Kolars Balloon And Silks

This effect is one of Kolar's favorites. It has a flash finish in the nature of a surprise. Though this is not a trick definitely in the classification of Oriental Magic, it fits nicely into an Oriental program. Performer blows up a toy rubber balloon and gives it to lady assistant to hold in her left hand. In her right hand, she holds a wand. Magician then shows a few colored silks and places them in a cloth bag. Suddenly bag is turned wrong side out and silks are shown to have vanished....

The Speedy Single Knot

Performer holds a handkerchief by opposite corners in his two hands. He brings his hands together and pulls them apart instantly, and suddenly a knot has appeared in the handkerchief. Hold silk as in Figure 13. End B comes between first and second fingers of left hand from front (toward audience) to back (toward you). End A comes between first and second fingers of right hand from back to front. Bring hands together with right hand inside of left hand, Figure 14. Grasp A between second and...

Radiate Goodwill And Pleasantness

You must start right off the bat with a kindly feeling for every person in your audience. You know from your own experience that when you like a person and show it, that person reciprocates your friendliness. So it is with your audience. Radiate GOOD-WILL AND PLEASANTNESS and you will get it in return from your audience. You will ward off antagonism. From the first moment you are before your audience you must win them over. A performer is always sensitive to antagonism toward him in his...

Secret And Patter

To Prepare Take one of the small envelopes. With the scissors cut off a very fine edge on the lower right side of envelope cut up about 1-1 4 inches from bottom and about 3 4 inch along bottom. See Figure 18. On one of the large envelopes put a pencil dot at the upper left corner and at the lower right corner on both sides. See Figure 19. This is done to enable you to identify this envelope at a glance from among the three envelopes. To Perform Have envelopes on table nearby. Take deck of cards...

Special Curtained Cabinet

It is necessary to screen movements during performer's escape and entrance of girl into trunk so the curtained frame has come into popularity. This frame is five to six feet square and six to six and a half feet high. The frame itself is usually made of gas pipe with threaded ends which can be screwed into joints at the top and flanges at the bottom. Thus frame can be taken apart and carried in a compact form. Any good mechanic can make this frame. A wooden frame may be used or a frame made of...

To Perform

After you have performed an experiment in which a little girl from audience assisted you, pick up a silk handkerchief and cause it to vanish. You might pretend to place it in your pocket and have girl see your movements, only to show her that silk is still in your left hand. Then really vanish silk. Take little girl down into audience and stop near a man sitting on the aisle to your left. Pardon me, sir, but I believe you are sitting on the red silk handkerchief. You use this merely as a ruse...

The Rabbit

This should be made of soft black cloth. Fold over a piece of cloth to make the bag 10 x 7-3 4 inches. Round the bottom corners and stitch around three sides of the bag. Turn the top in to make a hem and run a black draw string through it, knotting the ends. At one end of top sew a hook and at the other an eye as shown in illustration. Near end of draw string at top, sew a heavy black linen thread about 2-1 4 inches long. To the end of the thread tie half of a snap fastener. Use a large...

The Substitution Trunk

It can be closely examined and appears to be an ordinary trunk, but at the back there is a cleverly concealed door. Even when the trunk is locked and strapped, an escape can be made from it through this door. The trunk is 40 inches long, 26 inches wide, and 28 inches high. The trunk is bound with wooden slats. Figure 1 shows front of trunk. Figure 2 shows rear of trunk. The slat going around the middle of the trunk helps to conceal the top of the secret...

The Multiplying Cigarette

One cigarette is shown by performer, and suddenly another is produced from the first. Pinch end of a cigarette and conceal it by grasping it in crotch of left thumb--B. Hold another cigarette exposed at tips of thumb and first finger A, Figure 49. To audience it appears that you are just holding one cigarette in left hand. Back of hand is exposed. Left side of body is toward audience, Figure 50. Bring right hand down to left, placing tips of fingers just inside left fingers. Grasp pinched end...

Billiard Ball Manipulation

For many years the billiard ball has been popular in Magic, but its use has been more for manipulative display than for natural Magic. Because of its shape, it offers many possibilities in sleight of hand and hundreds of different sleights have been devised by Magicians. These moves take a great deal of practice to perfect hours and hours of practice. I could teach you these moves but prefer to give you MAGIC with Billiard Balls. In this lesson I shall teach you principles for working with...

Your Business Card

In Lesson 30, I gave you an example of an inexpensive business card. I have been some excellent looking cards made from the example I gave, by those who followed the instructions carefully, and had type and arrangement duplicated, and at the same time I have seen some very weak cards by those who followed the wording but did not follow the style of type or arrangement and who employed a cheap printer. An interesting style of card can be made by using a playing card for the background and...

Special Rabbit

Cross Section Silk

Take two boards, each 6 x 10 inches. Place two of the 10-inch sides together and secure them by some kind of catch which can be opened. This forms the bottom of the box, making it 10 x 12 inches. When the box is completed, these two boards act as doors. Now take two boards 12 inches long x 6 inches wide and two others 10 inches long x 6 inches wide. These form the sides of your box. Hinge them all to the bottom, fitting them tight together. Now take another...

Secret And Patter To Perform

Have spectator mark blue envelope and the ribbon with the pencil -- any mark by which he can identify them. Show envelope empty, then permit spectator to examine it and seal it. Hold envelope high so that it can be seen at all times and place it standing against some object on table. Show pink envelope and ribbon in left hand. In the meantime, place right hand in pocket and get Thumb Tip on right thumb while you are talking. There is one thing which I wish someone would explain. Why is it that...

