John P Hamilton

G. Brown effect first described in Ibidem. First of all after the pack has been shuffled, the magician asks that a small number of cards be cut off from the pack so that an unknown number of cards will be used. Two spectators, A and B respectively, are asked each to cut off a small packet of cards whilst the performer's back is turned. They are to count the number of cards they have taken and then slip them into their equally respective pockets. Turning round...

Books

Eddie Joseph (published by Max Andrews (Vampire) Ltd.), price 10s. There can be no gainsaying of the fact that the Cups and Balls trick is the greatest classic of magic. Despite its great antiquity and the common basic plot, the scope for the individual performer is almost limitless. One can think of great performers of the feat Laurie Ireland, Dai Vernon, Fred Kaps, Ken Brooke and Johnny Ramsay, and we understand that Johnny Paul has a version that is breathtaking in its...

Pentagram

An independent monthly bulletin for all who want good magic Vxd. 1 Ala. 11 Ou u*t, 1947 Sluice Cine ShMinq. Three members of the audience are each invited to draw a card from a red-backed deck. The operator turns his back while the cards are looked at and remembered. The cards are then replaced in the deck which is left with a member of the audience. Taking a deck of blue-backed cards from his pocket they are handed to the holder of the red cards with a request that he shuffles both decks...

Partipiece

THIS EFFECT is for those who like visual magic. The plot is very simple indeed and whilst primarily designed for silent presentation the addition of speech will not detract. The audience see the performer holding two lengths of silk ribbon. One piece is green and the other yellow. Right at his finger tips he rolls them together leaving himself with a tightly rolled bundle of silk ribbons. A wine glass is picked up and the bundle dropped inside. A puff of smoke towards the glass and the ribbon...

Eie May6

This effect is based on the recently published THE NULLIFACTOR , by Stewart James, who, like myself, is one of the original Jinx contributors. I make no apologies for so doing, as it is presumed '' The Pentagram '' is read by knowledgeable magicians, and if there are any readers who have not yet got a copy of The Nulli-factor I advise them to procure one without further delay, and add to their knowledge, as I consider this one of the most worth-while ideas to be published for some considerable...

Th Dimensional Postal Order

'This IS a little effect off the beaten track and whilst it requiries some apparatus, such apparatus can be made up by even the most ham-handed member of the family. The effect goes like this On the magician's table can be seen a small pedestal, a rectangular cardboard chimney and a tray containing a grapefruit-, a lemon, egg and walnut. The performer first shows that the chimney just slides over the top of the pedestal and then removing it calls attention to the various articles on the tray....

Tete Wxvtlex

5wt t a e the ' Leeny, lileeaie ' I want to describe three dressings for effects suitable for children's shows. They are more particularly suited to the younger type of child having plenty of colour. The first I call The effect is very simple and easy to follow. The conjurer takes a cardboard tube which is shown to be empty and places a sheet of tissue paper over one end, keeping it in drumhead position by means of an elastic band. Now a number of pieces of coloured paper are dropped inside,...

Ken De Courcy

WILL YOU DROP FIRST OR SHALL I The thing that hurts magic most is the poor Magician. Magic can become one of the most amazing and interesting forms of entertainment or it can become one of the most boresome if not properly applied. How many times have I heard committees say, We had a magician and that is enough. We do not want any more, or, We had a magician five years ago and are still trying to live it down. The truth is, they never had a MAGICIAN, only someone who called himself a magician....

Dai Vernon

Facing the audience and let the spectators see that some cards protrude from the pack. The one facing them will be an indifferent card, then two aces followed by two indifferent cards. If you fan the five cards so that only the three indifferent cards show, you can stress the fact you have left some cards protruding from the pack. At this moment you are ready to perform the Plunger Ace trick. Just pushing the packet of five upwards will cause the first ace to appear at the top followed by four...

Variation On A Theme Take Threeagain

OUR GOOD FRIEND Stanley Jaks has come up with yet another variant on the 'Take Three' theme, one that has a mental flavour plus an added individual touch. The effect is like this The mentalist writes a prediction which is given to a spectator with a request that he places it in his pocket until it is asked for. A pack of cards is then removed from its case and handed to a member of the audience for shuffling. When this is completed he is to deal three cards face down upon the table. The...

I9ll Read Your Mini

THE LATEST book of audience tested Mentalism by Denmark's Master Mentalist is packed with material that is designed to entertain as well as mystify an audience. Here are 56 pages of outstanding new material, fully illustrated, cloth bound and with an attractive jacket. The author belieyes in simplicity of method allied to mystery and entertainment value, and here you will find comedy in such effects as Pin Up Girl Test and Spirits Test, Publicity with Telephotrix and other gems, and mystery and...

En Rapport

EN RAPPORT is Annemann's supreme effort to give the fraternity a practical and easily learned two-person routine of telepathic oddities. EN RAPPORT is the ONLY complete programme of its kind offered, and has been developed over a long period and little by little refined through actual performance to the nth degree of showmanship. EN RAPPORT is designed to fulfil the need of advanced amateurs and semi-professionals. From start to finish the routine can be well learned in two evenings. From then...

Stanley Collins

THE classical CARDS UP THE SLEEVE is without question one of the almost perfect examples of card conjuring. Its plot, unlike that of most conjuring tricks, is logical it calls for no troublesome and irritating participation by the audience it is as effective in a theatre as in a Drawing Room and what is most important of all it can be repeated over and over again without fear of detection if handled by a man who knows his business. In view of all this, it is to be deplored that the trick has...

