Magic Circle

Pentagram

An independent monthly bulletin for all who want good .magic Editor's Foreword. Those visiting or residing in London will have an excellent opportunity of seeing Robert Harbin in the Jasper Maskelyne show Hey Presto. It is good to see both these names together in a west-end theatre. Let us hope that this may be a forerunner of a permanent London Magical Show. In this item Robert Harbin in attacking the subject of magical coin-catching treats it in entirely different way from Geoffrey...

Weuue PJHul

Readers who recall my prediction effect entitled Prevhue, and published in Pentagram, Vol. 1, No. 7, may be interested in this variation on the same theme. Let me first briefly recapitulate the original effect. The performer, after a few questions to a volunteer assistant, writes a prediction which is dropped into a hat. The assistant is handed a red, a white and a blue silk, and asked to tie them together in a chain, in any order, and then to hold the chain up by either end he wishes. The...

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...

Variation In The Diagonal Palm Shift

Diagonal Pass Cards Drawing

JT WAS Richard Cardini who drew my attention to this sleight, and he found this through misreading the Diagonal Palm Shift of Erdnase and he, of course, preferred the variation to the original. Dai Vernon expressed the opinion that it was good and Cardini has made a perfect sleight of it. Another writer, George de Lawrence, wrote of the same sleight in 1920, in Modem Card Tricks, published by Arthur P. Felsman. Detail is lacking in the book, but up to a point the same description given in The...

Book Test Magic Using Carbon Paper

In the following, Ron Baillie has designed the stage' and Leslie May has placed the play thereon. There have been many effects published where the mentalist, is enabled to obtain information by means of a book or magazine prepared with a sheet of carbon copying paper under the cover. As a result of experimentation, I have designed a book that has one or two points to recommend its use in place of most others. The book that I use is one of the Penguin series it has 122 pages plus a few...

Scarf Called Moebius

ROY commences by taking from one of his pockets two card cases containing red and blue backed packs respectively they are placed side by side on the table in front of him. From another pocket he removes a handkerchief which he unfolds and refolds, finally placing it to one side of the table. He tells his audience that the handkerchief has fourth dimensional properties and offers to give them just one illustration of the seeming miracles it can achieve when used in conjunction with two packs of...

Magic dUcle Banquet

The evening of March 25th saw a steady stream of magicians making its way towards the Ballroom of the Park Lane Hotel, for it was here that the 1949 Banquet of the Magic Circle was held. After the reception of guests by their Graces the Duke and Duchess of Somerset, more than four hundred sat down to a dinner that momentarily took away thoughts of austerity. After the Loyal Toast by the President, the big ceremony of the evening took place. This was a presentation to Mr. and Mrs. Herbert J....

Cection Selection

ANNEMANN, world-famed Mental Telepathist, comes the Palmer House direct from i all-sweeping seven-year series personal appearances sponsored the socially, financially, and tlitically great of both Europe id America. s performances in the Empire om will be his first in Chicago well as his first on a cafe floor. will appear only in the ten lock show. eodcre Annemann is reputed to De the foremost exponent of mental telepathy in the world. His mind reading achievements have caused him tc be...

Magic Stound

Too often these days we have to start this column on a note of tragedy. Once again it is our sad lot to record the passing of our friend H. C. Mole, whose name must be known to all our readers. An enthusiastic magician, and in his earlier days quite a contributor to the literature of magic, his ideas were both practical and worthwhile. To his relatives we extend the sympathy of our readers. Another sad piece of news was to hear of the serious and sudden illness of our friend Arthur Dowler. It...

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., alt based upon a mathematical principle including a clever vest-turning stunt. PARTY FOR PAMELLA by JACK GfTTINGS continues the outstanding series for the children's entertainer, dealing this time with SILJ PRODUCTIONS, together with suggested presentations for standard props, patter, tips, routines,...

