Number Three Of A New Feature

The Crescent Silk Production Here is an effect which I had the pleasure of building for the late Great Ovette. of U.S.A. and he used it in his vaudeville act for many years. You will find it a nice variation from the usual presentation of the tambourine Rings, and is especially useful for the very large sized rings, although, of course the smaller rings may be used just as successfully. Your first requirement is a stand, built on the lines shown in the illustration. A solid base of whatever...

Fantaiche

This pseudonym hides the charming personality of one of Europe's stalwart magicians. Paul Bessemans was born at St. Trond, in Belgium, in 1896, and although this date sounds a long way back, it does not make him so very old, and to meet him one would judge him to be much younger. He has all the lively 'joie de vivre' of the true continental, and his courtly vivacity makes him a pleasure to meet and to talk to. From his earliest recollections, he was always interested in magic with a strong...

Feke Ring

We would like to thank all the people who have written to congratulate us on publishing such a practical and useful article. It seems to be generally agreed that without any waste of words the author has devoted himself to giving the essentials of make up most likely to be required for magical entertainers. (a) Foundation of No. 8 or No. 13. (b) Highlight cheekbones, nose and forehead No. 5i. (c) Shade cheeks, nose and eyes No. 16. (d) Line the eyes and mouth with Dark Brown liner. (f) Powder...

New Size Okito

Pocket Trick Specialists will revel in this New Model Box that we have iust moulded in superb Plastic. Made large enough to take a half-a-crown We have raised it into the class of a pocket illusion, yet it is still one of the easiest and most baffling of close up effects. The box can be passed for examination, yet on secreting a marked half-crown inside . and even letting the audience hear it rattle right up to the last second . . . the magician causes it to vanish It can be made to pass...

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Vampire Street Magician

Manufacturing rights on all tricks are reserved by the publisher. Contributions invited (Vampire) Ltd. 10 11 ARCHER STREET, LONDON, WX To see our friend Claude Chandler's face gracing the front page of the Magic Circular for February, and dressed in the guise of the famous pantomime character Abanaza, reminds me to voice once again in print the strong admiration I have always felt for those who dramatize the magic art. Incidentally Claude's impersonation was most impressive, as also was that of...

Rolland Fraser

Rolland Fraser is a Doctor of Dentistry, having obtained his degrees in Australia and America. He is a Vice-President of the I.B.M. Ring No. 102 Sydney. Returning as a soldier from World War One, he has visited England four times since then so that people who meet him naturally find him very interesting. He started Magic as soon as he was able to read the columns on Magic in the Boys Own Annual, and his first trick was the die through the hat, which he made himself. During the War he spent...

Frank Baumforth

The Amazing Frank Baumforth From my personal contact with this Master of Magic, to give- him the credit that is his due, would require a far more eloquent pen than mine. A successful business man, partner in Baumforth and Carfitt, electrical, radio and T.V. engineers of Eckington, Sheffield, magic with a capital M is his hobby. Frank who is a comparative youngster in magic has only been practising the art only since 1941. Knowing this, on seeing his presentation one is left wondering how any...

George Blake

Cumberland Hotel, London, Sunday, January 30th. In contrast with another annual function I sometimes attend, one thing you can always rely on when the Brtish Ring foregather is that you will never be bored. Instead of getting a handful of comparatively new members each with a large party of guests, one finds that the concentration is of the most prominent of well known semiprofessionals from all over England, laced, as well they should be, with a sprinkling of guests. Thus it was that I found...

Gags With Gimmicks

By JOHNNY GEDDES, I.B.M., D.M.S., S.A.M.S. GREAT BRITAIN'S NUMBER ONE MAGICAL FUNJUROR This brilliant originator, whose notable contributions to most of the magic magazines of the world have for so long excited comment, now gives you the cream of his own carefully preserved gags. Those who have seen him perform know that he has the ability to reduce any audience in a very short time to a really helpless condition . . . totally tired of laughing. Now you can take advantage of his genius for...

From Our Correspondent

British ventriloquists held their first convention here yesterday, under the auspices of the American-founded International Brotherhood of Ventriloquists. The event was organized by the brotherhood's only British vice-president, Mr. Maurice Hurling, of Babba-combe, Torquay, and was attended by 40 members, with their dummies. Most interest was centred on the dummies, professionally known as figures, and at the dinner there was a toast to them. The reply was made by Tony, assisted by Mr. Leslie...

Tambourine Rings

Pulls out many dozens of yards of vari-coloured paper ribbon. This is usually accompanied by a little soft music . . . and the audience grow really amused as the seemingly never ending stream of ribbon grows into a miniature not to be contained even in a large box Finally the rings are instantly broken apart, and nothing is there but the tissue ALTERNATIVELY YOU CAN PRODUCE A LARGE BOUQUET OF LOVELY FEATHER FLOWERS RIGHT FROM THE CENTRE OF THE RINGS, OR A LONG STREAM OF COLOURED SILK HANKIES....

F S Cooze

I would like to tell you something about the International Festival of Magicians, 1955 show Abracadabra held at Olympia Music Hall, Paris. We saw this when we were there recently. I understand this band of magicians first held a season in Paris last year, and it proved such a financial success, that they decided to try it again this year. Mrs. F. said she thought that the magic given outside the theatre better than what we saw inside. This of course was to bring the people inside. The show...

