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More Conjuring Simple Tricks for Social Gatherings by Hercat

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The Table of Contents is placed after the Preface.

This book contains illustrations showing some of the tricks described. The illustrations are available in the HTML version. In this text only version they are replaced by the place holder "[Illustration]", but in the section "Match Puzzles", some simple ASCII diagrams have been created to represent the matches when possible.

In the text only version, italic type is marked like this , and bold face like this. Footnotes are represented with uppercase letters in square brackets.

Two publisher's advertisement pages were placed at the beginning of the book in the printed edition, in this version they have been moved to the end, with the other advertisement pages.

A list of changes to the original publication is given at the end.

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Simple Tricks for Social Gatherings


[Illustration: D&S limited] London: DEAN & SON, Ltd., [Illustration: Hamley's 160a, 35, NEW OXFORD STREET, Fleet Street, LONDON, W.C.] E.C. 1912


The title of this little brochure indicates its contents. Simple Tricks and simple tricks only. No apparatus is required and but little sleight of hand is needed in the performance of any of them. They consist of a series of tricks and problems, easily acquired, suitable for gatherings round the table on winter evenings. Some of them are new and many are old; but even the oldest are new to the rising generation. For six of the latest tricks, "A Hindoo Swindle," "The Elusive Match," "A Subtle Impromptu Effect with a Coin," "A Novel Card Effect," "An Artful Card Force," and "Another Easy Card Force," I am indebted to my friend Mr. F. Walford Perry, a thoroughly up to date and original young conjurer. As I have already said, I have included no tricks which require the exercise of much sleight of hand; but even the most simple trick should be thoroughly practised before you present it to your friends, especially those tricks which require the assistance of a confederate. Rehearse everything with him thoroughly beforehand. Even your "patter" should be rehearsed. But endeavour to lead your audience to believe that, like "Mr. Wemmick's" marriage, it is all impromptu. He said, "Hello! here's a church. Let's have a wedding." You say, "Hand me that serviette ring and I'll show you a trick." If, when the contents of this little volume have been thoroughly digested, my readers desire to make a study of more advanced legerdemain, I recommend my Conjuring Up to Date , Card Tricks with and without Apparatus , and Latest Sleights and Illusions to their notice.

For tricks which require apparatus my readers cannot do better than to send to Messrs. Hamley Bros., Ltd., 35, New Oxford Street, or one of their branches, for their Magical Catalogue.

The Daily Telegraph , in a recent article on "Magic Fifty Years Ago," used these words: "Hamleys' were then, as they are now, the premier manufacturers of magical apparatus." A statement which I cordially endorse. The apparatus sold by Messrs. Hamley Bros. is invariably reliable.

In conclusion I beg to offer my readers the following advice:

Never state the nature of the trick you are about to perform.

Make it a rule never to repeat a trick the same evening unless you have acquired a different way of showing it. In fact, it is advisable to learn several methods of presenting the same trick... Continue reading book >>

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