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May 31, 1949.
Filed June l, 1948
3 Sheets-Sheet 1
May 3l, 1949.
3 Sheets-Sheet 2
- Filed June l, 1948
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May 3l, 1949.
Flled June l, 1948
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Patented May 31, 1,949
Edward Loyd Enochs, Modesto, Calif.
Application .I une 1, 1948, Serial No. 30,224
l0 Claims. (C1. 272-8)
The bottom ¿l of the container I, which bottom
Il corresponds to the top part of a hat, is rela
tively heavy, and is reinforced on the inside by
hat trick; the tri-ck contemplating the `showing of
a rectangular metallic base plate 5 fixed thereto.
an apparently empty top hat, and then the pop
The base plate 5 includes laterally and out
ping up of a facsimile rabbit’s head from within
wardly projecting extensions 6 which carry, on
the hat.
opposite sides of the hat, upstanding legs 'I. The
Another object of the invention is to provide a
legs 'I are iitted, on top thereof, with relatively
hat trick toy, as above, wherein the facsimile rab
narrow, horizontal platforms 8 disposed in align
bit’s head is normally disposed in the crown
portion of the hat beneath a false bottom of 10 ment transversely of the container and in a plane
about half way between its ends.
flexible material such as felt or the like; such
The container I is fitted therein, in substan
false bottom being split from end to end to per
tially the aforesaid plane, with a false bottom,
mit the head to pass therethrough and rise out
indicated generally at 9; such false bottom 9
of the hat.
comprising a pair of half oval flaps I0, of flexible
A further object of the invention is to provide
material such as felt, fixed at their outer edge por
a hat trick toy, as in the preceding paragraph,
tions to corresponding platforms 8. Adjacent
which includes a novel spring-actuated erection
edges of the flaps I0 are straight and lap slightly,
or lifting mechanism for raising the head from
This invention is directed to, and it is an object
to provide, as a toy, a novel, simulated magician’s
as at II.
its normally concealed position, through the split
y stabilizing flange l 2.
The above described false bottom 9 separates
the interior of the container I into an upper
compartment I3 and a lower compartment I4.
The normally folded spring-actuated lifting
mechanism is normally disposed in the lower
compartment I4 and comprises the following
ture, economical to manufacture, yet producing
a unique and amusing visual effect when in use.
structural arrangement:
A further object of the invention is to provide
a practical and reliable hat trick toy, and one
which will be exceedingly effective for the purpose
for which it is designed.
These objects are accomplished by means of
such structure and relative arrangement of parts
as will fully appear by a perusal of the following
specification and claims.
In the drawings:
Fig. 1 is a side elevation of the hat trick toy,
partly in section, showing the facsimile rabbit’s
head and the lifting mechanism in its normal
At one or both ends, and under the
flaps IIJ, they may be supported, normally, by a
false bottom, and to a position projecting out of
the hat for exhibition; said mechanism normally
being folded into the hat beneath the false bot
tom, and releasably latched in such position.
An additional object of the invention is to
provide a hat trick toy which is simple in struc
An articulated arm unit, indicated generally at
I 5, of normally Z-shape, is disposed in said lower
compartment I4 and includes a relatively short
lower arm lli; a relatively long intermediate arm
Il; and a relatively short upper arm I8. The in
termediate arm Il normally extends lengthwise
of, and centrally below, the lapped edges II of
the flaps ll) of the false bottom 9.
The lower arm I6 is connected, at its lower end,
to the base plate 5 generally centrally thereof by
a spring hinge I9, and thence extends at an up
ward incline to connection with the intermediate
arm Il by means of a spring hinge 2B adjacent,
Fig. 2 is a plan view showing mainly the false
but short of, one end of said arm. Outwardly of
bottom of the hat; the facsimile rabbit’s head,
the spring hinge 2i) the intermediate arm Il car
hidden below said false bottom, being indicated
ries a counter-balance weight 2 l.
in broken lines.
At its opposite end said intermediate arm Il
Fig. 3 is a side elevation, partly in section, 45
is normally supported by an upstanding flange
showing the facsimile rabbit’s head as erected
22. The upper arm I8 is connected at its lower
and projecting out of the hat for display.
end to the intermediate arm Il on the top side
Fig. 4 is a direct front elevation, partly in sec
and adjacent the end corresponding to the up
tion, with the parts as in Fig. 3.