Gambling Routines A Game Of

GAME OF NAP is described in Sleight of Hand, by Edwin Sachs. In this the performer forces five cards onto a spectator, who takes the pack and asks the performer to pick out five or he may pick out five for the performer. The cards are played and the performer gets Nap or four. When once the spectator's cards are known to the performer he can nearly always get a Nap. This routine can be performed with a borrowed pack which has been shuffled by a spectator before the performer handles it....

Masque

A printed magazine giving details of our latest releases in exclusive magical effects. Issued free. If you are not on our mailing list, write now. President His Grace the Duke of Somerset D.S.O., O.B.E., I.P., D.L., M.I.M.C. Vice-President Douglas Craggs, Esq. St. Ermin's Hotel, CaM -> n Street, S.W.I. Francis White 39 Alverstone Avenue, Wimbledon Park, S.W.I 9 If vou like good comedy magic you will like Milk Shrink the shrinking glass of milk 22 6 post free ZAHAREE (Geoff. R. Hursell) 16...

Fftaund

Reports that they are very good, and we shall look forward to seeing them. For an act of two persons to obtain a half hour's feature in a B.B.C. programme for eight weeks in succession is something extraordinary. Sydney and Lesley Piddington, however, have (mainly because of t'heir sensational triumphs in Australia) achieved this. It is a matter of more than interest that no claims for genuine psychic powers are made. We wish that we had more space available for reviews. Lack of space has...

The Magic Circle

Vice-President Francis White, Esq. Clnbroom and Library and Mute um Hearts of Oak Buildings, Euston Road, London, N.W.I. King George's Hall, W.C. Feb. 5 Concert Peter Newcombe 38 Overdale Avenue New Maiden, Surrey i published on the 24th of each month and can be obtained direct from the publishers for 117 per (ingle copy. Annual Subscription 18 - poit free. PUBLISHED BYi The Magic Wand Publishing Co. 62 Wellington Road, Enfield Middlesex Manuscript for...

Dccipitai

To my mind the effect nearest to genuine mind reading possible with cards is the late Ted. Annemann's One Thousand Dollar Test Card Location described by him in his book, Sh-h-h It's Secret (English edition published by Messrs. L. Davenport & Co., the world known magical dealers). There would only seem to be one drawback and that is that there is only an 80 possibility of success.' In Annemann's own words, Now I can't guarantee this as a 100 effect. When it does fail with me I immediately...

Silver To Copper

THE PAPER fold for vanishing a coin has received quite a deal of treatment from may sources. One thinks of Gus. Davenport's lovely vanish described in My Best Close-up Trick, and there have been excellent contributions from Jack Chanin, and also from Ed. Mario in his recent book, Coining Magic. It was, however, Edward Victor and Joe Stuthard who first put forward the idea of changing one coin for another, and the following effect does just that, namely changing a silver coin for a copper coin....

Annemanns One Man Mental Psychic Routine

ANNEMANN'S MASTER MIND CARD ACT ANNEMANN'S ONE MAN MENTAL AND PSYCHIC ROUTINE is a professionally routined mentai act that runs according to speed of presentation and the effects included, from ten minutes to half an hour. The six effects described make one of the finest mental routines ever conceived, and can be cut down to three really sensational items for the shorter show. It is a strictly 'One Man' act, there is no cumbersome apparatus, no assistants, no confederates. A brief case will...

Ring Routine

I am not a purist by any means, but it does distress me to see what is virtually a miracle, (e.g. The passing of the ring on to the ribbon) ruined by the performer immediately plunging his hand into a pocket to dispose of the shell. Again, I do feel that providing the shell is handled intelligently, it seems a pity to use it only for this one effect, and judging by articles appear ing in this and other publications of late, others of the fraternity have the same idea. However, I do think that...

Stinging the Meedle

In my last book I described an effect of the Ringing the Rod type wherein a serviette ring, selected from among four impaled on a knitting needle in a frame, was magically transferred to another needle threaded through a perforated box. The effect proved quite popular, and I used it for several years, but it is not everyone's meat. The box used for the reproduction of the ring is rather bulky, and it has occurred to me that the effect might make a wider appeal if I could substitute for the box...

Ill Read Your Mind

THE LATEST book of audience tested Mentalism by Denmark's Master Mentalist is packed with material that is designed to entertain as well as mystify an audience. Here are 56 pages of outstanding new material, fully illustrated, cloth bound and with an attractive jacket. The author believes in simplicity of method allied to mystery and entertainment value, and here you will find comedy in such effects as Pin Up Girl Test and Spirits Test, Publicity with Telephotrix and other gems, and mystery and...

The Names The Same

I WAS particularly intrigued by Gustave Southall's delightful contribution Personal Touch which appeared in the August issue of the Pentagram, for it is the type of effect which I love to perform however, just to be contrary, I wanted to (i) eliminate the use of playing cards, (ii) broaden it sufficiently for display to a larger audience than that controlled by Mr. Southall's plot, and (iii) (because I am a duffer at it), do away with any use of sleight of hand The result is the following...

The Jabdine Ellis King

HERE IS a wonderful, new style magic book, that brings to the reader the greatest collection of Jardine Ellis Ring routines ever published. THE JARDINE ELLIS RING IS ACKNOWLEDGED TO BE THE WORLD'S GREATEST POCKET TRICK BUT NEVER BEFORE HAVE COMPLETE INSTRUCTIONS BEEN PUBLISHED FOR THIS WONDERFUL EFFECT. Now at last the author has described the FULL TECHNIQUE of the Jardine Ellis Ring GENERAL NOTES ON THE APPARATUS, HANDLING OF THE SHELL SO AS TO REPRESENT A SOLID RING, DISPOSAL OF THE SHELL...

