TricksA PRACTICAL TREATISE ON
Illustrated by NinaG.Barlow
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I Principles of Sleight of
II Sleight of
HandTricks 29 III Tricks Performed Without the Aid of Sleight
Hand. . 59
lYTricks with Special Cards and Apparatus
RICKSwith cards are ever popular,
within the reach of every one
Jvote a httletimetothe studyof sleight ofhand.
andlonged to emulate the nimble-fingered professor
hetakes the cards in his
pass thence, invisibly, along his sleeve
onhis white shirt front; or as
sometwentyfeet in the air, at
anangle of 45
andcauses it to return to hishand, which,
during the flight of the card, has seized a pair of
newappertaining to conjuring with
cards has appeared of late years, which, together
numberof simple tricks of sufficient interest
tokeep the neophyte engrossed in theearlystages of
his career, it will be the province of theauthor in the following pages to reveal.
trusts that hisefforts
enlight-ening his confreres,
andputting in the
nointerest in legerdemain,
Muchthat is interesting
told of the history of Playing Cards,
gamesof skill theyprovide, butitisquestionable
wouldinterest the conjuring fraternity, who, I
onat once to the subject
strange, butit is nevertheless true, that
clever card conjurers never indulge in
skillwiththe cards ; and,
mynotice, they are in
manycases, ignorant of the
knowngames. Perhapsit is
well thatthis is so.
Of all branches of sleight of hand, the
nianipula-tionof cardsisthe one that deservesthe
whocan perform a
numberof tricks with
packof cardswill be a
anywhere; and, as far as he is
hehas the satisfaction of
knowingthat the cards,
andother smallaccessories required in the
production of the various tricks are generally to
household.-Thenagain, the continual practice necessaryto be-7
comea neat manipulator of cards will be
standthe student in
attention to the other branches of magic.
performer with cardsvery rarelyfinds
with coins, balls,
andother small objects; and, as
havebeenableto learn, isa neat manipulator of apparatus.
Proficiency in the various sleight of
bypracticingin front ofa largemirror.
fromthe glass,thereflection, asit appears to the operator,
vnll be eight yards
anexcellent idea of the best
and whatangles to avoid. After practicing in this
numberoftimes, the mirror
maybe dispensed with, asthe
effect the desired positions, as itwere, automatically.
This being the case, the performer is
posi-tion to devote his
wholeattention to the dramatic
mostimportant featureof a con-juringtrick.
workingof a trick, save in
very few instances, utterly fails to produce
magicians thatthe art ofconjuringdepends, not half
muchin doing marvelousthings, as inpersuading
doneis oftenverysimpleindeed. Evidence of this lies in the fact that a child will, not
infre-quently, arrive at the correct solution of a trick
Thesimplicity of the child suggests a pin, or a piece of thread,
majority of cases
heis right ; while the adult will
rack his brain in his endeavor to think out
foundit he is compelled to give it
whoabsolutely dread having to give
entertainment to children,
rather than accept it.
from whathas been said, is pretty clear.
Thesimplicity of the
arrangements, however, should not tend to discredit
thegenuineness of the effect produced.
ruses will suggest themselves, in the course of the
performance, for catching the
andif successful, the effect is
maybe considered the
in-teresting side of
fromthe point of view of the performer,
andit formsa sure testof his ability.
j\Iuch of the success of
onthe observance of a few old-time rules.
andforemost of these is, never acquaint the
perform, or they, anticipating
in all probability discover
Secondly, never perform the
sameevening. This follows as a natural
consequence of the firstrule.
Thirdly, endeavorasfar as possible to
waysthan oneof presenting
anencore, there will be
youto sin against the
handfeat should be followed
mechanical problem, or one in
anyother science, plays
animportant part. This
wherepractical, to lead
youraudience to believe thata sleight of
outcomeofmechanical ingenuity; or to divert
their attention in
nomatter where, so
long as it is sufficiently remote
fromthe true one.
