The Magic Circle

At the closed meeting Monday 18th November Cy Endfield entertained with card magic and chat. We learned that Jay Bedsworth who never divulged his methods was the inventor of the Plunger Aces. Cy saw him perform this effect, worked out the method, and Dai Vernon, unaware that it was known only to 3 people published a further idea on it and the trick thus became the property of us all. Remarking that the aces were the cards mostly used in tricks requiring four cards, he had four other cards selected and marked, which vanished one at a time and appeared on the top of the tabled pack. Finally they changed to the aces. He used a new Elmsley count, which in deference to Alex who is using it in one of his effects he did not explain. (Maybe it will be in the long awaited book). Once asked by the 'Professor' what he did when handed a pack and asked to do a trick, and aware that this gentleman did not ask idle questions, he worked on it and showed us the results. A different handling on the Biddle move, some observations on the Bluff Pass were among the many other tips given. A good and instructive evening for the card workers.

Nine members of the Magic Circle competed in the close-up competition on November 25th. This was won by Christopher Pratt with a smooth flowing act performed with effortless ease. Dave Carre was second with effects requiring above average technical skill in a confident manner which can only be achieved by a performer who is completely master of the sleights involved. David Beckley and Ken Hawes shared the third place.

Christmas is coming and the next pages are Pabular's contribution to the festive w» 'ium period. If you are crazy on sleights and ^ moves you won't find them here but we hope you will find ^ST some fun for yourself and, what is perhaps more important, some things that will help you give entertainment to others. They aren't difficult and they can be learned quickly. If you do magic we are sure you can build them into something worthwhile. So put on your Christmas hat and try some of the following — some are new, some are old — and we don't know where they all came from ( — but it doesn't matter does it?)

If any 10 and 20 sized packets of Players cigarettes are handy (The drawer type not flip-top) take one of the large 20 packs and remove the cigarettes and the 'slide part' that holds them. The question: How many 10 packets will go into the larger pack? The answer is shown below — open out the larger one into a ring: 3 packs of, ten will go inside.

Here is a real mystery on the

'medium leaves the room" theme. We'll call it 'The Mysterious Walking Stick'. (It can be any object that 'can be seen to point in one direction.) A pack of cards is spread out on the table, haphazardly, face down. The medium leaves the room, doors are closed, secrecy prevails. Anyone turns up any card, showing it to all. Taking a walking stick the magician's assistant lays it across the cards on the table. The medium is told to come in, (no words need be spoken at all) and then looks at the stick and the cards. After a suitable dramatic pause "Six of Diamonds" is announced — and of course it is correct. Out he goes and again it is repeated. Each time he is right, no words are ever spoken and even if you are a magician you will have trouble working this one out.

Imagine a clock face on the table, with twelve o'clock against a definite position. Ace to Queen are the hours at which the point of the stick points. The suit is shown hy the assistant having his hand in left or right jacket or trousers pockets (4 options using CHSD code) If a King is turned up the assistant keeps the pocket code for suits but has his jacket buttoned and the stick is ignored. For the follow-uD the the imaginary clock-face is moved round through 90° and so on.

Back to the Medium leaving the room idea here is a clever one from Tony Faro. Without the 'medium' being present the name of any town or place in the world is mentioned. When he or she comes back in the straight man starts to rattle off name after name of places and towns in any order as fast as he can (or as slowly, it really doesn't matter). Right in the middle of this verbal stream the medium suddenly announces the name of the town initially chosen. The whole thing can be repeated as often as you like and the secret probably will remain unfathomed.

How? Again it's easy but clever: the town or place mentioned before the chosen one contains in its spelling a part of the body i.e. Bournemouth, Ruislip, Footscray, Liverpool.

Here is a quick riddle from Ken Brooke —

take 10 single lp coins and spread them out behind the other coins. Say "If I put all these coins on top of one another which is the lowest value coin in front of you that will have its diameter equal to the height of the pile? (We won't give you the answer — try it and surprise yourself).

