Those Awkward Moments

We all experience awkward moments generally our own fault. Far too many of us get a new trick and rush it on to our programme without studying it for every possible contretemps. In short, we ask for trouble. I find that my family, especially the inlaws, are the best critics. They have seen so many tricks and are so used to my style of presentation, that if I can get anything past them, I should feel safe with, say Lenz, who has an eye like a cobra Hence my first bit of advice is try it out on...

How Gamblers

Once again, conjurors have the privilege of being able to take advantage of this wonderful magician's experience. Eddie's name is a byword amongst first-class performers and this material is so exclusive that the book will really be worth its weight in gold It deals with a pseudo gambling expose act, and purports to demonstrate and explain exactly how the crooked card players work. Needless to say, however, they are just as wise when you have finished as they were before, but this sort of thing...

An Open Letter To Richard Himber

I have always admired your taste where your charming and beautiful wife is concerned but as far as magic goes Dickie boy, you grope in the dark. You and Leroy have got the whole thing wrong I have thrashed the whole thing out with Tommy Cooper, for months on end, and we still feel that whereas we are thinking on inl erfugal lines, you still stick to the old centrifugal principle Did not Hoffmann take the splay-footed stance when swinging outwards, but with an inward bias. The shoelaces must be...

Card Stab

Just off the press and a rea snip for the discerning magician. The book discloses for the first time, the real secret of Nate Leipzig's World Famous Card Stab. In a detailed explanation the author sets out the simple plot, describes the full effect on the audience, and then step by step, with illustrations, lays bare the full working. Imagine two cards are FREELY SELECTED and returned to the centre of the pack . . . which is then squared up, and audience can see that all is fair. The pack is...

Make Up Artist To One Of The Largest Theatrical Suppliers In London

Magic Cercle Londre

The most convenient way to use the Tube make-up, is to squeeze the contents of one tube into an empty Vaseline tin. Apply the make-up by dipping a rubber sponge in and rubbing it on the face. This ensures a smooth finish and is very quickly applied. Leichner numbering is used throughout. (a) Foundation of No. 3j Spotlite Klear over Face. (b) No. 9 Stick on cheeks and over eyes. (c) Brown liner over and under the eyelids. (d) Carmine 2 on lips, and dots in inner corners of eyes. (e) Powder over...

Zicardi

Happening to be passing through a street market, I espied a conjuror just beginning the Bill in Lemon Trick. It is still vivid in my memory today, and also the excellent showmanship and misdirection that obviously astounded the audience. From then on, I wanted to become a conjuror, and my father, who was quite deft with a deck of cards, gave me my first lessons in card trickery. My father also introduced me to that grand fellow Percy Press, who showed me the...

Our Magic Studio

Many visitors to London have difficulty in f nding our Studio, despite the fact that we are only about 200 yards from Piccadilly Circus. We thought it would be a good idea to remind those of you who have never paid us a visit, just exactly where we are situated. Incidentally, it will be well worth your time to call and see our latest product ons, or to discuss your requirements or problems. Get to know the people who make your props, and this will lead to better co-operat'om and understanding.

Euclids Rings

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 Creek 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...

Annual Convention

Great preparations are being made by the I.B.M. Officers and the Scottish Magicians to ensure that this Coronation Year Convention will at least equal if not surpass any other that we have enjoyed. Those magicians who have not already done so should make a point of booking their accommodation at once, so as to get the best available and also to relieve the organisers of a last minute rush. The Convention is open, as always, to non-members and particularly are magicians from the Continent and...

Amac

It's Uncanny It's Weird The Educated Pencil Will Defy Gravity. Amazing new patented invention, incorporating a strange but simple scientific secret, enabling you to exhibit almost supernatural powers. Shake the Pencil inside the tube. Remove the Pencil and with it give a positive demonstration of Mystic Power. The Pencil will defy gravity, and extraordinary as it may seem, the power to defy gravity REMAINS ONLY AS LONG AS YOU DESIRE and may be destroyed at...

An Extremely Large Load Is Possible You Can Do It As Soon As You Get It And We Guarantee You Will Be Delighted With It

Best Chromium E-S-P is an act in itself a complete one-man mental demonstration of three separate effects, each one leading into the other. The ideal act for the after-dinner show or similar type of function. The performer (a) Finds a hidden object without asking any questions, (b) Successfully divines anything written or drawn by a spectator while the sealed paper is in the spectators own hands. No impression pads or similar gimmicks, (c) Psychometrises the...

The Vampire Club

The next Meeting will be held on JANUARY 30th, 1953, at the SWISS HOTEL, OLD COMPTON STREET, LONDON, W.l. at 6-30 p.m. Everyone welcome You join as you enter. THE ONLY FREE MAGIC CLUB IN THE WORLD A Real Sensation. Anything more IMPOSSIBLE would be hard to find. An ordinary or borrowed deck is shuffled by a spectator and ANY CARD QUITE FREELY CHOSEN and returned. A little houlette of the usual type is shown and the deck slipped into it. The magician commences to pull the cards out of the...

David Divad

Many thanks for the Ftowering Bouquets trick which arrived in plenty of time for me to include it in my show on December 6th, on which occasion it received a tremendous applause. It has been equally well received on three subsequent performances, from which you can assume I am delighted with it. I was very happy to receive the Ghost Tube Botania which arrived O.K. I never thought that I could work up a comedy routine with a Botania, but had the idea in mind. When it arrived I put it through the...

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. Huge range of Magic always on view at our Studio. Send stamp for latest lists and details of the la, RIBBLE RD., CENTRAL DRIVE, Blackpool, Lanes.

