How to Fake a Nose Injury, 1635

diagram of trick knife with notch for nose

How to seeme to cut ones nose halfe off. For the effecting of this feate, you must have a knife for the nonce, made with a gap in the midst of the blade, as it is demonstrated in the following figure noted with the letter A. You must conceale the notch with your finger, and then wring it over the fleshie part of your nose, and your nose will seeme as it were halfe cut off with the knife. Note that in such feats as this, it were necessarie to have a piece of spunge with some sheepes bloud in it to be retained privately.

Hocus Pocus Junior

Ah, the old knife-in-the-nose stunt: a favorite of That Guy since the seventeenth century.