Front Flat Palm Vanish

Use the Two Finger Balance for holding coin and showing it to audience. Figure 32. As you turn hand over and bring it toward left hand, apparently to place coin in left hand, bend your second and third fingers inward to palm of hand. Figure 33. Press coin into palm of hand and then straighten fingers. Coin is now held by the Front Flat Palm method. Audience thinks you have placed coin in left hand and are not aware that you have it concealed in right hand. In each Vanish you continue movement...

The Egg The Glass And The Handkerchief

This is another effect which has been handed down throughout the magical fraternity for many years. There have been many methods used to accomplish the effect. Some are rather complicated, involving the use of a hollow wooden or celluloid egg into which the handkerchief was disappeared and apparently transformed into an egg and using an extra handkerchief and egg. Of recent years, the Bottomless Glass has been brought into use. It has greatly simplified matters as it requires only one egg and...

Setting Up The Illusion

Place a clown outfit with costume, skull cap and mask, in compartment B in the platform of cabinet. Have costume on top and folded so it can be easily lifted up and put on. In compartment C place the bartender's apron and mustache. Also the bottle and glasses, but have them at one side out of the way. The top of compartment A is in place. The cloth is tucked down into the compartment out of the way and board laid on top. Thus ready, the cabinet is placed on stage at left of center, and away...

Forcing One of Four Cards on Table EFFECT

Four cards are laid down on table in a row. Through various methods, Magician can force any one of the cards. Place four cards down in this manner, backs up, Figure 14. 1- Free Choice Force -If you place card which you want forced in position C and have it a little nearer spectator than other cards, it is a psychological fact that he will select C in most cases. If this force fails, you can easily remedy the situation. If spectator touches D, say, I should have told you to select any two of the...

Chinese Colorchanging Coins

Upon command, they mysteriously change to silver coins, and finally to a variety of colors. If you cannot secure Chinese Coins, you may use palming coins, pennies, nickels, or even round pieces of cardboard. The small round price tags with metal edges are fine for this effect also. These may be secured at stationery stores. Start with sixteen coins. Four are left unprepared. The other twelve are prepared on ONE side. Paint seven of the coins on ONE side with...

Lessons 38 to

It is time now for you to go back and review once more. Do you realize what a vast fund of information and what a thorough education you have gained in Magic up to this point If you don't, a complete review will bring it home to you with great force. And if you do, this review will give you a tremendous satisfaction in the knowledge of the big thing you have accomplished. Turn back to Lesson 13 for the first section of your review, Lesson 25 for the second section, Lesson 37 for the third...

Blindfold Card Reading

This bit of mental work is particularly mystifying because of the use of a blindfold. EFFECT Performer divides a deck of cards into two parts. He gives these halves to two spectators and has them shuffle the cards. One of the spectators is asked to pass through the audience and have about ten cards selected, one at a time. The other spectator is then asked to collect the cards, having each member of audience put his own selection into his half of deck. A third spectator is then asked to shuffle...

Push Up Color Change

This is similar to the change produced in the Phantom Pip. Hold cards as in Figure 71. With tip of left forefinger push rear card outward. Cards and hands are held horizontally. This view is from above as you see hands. With aid of right hand and left forefinger, get rear card up into palm of right hand, where it is Palmed in regular fashion, Figure 72. Bring right hand back across pack again, placing Palmed card on front of pack. Remove hand and show change. Use same Patter as in the PHANTOM...

Dr Bridges Thought Projection

Milton A. Bridges. EFFECT Performer shows a card, writes something on it, and places it in an envelope. He seals envelope and says that it is in his power to cause a person to think of what he wants them to think of. He says that he wrote a number on the card which he sealed into the envelope and he will cause a spectator to think of that number. When he counts three, spectator is to call out first number that comes into his head. When number is called,...

The Chinese Sticks

An excellent Chinese sucker trick that permits of good comedy. Performer shows two sticks, each about a foot long. He holds them parallel and shows that a string runs through one stick and across and through the other one. He cuts the string between the two sticks and shows the sticks separated. Suddenly he brings the two sticks together again and shows the string has been restored. Once more he cuts the string and separates sticks. He pulls the short end of string, and as it becomes long, the...

Mouth Vanish

The effect is that you show thimble on right forefinger, place it in mouth, show thimble in cheek, and then swallow it. Bring forefinger with thimble up to mouth, Figure 95. Lower hand and show thimble again, Figure 96. Bring hand quickly to mouth. In an instant, Thumb Palm thimble in right hand without stopping motion, and place forefinger in mouth without thimble, Figure 97. To audience it appears that you actually put thimble into mouth. Remove forefinger from mouth without thimble on it, of...

The History Of Magic

THE HISTORY OF MAGIC MAGICIANS IN THE BIBLE MAGI OR WISE MEN OF THE EAST GREEK MYSTICS INFLUENCE OF MAGIC IN ROME NEW ERA IN MAGIC BEGINNING OF RECORDS MERLIN AT KING ARTHUR'S COURT LAND OF THE ARABIAN NIGHTS MODERN MAGIC FIRST SCIENTIFIC MAGICIAN MAGIC AS A SCIENCE Position PRACTICE EVERY DAY PATTER IS IMPORTANT BE SURE OF YOUR TRICK NEVER REPEAT A TRICK AT SAME PERFORMANCE ANGLE OF VISIBILITY Your Hands Must Be Held in a Natural MY SERVICE TO YOU APPARATUS MY INSTITUTION I want you to go with...

