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Mechanics of Magic (Feb, 1936)

Mechanics of Magic


• RISING-CARD tricks are ever popular ill the program of the modern magician. The trick here described is perhaps the simplest in preparation, and the most effective of them all. Three cards are chosen (not forced) from a deck and, after being noted by the spectators, are returned individually to different parts of the pack.

Mystifying With Chemical Magic (Sep, 1936)

I like how it states that all of the stunts are harmless then proceeds to explain all the ways the ingredients are not.

Mystifying With Chemical Magic

WHILE all stunts described above are harmless, care should be exercised in the handling of the phosphorous and sulphuric acid (H2S04). Phosphorous when exposed to open air for periods longer than two minutes will burst into flame, therefore submerge it in kerosene when not in use. To protect your fingers from its effects powder them with chalk or talcum. A pair of small forceps may be also used, if available, in handling small pieces of the chemical. In handling the sulphuric acid be sure that none drops on clothing as it rots material.

NEW in SCIENCE (May, 1950)


Static Garter protects you from static electricity explosions in textile mills, and chemical and munition plants. The device consists of a garter connected by chain to a contact pin clipped to the sole. Thus static charges are grounded to a conductive floor. Walter G. Legge, N. Y.

Window Salesman makes customers out of window shoppers. It’s a tape recording device which takes orders from outside by means of a mike inserted in the window. Practical jokers will find it expensive because it will cost them a quarter a shot. Gimbels, Philadelphia.



If you’ve always had a secret urge to be a houseparty Houdini, here are some simple tricks to try on the unsuspecting guests.

Make a burning candle float upright in a glass of water? Sure, it can be done. Weight the bottom of the candle beforehand with a nail or screw and then conceal with melted wax. Plop it all into a glass of water and the balanced candle floats perfectly upright.

There’s Magic in Memory (Jan, 1954)

Of course the whole trick falls apart if your confederate doesn’t get to speak after every single card is picked.

There’s Magic in Memory

No need to be a Houdini or a Trilby to work these amazing card tricks or mind-reading feats.

Just let Dr. Bruno Furst train your mind.

By Dr. Bruno Furst

(Dr. Bruno Furst, lawyer and psychologist, is the director and founder of the school of Memory and Concentration with headquarters in New York and branches all over the country, South America, and Canada. Its Correspondence Course Division extends over five continents. Dr. Furst’s system is taught at many Universities, Colleges, Adult Education Centers, Business Firms, and Trade Associations.)

Mysterious Test Tube Diver (May, 1930)

Apparently not included are the instructions for building a demonic looking ventriloquist’s dummy.

Mysterious Test Tube Diver
AN interesting toy which will mystify party guests is the mysterious diver which sinks down in a jar full of water and bobs up again apparently of its own volition. The diver is made from a test tube and the pool in which he dives is simply a Mason jar filled with water, so the mystery of his conduct is quite striking to anyone not acquainted with the secret. The drawing above shows how an electromagnet is hooked up to make the diver sink when a button is pressed.

Mystifying Tricks with Water and Glasses (Oct, 1931)

Mystifying Tricks with Water and Glasses


For entertainment at a party or after dinner you can’t beat these simple tricks, performed with water and glasses. Though they may seem extremely easy, they will sure make spectators sit up and take notice.

THE dinner was over. Talk lagged for a moment. Suddenly Dick, who was playing with his half emptied tumbler, said, “Who can float a needle on water?”

Secrets of East Indian Magic Exposed (Mar, 1932)

Secrets of East Indian Magic Exposed

by Beverley Barnes

Famous tricks of Indian magicians—the well-known rope trick, the mango tree stunt, the basket illusion, the ability of fakirs to withstand pain—are not so superhuman as they seem. Science has pulled aside the veil of mystery surrounding these apparently phenomenal performances, and proved most of them , to be accomplished by natural means.

Houdini’s Master MAGIC TRICKS EXPLAINED (Feb, 1930)



The Mechanic Who Made Houdinis Trick Magic Apparatus In response to numerous requests from readers who enjoyed his thrilling articles, concluded in the December Modern Mechanics, telling of the methods by which Houdini, the master magician, performed his tricks, Mr. Adams has given us another interesting “behind the scenes” story. He built much of Houdini’s apparatus.




Will L. Lindhorst, the original Chandu, tells you how to perform feats of magic which have amazed many millions.

THE original charter of the Society of American Magicians on Nov. 5, 1921 gave to Will L. Lindhorst the title of Chandu—a name which today has been made famous by his feats of magic on the stage and by radio broadcasts which have thrilled countless millions.

In this article, I will endeavor to acquaint you with several really worthwhile tricks as Chandu explained them to me. Whether or not you wish to become a magician, the tricks presented here will at least afford many happy hours of fun at home or at parties.