To Perform

Direct attention to candy jar.

"In days gone by, the candy jar used to be very popular. Now and then we still see a few of them in which candies are displayed. The box of candy, however, has come into its own."

Pick up box of candy and show to audience.

"I remember when I was a boy I worked for a country groceryman. When candy came in boxes, I used to have to empty the boxes and put the candy in confectionery jars."

Pour chocolates from box into front compartment of candy jar. It appears to audience that you are filling candy jar with chocolates.

"It was hard for the grocer at that time to get it into his head that the box idea was more modern. Perhaps he stuck to his jar idea because he usually sold a nickel's worth of candy at a time."

Show box empty and hold it in left hand. With right hand casually pick up lid with tray of chocolates under it and place on box. Close box and place on table in full view, Figure 58.

"I used to give most of the boxes away to be decorated for jewelry cases or May baskets."

Pick up jar of chocolates.

"Late Saturday night I used to cover over the jars of candy so they would not be displayed on Sunday, perhaps due to a religious belief on my employer's part that people must not be enticed on Sunday to the luxuries of life."

Cover jar with silk handkerchief and put cover on it. Hold jar in right hand. Now turn toward the left to place jar on table. This move automatically brings empty compartment of jar to the front and filled compartment to the rear. Place jar on table turned in this way.

"Now and then some particular city beau who was calling on one of the belles of the town was not satisfied with bringing his sweetheart a nickel bag of candy, but would want a whole box of it. I would have to go to the candy jar and fill up the box again. Filling a box was more or less of a nuisance. Why not leave a box or two under the counter in readiness? But no—the groceryman wanted his candy in the jars. One day, when a city fellow came into the store for a box of candy, I hit upon an idea. Why not use Magic and save time? So when I lifted the cloth off the jar, the candy was gone. ...

Remove silk handkerchief from jar to show that chocolates have vanished. Audience sees front compartment of jar to be empty. They look directly at nickeled insert and it looks as though they can see through the jar.

Replace silk on table. Pick up box of chocolates and remove lid, showing box to be filled again. Top tray of chocolates serves to give impression of full box.

"And the box was filled ready for delivery."

NOTES: Another way of performing this experiment is to have the chocolates already in the jar and to show the box empty. Then continue experiment as taught to you above.

Or you may have chocolates in a bag and pour them into jar from that, then proceed to empty jar and fill box as before.

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There are a number of ways in which a box of chocolates can be vanished. Another type of mirror jar may be made by using a jar shaped like that in Figure 59. In middle of jar insert two pieces of mirror back to back.

Another way in which I like to work is to use a table with a black art well (a hole in table in which a bag is arranged to catch articles—this is explained to you farther on), or to use a servante on back of table. I use a glass bowl with decorated sides and cut the bottom from it. The missing bottom is not noticed by audience. Have bowl on table proper, pour chocolates into it, and cover. Move bowl over black art well and allow chocolates to fall into it, or bring bowl over back edge of table, allowing chocolates to fall into servante. Replace bowl on table or raise it up, remove covering, and show that chocolates have vanished, Figure 60.

The bottomless idea with glassware is good. The bottomless glass has long been used in Magic. It is just an ordinary glass tumbler with bottom removed. Articles are placed in tumbler and secretly removed from bottom under cover of a silk over the glass.

This is a great number to perform when there are children in the audience. It is simple to prepare and to perform.

Performer lights a candle and gives it to a boy to hold. He then asks boy to take a handful of raw popcorn out of box. Boy places this in an empty borrowed hat. Hat is held over the candle flame and soon grains of popcorn bounce over the hat. Magician turns hat over and pours out half a hatful of popped corn on to a piece of paper for the boy to pass out to his friends.

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