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(British Ring)

This event- was held at St. Ermin's Hotel, Caxton Street, Westminster, on Saturday, 21st February, from 5-45 p.m.

till midnight.

President John Gambling, of Cambridge and Maestro of Magic, Eddie Joseph, of

Bombay, were highlights amongst an assembly of magical stars from all over Great Britain, gathered together by the International Spirit of Brotherhood which is stronger amongst magicians, be they amateur or professional, than in any other branch of the entertainment profession.

This was their night and from the outset it was evident that no ceremony would stand in the way of their having a really good time. The fact that most of them know each other and have done for many years, was evidenced by the loud cries of greeting as wandering groups revived anew, old friendships.

The warming up period to the evening was a cocktail party, to a background of close-up magic presented in turn at various tables by such notables as Francis Haxton, Archie Tear, Peter Warlock and Jack Avis. Working magic under more difficult conditions would be hard to imagine, as people crowded all round the tables to see these intimate miracles. Eddie Joseph was beseiged by people wishing to meet him, and in company with his charming wife, Sarah, and their youngest and very lovely daughter Hazel, they made an outstanding trio.

The dinner was served and proceeded with much gaiety. Eventually the President rose and proposed the loyal toast of "The Queen", to which the members responded. Dear John Gambling, whose age even I cannot keep count of, is acknowledged to be the grand-daddy of British Magic today. I know he is about eighty five, and I also know that my wife Helen received a mysterious big wooden box through the post three days before Xmas. Inside was a large bunch of lovely fresh carnations. No name and address were enclosed, and a certain amount of sleuthing was necessary before I discovered that our John was her secret admirer! Ah well, if I am as game as that, and if I ever live to be that age, I shall be more than satisfied! Incidentally John, you have a long way to go yet, for my grandfather died in 1941 at the age of 93, and his father lived to be 96!!

I digress however, and must not let the dinner get cold before the story is told. The next speaker was Eddie Joseph, and as Vice-President of the I.B.M., INDIA, he rose to propose the health of "The President and the British Ring (I.B.M.)". With an easy flow of clear and beautifully chosen words, he briefly touched on the circumstances which had led him nearly all round the World and then back again to England, and the sentiments he expressed were warmly appreciated by the entire company. The President suitably responded.

After dinner, that wizard of wit, Past" President of the British Ring, and self styled Official Jester, Herbert J. Collings, proceeded in his usual inimicable way, to propose the health of "The Ladies and Visitors". What he said and how he said it, readers who know him can quite well guess. It will suffice to say that he eventually got round to the real point of his speech in the finish, and the toast was duly proposed. The response was made by Mrs. Marjorie Fletcher (Holder of the British Ring Ladies Trophy). She spoke beautifully, precisely and wittily, with a suitable quotation, and this was the end of the official proceedings.

Incidentally I feel I should be failing as a scribe if I omitted to mention the activities of our Toastmaster H. Jeffrey Atkins. Apart from what he did on the evening, the success of the event was in no small measure due to the tremendous amount of work put in by him before hand, working in conjunction, of course, with our indefatigable and much loved Bill Stickland.

(Continued on Page 24).

WERE YOU THERE-WELL ARE YOU HERE?

Magic Magazine'1 has again 'scooped1 by securing our own Copyright photographs.

Peter Warlock in the close-up session, with Oswald Rae, Wilson Hall and Roy Cowl watching.

Eddie Dexter and Helen Andrews renew old friendship at the Cocktail Bar.

Peter Warlock in the close-up session, with Oswald Rae, Wilson Hall and Roy Cowl watching.

Eddie Dexter and Helen Andrews renew old friendship at the Cocktail Bar.

Six Bright Girls of Magic. Left to right. Helen Andrews, Betty Tyler, Cissy Gabrielle, Marjorie Robinson, Phyllis Rowe and Mrs! Oswald Rae.

Archie Tear entertains at the Tables.

Six Bright Girls of Magic. Left to right. Helen Andrews, Betty Tyler, Cissy Gabrielle, Marjorie Robinson, Phyllis Rowe and Mrs! Oswald Rae.

Archie Tear entertains at the Tables.

President John Gambling makes his address. Eddie (oseph proposes h's Toast.

An interval followed whilst tables were cleared, and then the company re-assembled for dancing to the magical music of the Alfred Gabriel Trio. The fun was fast and furious, never could a party have gone with a better swing. At every turn one met old friends, and even if you only said a word or two, it always seemed impossible to get to the place you intended. I know that I did not have time to speak to half the people I had hoped to, and I suppose that goes for almost everyone there. (Continued on Page 24).

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by VICTOR FARELLI

SPECTACULAR PRODUCTION OF A COIL (Using a Long Stick)

Gentlemen,

The following is an easy method of producing a coil of paper from a Dove Pan, or from a similar (faked) receptacle, and the routine, when properly presented, is extremely good.

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