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it by a corner (i.e. one of the corners at the closed end) and to hold it above his head, for all to see. (This will, in fact, prevent him seeing the opening).

Now merely finish the trick with dramatic effect. Burn the envelope; sprinkle part of the ashes onto the card; take the card back from the spectator. Show it once more, squeezing the open end tightly.

Then take your scissors and cut a narrow strip from the closed end. Pull the note in sight, let the owner extract it and have the number checked.

Tutankhamen's Tumblers

The old idea of the "Patriotic Balls" had served me as a pattern for what I am now about to describe. In its new dressing and novei approach it makes a welcome departure from the original model. The trick in its present state of renovation offers much latitude for handling and the presentation may be varied according to the fancy of the performer.

However, the theme upon which my presentation is built goes back to the days of the Pharoahs in ancient Egypt. Therefore, I tie up the presentation with King Tutankhamen whose tomb was discovered in 1923 It had already been established that during the excavation many relics were retrieved. These are now preserved in a museum. You explain that, by some unprecedented stroke of good fortune there had come in your possession THREE golden tumblers which originally formed part of these priceless discoveries.

You then add that quite by accident, you had discovered that the tumblers, far from being ordinary, possessed remarkable mystic powers. After profonged trials, you had succeeded in using, the hidden powers of the TUTANKHAMEN'S TUMBLERS for entertaining purposes.

At this point you introduce three tumblers. These are highly decorative. One by one they are tossed up into the air, caught and lined up on the table. In front of the first tumbler you place THREE thimbles, in front of the second, THREE pennies and in front of the third you place THREE marbles.

You then pick up a thimble and most deliberately drop it into the tumbler standing behind it. You next pick up a penny and likewise drop this in the tumbler behind and then you pick a marble and drop it in the third tumbler.

You repeat the act twice more until everyone is sure that you had unmistakably dropped the thimbles, pennies and marbles in their respective tumblers. So far, of course, nothing remarkable has been achieved you state but by merely rousing the latent powers inherent in the tumblers themselves you will be able to influence the thimbles, marbles and the pennies to re-shuffle themselves and not more than one of each variety will be found within each tumbler.

The three tumblers are now tipped over in turn and strangely enough a THIMBLE, PENNY and MARBLE emerges from each.

Having worked up to your first mystery you say that it would indeed, be a poor and sterile rule if it does not work both ways. You offer now to repeat the phenomena in reverse, just to prove that the tumblers do have the mysterious propensity to yield to your commands.

This time, in front of each tumbler, you place a mixed group of a thimble, penny and marble. In the same fashion as before you return to each not three of a kind but one of each of the articles. When the tumblers are tipped again, this time, each wi'f contain all three of the same variety i.e. the first will contain the three thimbles, the second the three pennies and the fast, the three marbles.

Now although I had described the effect wih Thimbles, Pennies and Marbles, the individual performer is by no means limited to the use of these particular articles. Personal articles may be borrowed from different people such as rings, coins and cigarette:. Notes may also be used in conjunction with other articles. If working at a banquet, well, walnuts, cherries and let us_assume hazelnuts can be combined and substituted for those originally mentioned. The main thing is that there should be three articles of each variety.

Let us now look at the gilded props, i.e. the tumblers. In India, brass is a very easy metal to obtain and there are innumerable shops dealing in brass wares and many varieties of tumblers are avai'able. Of course, in this part of the world, although brass tumblers are not a common find we can always fake them to look like gold.

You will require three metal tumblers, say tin or aluminium. These may be painted in gold and then decorated in different shades. Besides the tumblers you will also need three each of thimbles, pennies and marbles.

The tumblers when first introduced are nested. Separate them singly and toss up into the air. Catch each as it descends and stand on the table. The three tumblers should now be standing in a row. Now place the three thimbles in front of the first, the pennies in front of the second and the marbles in front of the third tumbler. I shal! now detail the necessary moves to bring about the first result.

Pick the thimble between the thumb and first finger of the right hand and the tumbler in the left. Drop the thimble into the tumbler and then return the latter on the table. Pick up the second tumbler in the left hand and a penny between thumb and first finger of the right. Drop in the penny. Now repeat rhe same action with the third tumbler with one of the marbles. At this point you will be having a thimble in the first tumbler, a penny in the next and a marb'e in the last one. We shall reckon this round one. Now for the second round. Again p'ck up the first tumbler in the left hand. Pick up the second thimble in the right fingers exactly as you did before. Simulate the action of dropping the thimble into the tumbler but instead curl the second and third finger over it and strike the rim of the tumbler. This will cause the first thimble already in the tumbler to bounce and will convey the impress on acoustically, that the second thimble has been added to it. Lay the first tumbler down and pick up the next with the left and another penny with the right. Co through the pretended action of dropping the penny but release the thimble instead. Pick the third tumbler now with the left as before and another marble with the right. In the same manner as last you appear to drop in the marble but withhold it in hand and release the penny instead. Now for the finaf round. Pick up the last thimb'e in the right and the first tumbler in the left. Appear to drop in the thimble but release the marble instead. Next pick the remaining marble and drop the thimble instead into the third tumber .Lastly pick up the penny and drop the marble into the centre tumbler.

