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...

George Blake

Books and Manuscripts on Magic Given to Library of Congress The Library of Congress has received as a gift from the owners the John J. and Hanna M. McManus and Morris N. and Chesley V. Young collection of books and manuscripts on magic. The transfer of the collection to the Library, arranged some months ago, was delayed by the death of John J. McManus on September 7, 1955. Mrs. McManus and Dr. and Mrs. Young have now completed their original plans in accordance with the late Mr. McManus'...

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...

Max Andrews

The British Magical Society intend to hold a Golden Jubilee Congress in November 1954, to ceiebrate the 50th. anniversary of their formation. It wiil be an International Congress incorporating all the usual features of a Big Convention, together with various other attractions- They obviously want to make it possible for magicians who are planning to visit England next year, to include it in rheir itinerary. We feel that it will suit probably everyone except the dealers, for by that time...

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...

Eddie Joseph

Of what avail, for instance, is a sleight that only CONCEALS but fails to DECEIVE Long before the present century there was available to the profession a gimmick for the apparent evanishment of a lighted cigarette. This as most of you know is an ancient development and consists of a pin projection soldered to a clip which in turn is worn on the middle finger. I would have been the first to use it had it not been for the fact that the cigarette had to be gripped in what I always considered...

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...

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...

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...

The Duke Of Somerset

All readers will be sad at the passing of the Duke of Somerset, who was known as the Magical Duke. His death occurred in Hampstead, London, on Monday April 26th, at the age of 72. He had been a member of the Magic Circle since 1910, and its President for 20 years. Magic was not just a name to him, for he took a really live interest in it all his life, and was never happier than when showing his subtleties to his friends. He was reputed to have had a repertoire of 100 tricks which he could o do...

Comedy Beer Mug

Here is a prop that comedy performers have needed for a long time. The performer, his stooge, or a member of the audience . . . ACTUALLY PICK UP A PINT MUG OF BEER AND DRINK IT IN ONE DRAUGHT Will raise a big laugh . . . and a big hand for such an outstanding feat Of course if you want to really slay your audience, you can repeat the gag with a second, and even a third mug Remember of course, that the amount of liquid you actually drink would go into a whisky glass. You can use milk or any...

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...

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...

Troublewit

This is a NEW MODEL, and we guarantee ii- is the most beautiful outfit you have ever seen. Strong, brilliant rainbow colours each side, with gold line. A fascinating art is having a revival and no wonder, for it would be hard to find anything more entertaining for young children. Adults too, love it and that well known West-End Cabaret Star, Billy McComb is featuring Troublewit. in his act. The model we supply is full professional size in colours, made in best quality cartridge paper. You...

L Harber

I would like to refer to the interesting article on Phantasma in George Blake's Focus On Magic, February, 1955, issue of Magic Magazine. I have thought of using this idea in a similar way and, since its 'modus operandi' is slightly different, you may be interested to know of it. I called it The stand was a rectangle of wood 8 x 6 on two blocks for feet. Two screw eyes of different sizes held a painting brush at one side and clip held a small vase of ink the other. Across the bottom of the board...

Appearing Cane

There is no limit to the number of ways in which this could be used. Simply reach into the air . . . AND A FULL SIZED EVENING BLACK AND WHITE CANE APPEARS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS There are great possibilities using this effect in conjunction with the Vanishing Cane. Also there is nothing to prevent the appearance of several canes at intervals through the act . Beautifully made. Instantaneous Appearance. No replacements. Self-contained. Worked one handed. Made famous by Fred Kaps, the Dutch...

Fanning Packs

We can now offer again our famous DOUBLE SIDED Fanning Cards. Especially designed to suit the requirements of the most fastidious magicians, these cards will give the greatest number of colour changes you have ever seen. Printed in five cofours on each side. Each pack in a case with fanning powder. A full description of this vastly entertaining Book has already been published, and wise magicians are getting in early to acquire the benefit of the author's wide experience. It's better to be sure...

