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Sepî. 13, 1938.
F_ ALVA
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AMUSEMENT DEVICE
Filed Feb. 2, 1938
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Patented Sept. 13, 1938
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AMUSEMENT DEVICE
Felix Alva, New York, N. Y.
Application February 2, 1938, Serial No. 188,382
5 Claims.
This invention relates to devices useful in the
performance of tricks of pretended magic and,
more especially, to improvements in means for
discharging cards or the like from an apparently l
5..; empty receptacle such as a hat.
It is among the more important objects of the
present invention to provide a new and improved
device for receiving and substantially automati
cally subsequently discharging a plurality of sets
10-í of cards from an apparently empty receptacle
such as a hat, a box or a similar container.
It is another object of the present invention to
provide a device of the type h-ereinbefore referred
to characterized in that it functions at a pre
l 9 determined time interval after setting, thereby
causing discharge of cards or the like from a re
ceptacle or container when said receptacle or
container is arranged so as to preclude manual
operation by the user.
20It is another object of the present invention to
provide a device of the nature referred to wherein
means are included for discharging a first set
of cards from the receptacle or container and
later dsicharging a second set therefrom at a pre
25.- determined time interval from the discharge of
the first set.
Notable among the features of the device ac
cording to the present invention is that it can
be substantially concealed within a hat or similar
3YO '.container, thereby providing the appearance of
emptiness thereto, but will subsequently and
automatically erect itself for discharge of cards;
It is also a feature of the device according 'to
the present invention that it is compact and
(Cl. 272-8)
of the preferred form of device embodying the
present invention, shown in position within a
hat-like container;
Fig. 2 is substantially a rear elevational view of
the preferred embodiment of the present inven
tion with a portion of the casing thereof removed
to show the interior mechanism and with a
spring member in extended position;
Fig. 3 is a rear elevational view with part of f
the casing removed, similar to Fig. 2, except the 1.0.
spring member is shown in retracted position and
certain interior parts are omitted for clearness;
and
Fig. 4 is a vertical sectional View of Fig. 3,
taken along the line 4_4.
Regarded in certain of its broader aspects, the
device according to the present invention com
prises a plurality of receptacles adapted to re
ceive cards or the like and means associated with
said receptacles whereby cards can be intermit 20
tently discharged therefrom at a predetermined
time. Regarded from a somewhat less broad
viewpoint, the device according to the present
invention comprises a structure of the type here
inbefore referred to wherein spring-pressed 25
members are substantially automatically succes
sively tripped, thereby flipping or otherwise eject
ing cards, positioned in said receptacle, there
from.
In order to facilitate a clearer understanding 30
of the matter of the present invention, the illus
trated embodiment thereof will be hereinafter
described.
Referring then to the drawings, the numeral Iîl
3 ' relatively simple to manipulate, thereby enhanc
generally designates a hat-like structure or re- 35
ing and facilitating its useful employment in
tricks of mock magic.
It is also noteworthy of the device according
to the present invention that it comprises a rela
40> tively small number of parts, is formed of rela
tively inexpensive material and is comparatively
ceptacle wherein the device is positioned, the de
vi'ce itself being generally indicated by the nu
meral I I. It will be understood, of course, that the
type of receptacle to be used in conjunction with
the device according to the p-resent invention de- 40
pends to great extent upon the requirements of
the user and, solely for purposes of illustration,
a hat is employed in the embodiment of the
present invention shown in the drawings.
pair.
The device itself, designated by the numeral ‘15
Other objects, advantages and features of the
II, comprises a body l2 mounted on the bottom
device according to the present invention will be
portion I3 of the member IB by means including
apparent to those skilled in the art during the
bearings, one of which is designated at I4. A
course of the following description wherein a
specific embodiment of the present invention, spring I5 connected to a loop I5a, formed in
a portion of the body and attached to a support 50y
5 O ; herein illustrated, will be described, it being clear
ly understood however that the illustrated pre- ' 15b mounted on the member i3, tends to move
said body member I2 from horizontal to vertical
ferred embodiment is given solely by way of ex
position, that is to say from the position shown
ample and is non-limitative.