Pocket Switch

(3) In this method, you have a folded dummy note already tucked in the top outside breast pocket, the edge just below the edge of the pocket and, of course, out of sight. Having folded the genuine note, take it in the right hand and with the words I'll just tuck the note in here for a moment, so you can keep your eyes on it, you place it in the top breast pocket. The right hand momentarily covers the top of the pocket as you do this, and the genuine note is pushed down out of sight and the...

Balloonology

By WINDY BLOW The Balloonatic Since writing on how to make a dog, with only one balloon, in Magic Magazine for February 1953, I have had numerous requests in letters, sent c o the Editor, to tell you how to make other toys with modelling balloons. The outcome of this was that I let your worthy Editor persuade me (and not unwillingly, I must admit) to write a regular Bal-loonology feature, exclusively for Magic Magazine. Now, with the aid of the Staff photographer, who records with his camera,...

Silk Burst

A simple routine for children and adults is now unfolded. You will find that most of the requirements you need are in your cupboard 2 Yellow Silks, 1 Changing Bag, 1 Balloon. Preparation. Place one of the yellow silks inside the balloon, and put this into one side of your changing bag, or flap box if you prefer the latter. To present. Show the yellow silk and inform your audience that you saw a magician do a wonderful trick the other day. He simply took a silk and vanished it. (You can vanish...

An Easier Method

(Using the Forefinger and Thumb and the Skin Grip) In 1935, when compiling the first edition of Lend Me Your Pack, I exchanged some correspondence with my old friend, Mr. Charles Harrison (Rajah Khan) on the subject of the Double Card Turn-Over, and in one of his fetters he wrote there is a difficulty in keeping the two cards flush when turning over the 'double' card. Occasionally, the two cards move a trifle, laterally, so that to a keen observer, at VERY close quarters, a slightly overfapping...

Tribute To Victor Farelli

With the passing of Victor Farelli one realises more than ever that this decade of magicians is very different from the last. One thing that always recalls to me the magic of the older generation is the title of Conradi's book, Exquisite Conjuring. This I think sums up the genius of this late master, and Victor Farelli still had the power to take his small bits and pieces and show you how to do an apparent miracle. Magic Magazine was the last British periodical for which he wrote, and I well...

Silray

This is probably the smallest magical box ever to be offered, but what it can do is beyond belief. It can be used for changing silks, vanishing silks, producing silks. It works on an entirely new idea, and it's possibilities will really intrigue you. It is only 2 square, made throughout in Pink and Black Plastic . . . it's a joy to handle Small enough for impromptu or drawing room shows, yet it can be seen on a platform. First you show it empty, then a silk appears inside, pop this back . . ....

Buck

In the afternoon, Geoffrey Buckingham presented his Film Lecture, showing the entire set of moves and slow motion explanations. Alrhough I have seen it before, it is always enthralling and everyone present was delighted to see it. The Sunday Evening Show played to a packed house. The installation of Goodliffe was the first item, performed by the Chairman, Bill Mitchell and the new President responded wirh one of his usual witty speeches. Burtani then opened the show with his usual well routined...

Routine

Here is a routine which has proved and is still proving a great favourite in my kiddies' shows this season. The props required are Evaporated Milk Jug, Funny Funnel (with control valve), Vampire De Muth Milk Bottle in which the milk vanishes visibly, a tumbler (clear) paper cone, some Milkit fluid and comedy pistols or a bradawl. Set-up the Evaporated Milk jug to appear as though full. The funnel with as much milk as it will hold and the bottle with an inch or two in the bottom to appear as if...

Landershute Deck

The effect of this deck is, that after it has been freely shown and handled by a spectator the magician is abfe to immediately cut to any card the audience may call for. This can be repeated time after time in any order in which they may call them out. The performer may also cut from the deck any number of cards a person may wish for. Thus seventeen, twenty-five, thirty-three, etc., and THE SPECTATOR HIMSELF PROVES THE CORRECTNESS OF THE CUT BY COUNTING THEM All these effects may be carried out...

Buck Hurst

A man who is comparatively little known in magical circles outside the home counties, but who has come to the fore in recent years as a private professional is Buck Hurst. He first became interested in magic when he was twelve years old, and he kept his strong amateur interests during the first twenty years of his working life, when he followed the trade of railway fireman. He obtained special leave on numerous occasions to appear in films, one of which featured Len Harvey. Later he was a...

Ring Escapew

On reading Milbourne Christopher's Ring-Escape routine in his latest book Varied Deceptions, I was much allured by the effect and went to experiment on my own. The result is the following routine entirely different from M.C.'s. Effect You need two assistants from the audience. One to hold the rope, the other the ring. After examination of both objects, you take the rope and pass it through the ring. The audience can see clearly the ring hanging in the middle of the rope both assistants hofding...

Eddie Joseph

Like a story from a book of Eastern Legends, has grown the tale of this fabulous man. Travellers to India have returned with different accounts of having met him but like the Indian Rope Trick there are people who claim to have seen it, but can you believe them Percy Abbott, the famous American Magic Dealer has for years been putting on the market Tricks, Routines, Books, written by Eddie Joseph, and we ourselves have been privileged in the past to have been able to acquire the much sought...

Almost In Confidence

Attention of the company to her and away from you. Obviously, it does not matter in the least what her reply may be you have had more than enough time to reach the stage depicted in Figure 3. But you must look ar the person you are addressing and not at your hands C. The Standard Method of Marking Off. The usual method employed to get the rwo top cards together is to fan them towards the right using both hands for the purpose and to insert the feft little finger below them as if about to make...

