AMUSEMENTS EOR EVERYBODY 85
to have a chair of a rather lighter construction for the middle one, as you are thereby enabled to do it with less strain upon the muscles of the body and arm.
Prostrate and Perpendicular
Cross your arms on your body, lie down on your back, and then get up again, without using either your elbows or hands in doing so.
This is a very good feat. Place the toes against a line chalked on the floor, kneel down and get up again without using the hands, or moving the feet from the line.
The Tantalus Trick
Desire a player to stand with his back close to the wall, then place a piece of money on the floor, at a little distance in front of him, and tell him he shall have it if he can pick it up without moving his heels from the wall. Although at first sight it appears very easy to do this, it will be found impossible, as in bending, a part of the body must necessarily go back beyond
the heels, which is of course prevented by the wall. X-7