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Esme Levante

Left to Right Esme Levante, Les Levante, Oscar Paulson, une. Bottom Left to Right Col. Ling Soo- Voltaire, Claude Chandler. Top. Left to Right Esme Levante, Les Levante, Oscar Paulson, une. Bottom Left to Right Col. Ling Soo- Voltaire, Claude Chandler. EDITORIAL. Continued from previous page a selection of the large crowd of stalwarts but they are those who invariably attend I.B.M. gatherings. Suffice to say that it was a very jolly, informal affair, with no fewer than 17 artistes on the...

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...

Meet Tom Harris

Effects you are ever likely to witness. His supreme achievements in the skilful side of the art were much admired by his late friend and mentor. Will Goldston. Will held Tom in very high esteem, and when he died he left Tom his own copies of his Exclusive Magical Secrets, the original locked books of magic. Tom also has personal documents and records of Will Goldston that may come to light some time. He is a Member of the Inner Magic Circle (Gold Star). The I.B.M. (U.S.A. and British Ring) and...

Entire Contents Copyright

Manufacturing rights on all tricks are reserved by the publisher. Contributions invited Vampire Ltd. 10 11 ARCHER STREET, LONDON, W.I Working on a magazine six weeks in advance of publication date always makes it difficult to re-capture the spirit of current events in the written word. New Year's day has only just passed, yet by the ninth of February the year will seem to be well under way, but nevertheless I am determined to take this opportunity of thanking in the only way I can, those of you...

Magicians in the News

COLLINCS called recently and we were very glad to see that he is out and about again after his severe illness. We understand that his activities are curtailed to a certain extent, nevertheless he is still able to carry on with his London shows. You have our best wishes, Herbert, for the best of health in the future. DOUGLAS CRAGGS wrote to us from Kuala Lumpur, where he has recently taken up the post of Deputy Controller of Manpower. He has made magical friends already in his new...

Pro Bono Magico

Brought forward a week owing to Magic Circle Jubilee Celebrations . There is a temptation this month to cut out a lot of the detail wh.ch is usually a feature of my monthly article and to dwell more on the atmosphere prevailing at the April meeting of the VAMPIRE CLUB. Yes, I shall yield to that temptation. Going back over past history I know that we have had many wonderful evenings and yet if I record the April meeting as the best yet, shall I be far wrong I wonder why it was so How stupid of...

Vampire Club Committee

Left to Right Maurice Burdin, Roy Margets, Eddie Songest, Max Andrews, Sonny Paul, Tom Eg an, Lenz Front Left Claude Manley and right Bill Buckland. that, summed up merely means we had an interval. The second half of the proceedings was opened by Lenz in aggressive mood he appealed in no uncertain terms for volunteer entertainers, i.e. club members. Now that just must happen and I appeal for support with a clear conscience as I plucked up courage to do my little party piece two meetings back...

Transvaal Magician S Circle

We learn from our o'd friend Dudley Smith, (President), that this Circle is going great guns now, and that the newly elected officers for the year are Eric Bruck (Secretary) and Wally Radford (Treasurer). This last named gentleman is incidentally, the Past President. We convey good wishes for future success from all Magic Magazine readers. Grey lifted Mrs. Richmond from the foor and put her on the couch. He felt her pulse. She was alive. She opened her eyes and clung to him. The Thing on the...

Max Andrews

We have had several letters to date and together with expressions of opinion heard in our Studio, we feel that our Xmas Number was a real success. I wonder if any of you ever stop to think of the work at the back of a publication such as this. The liaison of artists, photographers, writers, editors, contributors, and printers It should be a whole time job to get this out every month, but it is in fact, only a spare time problem. However, you as a reader certainly get good value for money for it...

Max Andrews Magician

I have just had the pleasure of drinking a toast to Those who do not read Abracadabra each week. This, as if you didn't already know, is the title Goodliffe appropriated from the Magicians Union, for his little Magazine, which is the World's only Magical Weekly. As a matter of fact, I do read my own advert, as I consider, if for no other reason, the magazine justifies its existence by making it possible for all other magical publications to contact their public joking aside, however, the Annual...

Bertram Millidge

His first approach to Magic was at a very early age, when ill m bed with scarlet fever. They brought him a book from the public library, which turned out to be Hoffmann's Modern Magic. This gave him another fever, for which there is no known cure, and it is called Magic Fever. Whether any other borrowers caught scarlet fever was never traced Growing older, he was apprenticed in London, and leaving the works midday on Saturday, would rush like mad to Holborn before the conjuring shops closed,...

