Silk Handkerchief

Top Card Change

Have spectator who selected card stand a little in front of you at your right and another spectator in the same position at your left. Is this the card you selected, sir No Turn to spectator at left. As you do so, bring card A up to left hand. Quickly place it between first and second fingers of left hand, and at the same time, grasp card B between thumb and first finger of right hand, Figures 82 and 83. Leave Card A in left hand and remove card B in right hand. Immediately move left hand to...

Back and Front Hand Palming

Palming Cards

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 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...

Chefalos Knot

Chefalo 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...

The Chinese Sticks

Stick And Handkerchief

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...

Silk Handkerchief To Glass Magic

Electronic Version 2002 Jos Antonio Gonz lez Campos The Original Tarbell Course in Magic Electronic Edition 2003 Jose Antonio Gonzalez Campos The History of Magic Professional Attitude The Dissolving Coin Necromancy and Divination Metal Ring on a String The Patriotic Rings and String The Vanishing Ring on String Development of Superstitions Review of Principles Chinese Paper Mystery Wintertime in China Japanese Torn and Restored Napkin Magic and Religion Magic Develops your Personality Hindoo...

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...

Rabbit Production From Paper Ribbon

This is a good finish for a silk and paper ribbon production from the Master Hat. Silks and coil of ribbon are first concealed in secret compartment of hat. Silks are produced and then the ribbon. The ribbon is unwound by means of the wand and is allowed to pile up on the floor. Reach down and pick up ribbon, holding it in front of you with left hand. Be sure to conceal right hand, Figure 36. Reach into rabbit pocket at left side with right hand, bring out rabbit, getting him into the mass of...

To Perform

Gentleman Vest Sit The Chair

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...

Paraphernalia

Close each pin and into each place five coins. The wire on each side has enough spring to hold the coins securely. You may have to pull the wires apart or push them together a little to adjust them to the coins, but this is an easy matter. Allow a larger section of the coins to extend above the pins and a smaller section below the pins. This is done to make it easier to release the coins when you need them. Figure 2. Borrow a derby hat. Hold it in right hand, and as you go back to stage, reach...

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...

Divisions Of Modern Magic

Modern Magic has evolved until now it may be classified into three major divisions with regard to its effect on the audience 1--Effects which are accomplished by mere physical means. Tricks with cards, coins, handkerchiefs, etc. -things usually employed in a magical performance. In this division are effects which people believe they could do themselves if they could discover the Modus Operandi. But you know, of course, that they seldom discover the clever magical principles. You have already...

Dont Overlook the Smallest Detail

Many of the details of Magic are so simple that you may make the mistake of thinking them unimportant. That mistake is fatal. When explained, these details are ridiculously simple. Yet, how mystifying to your audience I need not tell you this. The very tricks which have completely mystified you are based on these simple details. The Man in the Profession knows this. He knows that the whole Science depends on these small moves and poses. So remember, give strict attention to every detail of...

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...

First Scientific Magician

Roger Bacon, who lived at that time, was the first scientific Magician. He did not have or pretend to have supernatural powers, but because he got the effects that the Magicians got, he was looked upon as a Mystic. He was a Magician but a Scientific one. He studied the Sciences particularly, the Science of Optics, which plays an important part in Magic. He developed scientific explanations for the magnifying glass and the telescope. His principles governed the effects that Magicians secured...

Secret And Patter

To prepare Make an envelope of tissue paper in this way Cut a 3 1 4 inch square piece of tissue into a pattern like the illustration. Then fold over and paste to make envelope, bottom closed and top open. Take a sheet of tissue paper 3 1 2 inches by 15 inches and tear or cut into small confetti-like pieces. Stuff these pieces into the little envelope and paste top flap down. Open fan. On the back, paste the end of a small strip of tissue paper, about 2 1 2 inches long by 1 8 to 1 4 inch wide....

