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Christmas for the Little Folks.…



(ALL RIGHTS RXBZRVBD.) V Tricks for Christmas -t aLASS DEFIED. r A 96fy interesting trick and one that will puzat. many (who are not pretty well up in is that where an ordinary dinner plite tflled with water and a small empty bottle are employed. Assure the spectators that you are wizard enough to pour water through the solid bottom of the latter, then THE WATER RISES. I pass the bottle around that all may see it perfectly empty and dry. Having thrust a stick into it, and held it to the fire until it is very hot-too hot to hold in the bar-a handsâstand it, mouth downward, in the plate of water. At the same time pour a tablespoon full of water on the upturned bottom, as if yon were beginning to fill it in that way. Each time you do this the bottle will be seen to retain more water, and as a corresponding amount will have disappeared from the plateful from which you are dip- ping it, it will easily appear as though the water had passed through the bottom of the bottle. Of course, the fact is that the water really rises from the plate with the contrac- tion of the air as the bottle cools. A FIXE CARD TRICK. I Here is one of the most successful card tricks ever invented. It is performed with the ace, deuce, and three of any given suit, say, for instance, diamonds. You make be- lieve to take them from an ordinary pack, and then present them to the audience, as shown in the illustration below, when they appear quite normal, save for the fact (which is rarely noticed) that they lack the usual index at the corners. The ace and deuce are ordinary, but the supposed thre6 is a "trick" card like the lower card in the diagram. The absence of a third pip is con- cealed, when the cards are shown in the diagram, by the card in front of it. After thus showing the three cards, you lay them face down on the table, a few inches apart. After explaining that they have the faculty of invisibly changing places, you invite someone to say which is the ace. He naturally points out the right one, but you say, "No, here is the ace," picking up the trick card by ite farther end, when the finger tips will conceal the surplus pip, and the card will appear to be in fact the ace. Laying this card down again, you move all three about a little, and once more in- vite your victim to pick out the ace. Having followed the movement of the cards, he of course now indicates the trick card, but you say "No You are wrong again," picking up and showing the real ace. A performer of good address can keep up the fun for some minutes. THE MAGNETISED HAT. I As a little addition to your performance try this little experiment. As you know, a piece of black thread is the amateur con- juror's best friend, and it plays an im- portant part in the trick of the mesmerised bowler. In this, after a few passes have been made over it, the hat will cling to the performer's hand as though held by some magnetic attraction. The hat can be transferred from hand to hand without fall- ing. The thread should be tied round the I A MAGNETIC ATTRACTION. I hat, as the illustration, but not too tightly. In the process of making the passes the hand is slipped under the thread, between the side of the hat and the brim, and slid along until it rests on the crown. When the audience have been sufficiently mysti- fied the conjuror can break the thread by a slight upward pressure of the fingers. With nienty of practice you can make this a very effective trick. I THE DISAPPEARING PENNY. Take a circular piece of glass the size of a penny, which you must hide up your left sleeve. Then fill a tumhler full of water, iid ask for the loan of a handkerchief and penny. Receive the handkerchief fix-st, a lId ostensibly shake it with both hands m the air. The real object of this movement is to regain possession of the piece of glas, iiiid, once this has been accomplished, you (Mil hide your hand by ke.-chief loosely over it. Then take the tiiny, and, introducing it under the folds â j! the handkerchief, drop it down your sh-eve unnoticed. At the same time thrust I 1;0 piece oi glass upwards, and your audi- ewe will be deceived into believing that it the penny you are still holding under- :>e:»t!i th? handkerchief. Give it to a lady or gentleman to hold over the g'ass of and arrange the folds of the hand- kerchief so that none of the tumbler can be At a givenvsignal your friend must let go his hold, and the piece of glass will -h k i the bottom of the tumbler, striking i ti. like a coin a-s'it falls. Then, v hen the handkerchief is removed, the penny which you are supposed to have been using II while has strangely disappeared.



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