This will leave you with a hidden penny in the right hand, a thimb'e and marble in the first tumbler; a thimble, penny and marble in each of the second and third tumblers.

As far as the spectators are concerned, the first tumbler is supposed to contain the three thimbles, the one in the middle the three pennies and the third, the three marbles. You wave your hand over the tumblers and then pick the first and tip the contents over on to the right hand. The two articles in the tumbler will combine with the hidden penny already in your hand and will give out the natural impression as though all three came out from within. Lay these on the table and spill out in turn, the contents of the second and third also on the right hand in precisely the same fashion as before. This ends the first presentation.

The display may end here, or if desired, extended and repeated in reverse, as I had mentioned before.

The basic moves for the repetition are technically similar to the initial presentation but unless you are careful to see that the articles follow each other in the correct sequence, the result will vary from that which you set out to produce.

In order to obviate any undue tax on the memory I first arrange the three groups of articles in a predetermined order without, of course, making my action seem too obvious.

Let us suppose that 'X' is the tumbler in each case and the letters T\ 'P' and 'M' stand in abbreviation for thimble, penny and marble. The position of the different articles in relation to each other and the tumblers should appear like this when set on the table.

Now if you will work from inside to outside and follow the original course of action, you will succeed in grouping three articles of a kind inside each of the tumblers. In other words whereas you caused them to scatter in the first place, on the repetition you brought every three of a kind together.

By way of illustration I am setting out the moves for you to follow in order to bring about the second climax.

Round one: Drop the marble in tumbler 1, the penny in tumbler 2, and the thimb'e in tumbler 3.

Round two: Pick penny and pretend to drop in No. 1. Strike rim of tumbler to make marble bounce, pick up thimble and drop penny in No. 2. Pick up marble and drop thimble in No. 3.

Round three: Pick up thimb'e and drop marble in No. 1. Pick up penny and drop thimble in No. 3. Pick up marble and drop penny in No. 2.

At conclusion you will be left with a marble concealed in the fingers of the right. From all appearances you had supposedly placed three DIFFERENT articles in each tumbier. Turn over the contents of tumbler 1 on your right hand and show the three marbles have come together. In the same manner turn over the contents of the second tumbler to reveal the three pennies and finally when you turn out the contents of the third you will be having the three thimbles.

After you have learnt the routine with the three articles I indicated you may vary them according to your own fancy. Finally it is not at all necessary to stick to my patter theme and use metal tumblers. You couid buy paper cups from Woolworths and present the effect, producing the same degree of mystery as with the metal tumblers.

MEET—GENTLEMAN JACK

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dropped into my office for tea. I could not resist challenging him to try his tricks on some of this newspaper's reporters, who are not exactly guillible hicks from the sticks. He had them all fooled. Using the art of misdirection and perpetual apologetic patter, Jack stripped them of wailets, fountain pens, cigarette cases and various other personal belongings. Not once did the forewarned victim catch him out. Several times he said ingratiatingly 'We'll stay good friends no? I wouldn't steal your tie, eh?' Three times, however, colleagues of mine walked blissfully out of the office, happy that their wallets and things had been restored to them, but blissfully unconscious of the fact that they were tieless".

He has been the Star Turn with Duffy's Circus in Ireland this year and was quoted in print as "The best—and most refreshingly different act ever seen in any Irish Circus". Very good praise indeed, for a gentleman comparatively young in the business.

Asked his opinion regarding magic to-day he stated that he thought Eddie Joseph was the Greatest Brain in Modern Magic. He hopes to meet him some day, and says that whilst his books and ideas cannot make a man a magician, they can certainly show him how to find good and entertaining magic.

Come and see us again one day, Jack, and we'll introduce you to Eddie. Until then . . . ail the success you so rich'y deserve.

Dr. ZINA BENNETT

One of the things, amongst others of course, which particularly inspired Dr. Zina Bennett to visit England, was the invitation he received through the medium of his friend Tom Harris, to visit Dr. Sir Alexander Cannon, K.G.C.B., M.D., LI.D., D.Litt., Ph.D., D.P.M., Hon.F.B.P.S., F.R.S.A., F.R.C.S., etc. in the Isle of Man.