Do Not Read Further Until You Have These Moves Mastered

If you are going to do thimble work, you must realize the importance of mastering the moves in getting a thimble quickly from the finger-tip to Thumb Palm position, then back to the finger-tip and also in getting the thimble from Thumb Palm to back of hand and again to Thumb Palm position. In using Back and Front Hand Palming to conceal a thimble, it is absolutely necessary to study carefully ANGLES OF VISIBILITY and NATURAL COVERING of hand in its motion to screen thimble. Place thimble on...

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...

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...

Hindu Cut And Restored Turban

Hinduski 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...

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...

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...

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...

Chinese Paper Mystery

Many years ago a famous Chinese magician, Ching Ling Foo, came to this country. His oriental mysteries were so cleverly performed that even magicians were baffled at the methods he used to obtain his effects. Prominent on his program was an effect in which he showed a piece of tissue paper, tore it up, and restored it again. When I was a boy, I heard of the wonderful mysteries of this clever mystifier and was particularly impressed with the torn and restored paper effect. I set about to find a...

Miladys Parisienne

In this effect you have a chance to show your ability as a milliner. It is another version of the Torn and Restored Paper Effect and is an excellent trick for an audience which has women in it. Every magician must know how to construct his own paraphernalia. He must know how to do this for several reasons First, the paraphernalia he needs may not be available at the time he needs it and if he knows how to make his own, he need not depend on anyone else Second, because of the secrecy of methods,...

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...

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...

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...

The Rope And Tape Principle

The rope and tape principle, which I teach you in this lesson, is one of the oldest principles in the realm of Magic. We have evidence that this principle was in use over 350 years ago, and for how many centuries before that time this principle was employed by magicians we can only guess. It is probable that this principle was handed down from the ancient Hindu magicians for the Hindu fakirs today do similar effects with two small ropes and one, two, or three wooden balls. The first modern...

To Make Japanese Cords For Tying

Get some cord about one-eighth to three-sixteenths of an inch in diameter and about eleven inches long. Take a strip of heavy parchment or gloss tissue paper or genuine rice paper, if you can secure any about an inch wide. Cut this material into inch strips. Roll the paper around the cord diagonally, overlapping each turn a little to cover the cord completely. Twist the ends of paper to hold it on cord securely. Figure 48. Prepare another cord in the same way. To make the working of the...

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...

Spiritualism And Magic

It is a curious commentary on the public's love of the occult that people wish to believe that magicians are mediums. If a magician poses as a medium and presents his effects as spiritualistic phenomena, his earnings are greatly enhanced. Even if later as has been done by the Davenport Brothers, J. S. Davies, George Leo Wilkins, and others , he exposes his methods and explains in detail how he fooled his audiences, many spiritualists will continue to believe him to be a genuine medium. In spite...

Professional Attitude

My first word to you now is to get the PROFESSIONAL ATTITUDE. The purpose of my course is to make a Real Magician out of you. I want you to get Professional Skill even if you don't plan to go on the stage. By the end of this course you must be able to do tricks with the same skill as a magician in the profession. You must not be satisfied with less. I don't care whether you are taking this course for just the purpose of entertaining your own family or whether you are going on the stage -- you...

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...

Secret And Patter To Perform

Silk Line Handkerchief Secret

Borrow a gentleman's handkerchief and throw it over your left arm. Request that a spectator select a card and remember it. Have it returned to deck. Perform the SIMPLIFIED PASS to get selected card to top of deck. Shuffle cards well to give audience impression that card is lost in deck. Place handkerchief over left hand. Hold deck with right hand. Figure 10. There is a story told about a fairy godmother who tucks the little fairies in every night, just as I tuck these fairy cards away under...

The Chair Method

Flexion Extension Spine

Have a fancy drape over front of chair and pin up the back to form a bag in which to dispose of the dye tube. Place two thumb-tacks through cloth at top of chair to hold it in place, Figure 91. As you remove colored silks from tube, lay them over back of chair. When time comes to dispose of dye tube, hold hand back of the chair and over Servante and drop tube quickly, Figure 92, next page. If you use this type of Servante, a handy holder for the loaded tube...

