Max Andrews


Now that the Edinburgh Convention is over, magicians will have travelled their diverse ways to their homes, and very shortly will be giving their own accounts of ali that happened, and their opinion as to the measure of success achieved by the Scottish boys and other organisers. There is no doubt of course, that a large Convention Hotel, which can accommodate the Dealers' Exhibition and most other gatherings even if not the Big Show, is the ideal arrangement . I was going to say unfortunately, but that is not the word. However the fact is that the facilities offered by most towns seldom includes a hotel of this size, but we hope for the best at the new venue at Brighton next year.

By general consent the highlights of the whole four days were Johnny Piatt and Jean Marc on the Gala Show, with special mention to Jeffrey Atkins Illusion Act. Eddie Joseph's Lecture was a sensation, and the large number of original tricks he gave away left his big audience literally gasping. He certainly received a tremendous ovation at the finish. We have realised that there must be many magicians who would have liked to be present at this lecture, but of course they were not attending the Convention. Eddie is not able to travel around the country, owing to his business ties with us in London, so we are arranging a series of lectures in London this Winter which will enable a large number of magicians to study the immaculate presentation, misdirection, and extraordinarily clever subtleties of this Master of Magic. There is no doubt he is an accomplished lecturer, with an easy friendly style that all can follow. See the advertisement section of this magazine for further details, and please take our advice and book at once, for there is bound to be a big rush.

October also sees the re-opening of the Vampire Cfub. "The most friendly Society in the World" and "Every meeting a miniature convention" is how some members have described these meetings. People foregather here from all societies and often from foreign countries, and the atmosphere, as those who have attended know so well, is friendly and informal. If you wish to join before opening night, just send in your application. No sponsors are required, no entrance fee, and no subscription. In fact—IT'S FREE! The professional club pianist is always in attendance, and there is a bar with light refreshments always available. I look forward to welcoming you on October 30th, at 6-30 p.m., The Swiss Hotel, Old Compton Street, London, W.l

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