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Modern Magic A Practical Treatise on the Art of Conjuring

Modern Magic
A Practical Treatise on the Art of Conjuring
Title: Modern Magic A Practical Treatise on the Art of Conjuring
Release Date: 2018-10-08
Type book: Text
Copyright Status: Public domain in the USA.
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Modern Magic.



With 318 Illustrations.


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MODERN MAGIC. A Practical Treatise on the Art ofConjuring. With an Appendix containing explanationsof some of the best known specialties of Messrs. Maskelyneand Cooke. 578 pages, 318 Illustrations. Square12mo, cloth, $1.50.

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Introductory Observations 1
The Magic Wand 4
The Magician’s Table 5
The Magician’s Dress 8
Profondes 9
Pochettes 9
“Loading” Pockets 9
General Principles of Sleight-of-hand applicable to Card Tricks.
The Cards 11
To “Make the Pass” 12
To “Force” a Card 21
To Make a “False Shuffle” 23
To “Palm” a Card 27
To “Ruffle” the Cards 27
To “Change” a Card 28
To Get Sight of a Drawn Card 34
To “Slip” a Card 35
To “Draw Back” a Card 36
To “Turn Over” the Pack 37
To Spring the Cards from one Hand to the Other 37
To Throw a Card 38
The “Bridge” 39
Card Tricks with Ordinary Cards, and not requiring Sleight-of-hand.
Simple Modes of Discovering a Given Card 42
Various Modes of Disclosing a Discovered Card 44
To Make a Card Vanish from the Pack, and be found in a Person’s Pocket 46
To place the Four Kings in different parts of the Pack, and to bring them together by a simple Cut 47
The Four Kings being placed under the Hand of one Person, and the Four Sevens under the Hand of Another, to make them Change Places at Command 48
Four Packets of Cards having been formed face downwards on the Table, to discover the Total Value of the Undermost Cards 49
To Name all the Cards of the Pack in Succession 50
The Cards being Cut, to tell whether the Number Cut is Odd or Even 51
The Whist Trick. To deal yourself all the Trumps (see also page 119) 51
To allow a Person to think of a Card, and to make that Card appear at such Number in the Pack as another Person shall Name 52
The Cards revealed by the Looking-glass 53
To Guess Four Cards thought of by Different Persons 53
The Pairs Re-paired 54
The Magic Triplets 55
Another Mode of Discovering a Card thought of 55
To Guess, by the aid of a Passage of Poetry or Prose, such one of Sixteen Cards as, in your Absence, has been Touched or Selected by the Company 56
To Detect, without Confederacy, which of Four Cards has been Turned Round in your Absence 57
To Arrange Twelve Cards in Rows in such a manner that they will Count Four in every Direction 58
To Place the Aces and Court Cards in Four Rows, in such a manner that neither Horizontally nor Perpendicularly shall there be in either Row two Cards alike, either in Suit or Value 58
The Congress of Court Cards 59
Tricks involving Sleight-of-hand, or the Use of Specially Prepared Cards.
The “Long Card” 60
Biseauté or Tapering Cards 60
Tricks Performed by the Aid of a Long Card, or biseauté Pack—vii
A Card having been Chosen and Returned, and the Pack Shuffled, to produce the Chosen Card instantly in various ways 62
To Cut at the Chosen Card 62
To Let all the Cards fall, save the One Chosen 62
To Pick out the Card, the Pack being placed in a Person’s Pocket 62
To Fling the Pack in the Air, and Catch the Chosen Card 63
To Change a Card drawn hap-hazard to the Chosen Card 63
To Divide the Pack into several Packets on the Table, allowing the Company to stop you at any Moment, and to cause the Top Card of the Heap last made to Change into the Chosen Card 65
To Teach the Company a Trick which they Learn without Difficulty; then to allow them to Succeed or cause them to Fail at your Pleasure 65
To Distinguish the Court Cards by Touch 69
To Name any Number of Cards in Succession without Seeing Them 70
To Make Four Cards change from Eights to Twos, from Black to Red, etc. 71
A Card having been Drawn and Returned, and the Pack Shuffled, to make it Appear at such Number as the Company choose 73
The same Trick with several Cards, and by a Different Method 75
The “Three Card” Trick 76
To Nail a Chosen Card to the Wall 77
The Inseparable Sevens 77
The Inseparable Aces 79
Having placed the Four Aces in different positions in the Pack, to make the two Black change places with the two Red ones, and finally to bring all Four together in the Middle of the Pack 80
A Card having been thought of, to make such Card Vanish from the Pack, and be Discovered wherever the Performer pleases 83
To cause a Number of Cards to Multiply invisibly in a Person’s keeping 84
The Pack being divided into two Portions, placed in the keeping of two different Persons, to make Three Cards pass invisibly from the One to the Other 86
To allow several Persons each to draw a Card, and the Pack having been Shuffled, to make another Card drawn haphazard change successively into each of those first chosen 87
To make Four Aces change to Four Kings, and Four Kings to Four Aces 90
Having made Four Packets of Cards with an Ace at the bottom of each, to bring all Four Aces into whichever Packet the Company may choose 91
To Change the Four Aces, held tightly by a Person, into Four Indifferent Cards 93
The Shower of Aces 97viii
Several Persons having each drawn Two Cards, which have been Returned and Shuffled, to make each Couple appear in Succession, one at the top and the other at the bottom of the Pack
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