Jhz Magic QaiRaund

First of all a word of thanks for the cascade of Xmas Cards. Particularly were we impressed by the distinct individuality of some. Sid Lorraine as usual had something right out of the ordinary, whilst Stanley Collins not only sent us greetings but included three charming puzzles. George Braund's weight does not seem affected by austerity, and he can still rightly call himself the Biggest Thing in Magic. And now apologies. Last month, owing to a nightmarish rush we overlooked some errors in...

Rcr

With the wand and coin affixed held in your right hand, touch the back of the left hand with the tip of the wand, then open to show that the coin has vanished. If you now wish to get rid of the coin altogether you can place the wand down on to the table behind a silk or similar object or you can place it in your inside jacket pocket. Either way, because the coin is still attached to the wand, you can perform these actions very cleanly and with out any suggestion of hiding anything....

Fia Z3

The hands so that the upper surface of the handkerchief can be seen but, as the movement continues. raise the right hand to conceal the move that follows When the rear edge of the handkerchief has almost cleared the hidden ring close the left thumb against the fingers thereby trapping about half an inch of cloth between the ring and the shell. Press the ring and shell firmly together to ensure a secure grip on the cloth. Raise the right hand to the limit to show one side of the handkerchief...

Enigma

As proof, all the glasses are turned round so that the faces of the cards are visible to the spectators and it is seen that the cards in the two front glasses match those immediately behind. Preparation. Take one deck and divide it approximately at the centre and place the two halves face to face. Remember the top card of each half. Presentation. The glasses are placed in position and the unprepared pack is picked up. The performer fans it faces towards him and selects two cards...

Publications

Routine) Will Dexter 8 0 (Cloth Bound) Will Dexter 18 2 John Ramsay's Cups & Balls Victor Farelli 52 8 Thanks To Leipzig (Card Magic) Victor Farelli 10 6 Spectator's Choice (Misc. and an act) Douglas Francis 8 0 Mother Goose Mystery (Mental Effect) Martin Gardner 8 0 Twenty-six Living and Dead Tests Teral Garrett 5 6 Routines with the Jardine Ellis Ring J. A. M. Howie 13 2 Case for Cards (12 fine card tricks) Stewart James 5 4 Jamesosophy (Card Magic) Stewart James 5 6 The Nullifactor (Card...

Salute To John Ramsay

Convention at South-port, Jack Avis, Roy Walton and myself had the privilege of seeing John Ramsay perform many of his close-up classics at a session in his room early one morning. As we sat there Johnny, in his slow and deliberate manner, fooled heck out of us with his cups and balls, rope routine, coins in the hat (with a new twist that caught us right off our guard), and his copper and silver transposition and many others. Needless to say it was a wonderful experience...

Sham Shuffle

DURING a card demonstration I have found that nothing convinces a spectator so much as the knowledge that the cards in use are genuinely mixed. On the other hand, constant shuffling, either by performer or spectator can be a boring procedure. What is required is an occasional gesture, something more than a cut, yet not so elaborate as a riffle or overhead shuffle, to retain the spectator's confidence. The quest becomes even more difficult when it is desired to use almost the same movements for...

John Derris

IT IS no idle boast when I tell you that I have had more reaction from laymen with this trick than any other close-up trick I have ever performed. The effect is really a combination of two existing card tricks Dai Vernon's The Travellers and AI Baker's Vanishing Pack, for features from both these wonderful items of card magic have been incorporated, but the routine is, as far as I know, original. The success I have had with this effect is due entirely to the straightforward presentation which...

Round

I should be glad if you could find room in next month's Pentagram for one or two comments regarding your review of Spirits in the House, in the July Pentagram. First I entirely agree with all you say about the mistake made in claiming that Joseffy's skull is explained in the book. As soon as I received my first copy and read that on the dust jacket, I immediately wrote to the publishers and said that should not have been on. I said that Joseffy's method was entirely different to Abbott's, and...

All At

T RY THIS nautical variation of the Chinese Compass. Take two ten packets of Player's Cigarettes and from each cut the lifebouy bearing the words Player's Navy Cut which contains the portrait of the sailor. Stick the two discs back to back so that the letter P in Player's on the back disc registers with the P on the front disc. Now you have, in effect, a version of the old Chinese compass. Hold the double-faced disc by the edges between thumb and forefinger of the left hand, with the forefinger...

Enchanted 9tetal

Many years ago I marketed an effect which I called Enchanted Petals. The effect to be described, whilst reaching a similar climax, is entirely different in method. It will, for those readers zvho care to make it up, form a useful addition to a programme of general magic. It conforms with my general policy of not using apparatus for apparatus's sake for the articles seen by the audience are those which they can see in everyday life. The Effect. An empty photograph-frame stands...

Magic

Again we dedicate this a February issue to Ted. Annemann. Another year has passed (for us all too quickly) and it is only too plain that in the passing of this year, the name of Annemann has reached out still farther. To read back in the old files of the Sphinx , some of the ideas he contributed when but a youth is to realise that he had exceptional gifts when only a boy. To us, his Test of the Tiber stands out as one of his finest conceptions and it is amusing and illustrative of the ignorance...

