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MAGIC


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MORE MAGIC BY

PROFESSOR

HOFFMANN

AUTHOR OF "MODERN MAGIC,'" "CONJURER DICK," "PARLOR AMUSEMENTS, ' ETC., ETC.

WITH 140 ILLUSTRATIONS

PHILADELPHIA:

DAVID McKAY, PUBLISHER, 610 SOUTH WASHINGTON SQUAEE.


Printed in the United States of America


CONTENTS. PAGE

INTRODUCTORY

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CHAPTER I. THE

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MAGICIAN'S T h e Firing W a n d T h e Electric W a n d . . . N e w f o r m s of " Servante" . . S u b s t i t u t e for t h e " T a b l e " A Mechanical H a t

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CHAPTER II. PRINCIPLES

OF SLEIGHT

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APPLICABLE TO CARD

TRICKS. The " Charlier" Pass To Force a Card (New Methods) T o Force T h r e e Cards together . . . . . . . . False Shuffles (New Methods) T o Change a C a r d — T h e Revolution . . . . . . . T o Spring the Cards from the one H a n d t o the Other (with Mechanical Pack) The Bridge (Additional Methods) .

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CARD TRICKS WTTH ORDINARY CARDS AND NOT REQUIRING SLEIGHT OF HAND. PAGE

Methods of Identifying a Chosen Card 22 A n y number of Packets of Cards having been formed face downwards on the Table, to discover the Total Value of the Undermost" Cards. (New Method) 23 N e w Numerical Trick with C a r d s . . . . . . . . 2 5 T h e Capital Q 27 T o name Cards without seeing them . . . . . . . 30 T h e " Alternate (:ard " Trick 31 T h e " Spelling " Trick 31 T h e ' ' T w e n t y - s e v e n C a r d " T r i c k — T o cause a Card selected by one Spectator to appear at such number in the Pack as another Spectator may indicate . . . . . . . . . . . 32 A R o w of Cards being placed face downwards on the Table, to discover how many have during your absence been transferred from one end to the other. (Improved Method) . . . . . . . 35

CHAPTER TRICKS

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T o produce Three Cards at any position in the Pack thought of by another person . . . . . . . . . . . A Card being freely chosen from the Pack, replaced, and the Pack shuffled, to make any given Card change to the one chosen . . The " Alternate Card " Trick with a Complete Pack . . . . T o pass a Chosen Card through the Crown of a Borrowed H a t . . T o change T h r e e Cards, placed in the Pocket of a Spectator into three others previously chosen . . . . . . . . . T o make a Card freely drawn, and replaced in the Pack, change places with another Card on the T a b l e . . . . . . . To distinguish the Suit of a given Card by Weight . . . . . T h e " Tnree-Card " Trick . . . . . . . . . " C h a n g i n g " Cards " Walking Pip " Cards T h e Cards passing up the Sleeve, and the Diminishing and Increasing Cards . . . . . . . . . . . , ,

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CHAPTER V. T H E " C H A R L I E R " SYSTEM OF CARD-MARKING, AND TRICKS PERFORMED BY ITS AID. PAGE

T h e method ofMarking Reading theCards . . . T h e Charlier " Dial " Method ofCalculation . . Practical Illustrations . . . T h e Mysterious Pairs T o n a m e t h e Article taken b yeach T o n a m e t h e B o t t o m Card of each

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CHAPTER VI. CARD

TRICKS

REQUIRING

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T h e R i s i n g C a r d s (La Honlette). (Improved Methods) T o Catch a Selected Card o n t h e E n d of a W a l k i n g Stick F r a m e s of v a r i o u s k i n d s for p r o d u c i n g C a r d s . . Field's Card-Frame . . . . . . The French Card-Frame . . . . . The Sand Frame T h e Velvet F r a m e a n d Artist's Easel T h e Crystal F r a m e T h e C a b a l i s t i c S t a r , f o r t h e p i o d u c t i o n of C a r d s . . T h e Velvet Cloth „ ,, T h e Black Cloth Target T h e Magic Card Case T h e Card Drawer. (Improved) A N e w Changing Card-box and Tricks therewith . . T h e Magnetic Wand and Walking Card T h e Enchanted H ' n d - M i r r o r T h e Multiplying and Vanishing Cards

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CHAPTER VII. METHODS

O FSLEIGHT-OF-HAND

APPLICABLE

The "Jerk-back" Palm Coin Changes . . . . . . . T o Extract a Coin from a Folded ' aper . . . T o W r a p a Coin apparently ina Handkerchief .

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CHAPTER VIII. COIN TRICKS WITHOUT APPARATUS. PAGE

T o m a k e a Coin vanish from a n d return t o t h e Left H a n d T o rub a Coin into t h eE l b o w . . . . . T o vanish Coins a n dreproduce them from t h e E l b o w T h e Penetrative Coins . . . . . . . Another Method . . . . . . . A N e w " Multiplication " Trick . . . . .