Newspaper Publicity

Newspaper publicity and success run hand in hand. It is through the press that the public as a whole hears about unusual deeds and happenings. The press can do much to make or break a person. Newspaper publicity is an interesting thing to study, for when properly handled it helps to keep your name before the public. To begin with, it is well to know just what the fundamentals of a newspaper are. A newspaper is a money-making proposition, the same as any other business. It requires considerable...

Magic Influence of Mars

Mars is a masculine, nocturnal, hot and dry planet of the fiery division, the author of strife. One born under Mars is short, strongly made, has large bones, ruddy complexion, red or sandy hair, quick, sharp eyes, and round, bold face. If a strong character, this person will be courageous, unafraid, careless of life. If weak in character, this person will be a trumpeter of his own fame, fond of quarrels and fighting and given to oppression. Nero of Rome was of this type. This planet was...

Change Back to Original Color

This is an adaptation of the Pull-Away Vanish to color changing. Hold hands in position shown in Figure 71. Left hand downward. Right hand partially concealed behind left. Curl right forefinger inward to Thumb Palm red thimble in right hand, Figure 72. Stretch finger out again with only silver thimble left on it. Remove left hand and turn palm to audience to show it empty. Show silver thimble on right forefinger, Figure 73. The effect to the audience is that you merely covered red thimble with...

How To Get A Card Placed In Middle Of Deck To Bottom Of Deck

This is accomplished by the same method that is used in getting a card to top of deck except for position of little finger of left hand. The little finger, in this case, is placed under the card instead of on top of it, when card is replaced on packet. When packet A is placed on packet B, the selected card becomes the bottom card of A with little finger under it. When the PASS is performed, packet B becomes the top packet, and packet A with the selected card at the bottom becomes the bottom...

Modern Production Of Bowl Of Water On Table

This production is adapted for the performer who works in American style clothing and has no room under his clothes for concealing a bowl of water. This is a good opening number if done with pep. It is very easy to do, yet appears most difficult and mysterious. After showing production cloth on both sides, performer throws it over his left arm. Suddenly he seems to catch something in his arms it appears to be a very heavy object. He goes over to table and places object on it. Then production...

The Vaudeville Field

For those who have vaudeville as their goal there are booking agents who will present your act to the vaudeville circuits. New York, of course, is the big booking center for America with Chicago second. In other countries you will find agents in the respective large cities from which vaudeville is controlled. Find a good agent, put up your story to him. This should be done in person as a rule. Describe your act and ask for a showing. If he is interested he will arrange for a showing in a tryout...

Lesson

Eggs Eggs You are going to learn Egg Effects in the next lesson. I believe you are ready now for these interesting effects and so here are two mighty good ones with lots of good fun in them. 1 -- Humpty Dumpty Outdone. A spectator places a real egg into a handkerchief. He then is asked to feel of it through the handkerchief and to squeeze it hard with his hand. The egg breaks. Magician asks spectator to take egg out of handkerchief. Spectator is, of course, reluctant to do this because of the...

The Chinese Pigeon Production

EFFECT Performer calls attention to a large easel-like structure with a frame at upper part. Two light frames with paper stretched across each frame, are then shown. One of these is placed at the back of the easel and the other in front. Magician thrusts his hands through the paper and produces a white pigeon. He then breaks paper still further and allows other pigeons to fly out. Paper in frames is then torn away and easel shown to be unprepared as at first.

Window Cards

Window Cards may consist of anything from handmade show cards to elaborate lithographs. I started out by making them in show card style, 14 x 22 inches. I made a funny drawing on each and tried to make them so interesting that people would stop to read them. Sometimes I used ordinary sheets of brown paper with a picture and lettering on them, and they gave me excellent results. In France during the war I put on a performance at the Municipal Theater at Clermont-Ferrand with the assistance of...

Secret And Patter To Prepare

This illusion is best presented on a stage, but it is also good for parlor use, providing there is a door well placed to make a get-away. In performing on a stage, the arrangement must be taken into consideration to determine whether it is best for assistants to change places by means of a door at center back or by a side door or by the wings. Figure 2 shows a stage arrangement with open door at center back. Figure 3 shows a stage set with wings. Figure 2 shows a stage arrangement with open...

The Thoughtful Joker

Performer removes the joker from the deck and places it on the table. He then has the cards divided into two even heaps. A spectator is asked to remove any card from one heap, remember it, and place it on the other heap. A second spectator is asked to remove a card from the second heap, remember it, and place it on the first heap. The two packets of cards are then placed together and cut several times by a spectator. Magician picks up the Joker and says that it catches mental impressions from...

Mailing Cards

The mailing card is used to keep the magician in touch with his prospect or is given to the organization booking the magician to send out to those who might be interested in seeing the performance. At the left is a card sent out by Gus Johnson of St. Louis at Christmas to his customers and friends so as to keep himself before them. People like to keep a card like this as it is different from the ordinary run of Christmas cards. The cartoon was printed on a blank playing card. The regular card...