Jason School Of Magic

Is to be found in the rapid results gained by students Whether you are a rank beginner or an advanced Student you will definitely benefit from a course. Apply EDDIE JOSEPH 24, KILBURN PRIORY, LONDON, N.W.6. The Friendly Magr'cian, invites you to send S.A.E. for his list of new and used apparatus. Your surplus stocks taken in part exchange. Visitors Welcome. MAGIC STUDIO 1, Clarence Rd., Harbourne, Birm'h'm. Priory 1128 Owing to huge stocks of Tricks, Magical Books etc. Call, inspect and browse...

Vampire

THE THUMB TIE THAT'S FASTER THAN TIME It's so fast, it's unbelievable. It's so convincing it's uncanny. You can forget whatever else you've seen . . . this is an all time high spot in revolutionary magic. Performer shows two pipe cleaners and gets a person from the audience to assist. One pipe cleaner is tightly twisted round each thumb. The two pipe cleaners are then twisted together . . . and the spectator makes sure everything is secure. There is obviously no possibility of stealing slack or...

Archie Byford

Five folded cards (size when folded 4 x 3) each with a different geometrical design printed on the inside are handed out for inspection, and one selected (genuine free choice) and design noted. Two rubber bands are placed round the folder to preclude the possibility of any sighting on the part of performer. Even under these conditions, the necromancer is able to draw the chosen design upon a pad. A STAGE VERSION making use of an ordinary slate, is also given for those who may require it. Many...

Working

Hold the pack, face downWards, in the left hand, as if about to deal. Advance the right hand and grip the cards more or less in the manner usually adopted for the standard pass. However, in this case, the tip of the right forefinger is in contact with the tip of the left thumb. And the tip of the right thumb presses against the base of the left thumb. This is clearly shown in Figure 1. Further, the tip of the right thumb is NOT below the level of the bottom card of the pack as when...

Skull Shaker No 4 m

For the past few weeks I have been fooling about with Max's Chinese Rope Rings which, at 7 6d, is surely one of the cheapest buys in magic today. Here are a couple of notions for its use. First of all, an effect which has always appealed to me is the simple penetration of a solid ring on to a solid rope. I have played around with methods until I am silly, but few of the results of my thought were as clean-cut as I should have liked and in the event I have used none of them. But consider the...

Chinese Rope Rings

Three short pieces of rope are each shown singly. The performer allows a spectator to tie each rope in to a circle. As soon as this is done, things start to happen. In a ghostly kind of way . . . one ring literacy seems to dissolve through the other and they are seen to be linked together. Yes he continually links and unlinks all three rings No wires, threads, wax, clips or gimmicks. An entirely mechanical effect. You can do it as soon as you receive it. The cleverest idea you've seen for a...

Small Head

PRICE 2 0 0 each additional movement U.S.A. 6.00 REAL CLASS EYES USED IN ALL OUR MODELS. A LADY LENDS HER RING. again and bring out a length of ribbon. When the hand is out of sight, the folded cheque is left behind and only the ribbon is brought out. All that now remains is to tie the ribbon around the bag and in the process the pin is pulled out and dropped to floor. The ribbon is actually tied by both ends together so that a loop of sufficent size extends to place around the neck of...

Shifting Sands

You will find this to be a suitable number for presentation at intimate gatherings. You introduce the mystery by first turning the conversation to the Orient. You explain that when you were in India you saw a miracle performed on the roadside. You refer to the Jadoowalla (Hindu magician) who built a sand mound which he then covered with a sheet of cloth. When this was removed later, there was standing right in front of your eyes a freshly grown mango tree. You then proceed to give a practical...

Max Andrews

From al reports we have received, and in our studios we get a good cross section of opinion from all over the country, magicians and associated entertainers certainly 'wenr to town' over the Coronation period, and we sincerely hope that both they and the organisers of shows were satisfied with the results. Our star salesman Lenz, told us about one of the shows which he did on Coronation Day. Owing to the inclemency of the weather, the organisers were compelled to find some cover for the...

The Uncanny Ace

For the following effect seven cards only are needed, among them, the Ace of Spades and the Three of Hearts. At the commencement cards may be stacked in any order, providing that the Three of Hearts is the fourth from the top and the Ace of Spades fifth. The main move is the lifting of three, or two, cards as one, and reversing them on top of the packet. If you will read the verses of the monologue and follow the instructions with the cards in hand, the whole thing will come easily. During the...

Lenz

Those of us who live in London are familiar with the sight of flights of Starlings arriving each evening from all parts of the home counties. They make for a few selected buildings such as, The National Gallery, St. Martin's Church and the Charing Cross Hotel. Here, in their own lingo, they go into active discussion of their pet topics before roosting for the night. London is now experiencing a new phenomena in the form of a flight of Vampires which descend on the Swiss Hotel at about 6.30 p.m....

Splendid New Routine For This Trick Appeared In The October Issue

In brief the effect is that a lady out shopping lays some coins on the counter of a shop, and covers them with her hanky. As she spends she takes the coins from under the hanky and passes them to the shopkeeper. Suddenly she removes the hanky, only to find all the coins still remain on the counter INDEED IT IS CURIOUS CURRENCY Coins may be examined. No sleight of hand required. Mechanical effect. Complete. Here., in this effect, you have a near miracle (Goodliffe). The effect is so clean cut,...

G W Stevenson

Here is a fine exclusive which we have managed to obtain, and which we shall never repeat on. The essential principle on which it works has involved an elaborate process, and we feel that the time and trouble spent on this, would be too much for us to worry about at any time in the future. Therefore we are offering this as a ONCE ONLY ITEM We have less than fifty, not all assembled yet, but it is definitely a case of first come, first served. Here is the general effect. The magician offers a...