He had heard from his friend Dr. Harlan Tarbell (U.S.A.), of the magical romance of Laureston Mansion House and of the unbelievable magnificence of that world famous private theatre, the Enchanted Hall. Dr Tarbell paid a similar visit there some time ago, you may recall.

fashioned folklore associations. On one secluded road we passed over a little stone bridge, and were invited by our host to say: "Good-bye fittle people". For our information he informed us that tradition has it that the fairies particularly reside at that spot and bad fuck will follow you if you fail to pay your respects to them as you pass! This is typical of this island of yesterday, where almost everything proceeds at a pace so slow that it is like a bygone age.

Our other two friends arrived a little later, brought up by the indefatiguable Tom Morley again, and shortly before lunch the eminent Dr. Cannon himself appeared to give

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After the I.B.M. Convention at Brighton, Dr. Zina Bennett had been staying with Tom, and as Lenz and myself had also been invited to join the party, we found ourselves on the airport at the Isle of Man, at 10-30 a.m., followed two hours later by the other two guests from Manchester.

That very kindly gentleman, Tom Morley, was there to meet us, having forsaken his business to welcome his friends, and soon we were rushing through the beautiful countryside in Tom Morley's speedy car on our way to Douglas. I must say I had not realised on my previous winter visit how unusually lovely is the scenery here, so full of strange names, quaint farms set in between the hills, little woods and strange spots that have old-

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Cannon us welcome. It was a great moment for Dr. Bennett and also for Lenz, for having corresponded with Dr. Cannon for so many years, concerning matters psychic and yoga, they were naturally both very happy to meet each other at long last. Dr. Cannon was looking very fit and his health, strength, and unending vitality are a thing that one never ceases to wonder at. He has the physique of a professional strong man, with a robust and ever smiling countenance, and has a remarkable facility for putting everyone at their ease immediately, for there is no standing on ceremony at this very happy menage.

We were joined at lunch by the Doctor's ward Miss Rhonda, and his secretary Miss Freda, and two more faithful and competent helpers no man could wish to have.

Rhonda organises the housekeeping and the staff most efficiently and also both she and Freda help the Doctor in his work in the Isle of Man Clinic. Dr. Cannon disappeared immediately after lunch for he has many patients to treat in the dozen or so treatment rooms which are all fitted with incredibie electrical apparatus of known and secret variety.

We all spent the time until dinner by walking across the town to visit Tom Morley at his business and to show our visitors his world famous l.brary. Dr. Zina Bennett, who himelf has no mean collection, was speechless at the quality of the items. "No wonder," he said, "we cannot get these books in the States, when you have cornered the market on them!" He was referring to the fact that there were no less than six copies of Scot's "Discoveries of Witchcraft" commencing with the first edition circa 1584. There was also a similar number of the famous "Hocus Pocus" book, and many others which we were assured eminent visiting book collectors had never seen.

By the time we had finished dinner a large crowd had assembled in the theatre, and the soft radar-relayed music from a tape recorder, entertained them until the show began. This is only one of many novel effects in the Enchanted Hall and it is very fascinating, for it is completely directionless, and having no focal point it seems to envelope you as you listen.

The President of the Magicians of Man, Bill Mitchell, made the Introduction to a little inauguration Ceremony and Dr. Zina Bennett and the writer (Max Andrews) were delighted to find that they had been elected Vice-Presidents of the Society. We were duly presented with our documents and then the first artist, a young man named Richard Wilson opened the show and acquitted himself well, judging by the applause.

I followed with a Mental Routine taken from my programme of many years ago and then in turn was fol'owed by Bill Mitchell, who featured Giant Card Effects including Soft Diamonds and Magicians' Dilemma. Lenz was next, and his smoothly presented entertainment was high-lighted by the performance of "Fairy Light", the trick with the Uncanny Tapers, which created a furore at Brighton Convention recently. The audience reaction to this was terrific, and a good deal of merriment was caused by the efforts of two little girls who held the iapers themselves, and made fruitless efforts to blow them out! As fast as they did so, they re-lighted.

