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Now that our New Catalogue is out, we feel we should be in a position to relax, with a sigh of satisfaction after such a prolonged effort. Whether 'tis well done or not remains to be seen, and the individual must judge, but the co-ordination required to bring a volume of nearly 300 pages to a conclusion, when we are constantly requiring to lift the blocks and use them in this Magazine cannot possibly be imagined. It says much for the patience and forbearance of our master printer, Mr. Charles Sowden and of his daughter, Miss Mary Sowden that it ever arrived at all. Incidentally the weather, illness and the printing trades dispute have all taken their toll in creating delays and for those who have waited so many months, we offer our sincere apologies.
Virgil the Magician has arrived in the London area, and was playing last week at the Chiswick Empire, but so far we have not had an opportunity of seeing his show.
Incidentally Sorcar was lucky to escape serious interruption to his show at Sunderland last week, for a fire broke out under the flooring at the back of the theatre, and the firemen were fortunately able to locate it and check it fairly quickly with hand extinguishers.
Freddy Far dropped in to collect a few of the latest items, and this dapper, good looking French professional tells us he has been playing the Park Lane high spots for the past month.
In our postbag comes S.A.M.S. official publication of the Scottish Association of Magical
Societies, and we are informed that they intend to hold another convention this year, at GREENOCK (Gourock) on the 4th, 5th. 6th May. This will take the usual form of dealers displays, competitions, lecture, civic reception, gala show, etc., and those who wish to attend should lose no time in sending the registration fee of 25/- for members, or 30/-for non-members, to George Piggot. 55, Raeburn Crescent, Hillhouse. Hamilton. Scotland.
Now that you all know that the price of the single copies of this magazine have been raised from 1/3 to 1/6 each, we do hope that those who buy them singly will realise that they can save money by investing in a yearly subscription at 15/-and if you do this right away, you can get it delivered right on your breakfast table and start practicing Eddie Joseph's latest routine before the eggs and bacon are ready ! Incidentally Eddie tells us that his advertising in this magazine has been very successful, and I know that the routines he teaches have the personal touch that makes Eddie a master teacher. When he ran his School of Magic in India it was a very big thing and he often had as many as twenty to thirty people. However anyone in accessible distance requiring help should undoubtedly contact Eddie.
Owing to our activities with exhibitions this month which included another Television Broadcast from the B.I.F. for B.B.C., there has been much work to catch up on, so I shall leave you now, with best wishes.
MEET BOB LAWRENCE.—
Gold Medallist of the London Society of Magicians. A member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the British Ring, member of the York Society of Magicians and the Leeds Magical Society.
Always ready to be included on the bill at any functions organised by these bodies, he gained First Prize for Manipulative Ability at the Magic Circle Golden Jubilee, but he doesn't limit his activities to organisations of which he is a member, being ever ready to perform for Sister Societies when called upon. With Bob on the bill you feel safe, they say.
Up to a few years ago, magic was his part time hobby, for he was almost fully engaged as Efficiency Engineer in the York Telephone Area, and couldn't devote the time he would have wished to it. Now he can, for he has said goodbye to Post Office work, and Magic claims his whole waking hours. Practice, practice and more practice.
At the side of his name, on any bill, you will invariably see—"And his Box o' Tricks". Bob Lawrence and his Box o' Tricks. This speciality of his has served him in good stead for many years. The tricks in the show may be altered from time to time, but the basic speciality remains, that of walking on with a disarming smile, carefully placing his case on the floor in front of him, opening the lid and drawing forth his table, on which to work the effects he includes. And from the same case all the paraphernalia needed is taken and, at the conclusion of the effect, carefully replaced, so that, with the act ended, the table is lowered into the case, the latter closed, and Bob is able to walk off "clean".
Dressing room accommodation doesn't worry him very much, for literally speaking, his
" COOZE GAGS FOR THE MAG."
She is so fat she overtaxes the slack in slacks.
The audience were not exactly crying but they were in tiers.
Don't tell people to sit down in front—not everyone is a contortionist.
Box o' Tricks enables him to set up his act at home, walk straight into a room and commence. It will be appreciated how valuable an asset this is to him in his Dinner work, where conditions are not always what one would desire, indeed, at some it is safe to say that there are no conditions at all! But Bob gets by, and loves After Dinner Shows. They're his favourite engagement.
He says that performing for children comes next in his preferences, for juvenile audiences are apt to keep one on one's toes, provided you keep them off yours ! No mad rushes to get on the stage, in his shows. He carefully chooses his assistants, treats them gently and kindly, holds everyone's attention with quiet fascinating magic and again, Bob gets by.
