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The television set has a plywood flat front with a cur-out at the top. At the back is a grooved framework in which two picture cards slide up and down. The back is only half covered, at the top. The inside of this top half is painted white and acts as rhe screen when no picture is in view. The picture cards are one behind the other and are lifted into view by hand. When the first picture is shown, BOTH are lifted together, but when the second picture comes into view, only the back one is lifted. (See sketch).

The model dead mouse can be made from cloth and painted grey, using poster colour, or you can use one of the rubber variety sold in rhe shops. It is not essential to have a mouse, anything can be used, such as a scrawny chicken, or even a smail glove puppet, with which a short routine can be gone into, but make sure that, whatever you use, it can be easily recognised. The card stand is of the slot kind.

To prepare, have the television set on the table, also the cards and the stand. Load the mouse, or whatever you are using, into the camera.

As to the working, the effect as described above gives this, bur I give here a brief patter idea, which you can alter and enlarge to suit your own particular style. Moves and explanations are in brackets.

"Now girls and boys, we come to my marvellous Television Set. This is it" (Point to the set on the table) "Today, with your help, I am going to try to televise a picture, which you are going to choose, and with the aid of this Television Camera" (pick up camera and show) "we will, if we are lucky, make the chosen picture appear on the screen. Here are six cards, each with a different picture on it, and as I show each one, will you all please call out the name of it?" (cards are shown one by one and shouted out by the children—how they all love shouting!—when shown they are placed on the stand, face out).

"Splendid. Now we will have one chosen, but, so that no-one will know which one is chosen, I have a similar set of cards here" (pick up the fake set, holding them face out, so that they can see the face card, then, while talking, slide the first one off a little, so that they can see that it is different. Then rurn them backs outward) "Now, will you give me a number between one and six?" (here you will get numbers of all sorts—hold up your hand for silence).

"Well, we can't use all the numbers can we?" (point to one child and ask—\ "Will YOU give me a number between one and six? Four?" (The cards are counted down to the number given and that card is taken back out and placed in the s'ot at the back of the camera, wh:ch is now p'cked up).

"Well, that's the picture chosen. I wonder if it was Mickey, Pluto, Donald, Muffin or who? Whom do you think it was? (Shouts of all the characters) "Well we shall soon find out, for now we will try and televise it" (Point to a girl—I have found girls to be the best—and say) "Will you come and hold the camera?" (Get her to hold it with both hands)

"Now to explain to you what I want you all to do. When I say ready I want all of you to count SLOWLY up to six, then wait a moment, then you all say "Action", then wait a moment again, and then say 'Shoot' ". (Turn to the girl holding the camera) "On the word shoot, I want you to press the button on the camera at the same time pointing it towards the Television Set which I will hold up now so there will be no mistakes. First, we will have a rehearsal, so don't press the button this (Continued on Page 300)

As you will now be aware, due to Christmas rush etc., Max was unable ro include the illustrations for my version of "Out of this World" last month. Just one of those things which could not be avoided, but truth to tell, I don't suppose it made much difference for, reading through the script again, I believe the whole routine could be followed quite easily without the sketches. Max assures me that they will appear this month, and therein lies an advantage. You will be able to go through the article and at the same time have the sketches before you on a separate page. Now go back to it and acquire for yourself, a miracle.

This month I am returning to the subject of practising (or practicing, according to which dictionary you follow) mainly to tell you of something ,,/which actually befell me, and which, if you will mark my words, will not happen to you. For the sake of a better subtitle, I shall call this discussion:—


I was rehearsing a thimble routine, and towards the end of it, it was necessary for me to casually place my hand into my side coat pocket, and, at full leisure, load on to the finger tips, four thimbles. I made myself a suitable holder, one which would hold the thimbles well up from the bottom of the pocket, and, immediately the thimbles were on the finger tips, would release them from the holder, ready for production. One thimble had to be thumb palmed while the hand was in the pocket and the rest of course concealed in the closed fist.