The Needle Trick

All of Hans Trixer's contributions to magical literature show the desire for quality and straightforward effect. Many will remember his very fine version of the broken and restored thread trick and none who saw Fred Kaps handling of this version at the Magic Circle Golden Jubilee TV performance will forget its truly magical qualities. The Needle trick is a perfect follow up to the broken and restored thread and Hans has done a great deal in avoiding the use of the mouth as a...

Two Circle To Real Magic

Two whiskey glasses are shown to be empty, and in one is placed a twelve or eighteen inch silk. This glass is then covered with an opaque handkerchief which is kept in place over the mouth of the glass with the aid of an elastic band, making a tight drumhead. The remaining glass is then turned down and on its base is placed the covered glass, both glasses then being stood on a china plate. On the word of command the silk in the top glass penetrates the bases of both glasses and arrives...

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 Pentagram

This apparent impromptu item is too good to be overlooked, and we wish we could give the name of the originator. It was published sometime before the war, and whilst we have used it ourselves we have never seen it worked by anyone else. In effect the conjurer places a metal ashtray on top of a tumbler. A borrowed coin is wrapped in a piece of tissue and placed on the tray. Applying a lighted match to the tissue there is a flash a momentary pause and the coin apparently penetrates the tray,...

Jh JliagicQaJiaund

First of all we should like all readers to note that our address is now 65 Manor Road, Wallington, Surrey (Tel. Wallington 1424). This business of moving has caused an accumulation of correspondence with resultant delays in replying. To those who have had to wait for either letters or copies of the Pentagram we apologise. At this point we should like to tender our thanks to those conjurers in Nottingham who made our stay there such a pleasant interlude. We shall miss very much the exuberance of...

The Magic Circle

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., M.I.M.C. St. Ermin's Hotel, Caxton Street, S.W.I. Francis White, 39 Alverstone Avenue, Wimbledon Park, S.W.I9 Branches in London, Wakefield, Brighton, and Detroit, U.S.A. The friendliest of magical societies. No entrance fee, printed club magazine, splendid library London H.Q. Denison House, 290 Vauxhall Bridge, Victoria, S.W.i. (one minute Victoria Station) Particulars from Oscar...

Jh Magic QaiReuud

The history of conjuring and conjurers is one of the most fascinating aspects of the Art, and it is a great pity that more writers are not interested in the research that such work needs. Through blind adherence to mistakes made by apparently authoritive writers, these mistakes are perpetuated and accepted as fact by the lesser interested. Quite recently in a series of articles by a Mr. Stapleton in a contemporary magazine, we noticed a reference that was obviously inspired by Robert Houdin. It...

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...

Magic Qa Round

Those who, like myself, will have been charmed by Dr. Jaks's lovely little mystery Pendle (Phoenix Annemann issue) will find that the use of one of the little plastic skulls (put out with the effect Skull-ocation ) instead of a locket adds a nice touch. To get the pendulum swing we have removed the short length of chain and substituted a piece of thin silk ribbon. Incidentally, we hear and we hope that our informant is wrong that this effect is due to be pirated on our side of the Atlantic....

Magic Qo Round

The Exeter meeting of N.A.M.S. has come and gone. The main point which seems to have arisen is that an increase of 1 - per capita bringing the total to 1 6 per capita is necessary to put the Association into a solvent position. Such a contribution in the case of a large Society like the Magic Circle will mean a contribution of approximately 90 per annum. Add to this the cost of delegates attending long-distance meetings, and we shall be surprised if the amount shown in the Magic Circle's Income...

Coloured Trouble

Trewey Model Cartridge Paper Stanyon Corners Beautifully < oloured in fast Hainbo'.c Colour* Stage Size, used by Trewev, etc., 12 ins. when closed. Rainbow coloured, 22 6. Plain White, 15 6. Important Hints on opening and clo< ing 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...

Coloured Trouble Wit

Trewey Model Cartridge Paper Stanyon Corners Beu.utifu.lhj Coloured in fast Itainbow Co ours 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...