Thus, In'leadingtheir thoughts intoother channels,
they are prevented
fromtoo closely following
Lastly, the tyro should thoroughly
mindtostudy sleight of hand,
necessary to produce an}i:hing like a brilliant effect
^ithcards. ^lanyof thesimpletricks
of stage marvels,
bythe introduction of one or other
of thesleights hereafterdescribed; in fact,
combination ofthe various passes,
Anytrouble taken in the
acqui-sition of dexteritywiththe cards will be
bythe enthusiastic admiration it callsforth.
Theaspirant should not be discouraged
imagin-ing that the necessary practice is a formidable
anhour's study daily will
wondersin the course of six months, during
tricks, the repertoire being increased as greater skill isacquired.
It is one thing, of course, to tell
howa trick is
andif the student can
obtain one or
anexpert he is
recommendedto do so, as this will tend
greatly to facilitate the early stages of his progress.
This, however, is not absolutely. necessar3\ If the novice will carefully follow the instructions given, alw^ays
packof cards in hand,
hewill find nothing
maybe accomplished, if
PRINCIPLES OF SLEIGHT OF
ThePass (Sauter la Coupe).
—This forms the
backboneof card conjuring,
andnine-tenths of the
wouldbe impossible without
Theidea, for conjuring purposes, consists in reversing the
upper andlower halves of the pack, sothat after the operation, that portion of the cards
which wasformerly at the top is
nowat the bottom.
Thevalue of this sleight will beappreciated
is seen that a chosen card having been returned to
the centre of the
maybe secretly broughttothe
top or bottom, or caused to
occupy anyposition at
the desire of the performer.
' is used, less innocently,
card-sharpers, toneutralize the effect of the ' 'cut,
the left hand, inserting the little finger above that
portion of the cards
whichit is desired to bring to
betweenthe little finger
andthe remaining three fingers,
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fromthe restof the
pack(see Fig. 1).
thecards, graspingthelowerhalf betweenthe
time press the inner edge of the cards well into the fork of the
thumb(see Fig. 2).
Undercover of the right hand,
as described, atthe
sametimethe outer edge of the lower half is
twoportions just clear each other,
the lefthand, the pass is
if the student will follow them,
nodifficultythat closeattention will not speedly
re-move. It will be well,
whenfirst attempting the
sleight, to stand with the
backof the right
toward the spectators, in
whichposition the pass,
neatly performed, will bequite imperceptible.
packisspread outin frontof a spectator, with a request that
hewill select a card.
heis allowed to choose freely, but it Fig.1.—Makingthe Pass
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happensthat it is necessary, for the success of
theexperiment, that he take a particularcard. This
Thecard to beforcedis generallyplaced in
addedtothe top or
bylaying the cards
onthe table for a
momentatthe conclusion of the preceding trick.
Asitis hardly likely that a person
will selecteither the top
be brought to
bythe littlefinger ofthe lefthand.
AVhenabout toforce thecard, the
packis spread out fan-wise in frontof the spectator
andthe cards passed
byone asifto facilitatehischoice.
ninety-ninecases outof a
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nooccasion to hurry, coolness is
every-thingin this sleight.
youpass the card
be-forethe extended fingershave
hadtime to seize it,
youquicklyclose the "fan,"
"Certainly, with pleasure ;
you openthe cards a second time.
disposeof the rightcard, there is
you havemerelyto perform
Toencourage the novice, I
maysay that, for the
sakeof experiment, I have often accomplished this
sleight afterhaving told a person thatI intended to
make himtake a certain card.
forcedwithone hand, or
onthe table, provided that it be slightly
ex-posedthan therest. Itis curious
such a trifleas thishas in determiningthe choice of
ofthe performer is, a
foundto be a
totally different one. This is effected
Thecard to be
andforefinger of the right
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onthetop of the
makingthe change itwill bereadilyunderstood
mustbebrought togetherif only for
aninstant; thisisso, butthe sleight, as willbeseen,
is so subtle thatit escapes notice. Prior to
thumbof the left
the top card forward slightly.