In rehearsal this worked out quite nicely. I could load the thimbles noiselessly, bring out the fist at the appropriate moment, pointing the right forefinger at the left hand. As I say, everything went dandy. Why then, you you might say, am I writing this? What is there to warn you about?

The fact that, during rehearsals, 1 DID

not Try the routine out while wearing the very coat i was to use in actual performance, in other words;

my dinner jacket. Never before this had I realised that coat pockets can vary so much in size. I planted the thimbles in the right coat pocket, as I had rehearsed, I came to the culminating point where I had to make my four-thimble steal, BUT FOR THE LIFE OF ME I COULD NOT WITHDRAW THE RIGHT HAND IN THE FORM OF A FIST. I was vividly reminded of the monkey, which with a fist full of rice, had not the sense to leave go of the rice, in order to effect its release. The monkey doesn't know any better. I should have done, and I still quake when I think of the bulk of the audience watching me have to make a full right turn, so that I could pull my hand our in an open position before turning front again. Needless to say, I overcame the difficulty by altering the holder, which was occupying more room than it should in an a!l too small pocket.

The above episode, true in every respect, will I hope, serve as a lesson to you, a lesson that, in rehearsing 'moves' which involve the direct use of your clothing, you will make sure to try out everything, wearing the actual article of clothing, instead of being content to practise in your everyday clothes and take it for granted that your 'dress uniform' will be "all right on the night."

It was a severe lesson to me. Since then I have gone through my suits and I have made sure that a certain gadget I use frequently will fit the necessary pocket in all of them. Now I have no qualms about using that gadget, whichever suit I happen to use, dinner suit or mufti. Such advice may not apply to you, at the moment, but do please store it away for a future occasion when it might be needed. You'll be thankful I told you.

Some suits have a ticket or match pocket, placed on the left inside of the coat, and such pocket can be made a handy receptacle for the magic wand. You merely turn the little pocket inside out and cut an opening in the bottom, turning it back again afterwards . The magic wand, usually about 14" long, will drop into this pocket and rest comfortably with one end in the lower seam of the coat. To bring it forth the right hand reaches in with the first and second fingers only, a finger going on each side of the wand, and drawing it far enough out to be gripped also by the thumb.

This idea is very handy when you wish to make a momentary use of rhe wand, often raises a gentle laugh, when the wand is produced, and saves you the trouble of reaching over to the table. Especially is it of good use to comperes. So used to the idea did I become that I have deliberately cut a slit in the inside of the coat front when no match pocket has been provided. The slit was, of course, carefully button-hole stitched to make it a near job, and a few extra stitches were added to fasten the inside lining to the ourer cloth almost the full length of the wand, so that the latter did not 'wander' from an upright position in use.

You must have read many times how a pack of cards can be switched for another pack by placing it momentarily into the left (or righr) coat pocket, and then, under pretext, withdrawing it again. Really the planted deck is the one withdrawn. Some writers advise placing the planted deck in an upright position awaiting the switch, and placing rhe pack to BE switched into the pocket in a horizontal position. Others advise a folded handkerchief being also placed in the pocket, to act as a partition between the two packs while both are in the pocket. The first pack is to be placed one side of the handkerchief, and, later, rhe planted one is to be withdrawn from the other side of the hanky.

Both expedients are good in their way. If however, the switching of a pack is a regular part of your routine, why not go to the trouble to fake the pocket permanently? so that you will not need to make a partition out of a handkerchief or piece of cardboard, and you will not have to worry as to whether the pack you carefully placed upright has decided to topple over on its side.

To my knowledge, this idea has never been published before, and I am surprised that no one has thought of it, although I am quite prepared to hear someone 'invented' it many moons before me. They will have to go a long way back, but that is by the way.

To fake the side coat pocket you will need a small piece of suitable pocket material, black alpaca or the like. The colour does not matter for the fake is never seen. In addition you will need a strip of flexible material, a



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