Unlike "Omnistand" the effect which folfows is a self-contained affair. Perhaps I had better detail first what the audience sees.

The performer hands out some twelve cards of various colours with an envelope for each one. The cards are approximately the same size as playing cards, and have patterned backs, while the envelopes are of the usual correspondence type.

Several members of the audience insert the cards in the envelopes, and one of their number collects them and mixes them. Then they are handed back to the performer.

He displays a board some eight inches square, one side of which has been divided into four sections by the two diagonals, and these sections are painted respectively, red, yellow, blue, and green. The other side of the board is plain, and in the centre of each edge is screwed a small Bulldog clip, with its business end flush with the edge. A small folding stand is also shown: its sole purpose is to support the board.

The performer explains that he will turn the board with its coloured side away from the audience, and then rotate it so that they lose track of the precise location of the colours. He will ask someone to call out "Stop" as he touches each side in turn, and the side thus indicated will be turned to the top.

Next he will take the card from the first envelope on top of the mixed pile, and place it back outwards in the clip on the chosen side.


He proceeds as indicated, and rests the board on rhe stand while he takes out the card and inserts it in the clip.

The action is repeated for the remaining sides, and eventually, when the board is turned round it is seen that each card marches the segment above which it is clipped.

A suitable line of patter is to choose a lady to help, explaining that ladies are far better at colours than men, and seem to have a happy trick of instinctively matching colours.

In some ladies this quality is very pronounced, and the performer feels sure that the lady who is helping him possesses this particular quality.

The lady collects and mixes the envelopes, and it is she who chooses the order of the sides. Thus, at the conclusion of the effect- it is she who takes all the credit, and a happy atmosphere is created.

But you will be interested in the method, and right away I have to tell you that one edge of the board has been hollowed out to take four envelopes. Each of these envelopes contains four cards—a red, a yellow, a blue, 2nd a green, and they are arranged as shown in the diagram. This set-up makes it a simple matter for the performer to take out any particular one even without looking into the envelope. Put four playing cards into an envelope now, and try it out. Satisfied?

I think the routine should now be pretty obvious, but we will run through it.

(Continued on Page 197).


(Continued from September Issue)

After the New York State Convention at Buffalo was over, Rev. and Mrs. Martin C. Elz invited my family and me to live with them for a few days. During our stay at their orientally furnished home, we were treated very lavishly and thanks to them both got to see much of Buffalo and the surrounding points of interest. Rev. Elz is a minister by day and a magician by night and he fills both roles exceptionally well.

However, we were getting ready to return to Colon when in the course of our conversation he came to learn that I had a brorher in Montreal , Canada, whom I had not seen for THIRTY years. He suggested that I should get in touch with him. On his own initiative he made a long distance call to Montreal and the result of his contact with my brorher was that we should pay him a visit. No words can adequately express the feeling of intense excitement that overwhelmed me at the time. We were due to travel by coach two days later and the intervening period seemed to pass at a creeping snail like pace.

The Greyhound coach left Buffalo at 8 in the morning. The scenery along the route was imoxicatingly gorgeous. As the coach neared the boundary of the American jurisdiction we had to see the U.S.A. authority to make certain of our re-entry. Then over the PEACE bridge into Canada. Our course took us by way of the Niagara Falls again and no matrer how often I witness that awe-inspiring sight I would still crave for more. After about Three hours or so we arrived at Toronto. This was to be the changing point into a different coach for the onward journey to Montreal. As we had time on our hands, we took the opportunity of mailing a number of greeting cards to friends alf over, principally in India. At that time I also dropped a card to Sid Lorraine who resides in Toronto telling him of my plans to visit my brother in Montreal.

After about seventeen hours from the time of our departure from Buffalo, we pulled in to the coach station at Montreal. This was past 1 a.m. and there standing at a distance in the dark we spotted two figures. They were my brother and his wife.


Only when one finds himself in a situation similar to the one I was in then, will he be able to visualise the significance of such a reunion. THIRTY years is a mighty big span of cime and both of us were seized by sudden unbridled emotion.

We stayed in Montreal for nearly three weeks and got to see a great deal of this beautiful city. Predominantly French and until we got used to our environments, at times, it seemed as though we were in France instead.

Our first snowfall of the season we witnessed in Montreal. This was in October, a month always regarded as the most sticky in the part of India I lived in. India is always considered as a hot country but those not acquainted with their geography imagine that the sight is a novelty for those coming from there. This in truth, is very much removed from actual fact. India is practically a subcontinent and the vast span of land within its boundary claim every conceivable variety of climate. Darjeeling, at the foot of the Himalaya, Simla and many, many other hill stations are favourite summer resorts for the city dwellers. Snow in abundance can be found in these spots during the cold season. Those with whom we came in contact in Canada and the U.S.A. were rather surprised when told that the sight of snow was not strange to us.

