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Image from page 396 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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handle. The bowl is Fig. 204. beforehand filled with ink, which is thence allowed to run into the handle j after wtiichthe upper hole is stopped with a little pellet of wax, or a smallpiece of paper is pasted over it. By reason of a well-known naturallaw, the liquid will not run out of the lower hole until the upper oneis opened. As the performer dips the ladle apparently into the inkin the bowl, he scrapes off with his nai1 the wax or paper withwhich the upper hole is stopped, and the ink immediately runs intothe bowl, whence it is poured upon the plate. The Inexhaustible Bottle.—The same natural principle whichprevents the ink from flowing into the bowl of the ladle until the inch within the neck of the bottle. x\ small pinhole is drilledthrough the outer surface of the bottle into each compartment, the


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Fig. 205, upper hole is opened, is thebasis of this old but stillpopular trick. The inex-haustible bottle, though inappearance an ordinary glassbottle, is in reality of tin,japanned black. Internallyit is divided into three, four,or rive separate compart-ments, ranged round a cen-tral space, and each taperingto a narrow-mouthed tube,which terminates about an 374 MODERN MAGTC. holes being so placed that when the bottle is grasped by the hand inthe ordinary way {see Fig. 205), each hole may le cover d by one orother of the fingers or thumb. The central space is left empty, butthe surrounding compartments are filled, by means of a funnel witha very tapering nozzle, with the wines or liquids expected to be mostin demand, or to which it is intended to limit the spectators choice.A tray full of glasses, made specially of very thick glass, so as tocontain in reality much less than they appear to do, eompk tes theapparatus. The performer comes forward with the magic bottle, followed byan atte



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