Referring now more particularly to the charac 50 standing flange 22 by a spring hinge 23. The up
per arm I8 is secured in a relatively deep, nor
ters of reference on the drawings, the hat trick
mally downwardly~opening slot 2d in a facsimile
top comprises a container I in the form of, and
rabbit’s head 25 likewise disposed in the lower
closely resembling an inverted top hat, including
compartment I4. By slotting the facsimile
a brim 2, which surrounds the open end 3 of said
55 rabbit’s head 25, as at 24, said head may straddle
folded position.
the intermediate arm l1 and thus rest much lower
in the container l than would otherwise be the
detail may be resorted to as do not form a de
parture from the spirit of the invention, as de
device, still in practice such deviations from such
fined by the appended claims.
Having thus described the invention, the fol
lowing ís claimed as new and useful, »and upon
which Letters Patent »are desired:
1. A trick comprising, as a toy, a container
open at one end .and closed by a bottom at the
other end, a false bottomin the container above
The facsimile rabbit’s head 25 includes a neck
portion 26 on the front of which is amXed a bow
tie 21; such bow tie serving to conceal from the
front, a view of the mechanism by means of which
said head is lifted to its outwardly projecting
position, as hereinafter described. The head 25
also includes facsimile, ears 28.
The above described lifting mechanism tends
the bottom, the false bottom being of flexible
to erect under the action of the spring hinges
material and having a split therein, a facsimile
I9, 2U, and 23, but such erection is normally pre
member normally disposed in the chamber be
tween the bottom of the container and the false
bottom, a device normally lwholly in said cham
ber supporting the facsimile member and adapt
edto eject said member through the slit false
bottom to a position exposed to view above the
container, means tending to actuate the device,
vented by a catch pin 29 which extends through
an opening 30 centrally in the bottom 4, and
thence passes through an elongated slot 3l inthe
intermediate arm il. At its upper end the catchl
arm 29 includes a hook 32 which engages through
an opening 33 in the upper arm lc and hookingl‘y
engages with the top surface of the latter ad
jacenmsa-id opening. The- catch pin- 2Q projects
only-,slightly'below the -bottom là.
A leaf-springl 34 «'betweenfthe base plate ëand
catclfipin-` 231 norma-lly» holds the latter in its
latched-.or hooked position», as shown in Fig. 1.
When-theA above described hat trick toy is »in
use,-f_the'container i», which appears as a top hat,
isfiirst manipulated so that the the audience may
lookyinto-»thef open end l3; the false bottom ä giv
ing» the impression that the container or hat is
and releasable holding means operative to nor
mally prevent Iactuation of said ñrst named means.
2. A trick comprising, as a toy, a container
open at the top- and having a-bottom, the; con
tainer being of the form `and appearance of a
25 top hat, a flexible false bottom in the container
intermediate its ends, the false bottom having
asplit therein, a facsimile head vnormallyinthe
chamber below the false -bottom, a normally folde
ed, articulated arm unit supporting the yhead in
saidchamber but adapted -tc-erect through the
slit false bottom with the headto4 positiony the
latter in view above the, container, springmeans
tending to erect the; arm unit, and manually
releasable holding means operative to normally
empty, which innoressionl may be strengthened
by».»applying» simulated trademarks to the outside
ofthefflaps lll. After the illusion of emptiness
hlas‘beenacreated, the container I is manipulated
sonthatthe audience can no longer see through 35 prevent actuation of- the spring means; said ar
the open end 3,- whereupon the catch pin 29 is
ticulated Aarm unit normally beingr generallyof.,
released»,withnnnoticeable motion of one of the
Zfshape, and the spring means being spring
hinges connecting »adjacent arms Iof the unit to.
fingersy of lthephand Iwhich supports the container
IiÍ Upon release of thehook 32 from the upper
arm-13„the described articulated arm unit l5 flies 40
3. A toy- trick, as in claim 2, in which said Z
upwardly to its extended position, as in Figs. 3
shaped,.- articulated arm unit includes, in normal
and Lblunder the influence of thespring hinges i9,
position,` an intermediate arm extending trans-`
213;, and 23. Such spring hinges are arranged so
verselyof the direction of erection above thebot->
that;v the; arms ofl the unit i5 cannot pass dead-.
tom of the container, -a lower arm hinged to the
center under `the spring action.V
Upon the articulated arm unit erecting, as
above_~~described, the: facsimile rabbit’s hea-d 25 is
sprung upwardly through the false bottomy 9 byy
parting theflaps lll at their lapping edges Il,
and; said YheadI then projects or pops out of the 50
hat--likev container I in the manner shown in Figs.
Stand 4; alll to the very great amusement of the audience.