Meet the Invisible

EFFECT The magician walks onto the stage unaware of the spectators. He stops and listens The lights suddenly go dim and brighten up again. Suddenly there is an expression of delight on his face as he moves towards the wing and welcomes an imaginary man onto the stage. He walks forward still talking apparently with the imaginary man now besides him. He then for the first time notices the spectators and states Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen do forgive me we have here a visitor meet him The...

Baxter

Yes, I know Tan Hock Chuan and have referred to him in an article which is appearing in the May Circular. We have had a session together with David Gilroy and George Jackson in Singapore. After his season in India, Lyle writes me from Hong Kong, where he opened a few weeks ago. I am trying to persuade him to come to Singapore, where his big show would create a sensation, but so far without success. A show in the Lyle tradition with several tons of baggage and numerous assistants is not an easy...

The Card

Here is a little idea of mine which may appeal to some of our readers, which can be used in entertaining children or adults. The idea is that a card (or cards) having been selected, returned and shuffled into the pack, are then placed inside the square shaped barrei of the magician's 'cannon'. The magician then fires the cannon, shooting the chosen card or cards into the audience. The gun can be made to fire one or more cards depending on the requirements of the magician. Hence, one or more...

Dinner Table Magic

EFFECT WITH A FORK This experiment should be presented as a scientific problem taking a patter line such as Concentration of sound waves, echo over water, rc. The effect is as follows A wineglass is half filled with water. A fork is then taken in the left hand and the two centre prongs are pinched well together with the thumb and finger of the right hand and then released. The thumb and finger, still held together, are then he d in the glass just above the water. A clear ringing sound is heard,...

Gerald Sykes

As an additional item in routine, vyhich I've worked this season, after Boko has had his drinks of ginger wine, I state he likes a smoke, so I light up a self smoking cigarette, put it in his mouth, and while he is enjoying his smoke, I introduce a picture of his great grandfather who was also a clown (that excellent children's effect Toto The Clown). apologize for all the holes in Toto's face but state that the picture was very old, and the mice had got at it, in fact they had a very good...

Rope Ends Bound With Cotton

Figure cut from one piece ply, and painted with poster colours. Background is black. Put hinged strut at back for standing upright. Use Silk Cord Ropes, 15 ns. long. 1 White and 1 Blue (the force) are fitted with wire hooks. The Changing Bag. This has three compartments The tops of inner compartments are 2-in. lowe lhan the outsides and these have strip whalebone sewn inside hems. One outs'de division can be. closed with press studs, and contains 2 ropes. and the rope vanishes from the...

Rope Eternal

The requirements are A length of rope, approximately four feet, one end of which has a North Pole Magnet inserted, the other end a South Pole Magnet. A short piece about one foot long, one end of which contains a North Pole Magnet. The other end is left untouched, except perhaps to be treated in some way to prevent fraying. See Figure 1. To commence, the ends C. and B are together, and the performer appears holding a long festoon of rope, end D in the left hand, end A in the right . See Figure...

Always An Organised Programme

Refreshments Available. Pianist always in attendance. THE DIZZY' LIMIT What makes you think my husband is a magician Some time ago both Thayer and Tommy Windsor put out Magical Pitchman acts. In this country Peter Dulay, talented son of Benson Dulay, crystallized his ideas on this theme into a very clever act which took him all over the British Isles in Variety. Over the years I have always had the basis for this type of act in my mind. Mentally I have taken out...

Cyro

In response to our request for data surrounding his magical life Cyro sent along to us a copy of a 'local' magazine, which contains a two-and-a-half-page report of his activities going back as far as 1914 and covering the years between then and now. His real name, we are told, is Cyril Brighton, and for well over 25 years he has performed before public audiences all over Britain, and he is a special favourite with Yorkshire children. His interest in Magic and entertainment generally was...

Bag

Marked cavds arc put' nib ouler bag side *t> ' Pachy is dropped Into sectionne on. fop of ca.Y-ds already mere. Stepping back to rear of his table, performer lowers the bag behind a small screen on table, but does not let the top of bag disappear from sight. After a few seconds, he brings out the bag in one hand, and three cards in rhe other. Spectators are asked to name their cards, and that card is handed to him to verify his mark upon it. The bag still securely tied, is then given for...

Pro Bono Magico

It seems hard to realise that the meeting on Friday, March 27th. brought us to within two meetings of the end of the season of wizardry. Lenz was in the chair as it appeared that Max had deserted his humble folk and was away eating in magnificent style 'twas the night of the Magic Circle Banquet I'll bet they didn't eat Latex chickens, or rabbits out of hats. Shall we sort of chew over our sour grapes with beer and sandwiches, and tell him that we had a most...

J3ssssss

S7 < tJ- < talaryaJJ rabbit will come to no harm. The two turn buttons shown are used to keep the large flaps in place until required, and the whole tray may then be leaned against a chair ready for use, or, as stated, be brought on by an assistant. A special mention, before I close, of Mrs. FRED WILLIS. Such is her enthusiasm for the VAMPIRE meetings that, although only out of hospital that day after an operation, she duly attended the evening meeting. I am really sorry to...

Amazes Everyone

Probably one of the finest and most mystifying pocket tricks ever offered. You have a little tube, into which you put a live match, and immediately pop a finger over each end. When you slowly let the match slide out IT IS SEEN TO HAVE REVERSED ITSELF The head end comes out the opposite way. You show the match again and repeat this magic feat. Again the match turns round. You at once pass it for examination. It is just an ordinary match Can be repeated as many times as you like. No extra matches...

