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Tricks Any Boy Can Do By JOSEPH LEEMING Author of "Things Any Boy Can Make," "More Things Any Boy Can Make," etc. Here is just the book for the amateur magician. It contains directions for performing nearly 200 fascinating tricks, all of which are so simple to do that in no time at all the reader will become adept at mystifying his friends. Not only does the book supply material for becoming the "life of the party," but it will provide hours of fun and amusement in mastering the technique of a magician. Mr. Leeming has carefully selected the tricks in this book from over two thousand that are available in the world's literature of magic. In each case he has kept in mind not only effectiveness and dramatic quality, but also the simplicity of materials required and of execution. Consequently, even the beginner will find no difficulty in performing all the tricks described. A great variety of mystifying feats are included —tricks with cards, tricks with coins, tricks with matches and match boxes, tricks with balls, tricks with handkerchiefs, tricks with rings, tricks with string, tricks with cigarettes and cigars, mind-reading and spirit tricks, tricks with numbers, etc. Mr. Leeming has a remarkable ability to present this kind of thing interestingly, simply, and clearly. "Tricks Any Boy Can Do" is a book that will provide many hours of entertainment, a book that is essential for any aspiring magician. D.

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Tricks any boy can do


By JOSEPH LEEMING CARD TRICKS ANYONE CAN DO TRICKS ANY BOY CAN DO THINGS ANY BOY CAN MAKE MOKE THINGS ANY BOY CAN MAKE PEAKS OF INVENTION FROM BARTER TO BANKING GAMES TO MAKE AND PLAY AT HOME


Tricks any boy can do By

yoseph J^eeming

D. APPLETON-CENTURY COMPANY INCORPORATED

NEW YORK

LONDON


COPYRIGHT, 1938,

BY

JOSEPH LEEMING All rights reserved. This book, or parts thereof, must not be reproduced in any form without permission of the publisher.

PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


For JOSEPH LEEMING, JR.


This book is made in full compliance with Government Directive L 120 limiting the bulk of paper.


Foreword T H E tricks described in this book are sufficiently varied and numerous to enable any one interested in magic to entertain and mystify his friends for hours on end. In the selection of the tricks, careful attention has been paid not only to effectiveness and dramatic quality, but also to simplicity of execution. Consequently, even the beginner should have no difficulty in doing all the tricks described. It may be mentioned that to obtain the best tricks of this type, selection has been made from more than two thousand tricks that are available in the world's literature of magic. It has been truly said that there is a vast difference between telling how a trick is done and teaching how to do it. The reader should bear this in mind and realize that while the present volume tells him how to do a large and diversified number of tricks, he should study at all times to present them with the greatest possible showmanship and eclat. Each performer has a different approach and personality, and each must work out for himself the most suitable method (for him) of presenting his deceptions. It is this study, which cannot be taught by any book, that, added to the information given in books such as the present one, makes of magic an art. JOSEPH LEEMING


Contents TRICKS WITH CARDS MAKING THE PASS

3

FORCING A CARD

4

T H E FIVE-PILE FORCE

5

ANOTHER METHOD OF FORCING A CARD

6

T H E FALSE SHUFFLE

7

LOCATING A CHOSEN CARD

8

THE

9

TELLTALE CARDS

T H E TURNED-OVER

CARD

io

REVEALING A THOUGHT-OF CARD

n

T H E CHANGEABLE ACE

12

THE

SECRET CARD

13

INSTANT COLOR CHANGE

14

FINDING THE ACES

15

T H E CARD-IN-THE-GLASS VANISH

16

T H E ADHESIVE CARD

17

ALL TOGETHER

18

T H E FACE-UP CARD

19

CUTTING THE CHOSEN CARD

20

COUNTING TO THE CHOSEN CARD

21

T H E CHOSEN SUIT

22

FACE TO FACE

22

T H E UPTURNED CARD

23

T H E TRAVELING T W O

24

CARD SUBTRACTION

25

T H E INSEPARABLE SUITS

26

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TRICKS ANY BOY CAN DO

T H E TWENTY CARDS T H E CARD IN THE POCKET

28 29

PICKING THE COURT-CARDS

30

SEPARATING THE COLORS T H E CARDS IN THE POCKET T H E TELEPHONE TRICK

3째 31 32

T H E CARD IN THE BOWL TELLING A CARD DEALT BY A SPECTATOR

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34 35

ODD AND EVEN

37

NAMING THE CARDS T H E CARD ON THE W A L L T H E CARD CLOCK T H E TRANSFERRED CARDS DUPLICATING THE COUNT T H E "STOP" TRICK T H E LIGHTNING CHANGE

