(12) CLIMAX. You now explain that really the Joker is not on any of the packets, and prepare to demonstrate this by taking up the first pile in the left hand, keeping well squared, and face down. Count the cards one by one, taking them from the top, putting them face-up on the table as you do so, and as follows. Count the first card off, place it face up on the table. Buckle the next two, turn them over face up, as one and lay them on the first card dealt, just overlapping it. Snap the third and last card face-up in the left hand and place it on those already dealt on the table.

(13) Repeat the same movement outlined in para. 12 with the other two packets. When this is done smoothly, no Joker is seen at all.

(14) Now you produce the Joker from your vest pocket or from wherever you have previously placed it.

In spite of this long description, the effect is founded on three acquitments. A False Deal, the use of the Buckle Count and the Double Lift or Double Turnover. For the non-sleight of hand performer who wants to include this effect in his repertoire, I offer the following advice.

A. Treat nine indifferent cards, on their backs, with roughing fluid.

B. Treat three Jokers also with the fluid but on their faces. It is needless to treat the fourth Joker, because it is only used for producing only in the climax.

C. Use the same set-up as given above, only the nitnth (there were only eight indifferent cards in the first set-up) indifferent card, with the roughened back, comes below the third Joker, and then follows the remainder of the pack.

Wirh these prepared cards paragraph 10 will be unnecessary, as will also the sleights mentioned under (a), (b), and (c) in paragraph 3. To show that the Joker has gone from each, pile you have only to turn up each packet and spread it across the table. Only three indifferent cards will be seen, the Jokers remaining behind and stuck to the backs of the indifferent cards.

" INI y M IB Ei SilNISi 1111

Once upon a time, many years ago, a magician asked me to name a number between 1 and 10. When I had announced my number he riffled through a pack of cards and threw off a quantity which on checking corresponded wirh the number I nominated.

I liked the effect but not his method. It is with pride and pleasure that I now give to readers of the Magic Magazine my exclusive method of accomplishing the same thing. I believe those with an eye for subtleby will find something of interest here.

ONE.—Let us consider the effect. A freely shuffled pack of cards is laid on the table. The magician turns his back and asks some spectator to remove a portion of the pack and conceal in his pocket. After this is done, magician faces front and asks the helper to remove some more cards and hand to him. Thus, explains the magician, the pack has been divided into three parts. "If I were to ask you how many cards you have in your pocket would you be able to tell?" asks the magician. Naturally the reply would be in the negative, as none of the packets had been counted. The magician explains further, that even if he did count the cards in his own hands, it would still not give him a clue to the quantity in the spectator's pocket, as the rest of the pack lies untouched on the table. The magician now drops his cards on to those on table and immediately tells the assistant how many cards he has in his pocket. On checking , the assistant finds the magician to be correct!

TWO.—The cards are assembled and the mentalist remarks, "Of course, you may think that what I just did was the result of a lucky chance. Let us try it again". This time the helper is told to cut the cards and to cover the removed portion with his handkerchief. A second cut is made and this portion is now placed in magician's hands. The remainder of the pack is pocketted by the helper.

When the magician faces front again he cannot see the cards on the table as it is still covered with helper's handkerchief. The remainder being in helper's pocket. The magician continues "As the deck is again cut into three oortions you may think the number three has a special significance". The magician now divides the cards in his hands making four packets in all, dropping one on the table. "So" adds the magician "if I were to count the cards in my hands it would still be impossible for me to know how many you have in your pocket". YET . . . the magician names the correct number of cards for rhe second time.

