3 Old Tricks From The Scrapbook


Take an ordinary pack of playing cards and arrange the cards of any given suit in the following order : Taking the first card in your hand face upwards, and placing the others on this in like manner :- Three, Eight, Seven, Ace, King, Six, Four, Two, Queen, Knave, Ten, Nine, Five. Now you are ready to show the trick. Take the 13 cards face downwards in your left hand, begin by saying O-N-E-one (passing one card under for each letter) and turn up the fourth which proves to be the ace, place that on one side, and spell T-W-O-two, (again passing one card under for each letter) and produce the two, again placing the card on one side, then place five cards under T-H-R-E-E and so on.


I recently discovered the secret of this trick amongst some papers relating to conjuring that came into my possession. I am unable to give the author, but as I have never seen it published in any form, and as it is a new idea. I give it to the readers with the following explanation.

This test, when performed, has a very striking affect upon the audience. It can be worked up in the performer’s own way. Heat a sheet of glass over a spirit lamp or stove until it is thoroughly hot, and suspend on stage before curtain goes up. Introduce this as first trick. Have a sheet of paper prepared by writing a message on it with diluted sulphuric acid, using clear pen. This writing, when dry, is invisible, but when laid on the hot glass the writing will immediately appear in black characters upon the paper.


The best and most laughable catch ever devised. Before entering the room, provide yourself with a real of cotton. Without breaking the cotton, two or three feet must be unwound and passed through the centre of your coat; then the reel must be deposited in your inside pocket, and the coat put on, afterwards pulling a little of the cotton through your jacket to see if it works freely, when it will appear that the cotton is sticking on the nap of your coat, and someone will try and pull it off- but they pull yard after yard until, the reel is exhausted.