CL Bey a

Francis White will need no introduction to the readers of this or any other magical publication. A performer with a style of presentation that takes him among the front rank of public entertainers he somehow and we think that this is REAL magic carries out the duties of Secretary of the Magic Circle in a manner that combines enthusiasm with a strong business sense and dignity. Francis was a great friend of David Devant's and Saturday after Saturday found him visiting the...

Card Magic Circle Chang

In which the effects have appeared in the Pentagram. Bobby Voltaire, playing again in Variety, got a nice write-up in the Channel Isles. Apparently he lit a 60-watt lamp in a 'plane flying at 2,000 feet Next month, as we mentioned before, we shall publish Louis Histed's Jiffy slate. Before that, you'll have the chance of seeing D'Albert use it at the Magic Circle Festival. Also in the same number is a very nice Colour Changing Thimble routine by Peter Sutton. Eric Williams, writing from...

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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...

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...

Wmd aaut ffiaat and Routined

CONJURING WITH CHRISTOPHER, by Mil-bourne Christopher (published by Holden's Magic Shops, New York, U.S.A., price two dollars fifty cents.) Jean Hugard in his preface to this book truly writes In this book, us in his performances, Mr. Christopher uses only magic that is entertaining. He has no time nor space for the technical perfections so dear to the heart of the ' expert ' but so boring to audiences. Here he gives us only gems of delightful magic designed to brighten the programmes of...

Ci Viand aSaut Boa and Jlautine

MAINLY MENTAL, Volume 2 published by the author, Mr. C. L. Boarde, of 8012, 190 Street, Jamaica, New York City, U.S.A., price 7.50, obtainable through the Fleming Book Co. . The enthusiasm combined with expert knowledge of the subject made the first volume of Mainly Mental, an essential for those who view magic in an intelligent manner. The painstaking thoroughness with which Mr. Boarde had written his thesis not only brought forth eulogies from the magical Press, but one's magical appetite...

AMe fBaibaomJUvik ane Moiel

The evening of March 24th saw a steady stream of guests arriving for the Magic Circle Banquet. Prevailing conditions showed their effect on this function for numbers were seventy bp low those of the previous year. In the Chair was the Past President, Mr. Herbert J. Collings, and he, together with Mrs. Collings (Hilda Bertram), received the guests as they were announced. An excellent dinner followed and after the Loyal toast the Chairman, in one of those witty speeches that are associated with...

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...

Cbdthwi CwdeA

In earlier numbers of the Pentagram, under the respective titles of The Thread in the Maze and Western 1248, its worthy Editor and Mr. Victor Peacock described methods as to giving information as to the name of a selected card over the telephone by calling out the names of a number of other cards. In presenting the following, however, it should be distinctly understood that it is not presented as an improvement on either of the foregoing, but simply as an alternative method which may be...

Ci Mote and 5tao Coina

This is very handy for close-up work and looks entirely impromptu. The conjurer commences by requesting the loan of a hat, a ten shilling note, a penny and a half crown. The hat is placed, crown uppermost, on the table, whilst the two coins are wrapped inside the note. Fearsome oaths are muttered and the note is opened to show that the half crown has vanished. The penny is re-wrapped in the note another magic spell the note is unM4ed and the penny has gone. Finally, the note is folded, placed...

CI Wmd aout ffioa cutd fflautine

LES COUSSINETS de la PRINCESSE The Little Cushions of the Princess . By M. K. Rezvani, the well-known Persian magician fpr many years resident of Paris, France. The book contains 103 pages measuring about six by four and threequarter inches. An artistically designed folder with eighty-eight 88 loose sheets each seven by five and a half inches is supplied. These consist of A seventy sketches beautifully drawn by the author's son some of them almost life size, and B eighteen plates of diagrams,...