Meet Our Magic Shop

One of the most fascinating things about the Magic Business is that it brings one into contact with peoples from all over the World, and these diverse sections of humanity have a common interest in Magic. One day this week for example, at ten o'clock in the morning I was struggling with my basic French and conversing with a young man named Pierre Clo, who was over here on holiday from Paris for a few days. After making his purchases, he succeeded in explaining together with the aid of sundry...

Origin And Evolution Of The Trick

Since I retired from the active practice of magic, I have spent a lot of time in tracing the origin and evolution of many popular tricks, and I find it a most absorbing hobby. Here are a few dates regarding the routine that I have just explained. I hope that readers of my column (if any) will find them of interest, although it is highly probable that my list is far from complete 1925. The lare Max Holden was, I think, the first writer to explain the basic principle. See the July (1925) issue of...

Using

MEETING HELD AT HEADQUARTERS ON OCTOBER 29th. By kind permission of the Editor I am back in print in order to give you a rough outline of what the Vampires get up to during the Winter hours of darkness. The late W. S. Gilbert wrote of 'The flowers that bloom in the Spring', and the hope they bring of a Summer of roses and wine. Roses and wine. Yes, I believe the crop of roses was excellent, and the wine well your's for the asking as long as you foot the bill, get a...

Vampire Club

All O'd and New Members welcomed and reminded that FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31st IS THE DAY. AT 6-30 p.m. the Bexley Heath & District Magical Society. THE SWISS HOTEL, OLD COMPTON ST., LONDON, W.I. When a magician goes out to dinner or drops into a bar, he is expected to do something and is generally asked suddenly. For such impromptu work it is far better if an article already on the table or counter can be used. Here, then, is just the trick. It's origin goes back a long way but this up-to-date...

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...

Tribulations Of A Magic Dealer

Gold Coast, West Africa. 30 10 52 To professor R. A. E. Yusuf Ottu, c o T. I. Ahmadiyya School Master, P. O. Box 5, Kwaminatta, via MANSO, Gold Coast, West Africa. Dear Sir, With a quantity of amiration I implore to instruct you that am one of magicians in Gold Coast. And I want to know if am able to get magic things like aparatuse or magic novelties. Please if there is, Be thus courteous and send to me the catalogue, so that I may order goods from you, and also send to me your latest free...

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...

The Wobbly Wand

The wand can be used in a trick, and banged on a table. AS SOON AS A SPECTATOR TOUCHES IT, IT BECOMES AS LIMP AS JELLY . . . AND JUST AS WOBBLY It's very funny the way it flops about yet instantly it becomes hard and rigid in the hands of the magician. It is made in plastic and cannot be told from a solid wand, even at close-quarters. Not made of rubber or anything similar, yet it WOBBLES, SWAYS AND WRIGGLES. I hold Sole Manufacturing Rights from Percy Abbott, U.S.A. With the release of...

Sixes And Sevens

Here again is one of my pet tricks with an ordinary pack of cards as seen by the audience it is as follows. The cards are fanned backs uppermost and a spectator is asked to remove one and lay i face up on the table. The performer then deals three cards face down beside it. Explaining his actions as he does so, the performer now places the chosen card face down on top of the pack and follows it with the three other cards all face down. He then says Your card is now the fourth one down, so, if I...

The Smoking Sailor

Recently, I unusual effect original billiard explain it in the sent a description of this to Clement de Lion the ball manipulator who will principal magical reviews in Demark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. Mr. de Lion writes. Those who saw me perform this gag smiled and wanted to know where these special cigarettes were to be obtained. Noticing that my old friend referred to the trick as a gag not as a feat of magic I devised the foliowing simple routine which adds, I think, a touch of mystery to...

New Mode Of Presentation

Would you like to consider a more personal approach to the Cee-Thru clock hand If so, here is a presentation I have thoroughly tested and found especially successful at after-dinner shows, where the guests are matey and revel in a little gentle leg-pulling. If I give you the patter, you wiil readily appreciate the manipulation. May I introduce a new kind of clock It has no 'works' just a dial and a hand. The inventor called the hand 'See Through' Why Well, will you kindly examine it, sir You...

