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After the Dessert
by Martin Gardner


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After the Dessert by Martin Gardner

You will find tricks with bills, cigarettes, coins, matches, silverware, napkins and salt shakers, all things which are readily available at any restaurant or dinner table.

This ebook was written for the performer, professional or amateur, who is seeking good, well-tested effects which do not require elaborate practice, preparation, or skill.

Martin has chosen only tricks which make use of objects found at any dinner table. All are performed while seated, with spectators on both right and left. A few of the effects are original, but most of them have been picked up from friends who picked them up from friends, so it was impossible to trace them to their origin.

Since After the Dessert was such a success, Martin wrote a second booklet with similar impromptu tricks for the table: Over the Coffee Cups.

  1. The Curious Fold
  2. Naming the Date on a Borrowed Bill
  3. Four Piles and a Dollar Bill


  4. The Unreversed Word
  5. The Magic Inhale
  6. Biting the Cigarette


  7. Coin Through the Plate
  8. Vanishing Coin
  9. Testing the Half Dollar


  10. Lighting a Match twice
  11. Color Changing Heads
  12. Folder Mathematics
  13. Shooting the Match
  14. Match Folder Wager
  15. The Nazi Cross


  16. Tapping Table Objects
  17. Japanese Paper Bird
  18. Vanishing Coffee Steam
  19. Travelling Fountain Pen


  20. Table Knife Through Body
  21. Breaking the Spoon
  22. Bending the Spoon
  23. Swallowing the Knife
  24. Musical Knife
  25. Spoon to Knife
  26. Vanishing Spoon


  27. Character Reading from the Teeth
  28. Improvised Brassiere
  29. The Invisible Hair


  30. Vanishing Salt Shaker
1st edition 1941; 22 pages
word count: 6669 which is equivalent to 26 standard pages of text