Anonymous: Hocus Pocus Jr.
Anonymous: Hocus Pocus Jr.
©1635 Printed by T.H. for R.M., London
Hardcover, 57 pages
Hocus Pocus Jr.
Inside Title Page

Comments: "The Anatomie of Legerdemain, or the art of jugling set forth in his proper colours, fully, plainly, and exactly, so that an ignorant person may thereby learn the full perfection of the same, after a little practice. Unto each trick is added the figure, where it is needfull for instruction. The second edition, with many additions." Old English text.

Contents (from the edition at the Library of Congress Harry Houdini Collection)

i To the Reader.

1 The Art of LEGERDEMAINE Discovered.
1 The originall of Legerdemaine, and how it came first into this Kingdome.
2 The Definition of the Art of Legerdemaine, with its principall parts.
2 The end of the Art of Legerdemain.
2 The Definition, or description of the Operator,
3 Of the play of the Balls: the cups and balls
13 How to make a great Ball seem to come through a Table into a Cup.
14 Other very pretty tricks with Balls.
14 Another.
15 Another.
15 How to make a stone seem to vanish out of your hand
16 Another
16 How to make a Card vanish, and finde it againe in a Nut.
17 How to seem to eate a Knife.
18 How to rap a Wag on the knuckles
18 How to seem to swallow a long pudding made of Tinne.
19 How to seeme to cut ones nose halfe off.
20 How to seem to pull a rope thorow your nose.
21 How to make a pile of Counters seeme to vanish thorow a Table.
23 How to seeme to put a ring thorow ones cheek.
24 How to seeme o thrust a Bodkin into your forehead.
24 How to put a Locke upon ones mouth.
25 The use of it.
26 How to make it freeze by the fire side.
27 How to breath fire out of your mouth
27 How to daw ribbins of any colour out of your mouth, and to deliver it by the yard
27 How to make two bells come into one hand, having put into each hand one.
28 How to make a jugling book, or a booke for Waggery.
29 Bonus Genius, or Nuntius invisibilis, or Hiccius Doccius as my senior calls it.
30 Boxes to change Graine.
31 How to vanish a glasse of Beere.
32 How to seem to cut off a mans head, it is called the de-collaion of John Baptist.
33 How to make the face of a childe to appeare in a pot of water.
34 A device whereby you may drinke a Tunnell full of drink, and afterwards seeme to poure the same all out of your sleeve againe.
35 How to seeme to make a tooth drop out with a touch.
35 Another conceit to procure laughter.
36 How to make two or three egges dance upon a staffe.
36 A merry conceit.
36 How to knit an hard knot upon a handkercher, and to seeme to undoe the same with words.
37 A notable feat of Fast and Loose; namely, to pull three beadstones from off a Cord, while you hold fast the ends thereof, without removing of your hands.
39 To burne a threed, and to make it whole againe with the ashes theeof.
40 To cut a Lace asunder in the midst, and to make it whole againe.
40 How to seeme suddenly to melt a peece of Coyne with words.
41 A device whereby you may draw sundry liquors out of one seeming vessell, all which shall be put in at one hole, and all drawne out of another.
43 A very strange tricke whereby you may seeme to cut a peece of Tape into foure parts, and make it whole a|gaine with words.
45 A device how to multiply one face, and make it seem to bee an hundred or a thousand.
47 Of divers pretty Iuggling knacks.
47 Feats by conveyance of money.
47 A notable tricke to transforme a Counter into a Groat.
48 An excellent feat to make a two-peny piece lye plaine in your hand, and to be passed from thence when you lift.
49 How to transforme any one small thing into another form by folding of paper.
49 How to convey money out of one of your hands into the other by Legerdemaine.
50 How to make a six-pence seeme to fall thorow a Table.
50 How to seeme to blow a six-pence out of another mans hand.
51 How to deliver to one man six pence, and to another, another six pence, and to make both the testers come into one mans hand.
52 Conveyance of Cards and Dice.
53 Of Confederacie.
54 How to cast a peece of money away, and to find it in another mans mouth, pocket, or purse.
54 How by the sound of a Counter philliped to tell what side is uppermost, whether crosse or pyle.
55 How to make a bellowing noyse like an Oxe, of a Dogge and Cat fighting together, or of two Mastiffes fighting together.