It Striices Again

A chap working in the Chicago Steel Uilla invented this trick and passed it on to me. You can have a great deal of fun with it.

Prepare about a dozen matches in the following manner. Cover the head and a small portion of the wood below the head with ink. You can do this by dipping the heads in ink or you can prepare the matches in a moment using a fountain pen.

Carry a supply with you and when you have an opportunity, secretly drop several of them into an ash tray. The inked heads pick up some ash and, in short, become ind├ętectable even at close range from genuine burnt matches.

Ten minutes or so later offer to demonstrate a remarkable scientific phenomena. Ask for the ash tray and pick out a genuine burnt match first. Breathe on it and strike it. Nothing happens so you try again. This time locate a fake burnt match, breathe on it and strike it with a triumphant flourish. Success depends upon your ability to assume that I-wouldn't-cheat-you-for the-world attitude.


To the audience thi3 routine appears at the outset to be the standard effect of shaking the selected card through a handkerchief. But when the shake is made the entire deck drops through! The magician looks amazed and embarassed (he had announced his intention of causing only the chosen card to penetrate the cloth) and then his face brightens suddenly when he discovers that a single card remains in the handkerchief. It proves to be the chosen card.

Follow the illustrations carefully. The pack is held in the right hand, face up, and covered with .the handkerchief. Or you may use a table cloth if there is one handy. The right hand palms the selected card which has previously been brought to the top of the deck. See the first illustration.

The left hand takes the pack, holding it by the sides through the cloth, and raises it to a vertical position while the right hand moves back with, the palmed card (Fig 2). Immediately the left hand places the pack on the right palm, over the palmed card (Fig. 3) The left hand grasps the end of the pack nearest the wrist (grasping it through the cloth) and raises it, the thumb holding the card behind in place.'(Fig.

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4) The right hand comes up from below and grasps the lower end of the deck, fingers in front and thumb pushing up the cloth in back (Fig.5). The left hand raises the front edge of the handkerchief to show the audience the cards beneath, then as the edge is dropped the right hand turns over suddenly throwing the entire handkerchief forward over the hand. This brings you to the position shown in Fig. 6, a single card inside the cloth, and the deck held behind with thumb.

Wrap the sides of the cloth about the deck In the usual manner, then turn the handkerchief over holding the handkerchief above the cards with the right hand. The fingers and thumb grasp the upper part of the deck to prevent It from falling. (Pig. 7)

Give the handkerchief a shake and allow the deck to drop to the floor for comedy effect, or catch it with the left hand and fan it. Then squeeze the cloth to show the outlines of the card inside and flip It with the middle finger of the left hand. Take It out and show it to be the chosen card.


Neither of these tricks is original, but in-so far as I know they have not appeared before in print. I believe they are worth passing on.

To perform the first trick, balance a penny on the tip of your right forefinger. The finger Is slapped vigorously several times on the open palm of the left hand, but the penny remains balanced on the forefinger. Others are unable to duplicate the feat.

Follow the drawings oarefully. As the right hand approaches the left it turns over and the right thumb is placed on top of the penny. Bm forefinger and thumb, holding the penny securely, bend back out of sight and the middle finger Is extended.As the right hand returns the moves are reversed. Watch your angles of vision, and with a little practise the move ean be perfowned in an undetectable manner.

The second effeet is quite different. a penny lies on the open palm of the right hand. When tossed into the air it spins rapidly as though It had been flipped by the thumb and finger in the usual manner. When others try the trick they find it Impossible to Impart a spin to the penny.

The secret Is very simple. Just as the toss Is made the thumb moves over the palm qo that the tip of thumb just .touches the edge of the coin as it goes by. The tossing motion of the hand conceals the movement of thumb, and even your yourself cannot see the aotlon.


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For a quick, clean, and cute spelling maneuwre this will fill the bill and appear different from the usual type.

Have a card selected and replaced. Shuffle the deck and ask spectator the color of his card. Red or black, you spell off the color dealing a card at a time face down on table or his hand. Then ask him the suit. This is spelled off also. Lastly ask if the card were odd or even. Again you spell off whatever he says. He names his card and you have it.

The card is selected freely but as you run the cards from hand to hand silently count 13 so that he can replace it fourteenth from top. Dovetail shuffle not disturbing the top 14.

You will see by the following table how the spelling is accomplished. There are only eight possible combinations and as given they either end on the thirteenth card or the fourteenth.

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