Stewart James

When I was in the U.S.A. I had some meetings, all too few, with that very fine card worker, Ed. Mario, who gave me a problem he was working on. In addition to some solutions I have arrived at I also put the problem to an exclusive gathering of magicians I have the privilege to attend. Arising out of this, Peter Warlock came up with a very nice force of a card at any given number. I passed this on to my very good friend and master magical mind, Stewart James, who...

Bluff Card Stab

RAVELLI who is a young Swiss student, showed this very effective version of location by card stab to Jack Avis who was good enough to pass it along to the Pentagram with Ravelli's permission. It is an individual handling and although requiring little skill needs assurance. Hesitancy will kill the effect and possibly expose the method. I have played about with many knife forces and have tried inserting knives all around the pack. Although many of the moves described have their points, to me many...

Volume Ii No 3 16 20 Cents December 1956

That the other handkerchief in glass No. 2 occupies a similar volume and also that the handkerchief and ring are wedged into the glass sufficiently tightly so as not to fall out when the glass is inverted. Phase 1. Penetration of glass through base of hat The glass is now placed on the left hand held palm up in the same position as for back palming a coin. The foulard removed from the left arm and, held by the middle of one side, is drawn over the glass from the front until the middle of the...

Magic Qa Jtaund

The other day we sat back and thought of the wealth of ideas and effects that every day were being offered to magicians by way of the magical magazines. Another thing that occurred to us, was the fact, so it seemed to us, that whereas some forty, thirty and even twenty years ago, one looked for the main and big magical advances in published books on magic, the initiative would now seem to have gone to the magazines. Do you remember the old type of note-case (used very much when this country...

Peter Warlock 24 Wordsworth Road Wellington Surrey

FROM Hans Trixer we've received a most comprehensive report of the first South African Convention which took place at Johannesburg on Easter Saturday and Sunday. Organised by the Transvaal Magic Circle, Hans says that it can be summed up as a tremendous success. Magicians travelled from so far away as Cape Town (one thousand miles) and Rhodesia. On the Saturday morning in the Technical College Hall some seventy conventioneers were welcomed by the President, (who was the driving force behind the...

Stay Wxdtcni

A trick which is in effect similar to this was published in the Phoenix by Dai Vernon. In Vernon's effect a card was selected and returned to the pack. An ace, two and three, of any suit, were then shown and placed face down on the table. A spectator was then asked to name either ace, two or three, and the one he names is found to have changed to the selected card. The only drawback to this trick was that a different procedure had to be adopted for whichever card was chosen. In the method I...

Magic Qa Oleund

In publishing the de Grisy cutting in the April issue, we presumed (a closer examination showing that we were wrong) in comparfy with some others that the date on the cutting was 1813, a date incidentally that would have tied up very nicely with the Robert-Houdin story. The date, however, is 1873, which gives us an entirely new Comte de Grisy. We feel sure the reader will be interested in the following letter from Mr. Victor Farelli Many thanks for your letter of 18th instant and enclosure. The...

The Reverse Stack

LATE in 1948 the American magazine carried an advertisement of a new effect by Paul Curry Power of Thought. In common with most card men I tried to discover for myself the method of working. When the manuscript eventually arrived I found I was on the wrong track, but my search had resulted in uncovering a principle which I am sure has not yet been fully exploited. Corresponding with Eddie Joseph, at that time in Bombay, I found that he also had hit on the same method as myself for Power of...

IlfXM

THE peaceful passing of our dear friend John Gambling on March 24th was also the passing of a tradition, for until a few months preceding his death John was performing the magic of a different generation, Parodoxically however, his performances seemed fresh, up-to-date, and full of novelty. We shall be long in forgetting his last appearance before a group of magicians at the Unique Club, and how, despite his eighty odd years, he wowed them with his final and unexpected production of a live...

Ae Qup in the Qjuntcun

The theme of this effect is that of my own Taped Slates , which I described in Patterns for Psychics . The method, however, is entirely different, and undoubtedly better, for the mechanical slate is eliminated. The mentalist writes three predictions on a slate. As each prediction is written it is covered with a piece of cardboard that is kept in place by means of two clips. All these predictions concern numbers, colours and patterns decided upon by three members of the audience. The...

George Armstrong 62 Wellington Road Enfield Middlesex

Vice-Pres. Claude Chandler, Esq. Clubroom, Library and Museum Hearts of Oak Buildings, Euston Road, London, N.W.I. Next CONCERT will be held on December 10th PETER NEWCOMBE. 38, Overdale Ave., New Maiden, is pub'ished on the 24th of each month and can be obtained direct from the publisher for 1 8 per single copy. Annual Sub. 18 - post free. Published by George Armstrong, 62, Wellington Rd., Enfield Middx. Manuscripts for publication & books for review should be...

Variation On Card Incidence

THIS IS a simplified version of Card-Incidence that appeared in an early number 1. Sighting of the second card from the top of the pack. 2. Forcing of one pile of cards. 3. Running an even number on to top of chosen card. The method to be described requires only the force of one heap and there is an even chance that the spectator handles the cards most of the time. The Effect. A spectator cuts the pack into two heaps and magician and spectator each choose a card from their respective heaps....

Stanley CeUutdfA

Are you in favour of exposing Magic A. As Joad might say, it all depends on what you mean by exposing. If you mean the elucidation of the fundamental principles of conjuring and magic, I most heartily approve of it. But although several abortive attempts have been made, no one as yet has been successful, even in part, in co-ordinating the essentials of the two arts. A. The popular belief that a mere conjurer is a magician. Q. Should I title myself Professor A. No Although no one is likely to...