Magic Qa Siound

From our Singapore friend, Tan Hock Chuan, comes a most useful angle on George Blake's ' Singleton ' idea that appeared in ' Magic Go Round ', December, 1948. (For the benefit of readers not having that particular issue, this is what happens, and despite everything, it happens every time The pack is genuinely shuffled and dealt into four heaps in the course of this dealing, there is a misdeal so that one heap contains twelve cards, whilst that next to it contains fourteen. The heaps are then...

D Wmd atuud ffiacits and Routines

THE KEN BROOKE METHOD FOR PERFORMING ' KUDOS ' OR AS IT IS BASICALLY KNOWN ' THE PROBLEM OF THE THREE POKER CHIPS ' (Published by Ken Brooke, 160, Westgate, Bradford, Yorks. Price 5 - alone if supplied with Kudos w 8 6 the two). All of our readers will be acquainted with the principle of this fine effect that is to be found in magical literature in many disguises, and as is always the case with a good effect, there isjdways some little slant or aingle coming to light that can strengthen it...

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...

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...

Technicolour Follow My Leader

Here is an effect ideal for close-up or platform work. It is being currently used by Elizabeth Warlock, who will be pleased to demonstrate it if she is in your locality. Rather than praise our own wares, we will quote that outstanding card worker, Gustave Southall, who says It is a trick one may imagine Leipzig would have liked to do. 24, WORDSWORTH ROAD, WALLINGTON, SURREY THIS book does not teach the reader how to speak without moving his lips , a subject that as been dealt with in all other...

Magie a Jlaund

This month we have been having some very good fun with C. Dudley Whitnall's Twenty-Seventh Card described in this issue. We think that this is one of the finest self-working effects that we have every struck. An apology to ' Hen ' Fetsch. In a previous number we published with his permission two effects that appeared in Magic at the Fingertips . As we have had very many favourable comments regarding these effects, we would mention that in the book in question, there are some thirty other...

Cl Wjwd aaut Siaa and Jtautine

Tricks of a Trouper, by Jack le Dair (published by Goodliffe, price 7 6). Some readers may think that it is rather late in the day to review a book published in 1946, but truth to confess the publisher never sent along a copy at the time. '' Tricks of a Trouper'' is almost unique insofar that it details the actual effects successfully used by a variety performer over a period of more years than -vve care to remember. Bound in semi stiff covers the book runs to some sixty nine pages and contains...

Z Wmd aaut Book and Routine

SCARNE'S MAGIC TRICKS, by John Scarne (published by Crown Publishers, Inc., New York. Price 2.95). Some time back the same author ajid the same publisher produced Scarne on Card Tricks, which contained a couple of hundred self working card tricks. It was a bookstall publication with a price that apparently accorded with the ethics of S.A.M. and the American Societies. The present book is not concerned with cards, and as a sub-title uses the words The 200 best tricks anyone can do. There's...

CI Wwid aaut ffiae and ffautine

TONY KOYNINI'S CARD MIRACLES (Edited and published by George Armstrong, II, Monastery Gardens, Enfield, Middlesex, price 7 6). This is a well produced little booklet of nearly thirty pages and contains a matter of thirteen effects. All of these effects need little more than a pack or packs of cards and some are extremely good. Of their practicability there is no doubt. Switch it, the first effect in the book, is a most effective item with an additional feature that the performer is left with a...

Ci wmd aaut ffiao and ffautine

The Third Collectors' Annual , 1951. (Published by J. B. Findlay, Firbank Private Hotel, Crescent A most interesting aspect of the annuals which Jimmy produces, and undoubtedly will go on producing, is the fact that each one gets bigger in size without any deterioration of quality. This copy, which runs to some thirty-odd pages is very nicely printed on heavy art paper, the page size being approximately 7 in. x ioin. The first article is by our old friend '' Ptinos '', who gives some more...

Mugic Qa Staund

From Hen Fetsch we have received a charming letter praising the Miracle slate. Further than that he has passed on the routine that he is using and which he calls Any person, with any book, magazine or newspaper, selects a word and then concentrates on that word. The medium receives his thought waves and writes a word on a slate which is covered. The word is revealed and when the cover is removed the exact word appears on the slate. You will think of the word signed, Hen Fetsch. This is how the...

