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Most practitioners of early period magic are familiar with Chapters 22-34 of Book XIII in Discoverie. These are the chapters detailing various juggler tricks. By contrast the first 21 chapters of that book are much more difficult and less interesting. Nevertheless, I have slugged through them more than once, and have found a couple of tricks as well as a few effects that might be of interest to people here.

(My copy of The Discoverie of Witchcraft is a Dover Publications, 1972, although the actual book is of much more recent production).

Chapter XIII, p. 174

1. In this trick a person looks at the card which is then burned, and then the magician finds the card in someone's pocket.
Text: "As for example, he will shew you a card, or anie other like thing: and will saie further unto you; Behold and see what a marke it hath, and then burneth it; and nevertheless fetcheth another life card so maked out of some bodies pocket, or out of some corner where he himselfe before had placed it"

2. In this trick the juggler stabbed the picture of a dove, killing a bird perched on top of a house.
Text: "What wondering and admiration was there at Brandon the juggler, who painted on a wall the picture of a dove, and seeing a pigeon sitting on the top of a house, said to the king; Lo now your Grace shall see what a juggler can doo, if he be his craftes maister; and then pricked the picture with a knife so hard and so often, and with so effectuall words, as the pigeon fell downe from the top of the house starke dead."


Chapter XVIII(p. 178)
1. Context: Experiments with eggs to produce "monsters"
Text: From an egg, "You may also produce (as they saie) the most venomous, noisome, and dangerous serpent, called a cockatrice"
2. Text: "The ashes of a ducke, being put betweene two dishes, and set in a moist place, dooth ingender a huge toad"

Chapter XIX (p. 179)
This chapter includes information drawn from John Baptista Porta's Natural Magic (J. Bap. Neap. is Scot's abbreviation) about which I posted previously. Of particular interest is this: "There be glasses also, wherein one man may see another mans image, and not his own." I will also add that Natural Magic also includes a discussion of how one might make the mirror in Hocus Pocus Junior in which one first sees a single images then sees a multitude of images, ie. "A device how to multiply one face, and make it seeme to be an hundred or a thousand." IIRC, the Natural Magic version uses mercury. Oh well, it is the effect, not the method, that is most important.

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Thank you! The book really is a wonderful inspiration for the odd and Magickal...
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