Alan Mays

Alan Mays

Posted on 07/25/2016


Photo taken on July 25, 2016


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The Ghost Card, or the Skeleton on the Wall

The Ghost Card, or the Skeleton on the Wall
A novelty card with instructions for experiencing a ghostly afterimage of a "skeleton on the wall." For a vertical view of the skeleton, see a rotated version of the card (below). The other side contains a list of Whip and Fan Flirtations (below).

For other cards that use the afterimage effect, see Hank Keene's Magic Picture and Lasting Impressions.

The Ghost Card, or the Skeleton on the Wall

Directions. Select a small black spot on a white wall, or white sheet—a spot that you can find again at once; let this spot be in a deep shadow. Then holding the card in the hand gaze intently on the eye of the skeleton, while the light falls brightly on the card. Keep the eyes on this one spot without moving or winking for two minutes; then suddenly look at the spot on the wall for two minutes. Keep the eye very steady in both cases, you will then see distinctly the same skeleton on the wall. For a parlor entertainment this is one of the grandest things ever witnessed.

The Ghost Card, or the Skeleton on the Wall (Rotated) Whip and Fan Flirtations

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