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• Hints on presentation, with practical demonstration
• Instruction in Magical Theory and the creation of Entertainment.
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Or phone 01-556 2641 for further details.
I nearly started off this article by saying that Jay Marshall is back in town, but I seem to recall having used that phrase before several times, so I won't, although it is a fact that the 'Chicago Gigolo' is back in town. He is here, ostensibly, to appear at a puppet festival which is being held here in London soon. Could you believe that? They've brought him all the way from the USA to perform his Paunch and Judy before a European audience. Still, it gives him an excuse to offer the Fabulous Fran for disappearing for a few weeks, although in the past he has never seemed to need an excuse.
You may be wondering why I have even bothered to raise the name of this Wandering Westerner. Well, I have a very good reason which will be of lasting interest to everyone who reads this magazine and is interested in performing close-up magic. Some of you do perform, don't you? Tucked neatly under the right arm of the aforementioned Marshall is a copy of a book newly published by Magic Incorporated, a company of which you-know-who is president in name only. The book is The Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic by Martin Gardner. This is, in fact, a reprint of all the articles on this subject which were published under this author's name in Hugard's Magic Magazine. It was no more than a few weeks ago that someone said to me 'Do you think that Jay will ever publish the Encyclopedia of Impromptu
Magic?' and I replied 'Naaaaw, you know what Jay's like, he's been talking about it for years but I doubt if he will ever get around to it.' And lo and be-damned here he is with the proof of the pudding ready to eat, and it's great.
I remember reading the original articles when they first appeared but to have them all in one volume to browse through at your leisure brings pleasure beyond measure and you'll treasure the book forever and that's almost the worst line I have ever written but William McGonagle would have liked it and if you don't know who he was you should be ashamed of yourself, especially if you are Scottish. To return to the T.E.O.I.M. for a moment, it is a big book, beautifully bound, gold lettering on the spine and retails for 925.00 which in real money is 12lA pounds although no doubt there should be another couple of pounds on top for mailing such a large book all the way from the Colonies. See what I do for my friends? (I'm talking about Fran, not Jay). So if I haven't mentioned your book now you know why.
Come to think of it, while I'm in the mood for plugging various products I would like to thank all the people who have written complimenting me on two recent tape recordings I did for Sound of Magic, namely my Sponge Ball and Three Card routines. It would be impossible to write to all of them as there are too many but all I can do is say 'Thanks fella's, I deserve it.' I have another two routines on the stocks at this very moment which you will no doubt be hearing about soon I hope. In fact sooner than you may think, like in this issue!
Question time. Who has got the British rights to the Floating Bank Note? Several dealers seem to be claiming this honour but whoever it is, my compliments. It's great. I like it. It's one of the cutest ideas I have seen in years and it's so simple I wish I had thought of it. Maybe I will.
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Magick is the art and practice of moving natural energies to effect needed or wanted change. Magick is natural, there is absolutely nothing supernatural about it. What is taught here are various techniques of magick for beginners. Magick is natural and simple and the techniques to develop abilities should be simple and natural as well. What is taught on this site is not only the basics of magick, but the basics of many things.