Body Load

The articles you are going to produce we shall call the Body Load. Take the baby bonnet, shirt, and dress, and roll them up tight. Around this bundle wrap a pair of baby's stockings. Then around all this wrap the lady's stocking and hold the end in place with a pin. This gives you a small compact package which is easy to unwrap when the pin is removed. On edge of bundle fasten a pin. Through middle of pin place a loop of black thread about an inch or two long. This thread should be strong...

Production Of Cards From The Mouth

Magician reaches up with his hand and apparently takes many cards from his mouth, or from a boy's mouth. Palm off from the deck a dozen cards, or as many as you can conveniently palm, in your right hand. It is preferable to palm them with faces of cards against hand. To do this, hold deck in left hand right in front of you with faces of cards toward you and backs toward audience. Place right hand over deck. Turn toward the left, and as you do so, get left little...

Front and Back Finger Palming

Only one hand is used in this method of vanishing a coin and both sides of hand are shown to audience. This method requires some skill therefore, it will require real practice before you are ready to use it. Downs and Manuel can Front and Back Palm a quantity of coins -- even a dozen or two would be easy for them. Such work requires too much skill, however, for the average magician. I shall teach you other methods of handling a quantity of coins later on in the course. We begin here to learn...

Hindu Cut And Restored Turban

There is a difference of opinion as to the origin of this trick. Some say it came from India, while others contend that it came from Egypt originally. However, where it started makes no difference. It is a good effect and can be presented as either a Hindu or an Egyptian effect. It may be adapted to Chinese or Japanese Magic by presenting it with just a piece of cloth and not emphasizing the fact that it is a turban cloth. Performer removes a turban from one of his assistants, unrolls it, and...

Repeat Handkerchief Vanish

A handkerchief vanish which permits of good comedy. This is an adaptation of an effect originally performed by Oswald Williams, a well known English magician. Performer removes a silk handkerchief from his right vest pocket. With his right hand, he tucks it into the closed palm of his left hand. Magician opens his left hand, and the handkerchief has vanished. He again takes a handkerchief from his vest pocket and vanishes it in his left palm also. He repeats this a number of times with suitable...

Transfer Color Change

This is another method of performing the color change. It can be substituted for the Two-In-One Color Change if you have difficulty in getting a thimble to fit over another. It may also be used to change a small metal thimble into a large wooden one. This method may be used for changing a thimble into a small potato. To do this, cut a hole in the potato into which the thimble will fit. Now, to use it here in the Color Change get red thimble on tip of right second finger from under coat as you...

An Eggstraordinary Eggsplanation

A good sucker effect, in which a trick is apparently explained but finishes with a surprise. EFFECT Performer shows a handkerchief and tells audience he will cause it to disappear in a mysterious manner. He rolls it up in his hands and pretends to put it into his left hand. He then places his right hand in his right trouser's pocket. Audience believes that he placed the handkerchief in his right trouser's pocket. Magician, however, opens his left hand and shows that handkerchief is really in...

Rising Cards

Rising Card Effects are designated in the magician's vocabulary as beautiful effects. This means that these effects are especially clever and effective. And, indeed, they are. I do not know who first performed the rising of a card from the pack, but whoever he was, he certainly had a brilliant idea. It has stood the test of many, many years and many, many audiences and proved to be of real Magical value. Thurston, the big spectacular magician, has made the rising card effect one of the feature...

The Fadeaway Double Knot

Knot Handkerchief

This is an effective knot for easy release. It is important in Sympathetic Silks which follows later in this lesson. Performer ties two handkerchiefs together in a double knot. Silks are then laid on the seat of a chair. Magician picks them up suddenly, and they are found to be untied. Take two silks. Place corners A and B together. A in left hand is toward you and B in right hand is toward audience. With thumb and first finger of right hand, grasp A, still retaining hold on B with lower...

Rabbit Pockets

Servais LeRoy is another famous magician who can produce a bushel-basket full of rabbits right out in the open stage, and maybe a few doves for good luck. Leon, who built such a reputation for the remarkable quantity of material he could produce from body loads, prefers to hang his loads on his vest rather than the coat so that his coat will hang better. He paid me a special visit once to ask me to tell my students to be sure to hang production loads on the body instead of the coat. Leon is one...

Rabbit Productions

The rabbit has won for itself a fine place in Magic. When there are children in the audience, the production of a rabbit is greeted with much hilarity. Something live is appreciated by the youngsters. And as grownups are really only boys and girls grown up, they too admire the appearance of Professor Bunny. Rabbits are by no means difficult to handle if you use a little care. I am simplifying rabbit productions for you so that you can produce a rabbit from a hat, from under a gentleman's coat,...

Types Of Letterheads

It is a big subject. However, for the time being, let me call your attention to Plate five sample letterheads. The first is set in type with a zinc cut from a pen and ink drawing. The upper border is stock material and printed in red. Balance of letterhead being printed in black. In place of Versatile Entertainer, Saal could have said Magician and Shadowgraphist. In this case he is selling himself as an entertainer and not limiting himself to any particular...

Sausages From Boys Coat

This is a comedy stunt easy to perform. It may be done with a small boy or a grownup. The sausages are imitation, made of brown cloth filled with a coiled spring and sewed together ,- -> , to form a link. Figures 75 and 76. Links can be compressed into small bundle and held together by rubber band. Figure 77. This bundle can be palmed easily and concealed in right hand. Figure 78. To produce sausages, merely reach up under boy's coat and release rubber band. This causes sausages to expand so...