See Other Magicians At Work

Grasp every opportunity to see magicians at work. You can learn a great deal if you go to a performance with an open mind and look for things to learn. Watch the professional. Notice how he presents his program. Watch for these things 7. All his means of adding to his SHOWMANSHIP. When attending a program given by a magician, do all you can to help him, for he has the same interests at heart which you have and naturally you want him to succeed. Encourage him in his work. Tell your friends that...

The Thumb Palm

Palmistry Practicedimages

With right hand still under handkerchief, you Thumb Palm the torn pieces. Curve the fingers of right hand downward and place the pieces at base of thumb. Hold them tightly in place by pressing thumb against base of first finger. Straighten first and second fingers and you have accomplished the Thumb Palm. Figure 17. Practice this move until you can do it easily and perfectly. Practice it first without the handkerchief, then with it. Be careful to hold pieces of card exposed to palm of hand, but...

Secret And Patter To Prepare

Have deck of cards, tumbler, and envelope on the table at your left and slightly back of you. To Perform Ask two gentlemen to come up from audience to assist you Suppose their names are Jones and Brown. Have Jones stand at your left and a little in front of you, and Brown in a similar position at the right. Be sure that assistants do not screen your movements from the audience. Pick up the cards, fan them, and ask Brown at your right to select any card, remember it, show it to audience, and...

Levitation of a Card

A splendid climax for the Rising Cards Through the Air if you are performing on a stage and have two assistants. Same as for Rising Cards Through the Air. Then as last selected card rises from deck and remains suspended in air, performer passes his hands around card to show no connection. At command, card rises and drops and finally drops almost to the floor. Then it comes up again to performer's hand. This effect requires a prepared card. Cut a piece from a card, straight at one edge and...

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...

Advertising And Publicity

If you play under the auspices of some school or other organization and depend on public response for your returns, it is necessary to carry your message to the public in such an interesting way that they will want to see you. You must let the town or city know that you are coming -- and you must get the curiosity and interest of the people aroused to the point where they feel they must see you perform. Many Magicians have a publicity man or manager. This man studies the problem of presenting...

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...

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.

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 Sympathetic Silks

Austermann Magic Silk Patterns

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...

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...

Modus Operandi

Sleeves may be rolled up to elbow or not, as you wish. Have Ball under a handkerchief on table, or have both Ball and handkerchief in your right coat pocket. Pick up handkerchief with Ball concealed. Secretly slip right thumb through catgut loop. Turn right side toward audience. Hold handkerchief suspended from left hand and point at it with right hand. Ball is concealed in palm of right hand. Figure 4 shows view away from audience. Open right fingers and bring right hand to middle of...

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...

Oneman Handkerchief Vanish

Sch Filtrace

This effect is so named because it is performed to fool one person while the rest of the audience sees and enjoys the perplexity of the one person. Finally, however, the whole audience is puzzled. A good comedy vanish. Performer asks a spectator to assist him. He shows a glass tumbler on the table and then covers it with a cardboard tube. Performer takes a silk handkerchief and stands close beside spectator. He tells assistant to watch carefully as he vanishes handkerchief. He throws silk back...

Elusive Silks

A pleasing experiment with silks, good for stage or close work. Though very easy to perform, it is effective. This introduces to you a very handy piece of apparatus known to Magicians as a Changing Bag. A small bag, attached to a handle and resembling a church collection bag, is turned inside out and shown empty. Performer then turns it back right side out and suddenly a red handkerchief appears in it. This is given to a spectator, who is asked to place it in the bag again. He does so, and the...

Suggestions

This experiment may be worked up with various stories for the patter. Another angle of the patter presentation is to tell the story of the hero of true blue, using a double blue handkerchief, and the hero-een of blushing red, using a red handkerchief. Then comes the double-dyed villain for which you use a silk of many colors with one blue corner extending out of double blue silk. The hero and hero-een get married and knotted together. Then the villain says, I shall get between them yet. Jerk...