Tibetian Marechief

Vampire Ltd. 10 11 ARCHER STREET, LONDON, W.l. THE MAGIC CIRCLE JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS St. Pancras Town Hall, London, W.l. APRIL 27th. to 30th. The preliminary advertising given to this unusual event aroused World wide interest, and a number of foreign visitors arrived in London to be present at the proceedings. The venue was central and very imposing, and was splendidly equipped to enable any and all the functions to take place in the same building. The informal get-together was at 10 a.m. and...

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...

Sams In Manx

Representative of S.A.M.S. had a glorious week-end in the Isle of Man from Saturday, October 22nd. to Tuesday, October 25th. They were guests of H.E. Dr. Sir Alexander Cannon at his Laureston Mansion House, Douglas. Main object of the visit was to install Dr. Cannon as Honorary Life President of S.A.M.S. Dr. Cannon is the driving force behind the Magicians of Mann. Week-end also involved three evening displays of magic in the Mansion's own theatre, The Enchanted Hall. These were open to the...

April Meeting Report

After a very long run of faithful and very much appreciated service our scribe Buck has been forced to absent himself from this month's meeting, so perforce we must make our own notes. The usual large gathering gradually assembled, and there were discussion groups, trick groups, and eating and drinking groups, before the proceedings officially opened. Also we have made a change in policy, as on Club Night we get so many people ring us up and ask if we would mind bringing this or that down to...

Northern Magic Circle

Patron His Grace the Duke of Northumberland. Headquarters The Crown Hotel, Clayton Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. This Society has been founded (following the request of Northern magicians) with the sole object of promoting the interests of magic and magicians in the North, and in no way to conflict with local or National Societies. Its motto is Amicitia Per Artem Magicae. Friendship through the Art of Magic. The Officials and Council for 1956-57 are as follows FRANK RICHMOND Esq Axwell Park,...

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. When Serl Taunt made his first appearance for the Magic Circle, Francis White, the then Secretary, made it his business to congratulate him. Serl, he said, your Act is...

News And Notes

REPORT OF COUNCIL MEETING HELD AT THE GRIFFIN HOTEL, LEEDS, SUNDAY, MAY 27th., 1956 Present Chairman George Blake Frank Richmond, John Scott, Frank Baumforth, Benny Hindmarsh, Jim Lumley, Arthur English, Tommy Scott. Apologies for absence were received from Bob Lawrence and Jimmy Gill. Minutes of the previous meeting had been circulated to members of the Council. These confirmed. Arising from the minutes members of the Council were informed that a letter had been received from Mr. R. Ayres T.V....

Speech for the Magician

How many magicians give the subject of stage speech any consideration I do not mean Elocution, that awful word wh ch too often leads to mouthiness and an irritating refanement. I mean clarity, fluency and the right emphasis When we produce a play, we study each character in order to find out how he would speak. Is he fast or slow Is he decisive or hesitant Is he of the country or of the town We study, too, whether he is an amus ng fellow or serjous-minded. And we always insist that, even if he...

Week With Dante

During one of my visits to Blackpool to judge the drama festival at the Grand Theatre, I found that Dante was a fellow guest at the hotel where I was staying. I find it very difficult to describe Dante. He looks like Shakespeare, has enormous energy, and can be as quiet as a mouse and as forthright as a lion. As I came in from rather a late first-night session, Dante was sitting alone in the downstairs lounge. He called me over, stood me a hefty drink and to'd me he had heard about what I was...

Putting Drama Into Magic

Whilst many readers and fellow contributors know much more about magic than I do, may I hope that my experience in the parallel field of the theatre may be of use My line of approach is from the dramatic angle and is the point of view of a producer and critic. In my job of producing plays as well as writing them, I have had to study with a very sharp eye, what is known in the theatre as Presentation. That does not merely mean scenery and costume, but the way actors project themselves and so...

Glaude Manley

When you meet Claude Manley, you cannot fail to be impressed, that here is a man who literally burns with zeal. Everything he undertakes is important, and the job of the moment gets his whole and zealous attention. He is a printer by trade, and during his youth another lad sold him the Coffee Vase Trick. That was enough to start him off in the quest for more magic, and his lunch hours were often spent at the magic counter of Hamley's oid shop in Holborn, where the genial Mr. Wheeler dispensed...