The Cascade

This is similar to The Ribbon Drop but the cards are curved and fall in a cascade. Hold cards in the same way as you do for The Ribbon Drop, but press down harder on the cards to get a greater curve in them, Figure 111. Another method of Cascading cards is to force the cards across from right to left hand horizontally, see Figure 113. Release pressure on cards with THUMB and draw thumb back over edges of cards a little. This causes the cards to fall one after another rapidly into left hand....

The Put Back False Count

Suppose that you want apparently to count TWELVE cards off the deck but really to remove only FIVE. Hold deck in left hand, backs up, in horizontal position. Or cards may be held with face of each showing as it is counted. With left thumb slide top card half way off deck to right and take it with right hand. Count aloud ONE, Figure 23. Push next card over to right. Place first card on top of it and remove the two with right hand. Count TWO. Push next card over to right. Place first card on top...

The Pick Up False Count

This is a method for actually counting MORE cards than you apparently do. Thus if you want to count TWELVE cards apparently but in reality count FIFTEEN, you may use this method. Hold deck in left hand, backs of cards up. Fan cards to right and get your left little finger under eight cards. Square up the deck. Now with right hand pick up the top card with fingers at outer end and thumb at edge nearest you. This view is from above, Figure 26. Lay this card down on spectator's outstretched hand...

Misdirection Palming

With aid of little finger of left hand, palm the top three cards of the packet in right palm. Figure 19. Hold the other nine cards in right hand also to make it appear that you merely transferred packet from left to right hand. Figure 20. You are convinced, are you not, that there is nothing in my pocket Figure 21 shows position of cards in hand. Three cards are palmed in right hand and remaining nine cards of the packet are held by thumb and forefinger. The...

The Sympathetic Silks

A great favorite of Houdini. In various forms, this problem has graced the acts of a number of professionals. I present it to you in its simpler form. Six silks are shown separately. Three are placed on the seat of a chair. The other three are knotted together by the corners. Performer explains that a sympathetic bond exists between the two sets of silks. Because one set was tied, the other set also ties itself. The three separate silks are lifted from the chair...

Writing Letters

If you can write a good legible hand, you can write letters by hand, but the custom in this day and age is to use the typewriter as it can cover up many discrepancies. It is well to study writing letters so as to have good form. Be sure that your words are spelled correctly and that your letter is well written. In some cases it is better to dictate to a public stenographer and have her get the letter into proper shape. Sometimes another member of the family can tend to the letter writing. If...

Chefalos Knot

I believe this knot was brought out by Chefalo, the famous Italian Magician. It works very nicely in an Oriental program. Performer ties a double knot. Then to make knot even more secure, he loops an end of the rope through the knot several times. In spite of this, the knot disappears on command. 1 of the rope coming up behind part 2, Figure 48. Tie another single knot. This time part 1 comes in front of part 2, Figure 49. Bring right end of rope down through loop A, Figure 50. Now bring same...

Astrology Foundation for Astronomy

Astrology is the pseudo-science of the stars and planets, which was the foundation for our modern science of Astronomy. When the peoples of antiquity conceived of the idea that God has made these planets as His perfect works and set them on high in the heavens, the Astrological system began. Starting with worship of the celestial bodies and the attributing to them of magical powers, the next step in Astrology was to classify the whole world into divisions which were supposedly under the...

Chinese Linking Rings

The Linking Rings is one of the oldest tricks and one of the most wonderful if presented in a finished and skilled manner. Audiences have been amazed for years by this effect of linking and unlinking solid steel rings. I well remember the time when I saw Ching Ling Foo, the celebrated Chinese conjurer, present the effect years ago. He made a masterpiece of the trick. While a set of linking rings can be found in almost every magician's stock of apparatus, very few performers have ever mastered...

The Power That Suggestion Has Over You In Magic

You wonder how this applies to you in learning Magic. In just this way Tell yourself from the start that you are going to be a Real Magician. Form a picture in your mind of yourself as a Successful Magician on the stage or see yourself as Popular, Well Known, a Social Success through your knowledge of Magic. Form a definite image of what Magic will do for you. The Power of Suggestion will do the rest. If you are in earnest and have suggested to yourself that you are going to be a Social Success...

Simplicity Is The Keynote Of The Tarbell System Of Magic

SIMPLICITY is the key-note of this Course in Magic. Every move, every principle has been so thoroughly analyzed and reduced to such simple terms that they are easy to master. The explanation for the working of each effect is so detailed that you can learn it in no time. That is the wonderful thing about this System. You learn Magic quickly -- easily -- and thoroughly I The uninitiated man in Magic, of course, has the impression that the explanation and working of Magical effects is very...

Mystery Of The Burning Cigarette Effect

Magician borrows a handkerchief and lays it over his left hand, fist closed and thumb side up. He shows his right hand empty and with his right thumb tucks handkerchief a short way into his left fist. He next borrows a piece of lighted cigarette and drops it burning end down into the little well he made in the handkerchief with his right thumb. The smoke curls upward from the handkerchief. The audience holds its breath, thinking that the handkerchief is being burned. The Magician then sprinkles...

The Black Art Table

And now we come to one of the most interesting and most important developments in Magic the development of The Black Art Table. This is a splendid revelation of how a new thought will usher in a new era in Magic. In the early days the magician came to the conclusion that a table could be used to make articles vanish or appear, or for substituting one thing for another. To aid his work, that is, to help conceal his apparatus and assistant, he draped his table to the floor. In the top of the...