Peter Warlock

IN THE previous issue of Pentagram, two items, Angle on Mario and Angle on Angle on Mario appeared. The inspiration of these effects was something told by Ed. Mario to Francis Haxton on the occasion of the latter's visit to the United States last year. Both of the effects deviated from the original idea which was as follows The magician writes something on a slip of paper which is then folded and placed on the table. A pack of cards is taken, shuffled and a spectator is asked to deal as many...

Patterns For Psychics

This beautifully produced giant-sized manual by 11 inches) contains twenty of the most cherished effects from Magic's most fertile brain. Not only is the author renowned for his originality, but also for his performing ability, as evidenced by the fact that he won the British Ring, I.B.M. Shield with one of the most outstanding acts that has ever been presented in this competition. If proof were needed of the PRACTICABILITY and ENTERTAINMENT VALUE of the effects originated by Peter Warlock,...

The Magic Wand

Edited by GEORGE ARMSTRONG No. 254. (Vol. 46, Part 2) Now on sale MATHEMATICS, MAGIC AND MYSTERY by MARTIN GARDNER gives you five first-rate tricks with cards, common objects, dice, numbers, etc., all based upon a mathematical principle including a clever vest-turning stunt. PARTY FOR PAMELLA by JACK GITTINGS continues the outstanding series for the children's entertainer, dealing this time with SILK PRODUCTIONS, together with suggested presentations for standard props, patter, tips, routines,...

Jh MagicQaJtaund

On March I3th i4th, the tenth Meeting of the Committee of Management took place at the Bell Hotel, Leicester. Leicester Magic Circle were the hosts, and as such they lived up to their reputation. At the meeting, among other things, it was reported that the Days of Magic had raised for St. Dunstan's nearly two thousand pounds (about a hundred pounds up on the previous year). This is not an awe-inspiring total when it is realised that two local Societies (Nottingham and Leicester) were...

Cpiague ta SAoifi

Recently as many of you know, that excellent close-up performer came over from Holland for a few days. On the evening of his arrival he came along to our friend Francis Haxton's house, and in company with Francis, Gus Southall and Eric de la Mare, we spent many hours ivatching Hans go through a number of routines. Of the effects that he performed that evening tivo stand out in my mind. The first is the version of the Hindu Thread trick that he performed, zuhilst the second is the effect to be...

The Allerton Masterpiece

THE recently recorded death of the American close-up artiste, Bert Allerton, recalls the trick, which to many of us, will always be associated with his name. Glowing appreciations of it appeared in Max Holden's column in ' Tops,' the 'Sphinx,' 'Linking Ring' and ' Genii' from 1940 onwards. Here is one of them Bert Allerton had the lads worried one of his effects where he hands someone a pack of cards to shuffle then wraps the pack in a piece of newspaper. A table knife is taken and Bert asks...

Utility Altar Light

GRANT'S very weird effect Altar P Light has always fascinated me and for many years I sought a method that would enable me to present it with no thought of angles. At the same time I did not wish to use extraneous apparatus that would clutter up the effect. The ultimate effect I obtained allows the performer to transpose a lighted flame from Trne candle to another using the simplest of properties. It is visual magic capable of being appreciated by the very youngest in your audience. The...

Ring On Necktie

This quick effect which is inteuded for use on informal occasions, is a direct descendant of The Ring of Thoth (see Ref. 15). EFFECT. Holding one end of his necktie in one hand, the performer holds a steel ring against the tie with the other. Suddenly the ring is seen to be threaded upon the tie. REQUIREMENTS. The Ellis ring and shell. The performer must be wearing a four-in-hand type of necktie.

OTfli Pfl

THE EFFECT is very brief but colourful. The magician takes from his pocket a packet of twenty cigarettes, opening the packet he removes one, places it in his mouth and lights it. Blowing a puff of smoke towards the packet of cigarettes, the latter instantly changes into a bouquet of flowers. The requirements. Some cardboard, seUotape and a packet of twenty cigarettes, Players Churchman or whatever you smoke. You'll also want fifteen first quality, repeat first quality spring flowers. The ones...

Magic1 wand

NOT a magazine but a super giant-sized magic book, published in four quarterly parts, each part complete in itself. NO news reports or similar material that dates a magazine, but CRAMMED FULL of worthwhile workable magic. Vol. 42 No. 237 issue contains 48 pages, 8 j by 11 inches in size, on super-quality cartridge paper, with stiff art-board covers, with contributions by Jim Merlini, George Johnson, E. Brian MacCarthy, E. Malcolm Davison, Douglas Francis. Harry Carnegie, Graham Bailey, Roy...

Slufjchic Qxvid

In Patterns for Psychics I contributed an effect called The Psychic Card. The method made us of a faked deck. My good friend Francis Haxton, after reading the effect, almost immediately sent me his own version which is capable of performance v ith a borrowed deck. The working is not only straightforward but makes very little demand on skill. It should, therefore, be welcomed by those who, whilst liking the original, were deterred from using it because of the means employed. P.W....

Vce CUwutt

It was way back in December that Joe told us about this version of the burnt note trick, and we had his promise that we could publish it. Actually as the reader will find out for himself Joe has de-cribed three versions, one of which should be suitable to yourself. In the company of several knowledgable magicians we saw its first performance, and we know that it had them wondering whilst the lay audience were dumbfounded (P. W.) Effect. The performer takes from his pocket three envelopes that...