Money Travels

(Magic Circle, Institute of Magicians, Vampire Club). Any trick with a borrowed article seems to be more intriguing and less suspicious than if the performer is using his own materials. Perhaps it is because the mystery becomes more personal to the audience. The effect is that a borrowed (and marked) note is placed in a phial, held under a handkerchief by the owner, vanishes and is found in a brass tube The note is still in the phial. To prepare, you must first of all insert an empty phial into...

Magic Circle Roundabout

So they are going to make a picture of the life of Houdini. In fact it may be on the way to release by the time you read this column. What can we expect to see in this film story Well it seems to me that Hollywood will apply all their usual camera magic to this obviously good materialistic tale, and when Roundabout took a peep behind the scenes, I had a few home truths which have a familiar ring. Up comes Janet Leigh co-starring in the part of Mrs. Houdini with her husband Tony Curtis in the...

Right Hand Grips

GRANDMOTHER'S NECKUACET Arrangement (The only FREE Magic Ciub in the World) Report on Meeting held on November 28th. The second Vampire night of the present season was held on Friday, November 28th. As usual we were honoured with a large and enthusiastic attendance presided over by Max, who not only had to look after his trade show, but do the announcing Claude Manley having succeeded after much practice in making his voice disappear John Bourne, our Literary Editor, decided that it was about...

Tribute By Max Andrews

As one might expect the Abracadabra Coronation Jamboree revolved round one personality, and indeed, if viewed solely from rhis angle, magicians are deeply indebted to Coodliffe for his enterprise in making it possible for so many of us to welcome and see in the flesh, the man who first put the regularised teaching of magic, on the map. Our adulation is, of course, to none other than Dr. HARLAN TARBELL. If ever a magician deserved a statue in a prominent public place then I would like to see one...

Vanpihe Cli3ib

Report of Meeting held on April 24th. The April meeting of the Vampire Club was proof enough of the organisation and team spirit of the Club. Despite the absence of both Max and Lenz who were busy at another place, a full programme was carried through, skilfully piloted by Claude Manley, and ably abetted by a large number of willing hefpers. A Twenty Questions team comprising Eddie Songest as chairman, with Bobbie Bernard, Brian Tish Godfrey, Ron Hyatt, Lew Lewis and Len Belmont as the team,...

The Vampire Club

On May 29th the curtain came down on ihe Winter season of the Vampire Club and so in the world of magic Summer has officially commenced. How short this Winter season has seemed could ir be that the Vampire C ub, apart from its many useful functions, a'so shortens our dreary Winter. What of the past Surely no other organisation can claim to have provided so much enjoyment at so little cost i.e., nothing ar all. What of the future We must all see to it that our founder, Max, and his noble band of...

Robert Harbin

THE VAMPIRE CLUB This is just to remind you that we do not hold a meeting in December, so that the meeting this month on the last Friday, NOVEMBER THE 27th. will be the last this year. Don't forget the address THE SWISS HOTEL, OLD COMPTON STREET, LONDON, W.l. Opening time . 6-30 p.m. (age limit 18 years) (An entirely new Children's Routine for Max Andrew s NO BEER HERE Effect) Hold the complete apparatus on the palm of your hand, the glass being filled with milk, the green tube over it (with...

George Blake

Return the cigar to the pocket which will afford a natural opportunity to get some more of the substance on the fingers. Ordinarily when any sticky substance is applied to the fingers nd you cause something to adhere to them the fact rhat your fingers are treated will become readily discernible when someone is asked to remove the article. However, we have overcome this completely in the presentation described here. Approach someone and ask him to remove say the cigar as it is clinging to your...

Of Cards From The

Stacked cards to the deck as a holdout for duplicate cards, and for the Magical Production of a Deck of Cards at Fingertips. Only recommended with Evening Dress. With Routines and Ideas for Working. A New Subtlety in Card Magic that is practical for Intimate and Three cards are freely chosen and placed in a card holder, backs to audience. From another deck you remove three cards . . . AND THEY ARE FOUND TO MATCH THE THREE IN THE HOLDER As each card is named a spectator removes it from the...

Letters To The Editor

I would first like to say how much both I and my young lady enjoyed ourselves at the Vampire Club last week. This was only my second visit and my young lady's first, but we felt as if we had been members right from the first meeting. Indeed we would have been if it had at all been possible, but.I was overseas when the club was first formed, so it was not possible One thing I do know and that is this, we shall be coming to as many club meetings as possible now that I'm once more in this part of...

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...

Expanding Spoon

Are you looking for another gag for the routine Baking a Cake You are Then here it is. Procure some fibre tubing, or better still, if you can manage it, some very lightweight alloy tubing. You will need two pieces, one to telescope into the other. On the end of the thinner tube attach the spoon part of an old spoon that is, with the old handle removed and with this and all the other gadgets you need for the Cake Baking routine on your table, you are set. The assistant has read out the part...