Skull Shakers No

There is nothing startlingly new about this eflect from the point of view of method. However, the plot is simple and direct and has audience-appeal. Further, the trick can be worked with a borrowed pack and no terrific sleights are involved. Briefly, a spectator selects a card, notes it and returns it to the pack which is shuffled. After showing that the chosen card is neither at the top nor the bottom of the pack the magician invites a second spectator, who does not know the identity of the...

This Is Not Dated You Can Do It Indefinitely Lonc After The Coronation Is Only A Distant Memory

A Hand Made Outfit you will be proud to own. A very limited number made. We get sales every time we demonstrate this. At the Vampire Club the boys acclaimed it as a real 'Hit'. Claude Man ley was the first to buy one. < > < > VAMPIRE CLUB (Csntinued from Page 105. Three ladies were asked to act as judges, and to vote entirely on the audience appeal of the effects presented. One trick only to be given by each competitor. I don't think space will be sufficient for me to given an account...

Very White Magic

A pleasant variation on almost any programme would be to introduce an all-white effect. Here it is a new routine in which an egg, handkerchief and a glass of milk change places. The routine lends itself to some scientific patter about how objects of the same colour, given the right atmosphere, will switch their shapes with one another. All the articles used are white, hence the title. You will probably have all rhe requirements, except perhaps the Watch the Milk feke. They are as follows 2. Two...

Comedy Magic

But it does remain that the non-exposing magician can and frequently has done just that. He has not burned his boats behind him, the exposer has. Far from being Comedy Magic this kind is undoubtedly Deplorable Magic. From all of which you should have gathered by now that the type of Comedy Magic which will raise the most laughs is undoubtedly, PERVERSE MAGIC. Magic which 'goes wrong' to the utter chagrin of the performer, Magic which turns out differently from that announced, again to the...

Pasteboard Prangers

In the Genii for August 1955, there is an effect by Larry Becker called Out of This Universe. It is a very neat self-working effect with cards, with a finish rather like Out of this World- Paul Curry's masterpiece. I first saw Larry Becker's effect worked by Gus Southall . . . recommendation enough for discerning card-men who ought immediately to buy the relevant Genii. What interested me about it was that the working was a bit like a card-effect I had in ye olde Demon Telegraph (three cheers...

Magicians in the NEWS

LESTER SHARPE called > n at the Studio recently. He reported having had a very successful six months tour of the East including Egypt and India. Whilst in India he met many members of the Indian Magic Circle, including the fabulous Eddie Joseph, and he says of him, that he is without any doubt at all, one of the cleverest and most original magicians he has ever seen. EDDIE JOSEPH incidentally will appear in person at the Abbott Annual get-together this year, at Colon, Michigan. He is...

Fly

You're making, you'll want an easier method. Never fear, Patten's here. I have a simpler method. Buy yourself a yard of black cord elastic or scrounge some from your sister's catapult and get to work. Fasten one end of the elastic to the base of the handle, run it up and pass it through a hole made in the centre of the mesh. Attach the dirty great fly to this free end, seeing that the elastic is taut enough to pull the fly against the wire mesh. Pull the fly down and hold it to the handle base...

The Vampire Club

Successful is much too modest a word to describe the May meeting of the Vampire Club it was amazing. Despite an evening of torrential rain I should think we had a record attendance. MAX took a rough count from which it would appear that we had achieved a century including one cat. The cat was unab e to produce a membership card so that owing to the risk of exposure he was requested to leave. MAX gave a welcome to all, said that there would be no speeches or lectures and that we should just sit...

Prayer Stick

In the monasteries of Tibet, when the member Llamas pray they use a Tibetan Prayer Stick, a long stick with two cords running independently through either end of the stick (Show this to be so). As they are praying all day long, and they only have the two cords, the way they use them is to draw the finger and thumb down the length of the cords alternately, and the length of the cords is the length of the prayer (Suit the action to the words). Now should they have a very long prayer and require a...

Miniature Wand

Max sells a ball-pen, which looks like a miniature wand. With this extremely useful prop a number of pocket tricks can be performed, which ail go to 'prove' that it is a real Magic Wand. Briefly, some of its antics are as follows It first of all appears to be made of rubber, quite pliable and can be flexed about, only later io be shown as quite solid. It answers questions in its own peculiar way. It is capable of penetration by a silk handkerchief. If placed in the fist, it shoots out at the...

Veritable Compendium Of Modern Magic

A working magician's handbook, yet a real collector's item. This Catalogue will make history in British Magic. A year in the making yet yours for a song If so, you will probably find just the New and Original Novelty you are looking for in our NEW VENTRILOQUIST'S CATALOGUE. Send 6d. Stamp for this and see the real photographic illustrations of a number of lovely and surprising NOVELTIES. Make your act distinctive with one of our New Lines.

Ways Of Mentalists

It is unlikely that a single reader will agree with this article. Mentalism (horrible word ) is a very contentious subject among magicians. Many of them look down on it from a great height, little realising that thought reading and that sort of thing has a wide appeal, especially for women. Whereas the tricks with boxes, handkerchiefs, hats and apparatus may appear miraculous, the tricks of the mind are uncanny and have a mystery all their own. It is this difference which creates a danger. In...

