The Sugar Hat

This is an amusing trick that any player may perform with the east. The performer must first place a number of hats on a table and then ask for the sugar-basin. He next selects a lump of sugar and says that he will swallow it, and, by a magic power which he possesses, will guarantee that it shall be under one of the hats – whichever the company may select. Of course, they all think he will secure another piece of sugar and endeavour to place it under the hat chosen and therefore a very sharp lookout is kept on the sugar-basin. The swallows the sugar, asks which hat it is to be under, and on being told, places this on his own head – and of course, fulfil the contract.

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