It was before this magazine actually got off the ground that BOB READ enquired what the policy was to be. At that time it was not possible to say further than that the material would be confined to that of interest to close up performers and mentalists. After three years and a half the question can be answered in more detail.
The present policy is to put the accent on publishing material that is practical, and in this aim, which is my personal responsibility, we have over the past few issues been extremely fortunate in this respect. Many of the tricks which have appeared, I have either seen myself or know that they are being performed. One such, received much favourable comment and brought MO HOWARTH rushing over to me at Blackpool and caused WALT LEES to exclaim, "It's the only trick I've read for months that I'll bother to master." It was the 'Oil and Water' routine generously presented to us by JUAN TAMARIZ.
It would be too space consuming to comment on all those I had seen so will mention only the two one-man issues. First, ERIC MASON'S who is constantly receiving praise for his graphics. He is busy every Monday night in the Blenheim Bar performing items from his issue, (and many others yet to be released) to magicians and lay persons alike. BARRIE RICHARDSON, who specialises in mental magic recently performed for about 350 people. In addition to memorising the current issue of Time magazine, which is his most commercial demonstration, his act included four items which appeared in his issue, the pencil lifting registering particularly well. Mentalists are very fortunate in many ways — nothing to carry — their material effective both for small and large audiences — and most important of all they have less difficulty in convincing audiences that what they are doing is really magic.
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