Burling Hull

P.S. No I did not publish the Improved Taixplay Edition of the ENCYCLOPEDIA — but I certainly think it is a great IDEA and -— I ONLY WISH I HAD THOUGHT OF IT MYSELil

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left, and tie the orange silk around the protruding, prepared corner of the flag. Bundle them up slightly, and give them to a spectator to hold. Vanish the other flag by your favorite method, then taking hold of the end of the red silk and flicking the silks from the spectator's hauls. The flag comes out of the folds of the red silk, and appears tied between them.

If you are working for magicians and want to put in an added touch, it is possible to let the red silk hang for a moment from the orange after the knot has been tied. This is done by tying a rather loose knot around the prepared corner of the flag, and catching the edge of the red silk in the knot. This will allow It to hang as described, and will even permit silks to be given a slight shake.

The silks should be held In the left hand, and the performer should be standing to the right of his table. To release the red silk from the knot, the right hand approaches the corner of the orange silk which 1b held by the left, and the left hand draws the silk through the right until the knot is reached. While you are asking for a volunteer to bold the silks, the right fingers push the knot down until it is clear of the red silk. If you prefer, this may be done quite openly, under the pretense of tightening the knot. The trick is then finished as described above. For the ordinary audience, however, this is a rather unnecessary refinement.

If you are not working close to the audience, the silks may be plaoed in a drinking glass on your table, Instead of giving to a spectator.

(Ed., If one doesn't want to use a flag, a possible combination of silks can be red, green, and one of the vari-oolored silks on the market. These are nice looking, and the varied colored silk can be colored at the corner protruding.)

| NUMISMATIOIC. (Stewart JamesH

Every once in a while a trick is invented by the discovery of an odd fact before you constantly but not known. This is one of those mysteries, and the astute perforator will, upon going over the effect and method carefully, see at once the possibilities for a veritable miracle in the working, it can almost be made Into a challenge effect and has practically no explanation.

Five coins are shown and examined. Four of them are United States nickels and the fifth is a Canadian nickel or five cent pieoe. They are sealed in borrowed envelopes which the perforator never has seen or touched, and after mixing, are handed him one at a time behind his back. He correctly divines the location of the Canadian niokel among the rest while the sharpest eyes can be watching the prooedure!I

The secret is quite astonishing. It Just so happens that Canadian five cent pieces are magnetic, while those of U.S. coinage are not. In that fact lies the secret. Uhder your coat, and hanging from the back of your shirt or vest, is as strong a magnet as oan be obtained and carried. The envelopes are applied to the magnet as received and there is no diffioulty in ascertaining the location of the one ooin.


Mr. James went so far as to obtain a real heavy magnet bar from a flour mill. Being used in one of the chutes to oatch any metallic substances before they passed through the rollers, it was much stronger than usual. With this voider the coat, and the envelopes held by one corner so the coin drops to the bottom, the pull of tiie magnet when envelopes are held near will cause the correot envelope to sway towards it and the attraction of the magnet is obvious.

The ones who oan see in this principle, good possibilities for a master pocket and publicity trick will no doubt devise their own method for handling and conoeallng the magnet.

The fact that both the envelopes and coins are totally unprepared and handled freely by the spectators is what makes this a challenge trick that ean't be duplicated.

Back on June 9th, 1932, I met this cute principle which I've used many times since for an almost impromptu hook or magazine test in homes and at parties. With a minute's access to the book and four minutes with the deck you have as clean cut a test as is possible unless you happen to be on of those genuine telepathlsts.

The deck stack of 14-15 is generally known now among magicians, but that is as far as they have gone with it. To those who don't know the set up idea it is a case of arranging the values (disregarding suits) so that any two cards from any spot in the deck together will total, when added, either 14 or 15. For instance - 7-8-6-9-5-10-4-J-3-Q-2-K.-A-K-2-Q-3-J-4-10-5-9-6-8-7-7-etc., until all cards are used up exoept two Aces which can be left In the case or pocket. This deck can be cut indefinitely and two cards removed together will make 14 or 15 when added.

My simple but extremely useful discovery was this. If you spread the deck across the table and remove two together, the card above and the card below this pair always have a definite and unvaried relation. If the inside pair total 14, the outside pair will total 15 or 16. If the inside pair total 15, the outside pair will total 13 or 14. Therefore it is necessary only to remember the 13th and 14th word on oa«e 15. and the 15th and 16th words on page 14.

When ready to present, false shuffle if you can and have someone cut the deck on the table. Now spread the deck face down across table and walk away to a distance. Hand the book to a spectator, ask him to select someone else and both

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