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Dedication Sir Ashton Lever
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
To cause Mirth, and make Sport with Quick-Silver egg moves on table, mercury
Another Trick with Quick-Silver dumplings jump out of a pot when boiled, mercury
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
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
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.
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
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To take a Bird out of a Cage, and make it appear as dead, or to roll it about as you please.
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
How to rub out Twenty Chalks at five Times, rubbing out every Time an odd one puzzle or wager, chalk strokes on a board
A Person holding Gold in one Hand and Silver in the other, to find which the Gold is and which the Silver
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
To find the Number of Points cast on Three Dice sum divination of three rolled dice
To find the Points cast upon Two Dice sum divination of two dice
To make a Person tired, or sweat, at carrying a small Stick of a Room bet / wager
A Trick with a Cock hypnotising a rooster
A droll Trick played with a Fowl roasted fowl comes back to life when pierced with a fork, as a prank / wager
To make an Egg stand an end on a Table or on a Looking-Glass impromptu version
To Put a Candle under Water, a-light, without its going out. diving bell principle
Various Performances and Deceptions with Cards
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"
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
To tell what Card you think on in the whole Pack. probability and rudimental form of fishing
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
The Glide second card injogged and hidden by fingers
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
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
Shuffling of Cards so as to always keep one cartain Card at the Bottom overhand shuffling, see Scot
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Containing Geographical Paradoxes ten geographical paradoxes
Dreams and their Interpretations, the Belief in Dreams established from Holy Writ, etc. various symbols in dreams and their interpretations
Electricity. Strange Tricks performed by Electricity on Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Rackstrow, electro shock experiments
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
The Art of Fortune-telling by Cards system of reading playing cards
Palmestry displayed, or the Art of telling Fortunes by Lines in the Hands palmistry
Of Moles in every Pat of the Body and the Explanation of them birthmarks on the body and what they signify
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
A merry Trick to make Sport in Company when pipe is lit it sounds like shots from a gun, prank with salpeter and sulfur
To make a Pea dance upon the End of a Piece of Tobacco Pipe
Comical Stories, Puns, Jokes and Repartees
Riddles six riddles
Sentiments and Toasts
Data entered by Lorenz Schär.