Act of Murder (Lancashire Detective, Book 1) by Alan Wright

By Alan Wright

Wigan, 1894. The Richard Throstle Magic Lantern corporation proudly offers its ghoulishly renowned magic lantern convey, Phantasmagoria. in the meantime, throughout city a traveling theatre corporation – the Morgan-Drew gamers – plods the provinces within the celebrated melodrama The Silver King. the great people of Wigan are inundated with leisure possibilities, which they sorely want following a contemporary strike which has left town half-starved. but if Richard Throstle is located murdered in his resort room – his spouse Georgina napping beside him – and a forged member of The Silver King is offed onstage in the course of a functionality, the neighborhood police within the kind of Sergeant Slevin take cost of an research with a view to see the curtain pass up on sordid predilections and shameful secrets and techniques.

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Cut the cards a few times. Spread the cards before you. The selected card is the next card to the right of the one you remembered earlier. Pretend to read the spectator's mind and reveal the card selected. ★ ★ ★ 28 ★ Salt Cellar Suspension Effect: A salt cellar is suspended from your fingertip. Secret: All you need, apart from the salt cellar, is a toothpick. Keep the toothpick hidden behind your forefinger as you touch the salt cellar. Secretly push the toothpick into the top of the salt cellar.

Chain Reaction Effect: Paper clips form themselves into a chain. Secret: Link 10 paper clips and put them in one corner of an envelope. Put a strip of glue on the inside of the envelope, just above the chain. Put 10 loose paper clips into the envelope and you are ready to show the trick. Tip out the loose clips then drop them, one at a time, back into the envelope and seal it down. Tear off the corner of the envelope. The chain will drop out. Casually put the envelope in your pocket and display the chain of clips.

Then tip the box to show they have vanished. Spotted Effect: You predict the numbers on two dice. Secret: On a postcard write the numbers four and five. Place the card in an envelope. Glue two dice in one end of the drawer of a large matchbox with the four and five spots uppermost. Put two loose dice in the other end of the drawer. Open the matchbox to show the loose dice. Close the drawer and ask a spectator to shake the box. Take the box back and open the drawer at the end containing the glued dice.

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