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By Katherine Joyce

This article comprises on the subject of a hundred optical illusions, from photo puzzles with hidden gadgets, to shadow puppets, sturdy items that can't exist, directly strains that wave and bend, and pulsating styles.

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H. Time of watch, 9:31. You jot these down as soon as selected and of course the difficulty of writing this way will not make the bit of paper (figure 2) a good specimen of calligraphy, but still it will be legible enough for your assistant to know what each abbreviation means. She knows that the first is a card, the second a dice, and so on. While the messengers are being selected, tear this sheet off quietly and gently in your pocket and make a little ball of it, palm it near the tips of the middle and index fingers, which is very easy to do.

In the same pocket have a very short pencil not too sharply pointed so as not to tear the tissue paper while writing on it. In your vest pocket have a common fountain pen. Thus prepared you are ready to perform the experiment. Under pretense that you are not going to handle the articles you keep your hand in your pocket most of the time, and this gives you a chance to jot down the various abbreviations for the answer. Of course what these abbreviations mean yourself and lady must know. In this case the following are selected: card selected, King of Hearts.

Burlingame Next | Previous | Contents One of the Davenport Rope Ties Use a common wooden bottom chair with two holes at back of seat. Rope used is about two yards long, and tied around one wrist up as far as possible, both hands then placed behind back and wrists tied together, performer holding his arms as straight as possible, so that the rope is tied well up on wrists; then performer steps into cabinet and ends of rope are pushed through holes in chair and secured, door closed and work commences.

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