'
.
in full. line in Fig. 1 to the position shown in
In the drawings:
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simple to fabricate, thereby permitting c_on
comitant economies of manufacture and/or re
5.5,;
Fig. l is substantially a Vertical sectional view
phantom. This movement of the member I2 is 55k
2.
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normally restricted by means including a trip
lever |6 having a. bent end portion l1 adapted
movement of the member 53 can be at least
to serve as a latch and engaging with a portion
of the member I2 fulcrumed near the place gen
with the hook-like portion 56 of the lever 51
pivoted on the pin 58 and normally held against
erally designated at I8 and provided with an
outwardly extending handle portion I9, whereby
the stop 59 by means including a coil spring 60
attached to said lever arm at the place generally
the user or operator of the device can manipu
designated at 6|. Although in Figs. 2 and 3 only
late said lever arm, thereby` permitting said
one of the levers 51 is shown, it will be observed
upon scrutiny of Fig. 4 that a pair of these levers
is provided, one on each side of the receptacle de 10
ñned by the walls 22 and 21 and engaging with
spring t5 to move said body l2 from horizontal
into substantially vertical position.
Control
mechanism, generally indicated at 29 and here
inafter described, is also mounted on a side por
tion of the hat or other receptacle, substantially
as shown in Fig. l.
Referring now to Figs. 2, 3 and 4, itïw'illbe'
seen that the device || comprises a casing com
prising a front portion 2|, a back portion' coin
prising the members 22 and 23, side portions~24l
and 25 and a bottom 2‘8.
The top of the casing
largely prevented by engagement of said member
projecting end portions of the crosspiece 53, sub
stantially as shown, said levers 51 being associated
with each other by means including a crosspiece
5111i Cards 63 positioned Within said receptacle 15
rest upon said crosspiece 53 whereby, upon dis
engagement of the hook-like portion 56 from the
end-parts'of said crosspiece, said cards Will be
forcibly ejected from said container by means in
cluding the resilient spring-like member 50.
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_Upright standards 10 and 1| attached to the
is open and substantially unobstructed but is'
divided by partition member 21 mounted on the
sides 24 and 25 positioned substantially parallel` front and back'v 2| and _23 and the sides 24 and¿
to the back and front portions and extending 25 of the casing or body member, are provided
through said body |2 from the top thereof to a with openings formed therein adapted to slidably
place near the bottom 26, being terminated in an hold the bar-like member 4'8 substantially as 25
upturned box-like portion including the parts shown. It will be noted that the end portion 46a
28 and-29 substantially as shown. It'will-befob
of said bar-like member projects through an open
served that the partition 21 and the front' 2| ing formed in the side 25 and that a collar 12 is
define a receptacle 30, the bottom of which com
30 prises a ledge or shelf-like member 3| attached to
ñxedly attached and carried on said bar-like
member 46 and is arranged to abut against a re
said front'part 2|, said receptacle being-adapted
silient spring-like member 13 whereby said bar
to receive a plurality of cards, certain of which
are designated at 32.
A resilient spring-like member 34 mounted on
a pin 35 positioned on a part of the partition
member 21, normally tending to move the free end
portion thereof to the upper part of the partition
by means including a coil spring 31, is formed on
the end thereof to provide a hook-like member 38
adapted to strike and eject cards 32 from said
receptacle during the course of the upward move
ment of said hook-like end'portion. The hook
like member will normally be moved to cause said
like end portion of the member 34 is, however,
normally held beneath the bottoms of the cards
45 32 and the ledge 3| by means including a pivoted
latch member 39 having a projecting formation
40 near the top thereof adapted to engage with
said hook-like part of the member 34 and restrict»
the upward movement thereof. The member 39
is pivoted on the pin 4|. It will be noted that the
member 39 normally tends to move in a clockwise
direction, as shown in Fig. 2, by means‘includingv
a coil spring 42 attached to said lever- at the
place generally designated at 42a. The end por
'.tion of the lever is bent to provide apart` 45 hav
ing an opening formed therein adapted to re
ceive but not engage with the slidablef‘bar-like
member' 46 to be hereinafter described.