Thecard to be
onto the top of the pack,
sametimethetop card is seized between
andsecond fingers of the right hand,
thumbof the left
re-tains the present top card,
andthe change is
—Occasionally, it will be
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packinstead of at the top. This is
byholdingthe cardto be
andsecond fingers, instead of the
forefinger, as in the
methodah-eady described; in other respects the
movementis practically the same.
Thebringing of the
handstogether in the act of
makingthe change is entirely lost in a rapid half turnto the left; butthe
maybe rendered even
even approached each other.
of thebody, then, in theact of
moveit a littleto the left, leaving the right
in the positionformerly occupied
bythe left hand.
Theimpression givenis thatboth
movementtoward the left, but
thattheir relative positionshave
Shouldthe performermistrust his ability to execute thesleight unobserved,
doso with absolute safety
undercoverof the remark, "See, I do not
re-turnth€ cardto the
packfor a single instant,' ' then,
suiting the actionto the word, thechangeis
Achosen card having been
broughtto the top of the
the place of a
shown"in the following
Theoperator, holding the
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upwliatappears to be the top card; in
undermostone exclaims, '
thank you."Then, suiting the
action to the word,
returning the card to the top of the pack, but in
"No,that is not
of hearts." It is need-less to say that, in the act referred to above, the
pack, thusleavingthe performermaster of the situa-tion.
—This consists of holding a
card, or several cards, in the
palmof the hand, in
manneras not to attract the attentionof the
spectator, while at the
freedom(see Fig. 4).
dothis neatly is of the
utmostimportance to a
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meansso difficult as. at first sight, it
Manype'ople, with a
palmingas applied to coins, balls,
othersmall objects, never
dreamof the possibility of beingabletoconceal in the
of such comparativelylarge area as a playing card.
This, of course, is allin favorof the deception.
Inthe case of a single card, the '
is then spread out,
the return of the
whenthis has been
closed, the little finger being inserted between the
onthe top of thechosen card, in
readi-ness for the
"pass"(see page 12),
brought to thetop
andpushed, Avith the
sametime, the right
is brought over the pack,
be-tween the first joints of the fingers
part of the
thumb(see Fig. 5).
Inthe caseof several cardsthe procedure is
Wewillsuppose itisdesired to
offthe fourtop cards priorto
packis held, as usual, in the left
cards, apparently withthe sole object of squaring
themtogether, but really, with the
forward six or seven cards about half
the top edge of the pack.
yousecure four or more, as to
stop tocountthe exact
having been done, the right
backslightly with the object of
thatall is fair
movementhaving been successfully
accom-plishedthe cards are
palmedin theact oftransferring the
upperextremity of the extended cards,
packforming the fulcrum.
thumbof the right hand,
handedto be shuffled (see Fig. 4). In this case, however, the faces of the cards areuppermost.
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palmedcards, do nothesitate,if
cards until their opposite ends all but
of the "ruffle" (see page 25).
are returnedto the pack, either
thespectator, or intheact oftransferringit
the topcard priorto
is, at times, likely to
become monotonousto the
andisnot unlikely, iftoo often repeated,
to lead to detection
onthe part of the audience.
Anythinglikely to cause the interest to waver, or
that tends in
wayto sin against one of the
cardinal precepts ofmagic, is to beavoided.
Again, it is not alwaysdesirable toplace the
handsof a spectator, especially
necessary to keep a
numberofcards in view, or, as
is often the case, the
pre-arranged order. This doubledesideratum is secured
by employing whatis
Aselected card, duly noted, is
packin the orthodox
the "pass" is
Ashuffle frequently used
bycard players is
packis held in the right
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backofthe cards facing the left hand.
nowpassed, a few ata time,
packinto the left hand, the operation being
assisted with the left
Attheconclusioji of the shuffle, the last card, i, e.,the chosenone, falls
onthe top of the pack, to be disposed of as
required in the course ofthetrick.
—This, again, is a sTiuffle in
ordinary use. Itis equally suitablefor keeping one
morecards undisturbed at the top of the pack.
Theshuffle is executed
twoportions, onein each hand, the cardsbeing held
in a vertical position, face toface,
onthe table, a few
portion alternately, the
upperends overlapping as
Theperformer hasmerelyto take care to
backthe original top cards until thelast,
they areagain allowed to fall
andtheshuffle is complete.