The Three Shell Game

THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE WORK EVER PUBLISHED ON THE GREATEST OF ALL HERE IS another in the series of George Armstrong's Giant Sized Manuals, uniform in style with John Howie's ROUTINES WITH THE JARDINE ELLIS RING and Peter Warlock's PATTERNS FOR PSYCHICS. Possession of this new manual will open up for you an entirely new field of magic. You need know NOTHING of the subject before purchasing the book, but a few evenings practice will enable you to present some of the most baffling moves and...

An dd

Building actually exists in space but it exists in our minds only through the impressions conveyed by our senses. To a blind man the art of painting has no existence except as a subject for intellectual speculation. If the actor can portray his part so as to stimulate our intellect or our emotions he can claim to be an artist. If the magician can portray his part in the same way he also can claim to be an artist. The difficulty with magic is that it possesses very little intellectual...

Magic Qa Slaund

The most interesting magical event in December will undoubtedly be the televising of the Magic Circle clubroom with ten performers going through their pet effects. This is a unique honour for the Society, and one hopes that it will help in putting magic on the television map. With the opening of the Sutton Coldfield, station on the 17th December the field for visual entertainment is very much enlarged. Phoenix number 191 carries a very clever subterfuge (the joint product of Paul Curry and Bill...

Magicgoround

Jaks on the 3rd of January came as a great shock. Our two memories of him are vivid. First at the lecture he gave under the aegis of Harry Stanley, and secondly in 1958 when he paid a short visit to this country On that occasion Vernon was also here and wc can remember sitting with them both in Harry Stanley's studio talking of magic of the past. Of the greats they had seen, and particularly do we remember Stanley Jaks extolling the merits of a German mental act he...

Card Miracle

IN those early days when I first became a member of The Magic Circle, Douglas Dexter proved at that time that artistry in magic was a personal thing and not just something that went with the trick. Everything he touched had that meticulous thought and care which made the difference between a trick and a feat of magic. In the effect to be described, originally published in one of my friend Percy Naldrett's books, and now reprinted with his permission, Dexter shows the finesse that can come to...

Sxmch

Warlock's description of a method by means of which milk can be changed to beer as it is poured out of a jug, explained in the May Pentagram, reminded me of an idea in one of my Brainwave notebooks of years ago. The identical principle is used in connection with a tumbler full of sand. The Preparation consists of filling a tumbler with water and emptying it, and then pouring in some dark-coloured sand. When this is emptied out a thin layer will remain adhering to the sides of the tumbler,...

Coloured Trouble Wit

Trewey Model Cartridge Paper Stanyon Corners Beautifully Coloured in fast L'oinhow Colours Stage Size, used by Trewey, etc., 12 ins. when closed. Rainbow coloured, 22 6. Plain White, 15 6. Important Hints on opening and closing the folds included Trouble Wit Booklet 80 illustrations 2 9 CARD TRICKS BY STANYON Card Castle. Base 12 x 10 inches 6 tiers of cards 22 inches high beautifully made, double cards, 50 -. Card Castle from Hat. 6 tiers high grade 30 -. 'Limit' Diminishing Cards. With pack...

Leslie

J DDIE CLEVER once produced an outstanding idea for the identification of an envelope which he called The answer to a Mentalist's Dream, and which was published in the Tarbell Course. This necessitated the purchase of two types of envelopes, both similar in appearance, but with different over-lapping seams on reverse, which were easily recognisable to the performer. Difficulty occurred frequently in obtaining the two suitable kinds of envelopes, and I therefore sought a method in which...

Annemanns Mental Bargain Effects

THESE ELEVEN REPUTATION-MAKING MENTAL MIRACLES ARE INDEED A BARGAIN, FOR EACH HAS SOLD IN THE PAST FOR AS MUCH AS OR MORE THAN THE WHOLE NOW printed in a fully illustrated book, these eleven mental miracles number some of the best ever put out by Annemann, and should be in the repertoire of every mentalist. 30th CENTURY TELEVISION A spectator thinks of anything ho can draw, and is handed a card and pencil for his sketch. The performer takes a card and pencil to the opposite side of the stage,...

VOLUME 11 No 8 i6 20 Cents MAY 1957

THREE PEOPLE, namely the magician and two spectators, each think of a number and remember the card falling at that number. Although such numbers appear to be governed by chance, the cards thought of, impossible though it may seem, are identical Method. Though the effect calls for a long description its action is easily understood. First of all you need a pack of fifty-two cards and two spectators. For the purpose of the description let us call one the right and the other the left spectator....

Rhodesia Reverse

IN THE May 1952 issue of the English monthly The Qen Bill Simon, the American author of that wonderful book for card lovers, Effective Card Magic described an unusual effect named Cards in Reverse. The novelty of the approach to the reverse of a card chosen out of three intrigued me and I set out to find a different solution. At the same time I have tried to make the effect even more puzzling to the laymen and to the magician alike. Have I succeeded You will be the judge Here is the effect. The...

Clements Chambers

CONSULTANTS AND BUSINESS TRANSFER SPECIALISTS OFFER AN ETHICAL, NATION WIDE, AND FIRST CLASS SERVICE. HUNDREDS OF CASH CLIENTS WAITING TO BUY. STRANGE at this time of the year one seems to have seen more magic and magicians than throughout the winter months. Bob Harbin is back from the West Indies looking remarkably well, and we understand that these sun splashed islands have done the world of good for Dolly's health. On June 17th at Shoreditch Town Hall, we find ourselves on the same bill with...

Ataxia

The conjurer then turns away as the card is autographed. When the spectator signifies that he has written his name across the face the conjurer has the card returned to the deck. From this point he must move it to the top of the deck, using the most deceptive method suited to himself. Quite a number will use the pass. (A method suited to the less skilful would be to have a short card at face of the deck at the beginning. If the spectator's choice should fall on this particular card it is...

