Brian Godfrey

I suppose the actual germ of the magic bug was born in me in the nursery! My father made me a magician's table with a servante and a trap door and presented me with Hoffman's "Modern Magic": and at the age of about eight I was entertainng my young friends who came to tea. After that I took up magic as a hobby, and invented two effects whilst at school which were later published by Will Goldston. One appeared in "More Exclusive Magical Secrets", and the other in the "Card System of Exclusive Magical Secrets", published in 1927.

Later I began to take it up as a semi-professional, and tried my hand in West End Cabaret and night clubs, all of wh ch clubs are I think now extinct, which included the Trocadero, with "Maurice" the singing waiter as he was known! I frequently used to find myself working at some dinner or other with Arthur Askey.

Well I have been at the game ever since and during the last war joined a concert party and went around London gun sites and military and naval barracks.

I have always taken a keen interest in the inventing side of the game and have produced many novel effects which I delight in making myself, which includes the effect I called the "Phantom Penetration" based on my original sliding card principle.

I first performed this at a dinner of the Magicians Club before a distinguished company of magic'ans and guests: and it caused such a stir among those present that on going into mv dressing room later, I found several dealers (none of whom it is fair to add are in business to-day) going through my bag and examining the apparatus used. Fortunately for me, quite inadvertently I had left the only part that mattered on the stage, and they could not get a clue from what they found!

I am still working on new ideas and effects and hope to startle the Mag cial World for many more years yet.

NOTE.—The photograph illustrating "Tish" in action was taken by our own photographer, Mr. Paul Hillman, at the Vampire Club Cabaret on January 25th.

Contents

MEET BRIAN GODFREY Page 23

EDITORIAL by Max Andrews Page 24

BALLOONOLOCY by Charles Co!e . Page 25

ALTERNATIVE DECK SWITCH Page 26

JUST A WORD Page 27

WHITE MAGIC by J. H. Vermeyden Page 28

STOOGIE SAYS Page 29

PRO BONO MAGICO Page 30

OBITUARY TO RALPH READ Page 31

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