Vampire Club Meeting

The Vampire Club's first meeting of the Season took piace on Friday, 28th. October with a good number of members and visitors present. MAX ANDREWS opened the proceedings with a few words of welcome and LENZ later introduced the new members, HENRY COSMUS, M. LINNEL, L J. THOMAS, ERIC BENHAM, DOUGLAS SEAL, S. J. CROUCH, COMMANDER JACKSON, ROBERT MARGETSON, FREDDIE DONEGUE and G. W. SAVILLE these were given the usual Vampire we'come. Among the guests were DR. ROLLAND FRASER from Australia, DR....

The Kangaroo Trick byx

This is really just another trick for producing a chosen card. However I think it should appeal to those of your readers who entertain children. The idea is, that one card being chosen from several others (there's no need to use a full pack) is noted, replaced and the cards shuffled. The conjuror then introduces his 'Intelligent Kangaroo' and places the cards, face towards the audience, in the kangaroo's pouch. The wizard then says, that by simply flicking the kangaroo's tail he can persuade...

Hand To Hand

Since early times the effect of exchanging the location of two different articles has been known to magicians. Tricks coming under this category are branded as TRANSPOSITION effects. While this form of magic could be adapted to almost any place, thing or condition, for intimate performances a silver and a copper coin have for long gained favour with magicians. Magicians who are familiar with this type of trick doubtless know of many variations for bringing about the result. The personal version...

Peter a Mcdonald

Born in 1923 in the Minster City of York, Peter says he does not remember much about York, for five years later his family moved to Sheffield, where his interest in magic was born. It was there that he first saw a conjurer transforming pieces of paper into pound notes. In 1930 the McDonald's moved over to Wakefield, here Magic came into the young Peter's own hands, for he acquired a small piece of apparatus in the shape of a Ball Vase. At about that time, a boy's weekly paper The Wizard , ran a...

Must For Any Discriminating Performer

Friday, January 27th. was the first Vampire meeting since November and it was nice to see many of the old regular attenders back after the Christmas break. I say all the regulars, but there was one notable absentee LENZ we were told had received an offer to earn a few coppers and could not resist the temptation. MAX gave his usual cheery welcome and pointed out that we could now look forward to regular monthly meetings until May after which comes a break for sunbathing during June, July. August...

Flames At Fingertips

Sensationalism is the stock in trade of many currently successful magicians, and now we are proud to offer another of Lenz' Exclusives. Performer enters, waves his hands openly, passes them over the flames of a lighted candle or firebowl, and at once A FLAME APPEARS ON EACH OF THE FINGER-TIPS. This multiplies to two flames, then three and four Most spectacular especially on a semi-darkened stage. A smart performer will cause another four flames to appear on the other hand. Quite easy and...

Vampire Club

Rather a sad story this month the Vampires have gone to earth or wherever it-is Vampires go to in the off season. I expect I am wrong again foxes is it that go to earth However, a very cheery evening was enjoyed by all, with Max back in the chair on the evening of May 30th. A hearty welcome was extended to several new members and to two visitors from Southampton Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Spicer. CARDELL taking a good hand at the finish of h's Th mble Routine. CARDELL taking a good hand at the finish...

There Are Twentythree Tricks Included

SLOW COIN VANISH HAT MONEY THE THIN MAN MAGNETIC CIGARETTES PERSONAL MAGNETISM TRANSMIGRATION THE MENU MYSTERY INDIVIDUALISM THE TRAVELLING RING THE VANISHING FRUIT THE FLAME IN THE BOTTLE, etc., etc. BE FIRST WITH THE LATEST AND FOOL YOUR FRIENDS Wirhin the shadow of the ancient Bargate of Southampton, in a modern office block, is the office and headquarters of Anthony Spicer (Southampton) Entertainment Services, an organisation catering for every particular...

The Magic Glass Of Milk

The magician shows a square box which is suspended upon an axle. The door is opened to show an empty, black interior. A glass of milk is then placed inside, the door closed and fastened by any appropriate means, and the box is then turned slowly on the axle. The turning may then be speeded up as required until finally the box comes to rest. The glass of milk is then taken out, none the worse for rhe ordeal. WORKING. The diagrams will expfain all there is to know, but a brief explanation...