Secret To Prepare

Place the two flags evenly together and sew them all around the edges except for a space about three inches long at upper right edge. Sew a loop of fishing cord or catgut at each of upper corners. Turn flags inside out and to upper left corner sew a piece of blue ribbon, Figure 109. To the blue ribbon attach a fastener like the one shown in Figure 110. Turn flags back to right side. Around opening at upper right corner, sew a piece of soft wire or two pieces of whale bone or cardboard to...

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...

Lesson 13

In this lesson you learn some interesting stabbed card effects. I also teach you In Card Magic one of the most essential principles to know is how to get middle of the deck to the top or bottom where it can be kept track of. Magicians for a long time have depended on what is known as THE PASS. It here the REGULAR PASS. a card that is placed in the a certain extent, but it is not a perfect principle. It must be performed in a perfect manner to be undetectable to watchful eyes. There is usually a...

Your Relation To Other Magicians

A big part of your job as a Magician is not only to make yourself liked by audiences, managers, committees, newspapers, etc., but also by other Magicians. You cannot get very far in the Magic World if your Brother Magicians dislike you. Now, what causes a Magician to be disliked Just those things which cause any professional or business man to be disliked Too much egoism, knocking of others, never cooperating with others. I have always preached to you the necessity for having CONFIDENCE in...

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 Production Cloth

This cloth should be about five or six feet square, made of heavy, opaque, decorated material. The material should be such that it can stand wetting without spoiling. It is well to have a colored border around it. The back of cloth may be lined with plain-colored material, which helps to give it weight. Come forward with all preparations made under your Chinese costume, and production cloth over left arm, as in figure 15. If bag is properly adjusted, you can walk freely. Chinese magicians even...

Black Art Illusions

Black Art, in the mind of the average person, is associated with the Black Magic of old, which I discussed in the beginning of the course under the History of Magic. Another aspect of Magic which is associated with Black Art is work done on a dark stage, such as the acts of Paul Kleist and other magicians. In this work, a row of electric lights shines out in the audience's eyes and thus creates even greater darkness on the stage. Suddenly white objects appear and disappear. The secret of the...

Escape And Substitution Illusions

Popular in magic for many years have been illusions of an escape nature. Magicians are handcuffed, tied with ropes, placed in sacks, locked in trunks, nailed into packing cases, chained to boards, tied into straight jackets. In each ease, escape seems impossible, yet in almost an instant performer releases himself without leaving any clue as to the method of his escape. Houdini was one of the most popular of escape artists and a marvellous showman. No magician ever gained the amount of...

Chautauqua And Lyceum

Here, too, is a good field for the magician. Certain types of persons seem specially fitted for this work, and while you may not care to get into this particular branch of Magic you want to know about it. Usually there is only one magician on a circuit, but a bureau operates more than one circuit. For instance, Redpath Bureau has used three magicians at a time for years. The Lyceum Magazine, published by Roy L. Harvey and Co. at 431 S. Wabash Ave., gives a list of bureaus. It is the official...

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...

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...

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...

Presenting The Mind Reading

If working with an assistant, have him bring out a small table with the prepared tablet on it. If working alone, come out on stage with the tablet. Have a nice-looking easy chair nearby in which you can sit when you start to do your mind reading. Start with this Patter Let me emphasize again the fact that I am not a fortune teller, a clairvoyant, or spirit medium. It is not my purpose to tell you who will be president of the United States next time or who will win the Derby Race in Kentucky...

Modern Crystal Gazing

An ingenious yet simple method of working which appeals to many. EFFECT Performer passes out blank cards, envelopes, and pencils to audience. Spectators write any question they desire answered or numbers on coins or bills, telephone numbers, addresses, etc. on the cards. They then seal the cards into the envelopes. Envelopes are collected and placed in a glass bowl on table in center of stage. Magician takes a crystal ball and gazes into it. Then he begins to read off questions and answers...

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...