—This shuffle is
keeping fiveor six cards together at the
Forthe purpose of illustration ^ve will
broughttothe desired position
andpassing fiveor six ofthe top cards j
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into the right hand, the remainder being placed in
Hkeparcels, alternately, above
whichit is desired to keep in
view are finally placedat the
bottomof the pack.
—This is a very subtle
formof a shuffle, forkeepingthe
packina pre-arranged order. In the first place, the '
downinthe pack, in otherwords, about one-fourth
of the cards arebroughtto the top, the division be-ing kept
meansof the little finger ofthelefthand.
wholeofthe cards are
nowtaken in the right
hand, fingers atthe top end,
sametime keeps the opening between the
portions, at the
bottom endof the cards.
nowheld horizontally, face
whichthey are allowed to
mostpacketfalling at 1, the nextin order at 2,
so on; finally, that portion of the cards brought to
'pass" is allowed to fallat 4.
operation is completed
byplacing, with the left
on heap4; with the right hand,
on heap1; and, with thelefthand,
whenit will be
foundthat the cards
posi-tions as they did before the
onthe partof the
per-former, this shuffle
onone or other of those
isnot tobe despised, asit plays the leading part in
manyexcellenttricks. It is performed
packin a horizontalposition, face
the left hand.
undermostcard; in reality,
however, this card is
drawn backslightly Avith the,
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thirdfinger ofthe left
hand(see Fig, 7),
next above itremoved.
Fora practical application of this
—This is really, so to speak,
orna-mental sleight, of
either asproofs of dexterity, or for the
legiti-matepurpose ofdiverting the attention of the
modusoperandi of thetrick. I shall
haveoccasion torevert to thisin the following pages.
theleft hand, with the
centreof the cards.
andthird fingers at the top
upperedges ofthe cards are bent
upwards andallowed to spring
byone, causing a sharp, crackling sound,
whichthe sleightderives its
—This, again, isa sleight of
ornamental character, but in addition tothis,
successfully executed, forms
the dexterityof the performer.
endbetween the fingers
thumbof the right hand, with the forefinger
onthe outer corner (see Fig. 8).
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bythe arrow; and, as it
leaves thehand, the forefinger, witha quick pull
onthe corner, causes it to revolve rapidly
becomesspent, thefact thatitis still revolv-ing rapidly causes it, so to speak, to slide
handof the performer.
ciple will be
be taken that
second arrow, it will still
effort toreturn, but doesso atthe
angle, i. e., 45 deg.,
andconsequently falls farshort
thrown fromone side of a theatre totheother
shownin Fig. 8,
andcausing it to revolve slightly as it leaves the
hand. Inthis case, however,
tothe outer corner.
'vanish " fora cardis providedwith Fig.8.—ThrowingaCard
IPdnciplee ot Slei^bt ot
DanD27 this sleight.
packis held inthe lefthand,
the card to be vanishedin theright.
throwninto the airseveral times,
mannerexplained ; finally,
throwit a considerable dis-tance, the
handsare brought in contact Avith each other,
onthe topof the pack.
handstill continues its
effectbeingto the spectators that the card disappears intheair
fromthetips ofthe performer'sfingers.
youare carefulto conceal the factthat
youintendto vanishthecard inthis direction, theillusionisperfect.
By wayof variation the returning card
caught between the blades of a pairof scissors,
if desired cut into
dothis hold the scissors
underthe cards in the left
thrownthe card, they
maybe quickly taken in the right hand.
One Handto the
—This also is a sleight requiring considerable
bythe ends betweenthe
two middlefingers of theright
(see Fig. 9), the
backof the cards bulging slightly
toward the palm. This is important: if the cards
arebent inthe opposite direction the sleight
handis brought into close contact with
the face of the cards,
byone, in rapid succession,
fingers ofthe righthand,
movementof the cards ischecked
in contactwiththeextended fore-finger of the lefthand.
movementshould bepracticed atfirst withthe
handsquite close together, the distance being grad-ually increased as
moreskill is acquired.
performer willcause the cardstospring a distance of
twofeet or more;
andeven this distance
hands fromside to
side, their relative positions remaining the same,
Theproper selection of the cards for sleight of
handpurposesis of thegreatest importance.