Stabbed Deck

An ordinary pack of cards is shuffled and spread out- on a fable, so that a completely free selection of a card is made. It is replaced in the pack, cut several times and wrapped in paper. Blindfolded the magician stabs the pack . . . and chosen card is FOUND NEXT TO THE BLADE 1949 and it is now an established feature. Unc'e Tony in the person of Anrhony Spricer, is a past master in the art of entertaining children with puppets, Punch and Judy, Magic, Ventriloquism, and other accomplishments....

The Great Nixon

The Great Nixon, reputed to be England's Foremost Solo Mind-Reader, was born at Reading. England, and whilst at school at Salisbury he developed an ambition to become a Magician. After leaving school he commenced his professional career as a Magical Entertainer and Illusionist. touring not only in England, but throughout the U.S.A., China, Ceylon, India, Germany. France, Japan, etc. performing before the Crowned Heads of five of those countries, and receiving souvenirs from them, as mementoes...

The Balloonatic

Shows you how to make a Balloon Dog with only one Modelling Balloon The comparatively new art of modelling shapes with baboons has become extremely popular, and it is an item which magicians can usefu ly employ to entertain children. When you first try it no doubt you will feel as I did, all at sixes and sevens. But after you have tried it out a few times it wiil suddenly come to you, and you will understand the basic principle involved. Then you will be able to make your animals of a l shapes...

Dean Of The Society Of American Magicians

He was born across the world in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, December 4th. 1872. A performance by Louis Hazelmeyer, the Viennese wizard, inspired his interest in magic when he was seven. His first book was Robert-Houdin's The Secrets of Conjuring and Magic, which he still owns, and treasures, and which he still considers the one must in every magician's library, a clear indication of his modesty when one takes into account the many books that he himself has written, which are acknowledged...

Methods for Miracles

Edward Victor's BILLIARD BALL MANIPULATION'- This is a practical treatise that should prove a boon and a blessing to magicians. So little has been written on this subject in recent years that we know that the work of Edward Victor will be hailed with delight. Such a reasonably priced publication makes it possible for everyone to study the wonderful technique he explains for Palming Vanishing Colour Changing and Producing Billiard Bal's. This work also includes Two Effective Production Routines,...

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...

Wishing The Colour

There's no need to force a colour in a children's effect. Try my way and you will be surprised. The children, too, will feel more satisfied artful little things Take, for example, that excellent trick for the younger generation, The Golden Spider, in which a coloured ball of wool is used for the spider's web. Instead of forcing the colour, let the children wish for it. They love wishing at any time so I'm sure my method is psychologically right. Having shown the coloured balls, I tell the...

John Bourne

It may surprise some readers to note that John Bourne, who. is not so grim as he looks on the cover, has been appointed Literary Editor. He is not widely known in magical clubs and amongst magicians, but he has other qualifications and interests which seemed to be of especial value, particularly as they are rarely found in the magical fraternity. He has served on the editorial staffs of five daily newspapers, including The Times and is the most experienced drama adjudicator in Great Britain,...

Hm Vakil The Magician

Vakil, Editor of Cigam The Bazigars of Ancient India were well spectator. And after the vanishment the jar in known and famous for their supreme skill and fact reappears at that particular place from where incredible feats in magic which will be remem- it is dug out. bered by the Bharatvasis of present era long after . . ,1 . . , T the magical feats of the modern magicians have . , secret of this excellent trick I am been forgotten. The qualities which Sere...

Max Andrews Vampire Magic Catalogue

(Vampire) Ltd. 10 11 ARCHER STREET, LONDON, WJ Now that our New Catalogue is out, we feel we should be in a position to relax, with a sigh of satisfaction after such a prolonged effort. Whether 'tis well done or not remains to be seen, and the individual must judge, but the co-ordination required to bring a volume of nearly 300 pages to a conclusion, when we are constantly requiring to lift the blocks and use them in this Magazine cannot possibly be imagined. It says much for the patience and...

The Civic Reception

In the evening we attended the White Rock Pavilion again for the Civic Reception. Members and friends were presented to the Mayor and Mayoress of Hastings, Alderman and Mrs. H. W. RymilG, J.P., and then joined in the dancing to a splendid orchestra on the stage. The cabaret was presented by Percy Press with his usual hilarity, Elizabeth Warlock charming and now grown up daughter of Peter, presenting 'illusion of the mind' Final'y we had that character Bi'ly McComb looking more like Sherlock...

