Home Fun
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Home Fun

By Cecil H. Bullivant
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Table of Contents
  • HOME FUN
  • PREFATORY NOTE
  • CONTENTS
  • CHAPTER I AMATEUR THEATRICALS
    • Stage Construction and Home-made Scenery
    • The Drop Curtain
    • Home-made Scenery
    • How to Make the “Flats”
    • Papering
    • Making a Portable Porch
    • A Portable Fireplace
    • A Movable Counter or Sideboard
    • A Back-Cloth
  • CHAPTER II MYSTERIES OF MAKE-UP
    • The Foundation
    • Lining
    • “Juvenile” Make-up
    • “Middle-Age” Make-up
    • “Old-Age” Make-up
    • Beards and Mustaches
    • The Removal of Make-up
  • CHAPTER III THE QUICK-CHANGE ARTIST
    • How It’s Done
    • An Inexpensive “Stock in Trade”
    • The Dresser
  • CHAPTER IV CHARACTER IMPERSONATIONS
    • Talent v. Material Aids
    • Knowledge from Nature
    • Speaking Impersonations
    • Temperament
    • Character and Circumstance
  • CHAPTER V THE UNIVERSAL HAT
    • Marvels of Chapeaugraphy
    • Popular Characters
  • CHAPTER VI NIGGER MINSTRELSY
    • The Comical End-men
    • Minstrels’ “Make-up”
    • From Failure to Success
    • Coon Songs
    • Songs and “Gags”
    • One-Act Dramas
  • CHAPTER VII SOME SUGGESTIONS IN BLACK
    • For “Nigger Minstrels”
    • Introducing Jokes
    • Stump Speeches
    • Music for Minstrelsy
  • CHAPTER VIII TABLEAUX VIVANTS
    • True-to-Life Representations
    • Staging
    • Penelope and Ulysses
    • Stage “Props”
  • CHAPTER IX CHARADES
    • An Old Favorite for Indoor Parties
    • An “Artificial Window”
    • “A Seaside Scene”
    • A Portable Tent
    • Outfit for Highwayman
    • A Policeman’s Helmet
    • A Chinaman’s Head Covering
    • Advertisement Charades
    • Baronetcy [BARON-ATE(ET)-CY(SEA).]
      • First Syllable. BARON.
      • Second Syllable. ATE-(ET).
      • Third Syllable. SEA-(CY).
      • Baronetcy
    • Beanstalk
      • First Syllable. BEAN.
      • Second Syllable. STALK.
      • BEANSTALK
  • CHAPTER X THE POSSIBILITIES OF THE MUSICAL SKETCH
    • The “All in All”
    • An Artist—and a Gentleman
    • Music and Words
  • CHAPTER XI VAMPING SIMPLIFIED
    • An Accompanist in an Hour
    • Vamping Chords and their Relative Changes
  • CHAPTER XII AN EVENING AT THE PHONOGRAPH
    • A Concert at Home
    • Humorous Songs
    • General Arrangements
  • CHAPTER XIII MUSICAL GLASSES
    • A Great Inventor’s Hopes
    • Little Water = Low Note
    • Half-Notes
  • CHAPTER XIV HAND-BELL RINGING
    • A Sweet-lipped Friend
    • Bell-ringing Companies
    • “Flourishing”
  • CHAPTER XV THE ART OF DRAWING-ROOM SINGING
    • Correct Breathing and Voice Production
    • Dainty Modern Songs
    • The Value of a Good Accompanist
    • Why Singers Often Fail
  • CHAPTER XVI DRAWING-ROOM RECITALS
    • The Keynote of Success
    • The Speaking Register
    • Appropriate Gesture
  • CHAPTER XVII THE ART OF WHISTLING
    • Methods of a Famous Siffleur
    • Breathing and Tone
    • Suitable Solos
  • CHAPTER XVIII BUNKUM ENTERTAINMENTS
    • The Cuckoo of Society
    • Sure of Success
    • Thought-Reading Extraordinary
    • Fake Ventriloquism
    • The Three Old Maids
    • Bunkum Lectures
    • The Sharp(?)-Shooter
    • The Ghost
  • CHAPTER XIX VENTRILOQUISM IN A MONTH
    • A Practical and Comprehensive Guide to the Art of Valentine Vox
    • All Born Ventriloquists
    • The Initial Stages
    • Breathing Exercises
    • Automaton—or Man?