A ette btatn etm MoMat

I was very interested in Herbert Milton's Predicto in the August Pentagram , and thought you might like to hear of an attempt of mine to produce roughly the same effect, but with different handling. In 1948 I was struck by the Face Up Prediction of James. I did not know the working (nor do I now ), but the idea of spreading a pack face up for the choice of two cards appealed to me and so I set to, to work a method. It took me exactly a week to prepare a pack of cards for the effect. Eafh card...

Sympathy In Colour

THE NUMBER of British magicians who have had the chance of watching Tony Blitz at work must be comparatively few. Long before he arrived in London, I had been told by Stan Simpson of this young magician's expertness with cards. When he did arrive in the Metropolis his work met with immediate acclamation for he was a natural card handler sure of his sleights and himself. Just as suddenly as he appeared so he went away and it must be more than a year since the Magic Circle clubroom and its...

Ran ffiaieA

Did you ever land up at a party where the hostess pins slips of paper, bearing famous people's names, on the guests' backs The idea being that the guests circulate in the company and by asking questions, i.e., sex, nationality, occupation, etc., have to guess whose name is on their backs. O.K., if you ever get mixed up in a do of that sort, you're all set After the initial preliminaries you turn the talk to E.S.P., etc., and remark that of course it's hardly fair for you to participate in these...

The Want Ad Test I Like

IF ANY type, of test making the use of advertisements from newspapers entails the calm prospect of somebody having to cut out those advertisements during the course of the performance, it means a delightful waste of time without any entertainment merit. This little test which I have used for intimate performances over a period of a few years is direct and comparatively fast in action. Several small envelopes of the pay type are distributed to members of the audience. Next a spectator is...

Erdnase On Mentalism

JJERE is a little item of interest to the Mental Experts, which I trust they will like. On page 167 of The Expert at the Card Table (Erdnase), under heading D, it says METHODS OF DETERMINING A CARD THOUGHT OF This cunning and absolutely unfathomable stratagem must have been devised by an individual of Michiavelian sublety. The deck is held in the left hand face down and the cards are taken off in the right hand and held face to the spectator. Each card is counted as it is taken off the deck,...

G E Arrowsmith

HERE is an original routine with a standard prop which has proved to be effective for a close-up audience. As seen by the spectator this is what happens. A photo frame that contains the portrait of any well known deceased magician (or, for that matter, of anyone else) is introduced as an article that is endowed with strange magical power the influence of the former miracle worker still pervades it, and enables it to do the impossible. Don't take my word for this, says the genial performer,...

The Aeroplane Card Trick

A CARD is selected and placed on top of the pack. The magician states that he will cause the card to fly to his pocket. A move is then made which apparently transfers the card to the bottom of the pack. Spectator sees this and calls the performer's attention to it. The latter however shows that the botom card is an indifferent card and for that matter so is the top card after this the selected card is removed from the performer's pocket. A card is selected by the spectator and placed on top of...

Cmd jcedictum

The deck before it reaches his right hand, which, by the way, is held stationary. There are .two little aids which are helpful with this. The cards in the right hand are not boxed together each time, but held slightly ragged. In practice this will help the magician to get the chosen card partially pushed off before the chosen number is arrived at, the unevenness of the cards masking this subterfuge. Secondly, if the operator would prefer to dispense with the double-lift (which I only use as a...

Catdt AaugM

Effect One spectator thinks of a number between fifteen and thirty and writes this down. The performer shuffles a pack of cards and passes them one by one in front of another spectator, counting aloud. This spectator is asked to fix on a card in the first fifteen and remember the card and the number it is at. The performer places the cards behind his back and states 'hat he wil1 endeavour to read the spectator's mind and transfer the chosen card to the number chosen by the fir t spectator. The...

Clxthux SAumed 18741950

A few weeks ago, after a long illness, Arthur Sherwood passed away. The modern generation must very much regret the fact that they had no chance of seeing his faultless' and original work. Under the pseudonym of Arthur James, he joined the Magic Circle in 1921, but it was not until-1924 that he appeared as a performer before the members. The occasion, First Appearance Night , was a closed meeting strangely enough we gave a pianoforte selection as an overture for the three members who were to...

CL Wmd afauit Book and Routined

THE CARD MAGIC OF LE PAUL, by Paul le Paul (published by the Author, price in this country 3 and obtainable from the Fleming Book Co. See Ad. page 72). Here is that rarity, a book on card work by a'professional card man. A book, too, that is a book in the fullest sense of the word. Stoutly clothbound, it contains some two hundred odd pages of text accompanied by some three hundred and fifteen photographs. The first twenty-four pages of the book include acknowledgments, an introduction by John...

Francis Haxton

A LTHOUGH there are so many books describing countless card tricks there are all too few of them o use lor platform work it is for such work that I feel certain you will find the following effect to be most suitable. Direct in its appeal and not requiring a lot of concentration on the part of the spectator, as is the wont of so many card effects. A pack of cards is removed from its case and fanned, backs to the audience, showing them all red. Now turning the cards faces to the audience the...

Siete Ulcvc Cack

Although the psychic worker might like to use this, it is quite acceptable in an ordinary magic programme. It is direct and easy to follow. Three packs of cards in their cases are introduced. Two are removed, and after being genuinely shuffled are placed respectively in two stemmed glasses, faces away from audience. The third pack is left in its case on the table. Two spectators are invited to assist, and their task is simple, for all they have to do is to cut a few cards from the face of each...