Asfpreviously indicated, the bow tie 21„when
the device _is held so that the tie faces forwardly, 55
fully carnouiiagcs or hides from View the upper
end; portion- of the armv unit l5. The weight‘Zl
tends vtocounter-balance the motion of the parts
bottom and-extending at an upward incline` to.
andffhinged »in connection with the intermediate>
armadjacent one end, aniupper arml hinged tov
and extending at` an upward incline from adja
cent the; other end of the intermediate arm; the
head» being» secured >to said upper arm..
i. A toy trick, as in claim 3, includingA a'coun->
terbalancing‘weight on the intermediate armiat
saidy one. end;Y there being an under-side support,
for the opposite endI of-saidfintermediate‘arm.
5. A trick comprising, as a toy, a container
open at the top and having `a bottom, the.l con
tainer beingl of >the form» and appearance of :a
top hat, a base plate on the bottom of the con
as they-spring to erected position.
'îf‘ov reset thetrick, the articulated ann unit ll5
canV be easily folded-by hand downward through
the split false bottom Si to its normal position in
opposite sides of the container, platforms on >said
legs intermediate the ends of- the container, a
the lower compartment llt, whereupon the hookv
32 of the catch pin 2S is re-engaged- through the
tom-»including ñexible ñapssecured at opposite
opening 331and with the upper arm l 8.
tainer, legs upstandingl from the base plate atl
slit, false-bottom in `the Ycontain-er, said falsevbot
sides to said platforms and lapping atithe adja
65 cent edges, a facsimile head . normallyvin, the
The device, being simple in structure and eco
chamber below, the false bottonma normallyfold
nomical _to manufacture, is an excellent toy for
ed, articulated arm- unit supporting the head inA
children, and can. be readily andY easily manipu
said ch-amberlbut-ladapted to erect through. the
lated byl a- child.
slit false `bottom withl the head to vposition the*`
From-'the foregoing description it will be read- 70 latter in, View above the container, spring` means
yilyseen that there has been produced such a.
tending to erect the arm unit, and manually re-device as substantially fulfills the objects of the
leasable holding means operative to normally preinvention, as set forth herein.
vent-actuation of thefspringY means; the artícu»
While‘thisspeciñcation sets forth in detail`
«unit being‘attached< at thefend 013100-,
thecpresentpreferred construction of thel 75 site the head to the base plate.
6. A trick comprising, as a toy, a container open
at the top and having a bottom, the container be
per arm, and said holding means including a,
catch releasably engaged with said upper arm
and having a trigger part accessible from ex
teriorly of the container.
8. A trick as in claim l in which the device
mediate its ends, the false bottom having a split 5
comprises an articulated, normally folded arm
therein, a facsimile head normally in the chamber
unit, and the actuating means comprises spring
below the false bottom, a normally folded, articu
hinges between the arms of the‘unit.
lated arm unit supporting the head in said cham
9. A trick as in claim 8 in which the articulated
ber but adapted to erect through the slit false
arm unit includes an upper arm, a middle arm
bottom with the head to position the latter in
and a lower arm, the facsimile member being pro
view above the container, spring means tending
vided with a slot, the upper arm being secured
to erect the arm unit, and manually releasable
in the bottom of the slot and the sides of the
holding means operative to normally prevent ac
slot straddling the middle and lower arms when
tuation of the spring means; said holding means
the member is disposed in the chamber.
including a catch pin projecting slightly, as a
ing of the form and appearance of a top hat,
a flexible false bottom in the container inter
trigger, through the bottom.
7. A trick comprising, as a toy, a container
open at the top and having a bottom, the con
tainer being of the form and appearance of a
top hat, a flexible false bottom in the container
intermediate its ends, the false bottom having a
split therein, a facsimile head normally in the
chamber below the false bottom, a normally
folded, articulated arm unit supporting the head
in said chamber but adapted to erect through the
slit false bottom with the head to position the
10. A trick comprising, as a toy, a container
formed .to represent a top-hat, a facsimile rab
bit’s head normally disposed in the container
below the upper end thereof, means in the con
tainer supporting the facsimile rabbit’s head and
tending to raise the same upwardly to a Dosi
tion projecting out of the top of the container,
holding means releasable from outside the con
tainer operative to normally prevent actuation of
said first named means, and a yieldable closure
member arranged in connection with the con
latter in view above the container-spring means
tending to erect the arm unit, and manually re-leasable holding means operative to normally pre
tainer in a manner to normally close `the same
being generally Z-shaped and including an up
No references cited.
above said facsimile rabbit’s head and said means
whereby to normally conceal the same.
vent actuation of the spring means; the arm unit 30
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