    • Speaking with Still Lips
    • Two Kinds of Ventriloquism
    • The Old Woman’s Voice
    • Ventriloquial Figures
    • Ventriloquial Figure Manipulation
    • Voice for “Little Boy”
    • The “Distant” Voices
    • “Level” Sounds
    • The “Floor” Voice
    • Ventriloquial Imitations
    • A Dog Fight
    • The Lion and the Cow
    • The Complete Entertainment
  • CHAPTER XX CONJURING FOR ALL
    • Magic Memorized
    • The Dye-Works
    • The Dissolving Coin
    • The Watch and Target
  • CHAPTER XXI SOME KNOTTY POINTS
    • Secrets of Handkerchief Manipulation
    • The One Hand Knot
    • The Wrist Knot
    • The Double Bow
    • The Instantaneous Knots
    • A Flick Knot
    • The Disappearing Knot
  • CHAPTER XXII BLACK STAGE MYSTERIES
    • A Wily Worker of Wonders
    • The Essential Assistant
    • The Floating Barrel
    • The Vanishing Man
  • CHAPTER XXIII CONCERNING GHOSTS
    • Mirror Frauds
    • Unseeing and Disbelieving
    • A Paris Illusion
    • The Sea Nymph
  • CHAPTER XXIV SOME STAGE ILLUSIONS
    • For Home Presentation
    • The Magic Cupboard
    • The Mandarin’s Head
    • “The Head of Mary Queen of Scots”
    • When Three are a Crowd
    • The Floating Lady
    • Houdin’s Mesmerism
    • The Indian Basket
    • The Disappearing Princess
  • CHAPTER XXV THE ROOM OF MYSTERY
    • How to Make a Haunted House
    • A Deceitful Member
  • CHAPTER XXVI MECHANICAL SECOND-SIGHT
    • Approaching the Supernatural
    • Clothes and Materials
  • CHAPTER XXVII PAPERGRAPHY
    • How an Excellent Entertainment may be Given with a Sheet of Paper
  • CHAPTER XXVIII JUGGLING
    • How to Master the Principles of the Art
    • 1. The Vertical Fall
    • 2. Inside and Outside Falls
    • 3. The Parallel Fall
    • 4. Falls from Right to Left
    • 5. The Horizontal Pass
    • 6. The Double Vertical Fall
    • 7. The Double Inside Fall
    • 8. The Triple Pass
    • 9. The Triple Over Pass
    • 10. The Shower
    • 11. The Triple Shower
    • 12. The Double Over Fountain
  • CHAPTER XXIX PLATE-SPINNING AND WALTZING
    • An Exciting Entertainment
    • Prepared Plates
    • Further Feats
    • Balancing
    • Plate Waltzing
  • CHAPTER XXX THE TIGHT-ROPE
    • Trick Balancing
    • The Balancing Pole
    • The “Forward Walk”
  • CHAPTER XXXI CLOG DANCING
    • A Novel Entertainment
    • The First Step
    • Single and Double Shuffles
      • Variation No. 1.
      • Variation No. 2.
      • Variation No. 3.
      • Variation No. 4.
      • Variation No. 5.
