A 68 Cent Patent

C)atents are costly but there's an in-«1» genlous way to protect an Invention for pin money. Illusionary principles often make valuable commercial and advertising devices. Magicians have many ideas worth protection. A patent gives no more. lfhy spend hundreds of dollars for one that may not sell? Concentrate upon the following "patent" process.

On the left-hand half of 3heet make a drawing or 3ketch of your idea. On opposite half write or type a description. Date it. Fold faoe-to-faoe and paste the edges together. Mow both sketch and description are known to you alone.

Have a notary attest that on this date you signed this paper, contents unknown, sign on outside of folded sheet, his seal naturally going through both thicknesses. This costs 25 cents. Now comes your "evidence of conception."

Go to the County Clerk's office. Ask for a certificate of notary. This is the County Clerk's guarantee that the notary who witnessed your signature Is an authorized notary in good standing. It costs another 25 cents, Paste this on top of the sheet containing your signature. This endorsement is known as a prothonotary cer tificate.

Pold your sheet and place it in an envelope. Seal the envelope and put your signature, in ink, across the flap. Then paste a one-cent stamp over the middle of your signature. Finally send it registered to yourself.

Have stamp on back cancelled. The law requires the postoffice to cancel every stomp on an envelope. The cancellation of that stamp over your signature shows you have not opened the envelope at a later date.

Postage outlay, eighteen cents, total cost sixty-eight cents, for complete protection. When and if you interest someone, apply for a patent in the regular way, but with his money. Meanwhile, you can show your idea with perfect safety. Should anyone attempt to steal it, just bring your evidence into court. Have it opened there and prove your prior ownership. Uncle Sam has sealed and dated your evidence*

BUT DON'T 00 TO SLEEP OH IT. The law provides that if an inventor's idea becomes public and is used or sold for more than THO years prior to the application for a patent, the inventor's right to a patent is gone.


Cditor's note: While I am only too well acquainted with the fact that card reversals are far from new, the following concept struck me as being cute and not to be found in print as far as I know. Please excuse both Mr. DeLaney and myself if it doesn't impress — after trying it out at least once.)

The effect is quite short and sweet, but one of those ideas suitable for fast table work, a seleoted card i3 placed, by the perfonner, faoe up in the pack. The cards are cut and, eventually, the card is found face down while the two cards on either side of it are face up.

Two cards are reversed on the bottom of the deck at the start and the pack fanned for a selection, the performer making sure that the reversed cards do not show, as the pasteboard is removed, the performer turns partly away from spectator, saying, "Look at it and remember it. I do not want to see it." At the same time a card is slipped from the bottom to the top of the pack. When next in view of the audience, the top of the pack appears to be the bottom, and vice versa.

The seleoted card is placed face to face with what is apparently the bottom card of the deck. Emphasis is placed upon the fact that the selected card truly Is reversed in relation to the rest of the pack. To bear out this statement the pack is shown on both sides. It is necessary to finish this move with the opposite side uppermost and here is a very deceptive method for accomplishing it.

The pack rests on the left hand. Place the right thumb underneath, fingers on top of pack, turn it over to show the "back", then bring it back to the former position. Now place the thumb on TOP, fingers on the bottom, and turn pack over; then without letting go turn it forward once more and back. This reverses the pack

Page hut the spectator doesn't follow it. All this is done smoothly and openly while saying something such as, "I want it to be clear in your mind that your card really is reversed in relation to the others."

Now the pack is cut and the spectator sees a face down card ACTUALLY BEING CUT TO THE CENTER. The perfonner pantomimes reversing the selected card and the adjacent cards. The pack is fanned to reveal the reversed cards with the seleoted card between them.

(By Annemann: I've been playing around with this idea since it came in and, perhaps because it suits my nature which is more or less against sleights which I can't master, have gotten much fun from it, especially the subtle but highly practical method of turning over the deck before their very eyes. Therefore, my variation may be in order. It is less than simple to know the identity of the two cards first reversed on the bottom. Beforehand you prepare a little note as will be detailed below. Now proceed. When the cards are found turned arouai you say, "That's odd." Someone says, "The trick?" You say, "Not unduly so, but before I left home I had a premonition and because I'm studying such things made a note of my thoughts. Here it is. The paper is read, "I have Just vlsioned, for not a reason that I can fathom, the two cards, —

---, and--------. I wonder if they will affeot my life within a short time?" You finish, "I never thought they both would turn up at the same time — there are some strange things to get to the bottom of, aren't there?"

A reader-performer might say that there is no reason why the performer shouldn't show the reversed cards on either side of the seleoted one. But the audience doesn't know that, and they seem always to be of the opinion afterwards that the selected card was put freely back into the deck reversed at any spot.)

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