THREE.—"Now" says the magician "one might have two lucky breaks of an evening but when the same thing is repeated for the rhird time . . . then you must admit that something besides chance is at work". The deck is again assembled and shuffled. This time the magician says he is going a step further. He will aliow the helper to decide in advance the number of cards he would like to pocket. Again turning his back, he directs the helper to think of a number between 5 and 25 As soon as he had decided upon a number he is to count off that many cards and pocket them. When helper states that he has done what he was told to do, magician announces that he is also thinking of a number. He now instructs the helper to place the rest of pack behind his back and to deal from there one card at a time on to the table and he would be stopped when the requisite number of cards are dealt out. When an equivalent number of cards (corresponding with the secret number magician has in mind) had been dealt he is stopped. The rest of the cards are now handed to another volunteer. The magician does not touch the cards at all.

Yet under these condi rions the magician succeeds for the third time in naming correctly the number of cards in each of the packets. It will thus be seen that the experiment has three distinct phases, (a) Magician names number of cards removed from top of pack, (b) He cafls out the correct number contained in the packet left over after the first two cuts. (c) He names with remarkable accuracy NOT ONLY the number contained in the first count, but also tells them what remains after the second count. To the uninitiated, NUMBER SENSE appears as something beyond the physical control of the magician.

WORKING.—Remove any card from pack and mark two diagonal corners with a tiny pencil dot. Place this card in the 26th position from top. You may, if desired, use a one way back deck and simply reverse the 26th card. Pack is returned to case

(2) Remove cards from case, false shuffle and leave on table.

(3) Instruct your helper to remove portion and conceal in his pocket. At this point you caution him to take less than half. Whilst this is being done you stand with your back to them.

(4) Face front and ask to remove some more cards and place on your outstretched hand. Now spread the cards in your hands just enough to see the marked key card. Count the number of cards in your hand only up to and including the KEY card. Drop the lot on those left on table.

(5) By deducting the number of cards —up to key card—from 26 you will come to know how many he has in his pocket. The counting, of course, must be done by sight alone and not made evident. Be as casual as possible.

(6) THE SECOND PHASE. After assistant checks his cards they are dropped on those already on table and false shuffled.

(7) Instruct him to put the first cut portion under his handkerchief, the next cut on your hand and the remainder in his pocket. You mention about making a fourth packet and spread the cards in your hand slightly.

(8) Drop all cards up to and INCLUDING the key onto the table. Whilst talking spread the cards in hands slightly and see how


I would like to offer the following suggestion regarding the "Okito" glass:

After producing a vanished silk right out of the centre of a glass of real beer, performer states his intention of vanishing the beer from the glass. Showing an empty cylinder, he places it over the glass of beer, then he suddenly removes the cylinder, saying to a spectator who has been assisting him, "But no doubt you Sir know a much better way to vanish a glass of beer" and hands the glass of beer to spectator who drinks it.

The glass is seen to be quite unprepared.

The idea I have in mind, is to make the "Okito" glass in the form of a shell, bottomless to allow the shell to be removed from the genuine glass, and within the cylinder. The centre tube of course would have to be supported by means of portions of the bottom, which would have to be left in position for that purpose.

many you have left. Deduct this from 26 and again you will get to know the quantity in assistant's pocket.

(9) THIRD PHASE. Whilst talking take those from under handkerchief and drop on those lying on table. This will again bring the key card to the 26th position.

(10) Add cards in hands to the bottom of those on table and wait for assistant to finish his count. Take them from him and add to the BOTTOM of the pack. The pack is now set for the climax.

(11) Now tell assistant to think of a number between 5 and 25. When he is ready tell him to place that many in his pocket secretly. Tell him you also have a secret number and get him to deal with the assurance that you would stop him when the right number had been dealt. You watch the cards as he deals. However, as he deals you secretly count until the key card falls . . . include it in the count.

(13) Let him deal three more then stop him. Instruct that he hand pack to someone else. You have not seen the first count nor did you see the pack which was behind his back all the time ... a strong point.

(14) Deduct the number of cards dealt onto the table, including the key from 26, and you have the first person's number. The second person will ALWAYS have 23 cards.

TELEVHUE (Continued from Page 185).