    • Variations of Double Shuffle
    • The Slide
  • CHAPTER XXXII SHADOW SHOWS
    • Hand Shadows
    • How to Make the Pictures
    • Figure Shadows
    • The Disappearing Man
    • Puppet Shadow Shows
    • Manipulating the Puppets
    • The Plumber
  • CHAPTER XXXIII LIGHTNING CARTOONS AND “FAKE” SKETCHING
    • A Novel Form of Drawing-Room Entertainment
    • Simultaneous Drawing
    • A Figured Face
    • Smoke Pictures
    • Topsy-Turveydom
    • Shadow Drawings
  • CHAPTER XXXIV FRICTIONAL FUN
    • Some Amusing Electrical Experiments[1]
    • Leyden Jars
    • Gold Leaf Electroscope
    • Electrophorus
    • Discharger
  • CHAPTER XXXV SOME ELECTRICAL EFFECTS
    • The Magic of Mystery
  • CHAPTER XXXVI SAFE SCIENTIFIC EXPERIMENTS
    • Amusing Tricks with Simple Apparatus
    • Piercing a Coin with a Needle
    • A Match Trick
    • The Tricolor Glass
    • Changing Water into Wine
    • The Eruption of Vesuvius
    • A Peculiar Candlestick
    • Making a Paper Fish Swim
    • Floating Pins and Needles
    • Joined by Air
    • Glass Raising Extraordinary
    • A Novel Glass Emptier
    • A Striking Siphon Experiment
    • An Electric Fountain
    • The Bottle Cannon
  • CHAPTER XXXVII SAFE CHEMICAL EXPERIMENTS
    • Twentieth-Century “Black Art”
    • Experiments with Chlorine
  • CHAPTER XXXVIII ODD EXPERIMENTS
    • To While Away Winter Hours
    • Life Partners
    • A Light Experiment
    • The Pyrometer
    • The Broken Bottle
    • Compressed Air
  • CHAPTER XXXIX MORE EXPERIMENTS TIPS AND DODGES FOR THE WINTER EVENINGS
    • The Refractory Cork
    • The Flying Coin
    • A Cigarette-smoking Lamp-glass
    • Water Swinging
    • A Novel Mirror
    • A Disappearing Coin
    • Electrified Paper
    • Electrified Balloons
    • Exploding Flour
    • The Apparently Impossible
    • Making Coal Gas
    • Experiments with Carbonic Acid Gas
  • CHAPTER XL PHOTO PASTIMES
    • Camera Knights’ Experiments
    • Experiment A.—A Fireside Photo
    • Experiments B.—“Photo-Chemical”
    • Experiment C.—Blue Print Paper
    • Experiment D.—To Show the Constituents of White Light
    • Experiment E.—One Person in Two Places—and Spiritualism
    • Spirit Photography
    • Novel Results
  • CHAPTER XLI HOW TO MAKE AND WORK MARIONETTES
    • Constructing the Stage
    • A Movable Curtain
    • Interior Decoration
    • Home-made Figures
    • Working the Puppets
    • Working
  • CHAPTER XLII LIVING MARIONETTES
    • A Good “One Man” Show
    • Comical Effects
  • CHAPTER XLIII A HOME CIRCUS
    • A New Form of Entertainment
    • Other Decorations
    • How is it Done?
    • The Indian Sack Trick
    • Trick Juggling
  • CHAPTER XLIV HOW TO MAKE AND WORK A PEEP-SHOW
    • An Old Form of Entertainment Revived
  • CHAPTER XLV THE “MECHANICAL” PEEP-SHOW
    • Secrets of Lightning Transformations
  • CHAPTER XLVI HOW TO MAKE AND WORK A PUNCH AND JUDY SHOW
    • His Highness of the Hump
    • Packing Up the Show
    • The Puppets
    • Working the Figures
    • The Ghost
  • CHAPTER XLVII DISSOLVING VIEWS
    • Without a Magic Lantern
    • Exhibiting
  • CHAPTER XLVIII INDOOR FIREWORKS
    • Without the Use of Explosives
    • The Firework Boxers
  • CHAPTER XLIX HOW TO MAKE A TELEPHONE
    • For Use at Home
    • Making Mouthpieces
    • The Microphone
  • CHAPTER L TELEGRAPHY AT HOME
    • A Galvanometer Adapted
    • Testing
    • Message Transmitting
    • Morse Alphabet
    • Message
  • CHAPTER LI ELEMENTARY HYPNOTISM
    • The Mysteries and Marvels of “Under-Sleep”
    • Weak-willed Subjects not Essential
    • Auto-Suggestion or Self-Hypnosis
  • CHAPTER LII THE POWERS AND MYSTERIES OF CLAIRVOYANCE
    • Marvels of the “Sixth” Sense
    • Keys to Character
    • Crystal Gazing
    • Simple Manifestations Best
    • The Eternal Question
  • CHAPTER LIII TABLE-TURNING
    • Fun for an Impromptu Party
    • The Presence of an “Unbeliever”
  • CHAPTER LIV PALMISTRY
    • Secrets of the Past, Present, and Future
    • The Phalanges
    • Signs—and Wonders!
