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Table of Contents How to Balance Glass on Playing Card How 'Spirit Trick' Is Performed With Names Written in Squares How to Transfer a Coin From One Hand to Another How to Tell Card Taken From Pack by Trick 'Spirit Writing* How to Dip Hand Into Water and Take It Out Dry Trouble to Spin an Egg Magician Lindhorst's Method How to Remove Dime Under Glass Without Touching Either Magician Tells How to Hang Hat on Wall Without Nail or Hook How to Invert Glass of Water Without Spilling It How to Tell in Which Hand Coin Is Concealed How to Fill Glass Twice Without Emptying First Contents Tells How to Blow Candle Out Through Bottle Here's How You Can Add Five Matches to Six and Make Nine Magician Tells How to Change Pack of Cards from Black to Red Trick of Unsmashable Match Box Trick of Swallowing a Knife Magician Tells How Ringand Cord Trick Is Worked Three Matches Can Be Lifted With One How to Make a Dime Disappear How You Can Smoke a Pipe Without Lighting It Magician Tells How to Grasp Two Corks Between Fingers How to Make an Ace Disappear in Deck Taking a Coin from Under a Hat Without Touching Hat—Yourself Magician Explains How to Change Playing Card Into Box of Matches How to Balance Two Coins Between Your Fingers Rubber Sponge Used to Perform Magic in Hand of Spectator Tells How to Find a Selected Card in a Pack Magician Breaks Stick Held Up By Paper Suspended on Knives Clever Trick Performed With Ordinary Ruler How to Get Water Into Glass When It Is Held Upside Down Walking Hair Pin Trick Is Done With Knife and Quiver of Hand Magician Makes a Cane Dance Apparently Without Support How to Pick Up Five Bricks With One Hand Explained by Magician Paper Placed Over Board Defies Attempt to Move It With Blow How to Write Spectator's Initial on Cube and Then Make Letter Appear in How To Make Needle Float in Glass of Water Tiny Card Standing on Edge Defies Effort to Blow It Over Tells How to Make a Boomerang Circle Room and Land at the Feet The Magic Egg, a Clever Trick How to Light Candle Without Touching Flame to Its Wick How to Knock a Card Through Table How to Get a Loose Cork Out of Bottle Without Touching Either How to Break Pencil With Dollar Bill Did You Know That a Child Can Step Through a Playing Card? Thread Supporting a Ring Can Be Burned but Still Hold It Suspended Mysterious No. 3 Almost Always Chosen From List Marked 1,2,3, 4 How to Fill a Tobacco Can Twice Without Emptying First Contents Card Can Be Taken From Under Quarter Without Moving the Coin It's Easy to Make a Dime on Plate Vanish, Then Find It Underneath How to Place Spoon in a Glass Without Touching Either Foretelling the Ending Numbers in a Domino Game Is Simple Trick How to Perform Trick of the Mesmerized Ring Much more...

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A BAG OFTRICKS

By

WILL L. LINDHORST

(Famous Magician)

ILLUSTRATED BY TOM P. BARRETT

THEREILLY&LEECO.

CHICAGONEW YORK

A BAG OF TRICKS COPYRIGHT 1931

BY THE RE1LLT & LEE CO.

PRINTED IN THE U. S. A.

Author's Note

During the thirty-one years I havestudied and practised the artofmagic I have continuously cherished a desire toprovidethe thousands of menand women who areinterested in this fascinating art a guide to the solution of many of itsmostwidely discussedmysteries.

The accomplishments of such men as Hermann, Kellar, Thurstonand Houdini have been a constant inspirationto me and I have endeavored in the following pagestopresentclear andsimpledescriptions of themethods, not heretoforedisclosed,bywhichsome of the most popular and puzzling illusions are performed.

The practise of after-dinner tricks makes for popularity,and one whoseability in thisrespect becomes known isassured of many invitationsto social gatherings. Its valuelies not onlyinentertainment,however, for thedevelopment of proficiencyin the performance of illusionsmeans also the development of poise, confidence, and the coordination ofthought and action. Thesethings are distinct advantages in anywalkoflife.

It is my earnest wish that this book may bring to a wide audience an ample measure of amusement and benefit.

Signed, magically yours,

WILL L. LINDHORST.

