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Many years ago Francis Bacon observed that writing maketh an exact man. Had he been alive today and a reader of magical magazines, especially this one, those words may never have been written. Beginning with the David Carre issue Harry Lorayne takes us to task for wrongly crediting Frank Garcia with the vanishing aces effect and the ambitious card move from his book Clo$e-up Card Magic. Furthermore, we credited Derek Dingle with describing a coin move in Dingles Deceptions when, as we all know, it was Harry who wrote the book. Sorry.

The past month has been a busy one magically. Starting with the I.B.M. Convention at Harrogate which attracted a dozen competitors for the close-up competition. The standard was comparatively high and for the record Peter Duffie and Wayne Dobson tied for first place with Christopher Pratt the runner-up. The unsuccessful performers all gave creditable performances which was something of a relief to me having to see them all, being one of the judges. Four rooms were allocated to the event, the performers moving from room to room with a judge in each. This arrangement is undoubtedly the answer to the problem of presenting close-up magic where the potential audience runs into several hundreds, and it is hoped that this and other societies will adopt this practice in future events. Mike Gancia, in addition to being responsible for the above also arranged the Saturday midnight show, which had started before I managed to find the location which was in the basement. The acts I remember seeing were those of Glen, Doug Alker, Paul Diamond (USA), Walt Lees and Bob Read.

In the week that followed Juan Tamarix lectured in Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and London, and being personally responsible for arranging this tour would like to thank everyone of the many who helped to make this possible.

One of the effects performed during the lecture which caused much favourable comment was Oil and Water and although it was explained in detail was not included in the lecture notes (a few copies of which are left and available at Ken Brooke's — personal shoppers only). A full description of the effect including the presentation will appear in this magazine. Thanks Juan.

Two more lectures both arranged by Ken Brooke, the venue being Vic Pinto's studio. The first, on Oct. 4 was by Finn Jon who began, not unexpectedly, with threads. The information he imparted on their use and handling, with special reference to the problems of lighting and back ground on how to ensure that the thread remained invisible, must have been of incalculable value to anyone comtemplating using effects requiring thread. It is not possible to fully report this, or any other lecture, but an exception must be made in respect of the closing item which must be one of the greatest close-up effects of all time. A tie is borrowed and a knot tied in the narrow end and then coiled up on the open palm. Simulating the movements of a snake, the knot representing the head of the reptile sways from side to side. The tie is then allowed to fall onto the seat of a chair where it continues its snakelike movements. Finally, it is 'shot' and falls onto the seat. The tie was immediately handed back to its owner. This was performed with Finn completely surrounded.

Three days later David Roth repeated the lecture he gave at the Ramsay Reunion. Flawless coin magic which a second viewing failed to lessen the impact it created initially. His continued statement that it was not difficult was received with obvious disbelief, but I believe it to be substantially true. The effects, which are all explained in his lecture notes, are mostly achieved by the use of sleights within the range of most coin workers. It is not suggested that facility with the necessary sleights one could become a performer in the same class as David, but considering that the only difficult sleight, in a technical sense, is a one-handed exchange of two coins, the others being the retention of vision move, the shuttle pass, finger palm, classic palm, the thumb palm plus a few moves which require no particular skill does suggest that these fine coin routines should not be passed up by the average coin man.

One of the most effective visible illusions possible with a pack of cards is to change the face card of the pack. Many methods for producing this effect have been published but apart from changing the face card into one previously selected, and Nate Leipsig's Slap Aces, it has found few uses. One trick which could well be improved is the Cards up the Sleeve where the effect created would be that the cards vanish from the face of the pack one at a time and appear in the pocket. Using a small number of cards — say five — and with a combination of colour change sleights and false counts plus double facers, a solution should not be too difficult to find for what could be a worthwhile small packet trick. Just something to think about. Til next month J^Hk -.ydF^^^

Fred Robinson ff v

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