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"The Magic of Francis Carlyle" ^ %

Francis Carlyle was not a name that came easily to mind when conversation turned to top flight magicians in the close up field. When Dai Vernon first visited us some twenty years ago he referred on several occasions to the high quality of his performances and the material he used, and many times we have heard of Francis being amongst a group of experts giving of their best when he would perform his 'Card to Borrowed Envelope and Wallet'. It would stop the show and no further tricks would be done during that session, everyone being aware it could not be topped.

This and seventy other items can be found in 'The Magic of Francis Carlyle' now available in this country. For the performer seeking practical close up tricks rather than novelty this is a 'meaty' book and will be a delight to those who know a little but do not know it all, and enjoy magic requiring a little skill to produce the effect. Many of the classic close up effects receive the Carlyle treatment as do the standard card sleights. We will mention one other trick by name, the 'ash' trick, one of the greatest bar tricks ever. The method described in this book is still being performed by a top European magician to whom it was taught by Carlyle many years ago. Our chief concern when reviewing books is to assess whether or not the tricks they contain have been, or ever will be performed. With this book we have no such problem containing as it does material used by a practising magician, and one whose contempories rated his work highly.

If it is practical close up magic you are seeking you will find it in this book.

Johnny Ramsay Issue

Subscribers could be forgiven for thinking that we had forgotten about this special issue, promised some time ago. In fact, next month will see the publication of our tribute to the great Scottish magician and we think the delay will have been worth it.

Contributors include Andrew Galloway, Patrick Page, Ken Hawes, 'Flip', Walt Lees, Bob Ostin, Alex MacFadyean and Fred Robinson. The latter, in the guise of 'Pabular's Technical Editor' has made several trips to Ayr researching information — and has uncovered some little known photographs that we will be reproducing as a special feature.

Direct subscribers will receive the magazine posted from Ayr, complete, we hope, with Scottish stamps and postmarks. Collectors please note that this is a 'once only' operation that we cannot repeat after this mailing.

ucus y 'New Faces', for the information of our overseas readers is a nationwide television talent spotting competition. The acts are judged by a panel consisting of four personalities representing different aspects of show business, who, in addition to awarding marks for presentation, content and star quality, also offer advice to each act as it finishes. The winner on a recent programme was given two weeks booking at the London Palladium which will give an idea of the value an appearance on this programme can be to an hitherto unknown act. On February someone appeared on this programme, cracked a few jokes, did some funny business with an invisible hair and a handkerchief, a gag with three false noses we remember appearing in Pabular, and produced a bottle using a method you will find explained in the book with the unusual title 'Thanks to Pepys'. His act closed with a trick using three unequal pieces of rope.

By now most of you will have guessed that someone was Bob Read and if you saw the programme will know he was joint winner with a musical group who also used comedy.

We offer our congratulations to Bob and wish him luck when he appears in the all winners programme. When relating his experiences during rehearsals he mentioned that he did not know how to thank Mike Gancia who helped him to survive the experience. Well, we have just done it for him.

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Fundamentals of Magick

Fundamentals of Magick

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