Spread out the cards in the normal way with the thumbs on the backs and the fingers underneath requesting a spectator to choose one. Close up the spread immediately the card is removed.

For the return of the card spread out the cards as before, this time the right hand moves away with about half the pack keeping its cards in the spread condition. The left hand moves towards the spectator who is asked to put it on top.

From this point onwards it is important to keep talking and at the same time avoid making what you are doing seem to be of any importance — in other words be casual in your actions.

When the card is placed on the left hand portion bring the left thumb onto it and as the hands move together to put the left hand portion under those in the right hand the left thumb pushes the selected card forwards and right hand fingers hold it £rom below. With a continuous action the left thumb 'feeds' a further three cards below the selection. The left hand then places the remaining cards it holds on top of those in the right. The chosen card is now fourth from the bottom of the face down pack.

It should appear to the audience that the two halves are placed together with the chosen card somewhere in the centre and the pack cut at some other point. The feeding of the three cards should give the impression that the chosen card is now out of control of the performer and the subsequent cutting furthers the impression. On no account should it be suspected that the three cards are being counted — it should appear that you are casually pushing an indeterminate number of cards from the left hand to below the chosen card at the bottom of those in the right.

It is a bold move and there should be no attempt at finesse. Keep talking and concentrate your attention more on the spectators than the cards and forget about technique and proving that the card is lost in the pack. Your general manner and attitude during the procedure is the important factor. If you don't make your actions look important the spectators will tend to disregard them, especially if what you are saying is interesting and/or amusing.

Two days from this very moment of writing the Annual Collectors' Day will be held at the Magic Circle. I missed last year's event for the first time and at the moment it looks as though I may well miss this year's. It is a great pity because it is one of the few Magic Circle ' events I don't like to miss. Like all collectors there are parts of it that are liable to be as dry as dust but occasionally someone or s.omething crops up which gladdens the heart.

Like the one before last. Hector Robinson gave me a beautiful photograph of his father, who was, in case you don't know, the late and certainly great Chung Ling Soo. There are so many unanswered questions about -Chung Ling Soo that you could hold a one week seminar on him alone and still not run out of things to discuss. The pity of it all is that so much of it is conjecture. You depend a great deal on the memories of a few old timers, some of whom claim to have seen him. When you consider that he has been dead over sixty years, the guys who actually saw him are indeed knocking on a bit. They would be young men then, interested in almost nothing else than in trying to figure out how thw tricks worked and it is these people we have to rely on for first hand information.

Once in while you get someone like Eddie Dawes who will take a lot of time and trouble and maybe money, trouble and probably money to research a specific point, which is something for which we should all be grateful. T

So have you discovered the point of all this?Thereis one somewhere. Why is it that we allow many of the leading lights in magic to live there lives out without anyone bothering to make notes about their lives, careers,their lifestyles, their mistresses etc. In any other walk of life there are loads of authentic biographies or autobiographies but in our little neck of the woods????????

Why don't YOU as soon as you have finished reading this, go to your bookshelf and have a look and see just how few books you have which are of an biographical nature, and if you have more than half a dozen or so I bet they were published years ago.In recent years Val Andrews has made a valiant attempt to fill in a few gaps. He has done a book on Murray, another one on Dante and I believe 790

he has recently finished one on Chung Ling Soo. Now people like Val need help and it is our duty to help anyone who takes on this kind of task.The financial rewards cannot possibly be compared with those received by the biographer of a well known politician or famous T.V.personality, but the subject matter should be treated (by us) as just as important, but it isn't is it?

A few years ago there was a book published about Tommy Cooper but what about David Nixon? There must be a market for just such a book. I'm not talking about a book for the public but one for us. How about Edgar Benyon, The Great Cingalee, Kardoma, and there is one other person who has been talking a lot about himself in recent years who should sit down and put pen to paper about himself. Are you listening Harry Stanley? I have heard Harry give his talk and I just know he only skims the surface. Someone should collar him and insist that he does something about an autobiography warts and all.

If he ever does, and I'm back to the point again, it is our duty to help. Sooooo. . . if you hear of anyone tackling such a project write to them, relate your little anecdote, lend them the letters, the photographs, let them take photocopies of the playbills you have, and don't please hoard them. Don't do what some collectors do. They keep them as conversation pieces so that at the next magic club meeting they can be one up on their fellow members.

One last word. If you do have the odd photograph of anyone you don't want send it to me. I'll lend it to anyone doing a book.

Goodbye, Patrick Page

From The Bob Read Collection


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