Types Of General Questions

There is a great deal of sameness to questions asked in any audience. They can all be sifted down to a simple arrangement. There are questions on HEALTH, WEALTH, AND LOVE. Those three classifications cover a multitude of things and have many angles. There are those in your audience who have lost articles there are those who are merely curiosity seekers and there are those who want to get something for nothing. There is the student who is wondering whether he will pass his examinations, the...

The Chinaman The Ghost And The Cat A Chinese Fantasy

In this lesson we will take up the art of pantomime in illusions. There is an excellent opportunity for the modern day magician to clothe his illusions with a pantomime story. In this way what might be used for an illusion lasting for a few moments can be lengthened to an illusion story, an act or almost an act in itself. Cabinets as commonly used in illusion work are employed to vanish, to make appear or exchange one or more people. A great deal more interest and showmanship could be evolved...

The Sucker Rabbit Box Vanish

Sucker tricks in Magic are those in which the performer apparently gives away the trick. This is done in an exaggerated manner, and the audience is sure that they know how to do it, much to the performer's discomfiture. The magician tries to cover up matters, only to make them worse, until at the finish he proves that the audience is wrong in their conclusions and that he has fooled them after all. You have an example of the sucker effect in the last lesson when you use the Egg Bag and pretend...

To construct B W Table

Figure 61 shows a rough sketch of this table. It may be lacquered in black and decorated with Mandarin red and gold. It is necessary to build a changing trap for the top. You will have no difficulty if you will study the illustrations and explanation carefully. Figure 62 shows a cross section of top of table when flap is raised. Figure 63 is a diagram of top, showing arrangement of frame with flap in the middle. Figure 62 shows a cross section of top of table when flap is raised. Figure 63 is a...

Quick Release Double Knot

This is a real double knot, but you easily make it into a slip knot which can be released quickly. EFFECT Performer ties the ends of two handkerchiefs together in a double knot. At his will, the knot unties quickly. Tie A and B in a single knot, looping A over and under B, Figure 23. Hold B securely with thumb and forefinger of left hand and lower part of silk with other fingers. Hold A in same manner with right fingers. Slip second finger of left hand under A where it first loops over B and...

Preparation The Doll House

Fig. 21 shows the general appearance of the doll house on the table. The table has a double purpose. One is that it supports the doll house up off the floor and the next is that it helps to conceal the girl. To conceal a girl in such a small house would be difficult, but to conceal part of her in the doll house and part in the table solves the difficulty of concealment. Fig. 22, next page, shows how girl is concealed. The steps also help to carry on the illusion. The lower floor of the house is...

The Power of Suggestion as It Works on Yourself

This is nothing but the theory on which Coue, the French druggist, based his slogan, Day by Day in Every Way I Am Getting Better and Better. You know what a sensation he caused everywhere. People flocked to see him. He was hailed as a healer. Thousands became mad devotees of the Coue fad. And why Because he was a psychologist. Coue merely gave the people the slogan and told them that if they said it over and over again it would make them actually feel better. And it did what Coue said it would...

Ancient vs Modern Magic

Judging from the accounts which history has preserved for us of the marvels performed by the magicians of antiquity, it is evident that these men were very skillful in practicing their art. It cannot be said, however, that the ancients were more proficient in their art than modern magicians are. Robert Houdin, the greatest of the early modern conjurers, has said, Antiquity was the cradle of magic -- but only because the art was yet in its infancy. The explanation then, for the seemingly greater...

The Japanese Thumb

I first saw this thumb tie performed by Asahi, the Japanese magician, a number of years ago. His presentation of it made it a work of art. His co-ordination of movements was so perfect that he could produce his effect right in the midst of the audience as well as on the stage. Ten Ichi, another Japanese performer, produced this same effect also. The experiment created a sensation among magicians, and many solutions to the secret have been brought forth, some good, some mediocre. The method...

Humpty Dumpty Outdone

This effect used to be quite a favorite of mine as it is a bit unusual and very puzzling. EFFECT Performer passes his handkerchief and an egg around for examination, then asks a spectator to bring them back to him and assist him in the experiment. Magician then grasps handkerchief by the corners and tells assistant to drop egg into it. The egg, of course, falls to the center of the handkerchief. Spectator is told to feel of the egg through the handkerchief, then to BREAK the egg. The crushing...

The Vanishing Cigarette

The Vanishing Cigarette

Performer places lighted cigarette in closed left hand. He then opens his hand and cigarette is gone. 1 -- A Cigarette Pull. This was send to you FREE with your second package of apparatus. 2 -- A cigarette your own or a borrowed one. The Cigarette Pull is a small metal cylinder with a spring inside. The spring keeps the cigarette tight in place when it is placed in the Pull. The Pull is attached to a length of round black elastic, Figures 74, 75, 76. Figure 77 shows the Pull with a fountain...

The Candle Shell

Take another candle and wrap enameled paper around it as you did with the first. Slip this paper shell from the candle. The shell must be the same length as the candle. Now take two pieces of candle about an inch long. Place one piece with a good wick on it in the top of the shell. Take a silk handkerchief and push it into the shell. Then insert the other piece of candle in the bottom, pushing it up flush with edge of shell. This shell should look just like candle in your inside coat pocket,...