Cigarette Routine

Here is my original cigarette routine and I believe it to be a decided improvement on the Cigarette from Nowhere, where the cigarette is obtained in the act of getting a match from a matchbox. (1) A cigarette pull (or vanisher). This should be capable of taking a lighted cigarette, and keeping it alight, you will therefore need wire gauze at one end. I find this type of pull is quite safe and gives the cigarette plenty of air. A cigarette for this pull. The cigarette is prepared by dipping one...

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....

Euclid Magical Cyrcles

In actual fact, this story goes back to an age when the World was very young, but certain men were very wise. One of the early Greek Philosophers was Euclid, who laid down the principles of Geometry as we know it to-day. There were problems in his day however which he was quite unable to solve, and despite the advance of over 2000 years of so called civilisation, these problems still remain a mystery. The most famous of these was Euclid's headache . . . how to 'Square the Circle'. Ladies and...

Len Sewell

Archie Tear Magician

I find your Magic Magazine most interesting. You certainly have a grand body of writers. JOHN GAMBLING, (President I.B.M., British Ring) Many thanks for Ghost Tube Botania, received quite safely, due obviously to the very careful packing. This is really a very nice item. MAGICIANS' FELLOWSHIP OF EAST ANGLIA At an inaugural meeting attended by members of the Norwich magical fraternity at The Sir Garnet Wolseley, Market Place, Norwich on Thursday, 12th February, it was reso'ved that a society be...

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....

News From Kalanac

General Hatton, the Head-Commander of the British Army in Germany has sent a letter to Kalanag in which he expresses his thanks for Kalanag's successful tour for the British Troups. He has invited Kalanag for another tour. After the present Susseldorf entertainment, the Kalanag Show will make a C.S.E.U. tour, will then be going to The Hague Scala Theatre, and afterwards to England for the third time. The Show is booked for all first-class Theatres of the Moss Empire and Stoll-Concern. Further...

Johnny Geddes Writes

I have just received the April issue of the Magic Magazine, and must say that I agree with EVERY word that George Blake has written in relation to COMEDY MAGIC. No one need bother about what constitutes Comedy Magic and what does not, for he has the answer in his article. As a comedy magician myself, I do not call a performer who goes on and does three or four straight tricks with funny patter, a COMEDY MAGICIAN. I believe that a comedy magician is one who creates comedy situations, either with...

They Are All Rushing

Mentalists should be grateful to you for something with which they can REALLY GO TO TOWN. Jack Yates. This is a real KNOCKOUT. R.H. Premonition PAR EXCELLENCE. Paxton Lynn. At the very commencement a volunteer (positively no stooges you are entirely on your own in this) is handed a pack of cards. THE PACK MAY BE SEALED, RUBBER-BANDED, EVEN IRON-BANDED AND PADLOCKED IF YOU LIKE, AND THIS PACK NEVER LEAVES HIS POSSESSION FROM BEGINNING TO END OF THE EFFECT. Another spectator freely chooses a card...

Caryl Flemming

Dear Mr. Andrews, Please supply Mr. Eddie Joseph's Magnetic Harmony which looks good although it can't be better than his Thought Reflection which is the tops. I think your clients ought to be allowed to register for the whole series of Sensational Subtleties by Mr. Joseph, so that they can have an option o n each one of the series issued. Then if they want it, they must take up the option within, say fourteen days of first publication in advertisement column of...

Donald Crombie

Another card expert, and famous as an entertainer in the Midlands. He is a business man who uses his knowledge of magic to create an informal atmosphere in his business dealings. He specialises in close up work and has a good Cabaret style. He has a most unusual voice and very free and easy manner of presentation, and he is definitely a man you will be glad to have met, and one you will not forget in a hurry. Incidentally he is another Member of the Inner Magic Circle, Cold Star....

Or The Human Hen Trick

Comedy Gags are Hie BiggestHits in your Summer Shows. This Comedy Trick always produces screams of laughter in any show, and can easily be done in a drawing room. The performer's assistant sits on a chair and presently he seems to be in trouble. A bulge develops in his mouth and then an egg is seen between his lips. The performer takes it out* shows it, and places it aside on a dish. SUDDENLY ANOTHER EGG APPEARS . . . AND ANOTHER . . . AND ANOTHER A stream of eggs follow each other in quick...