After the envelopes have been mixed, the performer takes them back in his left hand, and, with the right, picks up and shows the board, which has its coloured side facing the audience and the open edge at the top. He places it in his left hand for a moment in front of the envelopes while he displays the stand, and then, partering to the effect that he will reverse the board, he does so, bringing the open edge to the bottom. He sets the envelopes down, and as he does so, of course, the four additional envelopes fall out of the slot and are indetecrably added to the others.

From now on it is all plain sailing: he knows the colour of the chosen side, and so knows which card to take from the first envelope, and so on. The fact that members of the audience have handled and mixed the cards is a strong point, and an even stronger one is that, as I have already pointed out, the lady gets all the credit.

Some performers may prefer to speed up the action a little by using a three sided board, and another argument in favour of this is that three is always considered to be a "natural" number.

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Edinburgh 1953

Numbers seemed to dominate at the Convention of the British Ring at Edinburgh, which was held from September 17th to 20th. Officially commencing on the 17th, it was the Ring's 17th Convention, but more prominence was given (and rightly so) to the fact that if was the 25th year of the existence of Ring 25. The I.B.M., British Ring's SILVER JUBILEE CONVENTION. It was the 1st one to be held in Edinburgh, and it also saw the 21sr year of Office of Bill Stickland as the Ring's Hon. Secretary and Treasurer . Truly a corn-memorable year for the C.O.M. of Magic, John Gambling, its President for 1952/3.

Numbers also dominated in regard to the delegates attending, and while the official figures are not yet known, it does seem likely that these will pass all records. Many had decided to make a 'full week' of it (it is surprising how many do actually make it a week or ten-days holiday occasion) and this was plainly evident at the 'Night Before Party', organised by The Scottish Association of Magical Societies, where 'standing room only' soon became the order of the day, or, to be correct, the evening. The Organisers, and S.A.M.S. are to be congratulated upon the fine effort they made, and their generosity is just beyond description in cold type. The eats, the drinks, the ices, the service, and the Scottish boys anxiety to please and make this a right royal occasion deserve the highest praise, appreciation and thanks. Well done, all you Jocks and Macs, the Ring will come again, you may be sure.

Thursday morning brought the Official opening, followed by a Cocktail party and close-up sessions of magic presented by names well known in the magical world, and to honour another well known name in magic, many delegates paid a visit to Piershill Cemetery, where the President laid a wreath on the tomb of the late Lafayette, immediately prior to the opening of the Convention.

In the afternoon Eddie Joseph presented his lecture "Producing Miracles through Subtleties" to a large crowd of magical enthusiasts and from the very frequent bursts of appiause, ir was clear that Eddie was demonstrating the sort of stuff that his audience liked.

The Dealers' Exhibition followed this and in the evening at 8 p.m. came fhe Civic Reception by the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, accompanied by his Magistrates and Council, and a Grand Bail wirh Buffet and Cabaret had been arranged. Peter Warlock secured more publicity with his successful prediction of the B.B.C. News Bulletin, but beyond that it is impossible for your scribe to report on the cabaret turns, for, so it is understood, very few could see rhem properly. One of those things, but a great pity.

Friday morning was taken up wirh the Annual General Meeting, which will be reported to Ring members only, and at 12.30 or a little later came the clustering for the Group photograph. One of che most looked-forward -to events commenced a little after 2 p.m. when approximately twenty entrants compered for the British Ring Shield, the Theo Speaker Cup, The Trophy for the Most original Trick or Routine, in addition to the Craig Trophy for the most outstanding performance by a lady entrant. It is impossible to mention ali names, but it is certain that the magic was varied and good.

Elizabeth Warlock captured the main Trophy, and at the same time established a record by keeping the trophy 'in the family' for a second year. Nice going. Tommy Rowe secured the Speaker Cud and Freddie Carter the Third Prize. The Conventioners' Trophy was won by Raymond, of Leeds, for the most Original Routine, "The Educated Poltergeist", and the Craig Trophy for the outstanding performance by a lady went to Miss Zarene, of Glasgow. Mystic Craig's Dealers Trophy for the best decorated srand was awarded to Messrs. L Davenport £r Co.