The Penny Travellers

Separating Penny from Shell 3. Showing Shell Behind Envelope At your next club night, try this on the boys. Even those who know a somewhat similar effect will be disarmed. But be sure to work it quietly, naturally and without any pretty flourishes. All you need are three pennies and a shell penny with a penny to fit, plus a piece of cardboard the size of an envelope or postcard. The most artful and helpful way to start is to fumble in your pocket for some coins, finding...

An Opening Effect

Performer shows a piece of black paper carefully, on both sides. He then proceeds to roll it into a tube, TOWARDS THE AUDIENCE, and it is obvious that no load is introduced. He now remarks to the effect that two blacks do not make one white but he will prove that two whites and four blacks all make here he shows a short white dowel, which he inserts into the paper tube, followed by four black pieces and finally one further white piece. By this time he has arrived at the end of the sentence and...

Grand Festival Of Magic

October 4th. to 9th 1954 The house was certainly packed the opening Monday night that I attended the show, and I understand that record bookings had been recorded for the rest of the week. The opening scene was a concerted presentation of a cabinet illusion from which several girls were produced in quick succession. Then Claude Chandler appeared to introduce the artistes, and the first to entertain us was Lester Sharpe and Iris. I have known Lester for very many...

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...

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...

ViinehemiWs Liiinik Silks

Effect Six silks are magically produced from a box. These silks are each tied separately into circles by members of the audience. The silks are then placed into a bag and the magician introduces a pack of cards upon which are the colours of the silks in bold lettering. The colours of the silks are shown to be arranged in a different order on each card. One of the cards is chosen, a wave over the bag with a wand, and as the person calls out the names of the colours on the card the silks are...

Skull Shakers No

Here we come with another card effect. Don't groan . The effect is quite straight-forward and can be followed by all. The plot is simple, the mechanics do not call for much in the way of skill, the misdirection is all that is necessary. And it can be done in any conditions with a borrowed deck. Here's how it goes. The pack is hurled at a spectator who is told to shuffle it and then remove ten cards from it. These are in turn shuffled by him and handed to the magician. The magician fans them and...

Johnny Geddes

Welcome Luncheon to Frances Ireland and Jay Marshall under the auspices of the I.B.M. British Ring, Bonnington Hotel, London, April 3rd., 1955 Once again the British Ring extends the hand of friendship to famous visiting magicians, and I was very happy to have had the opportunity of being there to join in the welcome. Actually I had seen them before, as they had been up to our new studio. A large crowd turned out on this fine Sunday, however, and numerous well known faces were seen everywhere,...

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,...

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...

Remember To Keep Vacant This Date

The International Brotherhood of Magicians llfftlh Aimmiuiall iniw iniitii ini SOUTHPORT SEPTEMBER 14th. to 18th., 1955 Once agaji it is Convention time, and magicians from all over the world stream towards Southport to join the throng of British magicians at their annual gathering. Prominent visitors this year were Charles Wicks from Australia, Mystic Craig with his wife and Craig Junior, from U.S.A. Suzy Wandas from Belgium, as were also Mr. and Mme. Bsssemans and Stewart Revers, the popular...

Resume By George Blake

Friday, May the 16th saw the commencement of it, although it was patent to everyone that planning had been going on for weeks ahead. In the afternoon familiar faces began to appear at the Royal Hotel (headquarters), where the Souvenir Programmes were being distributed. Edwin The Magician, who carried out most of the organising, was busy flying here and there. Lewis Canson arrived and was soon watching or exhibiting card moves Mrs. and Eileen Harris were there, and I soon spotted Roy Darnley,...

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...

Cliff Osman

One of those nice little feats that intrigue guests after a meal, or in a bar, is to balance a playing-card by one of its corners on your knuckles and then make it revolve rapidly as though it were pirouetting. Preferably use a Queen and say you got her from a ballet-master's pack Put a piece of wire between the corners of two cards and then neatly glue them together so that they look like one the Queen on top. Balance the card on the knuckles, with the wire going down between the fingers. Blow...

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...

No Skill Required Unlimited Entertainment At Your Command

l,B,M, Edinburgh Convention Even if you cannot get to Edinburgh for the whole of the period, why not come up for the day The dealers' show alone as always will be welf worth the cost of the visit. We shall be having a large display in our own private showroom, and Lenz, Eddie Joseph, George Blake and Max Andrews will be in attendance. If you want to see the Latest Miracles, which are not yet even advertised, make a point of seeing us there. enabling you to exhibir almost supernatural powers....