The Magnet

The Only Magic Newspaper in the World Published in the interest of closer relations between Magicians, Ventriloquists, Puppeteers, Jugglers, Clowns and Allied Arts the World over. P.O. Box 5993, Birmingham 9, Alabama, U.S.A. Read by 2,000 Magicians each Issue Sub. 1.00 for 12 Issues Max Andrews, 10 11, Archer Street London, W.l. The Friendly Magician, invites you to send S.A.E. for his list of new and used apparatus. Your surplus stocks taken in part exchange. Visitors Welcome. MAGIC STUDIO 1,...

National Congres Of Magiciansbreda 1952

Flying to Holland always reminds me of my first flight there in 1946 to attend the First International Congres of Magicians sponsored privately by Henk Vermeyden. I was incidentally the first British Dealer to Exhibit on the Continent since before the War. Arrived safely on Thursday, August 7th. and made my way to Vermeyden's Studio. Henk and his chief assistant welcomed me and we chatted on things magical and the coming Congres. On hearing that Henk was travelling to Breda that evening by car,...

When I Turn Away Please Put This Watch In Your Pocket Do This With Every Watch I Give You Thank

The six watches are placed in the waistcoat pocket. The one on which is the message is on top. Having obtained an assistant from the audience to help in an effect, at the conclusion take out the first watch (i.e. one with the message on it) and say By the way I have to watch my time, will you be good enough to do this for me Hand watch to assistant (with message facing him), turn away and do your next item. At the end of this, repeat watch gag with another watch. Repeat until the last watch has...

Trick

THE MOST OUTSTANDING TRICK OF THE PARIS CONVENTION. ANOTHER 'SCOOP' BY MAX ANDREWS the most enterprising dealer in Great Britain. I am the ONLY ONE WITH THE GENUINE SECRET and the rights to make. Do not be misled by any method with a sloppy creamy mixture. THIS MIX GOES AS HARD AS FROZEN ICE CREAM AND WHEN YOU PUT YOUR SPOON IN YOU CAN TURN THE GLASS UPSIDE DOWN . . . WITHOUT IT FALLING OUT. YOU CAN ACTUALLY PULL YOUR ICE CREAM OUT OF THE GLASS ON THE END OF THE SPOON . . . LIKE A LOLLIPOP The...

The False Throw

For those of you who may wish to exhibit the three card trick AND TO DECEIVE AN AUDIENCE EVERY TIME THE CARDS ARE THROWN ON THE TABLE the false throw must be practiced until it can be performed perfectly. Hold the two cards in the right hand in the position shown in Fig. 2. The queen faces the audience. Now place the tip of the third finger (marked x in Fig 2) against the corner of the queen and lift that card clear of the second finger. You will now find rhat with a swift downward turn of the...

Copper Rice Bowls

These glorious Rice Bowls are now in stock again. Made in gleaming copper, with improved 'up-lift' of feke. which enables you to change Rice to Water in mid-air, without going to tray or table. Feke made in plastic. Six inches in diameter. PRICE 50 . BY WAY OF INTRODUCTION. Here is the first of a series by that prolific writer, Peter A. McDonald, and I am proud to have been instrumental in securing the articles for readers of The Magic Magazine. I always suspected that Peter had quite a lot up...

Ibm British Ring 1952 Convention

The Convention this year will be held at Hastings, where, for the benefit of foreigners (including Elmer Eckham and Mystic Craig) William the Conquerer landed and fought the famous battle against the English in the year 1066. It is a lovely quiet seaside resort, full of historical interest, and even seasoned conventioneers like ourselves are already looking forward to having a great time there and meeting all our old friends again. To those of you who have never attended an I.B.M. Convention...

Irihii three card trick

An effective move that is sometimes used in conjunction with the three card trick is known as the Mexican Turnover. This is by no means a difficult sleight once the correct position of the cards involved is acquired. The effect, which I will briefly describe, is known to all card magicians. Supposing the queen to be face down on the table with a card, also face down, on either side and that a spectator has correctly guessed the centre card to be the queen. The performer picks up one of the...

Encore

When you have a Crazy Trick, One that always seems to stick. Leaves you feeling mighty sick. When you really want to click. If you've fretted, fumed and fussed. Inwardly you've kicked and cussed. Even used some Woofle Dust Don't give up in wild disgust, Swear you'll do the trick or bust. If you're not successful then, It's up to you to try again. A magician was convicted for murder and sentenced to be hanged. The judge asked Have you anything to say Well, your worship, we magicians like to keep...

Magnetic Harmony

J.'s Sensational Subtlety Series. It has a wide and varied range of presentation possibilities and the secret depends upon another subtle E.J. principle, used by him in many ways for a number of years. This fool proof system is easily learnt even at the first reading, and there is no digital manipulation or memory involved Five different presentation angles are described and explained below, and for repeat dates you can use the identical system, but create a...

Nailo

Our New and Streamlined Version of this effect has improved it 100 - and it promises to be the year's winning pocket trick. Magicians can do many things, but did you ever expect to see one offer a large steel nail for inspection and then bend it in half over his teeth No Neither will your audience, but this is in effect what you can do if you get Nail-O. Very simple to work. Can be done any time, anywhere under any conditions. The bent nai is also examined and the spectators cannot bend it...

Silken Smoke

A familiar effect treated from an audacious viewpoint may attract more attention than one that is new. By this it is implied that by culminating a fresh approach to an old theme we make the onlooker believe that he is witnessing a brand new trick. There is for instance nothing new about magic with silks and cigarettes except in the handling of the things themselves. Produce a silk or cigarette in a manner somewhat different from that to which the audience is accustomed and you will encourage a...