However, when Sid Lorraine came to know that I was at last in his adopted country, he immediately contacted Jimmy Lake who was the secretary of the "Hat and Rabbit Club" at Toronto at that time. Jimmy is also the past International President of the I.B.M. At the same time I also received a letter from Sid suggesting that I should decide about a lecture at Toronto and pick up some "valuable Canadian dollars".

Jimmy Lake hurriedly contacted as many members of the TORONTO Ring as he could, as well as the boys of the Hamilton Ring, (35 miles away), and so it came to pass and was arranged that on my return to U.S.A. I should stop over at Toronto and play a lecture date. That was an event which will linger with me for all time.

At the end of our stay in Montreal we left by Coach at about nine at night and arrived in Toronto at six the following morning. Narurally being strangers we were somewhat confused, on arrival at thai" early hour although we knew that the Ford hotel would be our ultimate destination. The lecture was planned for the same night.

While we were figuring what we should do, suddenly like a rocket from the skies appeared "Jaunty" Chris Sheridan. This indeed was a pleasant surprise. We had, of course, met him previously at Buffalo during the earlier convention. I still remember his first few words. "I am the official welcoming party of the TORONTO Ring and came to receive you" he said. He took charge of us at that early hour of the morning, drove us around the city on a sight seeing tour. He pointed several landmarks of interest and finally we settled down to a hearty breakfast. After breakfast we checked into our hotel which in fact was right opposite the coach station.

As we were driving in the coach throughout the night, we naturally had no sleep The first thing we did when we got into our rooms was to collapse into the arms of Morpheus. We were aroused at mid-day by the telephone bell ringing. Sid Lorraine was calling to welcome us into TORONTO. As the lecture was planned at some newspaper club which incidentally was the official headquarters of the Toronto Ring, they did not permit lady visitors and consequently Sid very thoughtfully arranged for my wife and daughter to spend the evening with his family.

The few hours we had vacant were spent on a shopping spree. Anyone who travels with a wife and daughter will understand what that means. During the shopping rounds we walked into Eatons which is regarded as the 'Selfridges' of Toronto, to buy a knife which was required for the lecture. However, I was tipped off that johnny Ciordamaine was working at that store in the Magic department on a higher floor. I planned to surprise him. Asking the girl at another department where johnny could be found she said to walk uo to the toy department, turn left and then look 'under the counter'. For those who know lohnny, no further explanation is necessary but for the benefit of the rest, the reason why the girl said to look 'under the counter' was because Johnny—like Napoleon Bonaparte— is short in stature.

Finding our wav to the Magic corner, there was Johnny with a crowd around him demonstrating Magic. Demonstrating is not the apt description of what we found him doing. In fact he was performing to bewildered prospects and sold quite a lor of tricks during the short time of our visit.

Now a dinner was arranged by the boys of the Toronto Ring at some restaurant, the name of which escapes me now. It was all so informal and everybody was trying to be nice to us and make us feel as though we were intimate friends of old standing. After the dinner, Sid Lorraine drove my wife and daughter to his home whilst I was escorted to the club.

At this writing I cannot say with any degree of accuracy how many were there and the personalities present. As I type, I recall besides Sid Lorraine and Jimmy Lake, about fifty others amongst whom were also Johnny Giordamaine, Chris Sheridan, Jack Prior (President), Scotty Lang, Al Stuart, Bertram Ross, etc.

That evening at the 'HAT & RABBIT' Club in Toronto was a memorable one for me and the congenial atmosphere that prevailed for over FOUR hours during my lecture, made the whole proceeding seem like a big family affair.

Finally when the gathering broke Sid Lorraine drove me over to his house to meet his lovely family. Jimmy Lake followed and after a pleasant hour or so spent with the Lorraines we were driven back to our hotel.

However, Jimmy Lake brought his silk act over to Sid's place and went over his slick routine for our benefit and this was very much appreciated and enjoyed by us all.

We were due to leave early the next morning and after a couple of hours sleep we sped on our way towards Buffalo. As we neared the American border all cars had to stop and open out the trunk at the back, At first, I thought it was solely for custom's inspection but it was later revealed that many cases of illegal immigrants were detected hidden in the trunks of cars. Hence this precaution. When we finally drove into the Greyhound depot in Buffalo there was Rev. Martin C. E!z again, this time in his new car, to receive and drive us back to his home.

This gave us another two days in Buffalo and we took advantage to explore this beautiful c: ry further. Gene Gordon our long standing friend runs a Magic shop in Franklin Street and I paid him several visits.

Gene's shop is well rigged and he does a good trade. Gene incidentally is number 'TWO' in the International Brotherhood of (Continued on Page 184).

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