hand, acknowledge the examination, and place them in right hand between the middle fingers. At the same time draw the faked matches out with fingers of left hand and shew them. It is possible to shew the match heads as the rubber tips look like sulphur. Hold between fingers of the left hand horizontally --- a mystic wave --- and matches slowly separate --- the top match rising very clowly to a right angle. Put matches together — switch -- and throw out the 3ingle ones.

(Editor's note: These faked matches are in a position whereby they can be pulled from fingers and tossed out themselves without having lost sight of audience. The rubber tubing p-ile off easily — and what's a lob of putting ?.t back on two more matches?;


Required: Two red billiard balls, a white silk, pocket scissors, and an ordinary white handkerchief.

Preparation: Cut the white handkerchief into quarters, take one piece and wrap it around one ball and tie off the ends a la a plum pudding. Use white cotton for the tieing off and cut off surplus cloth. Have this prepared ball under the vest or In a ball clip under coat. The scissors are in the left outside coat pocket.

Working: Do a few billiard ball moves with the red ball, finally wrapping it in white silk and squeezing through by the usual and familiar move.

Borrow and ordinary handkerchief and repeat the penetration. Then palm the prepared ball in right hand, holding the red ball at tips of left fingers and thumb.

Get right hand under middle of borrowed handkerchief, throw this over laft hand, let the red ball drop into left palm and show prepared ball. Grip the middle of the handkerchief and tied part of the ball in fork of right thumb.

Squeeze, and squeeze, and squeeze, but the ball refuses to come through. You are nonplussed only for a few seconds when the bright idea strikes you. Left hand goes to pocket for the scissors and the red ball left behind. Cut a cross (+) In covering at top of ball, squeeze and force the ball through, tearing handkerchief covering ball as badly as possible.

The ball penetrates --- triumph. Then, since the handkerchief is mined, light a match and set fire to the rags. Let it burn as near to the tied part as is safe for the hand. Press flame out, rub oenter between hands, palm the little remnant, possibly in fork of thumb. Now spread the handkerchief out restored, and return it with thanks.

This stunt makes an excellent effect to finish off a routine of passes and tricks with the balls and blends into a series of hank tricks.



Note by Cedric: Arthur Dowler has been tearing the hearts out of the cafe mongers on hi" voyage to New York, and the Normandle bartender never will be quite the same. It creates instantaneous enthusiasm. It appeared new to many of the boys although not original with Arthur. I am sure, however, it will be of interest and indeed a new item to most Jinx readers.)

The effect is that a beer bottle cap (CocaCola and Orange Soda caps worked as well for me. Ed.) is shewn and placed downwards on a table or hard surface, that Is, the closed side of cap is upwards. There should be no cloth on table.

You Invite any person to tip the cap over completely with the tip of any finger. They must use only the tip of finger. This will be tried many times without success, yet the magician merely places a finger tip on cap and, voila, over it flips.

Everyone will try a large amount of pressure in order to tip over the beer cap and that is the secret of this amusing, and very excellent drink winning stunt. Place the tip of one finger only on top edge of cap and with a COMBINED DOWNWARDS AND SIDEWAYS MOVEMENT the cap will turn over. It takes a little time to get the knack of this stunt, and a little bit of practice, but once you have mastered it you'll continually carry a beer cap in your pocket along with those other little mysterious things that magi always produce from their persons.


The following is an endeavour to make a new presentation of the old "Torn and Restored" effect, and at the same time a more "logical" effect from the audience's point of view.

The performer having, for no apparent reason at all, torn a perfectly good paper napkin or programme into pieces, states that he will give a little lesson in sewing for the benefit of the ladles. He then holds the pile of torn papers flat in his hand, and taking a needle and black thread, runs it several times through the papers. Upon opening the papers out they are seen restored into one piece, having been sewn together into their original shape, the black thread standing out in contrast to the white paper.

As of yore, the two papers are pasted back to back. The paper first shown is ^ordinary. The second one has merely had a black thread run through it in irregular lines. When the performer places the torn pile flat in his hand, he runs the thread through the torn pieces, thereby holding them securely together and to the back of piece No. 2. Under pretense of straightening out the papers to smoothe the stitches

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