Also No Stamps Please

Dollar Bills of any denomination are acceptable. Also International Money Orders or Cheques on American and English Banks. PLEASE ALLOW 10 FOR CARRIAGE AND PACKING. These instructions also apply in CANADA SUCKER NAPKIN Continued from Page 137 behind and comes out with the ring. Let them see you have only the ring in your hand and then say when I touch the red pieces with the ring my right hand screens the two balls and I roll the mutilated paper out of sight into my hand and push the other one...

How Can I Do The Smoke Magic Circle Trick

Was emitted from the mouth of the performer, and this after he had just placed an unlighted cigarette between his lips This was obviously going to be a sensational act, and the audience literally gasped as further clouds of real smoke were blown around in all directions. (You can work it with an examined pipe if you like). It can be worked into any show. An ideal opener. Perfect for cigarette or manipulative act. You won't have to worry us for refills either. A genuine self-working effect,...

The Hbomb

Exploded during its trial, an appreciable sized island we were told simply vanished into the atmosphere With these words, he picks up a stick about 20 inches in length and using that as a pointer draws attention to a model pyramid standing in the center of the stage. At his command, an assistant reaches inside a basket and brings out an inflated balloon. While the assistant holds up the balloon to view the magician says this is a miniature model of the H-Bomb. When I give the signal for its...

One Guinea Will Be Paid To The Writer Of The Most Feasible Explanation

The decision of the editors shall be final. From Michel Noayme, Beyrouth, Lebanon. We have in Orient a Dr. Dahesh who effects miraculous manifestations without any tricks. Myself and many persons attended to some of these miracles. Dr. Dahesh effects his miracles in saloons and not on the stage, in full light. These miracles had for object the foundation by Dr. Dahesh of a new religion called Daheshism. He has many adepts and disciples, of whom are the sister of the wife of the ex-president of...

Yet Another Magic Salesman

I hope you liked the scheme of things in my last article on the Magical Pitchman act. Actually a lot of the tricks are standards which are easily recognisable. However, there are many things to be considered so I feel that this article on the hows and wherefores is not teaching my grandmother to make Max Sterling eggs. Let's just list out the actual tricks used first and then go into the modifications needed for our act. The dye tube caper is Sucker Silk by Vampire. The Newspaper tear is...

The Combination Deal

Ever since I have performed card magic, some of my favourite tricks have been those where a prearranged deck could be given to a spectator for a short shuffle. And so I was very delighted when the Magic Magazine published the two effects The Mathematician's Poker Game (No. 11. Vol. 3. Feb 1955) and Dealing with a Bridge Deal (No. 1. Vol. 4. April 1955). I studied these methods and worked out quite a number of other solutions for the same purpose. The following one is, I think, the best one. It...

Giant Spring Sausages

Much larger than the normal size and they naturally cause a MUCH LARGER LAUGH Size about three feet long. Easy to fold up and self-locking. Every comedy magician should avail himself of tne opportunity of buying these at once. If so you will probably find just the New and Original Novelty you are looking for in our NEW VENTRILOQUIST'S CATALOGUE. Send 6d. Stamp for this and see the real photographic illustrations of a number of lovely and surprising NOVELTIES. Make your act distinctive with one...

Absolutely New And Exclusive

Visual card effects are always popular and here is a new one we know you are going to like very much. It is at once self working, easy, showy and most mysterious. The magician has a card selected and even allows the spectator to shuffle it back into the pack himself, so that he can be satisfied it is well and truly lost. All the cards are then dropped into an upturned hat. The performer goes fishing. With a length of rope in his hands, he dangles one end into the hat for a moment. Then great...

Sophisticated Silk

For an adult audience, especially if you are a magical compere, this easy bit of manipulation will both intrigue and get a laugh since it is not without a background of truth The performer takes a white silk handkerchief from his top pocket and is just about to use it when he notices that it has several bright lip-stick marks on it. Good gracious he says, as he unsuccessfully tries to wipe them off, now I shall get into trouble at home again. But he calls the magic laundry to his aid and, after...

Tips For Magic by Len Belcher

It has been said that the majority of the magical ideas I have originated involve the construction of apparatus. If this is true, and a careful study of magazine files shows me that it is at least a reasonable assumption, then I have no apologies ro offer indeed I feel justified on quite a number of counts. Magic from the pocket is not everyone's meat, neither for audience nor performer, and it still remains true that a balanced blend of sleights and apparatus is the key to success with the...

Clef Night Of Magic

On Wednesday, April 7th. at the Cran-borne Hotel, London, W.C.2., the magical section of The County of London Entertainers Federation presented their Night of Magic, organised by Claude Manley, A.I.M.C. In the chair was Herbert- J. Collings, M.I.M.C., one of the founders of the Magic Circle. To a full house the following artistes appeared. Mister Ree, opening with a Black and White paper tear which when restored read Welcome to our night of magic. Finished with a nice presentation of the Wrist...

The Baker

This is an invitation to join the roundabout with one who not only penetrates into the limelight of magic, but also creeps behind the scenes to keep you up to date with happenings which seldom make the headlines. If you accept the invitation, I can promise that you will meet a host of personalities, perhaps an act that is new, or old or merely get a glimpse into the magical future, or a choice comment on a matter which may keep you, personally, out front and on top of your magic...