Magic Qa Jtaimd

The location of a freely chosen card under extreme test conditions has given many card workers much food for thought. In his remarkable treatise Thirty Card Mysteries Jordan, in tracking the dovetail shuffle to its lair, produced some amazing examples, and Kaplan in recent years making use of daub provides another worthwhile example. It remained however for that famous card expert Billy O'Connor to provide a solution to the following problem A spectator is handed a pack of cards with the...

Z uiacd aSaut fBaat and Slautiaed

The Challenge Memory Tecl by Will Dexter (Published by Unique Magic Studio, 10 - This is a test designed mainly for publicity use. To each person with whom he comes in contact, the magician allots a number which in every case is different. The numbers are long sometimes carrying as many as thirty or forty digits, nevertheless at any time in the future when the performer meets the numbered person, he can without hesitation or reference repeat the number originally given. There is nothing...

Magic Qa Jtaund

The passing of Frank Staff was a saddening thing. A grand comedian and a good conjurer the loss of his sight was one of the many burdens that he had to carry near the end of his life. Those who were members of ihe Magic Circle during the years 1914 to 1940 will remember the great amount of work that he did on so very many occasions. When in 1939 we were Entertainments Secretary and for the first and only time staged for what was then the Grand Seance, a monster children's show in the afternoon...

Monastery Gardens Enfield Middlesex

Although limited in output, has now travelled to Ireland, Finland, Belgium, France, Africa, Australia and United States and Sweden. And now from Hen Fetsch . . Have been using your 'Miracle Slate' for over a month now and I must say it's wonderful the impossible made possible. It's the answer to a mental problem I have worked upon for years. . . . PETER WARLOCK 24, Wordsworth Road, Wallington, Surrey is published on the 24th of each month and can be obtained direct from the publishers (or 1 7...

J C Fraser Smyth

THE MAGICIAN'S DIARY AND YEAR BOOK Edited and compiled by J. C. Fraser Smyth (Published by Penshaw Press) price 6 6. For many years many magicians have clamoured for a special Magician's Diary. Now they are being catered for. TThe Diary proper is printed by Charles Letts which is sufficient guarantee by itself. The overall size is 5 x inches which means that each daily entry has more than an inch of space. Some thirty four pages in the front purvey information pertinent to the magician. Hints...

Miracle Slate

PETER WARLOCK 24, Wordsworth Road, WaUington, Surrey is published on the 24th of each month and can be obtained direct from the publisher* for 1 7 per single copy. Annual Subscription 18 - The Magic Wand Publishing Co., 11, Monastery Gardens, Enfield, Middlesex. Manuscripts for publication and books for review should be sent to the EDITORIAL ADDRESS Peter Warlock, 24, Wordsworth Rd., WaUington, Surrey. will be pleased to send you full details of together with...

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...

Park Lane Hotelmarch 27th 1953

O NCE AGAIN this outstanding social evening in the British world of magic proved most successful. With an attendance of four hundred members and friends the Ballroom at Park Lane Hotel was not too uncomfortably filled. The continent was represented by Fred Kaps and M. Loreau and the B.B.C. had two well-known representatives in the persons of Joan Gilbert and Charles Gardner. Owing to the tragic death of Queen Mary it was not possible for the President, the Duke of Somerset to be present and so...

Wellington road enfield middlesex

MAGIC WAND PUBLICATIONS The Magic Wand, quarterly, per copy 7 9 p.p. Subscription 6 months 15 6 year 30 -The Wizard, 36 pages monthly, per copy 2 1 p.p. Subscription 6 months 13 6 year 24 - By Wilfred Tyler 30 6 John Ramsay's Cups and Balls (Cloth) By Victor Farelli 25 6 Where Houdini Was Wrong (Cloth) By Maurice Sardina 20 6 Where Houdini Was Wrong (Cheap paper edition) 7 9 Challenge Instant Hypnotism (Brochure) By George Armstrong 21 -Automentalism iwith apparatus) By Ken de Courcy 20 3...