Frenchpattern are to be
offer-ing greaterfacilities in the execution of the various
sleights. Then, again, the cards should be of the
proper substanceto withstand the strain brought to
them: this is essentially necessaryforthe
successful presentation of
Thestudent, however, is advised to
thoroughly accustom himself,
fromthe outset, to the
useof the ordinary
uponto perform with
noother cards are at hand.
Itis usual to prefix a series of tricks with a short
dis^Dlay of dexterity with the cards, and, providing
the performer has acquired the necessary skill, there
Feats suitable for this purpose are: the springing
of the cards
handto the other; expert 29
shuffles (only acquired
andvanishingthe cards intheair; catching
betweenthe blades of a pairof scissors
andseveringitintwain; theproduction of thepalm,
etc., etc. (see pp. 25, 26, 27,
bya really clever display
andat once credit the performer,
justly, with the ability to deceive them,
maywatch; and, as a natural con-sequence, theirvigilance receivesa check.
Havingintroducedthe cards asabovedescribed, or otherwise, the student
mayproceed with the
excel-lentopening trickknowai as
mostbrilliant sleight of
rangeof card conjuring.
Ineffectitis as follows:
Thecards having been shuffled, the performer
counts off twelve
fromthe top of the pack, and,
takingthese in theleft hand,
theyarecaused to pass, invisibly, along the sleeve,
fromthe vest, one
with the righthand.
Havingcounted off the cards,/
andaddresses the com-l
panyin the following
gentle-Sldabtot IbanD TTricfts 31
n, withthese tAvelve cards Iproposeto
.,treads out the cards fan-wise, with both hands,
^,:)arently to attract attention, but really to
six. This done,
upthe cards, leaving
I^ sixin a positionto be
palmedoff in the
[.scribed at page 19,
nowtransfers the cards to the right
md, palmingthe six,
andtaking the remainder,
pmentarily, between the fingers
,me hand, while
supposedto be twelve, are
nowtaken in the
fthand.) ''See, I will place the cards in the left
themto pass thence,invisibly, along
andfinally alight here (indicating
posi-3n inside vest with the right hand, therf'.by intro-icing the
palmedcards), just inside
handhaving been removed,
town empty, the "patter,"
fromthe cards^ caused
J drawing the
thumbsmartly over their edges, is
you watchvery closely
Thesecreted cards are
byone, carebeing taken to exposethe \hn of the
handpriorto each production.
ffterthe first sixcards
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made)to the following effect: ''Yes! it's all very/'
well, but, of course, there isa duplicate set of cards*,
which hereplies, '
sir.'' Then, turningtotheaudience, '
here suggests that I
numberof cards ofthe
samepattern asthose Ihold^
youhe is quite
wouldnot stoop to deceive yoii
anexpedient. If such were the caseA
have producedtwelve cards I should sti^^^.
wouldnot be co?^"
sistent with the
workingof the trick. In proof ^*
nomistake, there are six card*^
onthe table ; there should besix in
andthe opportunity j
themto thelefthand, topaliJ^ off five others, leaving one only behind.
youcan detect the precise
No! Well, it'snotat all surprising, for
so quickly that Ivery rarely see
themmyself." ; It
ishardly necessary to say that the five cards v'ere
introducedinto the vest in the act of producing tht
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' as given
It noAV only remains to dispose of the last card,
andthis is best
betweenthe tips of the second finger
drawnattention to its
andthat one only remains, to appear to place it inthe lefthand,
whichis forthwith closed
andheld with its
backto the spectators.
Thecard, however, is really
palmedin the right
and produced fromthevest in
sametime the left
Nodifficulty will be
palmingthe last card, if held as directed above; as the right
nears the left, the
bottom endof the card is caused to spring
fromthetip tothe root of the
properpositionforthe' 'palm. ' '
Theslight ' 'click ' '
bythe cardas itleaves thetip of the
materially aids the deception.
