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7. To Cause the Disappearance of a Ball Placed Between-Two Cups --- A ball is known to be between two cups (as shown at "G" in the Pig.), which are then picked up and placed in the left hand, the fingers of which are inside the lower one. The right hand now takes hold of the upper cup and a slight upward jerk is made with both hands, whereby the ball is impelled upwards, while (practically simultaneously) the left hand quickly withdraws the lower cup and the right hand deposits the other on the table, consequently over the ball.

8. To Cause the Disappearance of Three Balls from Between the Cups --- This sleight is an extension of No. 7, and is known as "Galloping Post" (Courir la Poste) from the sound of the cups in its execution resembling somewhat that of a galloping horse.

Three balls are known to be between the two bottom cups, the three being stacked one upon the other, "XX" in the Pig. The stack Is then raised and placed in the left hand, the fingers of the latter being inside the bottom cup. The right hand then removes the uppermost cup and replaces it on the table. The second cup is then removed (accompanied with the upper jerk and quick withdrawal of the lower cup as explained in No. 7 above), and placed over the first. The three balls are now between the two cups on the table, and on the top of which the remaining cup is placed with the right hand. These movements are repeated several times.

In conclusion, the three cups are dropped in line A,B,C, on the table, when no little astonishment will be created by turning over "B" and discovering the balls; or three duplicate balls may be produced from some other place (presum-

may be produced from some other place (presumably those which disappeared from the cups), then vanished by sleight of hand and discovered under "B."

Another interesting finish (my own) to the "Galloping Post" is to stand the cups, opening upwards, in line on the table and produce a ball from each - without employing duplicates or sleights. First remove all three balls, hidden behind the fingers, from "B" and drop ONE on the.table, then quickly Insert the fingers into "A," remove them and drop another ball — and likewise at "C."

9. To Secretly Introduce a Large Ball Under a

Cup --- This Is always done in conjunction with raising a cup for the purpose of disclosing a ball, the unexpected appearance of which claims all attention. The right hand lifts the cup, more or less hesitatingly to attract attention, then forthwith transfers It to the left hand and over the large ball which had been secured from the profonde, table servante or elsewhere. The right hand then picks up the ball, just disclosed, and having tossed It in the air, replaces it on the table, the movement affording a plausable reason for placing the cup in the left hand. The right hand then takes the cup, and as it does so the fingers of the left hand press the large ball into it so that it becomes fixed, when the cup is replaced on the table, supposedly empty.

Similarly with the second and third cups, after which all are once more raised to show nothing under them, but in replacing them they are brought down with sufficient force to dislodge the contents. The production of the large balls then takes place.

This may be followed by a further production of large balls or other objects, all secretly introduced into the cups from the table servante as already explained, until the table becomes strewn with a heterogeneous collection. Such objects as oranges, onions, birds, etc., that cannot be pinched into the upper part of the cups are retained by the fingers. In this case a cup, after loading, may be transferred from one hand to the other (suggesting emptyness), the tip of the third finger usually being sufficient to retain the object within it up to the moment it is replaced on the table.

10. To Pass One Cup Through Another --- This illusion depends to a very large extent upon the fact that the cups, being so much alike, cannot be distinguished the one from the other. A cup is held by the rim, mouth upwards, between the thumb and second finger of the left hand. The right hand holds another cup directly over and a few inches above the one in left hand. The upper cup is then dropped into the lower one, the concussion knocking away the latter and leaving the upper one in its place. The effect of this is that one cup is passed completely through the other. The lower cup may be let fall on the ground or table, but a better effect (my own) is obtained by catching it in the right hand in position for dropping the one in the left hand through it again, and repeating the movement, using either hand alternately, a number of times.

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