium produces streaks of light that quiver and diminish in thickness. For this effect you will need a yard of string. Tie the ends together forming a loop, and dip the string into some luminous paint. Carry it in your pocket. When you are ready to perform, turn out the lights, take the string from your pocket, loop it over both thumbs and pull it taught by pulling the thumbs apart. To cause the quivering streaks of light,...

The Ghost Of Many Faces

EFFECT A ghost appears in the dark and his face changes four different EXPLANATION Get four different grotesque looking Halloween masks and paint them with luminous paint. In the back directly opposite the mouth, tie a string, but do not stretch it too tight. Place these masks in a bag and pin them beneath a sheet which you or your assistant throw over your shoulders and pin about you. In the dark remove a mask, place it on your face and hold it in place by placing the string between your...

Selfcontrolled Ouija Board

An ouija board is placed on an easel in full view of the audience. The heart-shaped indicator is leaned against the board by placing it directly in front on the ledge of the easel. The performer passes among the spectators who ask questions. The heart indicator weirdly moves over the board and answers the questions by spelling out words, pointing to the yes or no and indicating numbers. If you are performing on a stage before a large audience, you may use a regular large size ouija board for...

The Dripping Dagger

Most people are unaware of the fact that invisible vampires are eternally floating about us in space, and living off the blood in our bodies. At night when we are sleeping they suck our blood through the pores of our skin. These soft, ghostlike forms are always careful not to take more blood at night than we can reproduce duriiig our waking hours, so that they may visit us again and again. Working on the theory that anything once visible can be made visible again, scientists have discovered...

Convincing Spirit Paintings

EFFECT A blank piece of white cardboard in a wooden frame is shown. Next a box of water colors and an artist brush are displayed. Attention is called to the fact that the brush and water colors are dry and unused. All of these are laid on the table, and the lights turned out. The spectators sit in a circle around the table and hold hands. Finally the lights are turned on, and it is seen that a picture has been painted on the cardboard with water colors. The picture, brush, and paints are passed...

Weird Apparition

This is the production of hands and a face in the dark, followed by the appearance of a skeleton body. It must be done by an a ssistant, and when properly executed by him the effect is very frightening. The effect is as follows The medium is bound to a chair, and the spectators sit in a semi-circle, and all hold hands. The lights are turned out and a ghostlike face and two hands appear in the dark. The hands are close to the face, and they move back and forth as they approach a spectator, then...

Spirit Water

EFFECT An empty drinking glass is placed on the table in front of the medium, the group joins hands, and the lights are turned out. After conversing with Chief Rain Cloud, the spirit control, the lights are again turned on. The glass is seen to be filled with water. HOW IT IS DONE A duplicate glass, filled with water and covered with a rubber cover, is secreted in the pocket of the medium's coat. When the lights are turned out, use one of the dodges explained elsewhere in this book for getting...

Scary Creature

EFFECT The spirit of a large octopus floats about the room. EXPLANATION The octopus is made from cloth, and painted with luminous paint. The body is a round stuffed bag affair with a cloth strap on top. The head is oval shaped with the ends of two black hat pins used for the eyes. If hat pins are not available, use two upholstery tacks painted black. This oval shaped head is sewed to the body. The many legs should be sle ider and long, preferably tapering toward the outer ends like a carrot...

Ghost Disturbance

Three cards are freely selected, placed in the center of the deck, and the lights turned out. When the lights are turned on the three selected cards are protruding face up from various parts of the deck. The disturbance, the performer explains, was caused by an invisible ghost hand. This trick is performed with the aid of a short card. Have a card trimmed about 1 32 of an inch shorter than the rest of the cards in the deck, and place this card on the bottom. Overhand shuffle the cards, and as...

The Ribbon Hypnotic Test

EFFECT Six pieces of differently colored ribbon, each about one and one-half inches wide and four inches long, are shown and each one placed in a separate opaque envelope. These envelopes are thoroughly mixed and spread out on a table. The performer states that he will hypnotize anyone in the audience who cares to volunteer, and cause them to unconsciously do his bidding by controlling their movements with silent hypnotic suggestions. A second spectator is given a piece of paper and a pencil,...

The Floating Dagger

EFFECT A hand holding a dagger is seen floating about in the dark, stabbing viciously through the air. Suddenly blood is seen to drip from the dagger and fall toward the floor. The dagger, hand, and blood all vanish, and when the lights are turned on, there is no trace of the items. EXPLANATION With a scroll saw, cut a dagger with a long blade from a piece of wood and paint it with luminous paint. If you are handy, you can carve a realistic looking one from a piece of wood, although a flat one...

Diabolical Flashing Eyes

In this trick the performer causes flashes of light to apparently shoot forth from his eyes in a weird and uncanny manner. This effect has been used very successfully for a number of years by a vaudeville performer who calls himself The Fire King. To prepare for this trick, get a piece of silver tinsel and cut two TINY pieces the shape of a diamond pip on a playing card. Close the eyes and attach one to each eyelid with library paste and or preferably Spirit Gum. When the eyes are opened the...

Spirit Cabinet Effect

EFFECT A small cabinet with a curtain in the front is shown empty with the exception of a drinking glass which is sitting in the cabinet near the center. A playing card is freely selected, replaced, and the deck thoroughly shuffled. The cards are now placed on the floor of the cabinet near the glass, and the curtains closed. Later when the curtains are re-opened, the selected card is seen to have left the pack and is not inside the glass. EXPLANATION Any card may be s elected, but, when it is...

Impromptu Match Divination

Five wooden matches of the kitchen variety are placed in a row on the table. While the magician's back is turned, a spectator picks up any one of them, blows on it, and replaces it on the table. Turning around, the performer immediately points to the chosen match. Large wooden matches are used. With a razor blade or knife make a tiny nick in the dark portion of the head of each match. The smaller the better. When the matches are placed on the table in a row, these identifying marks are placed...