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The Greeks had a Word for it by MAGINI (of Ipswich)

For those intimate occasions when all around you are airing theories and doing little intrigues from their pockets, bring out your Divining Rod and get them thoroughly baffled for a solution which even the Creeks couldn't find! In short, confound the Aristotles.

All you want is a piece of glass rod (or a solid eye-dropper) obtainable from any chemist, and a piece of paper or card with the following words neatly printed in capitals. The words on the left should be in blue ink and those on the right in red ink.—

DECIDE SETTLE

HIKE WALK

CHOKE THROTTLE

DICK TOM

OBOE FLUTE

CHOICE OPTION

BOOK H A D

DEED BOX SAFE

Don't do any fancy work on the lettering. It must be perfectly plain. If you can get the lists set up by a printer in Gill Sans type, so much the better.

The effect is that when the words on the left are looked at through the rod, they are cleariy readable; but when the words on the right are looked at, they are upside down. The onlookers are completely bewildered. The knowing ones invariably assume an air of superiority and offer solutions along the lines of reflections from glass, variations in colour and optical iliusion. To encourage this and to put them off the scent, it is wise at the outset to emphasise the two colours, the cylindrical rod and the nearness of the eye to the rod.

The secret is that ALL the words are seen upside down, but the words on the blue list are made up of letters which are the same in reverse, such as H, O and K.

There are several ways of presenting this very puzzling affair. The pseudo-scientific method is one in which you can dilate on the peculiar properties of glass or colours. Another way is merely to offer the rod and the words, and to say nothing after instructing the victims to read through the glass. THEY will do all the talking !

My own method is to explain the well-known saying "The Greeks had a word for it." I point to the word "decide" and say "That is the word we would use; but the Greeks preferred this word in red which I have translated. But if you look at it through this rod— made from the eye of a Greek god—you will see that it appears to be in Greek thus proving the o!d adage correct."

A variation of the above—the Vampire Divining Rod — has been on the market for some time . A spectator chooses a playing card and replaces it in the pack. He shuffles the pack himself. After the performer apparently fails to locate it, a message is shown which appears to be in code. The spectator cannot decipher it until he is given the Divining Rod by means of which the name of the chosen card is revealed.

The glass rod of the Vampire trick is right for both of the above effects. Indeed the two tricks made an unusual close-up act nicely compact and complete.

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p'easure beac\ which he accepted. He did sometimes ten and fifteen shows each day, and it was very tiring, but a good break in. Later on in the year he joined a fit-up show rnd toured Yorkshire and Northumberland, a~d in 1951 he was offered a part in a show to play a Chinese. He chose the name Foo-Ming, and this act seemed to go better than before, so he stuck to the Chinese Act.

He added a flower finale to the act, to add colour and show. Since then he has spent a lot of time and money buiiding up an act which he hopes before long will be good enough for any large Theatre.

Foo-Ming has realised one thing eariy in life, and that" is if you want to get bookings in large theatres you must give the audience something to look at. This no doubt accounts for his large measure of success, for when we saw his date book recently he had twenty-six consecutive weeks booked up.

Real ICE CREAM

with "INSTANT FREEZE

By ROY BAKER

Have you noticed the enormous increase in the amount of ice-cream that is eaten nowadays ? That is one reason why "Instant Freeze" is such an attractive item on any programme. If only REAL ice-cream could result, that would put the trick right in the miracle class. Well, it can be done. Quite simply, too.

To work the effect, you will need some ice-cream cones, obtainable very inexpensively from any trader. You will also require a special box to contain the cones—an innocent-looking and relevant affair. Don't let this put you off. I made my box within three-quarters of an hour of gettting the idea. It is made of good quality, heavy card and is cut from one sheet. You will have to add a couple of pieces of card; but we will worry about that when we come to it.

STICK SQUARE CARD ON BACK BY ONE EDGE n ASSHADED

cur our THIS PANEL

First mark out your sheet of card as shewn in the sketch, and cut round the out-s.de edge. The panel indicated should be cut out. In addition you will require an oblong 9¥' x 4^" and a square piece Before going further, paint the box with indian ink as shewn so that it looks like a cornet box. Having done this, staple or stick oblong and square card as indicated. These pieces form flaps.

Now is the time to stick edge "A" to dge "Al", having first scored and folded the cards at all dotted lines. The oblong piece of card is bent so that the free end touches the back end of the box and so makes a compartment for the cones. The square of card showing through the cut-out panel is decorated in keeping with the rest of the box. Before cur our THIS PANEL

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