Written by Unknown

1784
Work of Unknown

120 pages (Hardcover), published by Printed for T. Moore, London
No illustrations.
Language: English

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Unknown Dedication Sir Ashton Lever v
Unknown Preface viii
Unknown The Air Balloon described and how to make one, as has lately been done in France and England how to make air balloons with inflammable air, followed by an introduction to planets and zodiac signs and their astrological meaning
- To make Inflammable Air
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Unknown To cause Mirth, and make Sport with Quick-Silver egg moves on table, mercury 22
Unknown Another Trick with Quick-Silver dumplings jump out of a pot when boiled, mercury 24
Unknown To make a Six-Pence seem to fall through a Table coin wrapped in handkerchief put on table and covered with hat, penetrates table and falls into a glass, handkerchief with coin sewn in corner 25
Unknown The Visible Invisible writing is washed from mirror and appears again on it, breathing glass, anecdote of a a magician who performed the routine and got caught by the audience, on originality 26
Unknown To fasten a Ring or a Six-Pence at the End of a Piece of common Thread, and after burning the Thread, to leave the Ring hanging at the End of the Thread. 30
Philip Breslaw The learned little Swan, One of Mr. Breslaw's Grand Deceptions automaton swan swims in a bowl with letters of alphabet on the rim, spelling a name or swims to named letter, on magnets and anecdote of Breslaw being heckled by Francis Blake Delaval 33
Unknown To take a Bird out of a Cage, and make it appear as dead, or to roll it about as you please. 37
Unknown How, on delivering a Ring to a Number of Persons, to find which Person has got it, which Hand it is on, which Finger, and which Joint. people seated in a row and numbered, calculation is made and result gives answers 40
Unknown How to rub out Twenty Chalks at five Times, rubbing out every Time an odd one puzzle or wager, chalk strokes on a board 44
Unknown A Person holding Gold in one Hand and Silver in the other, to find which the Gold is and which the Silver 47
Unknown To tell if a Person holds Gold in one Hand and Silver in the other, which Hand the Gold is in, and which the Silver is in mathematical calculation, sum shows positions 48
Unknown To find the Number of Points cast on Three Dice sum divination of three rolled dice 49
Unknown To find the Points cast upon Two Dice sum divination of two dice 51
Unknown To make a Person tired, or sweat, at carrying a small Stick of a Room bet / wager 52
Unknown A Trick with a Cock hypnotising a rooster 54
Unknown A droll Trick played with a Fowl roasted fowl comes back to life when pierced with a fork, as a prank / wager 55
Unknown To make an Egg stand an end on a Table or on a Looking-Glass impromptu version 58
Unknown To Put a Candle under Water, a-light, without its going out. diving bell principle 59
Unknown Various Performances and Deceptions with Cards 60
Unknown For a Person to chuse a Card, you not supposed to know what it is, and then for the Person to hold the Cards between his Finger and Thumb, to strike them all out of his Hand but the very Card he had taken. "This is called the Nerve Trick" 61
Unknown To tell what Card a Person thinks upon, though you are not in the Room, or which Card he has touched, or waved his Hand over strange method 62
Unknown To tell what Card you think on in the whole Pack. probability and rudimental form of fishing 63
Unknown How to deliver out Four Aces, and to convert them to Four Knaves four cards put on the table one by one, they transform into other cards 64
Unknown The Glide second card injogged and hidden by fingers 64
Unknown To tell what Card a Person pitches on, without seeing the Card till you find it in the Pack cards shown one by one and stopped at selection, simple overhand shuffle control 65
Unknown To call for any Card in the Pack deck behind back naming card, bringing deck in front of body and dropping card on table, sequence is repeated 67
Unknown Shuffling of Cards so as to always keep one cartain Card at the Bottom overhand shuffling, see ScotRelated to 68
Unknown Containing Geographical Paradoxes ten geographical paradoxes 71
Unknown Dreams and their Interpretations, the Belief in Dreams established from Holy Writ, etc. various symbols in dreams and their interpretations 77
Unknown Electricity. Strange Tricks performed by Electricity on Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Rackstrow, electro shock experiments 89
Unknown How to terrify such as are entirely unacquainted with the Nature of Phosphorus writing and drawing on walls, glowing in the dark, lighting a match 96
Unknown The Art of Fortune-telling by Cards system of reading playing cards 99
Unknown Palmestry displayed, or the Art of telling Fortunes by Lines in the Hands palmistry 102
Unknown Of Moles in every Pat of the Body and the Explanation of them birthmarks on the body and what they signify 104
Unknown To make one tumble and toss all Night, and not be able to sleep horse hair or roach allum to function as itching powder, prank 106
Unknown A merry Trick to make Sport in Company when pipe is lit it sounds like shots from a gun, prank with salpeter and sulfur 106
Unknown To make a Pea dance upon the End of a Piece of Tobacco Pipe 107
Unknown Comical Stories, Puns, Jokes and Repartees 109
Unknown Riddles six riddles 115
Unknown Sentiments and Toasts 120