Bottom portion 28 of the receptacle, deñned'
60 f by the partition member 21 and the back part 2-2
in the body member, serves as a support for a
flat resilient spring-like member 50 which is piv
oted thereto as at 5I, substantially as shown,A
and, when in extended position-would normally
at least tend to move the free end portion of said
member 50 to a position outside the receptacle.
The free end portion `of the member V5|! is attached,
_ as for example by means of a pivot or similar
collar to abut against the upright standard 1|,
substantially as is shown in Figs. 2 and 3. It will
also be -noted that the bar-like member 46 carries
ñxedly attached thereon a collar 14 adapted to
abut against parts of and _actuate the lever 39
hereinabove described. A spring-pressed U
shaped member, generally designated at 15 and
comprising side parts 16 and 11, united by a cross
piece 18 mounted on the member 48 by means in
cluding a pin 19, is normally held in substantially
the position shown in Figs. 2 and 3 by means in
cluding coil springs 80 and 8| mounted on said
pin 19 and engaging with parts of the side mem 45
bers 16"and 11; It will‘be observed that a stop 8'2
attached to said side parts and adapted to abut
against the bar-like member 46, at least tends
to limit the counter-clockwise rotative move
ment of said member 15.- It will be noted that
during sliding movement of said bar-like member,
said member v15 will engage with the pivoted lever
arm 51, substantially as will be hereinafter de
scribed.
The control mechanism generally designated 55
at -20'comprises a so-called delayed release mech
anism, such as is commonly used in photographic
cameras and the like, and comprises a gear box
85 mounted on a supporting member |36, the latter
of which is formed with a forked end 81 adapted
to engage with and holda portion of a cable re
lease 88 having a projecting tongue-like member
89 which, when the members are assembled in
the relationship shown, is positioned adjacent
an operating plunger 90 of the delayed release
mechanism. It will be noted that the opposite
end of the cable release 86 is providedA with a
threaded end partA adapted to engage with a
fastening means 52, to a sliding crossbar 53 po
threaded bushing in the side 24 of the body of
sitioned within slot-like cutaway portions desig
the device, substantially as'shown in Figs. 2 and“
nated at 54 and 54a, formed in' the members 2'2 3, whereby as the delayed release mechanism 20'
and 21, respectively. Although it will beseen functions, the projecting portion 9| of.I the cable
that the member 5o normally tends to move the 88 abutting against an'end part 92 'o'f- the bar
crosspiece 53 toward the upper portion of the slots like member 46 at least tends to move» same
75?V 54 and 54a, it will also- be-obse'rved that this against the force ofthe spring 13~.l It~will,~of 751l
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course, be understood that the delayed release
mechanism employed in conjunction with the de
vice according to the present invention will be
of the type wherein the actuating plunger 99
moves outwardly from the gear box 85 to de
press plunger 89 of the cable release at a pre
determined time interval from the time of setting,
and that after the cable release mechanism has
been actuated a predetermined time interval will
10 elapse before pressure is released therefrom and
the member 98 retracted into the gear box 85.
Accordingly, it will be seen that during operation
the bar-like member 45 is moved toward the
right, as illustrated in Figs. 2 and 3, and subse
15 quently moved toward the left, the first movement
being caused by the positive action of the delayed
release mechanism and the second movement be
ing caused by the positive action of the spring
73 in conjunction with the retracting movement
20 of the delayed release mechanism.
In operation, the delayed release mechanism
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cluding the resilient compressed spring-like mem
ber. 50 hereinbefore described.
L It will be observed'then that during operation
of the device, after displaying the receptacle to beV
apparently empty, certain cards are first ejected
from- one of the receptacles at a predetermined
time interval after commencement of operation
and that subsequently thereto, and at a predeter
mined time interval thereafter, other cards are
forcibly and positively ejected from another re
ceptacle within the device.
It is to be understood that this improvement is
capable of extended application and is not con
fined to the exact showing of the drawings nor
to the precise construction described and, there 15V
fore, such changes and modifications may be>
made therein as do not affect the spirit of the
invention nor exceed the scope thereof as ex
pressed in the appended claims.
