Magic Trick: The Magician's Clothes

The coat is generally provided with four special pockets, in addition to the several pockets found in every well-made garment of its kind. Of these special pockets two are in the breast, one on each side, and two inside the coat tails, also one on each side. The breast pockets are inside the coat and nearly under the arms. They open perpendicularly and are spacious enough to hold a rabbit, a pigeon, or other large object. The tail pockets are about seven inches in width and six in depth, and the opening slants slightly, being higher at the back than at the front. They are placed so that the performer's knuckles touch the opening when his arm hangs at his side. They are professionally known as profondes, and into them is dropped anything of a reasonable size that the performer wishes to be rid of. Some performers have a tempered wire stitched around the opening to make it more accessible.

The trousers, at each side of the back just above the thigh, have a small pocket, called a pochette, of a size to hold a billiard ball.

On each side of the vest, inside, there is often a large pocket with a perpendicular opening, to hold large objects that the performer may wish to produce during his performance. It is also well to have a broad elastic band sewed to the lower inside edge of the vest. This makes the vest fit tightly around the waist, and prevents concealed articles dropping out prematurely.

A pocket to wear under the front of the vest

A servante

Some performers wear under the front of the vest a pocket of which the mouth comes just to the opening of a dress vest, and the lower part passes under the waist band of the trousers. It is made of an aluminum plate, about seven inches in width and five in depth, bent to conform to the shape of the performer's body and tapering down to a rounded point. From side to side of the upper part is riveted a narrow strip of hard brass, convex in form, and the whole is covered with white canton flannel, the smooth side on the outside, to form a pocket, as shown in the accompanying illustration. Into this may be dropped any small article to be got rid of, as, for example, a ball that has been palmed, etc. This pocket may be slipped in place or removed in a moment, which is a great advantage.

As most amateurs will not wish to have their clothes cut up for the sake of the pockets we have described, they will find that detachable pockets made of some black stuff and fastened in place by black safety pins will prove entirely satisfactory.

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