Ode To A Wouldbe Comic

You'd better think ninety-nine times, First think what you're going to look like Will you wear a dress suit or look queer, If you're slim, you'd best be a stoic If you're tubby, you'd best have a grin If you're neither, then study your gag book, And soon you'll get fat or quite thin. And even come on all upset. He can bungle his tricks like a good 'un And even get into a pet. His wand may be awkward and wobbly, His aces may mount up to six, Yet the audience will love him, no matter, That Adam...

The Flying Joker

Having a rope routine act, I had a desire to finish it off with a spectacular effect on the lines of the card in balloon, and have evolved the following trick, which provides an original and suitable finish to my act. EFFECT. A pack of cards is shuffled and a member of the audience is asked to choose one. This he places in an envelope freely chosen from a dozen or so offered to him, and seals the flap. This is initialled by the spectator and placed on the performer's table. A length of rope is...

Guy Marsh

By a brilliant conception in ingenuity, the design of this wand makes it possible for us to bring it to you at a revolutionary new price It's a custom made job too. Mechanically perfect and cannot fail. All parts readily accessible and replaceable if ever necessary. Satisfaction guaranteed. THE EFFECT as if you did not know At any time in your act you point your wand and a ball of fire shoots out . . . and disappears into thin air Makes a lovely opening effect, and is always real magic. Uses...

Highlights

Esme Levante shows pet wallaby to Mayor & Mayoress of Brighton. Oscar Paulson and Mrs. Frances Haxton. Derrick Speight receives the British Ring Shield. Derrick Speight receives the British Ring Shield. Mystic Craig receives a Silver Cigarette Casket as a token of British Ring's appreciation of his kindness. Dr. Zina Bennett proposes the toast of the British Ring. Dr. Zina Bennett proposes the toast of the British Ring. Charles Wicks of Australia, receives Honorary Life Membership of British...

Production Tubes

Although the sketches accompanying this article may serve to fully convey the idea of the New Design Production Tubes, a word or two may nor be out of place. it will be seen that the apparatus consists of a square tube, so designed that a goodly portion of the front has been cut away, to afford a clear view inside the tube. This 'cut-out' takes the form of a circle, or, to be more correct, three quarters of a circle. A second tube is required, slightly smaller in width, so that it may fit...

Jj

Tricks with money possess the irresistible charm for capturing the onlookers' imagination. A fami-iar enough example is the MISER'S DREAM which never fails to enthral audiences everywhere despite its ancient heritage. The reason for this is perhaps, because the language of money is universal and easily understood. However, since the advent of the MISER'S DREAM various means for the magical production of money have been evolved. Although the ultimate result in all cases seemed alike when...

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...

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...

World Congress Of The International Federation Of Magical Societies

This time it is organised by the NETHERLANDS MAGICAL UNION Note the Date AUGUST 31 - SEPTEMBER 4, 1955. New faces. Sensational magicians-only shows. Personal appearance of magical celebrities from all over the world. Contests in all categories for GRAND PRIX and many other trophies. International All Star Gala Show. Close-up demonstrations. Dazzling dealer displays. Countless attractions and surprises for magicians and their ladies. Full information and registration-forms from HENK VERMEYDEN...

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...

Educated Pencil

Shaking, penci is removed and made to stand upright on end. No one else can do this even if they copy you exactly Can be repeated endlessly. A Real Teaser. A self contained mechanical effect. A Red Silk and a Blue Silk are pteked up and openly tied together. When the end of one is held and the other allowed to hang down on word of command they change places Can be repeated at once. The silks can be untied and shown separate at any time. Very smart, mechanical effect. Nohhing to palm or get rid...

Number Three Of A New Feature

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

Fantaiche

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

Feke Ring

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

New Size Okito

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

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Vampire Street Magician

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

Rolland Fraser

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

Frank Baumforth

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

George Blake

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

Gags With Gimmicks

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

From Our Correspondent

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

Tambourine Rings

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

F S Cooze

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

Pocket Switch

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

Balloonology

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

Silk Burst

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

An Easier Method

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

Tribute To Victor Farelli

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

Buck

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

Routine

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

Landershute Deck

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

Buck Hurst

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

Ring Escapew

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

Eddie Joseph

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

Almost In Confidence

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

Jason School Of Magic

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

Vampire

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

Archie Byford

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

Working

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

Skull Shaker No 4 m

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

Chinese Rope Rings

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

Small Head

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

Shifting Sands

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

Max Andrews

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

The Uncanny Ace

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

Lenz

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

Splendid New Routine For This Trick Appeared In The October Issue

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

G W Stevenson

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

Meet the Invisible

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

Baxter

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

The Card

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

Dinner Table Magic

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

Gerald Sykes

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

Rope Ends Bound With Cotton

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

Rope Eternal

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

Always An Organised Programme

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

Cyro

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

Bag

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

Pro Bono Magico

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

J3ssssss

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

Amazes Everyone

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

Skull Shakers No

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

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

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

Very White Magic

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

Comedy Magic

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

Pasteboard Prangers

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

Magicians in the NEWS

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

Fly

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

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...

National Congres Of Magiciansbreda 1952

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

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

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

Trick

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

The False Throw

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

Copper Rice Bowls

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

Ibm British Ring 1952 Convention

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

Irihii three card trick

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

Encore

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

Magnetic Harmony

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

Nailo

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

Silken Smoke

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

Also No Stamps Please

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

How Can I Do The Smoke Magic Circle Trick

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

The Hbomb

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