DEDICATED TO MY LEGIONS OF FOLLOWERS
Table of Contents
How to Balance Glass on Playing Card
How 'Spirit Trick' Is Performed With Names Written in Squares
How to Transfer a Coin From One Hand to Another
How to Tell Card Taken From Pack by Trick 'Spirit Writing*
How to Dip Hand Into Water and Take It Out Dry
Trouble to Spin an Egg Magician Lindhorst's Method
How to Remove Dime Under Glass Without Touching Either
Magician Tells How to Hang Hat on Wall Without Nail or Hook
How to Invert Glass of Water Without Spilling It
How to Tell in Which Hand Coin Is Concealed
How to Fill Glass Twice Without Emptying First Contents
Tells How to Blow Candle Out Through Bottle
Here's How You Can Add Five Matches to Six and Make Nine
Magician Tells How to Change Pack of Cards from Black to Red
Trick of Unsmashable Match Box
Trick of Swallowing a Knife
Magician Tells How Ringand Cord Trick Is Worked
Three Matches Can Be Lifted With One
How to Make a Dime Disappear
How You Can Smoke a Pipe Without Lighting It
Magician Tells How to Grasp Two Corks Between Fingers
How to Make an Ace Disappear in Deck
Taking a Coin from Under a Hat Without Touching Hat—Yourself
Magician Explains How to Change Playing Card Into Box of Matches
How to Balance Two Coins Between Your Fingers
Rubber Sponge Used to Perform Magic in Hand of Spectator
Tells How to Find a Selected Card in a Pack
Magician Breaks Stick Held Up By Paper Suspended on Knives
Clever Trick Performed With Ordinary Ruler
How to Get Water Into Glass When It Is Held Upside Down
Walking Hair Pin Trick Is Done With Knife and Quiver of Hand
Magician Makes a Cane Dance Apparently Without Support
How to Pick Up Five Bricks With One Hand Explained by Magician
Paper Placed Over Board Defies Attempt to Move It With Blow
How to Write Spectator's Initial on Cube and Then Make Letter Appear in
How To Make Needle Float in Glass of Water
Tiny Card Standing on Edge Defies Effort to Blow It Over
Tells How to Make a Boomerang Circle Room and Land at the Feet
The Magic Egg, a Clever Trick
How to Light Candle Without Touching Flame to Its Wick
How to Knock a Card Through Table
How to Get a Loose Cork Out of Bottle Without Touching Either
How to Break Pencil With Dollar Bill
Did You Know That a Child Can Step Through a Playing Card?
Thread Supporting a Ring Can Be Burned but Still Hold It Suspended
Mysterious No. 3 Almost Always Chosen From List Marked 1,2,3, 4
How to Fill a Tobacco Can Twice Without Emptying First Contents
Card Can Be Taken From Under Quarter Without Moving the Coin
It's Easy to Make a Dime on Plate Vanish, Then Find It Underneath
How to Place Spoon in a Glass Without Touching Either
Foretelling the Ending Numbers in a Domino Game Is Simple Trick
How to Perform Trick of the Mesmerized Ring
How to Hold Lighted Candle Under Water
How a Magic Pencil Mark Stops Flames Consuming Sheet of Paper
Mysterious Number 1089
Trick for Dining Room Magicians
Magician Tells How to Make One Match Pass Through Another
How to Make a Peg Jump From One Hole to Another in a Pencil
Magician Uses Soda Bottle and Dime to Produce Mystic Trick
How to Make Coin Disappear in Handkerchief
If You're Not Afraid to Play With Matches Try These Clever Tricks
Magician Uses His Nose to Find Certain Penny Among Six Coins
How to Put Egg Into a Milk Bottle and Take It Out
How to Make a Dime Disappear From Hand
How to Tell When a Card Has Been Turned
Make Hat Appear to Float in the Air
To Make Coin Disappear Under a Glass
Here Is a Trick That Calls for Clever Work With Your Hands
Here Is a Sleight-of-Hand Trick That Will Baffle Your Friends
If This Trick Doesn't Work You May Have Trouble Explaining It
How to Make a Match Intact After Someone Has Broken It to Pieces
How to Do Marble and Thimble Trick
'Loving Matches' Kiss Each Other
Magic Envelope
A Drop of Water Will Make Coin Fall Into Bottle
How to Make a Person's Arm Rise As If It Were Hypnotized
A Puzzling Trick With Glasses
"Mind - Reading" Demonstration Made Easy by Means of Few Mathematical Operations.
Tell the Time by Using a Quarter, a String and a Glass
How to Prevent Lighted Cigaret From Burning a Handkerchief
Thread Prevents Lifting Up an Umbrella
Mirror Becomes an Oracle and Answers Questions in This Trick
Make Sound Travel From a Fork to a Glass
A Rose Appear in Your Lapel
Change One Card Into Another
Here Is a Number Trick With Which to Baffle Your Friends
Clever Trick With a Knotted Handkerchief
Make Egg Hop From One Glass to Another Without
A Puzzling Trick of Angles
Cord And Ring Trick
How to Hypnotize a Card and Make It Move Across a Table
Pass Coin Through Your Sleeve
Vanishing and Penetrating Glass Through Table
Selected Card From Pocket
Mysterious Number 142,857
Here Is a Puzzling Trick You Can Do With Carpenter's Rule
How to Cut Bottle in Two With a Piece of String
Name the Top Card on Three Piles
A Clever After-Dinner Trick With Knives
The Magnetic Cards
The Magnetized Coin
The Walking Cork
How to Pass a Coin Through a Hole Half Its Size
A Good Mind Reading Card Trick
For Telling the Number of Relatives
Torn and Restored Cigaret Paper
The Vanishing Half Dollar
How to Tie a Knot in a Silk Handkerchief With One Hand
The Balancing Forks
The Burglar Card Trick
Balancing a Handkerchief on Your Nose
The Magic Crayon Trick

