‘The Adventure Of The Dancing Men’ by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Adventure Of The Dancing Men by Arthur Conan Doyle, 1903

The magic trick:

Using a pictograph as part of the text in a story about codebreaking

This is a very odd – and specific – magic trick. But I like it.

Doyle casts Sherlock as a codebreaker in this mystery. The client brings Sherlock several mysterious pictographs to decipher. The cool thing is that they are included in the text, so I suppose any reader could try their hand at cracking the code themselves. And that’s quite a trick on Doyle’s part. 

The selection:

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