Image from page 59 of “Modern magic. : A practical treatise on the art of conjuring.” (1885)

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Image from page 59 of “Modern magic. : A practical treatise on the art of conjuring.” (1885)
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Title: Modern magic. : A practical treatise on the art of conjuring.
Year: 1885 (1880s)
Authors: Hoffmann, Professor, 1839-1919 Hawkins, Arthur, ca. 1940
Subjects: Magic tricks
Publisher: London New York : G. Routledge and Sons
Contributing Library: Boston Public Library
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Fig. 23. 0 MODERN MAGIC. of two or thn e inches from the lower packet. (See Fig. 23.) Thetop card of the upper packet, being held back by the pressure ofthe fingers upon it, will not move upwards with the rest of thepacket j but immediately the remaining cards are clear, will folditself down on the top of the lower packet. If the top card of thelower packet be examined before and after the slip, the card willappear to have changed, the fact being that the original top cardb-comcs the second after the slip, the slipped card covering it. To Draw Back a Card. (Glisser la carte).—The performer

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Fig. 24. Fig. 25. shows the bottom card, then dropping the pack into a horizontalposition, face downwards, he draws out, with the thumb and secondfinger of the other hand, apparently that card, but really the next aboveit This is effected as follows-—Hold the pack upright in the lefthand between the first finger and thumb, the back of the cardstowards the palm, and the thumb and finger about the middle of eachside of the pack Let the third finger, which should be previouslymoistened, rest on the face of the cards. (See Fig. 24.) You willrind that in this position, by moving the third finger, you can drawback th i bottom card about inch below the remaining cards, and MODERN MAGIC. 37 thereby leave exposed a corresponding portion of the next card. (SetFig- 25*) This is the whole mechanism of the operation. Youmust, of course, take care, after showing the bottom card, to turn thepack downward before you slide back that card in order to draw thenext card in its place. To Turn Over the P

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If you want to see how I made this (and how you can too!), visit my HDR Tutorial. I hope it gives you some new tricks!

This was taken this evening at MGM Studios in Disney World before we went to go see the big fireworks show. The only problem with making your family and 6-year-old son (he is now 8) stand around while you set up your tripod and take a bunch of shots is that it gives them ample opportunity to see little toys they cannot live without.

I took so long to nail this shot that we ended up buying two things that lit up in garish colors and made a lot of racket.

This is a 5 exposure HDR shot at 100 ISO. Whenever there is anything like streaming lights, sun rays, search lights, and the like, the HDR process always makes them pop a bit.

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