Authur Ivey Magic Circle

Harlan Tarbell has now returned to the States leaving many pleasant memories behind. All of us. I think are more than grateful to Goodliffe for bringing to these shores such a well-known figure in the world of magic. We spent many hours with him finding him a kindred spirit in appreciation of natural magic. The photograph reproduced on this page shows him in conversational mood with Arthur Ivey at the Complimentary Dinner given by the Magic Circle, on Sunday, April 19th. Talking of the...

Playing With Magic Tyler

PLAYING WITH MAGIC by Wilfred Tyler Published by George Armstrong, price 30 - . The writer of this book in his introduction writes Following the large success that O fen Sesame enjoyed I have been approached many titties to write a book entirely on my own on the same subject. Whilst lecturing up and down the country on ' Entertaining Children,' the demand has increased with requests that some of the popular features of those lectures should be incorporated as a permanent record of useful...

The Magic Wand Publishing Co

63 WELLINGTON ROAD, ENFIELD, MIDDLESEX MAGIC WAND PUBLICATIONS The Magic Wand, quarterly, per copy 7 9 p.p. Subscription 6 months 15 6 year 30 - The Wizard, 36 pages monthly, per copy 2 1 p.p. Subscription 6 months 12 6 year 24 - By Wilfred Tyler 30 6 John Ramsay's Cups and Balls Cloth By Victor Farelli 25 6 Where Houdini Was Wrong Cloth By Maurice Sardina 20 6 Where Houdini Was Wrong Cheap paper edition 7 9 I'll Read Your Mind cloth By Aage Darling 17 10 Challenge Instant Hypnotism Brochure By...

The Magic Wand Purlishing Co

62 WELLINGTON ROAD, ENFIELD, MIDDLESEX Here's the Prediction to make 'em think A Spectator signs a small card, on which the performer then makes his prediction. Performer then calls for spontaneous words, numbers, dates, celebrities, or for that matter, any items the performer wishes to deal with. These are jotted on a checking card and when the Prediction is read, by the spectator, he finds, under his signature, a 100 per cent, correct prophesy. THE MOST SIMPLE A DIRECT APPROACH TO THIS TYPE...

Tiie Magic Wand Pijblishixg Co

62 WELLINGTON ROAD, ENFIELD, MIDDLESEX Here's the Prediction to make 'em think A Spectator signs a small card, on which the performer then makes his prediction. Performer then calls for spontaneous words, numbers, dates, celebrities, or for that matter, any items the performer wishes to deal with. These are jotted on a checking card and when the Prediction is read, by the spectator, he finds, under his signature, a 100 per cent, correct prophesy. THE MOST SIMPLE & DIRECT APPROACH TO THIS...

Pentagram Appratus

Is published on the 24th of each month and can be obtained direct from the publishers for 1 7 per single copy. Annual Subscription 18 - The Magic Wand Publishing Co. 62 Wellington Road, Enfield Middlesex Manuscripts for publication and books for review should be sent to the BDITORIAL ADDRESS Peter Warlock, 24, Wordsworth Rd., Wellington, Surrey. President Hi Grace the Duke of Somerset, D.S.O., O.B.E., J.P., M.I.M.C. Vice-President Douglas Cragg , Esq., M.I.M.C. Clubroom and Library and Museum...

Clean Carbon

IT HAS been said that British magicians do not like to use the clip board method of obtaining a secret copy of something written by a spectator on a slip of paper because a clipboard looks too much like a piece of conjuring apparatus. It can be used convincingly in a stage performance when written questions have to be collected from a large audience, but in more intimate surroundings they would think it more natural to rest the paper on a smooth backed book or the pad from which it had been...

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...