Here is another good one when young children are present and it is ideal to do when you are all seated round the table. Pick up any small object, turn to the person on your left and say "Wong How was a Chinaman. He had two eyes, a nose, a mouth. Pass it on!" The recipient has to do exactly the same thing t the person on his or her left. The riddle is to repeat exactly the actions of the performer, words and all. Most people will not be able do this because they are concentrating on the words. The secret is simply to pass on the object with the left hand. Normally this won't be done because the article will be taken with the right hand and then the person is involved with the words

At the word 'go' immediately grab you* pint. Drink it very quickly indeed (you may wish to use half pints for this one!) and as soon as you have finished it place it upside down over his last glass of whisky! He cannot finish his drink without touching your glass. (It is sometimes advisable to depart fairly quickly after you have done this trick). Je^»» Keeping with the 'medium and assistant' iaea here is an intriguing effect from Tony Faro which we will call "The Hand Resteth." With the Medium blindfolded (or out of the room, or both) the 'straight man' touches or points to any one person present, without speaking. To perform the effect he then holds his hand above different people, saying each time "The Hand Resteth." He says nothing more, and each time he says it in the same way. When the chosen person is underneath his hand he says "On whom does the hand rest?" Immediately the medium names the person. (It doesn't even have to be a person. Tony says it has been done with a pet budgerigar and a dog who happened to be looking on at the time!)

The secret is very good and so simple! It is the last person (or animal!) to talk or make a sound before the Medium leaves the room or is told to concentrate again. Knowing this the partner only has to touch or point to the appropriate person and can proceed to say his lines as described. (You can see now how the budgerigar and dog got in on the act!)

When the time is ripe he repeats the line 'On whom does the hand rest?" The Medium, bf course, is able to give out the correct name.

Ken Brooke-gave us this puzzle too, again with coins — any denomination will do but sal you'll need two sets of 4 coins with one lot being worth twice as much as the other set. (e.g. 4xlp and 4x2p). Lay them out as in (1)

.While still at the bar, and after you have enjoyed the free drink earned from the last feat follow on with this one. It will win you Another drink and make Christmas a happy event (At least for you) It requires some initial capital expenditure — enough to buy 3 pints of beer and 3 whiskies.

Place the 3 pints of beer in a row on the bar, and opposite them the 3 whiskies. Say "I'll bet you that I can drink the 3 beers before you are able to finish the 3 whiskies. I only ask that you do not touch any of my beer mugs whilst I drink." When your financier has agreed to this, set the scene for the start of the race.

Like this each side is worth 4 pence. The problem? In 4 moves make a square with the sides being 5 pence in value instead of 4. A move is described as moving one coin in a line without touching another, (and of course you can't take any away). The answer is at the foot of page 45. (Foreign readers please note — you can work this how you like provided the coins in one set are twice the value of those coins in the second set).

Next time you are in a bar, try this one. It works, and you can win a drink from it ( — and isn't that a good recommendation?) Ask for a full, unopened bottle of brandy and place it in front of you on the bar saying, 'Tit bet you that I can drink a measure of brandy from this bottle without uncorking or unsealing it."

^ <f> When your audience gives up you prove you can do just what you said. How? Look at the bottom of page 49 i

BOB'S BUSINESS for coins through the table Bob Read

Instead of a coin penetrating the table, pull out a triangular block of wood, complete with two iron bolts from beneath the table.

This should look just as though you have pulled away the corner support between the table top and the table leg.

Needless to say, thejwooden block was resting on the lap.

Bob Read has pointed out an idea with a pocket calculator that appeared, we believe, in Time Magazine. We think it is too good to pass by and give you below the details and a brief story idea given to us by Bob:-

Crossing the desert by camel some oil sheikhs met at their rendezvous to hold a meeting about how much they should charge for their oil in the coming year. They entered their tent, leaving their camels outside, ("you know what a camel is — a horse designed by a committee.") Over their bowls of sheeps' eyes they discussed the proposed price of a barrel of oil. One said:

"We'll charge 142 dollars a barrel" (press up 142 on your calculator).

Another quickly intervened: "Not enough — we've got to allow for inflation. It's got to be at least 154 dollars!" (Add on 154 to the total 142 already recorded thus giving you a figure of 142154) Another interrupted: "What about the poor countries in South

America? They can't afford much — and in any case they only pay us in coffee beans."

So they decided to charge them 69 dollars. (Notch up 69 onto the 6 digits already recorded, thus now giving you 14215469.)

A fourth Sheikh has his say:

"Look, this isn't going to last for ever. We've got to make money while the going's still good. Let's increase the price by 5 times just to be sure!" (Multiply the total showing by 5 — totalling 71077345.)

They all seemed to agree on this and sat back to think about their profits.

Finally one of them said:

"This really seems a lot of-money. Where are all the profits going to go?"

(Turn your calculator upside-down and you'll have the answer!)

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