The Floating Pips Or 3d

MAGIC by Trevini Page 48 49 Editor Max Andrews Technical Editor George Blak This Magazine is written for the benefit of all Magicians. ENTIRE CONTENTS COPYRIGHT. Manufacturing rights on all tricks are reserved by the publisher. Contributions invited When Sorcar walked into my office with six of his Indian girls from the show, well I was a bit astonished to say the least of it. The weather was not too warm but they all seemed very happy, and Sorcar himself was, as usual, brimming over with...

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,...

Charlie Spratt Magic

On July 3rd. the Northern Magic Circle members were invited by Gateshead Y.M.C.A. to present an all magic show on the Newcastle Town Moor where the Royal Agricultural Show was being held. A gift of money would be handed over to the Society for club funds. The show was a success the marquee being packed with people standing five or six deep at the back. The following artistes performed Bob Lawrence of York, Tommy Scott, Rex Hart, A. McMackin, Jimmy Gill, guest artistes Babs Forster and Doug...

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...

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...

New Sideline For Magical Entertainers

An item that will please both young and old, making a distinct change from conjuring, yet being related in the fact that there is 'a trick in it', is that of Balloonology. Briefly, it is the making of animals and dolls from toy balloons. In cold print, that sounds most uninteresting Yet, to both the audience, and the performer alike, it certainly is great fun With very little practice, the art can be mastered, and a very creditable performance can be given. However, before going into details as...

Tom Harris

I cannot recall when I first met Tom Harris. It must have been many years before the War, but it seems as though we have always been friends. 1 have watched, as we do with our contemporaries, his gradual climb of the ladder, and his well deserved eminence today is the result of hard work and tenacity of purpose. Tom has been interested in magic almost all of his life and from schooldays used to amuse friends and parties. Although he naturally adopted the stereotyped formal presentation of magic...

Irihi Last IF ihm Ii Ini Ichis

I have just had occasion to re-write for a new edition, the preface to my book Sixteen Thumb Tie Gems, and having released this information briefly, I thought it would be of interest to our readers to have a fuller account of these very interesting events. Now the origin of the Thumb Tie effect is almost lost in antiquity, and although certain references have been made to it in various very old books, the effect as we know it to-day is by common consent credited to a Chinese performer named Ten...

Levante

Leslie George Cole, born Sydney, N.S.W., Australia, March 5th, 1892. Professional Magician, from 1910. Actually Levante was reared in a sma.M country town, Wangaratta, in the North East of Victoria. His first introduction to magic was brought about by the gif t from his father of Hoffman's Book of Magic. Until that time he had no knowledge of the wiles of the magical fraternity Living on a small farm, and with nothing much to do at night, he commenced to make up these tricks and take them to...

Anything Previously Thought Of

Tor's hand, and even when trapped by a bottle cap or thimble and then covered with ferrule IT WILL APPEAR OR VANISH AT WILL It is possible to show ferrule empty and each hand obviously empty . . . yet still the pea arrives where it should. There is no weakness no chance of getting caught, for the Illustrated Routines cover every possible eventuality. Exactly as privately demonstrated at Edinburgh . . . ask Archie Tear. Beautifully Produced M.S.S. and complete Apparatus. The Great Levante is...

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...

Transvaal Magicians Circle

We have just had news that this circle is greatly extending its activities, and new interest is being fostered locally owing to the initiative of Ronnie Baskham, who has opened a Gifts and Hobbies Store in one of the main streets in Johannesburg. He has arranged a special display counter for tricks and magical apparatus, and one of the ace performers there, Marco Fisher, gives demonstration sessions at fixed times. The photo shows some of the boys gathered together for a magical chat. We admire...

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...

Eric P Wilson

Eric Wilson is a famous Inventor Author, Magician, and his speciality is Children's Entertainment A topical gag for the Mag cal Compere and one that was obviously inspi.ed by the popular Television Show . . . What's My Line. A sure laugh in any programme. Compere simply patters to the effect that on entering the hall, (the usual ntroduction beloved by comperes) ne was stopped by the man on the door who asked What's Your Line, to which he replied THIS . . . as he says THIS, he places his hand...

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,...

Lenz On Tongue Cutting And Fire Cleansing

Since my article appeared about the Fakir cutting a human tongue, I have been given many explanations. One of these suggested a trick pair of tweezers, and another a trick pair of scissors, both intended to conceal the tongue. Yet you will see there is no necessity for these elaborations. Incidentally, in giving you my simple solution to this astonishing feat, I want to make it quite clear that I am not divulging the secret of the method used by Professor Sorcar. Actually, I know three ways by...