—This is a capital com-bination trick,
maybe conveniently introduced atthe close ofthat lastabove described.
packto be shuffled,
whenreturned, forces a card (see page 13)
memberof the audience. This done,
drawingattention to the fact that it is quite
Thedrawer of the card is
requestedto tear it
upinto small pieces,
the pieces in the
the exception of one piece,
which heretains as a
meansofidentifying the cardatasubsequentperiod.
Theenvelope, containing the torn card, is
andgiven into the safe keeping of another spectator.
in the audience, and,
per-mission of the ladies,
disappointed, however, as thecigarette willnotburn,
and onbreaking it
opentoascertainthe cause, finds,
to his astonishment, that it contains the chosen
card, completely restored, withthe exceptionof one corner.
Thepiece leftin the
nowfitted to the card,
and foundto correspond in
wayto the missing corner, thus proving,
the post hoc, ergo propter hoc jDrinciple, that the
card has actually been restored. Attention is next
drawnto the envelope,
foundtocontain, in placeofthe torn card, thetobacco
Thefrontof the envelopeis double^
andcontains the tobacco
commencementjbut as the
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quantity is small
andwell distributed, a cursory
examination reveals nothing out of the ordinary.
TheenvelojDe is best prepared
bycutting the front
roundthe extreme edge,
onthe front of another, leaving one side
openfor the insertion of the tobacco. It will be
plan to prepare a dozen of these envelopes at one
underpressure till dry;
required for use take one,
andhaving filled in the tobacco, closetheremaining side,
mustnext obtain a duplicatecard of the one
youintend to force,
andhaving torn a small piece
fromone of its corners, roll it
formof acigarette, completingthe deception with a cigarette paper.
presentthetrick,thecard to be forced, togetherwith
the torn corner,
mustbe placed inreadiness
undercoverofthe envelope; the trick cigarette
should also contain a
boxof matches, for a reason
whichwill presently appear. AVe will suppose that
you havejust concluded the trick of
anyoneAvhich leaves a
upthe loose cards it is a ver}^easy matterto
underthe envelope, thus bringing it,
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made,to bring thecard tothe
middlein a position
for the '
Havingdisposed of the card in a
manner, youreturnto the table, leaving the
upthe envelope,also secur-ingthetorn corner,
mustbe kept concealed in the fingers of the right hand.
drawer to tear the chosen card into a
atten-tion to the fact that the envelope is quite empty,
allowing several spectators to look inside.
remarkingto a stout
anydoubt, sir, as
to the truth of
mystatement, I shall be
Atthis stage of the trick the mutilated card is
the drawer, with a request that
keepit as a
meansof identification; it will bereadilyunderstood
that the piece
removedis the corner previously
and whichcorresponds to the card in the
Priorto asking for the loan of a cigarette the trick
one is palmed,
trou-SlelQbt of IbanD ^riclis 37 sers pocket,
In conclusion, the envelope is
andthe tobacco revealed, care being taken not
to expose theconcealed card.
Avery ingenious arrangement for
whichobviates the necessity of
packof cardsin order toobtain a
dupli-cate, is as follows:
diamond"pip" is cut
from anold card,
downuntil onlythe surface
paper remains; this is then attached, with a little
paste, to a seven of diamonds, in such a
Theprepared card would, of course, bethe one "forced,"as the mutilation obliterates all
traces of preparation.
amabout to describe, as it appears to the
spectators, consists ofpassing a playing cardthrough
the centre of a
duenote has been taken of
andvalue, it is returned
therestof the pack,
shownin Fig. 10.
Atthis stage of the
trick, theperformer shakes the handkerchiefslightly,
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makeitsappearance at the bottom; as the shaking
continues, the card
andfinally fallsto the ground, theeffect, to the
on-lookers, being that it has
actuallypenetrated the handkerchief.
trick is accomplished are
Thechosen card, having been
re-turned to the pack, is forthwith
brought to the top
"pass." This done, the performer ''palms" the card, and, withthe
loan ofa handkerchief (cambric)
andimmedi-ately spreads it over the right hand,
thereby concealing the
shuf-fled the cards to place the pack, face
onthe centreof the handker-chief,
natur-ally brought immediately over theconcealed card.