Sometimes ! At a village show on the Yorkshire Wolds, he was performing, amongst other tricks, a then favourite of his "Think Ink!" He was changing ink into water, and back again by asking one small boy to think 'ink' and another to think 'water'. Imagine Bob's surprise, however, when the boy holding the water suddenly drank it!
One charming incident he holds among his many reminiscenses concerns a performance he: was giving in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Handing a card to a little girl who was helping him he said "Now dear, will you ask an adult to-mark it?" The child smiled up at him confidingly and asked, "Please, what is an adult?"
We are very proud to have been able to introduce you, through the "Magic Magazine", to Bob Lawrence, of York, and should you meet him in person, you will not only find a most agreeable and enthusiastic magician, but you will agree with us we could not have found a better subject for our front cover personality.
More power to your elbow, Bob, and many many more Tricks in your Box.
Give up cigarettes and become a chain smoker.
People were following the Royal romance from one Towns end to another.
You may take a taxi to the races but the horse will put you back on your feet.
When leather is scarce banana skins make good slippers.
Friday, February 24th. was, I think, one of the coldest evenings ever and yet we had an excellent attendance at the VAMPIRE meeting. There can be no doubt that the club is popular with the magical fraternity and is growing steadily—four new members signed on at this meeting.
The proceedings started with a discussion that centred round the art of entertaining children, with special emphasis on the problem of the awkward youngster who knows too much. Summing up, the answers to this question were varied. LENZ stressed the need to make a friend of the "know all". Invite his co-operation in fooling the others and all may be well.
PETE TOVENER pointed out that the performer who was able to get the feel of the types present, almost at a glance, was able to act accordingly and was not likely to run into trouble. The ability to do this must, I am sure, only come with long experience. He quoted one instance of a performer who had the usual "Seen that one", thrust at him and he foolishly replied, "Well, you are going to see it again", upon which the whole juvenile audience proceeded to sing him out of business !
CYRIL CAPON, as a schoolmaster confirmed that a crowd of children could be pretty difficult to handle. CLAUDE MANLEY said that a little mild physical discomfort could sometimes be inflicted on the awkward one with good results, but the general opinion was, get friendly with him as soon as possible.
WILFRED TYLER honoured us with his presence and, naturally, was called upon to say a few words. He started off with the caution—when performing with silks, well, don't exactly call a spade a spade. To the public they are silk handkerchiefs, not just silks. Wilfred dealt mainly with the children's show, stressing the importance of colour and suggesting that greater use should be made of coloured ribbon effects, in fact coloured eggs, coloured everything, and don't forget to weave a story round your tricks.
During the ensuing interval MAX arrived all breathless, having rushed over from the B.I.F. where he had been going through the ordeal of a rehearsal for the B.I.F. Television broadcast on BBC.
gave a gallant welcome to HELEN (MRS. MAX) whose cheery smile we should like to see more often.
First to appear was DAVID NEVETT who opened with a giant card effect featuring rabbits and top hats (Baffling Bunnies). Amongst other effects he gave us two good telephone directory predictions and a selected tune prediction which he played on a clarionette—full marks for originality here. DAVID concluded with a slow motion silent glass levitation very nicely presented.
CLAUDE MANLEY offered two minor criticisms concerning technique which prompts me to suggest to Claude, "What about an evening devoted to criticism from a panel of experts?"
DIRK KALOE came on next and started right away with a nice easy and humorous style. He got quite a lot of fun from various rope and card effects and concluded by a little story concerning an art dealer. The dealer in question was able to remove a pin-up girl from the cover of a magazine and present it to the customer as a framed picture, all done by magic, of course.
JOHNNY MARTIN was the comedy turn of the evening with a fund of good stories, nicely woven into his act. This included torn and restored newspaper, Chinese sticks and the sucker beaker of milk vanish. He finished up with a good impersonation of Tommy Cooper. There are few magicians who lend themselves to impersonation. Tommy Cooper being an outstanding example.
Once again we had the pleasure of watching a 'white tie and tails' finish, and what a splendid finale JIMMY SELWYN provided, starting with a superb production of two glasses of wine. His manipulation of coins, cards, cigarettes and balls was, I thought, outstanding. One of his finest effects was the appearance of a selected card in a tumbler, put over with the aid of two assistants.
During the evening MAX introduced four I B M. visitors. Mr. and Mrs. W. STICKLAND and Mr. and Mrs. EDDIE DEXTER, who were passing through London on their way to arrange the next Convention at Brighton, in September.
Let me finish with due apologies should they be necessary and that is for possible mistakes in the spelling of names. It is sometimes difficult to get these correctly so if I do slip up at times —Well!—I am sorry. See you next month.
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