Dr. Zina Bennett then presented his famous Giant Card Act and 1 must say how much I enjoyed seeing once again the most original act that has come our way for a long time. It was a sensation at the Brighton Convention and certainly shook them on the Island. The manoeuvres and flourishes are incredible, considering the size of Jumbo Cards, and when I asked to see Zina's hands later in the evening, I was surprised to find that they were the shapely hands of the practised medico and not unduly large. Card fans, double fans, giant fans, split fans, springing cards, arm spreads, forwards and backwards catches of spreads tossed into the air were all very neatly executed. One particular flourish which is quite unique is the spreading of the Jumbo Pack along a Vanishing Cane. The cards are tossed into the air and caught with one hand but in the same instant, the cane completely vanishes as well, and there must be very few magicians who witness this for the first time who have any idea of where the cane really goes! This was followed by a spectacular exhibition of Card Fanning with a specialiy treated B ack Light Deck, aided by the fine black light equipment with which the Theatre Stage is fitted. All the usual manipulations were seen afresh in a radiance of glowing colours, and the doctor retired to a big hand. He immediately took a curtain cail and proceeded to produce in quick succession a number of giant cards from the air, throwing them singly to the ground as they appeared. Very difficult, very unusual and very much appreciated.

Dr. Cannon followed with a presentation of his own originally routined psychic mysteries. His quiet dignified presentation took place in a hushed hall. His scientific manner lent an old world charm to everything he did and the show finally closed at 10-20 p.m.

Afterwards we gathered with a number of guests in the lounge of the house, which is very spacious and beautifully adorned with exquisite works of art of Indian and Tibetan origin. Refreshments were dispensed by Rhonda, and later the guests were entertained by a number of the magicians, prominent amongst whom was Tom Harris. His vaiuable torrent of almost unintelligible patter is as great a mystery to most as were his magical mysteries. Certain it is, that in spite of nis apparent casual, rough and ready presentation, every move of Tom's magic is carefully rehearsed and presented, and his sleight of hand was faultless, despite the difficult angles and conditions of working with people al; round him.

Dr. Cannon owns a castle . . .the Castle of Ballamoar, set in a beauty spot right in the heart of the Isfand and about seventeen miles from Douglas. I was very interested to visit this, and thus it was that our good friend Tom Morley came to our aid again with his car. It was a beautiful sunny morning on this Sunday when we all set off along the coast road that reminded one so much of motoring along the Cote d'Azur in the South of France. It is hilly country, but now the season is passed, the roads were deserted, and as we passed around the winding lanes numerous beauty spots were disclosed, and Dr. Zina Bennett made good use of his cine camera, taking pictures on colour films as we travelled along. Eventually we arrived and made our way to the front door to present our introduction to the present tenant, and as this was silently spirited away by a footman we had time to admire the tremendous baronial hall, with great heavy rafters, exquisite furniture and wide staircase. We were allowed to wander at will through the grounds which were lovely and immaculately cared for. Power saw mills at the rear took care of the winter heating problem by making short work of any fallen trees, and we were later informed by Mr. Shinwell, the tenant, who joined us, that falls had been very heavy at the time of the gale when the I.O.M. Ferry Ship sank last year.

It was getting rather late for lunch and Tom Morley seemed to unleash an urge that all Island drivers must get from time to time, as we travelled along the famous T.T. Race Roads over the mountains for home. Chasing over Snaefell at sixty miles an hour . . . round hairpin bends, up hill and down dale, gives one a very good appetite for lunch, I can assure you, but we arrived in good time with no mishaps.

The afternoon was spent quietly and in the evening, soon after an early supper, the public who were fortunate enough to secure the limited number of tickets which are always free began to arrive by car and on foot. A tape recorded introduction of the occasion and the artistes was firstly presented as it had been on the previous evening and Dr. Cannon's powerful and dramatic voice lent additional colour to the fantastic colour changing lighting schemes. Some of his elaborate details and sentiments may have passed over the heads of his audience but they were very much appreciated by those of us he referred to.

Bill Mitchell was first on the bill, with a change of programme, Sir Alexander Cannon demonstrated electronic and atomic lights and power, and then pushed steel needles through a tumbler of water, in all directions, without spilling a drop. He also levitated two tumblers with a wand and small board and gravity was defied in every direction. Finally he removed his coat, and from the back of the audience, caused a 10,000 candle power lamp standing isolated on a skelton frame, to light up brilliantly, by simply concentrating on it.

Lenz followed with a few small items, including the "Tapers" again, and then presented by special request, his "Bloodless Surgery" demonstration. This has been fully reported here several times before, and it never fails to excite sensation and comment.

Richard Wilson also presented several items, including the Coins in Class trick.

Max Andrews gave a slightly varied version of his Prediction Routine of the night before, and Tom Harris did a similar act as previously.

Dr. Zina Bennett concluded by presenting his Giant Card Act, and all the artistes were accorded a very enthusiastic reception

We spent part of Monday talking magic all together, and after Tom Harris and Zina Bennett left at midday, Lenz and I had a long session with Dr. Cannon until 3 a.m. returning home on Tuesday after a wonderful long week-end. —M.A.

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