Thenextstepisto fold the cards in the handker-chief. Thisis
Card Through Handkerchief
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Thatpartofthe handkerchief lying
fore-armis firstbroughtover theface ofthe cards,
whicharethen raised, still covered,
bytheir hinder end,
with the fingers
thumbof the left hand. This
movementleavesthe chosen card
onthe outside, at
therear ofthe handkerchief, in
whichposition it is
bybringing the opposite sides
backin the act of
concludingthe operation of folding
wholereversed (see Fig. 10).
Fromthis point, thetrick proceedsasalready described.
handingthe cards tobe shuffled, in this or
handsof a lady, and, all
things considered, indulging in the following little
"Ialways like to
handthe cards to a lady for thispurpose;
understood to be
muchbetter shufflers than
fromthe Breast Pocket.
anexcellent little trick of the
andsuitable forintroduction at
upthe pack, and, spreading
it out fan-wise, draws attention to the fact that it
cards, viz., thirty-two. This done,
fromthe pack, held inthe
handat arm's length, along the sleeve
fromthe breast pocket, previously
examined and found
numberis to be
upon bythe audience, but in order that the
experiment should not
advisable that the
numberchosen should notexceed,
say, a dozen.
WeAvill suppose, therefore, for the
sake of illustration, that the
Theobject of the operator in spreading the
numberis immaterial, so longas
—then squaring the
andplacing it in the left hand.
introduced into the pocket in the actof producing
the first card ; the following seven cards are brought
to light in
onthe top of
packas produced, the
mannerprior toeach production.
Aseach card issupposed to leave the pack, a sharp
cracklingsound, as described at page 31, should be
emanate fromthe cards; this materially
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numberof cards have been
removed, several willremain,
performer again spreads the
closing it, he appears to again place it in the left
hand; in reality, however, itis
palmedin the right,
andforthwith thrust into the pocket to be
andKecovery," gives the audience the
wholeof the cards leave theleft
andpass along the sleeve into the pocket.
other times, the cards
backof either knee;
bringing the left
onthe base of
the skull, at the
sametime producing the cards
from the nose, they will
through the head. In all cases,
palm,"the cards should be spread out in the
formof a fan, as this, while adding greatly to
the effect, leads the spectators to believe that it is absolutely impossible to hold such a quantity
in the hand, unobserved, even for a
madewith a slight
42 darD C^ricfts
practice; it is next to impossible to explain it
Thetrick about to 'be
described forms one of the prettiest combinations
wholerangeof card conjuring. In effectit is
Aselected card is placed inthe
Theperformer thenobtains the loan of
a quarter; also a cigarette-paper.
handedto a lady, with a request that she
will write her
nameor a short quotation thereon,
doneso, tearthe paperin half, retaining
one portion while she
handsthe remaining one to
wrapsthe quarter in his halfof the paper,
andplaces the packetin the
flame of a candle; a brilliant flash is seen,
the card isnext requested to tearit in half; he does
whichso mysteriously causedthe
dis-appearance of thepaper
whichone piece is selected
bythe audience. Thisportion is
onbreakingitopen, finds toher astonishmentthatit
contains one-half of the cigarette-paper, which,
beingfittedto that in her possession, completes the
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Thenecessary preparations are asfollows:
andasnearalike in other respects as possible.
markedin a similar
manner, say with
"X"at the back of the head.
A dummypackage, apparently containing aquarter, but really empty, is
madeout of a pieceof ''flash'
andjDlaced in readiness
nowprepare a card,
endto the centre,
madeone of your
This having been done,
the card with paste,
weight until dry. ^\llen about to introduce the
ex-periment, thei:>repared cardis placed
onthe table, face
downward,but out of sight of the audience.
markedquarter is deposited in the
mustnext take a candle, a facsimile of the
youintendedto use in thetrick,
itinto four pieces, hollow out one piece to a little
beyondthe centre. In the hollow thus
insert the half of the cigarette-paper, as required in the course ofthe trick.
yourleft-hand trousers pocket,
three piecesof this candle should be hollowed out
andkeptfor future occasions.
modusoperandiis as follows:
any minortrickwith cards,
forcea duplicateof the prepared card
andleave itin the
handsof the person
showitto several spectators.
