THE WOULD-BE CONJUROR (1899)
Article 4649 by Dave Sindelar
What it is: Comic magic short
A yokel helps a magician perform a magic trick. The magician sets the yokel’s hat on the ground and holds the yokel’s nose above it, and then pours coins from the hat. The yokel goes home and tries the same trick on his wife, but….
This short runs less than a minute long, and moves along so swiftly that it’s almost a bit hard to follow. A synopsis I found merely says that the magician “holds the nose” of the yokel, but it certainly looks like he’s making the drippings from the yokel’s nose fall into the hat, which makes this a rather crude trick of sorts. You can probably guess how the yokel’s wife reacts when her husband unsuccessfully tries to pull the same trick on her; it’s amusing and quite logical. No, there’s not much to this one, and the fantastic content really only consists of the trick in question, but it was entertaining enough for its length.