37 39 39 40 41 42 43

TRICKS WITH COINS T H E FOLDED-PAPER COIN VANISH T H E HANDKERCHIEF COIN VANISH

47 48

T H E COIN " P U L L "

49

A GOOD COIN-VANISHING BOX

50

T H E COIN BOX T H E COIN PASS (Le Tourniquet) T H E DISAPPEARING DIME

50

51

T H E COIN IN THE GLASS

54

MELTING MONEY T H E COIN THROUGH THE TABLE

55 56

MULTIPLYING COINS T H E PENETRATING COIN

57 58

T H E MAGNETIC COIN T H E COIN IN THE HANDKERCHIEF

59 60

52


CONTENTS

xi

FLYING MONEY T H E SHRINKING HALF-DOLLAR

61 62

T H E COIN UNDER THE CARDS T H E COIN IN THE H A T

63 64

T H E COIN IN THE SAUCER

65

T H E COIN IN THE SLEEVE

66

CATCHING A COIN OUT OF THE AIR

67

T H E ROLLING COIN BOX

67

T H E COIN, CARDS, AND GLASS TRICK PENNIES AND DIMES

69 72

T H E GLASS OF WATER COIN VANISH

73

TRICKS WITH MATCHES AND MATCH BOXES T H E PENETRATING MATCHES

77

MATCH MIND-READING T H E REDUCING MATCH BOX PASSING T W O MATCHES THROUGH EACH OTHER

78 79 81

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.

T H E BALANCED MATCH

82

T H E PENETRATING MARK T H E PENCIL FROM THE MATCH BOX

83 84

T H E COLOR-CHANGING MATCH T I P S

85

MATCHES FROM NOWHERE

85

T H E TRANSFERRED COLORS

86

T H E OBEDIENT MATCHES

88

MATCH-BOX EIFFEL TOWER

88

T H E BEWITCHED MATCHES A STRIKING EFFECT

89 90

T H E MAGNETIC MATCH-BOX DRAWER

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91

TRICKS WITH BALLS BALL FROM THE AIR

95

T H E DISAPPEARING BALL

96


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TRICKS ANY BOY CAN DO

MYSTERIOUS BALL T U B E

97

T H E BALL IN THE GLASS

98

THE

BALANCED BALL

100

T H E BALL BENEATH THE HANDKERCHIEF

.

.

.

MYSTERIOUS ROLLING BALL

100 101

TRICKS WITH HANDKERCHIEFS APPEARING AND DISAPPEARING HANDKERCHIEF

.

.

T H E HANDKERCHIEF " P U L L "

106

TYING A HANDKERCHIEF WITH ONE HAND THE

.

.

.

DISSOLVING KNOT

no

THE

DRINKING-GLASS

THE

HANDKERCHIEF PYRAMID

HANDKERCHIEF VANISH

.

.

in 113

HANDKERCHIEF

114

T H E H A T AND HANDKERCHIEF TRICK

.

.

.

.

T H E FIREPROOF HANDKERCHIEF

114 116

THE

DISSOLVING KNOT

THE

HANDKERCHIEF AND THE FOUR BOXES

116 .

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.

T H E HANDKERCHIEF VASES

117 119

T H E HANDKERCHIEF ON THE STRING THE

108 109

T H E MYSTIC KNOT

T H E FLYING

105

120

COLOR CHANGING HANDKERCHIEF

.

.

ANOTHER HANDKERCHIEF COLOR CHANGE

.

.

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122 .

123

TRICKS WITH RINGS V A N I S H I N G A R I N G W R A P P E D I N PAPER

.

.

.

.