    • Guileless and Good
  • CHAPTER LV PHRENOLOGY
    • The Estate “Under the Hat”
    • Bald-Pated Friends
    • Phrenologist—and Man!
    • The Humorous Side of Phrenology
  • CHAPTER LVI TELLING FORTUNES BY CARDS, DICE, DOMINOES, ETC.
    • What the Future has in Store
    • Clubs
    • Spades
    • Hearts
    • Diamonds
    • A Throw of the Dice
    • Fortune-Telling by Dominoes
    • Figured Futurity
    • Divinations by Tarocs
    • Process of Divination
  • CHAPTER LVII GRAPHOLOGY
    • Character from Handwriting
    • The Principal Letters
    • Misleading Signs
  • CHAPTER LVIII A SUCCESSFUL CHILDREN’S PARTY
    • A Word to Grown-Ups
    • Tea Time
  • CHAPTER LIX PARLOR GAMES
    • For Christmas Parties
    • The Clothes-pin Game
    • Proverbs
    • The Game of Shadows
    • Gardeners
    • Tidings
    • The Lawyer
      • An Example
    • Cabbages
    • The Lover’s Coming
    • Telegrams
    • The Fan Fight
    • Panama Canal
    • The Longest Line
    • Musical Buff
    • Magic Hieroglyphics
    • The Auction Game
    • The Whistle
    • The Blind Brothers
    • The Poets’ Corner
    • Jack’s Going Strong
    • Name Divinations
    • Wizard Photography
    • The Missing Ring
    • Apples and Nuts
    • Amiable Dog
  • CHAPTER LX PARLOR TRICKS AND PUZZLES
    • Tangrams
    • A Scissor Trick
    • Blowing through a Bottle
    • A Safe Bet
    • Do not touch the Coin
    • Quis Separabit?
    • Stick no Bills
    • A Mighty Voice
    • A Genuine Match
    • The Dying Fish
    • New-laid Eggs
    • A Will-power Test
    • The Magic Repeater
    • The Obliging Banana
    • The Smoker’s Fancy
    • The Mysterious Bands
    • Sold Again
    • Simple Subtraction
    • A Tricky String Puzzle
    • A Sure Eye
    • “That is the Man”
    • Needle-Threading Extraordinary
    • The Magician’s Bite
    • A Trick in the Sunshine
    • Light a Cigarette Without Matches
    • Another String Trick
    • Try This!
    • A Steady Hand
  • CHAPTER LXI “HOW WOULD YOU——?”
    • Puzzles That Please
      • 1. The Traveling Checker
      • 2. Another Checker Puzzle
      • 3. Joining the Rings
      • 4. The Ten Rows
      • 5. The Cabalistic Sign
      • 6. The Dangerous Anarchists
      • 7. Catching the Donkey
      • 8. Like to Like
      • 9. The Broken Chain
      • 10. The Diamond Cross
      • 11. The Quarrelsome Railways
      • 12. Another Railway Problem
      • 13. The Miter
    • Solutions
      • 1. The Traveling Checker
      • 2. Another Checker Puzzle
      • 3. The Rings Joined
      • 4. The Ten Rows
      • 5. The Cabalistic Sign
      • 6. The Dangerous Anarchists
      • 7. Catching the Donkey
      • 8. Like to Like
      • 9. The Broken Chain
      • 10. The Diamond Cross
      • 11. The Quarrelsome Railways
      • 12. The Other Railway Problem
      • 13. The Miter
  • CHAPTER LXII SOME OPTICAL ILLUSIONS
    • When Seeing Eyes are Blind
    • Hills that Don’t Rise
    • The Stars don’t Twinkle
    • The Dwarf, the Man, and the Giant
    • Color Illusions
  • CHAPTER LXIII CIPHERS AND CRYPTOGRAMS
    • Successful Systems of Secret Writing
    • Russian Nihilist Code
    • The Sphinx
  • CHAPTER LXIV SECRET SIGNS
    • Friend from Foe
    • “Shakes” and “Passes”
    • Pass-Words
    • The “Patteran”
  • CHAPTER LXV GAMES AND AMUSEMENTS FOR THE BLIND
    • The Wonderful Sense of Touch
    • Cards
    • Checkers
    • Halma
    • Dominoes
    • Chess
    • Round Games
  • INDEX
  • Transcriber’s Notes
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