CL Wand aeut fBae and ffieutine

REZVANIMAGIE, by Maurice Sardina (published by Maurice Sardina, Paris). This well printed and illustrated book of some 240 pages comprises another series of effects, sleights and ideas by the Iranian magician, M. K. Rezvani. The book commences wth a foreword by Maitre Maurice Gar on, who is a distinguished member of the French Academy. This is followed by a chapter of nearly seventy pages dealing with card sleights and subterfuges. Nearly all of these show that touch of originality that not...

Clue My Smitdvt

It is a pleasure to introduce into the Pentagram an effect by one who is so well known to all who visit the Magic Circle Clubroom, every Monday evening (we believe he returns from holiday to fidfil this engagement), where this contributor acts the part of Host. ATew members are welcomed and made to feel at home. Guests from overseas are introduced and want to become members on the spot. It is interesting to think back and wonder how we managed before the era of Sid Emons. P.TV....

Maqic Qa Stmind

Our most pleasant surprise during this month was after hearing a knock and opening the door, to see none other than Ron. Baillie. We spen a very pleasant evening hearing about magic in Morocco in general and Baillie's magic in particular. We heard of the Casablanca three-card trickster who uses his feet instead of his hands to throw and manipulate the cards. In this issue we publish one of Ron's effects that he sent us a month or two back, an effect with a plot that is ideal for a Hallowe'en...

Mopic Qa 9taund

It has been quite interesting in recent months to read the various articles that have appeared referring to the fee a conjurer should charge. The initiative was taken by Goodliffe, and in a very sensible article he advocated fixing a fair price and sticking to it. He also added lots of other things that made very good common sense. We think that in the main such advice was chiefly addressed to those living outside the Metropolis, where the local Merlin appears at many functions in the same...

Jame 2Jlauga

The bulk purchase of an odd lot of second-hand magical items at a society sale resulted in the evolution of the following children's effect. A few cards belonging to that well-known trick The Baffling Bunnies were in the job lot and they have given me lots of fun with the youngsters when I presented the trick as a new item in my programme. Readers who make it up will find it an excellent experiment in a repeat show where the children are familiar with the climax of sucker tricks and the...

Footnote ta SfwUt Ateui Caafience

Feeling that Bob Tothill's effect would not be complete without a description of the changing envelope recommended by him, I approached my friend Goodliffe, who, without hesitation, gave his permission for it's reproduction. It comes from Eric C. Lewis's Magic to Entertain, serially published in Abracadabra, and which will soon be available in book form. * In essence, what takes place is this a large envelope about ten inches long by seven inches wide (the exact size does not...

The Cardicians First Problem

A RED DECK is spread face up while a blue deck is spread face down. The spectator is asked to think of any card in the face up red deck. Now while he is concentrating on this card he is asked to remove any one of the face down cards from the blue deck. Having done this, he next removes the card he has been thinking of. Needless to say both cards are identical and the spectator has done it all. Actually the details of the denouement are not clear for there is no indication of how the cards are...

OL Wmd aaut Boak

A maximum award of Ten Points in the following categories (zchen applicable) A) Physical Make-up (B) Quality of Material (C) Value to Magic (D) Clarity (E) Illustrations (F) Readibility (G) Sincerity TOTAL 70 POINTS 'MAINLY MENTAL, (Volume One Billet Reading ) by C. L. Boarde (published by the author) price ten dollars. This book, of some one hundred closely printed pages, is, to date, the most comprehensive treatise on this particular phase of the mentalists' art. In his...

Any Card

I HOPE this effect will suit the reader as it has been a favourite of mine for a long time. It is my method of presenting Any card called for, produced from the pocket. Arthur Lloyd The Human Card Index, featured this for years and made a very good income from this one effect alone. I remember buying the pocket indexes from Waite of Manchester, as used by Herbert Brooks, and it became a craze during the war to produce meal tickets, season tickets, pawn tickets, ration cards and fourteen days...

Come A Little Closer

By TOMMY VANDERSCHMIDT, ARTHUR HOLLAND, BOBBY BERNARD ALEX. EMSLEY, ROY WALTON, TED DANSON, JOHN DERRIS, JACK AVIS Printed on art paper, 40 pages packed with the tops in CLOSE-UP MAGIC with 20 photographs illustrating tricks with cigarettes, cards, coins, rings, etc. PENSHAW PRESS, GRAYS HILL RILLERICAY - - ESSEX Challenge Instant Hypnotism and Mass Hypnotism Chandu's Psychoanalysis G org Armstrong's Premonition Magic Wand Year Book 48 9 Tricks of the Trade The Universal Mind Bohleno's...

Wmd

On the magician's table rest three Penguin novels and one clothbound book (this latter would well be a volume of short stories). The Penguins are offered to a spectator with a request that he chooses one. The remaining two are replaced on the table and the operator picks up the clothbound book. Another spectator is requested to help. He is seated right of the Operator and is handed a small scratch pad and a pencil. Two numbers are now requested between i and 10. Supposing that they are seven...

Sands Of Gobi

IT IS the humble opinion of the writer that this wonderfully effective feat, commonly known as the Indian or Hindu Sand Trick, is of Chinese origin. At this late stage of magical knowledge it is passing strange to think that no correct explanation of the effect has appeared in print. This statement may seem impudent and far-fetched in the light of the present age of magical enlightenment. Let me ask the reader to be patient and to read the following explanation of the same effect as has been...