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Peerless Prestidigitation Being a collection of entirely new ideas and effects in the fascinating art of modern magic   By:

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PEERLESS PRESTIDIGITATION

BY

HERBERT DE CASTON.

[Illustration: HERBERT DE CASTON.]

Peerless Prestidigitation.

BEING A COLLECTION OF ENTIRELY NEW IDEAS AND EFFECTS IN THE FASCINATING ART OF MODERN MAGIC.

BY HERBERT DE CASTON

ASSISTED BY The Leading South African Magicians.

COPYRIGHT 1910.

( Entered at Stationers' Hall. )

HAMLEY BROTHERS, LIMITED, LONDON.

BRADBURY, AGNEW, & CO. LD., PRINTERS, LONDON AND TONBRIDGE.

INTRODUCTORY SPEECH.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

In calling your attention to a deceptive entertainment, Legerdemain, more generally known as Conjuring, a few introductory remarks may not be out of place. The superstition that existed in the early ages, when wizards and magicians were supposed to exist, time has not worn out; the mystery that hangs over all professors of magic is still in part retained. Many there are who class them amongst supernatural beings, their seeming impossibilities are converted into positive realities, their power supposed to be supreme. Now, were I, in this the twentieth century, to stand before you professing to be a wizard or a magician or, in fact, to be that which I am not endowed with supernatural power, it would be looked upon as a gross insult to your good sense; for in truth the only peculiarity of my profession is to deceive yours to detect. If my hands are quicker than your eyes, I shall have the pleasure of deceiving you; but, on the contrary, if your eyes are quicker than my hands, the reverse will be the result.

CONTENTS.

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INTRODUCTORY SPEECH 3

THE LATEST CARD FORCE 5

THE PHANTOM CARD 6

THE "DE CASTON" METHOD OF "RISING CARDS" FROM HAND 7

DE CASTON'S DISCOVERY 9

A SPECTACULAR HANDKERCHIEF COMBINATION 10

AN ORIGINAL CONCEPTION WITH EGGS AND FLAGS 19

A NEW HANDKERCHIEF COMBINATION 22

THE "PHANTOM" COIN TRICK 24

AN ORIGINAL "EGGSTRA" SPECIAL COMBINATION 26

All Tricks described in this book can be purchased at HAMLEY BROS., LTD.

Peerless Prestidigitation.

THE LATEST CARD FORCE.

Effect. A pack of unprepared cards is shuffled by any member of the audience and handed to the performer, who requests one of the spectators to secretly note a card by simply raising a portion of the pack whilst held in the hand of the performer, who turns his head away whilst this is being done. The cards are again shuffled, and the performer instantly names the selected card.

[Illustration]

Modus Operandi. After the cards have been thoroughly examined and shuffled by the spectators the performer takes the pack (face downwards) and quietly bends them over his hand, the bend being so slight that it is hardly noticeable. He then grasps the pack at one end between the first finger and thumb of either hand, and requests a spectator to select a card in the manner described above. It will be found that the action of raising the cards causes a slight break at the spectator's card, and enables the performer to insert his little finger beneath the same and make the pass which brings the selected card to the bottom. After getting a glimpse of the card the pack can be again shuffled and the trick brought to a conclusion in any manner desired.

THE PHANTOM CARD.

Effect. A pack of cards is spread face downwards upon the table, and one of the audience is requested to choose five cards and hand the same to the performer, who arranges the cards fan shape in his hand. The spectator is now asked to name any one of the five cards, after which the performer drops the cards face upwards upon the table, and, to the astonishment of the audience, the named card has entirely vanished, four cards only being visible. These cards are now turned face downwards and mixed with the remainder of the pack, which it will be remembered is still lying scattered upon the table... Continue reading book >>




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