Jim Roberts

The international spirit of brotherhood engendered by magic is certainly fostered by the facilities of magical publications. That there could be, somewhere in India, a young magician, sitting possibly under a sweetening sun, and drawing with a gifted brush a caricature of Lenz and myself such as that which appeared in the December issue, proves that men do not do everything for gain. As I know to my cost people with artistic instincts do things because they have to. Any reward that come to them...

Sympathetic Transposition

Sympathetic silks have always found favour, so why not sympathetic playing-cards The trick described here has many uses. It can be introduced into a card routine or as a single item or even adapted to a mentalist's programme. It works cleanly and has a startling climax wholly unexpected. EFFECT. A pack of cards is given to a spectator who takes out any four cards named freely by the audience. The magician does the same from another pack of cards. Then the magician takes the four cards from the...

Transmigration

Here is one of my favourite tricks which comes in the category of extemporaneous Thaumaturgy. I feel that once you will master the necessary rudimental principle you will be ab e to apply the idea in other directions as well. There are available to the practising magician methods galore for the evanishment and production of coins. The simple evanishment of a coin on its own, for instance, cannot be termed as a trick in the strict sense of the word. Of course when loosely applied, even a stunt...

The Three Pellets

This idea could be combined with the old one-two-three pellet trick, by way of producing an additional climax. In the regular presentation of course, three paper pellets are lined up on the table. You place two in the left hand closing fingers over them, and one in the pocket. When the hand is opened they still find three. This is repeated twice more and let us suppose you finally reach the stage where you have the three pellets again lying on the table. It is here that the thumb tip idea is...

Ken De Courcy

Many methods have been devised for the classical effect wherein three coins pass invisibly through space to join three more. Dubbelkross and Simulkross are two further variations on the same theme but, not only are the methods altered, the effects are, too. In fact, Dubbelkross represents the first attempt as far as I know at giving this transposition a definite climax. Simulkross does not pretend to give a startling climax, but is interesting because the coins pass simultaneously from each...

Close Up Magic

To stick to last month's promise, here is the different version of The Tramps and the Ducks, but first I hope that you have noticed the fact that I've placed a query after the last word in the title. There is a reason for that as you will see presently. In accordance with the usual custom, let us first of all look over the spectator's shoulder and see for ourselves, just what he sees. The performer, having borrowed two trilby hats, and having emphasised by action and word that both hats are...

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...

Lenz Tells The Secret Of The Pigeon Mystery

I know, don't tell me, awful people these fakirs. If I have set you thinking, I feel happy, as our brains are apt to get slow if left unmoved. Oh yes I promised the secret of the white pigeon this month. Well, I'll keep my word, as is usual with me. I must admit that this type of magic is gruesome and cruel, but only with this sort of phenomena are the fakirs able to convince their onlookers that they possess some sort of supernatural power. I can assure you that once you have witnessed this...

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...

Max Andrews Magic

This edition will be remembered, we hope, for a scoop we are proud of. We have persuaded our old friend Edward Victor to part with more of those delightful manipulative gems for which he is so famous, for the delectation of Magic Magazine readers. The first of these appears in this issue and will, we hope make a welcome Xmas surprise for you. Teddy, as he is affectionately, known to us all, is famous not on'y for his music hall act of Hand Shadows, but for his widely read books Magic of the...

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...

Chaotic Candle

Anyone who buys this trick before the end of the month will receive a packet of Fairy Light Tapers FREE. Never has the addition of a piece of apparatus to a well known effect caused such a psychological revolution in the presentation, as the CHAOTIC CANDLE, has done to the Burnt and Restored 1 Note Trick It has always been fundamentally wrong to deliberately burn a note, or an envelope supposedly containing a note, since any sane person knows that if ths number portion is destroyed then the...

Tan Hock Chuan

TAN HOCK CHUAN is a name that is synonymous with Magic in Mafaya. He is a magician of international repute, being the first Asian to win the Sphinx Award which he gained in 1937. This was followed by three honourable mentions. He has contributed widely to American and English magical periodicals since 1935, and he is known the world over as a writer and inventor of Magic. Tan Hock Chuan is an outstanding performer, being much sought after in Singapore. He was given the great honour of appearing...

Parcel From India

THIS HAS PROVED A TERRIFIC SUCCESS AT CHILDREN'S SHOWS You bring on a large parcel which you say-has arrived that day from a friend of yours in India who promised to send you an Indian Magic Wand, but owing to being so busy you have not had time to open the parcel. At this point you can have some fun by cutting the string on the parcel and finding about six sheets of wrapping paper around the box. At last you are down to the box and inside you find a letter from your friend. As you open it, out...