Spectacular, but simple tricks with coins that can be performed by any one, young or old.
by Kenneth Murray
COIN MAGIC is fun! These tricks are as astounding as larger illustrations and can be performed anywhere. All equipment for a ten or fifteen-minute exhibition will fit nicely in a vest pocket. As it is unlawful to mutilate U. S. coins, use imitation half dollars such as sold by toy stores. Practice each trick in front of a mirror before performing it in public.
The illustrations show how to pass a half dollar through the neck of a narrow-mouth bottle, through a finger ring, and half way through the brim of a hat. Also the method of vanishing three coins in one hand, changing a nickel into a half dollar, causing coins to become magnetized and as a spectacular climax, producing coins out of thin air.
A One-Man Show with a Magic Hat
IMPERSONATING different characters by appearing in a succession of hats is a trick well-known to the stage comedian and one that you can easily perform in your home with the aid of the simple ring of felt shown here. By folding and twisting it, the wearer transforms himself successively into a general, a president, a clown, and as many other personages as ingenuity may suggest. Make the ring of heavy hat felt if procurable; otherwise, have two thicknesses of the lighter grade, that every dry-goods store sells, stitched together on a sewing machine. A mirror behind a screen will help you to adjust your hat carefully but speedily for each impersonation. To aid in learning the shapes, the indicated letters may be chalked on the ring. At the end of entertainment, pull the ring down around your neck and say, “Myself.”
Magic With Magnets
by Prof. Victor Lewitus
NEARLY everyone has either seen or heard about magnets, but very few people realize just how indispensable magnets of one form or another have become.
The Chinese people appear to have been the first to make use of the natural magnetic minerals which they found in certain regions, in great abundance. They discovered that the “lodestone,” as it was called, was capable of attracting some things and not others.