Bouncing Putty

Get a box of modelling clay from a toyshop, discard one roll and substitute your Bouncing Putty, shaping the same as the others, then wrap the box in several pieces of different coloured tissue paper. Tell the children this story. Do you know Johnny Green You don't Well, he's the little boy who lives next door to me. The other day was his birthday and his father gave him a little present, just like this one. (Pick up the box). Can you guess what it was (Start taking the wrappers off . Well I...

Len Allen

This Month's Cover Picture There may be some magicians who have never met or even heard of the personality adorning the front cover of this month's publication. Let me take you out of your misery and introduce you to this extraordinary personality. It gives me the greatest pleasure to introduce you to Len Allen, otherwise known as LENZ. Let there be no doubt that Lenz does actually come from the Orient. He was born in India and he has travelled widely from a very early age. It was about 42...

Christmas Magic

Murray, the famous Australian Escapologist and Illusionist takes pride of place at this year's West End Magic Show for children. It is an intimate show, as indeed any show is bound to be in one of the smallest of London's Theatres. The presentation of all the acts was slick and nicely timed, so that the whole ran with continuity and pleasant entertainment. Murray himself opened the bill, with a silent presentation of a number of tricks, worked alternatively with two girl assistants. A...

Levante

From the bush of Australia to the West End of London, from entertaining in shearing sheds to the palaces of Royalty that has been the life of Levante, known in practically every country in the world as the master craftsman in the world of magic. In 1939 at Battle Creek in Michigan, U.S.A., Levante was the guest of honour at a convention of magicians convened by the International Brotherhood of Magicians. He has been labelled as the finest exponent of stage magic in all its branches. J. C....

It Is A Real Gem Of A Pocket Trick And One That Can Be Used As A Substitute For The Diminishing Cards

Very easy to do and beautifully made. The magician asks a spectator to think of any question he would like to have answered. To assist them he hands out some cards with lists of suitable questions on. The magician writes an answer to his MENTALLY THOUGHT OF QUESTION . . . and hands it to the spectator- THEN . . . AND ONLY THEN DOES THE PERSON REVEAL HIS QUESTION . . AND THERE IN HIS HANDS IS THE CORRECT ANSWER Has the air of genuine mindreading and takes them completely by surprise. No forcing...

Golden Spider Trick

A charming conception especially designed for the Very Young . . . Those Oh so difficult little ones to entertain. The Romance of the Golden Spider has an atmosphere of reality that instantly captures and holds the kiddies wrapt attention. All the clever things this Spider can do, and the way he lives would amaze you When at the finale he is found to be sitting in the centre of a lovely Web which he has woven with a Coloured Ball of Wool selected by one of the Children . . . NATURALLY THEY ARE...

Now A Word About The Rarebit Saucepan

For magicians who know magic, we would say that the effect is the same, but this New Modern Streamlined Model is spun in aluminium, nicely polished. It is, of course, extremely Tight. Specially made in a little shallower than the old mode so that you can now work it without turning up the leather band from inside the trilby hat. Also we have added a nice metal handle (detachable) to lift it by so that it looks like a modern Poringer Type Saucepan Last but not least you can have it remarkably...

Curse Of

At last, a card trick with a visual, showy and unexpected surprise and a big laugh It is just the very thing for a dinner, a cabaret or a Caledonian club. It is all nicely self-contained and requires very litt'e manipulation. Here is the effect. A card is chosen by a spectator and put back face down in the pack. The performer thinks hard and announces that the chosen card was the Nine of Diamonds internationally known as the Curse of Scotland. He declares that it has strange powers and will, on...

Bill Given

LENZ TELLS OF THE 'TONGUE CUTTING FEAT By now most of you will be thinking that the Oriental is of a cruel nature. He is not really so, but his type of performance certainly seems to set one thinking. Actually Magicians of the Western World could learn many lessons from the oriental. He really studies his audience, and obviously gives them the type of magic they expect to see. These few words say a lot to any magician who wants to give his act a real pruning. Now, don't get me wrong, I am not...

The Magic Circle

Monthly Concert held at King George's Hall, Saturday, March 27th. The Magic Circle Concerts are renowned, and quite unique. For those who do not know, and have not had the privilege of attending one, we can tell you that no charge is made as they are not open to the public. Admission is by ticket only, and members and friends flock to see this all magical entertainment. So successful has it become since the War, that the average capacity of the hail was always exceeded, and today two...

Kim

I'd like to start this month's Focus with a question. Has it ever happened to you Have you ever genuinely thought up an idea, something which you honestly put together, honestly believed it to be your own, only to discover later on that someone has pipped you to the post If you take a keen interest in Magic, if you 'play' about with it, trying out this, concocting that, then the answer is almost sure to be Yes. You will have stuck your neck out, and, what is more certain still, someone is sure...

Marylands Magical Mecca

The World's Most Wonderful I emple of Mystery For the benefit of our overseas readers, this article relates to the Isle of Mann, set in the Irish Sea. It has its own language, and Fer-Obbee means magician. Ever since the far bygone days when Manannan the Manx wizard-king, held the sceptre over what ultimately became Britain's first Dominion, wizards have never failed to wield their wands over what has been characterised so delightfully as The Magic Isle. Strange to say, magic simply seethes...

The Fishing Rod Of Foo Ling Yu

This is really the old climbing bamboo on string. Instead of doing the bamboo climbing stunt I find it is best to point out how you can double the length of a piece of string by passing it through the piece of bamboo. This trick (climbing bamboo) is described in Greater Magic. It will be found that if one end of the string is pulled it will be quite short but if the other end is pulled it will lengthen by quite a good amount. Patter can be on the lines of Chinese fishermen can fish in shallow...