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The New Crystal Target

In the following explanation of the above trick the author begs to bring before his readers what he considers to be a decided improvement on the old glass frame, and which is well worth the attention of the most fastidious performer:
Professor passes two panes of glass, six inches by twelve inches, for examination, also two rubber bands. He places the two glasses together and puts the rubber bands around them, so that they are pressed tightly together, and hangs them from a cord attached to two rods which have been previously inserted in the table top. He now borrows three or four coins, which he loads in a pistol and shoots at the glass, when instantly the coins appear between the two pieces of glass (see Fig. 50). The glass is removed from the cord and given to a spectator, who opens the same and removes the coins, which are returned to the owners. The glass, etc., can again be examined. Two six-inch by twelve-inch glasses (a). Two rubber bands and a piece of brass (see Fig. 51) that will keep glasses apart one-half inch, japanned black. Brass is placed between glasses at B so as to keep the bottom open. Make this as small as possible. Prepare coins as per Fig. 52, and place in slots cut in table top. The cord passes in under the bands from the top of one rod to the other. Double threads to keep the coins from turning are attached by wax pellets to the coins, and then passed upwards in front and over invisible wire-or to ceiling-to assistant. After the glass has been examined in the first place, one pane is placed in front of the threads and the other behind, both are now laid down and the rubber bands put on, and whilst doing this the brass piece is put in place. The pistol is, of course, of the familiar conjuring pattern, and at the moment of firing the assistant pulls threads, causing the coins to suddenly appear between the glasses. Performer now removes glasses, the suspending cord being unhooked for the purpose, secretly getting rid of the piece of brass and brings the glasses forward, in the act of doing which the threads are drawn out, leaving the coins attached between the glasses with wax.
The above is an excellent stage illusion. The author has introduced it on several occasions, to the entire satisfaction of his audiences.