Ps And Ba

(continued from page 309) EFFECTS ALLIED TO THE CUPS AND BALLS.

THE TRAVELLING SUGAR.- Four lumps of sugar are placed on the table in the form of a square, reading from left to right A,B,C,D, each about 9 inches apart. A fifth piece is palmed in the right hand. Left hand placed over "C" (palming it) and right hand over "B" (releasing palmed piece). Right hand over "D" (palming it) and left hand over "B"(releasing palmed piece).Left hand over "A" (palming it) and right hand over "B"(releasing palmed piece). Result, all four at "B." Left hand disposes of the piece, finally palmed, at the earliest opportunity. The trick should be worked smartly.

FOUR PAPER BALLS AND PLATES.- Four paper balls about the size of hazel nuts are placed one in front of each of four small tea platea-in a row on the table. To aimpllfy matters we will number the balls and plates, reading from left to right, 1,2,3,4. The idea is to place a ball under each plate, then to cause them all to come together under one which, if desired, may be chosen by the audience.

Ball No.l is raised between the tips of the thumb and forefinger of right hand. The third finger only of the same hand is then passed under plate No.l, which is turned upside down, the ball being actually left under it.

The second ball and plate treated the same.

The third ball and plate are, presumably, treated In like manner, but this time the ball Is palmed from under the plate between the tips of the first and third fingers, the second finger hiding it as the hand leaves the plate with Its back towards the audience. The movements as described have been designed to bring about this deception.

Right hand picks up plate No.4, fingers on top, and turns it upside down, over the remaining ball,i.e., over the two balls.

There is now apparently a ball under each plate, while In reality there is nothing under No.3, and two tinder No.4.

Right hand now raises plate No.l; left hand openly takes up the ball, and the plate Is replaced on the table. Right hand seems to take ball from left "(Tourniquet Pass) and throw it through No.4 plate. Right hand raises the plate (placing it In left hand and over the concealed ball), disclosing the two balls. Plate replaced over the two balls, the conoealed one being secretly added.

Operation repeated with the ball under No.2 plate. There being nothing under No.3 plate,the performer says he will do the trick Invisibly. He thereupon seems to pull the ball through the plate, then to throw it through No.4 tinder which the four are then discovered.

N.B.- If the choice of plate under which the balls are to appear, be given to the audience, such plate must be considered No.4, irrespective of its position In the row,i.e., dealt with last.

THE WALNUT SHELLS AND PEA.- Three half walnut shells and a pea ai>e the only objects required for this excellent table trick. The ehells are placed In a row on the table, the pea

Page being openly placed under, say the centre one, from which position it disappears and is found under either of the end ones at pleasure.

The secret depends mainly upon the pea,which is fashioned from India rubber. This, especially when soiled, cannot be distinguished from the genuine article unless it be handled - not always then. A cloth covered table is necessary. Having placed the pea under one of the shells, the three are pushed forward on the table about three inches, with the tips of the fingers and thumb of right hand. In moving the one under which is the pea, the latter, due to its nature, and the shape of the Inside of the shell, will work its way out at the rear, falling direotly between the tips of the thumb and second finger, where It remains concealed and quite unsuspected. Obviously it is now quite Impossible for any person to find the pea, yet the performer finds it either under of the shells at pleasure; it is simply dropped on the table Immediately behind the shell in the act of raising the same.

Various combinations are possible, especially with the aid of a duplicate pea. The old-time racecourse sharps, according to Qulnn's -"Fools of Fortune," worked the trick with half-potatoes scooped out, in place of the shells - at that time, however, the trick was known as the "Shell Game." See also the following.

THIMBLE RIGGING.- I trust this brief explanation will be found Interesting, It being, for all I have been able to discover to the contrary the first that has ever appeared In print.

Using three sewing thimbles and an ordinary dried pea. Performance similar to that of the Cups and Balls as described in this series. The three thimbles are placed in a row on a cloth covered table, reading from left to «'ight, A,B, C, the pea is resting on table just In front of A.

The performer raises "A" between the tips of the thumb and forefinger, grasping it as low down as possible. He then, apparently, places it over the pea, drawing it back in line with the others. The pea is really brought away between the tips of the thumb and second finger, where it is readily conoealed.

The middle thimble is raised and replaced In like manner, when It will be found that the pea may be secretly dropped under it, or otherwise, as desired,1.e., it may be so secretly Inserted under either "B" or "C"; or it may be, and more often is, still retained in the fingers. In the latter event it Is, of course, quite Impossible for any of the bystanders to find the pea. Yet the performer discovers it under either thimble at pleasure by simply dropping it behind the thimble in the act of raising it.

If the pea be aotually left under one of the thimbles. It is not an easy matter, if at all practical, to secretly remove it, as in the oase of the walnut shells. Therefore, unless the sharper decide to take his chance, he must employ a duplicate pea and dlsoover this under either of the other two thimbles. The duplicate is then employed In connection with the following pass.

It Is apparently covered with the same thimble, in reality It is secretly removed between the fingers which then move the other two thimbles an Inch or so on the table, but without raising them. It is then a simple matter to produce the effect of the pea passing from the thimble, supposed to hide it, to the one tinder whloh is the original pea.

With the duplicate In play, various combinations are of course possible. The above move* ments, even with but little practice, will be found to produce a most oertaln deoeptlon; yet the professional sharper takes further precautions to proteot his Interest by placing oonfe*-

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