Talk about 'timely1. Here is the second issue not only on time, but early. This brings the complete file to thirty six pages. (For the mathe-magicians, that's 16 plus 20. Details on the method sent upon request.) Most of the comments that subscribers have made have been favorable. Those subscribers that made unfavorable comments won't be receiving this issue. That'll teach you.

You'll notice the more compact appearance of this issue. I'm learning how to work this doggone word processor better and I'm becoming more proficient at laying the issue out. I'm also taking better advantage of iry printer's reducing machine. I've used it to compress the non-magic portions of this issue so that I can include more of everything in the same space. I hope you approve since this is how all future issues will look, both in layout and in material. (This is with the exception that this is a special large issue as discussed below.)

There have been many comments about the January 1984 issue of Playboy. They not only taught a few card tricks, but provided punch out gimmicked cards. What I really don't like is that they gave away the old penetrating match trick which I use. I guess I'll step doing it for the next six months or so. To get even, maybe magic magazines ought to start having centerfolds.

And new for the moment that you've all been waiting for. The results of the first Trapdoor poll. (See Leftovers in the last issue.) I was very impressed by the response. Over fourteen and a half million Trapdoor subscribers sent in their choice of dates for National Magic Day (to get us out of competition with Halloween).The winner is The second Sunday in May.

Act new to get your mayor, congressman, or governor to proclaim that day in 1984 as National Magic Day. I would like to thank all of you who took the time to respond personally but I can't take the time to respond personally.

As I write this it's Christmas Eve 1983. For those of you who would like to be prepared for next year, why don't you buy your 1984 Christmas cards now? I'm talking about Christmas playing cards. Aren't they just the thing to use when doing table to table during the holiday season? I'm looking at the decks I ordered new. The backs of the cards are beautifully done in red and green with Santa and his sleigh. On the fronts, the king is Santa, the Queen is Mrs. Claus, the jokers are the elves, and the jacks are Jack Frost. The Ace of Spades is a Christmas tree. I would imagine you can order them direct from the ARRCO Playing Card Co. or get them (as I did) from It's a Good Deal, Inc., P.O.Box 10880, Chicago, Illinois 60610. They are $3.95 per deck, postpaid. I received my order in less than ten days.

Because of several requests, I've started on a complete issue on how to invent your own tricks. This is a tough subject to cover and it has been sadly neglected by magic authors. I'm going to give the methods I use to create magic tricks and effects. If you have any ideas which you use which might be useful to others, send them in. It ought to be ready by about issue number five. If things go as I plan, it should be 1984's Winter Extra which will give subscribers four regular issues plus one "freebie" for the twenty dollar subscription price. This puts the cost per issue to subscribers at $4.00, postpaid. That's less than most packet tricks and most lecture notes.

The September 1983 issue of Richard's Almanac had an excellent routine by Bill Kalush where a finger ring links onto a rubber band. I saw Mike Airmar perform the same thing in Greenville, S.C. at the Close up

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