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CHAPTER IX. COIN

TRICKS

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T o produce Coins from a lighted C a n d l e . . . . . . . 157 T o pass Coins into a Bottle . . . . . . . . . 158 Multiplying Coins and Tricks therewith . . . . . . . 161 T h e eight Coins a n d t w o Brass Covers . . . . . . . 1 6 5 Hearl orTail 171 T h e Mysterious T u m b l e r — T o pass a coin from a G l a s s of W a t e r i n t o t h e C e n t r e of a n O r a n g e . . . . . . . . . 1 7 2 T h e C l i m b i n g C o i n — A F l o r i n m a d e t o c l i m b u p t h e face of a s m a l l W o o d e n Pillar, i n t o a B o x a t t o p . . . . . . . 181

CHAPTER X. TRICKS

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A Smashed Watch ( N e w Methods) The Improved Watch Mortar A W a t c h found a t t h e root of a F l o w e r . . . . . Taylor's Watch Trick . . . . . . . Devono's Watch-bag . . . . . . . The " Lady's Stocking " The Wandering Ring . . . . . . . . Verbeck's Wedding-ring Trick

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CHAPTER XL TRICKS WITH HANDKERCHIEFS. PAGE

A Handkerchief Puzzle The Instantaneous Knot . . . . . . . . . . T h e Stretched Handkerchief . . . . . . . . To "Vanish" a Handkerchief (Sundry Methods) T h e Buatier " Pull " The " Bare-armed Vanish " T h e Dissolving Handkerchiefs . . . . . . . . The T w o Decanters and the Flying Handkerchief . . . . Multiplication o fH a n d k e r c h i e f s . . . . . . . . Red, White, and Blue . . . . . . . . . . T h e V a n i s h i n g P o c k e t h a n d k e r c h i e f found i na C a n d l e . ( N e w M e t h o d ) " Flash " Handkerchiefs . . . . . . . . . . T h e Revolving C a n d l e for H a n d k e r c h i e f . . . . . . A P a c k of Cards transformed into a H a n d k e r c h i e f . . . . A S a u c e p a n t oc o o k a H a n d k e r c h i e f . . . . . . .

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CHAPTER XII. FEATS

The Expunged Numeral .

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T o Predict the S u m ofFive Rows ofFigures . . T h e Magic Circle (To discover a Card o rother Object the Performer's Absence) . . . . . . " Second Sight " Tricks . . . . . . Reading Blindfold . . . . . . . . Dr. Lynn's " Second Sight" Trick . . . . The Thinkophone . . . . . . . . T h e Box ofN u m b e r s

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CHAPTER XIII. B A L L

T h e Billiard-ball Trick . . Another Method . T h e C h a m e l e o n Ball . . T h e Obedient Ball (Improved)

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CHAPTER XIV. TRICKS WITH

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Hartz a n d his " Flat " Trick T h e Bundle o fF i r e w o o d . . . . A Flower-garden from a H a t . . . . A N e w Folding Bouquet . . . . The Cannon-ball Trick (Improved) . . . The Cannon-ball Globe . . . . The Paper Ribbon a n d the Barber's Pole . . T h e Animated Cigar . . . . . A H a t with a Hole i nit . . . . The Finger through the H a t . . The Cork ,, ,, The Coin ,, ,, T h e Cigar ,, ,, T h e W a n d passed through the H a t . . The Magnetized H a t Another Method . . . . The Smashed H a t

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CHAPiER XV. TRICKS

WITH

EGGS.

T h e Egg made to Sink or Swim at C o m m a n d . . , . T o Balance a n E g g on a Table . . . . . . . T o balance a n E g g on t h e E n dof a Straw . . . . . . T o Spin a n E g g on E n d . . . . . . , . . T o P r o d u c e E g g s from a n E m p t y H a n d k e r c h i e f . . . . Another Method . . . . . . . . . . " P a t t e r " for this a n d a " C a k e " T r i c k P r e p a r e d E g g s — P a p e r from a n E g g . . . . . . . . A Barber's Pole from a n E g g . . . . . . . T o P r o d u c e E g g s from t h e F l a m e of a C a n d l e . . . . . Egg Swallowing . . . . . . . . . . . T o Pass an E g g through a H a t . , . . . . The Climbing E g g

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CHAPTER XVI. MISCELLANEOUS TRICKS. PAGE

T h e Mysterious Release . . . . . . . . . . 348 T h e Bottle Imp. (Improved) . . . . . . . . 350 Conjurer's Cress . . . . . . . . . . . 351 Candle-lighting Extraordinary . . . . . . . . 355 The Obedient Candle 358 Newspaper Cuttings turned into Pale Ale . . . . . . 359 The Bran Plate 361 Bran Disappearing from a Glass, and Re-appearing under a Plate . . 362 T h e Flying Glass, Watch, and Handkerchief . . . . . . 364 T h e Inexhaustible Punch-bowl . . . . . . . . 368 T h e Coffee T r i c k . ( I m p r o v e d M e t h o d ) 371 T h e Wine and Water Trick. (Improved Methods) . . . . 375 Wine or Water. (Another Method) 380 T h e W i n e Proof 383 T h e Inexhaustible Portfolio 385 T h e H o r n of P l e n t y 3S6 The Bewitched Fan 388 A Shower ofFlowers . . . . . . . . . . 390 T h e Spiritualistic Ball, R i n g and Card . . 4 1 . 395

CHAPTER XVTI. STAGE

The The The The The The The The

N e w Target, for W a t c h Broken Mirror . . Card in the Candle Bewi'ched Skull . Talking Hand . Shower of Gold Demon Marksman Vanishing Lady

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MORE MAGIC. INTRODUCTORY. THE present pages are intended as a supplement to the writer's treatise on Modern Magic, which made its first appearance in 1878. It has run through six editions, and still maintains its position as the standard authority on the subject, but the knowing in such matters begin to complain that it is not quite up to date. Conjuring, like other arts, has been " moving on " during the past eleven years. Old methods have been improved, and new have been devised. " Eternal progress is eternal change," and the "how it's done" of 1889 differs, in a good many particulars, from the " how it used to be done " of 1878. To incorporate these later developments of the Mystic Art with Modern Magic itself would render it inconveniently bulky, and it has, therefore, been decided to embody them in a supplementary treatise, under the title of More Magic. The explanations to be here given will pre-suppose an acquaintance with Modern Magic, to which, in order to avoid repetition, I shall have frequent occasion to refer. With regard to the order of treatment, I have thought it well to follow, as nearly as possible, the arrangement of the original work.


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