An Explanation To Audience Of How The Napkin Trick Is Done

This is an explanation of the above effect, in which you tell your audience how you have accomplished the effect, and yet when you have finished, they find your explanation all wrong and are as much puzzled as ever. On the table at your right you still have a napkin with a concealed ball under one corner. In your left hand you have the napkin that you have just been performing with. I will admit that that was a rather easy experiment. Nothing to it in reality. And if you would like to know how...

Among Wild Natives of Australia

The necromancers or sorcerers from ancient times to the present have wielded their tremendous power for both good and evil. History tells us of the complete belief of people in the influence of these sorcerers, and even today the wild natives of Australia live in mortal terror of sorcerers. They believe that sorcerers, armed with their mysterious power called boyl-ya, ride through the sky, invisible except to other sorcerers. They enter the bodies of men and feed on them, not eating the bones,...

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...

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...

Sleight Of Hand With Cards

Card Manipulation has always been very popular with conjurors. You can be a good magician without these sleights, but I am sure you will want to add them to your repertoire so that you can use them from time to time. To be an expert card manipulator, is of course, a great accomplishment, and if it is your desire to become one, this lesson will prove invaluable to you. To become an expert in Sleight of Hand with Cards requires First A careful analysis of the sleights. You cannot hope to become...

Guide To Card Positions

This explanation will be a guide for you in the learning of card sleights and principles. It will make my teaching of them perfectly clear to you. You should memorize these descriptive terms and definitions thoroughly so that when one is mentioned you know instantly what is meant. The Bottom card of a deck is the one facing outward, the rest of the pack facing in the same direction. Figure 1. The deuce of hearts is the bottom card. The Top card of a deck is the one with the back outward, 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...

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...

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...

Left Hand Handkerchief

Have glass, egg, and large handkerchief on table. Place table at your left and a little in front of you. If you are using silk handkerchief, have it handy. Otherwise, borrow a handkerchief from lady in the audience. Pick up the egg and hold it in right finger-tips so that audience can see it. Old King Cole was a merry old soul, And a happy old egg was he--. Pick up glass with left hand and show freely. Place egg inside glass, holding glass at upper edge with thumb and fingertips. Shake glass a...

Handkerchief Chair Tied

Let us say that you will use the cabinet. Have a chair nearby with tambourine, bell, etc., on it -- also the tapes or rope. Suppose we use soft white clothesline. Also have a chair for you to sit on. Your assistant should be at hand to help you. In presenting a s ance of this kind, it is necessary to go into seclusion. If I did so in a natural manner, you would be suspicious of me. You would think that I performed things myself and made good use of my hands. Therefore, in order to convince you...

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...

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...

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...

To return to Thimble Act routine

Attention Position Palm And Thumb

You have thimble on right forefinger. Pretend to throw it into the air but, in reality, Thumb Palm it in right hand. Just before doing this get thimble already Thumb Palmed onto second finger of right hand, Figure 105. As you make this movement, curl left fingers up under left lower edge of vest and insert them into thimbles in holder there. Figure 106 shows view away from audience. Your right hand is up. From it you vanish the thimble on your forefinger. This goes...

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...

Cigarette Magic

This lesson is devoted to Sleight of Hand with cigarettes. Because the cigarette is in such common use, cigarette magic is popular. It also permits of working with lighted cigarettes and thus makes this kind of magic doubly mysterious. You learned some excellent effects with cigarettes in Lesson 2, in which the Thumb Tip was used to accomplish the tricks. In this lesson, you make use of a Cigarette Pull and a clip, but most of the work depends wholly on digital skill. You learn some very...

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...

Slap Change

Face card of deck is slapped with right hand and when hand is removed, card is found to have changed to another. The striking of the cards adds smartness to this effect. Hold deck as in Figure 58. Show right hand empty, then grasp deck at top and bottom, Figure 66. Figure 67 shows view toward audience with card concealed in right palm. With second and third finger-tips of left hand push Top card into right palm. Figure 67 shows view toward audience with card concealed in right palm. Figure 68...