>What is claimed is:
20
> l. A device of the type described comprising a
generally designated at 2U, is set and started in box-like casing, a relatively ñxedly mounted par
operation. It will, of course, be understood that> `tition Within said casing dividing the interior
thereof into a first and a second compartment,
the body proper of the device generally desig
means for positively ejecting cards and the like
nated at l2 will be positioned substantially hori
25
zontally, as in Fig. 1, being held in said position positioned in said ñrst compartment therefrom,
by means including the lever arm I6 as herein
means for positively ejecting cards and the like
before described. After demonstrating to the
spectators that the hat or receptacle is apparently
positioned in said second compartment therefrom,
and means for intermittently actuating said eject
ing means associated with said first compartment 303
and for actuating said ejecting means associated
with said second compartment at a predeter
mined spaced time interval after actuation of
30 empty, the operator then positions the receptacle
so that the interior thereof is not visible to the
audience and by depressing the end portion I9 of
said lever I5, the body I2 of the device is moved
into substantially vertical position as shown in
35 phantom in Fig_ l. Meanwhile the delayed re
lease mechanism 20 has been functioning and at
a predetermined time interval after commence
ment of operation of said mechanism, the bar
like member 46 will be moved toward the right of
the device as shown in Figs. 2 and 3, thereby
40
causing the collar 14 to engage with the portion
¿i5 of the trip lever 39 and moving said lever in a
counter-clockwise direction and releasing the
hooked end portion 38 from engagement with the
45
portion Ll!! of said lever, whereby cards positioned
within the receptacle, deñned by the front por
tion 2| and the partition 21,“ will be flipped or
ejected therefrom as the free end portion of the
member 34 moves upwardly in the manner here
ejecting means associated with said ñrst com
partment.
2. A device of the type described comprising a
box-like casing, a relatively íixedly mounted par
tition within said casing dividing the interior
thereof into a ñrst and a second compartment,
means for positively ejecting cards and the like 40
positioned in said first compartment therefrom,
comprising a spring-pressed arm, a hook element
carried on an end of said arm adapted to sweep
through said first compartment and engage with
cards therein during movement of said arm into 45
extended position, a Vfirst latching means engag
ing with portions of said arm for holding same in
retracted position, means for positively ejecting
cards and the like positioned in said second com
partment therefrom, comprising a spring-pressed 50
inabove referred to.
As the member 46 continues in its movement bar vertically slidable'in said casing whereby said
toward the right, as illustrated in Figs. 2 and 3, bar engages with cards positioned in said com
partment as it moves to extended position, a
the U-shaped member 'l5 rides over the end por
tion of the trip levers 5l and springs up behind second latching means engaging with portions
same by reason of the coil springs 8| associated of said bar for holding same in retracted posi 55
55 with said U-shaped member as hereinbefore de
tion, and means for actuating said iirst and
second latching means at predetermined spaced
scribed. At a predetermined time interval there
after the plunger 9|] of the delayed release mecha
time intervals.
.
3. A device of the type described comprising a
nism is retracted within the gear box 85, thereby
permitting the bar-like member 4B to be moved container having a base portion, supporting 60
60 leftwardly, as illustrated in Figs. 2 and 3, by
members carried on said base portion, a box-like
means including coil spring 13 acting against the casing, supporting means connecting said mem
collar 'l2 mounted on said bar-like member. As bers and said casing whereby at least some rota
the bar-like member moves toward the left, the tivev movement of said casing relative to said
U-shaped member 'l5 engages with the trip levers container is permitted, a relatively ñxedly 65
65 5T, it being noted that although counter-clock
mounted partition within said casing dividing the
interior thereof into a first and a second com
wise rotative movement of said members is pre
cluded, clockwise rotation thereof is not; hence, as partment, means for positively ejecting cards and
the member 45 moves toward the left as aforesaid, the like positioned in said first compartment
therefrom, comprising a spring-pressed arm 70
said arms 5l are moved in a clockwise direction,
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thereby disengaging the end portions 56 thereof
from connection with the projecting parts of the
crossbar 53, whereby cards 63 positioned within
the receptacle deñned by the‘back 22 and parti
75 tion 2l, are ejected therefrom through means in
mounted at one end of said partition, a hook
element carried on the other end of said arm
adapted to sweep through said first compartment
and engage with cards therein during movement
of said arm into extended position, a first latch 75
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ing means engaging with portions‘ of said armïfor
holding same in retracted position, means for
positively ejecting cards and-thelike‘position'ed
in said second compartment therefrom, compris
. ing arspring-pressed bar vertically. slidable‘in
said casing-in slot-like openings formed in sidesV
thereof whereby said bar engages with cards posi
tioned in said compartment as it moves to ex
tended position along said slots, a second latching'
means engaging with portions of said bar for
holding same in retracted position, and means for
actuating said first and- second latching means
and associating said arm and‘bar respectively
from engagement therewith at predetermined
spaced time intervals.