Awful Art And Breathless Brainwaves Hubert Leslie

SLEIGHTLY SENSATIONAL by Bill Simon (Published by Louis Tannen, price 14 -) Those who read Simon's excellent book Effective Card Magic know that here is one card man who can give a new plot or a new twist to an old plot that makes the reading of his effects worthwhile. In the present little book of some forty pages there are ome ten card effects and a bonus of three miscellaneous items. There is also a short chapter entitled In General which contains a wealth of commonsense advice and from...

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 George Armstrong's Premonition Magic Wand Year Book 48 9 Tricks of the Trade The Universal Mind Bohleno's...

Kiss Of A Borgia

Half a dozen empty glasses stand on the table. One is indicated by a member of the audience and into it is poured a quantity of milk representing a potent poison. Into each of the other glasses a similar quantity of water is emptied. Whilst the performer's back is turned a member of the audience wraps each glass in a piece of paper so that there is no possible indication of which glass holds the milk. After this the same spectator moves the glasses around. The performer then turns around and...

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,...

ConjuRing Trix

IF YOU have ever been intrigued with the miracles accomplished with The Jardine Ellis Ring, then this book is for you. If, on the other hand, you prefer tricks with borrowed rings, then this book is still for you. In its forty odd pages there are described and illustrated three miracles with The Jardine Ellis Ring, and six outstanding effects with borrowed rings. The Ring on Stick, The Ring on String, and Visible Ring on Pencil are effects that will leave a close-quarter audience gasping with...

Peek Deck Prediction

Witches Robbed Circle

A PEEK DECK is used, with a nairow force card on top of the deck. Write the numbers on three visiting cards, 1, 2, 3. Then put them in the breast pocket. Take out the deck, false shuffle leaving the force card on top. Take the visiting card nearest to the outside of the pocket, look at it, say Number one, actually it is the card marked No. 3. On it write the force card the visiting card is then dropped in a tumbler. Mr. No. One is allowed to peek a card. Move to Ml No. Two, take out the...

WMagic Wand Publications

Mental Bargain Effects Theo Annemann Challenge Instant Hypnotism & Mass George Armstrong's '' Premonition (Mental Routine) George Armstrong The Universal Mind (Mental Routine) Ron Baillie Bohleno's Mysteries (Prize-winning) Henry Bohlen I'll Read Your Mind (cloth bound) Aage Darling Entertaining with Contact Mindreading S. Edward Dexter lEntertaining with Hypnotism S. Edward Dexter dentity Parade (Humorous mental routine) Automentalism (Complete act, with apparatus) Ken de Courcy Dubbelkross...

WMagic Wan99 Publications

Mental Bargain Effects Theo Annemann Challenge Instant Hypnotism amp Mass George Armstrong's Premonition Mental Routine Georg Armstrong The Universal Mind Mental Routine Ron Baillie Bohleno's Mysteries Prize-winning Henry Bohlen I'll Read Your Mind cloth bound Aage Darling Entertaining with Contact Mindreading S. Edward Dexter Entertaining with Hypnotism S. Edward Dexter Identity Parade Humorous mental routine Automentalism Complete act, with apparatus Ken de Courcy Dubbelkross amp Simulkross...

WMagic Wan Publications

Mental Bargain Effects Theo Annemann 7 9 Challenge Instant Hypnotism & Mass Hypnotism George Armstrong 21 -Chandu's Psychoanalysis (Mental Routine) George Armstrong 10 3 George Armstrong's Premonition (Mental Routine) George Armstrong 10 3 Extra Sensory Perfection (Mental Routine) Ron Baillie 10 3 The Universal Mind (Mental Routine) Ron Baillie 12 9 Bohleno's Mysteries (Prize-winning) Henry Bohlen 10 3 I'll Read Your Mind (cloth bound) Aage Darling 17 9 Entertaining with Contact Mindreading...

Peter Warlock

THOUGH the thought must have occurred to a number of people we cannot remember seeing Clippo worked in this fashion. It is for use with a two person act. The performer takes a yard long strip of paper, the whole length of which has been prepared with cement and powdered, and holding the strip high allows it to hang from his left hand. The assistant who is left of the performer holds the bottom of the strip with her left hand. With a pair of scissors in his right hand, the performer cuts through...