To round off this very full day the Silver Jubilee Banquet was presided over by John Gambling, and an after-dinner entertainment was provided by past winners of the British Ring Shield, with two exceptions, Billie

McComb and Sid Smith, both of whom found ir impossible to attend. Hon. Life Certificates went to Donald Crombie, Eddie Dexter and Charles Sowden.

Saturday brought another full day. First a lecture by the one and only Johnny Ramsay, and Pocket Trick Drive organised and presided over by Freddie Carter, the Winner being Tom Harris. Freddie hopes that this novelty will catch on more at the next Convention now that a practical demonstration has been witnessed. Many vowed rheir intention to enter ncxr year, so this looks like being a feature item.

Children's Playtime in the afternoon and the Festival of lyiagic in the Evening were the two attractions which took delegates away from the Headquarters temporarily.

We were unfortunately debarred from seeing the Kiddies Show, but from all verbal accounts, it was as usual, up to irs standard. A pity we didn't manage to see it. The Gala Show had ten star artistes with Paul Graham to "see them on". Ignoring a couple of 'false notes' (and these were NOT from an insufficiently rehearsed orchestra, although by doing better the latter might have helped some of the performers more) the whole show went with a swing. Succumbing to the temptation to menrion names, we would say that Geoffrey Buckinham was again outstanding. He was, to say the least, Geoffrey Buckingham.

A break was made in the programme to enable Oscar Paulson, the President Elect, to present to Bill Stickland and Poppy a little memento of their long association with the Ring.

To round off the whole Convention a feature "Classics of Magic" was scheduled for 10.30 on the Sunday morning, but as we were busy packing and would be on our way home by that rime we regret that we cannot include details here. We would also have liked to see the initiation of the New President, Oscar Paulson, for we are sure that he will make a most efficient and popular President for 1953/4. May he have as wonderful a year as John Gambling and may he be equally loved and respected. We are sure he will be.

"MELVANO" Shuffle Deck

This is really a complete act with a pack of cards, and was designed by Roy Cowl. As space is short we can only give you a very brief resume of some of the effects possible wirh this wonderful system.

1. Performer freely shuffles and spectator cuts three heaps . . . but performer can name bottom cards on each heap.

2. Pack is shuffled and riffled, spectator calling stop at will. Although performer obviously cannot see it, he names card stopped at.

3. Pack again shuffled and cut to four heaps. Spectator removes any three . . . yet the fourth is found to have Ace on the bottom, as predicted.

4. Magician writes a prediction and drops it into a hat. Spreading pack across the table he allows spectators to touch any card. This is also dropped into hat . . . yet when they are removed the prediction and card are found to be IDENTICAL ! !

Remember it is a full pack, with no duplicates. Completely mechanical. Nothing to memorise. Foolproof and easy.


ALMOST IN CONFIDENCE (Continued from Page 191).

is something that is rare, and one of those things that make Magic a ioy to practise . . . Elsewhere, he referred to it as "the BEST of afl tricks with stacked decks . . ." In 1937, Jean Hugard, John J. Crimmins and Max Holden brought out a printed edition of the "Encyclopedia", but in view of the objection that Bagshawe had made, no reference was made to "Controlled Coincidence".

1946. In the October issue of the French quarterly review, "Le Magicien", there is a translation of a trick by Glenn Gravatt in which the reader is instructed to remember the top and bottom cards of the pack. So far, I have been unable to ascertain from which American magazine the translation was made. The initials of the translator are H.D. (Page 195).

1950. In "Scarne on Card Tricks", there are variations of the original Max Holden effect, but as a copy of that book has not yet come my way, I cannot supply details.

1952. In his excellent work, "Effective Card Magic", Bob Simon describes a splendid trick based on the Holden method, and in which Gravatt's idea of noting the top and bottom cards of the pack is turned to account. (Pages 32-34).

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