129

INSTANTANEOUS R I N G RELEASE

130

THE

DISAPPEARING R I N G

131

THE

RING IN T H E LEMON

132

THE

RING-AND-EGG T R I C K

133

THE

R I N G ON T H E STRING

135

THE

CLIMBING R I N G

135


CONTENTS

xiii

TRICKS WITH STRING THE

DISAPPEARING K N O T

139

THE

INTERWOVEN STRING

140

PASSING A STRING THROUGH A FINGER KNOT

141

THE

MYSTERIOUS

THE

STRING AND STRAW T R I C K

(I)

143

142

THE

STRING AND STRAW T R I C K

(2)

144

TRICKS WITH CIGARETTES AND CIGARS CIGARETTE FROM MATCH

149

T H E SUSPENDED CIGARETTE

150

T H E MAGICIAN AS SALAMANDER

150

T H E LENGTHENED CIGARETTE

151

CIGARETTE MAGNETISM

152

MYSTERIOUS CIGAR BAND

153

T H E BALANCING CIGAR

154

MIND-READING AND SPIRIT TRICKS T H E SEALED MESSAGE

157

ALARM-CLOCK MIND-READING

158

MIND-READING WITH CARDS

159

BOOK MIND-READING

160

W H O TOOK THE COIN?

161

SECOND-SIGHT T I M E TELLING

162

T H E SPIRITS' MATCH BOX

163

SPIRIT MESSAGES

164

THE

166

MYSTIC ASHES

RED MAGIC

167

NAMING A CHOSEN NUMBER

168

W H I C H CARD?

168


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TRICKS ANY BOY CAN DO

PARLOR MIND-READING DOLLAR-BILL MIND-READING

169 171

TRICKS WITH NUMBERS MAGIC ADDITION T o T E L L A NUMBER T H O U G H T OF BY A SPECTATOR .

175 176

T H E MAGIC SQUARE PICKING THE CHOSEN DIGIT

177 180

IMPORTANT DATES TELLING THE NUMBER T H O U G H T OF

181 182

T H E CHOSEN FIGURE T H E NUMBER IN THE ENVELOP

183 184

COUNTING TO O N E HUNDRED

185

MISCELLANEOUS TRICKS T H E APPEARING FLOWER BURNED AND RESTORED PAPER CHANGING AN EGG TO CONFETTI T H E ODD NUMBER T H E PILLARS OF SOLOMON

189 189 190 191 192

THE

195

REVERSING PENCIL

T H E MAGNETIZED PENCIL PENCIL AND PAPER

196 197

T H E CHINESE BLOCKS T H E BEWITCHED PAPER BANDS

198 200

T H E CONFETTI GLASS

201

T H E D I E IN THE HANDKERCHIEF

203

T H E MAGIC PRODUCTION TUBES T H E THIMBLE PALM

205 207

T H E MULTIPLYING THIMBLE PRODUCING A THIMBLE FROM A PAPER CONE . T H E DISAPPEARING THIMBLE

.

.

209 210 210


CONTENTS

xv

T H E THIMB,LE COLOR CHANGE T H E THIMBLE ON THE FINGER

211 212

T H E MULTIPLYING CORKS

213

BLACK AND RED

214

T H E FIVE KINGS

215

LOCATING THE BLACK CHECKER

215

T H E TRAVELING CHECKER PILES A CHECKER PUZZLE

216 218

T H E UNTEARABLE PAPER RED, W H I T E , AND BLUE T H E RED, W H I T E , AND BLUE BEADS

219 220 222

T H E DISAPPEARING SPOTS

223

CHANGING D I E SPOTS T H E OBEDIENT W A T C H

224 225

COUNTING THE HOURS T H E BENDING WATCH T H E SPOOLS-AND-STRING TRICK

225 226 227

T H E EGGS IN THE HAT

228

APPEARING CHINESE COINS

230

COLOR CHANGING SPOOLS T H E NON-WETTABLE HAND

231 232

PRODUCING A GLASS OF WATER FROM A POCKET .

.

233

T H E INVERTED GLASS OF WATER

234

RULER AND NEWSPAPER CHANGING I N K TO WATER

235 235

CHANGING WATER TO I N K

237


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