.
4. A device of the type described comprising
a box-like casing, a relatively ñxedly mounted
partition within said casing dividing the interior»
thereof into a firstl and a second compartment,
20. means for positively ejecting cards and thelike
thereafter, said second latching means is actu
ated.
5. A device of the type described comprising a
container having a base portion, supporting
members carried on said base portion, a box-like 5
casing, supporting means connecting said mem
bers and said casing whereby at least some rota
tive movement of said casing relative to said
container is permitted, a relatively fixedly mount
ed partition within said casing dividing the in l0,
terior thereof into a iìrst and a second compart
ment, means for positively ejecting cards and the
like positioned in said ñrst compartment there
from, comprising a spring-pressed arm mounted
at one end of said partition, a hook element car
ried on the other end of said arm adapted to
sweep through said first compartment and en
gage with cards therein during movement of said
arm into extended position, a first latching means
engaging with portions of said arm for holding 20,
positioned in said ñrst compartment therefrom
samev in‘ retracted position, means for positively
comprising a spring-pressed arm, a hook element
ejectin‘gïcards and the like positioned in said
second» compartment therefrom, comprising a
spring-pressed bar vertically slidable in said cas
ing-‘in slot-kike openings formed in sides thereof
whereby said bar engages with cards positioned
carried on an end of said arm adapted to sweep
xthrough said first compartment and engage with
cards therein during movement of said arm into
extended position, a iirst latching means en
gaging with portions of said arm for holding same
in retracted position, means for positively eject
ing cards and the like positioned in said second
compartment therefrom, comprising a spring
pressed bar vertically slidable in said casing
whereby said bar engages with cards positioned
in said compartment as it moves to extended po
sition, a second latching means engaging with
¿ portions of said bar for holding same in retracted
position, means for actuating said first and sec
ond latching means at predetermined spaced
time intervals comprising a spring-pressed slid
able rod, means for imparting substantially uni
40 form reciprocating movement of predetermined
rate to said rod, means comprising a relatively
stationary lug carried on said rod engaging with
said ñrst latching means whereby as said rod is
moved in one direction said latching means is ac
tuated and said spring-pressed arm is released,
and means comprising a spring-pressed lug car
ried on said rod engaging with said> latching
means and adapted to actuate same, releasing
said bar only when said rod is moved in a direc
tion opposite from that causing actuation of said
_ ñrst latching-means whereby duringthe recipro
cation of said rod said ñrst latching means is
actuated and, at a predetermined time interval
in said compartment asl it moves to extended
position along said slots, a‘second latching means
engaging with portions of said bar for holding
same'in retracted position, means for actuating
said first and second latching means and asso
ciating said arm and ba'r respectively from en
gagement therewith at predetermined spaced
time’ intervals, comprising a spring-pressed slid
able rod,` means for imparting substantially uni
form' reciprocating movement of predetermined
rate to’said rod, means'comprising a relatively
stationary lug carried on- said rod engaging with
saidl ñrst latching means whereby as said rod is
moved in one direction said latching means is 40
actuated-and said spring-pressed arm is released,
and means comprising a spring-pressed lug car
ried on said rod engaging with said latching
means andadapted to actuate same, releasing
said bar only when’said rod is moved in a direc
tion opposite from that‘causing actuation of said
first latching means whereby during the recipro
cationiof said rod said first latching means is
actuated and at a'predetermined time interval
thereafter said second latching means is actu
ated.FELIX ALVA.
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