Thumb Steal Color Change

Hold deck in regular manner in left hand, faces of cards toward audience. Bring right hand up to deck, placing fingers in front of it and thumb behind it, Figure 73. Press down on rear card with right thumb and draw hand away, bringing card with it, gripped in crotch of thumb, Figure 74, next page. Cover front card on deck with right hand, leaving concealed card on it. Then remove hand and show change of front card. Several cards can be slipped from back by pushing down with left forefinger and...

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 Wandering Aces

Four aces are laid down in a row on the table, backs up. Three indifferent cards are placed on each ace. One of the four heaps is chosen, and when turned over, is found to contain all four aces. The other three heaps are shown to contain all indifferent cards. Run through the deck to pick out the four aces. As you find them, place them on the table in a row, backs up, Figure 28. I have placed the four aces in a row on the table. But I hear some odd suspicious murmurs that the cards may not be...

Lesson 36 More Card Magic

When you have mastered this lesson, you will be able to handle a deck of cards in true professional style. You will have a foundation of principles to use as a basis for many effects and many combinations. You will be prepared with methods of handling cards to carry you through almost any emergency. I teach you Card Magic with a regular deck of cards, purposely avoiding effects which require specially printed cards. I want you to know how to perform with an ordinary deck so that you are ready...

The Vanishing Ring On String

This is a good effect with which to follow either of the above tricks. You use only the string. EFFECT Performer ties a single knot in the center of the piece of string, single knot forming a ring. He ties the two ends of the string together four or five times so as to make a rather long knot. Then he tells someone to try to take the ring off the string without untying the ends. After the spectator has failed, magician takes string in hands and asks spectator to take out his own handkerchief...

Mystery Of The Traveling Numbers Effect

Performer shows a piece of red tissue paper on both sides and holds it to the light to prove that it is unprepared. He rolls this into a ball and gives it to a spectator to hold. Performer now takes a small white card and shows it on both sides. Then he asks a spectator to write a number of three digits, such as 342 or 569, on the card. Then in rotation, four more spectators are asked to write such numbers on the card under each other. A sixth member of the audience is requested to add the five...

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 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...

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...

Fraudulent Mediums Fleece the Public

So great is the psychic appeal that fortune tellers, spiritualists, mind readers, clairvoyants, have all thrived on a deluded public. A smooth tongue, salesmanship, showmanship, work on the imaginative mind and all these have served to fill the pocketbooks of many who have deceived the people with a pretense of psychic power. The modern magician stands opposed to serious deception through the claim of supernatural power. The late Houdini fought hard against the fraudulent mediums preying on the...

Mental and Psychic Effects Based on Imagination of Public

The magician accomplishes his apparently marvellous feats of a super-mental and psychic nature merely by playing on the imagination of the public which attributes such powers to him. The human imagination is such an elastic thing. It adjusts itself to almost any situation. The magician then can work on this imagination. He can answer questions in a broad and general way and let the people carry them out in their own minds to a satisfactory conclusion. Actually, the mind reader gives very little...

Mystic Discovery

Another ingenious mental effect with cards. EFFECT Performer has a deck of cards thoroughly shuffled by a spectator and has him select a card and place it in his pocket. Another spectator takes the deck and also selects a card and keeps it. Magician now takes from his pocket a watch chain. The first spectator is asked to hold the free end of it, and the Magician then tells him the name of his card. The second spectator then holds the watch chain and is also told the name of the card he...

An Odd Cigarette Vanish

Performer shows a cardboard box with a number of cigarettes in it. He takes them out one at a time and places them in another cardboard box. Picking up the second box, he commands the cigarettes to vanish, and they do. Magician shows the empty box and tears it up to prove that the cigarettes are gone. 1 -- Two cardboard boxes, about 16 inches square. Place one cigarette on the Clip. Place this cigarette in one of the boxes. Place the two boxes about two feet apart on the table. To Perform Have...

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...