Back Hand Palm

Cards Back Palm How

The next move is to get the cards onto the back of the hand and hold them there so that they cannot be seen when front of hand is exposed to audience. This is an essential method of palming which must be mastered by every magician. Move first and little fingers to sides of card so that card can be easily gripped between these two fingers. Figure 16, next page. Remove thumb from card, grip card in first and little fingers, and curl back second and third fingers. Hold card as in Figure 17, next...

The Mystery Of The Three Ghosts

This is another effect based around CABINET A, as already described in the Chinaman, the Ghost and the Cat. It is based on one of Servais LeRoy's pleasing illusions. In it you have a mystifying production and at the finish an excellent transformation. Performer places on a mask over eyes and gets into a cloak with headpiece made up to represent Mephistopheles. He calls attention to a cabinet which is open in front. There is, however, a curtain which has been pulled open. The cabinet is revolved...

Thumb Palming a Thimble

You must be able to bring a thimble placed on the tip of first finger easily and quickly to crotch of thumb. Study Figures 16, 17, 18 carefully (see next page). Notice how first finger brings thimble back to crotch of thumb where thimble is gripped, allowing first finger to be released and to return to first position. When thimble is properly Thumb Palmed, it is NOT VISIBLE to audience when back of hand is toward Practice getting the thimble back on the finger-tip again quickly. Practice this...

The Chinese Pigeon Easel

A study of the illustrations will give the method of construction. Fig. 39 shows the easel before it is decorated. The easel is made into two parts for packing. The upper part with frame fits onto lower base by means of wooden pins. Fig. 40. The center rod in base can be removed for further compactness in packing if desired. Fig. 41 shows a rear view of upper part. You will note that the apparent decorative panel at the top is really a screen for a compartment to hold the pigeons. Also that the...

The Riffle Force

Spectator is asked to think of any card in the deck as cards are riffled. Spectator is forced to think of certain card. This force requires what is known in Magic as a SHORT CARD. You prepare it this way Trim off with a pair of sharp scissors a small edge from one end of a card from 1 32 to 1 16 of an inch. Trim the corners down, rounding them to look like those of ordinary card, Figure 10. This Short Card looks like any other card. The difference is so slight that even keen eyes would not...

Thimble Jump From Hand to Hand

Show thimble on left forefinger pointing upward. Hold right forefinger in similar position. Backs of both hands to audience and other fingers curled into palms, Figure 101. Move left hand down about a foot and then suddenly up again. On upward motion, Thumb Palm thimble in left hand. Straighten forefinger immediately again. Effect is that thimble has suddenly vanished from left forefinger. Now do a similar movement with right hand down and suddenly up again. On...

The Dollar Bill In The Cigarette

Remove all cigarettes but two. Place these two at one end of box and place prepared cigarette next to them toward inside of box. I should like to borrow a hundred-dollar bill. The gentleman sitting over there says he would, too. Or a fifty-dollar bill a twenty a ten a five or who has a dollar Just a dollar bill. Ah, here is a gentleman who trusts me. Thank you, sir. Take dollar bill from gentleman. Be sure that it is not too old or too new and resembles the bill you have...

The Mystic Knots

This effect may be presented in any kind of Oriental program to good advantage. EFFECT Performer shows a piece of soft, white clothesline about eight feet long. He coils this up in his left hand and places rope on table. Suddenly he jerks up one end of rope and a number of single knots have been formed in rope. He places rope on table again. In a moment Magician again jerks up one end of rope, and the knots have disappeared. 1--A piece of very soft clothesline, six to eight feet long. A piece...

Preparation Cabinet A

This is in reality the Protean cabinet of Servais LeRoy, and a valuable illusion cabinet, as it will hold three people self-contained, allowing cabinet to be revolved freely with front of cabinet opened. Fig. 1 shows a side view of cabinet. Fig. 3 shows a front view with curtain pulled across the opening. The cabinet is mounted on four legs, each having a castor. Fig. 4 shows a cross section looking from above downwards. It also gives dimensions of the cabinet. There are in reality two...

The Slip Over False Count

Assume that you want apparently to count TWELVE cards and really to count only NINE. Hold deck in left hand, backs of cards to audience and faces toward yourself. Take first card with right hand and bring it upward a little and about six inches to right of deck, Figure 20. Count cards aloud, saying, One. Slide next card to right with left thumb. Place card in right hand on top of it and bring the two away together as you did the first, Figure 21. Do the same with the third card, counting,...

How to Sew on Snap Fasteners

The idea is to sew on opposite parts of fasteners at the ends of the ropes so that when they are snapped together, the rope looks whole. It is necessary to use care in not drawing the thread too tight or leaving it too loose. Use white cotton thread, about No. 40, and use a fine enough needle to go through the holes in the fasteners. Use about a yard of thread and double it for each part of fastener. Take end of rope and pull needle through about half an inch from the end, bringing thread...

Effects With Rabbits

The Production and Vanishing of animals is an important part of Magic. The rabbit seems to be the most popular animal for this work. He is easy to handle and the audience always likes to see a rabbit, especially if there are children among the spectators. In this lesson I teach you how to produce and vanish a rabbit, using apparatus which is simple to make. All you need is a hammer and saw, a paint brush, and some wood. Despite the simplicity of the apparatus, the effects are most mystifying....