Ray Montsalvatge

A DREAM COME TRUE from Page 157, I mentioned Rev. Elz earlier. Both he and Mrs. Elz invited us to stay in their home and did everything to make us happy and comforr-able. When he heard that I had a brother in Montreal, Canada, whom I had not seen for thirty years. Rev. Elz made a long distance call and made it possible for us to visit Canada where we spent nearly three weeks and of which I shall relate later. Thar was the opportunity to meet the boys of the Toronto Ring where I lectured. I have...

Arranging The Cards

Remark In order to make it easy for me to remember the cards , I shall arrange them like telephone numbers.1' 8. Take the Court card from one of the ladies, call out the value but not the suit. (Let us suppose that it is a Queen). Hold this card, face up, in the left hand. 9. Gain possession of two pairs of spot cards, call out their values. Three, Three, Five, Nine. Then repeat QUEEN Three, Three, Five, Nine. All these cards are held, faces upwards, in the left hand. 10. Take the second Court...

Nudist Deck

I am very pleased to be able to tell you that we can once again offer the The Most Famous Trick Deck in the World. Without any shadow of doubt, this effect has been acclaimed by leading Magicians in America. Europe and Britain, as the Greatest Masterpiece in Trick Deck Magic. A deck of cards is fanned through, showing quite ordinary faces and backs. The magician tells a humourous story of a salesman who tried to sell cards to a Nudist Colony. First the faces of the cards vanish and are shown...

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....

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...

Anthony Spicer

If subscribers'to your Magic Magazine get no more for their money than that fine routine which Frederick Barlow gives them in No. 3, they have got wonderful value for money. For a long time now I have been fooling conventioneers with this first rate vanish and frankly, I am sorry to see it hit black and white again. I shall have to find something different now. Each page is of great interest to all, true, it is still young but each issue has been better than its forerunner and I am sure it will...

Chameleon Ribbon

A length of white ribbon is magically transformed to say red when passed through a paper tube. At conclusion all is tossed out for examination. To begin with, a length of Red ribbon is first coiled around the THUMB TIP as in the preceding effect. The Scotch tape is not necessary here. You will also require a length of white ribbon and an envelope. It would be a good idea to use an envelope that had already passed through the mail and bears the stamp and postal...

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. Owing to huge stocks of Tricks, Magical Books etc. Call, inspect and browse at your leisure Magical Mart and Magical Digest 7 Duke Street Hill, London Bridge, London S.E.I. (Right outside London Bridge Station) The Friendly Magician, invites you to send S.A.E. for his list of new and used...

The Enchanted Hall

World's Most Remarkable Magical Theatre LAURESTON MANSION HOUSE, DOUGLAS, ISLE OF MAN. Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th August For the first time in their history of the Magicians of the Romantic Isle of Man are holding their own two day Convention, with a special invitation to all magicians of Celtic origin. Many orhers will be welcomed, of course, but as the accommodation for the shows and receptions taking place in the Enchanted Hall Meanwhile, you have palmed rhe pack of cards in the left hand...

Stanley Watson

Stanley Watson, a Cold Star member of the Inner Magic Circle, was born in Hull, Yorkshire, in 1924. He had a flair for magic from the earliest age he can remember. Later his first public show was before the whole school at the age of eleven, which he performed with the aid of a shilling cabinet of conjuring tricks and a pack of cards. On leaving school he was rather a 'rolling stone', with various occupations until he was eighteen years, when he volunteered for the R.A.F. He was accepted for...

Victor Earle

Victor Earle was born in the year 1892, on the night of the big wind, in Liverpool, is what he told us. Right from the start you can see he is a gagster At the early age of 17 he was a performer in Magic, and there were very few magicians in those days. He was an early member of the Northern Magical Society, in the good old days, when a Magician rolled his sleeves up to let you see there was no Harm up his sleeve It would be about 1911 when just a few such as Carl Du Verne, Tom Fagan, Professor...

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...