How to Balance Glass on Playing Card

THE BALANCED GLASS.

Place a glass on top edge of playing card held in hand, holding face of card toward the audience, meanwhile balancing glass with forefinger of hand as shown in above drawing. Finger is hidden by card from audience, and it appears that glass is actually being balanced on edge of card.

How'SpiritTrick'IsPerformedWith Names WritteninSquares

SPIRIT TRICK—THE LIVING AND THE DEAD.

Fold a square piece of paper into nine parts, and have someone write the names of eight living persons in outside squares and the name of a dead person in the center square. Then tear the paper along the creases into nine parts, as shown in the drawing.

The performer, who is blindfolded, picks up each piece of paper, feeling the edges with the forefinger and thumb. Those containing names of living persons will have straight edges on one or two sides, while the one with the dead per- son's name will have ragged edges all around.

HowtoTransferaCoin From One Hand to Another

(This Is Called a French Drop)

Hold

a

coin between the thumb

and

forefinger

of

left

hand.

Make

motion with right

hand as though

to

take the

coin

from the

left,

meanwhile letting

it drop

into

palm

of left

hand, which is

immediately turned

so

that palm faces

down

ward.

As

the

coin

drops

into

palm

of

left

hand,

close

the

right,

making

audience believe

it is

there. Then

with

left

hand

reach

down and pretend to extract

coin

from

under some object. As you do

this

let coin slip

back

from palm to fingers,

and

presto,

it

has been

transferred

from

closed

right

hand

to

the

place

from where

it is

extracted

with

the

left.

This

must

be done quickly.

How to Tell Card Taken From Pack by Trick 'Spirit Writing*

THE INVISIBLE INITIALS.

Secretly select playing card from deck and place it

on

bottom.

Letter the initials of the card

on

back of left

hand

with sharp-pointed piece of soap.

For

instance, the initials

of

the Jack of Spades would

be

J. S.

Appear before audience, and ask someone to divide the deck of cards into two parts. Place a blank piece

of paper

on

top

of

half which

does

not contain the selected card, and place other half of deck

on

top of paper. The selected card will then

be

above the paper.

With your back

turned,

ask

some

person

to

write

the initials

of the card

on

the

piece of paper, and burn

it.

Take

ashes from burned paper and

rub

them

on

back of

hand

containing

invisible soap initials. The ashes

will stick

to the soap, and the initials will mysteriously appear in trick "spirit writing."

HowtoDipHandInto Water and Take It Out Dry

WATER THAT ISNOT WET.

HANDINWATERTAKEN OUT DRY

Here is one that Ripley has missed in his Believe It or Not cartoons. It is possible to dip a hand into a bowl of water and take it out dry. The secret is that the hand is rubbed thoroughly with stearate of zinc powder, which prevents wa- ter

TroubletoSpinanEggMagicianLindhorst'sMethod

HOW TO SPIN AN EGG.

Take a hard-boiledegg,putasmallidentifyingmarkon it, andplace it in a bowl of eggsthat havenotbeen boiled.Bringthebowlbefore an audienceandasksomeone to selectaneggand spin it on end. It will be found impossible tomake the eggs with soft yolks spin, while the performer will find it easytospin theonethat is hardboiled.

HowtoRemoveDimeUnderGlass Without Touching Either 

HOW TO TAKE DIME FROM UNDER GLASS WITHOUT LIFTING GLASS.

Turn a glass upside down on a thick linen tablecloth, place it over a dime, and put a match underthe edge of the glass. Scratch thetableclothwiththe forefingerabouttwoinchesfrom theglass, and