2 -- Spool of fine black silk thread.
3 -- Heavy manila envelope, 3 5/8 x 6 1/2 inches. (Can be purchased at a stationery or printer's shop.)
You should have this made by a tinsmith or metal worker. It should be large enough to hold 10 cards easily. It must not be too small or you will have difficulty in making the cards rise out of it. About one-third of its length from the top, have a tin ledge by which the case can be hung on a frame. Paint the case a dull black. Figure 1.
5 -- A special stand for holding envelope and tin case.
Get a thin board. Cut it out at the bottom to make two legs. On the front side of the board attach a ledge to support the envelope. Varnish, stain or paint board an attractive color. On the back attach a tin holder painted black to support the tin case with cards. Hinge a piece of wood onto the back or attach a bent wire to hold the board upright. Figure 2 shows side view of the stand and Figure 3 shows back view.
If desired, open work may be cut into the board and backed up with a piece of black cloth to conceal the arrangement at the back.
From the front it just appears that the envelope is resting on board which is propped upright. The audience does not suspect any mechanical arrangement behind it. Figure 4.
This may be made of tin or brass and painted a bright red. It should be large enough to hold the envelope and case with cards. The ledge on back of tin case for cards fits over top edge of this frame. On the bottom is a holder by which frame may be put onto a base or pedestal. Figures 5 and 6.
The upright may be made of metal or wood. You may use a piece of metal piping and paint it black with a wooden base gilded with gold bronze. The pedestal should be about 2-1/2 feet high so that when whole apparatus is put together its height is about three feet. Figures 7 and 8.
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