While heis doingthis
andlay the pack, face
onthecard containing the quarter, while
yourequest that carefulnote be
madeof the suit
value of the chosen card.
pack fromthetable, bringing the
onthe top in position for the '
(see page15). This done, take
andwhile returningwith itto the stage changeitfor
whichforthwith place in a conspicuous
yourtable, or, better still, ask
good enoughto place it in the
Younextobtain the loan of a
memberofthe audience, allowing several per-sonsnear
himto seethe mark. This will give
the opportunity of
Now,in the act of
borrowedcoin for inspection
onthe opposite side
youchangeit for thatof
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including thegentleman with the card.
be careful thatthe
owncoin is not
youhave noticed that that
borrowed quarteris exactly similar,
prob-ably will be if
"X."Inthislatter case, the effect will be
ifthe natureof the
have droppedthe actual
borrowed coin into
whichis supposed to be the actual
Younext introduce the cigarette-paper,
andpro-ceedas already described.
yourhalf of the
imita-tion of the quarter.
Havingarranged your sleeves,
upthe piece of paper, securing the
Thepackage is now, apparently,
placed inthe flame of the candle, but really itis
re-tained in thefingers, the
Thebrilliant disappearance then follows.
Thegentleman, at this point,is informed that
will findthe coin in the chosen card,
satisfying himself thatitis really there,
46 CarO tTricfts
youthe opportunity to
fromthe piece of paper
andleave itin the pocket; and, at
in the piece of candle.
card,takesit, in accordance with
yourinstructions, to those spectators
andtheyare compelled to
that itis that actually borrowed.
You nowtake it
yourself to the
owner onthe opposite side of the
room, changing it'as
yougo forhis coin,
wasleft in theright-handpocket,and,
Shouldthe persons near
maynow, with safety,be allowed to do so.
upthe candle as explained,
haveone pieceselected; the other three pieces
fromthe plate while in the auditorium,
whenthey are at once picked
Theremaining piece is changed, while returning to
thestage, forthat prepared with the piece of paper.
donein the act of passing the plate
Younow, with a knife, proceed to
openthe piece of candle,
youarrive at the paper,
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byexperience, that it is best to use the trousers pocketsin the above trick, also in
manyothersof a similar nature,
inasmuchas all the neces-sary
maybe executed while standing in
a natural position withoutexciting the
is to be
recommendedforthe following reasons :
Theapparatus isvery elegant
mayalways be used
whenitis not desiredto
present the trick immediately
Thenecessary apparatus consists of
an ordinary candlestick, a slender
pat-tern in brass for preference,prepared as
Thefoot is weighted with a pieceof
lead, a cavity being left between this
andthe foot properfor the purpose of
concealing a card (see Fig. 11).
Tothe topedgeofthe candlestickishinged
armof iron wire, thehinge being provided with a strong spiral springwith atendencytokeep the
end of the
armis provided with a metal clip for
holding acard, which,
armis in position^
will appear to bein the flame of the candle.
Toprepare forthe trick,
duplicate of the card
youintend to use, after
andinsert the card in the place provided for it in the foot of the
You nowforce a card (see page 13), duplicate of
the one in the candlestick,
memberofthe audience, who, aftertaking
to place it
Atthis stage of the trick,
youtake the candlestick in
andask thegentleman to
good aim and throwthe cards at the candle.
andimmediatelythechosen card appears
in the flame.
dois to takehold ofthe
candle-stick near the foot, and, at the proper
extend the little finger slightly to release the arm,
andbrings the card into the desired position.
Theflame is, of course,
bythe force ofthe shock.
maybe caused to appear
of athread attachedto a small metal buttonkeeping
armin position. In this case, the spring raising