The Dissolving Single Knot

Performer ties a single knot in handkerchief and places handkerchief on a chair. Then he lifts handkerchief again, and knot has disappeared. Hold end A of handkerchief between first and second fingers of left hand and end B in right hand as in, Figure 2. Curl third and fourth fingers of left hand down to grasp handkerchief securely. Bring end B in right hand over these fingers and in front of first and second fingers. Grip B between thumb and base of first finger, releasing right hand, Figure...

To Get Rid Of Coin After Vanishing It In Hand

To the audience the coin has vanished when the hand is opened, but to the performer there still remains the problem of disposing of the coin which is still in one of his hands. The best place for depositing the coin is in one of your pockets. I described the Top Pocket Vanish before in this lesson. Let us assume that coin is in your right hand. You want to dispose of it by dropping it into your right trouser's pocket. To do this without being detected requires MISDIRECTION. Reach out with left...

The History Of Sleight Of Hand

Before proceeding with the lesson I want to give you some further history of Magic -- this time, on the branch of Magic called Sleight of Hand. Sleight of Hand is the art of deceiving the eye of the spectator by adroit movements of the hand so as seemingly to bring about the following effects 1--Producing--making an object appear 2--Vanishing--making an object disappear 3--Transforming changing an object Legerdemain and prestidigitation are synonyms of the term, sleight of hand. The term,...

Tarbells Mysterious Firecrackers

I designed this effect for use when I have children assisting me, although it may be performed with grownups assisting as well. Firecrackers are typical of Chinese effects and this one is something a little different. I know you will enjoy adding this mystic experiment to your repertoire of effects. Three large firecrackers are shown. One is red, one yellow, and one green. A hat is borrowed and two children are asked to come up to assist you. Performer tells children that it is difficult to...

The Chinese Burning Tapes

This effect has been very popular in Magic. It adapts itself to Oriental acts and to Occidental as well. EFFECT Performer holds two tapes about ten feet long. Assistant lights a match and sets the tapes on fire in the middle. The tapes are burned in two and the two ends are held apart to show them separated. Burned ends are then brought together and opposite ends are held by assistants. Performer fans burning tapes and suddenly they are restored completely. 1--A roll of white tape, one inch...

Window Displays

Of good advertising value is to make arrangements with a prominent store in the town or city where you are to play, to give you a window display. This can be arranged in such a way as not only to benefit you, but also to give you the store publicity. Perhaps you can exhibit odd pieces of apparatus that would be of public interest, not to expose their working, but to have an interesting story around each. In the lesson on the box for sawing a woman in half I suggested a window campaign. There...

To Vanish A Billiard Ball Or Similar Small Object

Place ball on table similar to Fig. 12 near well. The braid helps to hold it in position. Pretend to pick up ball. Close hand over it, Fig. 13, which screens ball from view of spectators. Move hand with ball slightly backwards so that ball falls into middle well. The hand is held close to table of course. Close hand as though containing the ball lifting hand from table, Fig. 14. Then bring this hand forward, at the same time opening hand slowly. Show to the audience. The impression naturally...

How to Prepare Rope

Take the long piece and the six-inch piece of rope which you have prepared with Gimmicks or snap fasteners. Attach the short piece to the long one to form a circle of rope, Figure 12. Now tie the ten-inch piece of rope around the middle of the rope, opposite to the Gimmicks. This gives the effect that the ends of the rope are tied together where the extra piece of rope is tied on. The real ends of the rope are attached by Gimmicks to the six-inch piece, and as these are invisible, it gives the...

Production Of Stack Of Four Bowls Of Water

The bowls of water are produced in a stack and it seems hardly possible to handle them without spilling the contents. Performer's assistant stands holding a cloth. Performer takes it from him, and after showing it freely, places it on the floor. Suddenly cloth is raised and a stack of four glass bowls filled with water and containing goldfish appears in view. 1 Four glass goldfish bowls as shown in Figure 24. The bowls vary in size so that they can be...

How To Construct Apparatus

Cover a candle with India tinted enamel paper. Around this wrap another piece of the same paper and glue the edge down. Make this so that you can slip it off to make a candle shell. Into this shell, insert a small piece of candle with a wick. This forms the top of shell. Push a silk tight up against piece of candle, Figure 44. Burn wicks a little of both solid candle and the fake. Now slip shell down over solid candle and place both in the candlestick. Bottom edge of shell should come just a...

Back and Front Hand Palming

Performer takes a card or several cards between his thumb and fingers. With a slight wave of the hand, cards disappear. Magician turns his hand over and shows that they are not on the back. He continues to show back and front of hand empty, then suddenly produces the cards at his finger-tips. Start with a single card. After you have become proficient with one, try two, three, and as many as you can handle. Turn left side toward audience. Hold right hand out from body. Place a card in right hand...

The Tarbell Rope Mystery

It is with a great deal of pleasure that I disclose to you the secret and presentation of my famous rope mystery. This effect has been a fine reputation-builder for me, and I want it to be the same to you. This mystery has puzzled audiences time and again, and even magicians have found it utterly baffling. Some of the finest newspaper men in the country have seen me perform it and have admitted their complete bewilderment. It has received more comment, perhaps, from the magical fraternity than...

Answering The Slips

There is a trick in answering the slips that spectators wrote, and a good performer can make the merest bit of information sound like a great deal. You must remember that you are playing to the whole house and not just to the person whose slip you are answering. In an audience of a thousand, only one person knows what he wrote on his slip. The other 999 do not know, and it is from the standpoint of these 999 that you can apparently work miracles. They take it for granted that you are saying the...