Annemanns Incorporated Strange Secrets

TWELVE ANNEMANN MIRACLES AND A MASTER GIMMICK THIS COLLECTION comprises some of the choicest Annemann Secrets, now collected together and printed in one volume. INSTO-TRANSPO Without sleights two initialled cards change places between the performer's and spectator's pockets. STOP A freely selected card, lost in the pack, is found at a number thought of. THE POUND NOTE AND THE CIGARETTE CHALLENGE Marked cigarettee in performer's mouth, number of a note written down by spectator note openly...

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....

The Sundmans Magic

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,...

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,...

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 February 3rd PETER NEWCOMBE. 38, Overdale Ave., New Maiden, is published 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...

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...

Magic Qa 3taund

Boarde for itcently making a mistake in his address it is 8012, 190th Street, Jamaica 3, New York. Incidentally, the most recent copy of the Phoenix to hand carried a very nice book test by this author. It is hoped to hold a meeting of the Society of Mentalists in London towards the end of January. More particulars will appear in the December issue. George Braund, one of magic's real personalities. managed to get a full page photograph in a recent number of the...

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,...

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...

N Memexy of a fyteat Magician

Cal dog, he had no time, and his remarks concerning such parasites were very caustic. He joined the Magic-Circle in 1907, between that year and 1933 he performed on more than ninety occasions at Socials, Banquets and Seances. He aiso between 1907 and 1921 gave some ten lectures. It is unfortunate, that of these, only one The Psychology of Deception, and its effect upon Audiences,' was printed in toto this will he found on pages 44, 65 and 94 of volume 12 of the Mtu ic Circular. The year 1922...

Letter From John P Hamilton

I have just received the December issue of the Pentagram and read with interest the card problem you posed and your fine solution of it called The Turncoats. I have a solution to it which I am herewith submitting and as you stated the problem was presented to several card men you probably have a solution similar to the one I have evolved but here it is anyway, for what it's worth. The effect really leaves the spectator puzzled and I have had them grab the cards and look them over, trying to...

SJhaa CLnnenum SlaU Hund

If one can believe the spoken and printed word, the late Theo. Annemann was the richest man in magic. The noun is used as it applies to friendships, not material wealth. Wherever magicians congregate, at conventions, society meetings or in the back rooms of the magic shops, the conversation bears testimony to Annemann's talent. Magic magazines periodically publish special Annemann sections, Annemann anecdotes and reprints and variations of Annemann effects. Weird Wire, Jr., is nothing more than...

Arthur Carter

SOME TIME ago I set myself the following problem. A member of the audience must be asked to think of any card in the pack a card would then be placed face down upon the table by the performer, which would prove to be actual card mentally selected Impossible Yes, provided the spectators did not know in advance exactly what was being attempted. The fascination of certain cards was well-known even in the days of Robert-Houdin, and after due cogitation and consultation of statistics, the Seven of...

Ci Wmd aaut Sioakt

A maximum award of Ten Points in the following categories when applicable A Physical Make-up B Quality of Material C Value to Magic D Clarity E Illustrations F Readability G Sincerity SLEIGHTS SUPREME by E. Brian MacCarthy published by George Johnson, price 12 6 . This is a book written by an outstanding amateur. We use the word in its proper form, for there are many classing themselves as amateur, when the word should really be aspirated. Major MacCarthy loves conjuring,...

The Ultimate 3 Card Prediction

THE three card prediction effect was first described, so far as I know, by R. W. Hull in his book Eye - Openers, under the title Hull's Marvellous Card Prediction. I advise anyone who contemplates performing this type of effect to read his description for its great detail and the many points of presentation given. Since then a number of authors have described further routines. The following are examples. 1 A1 Koran, The Magic Wand vol. 35, No. 211, p 98 October 1946. 2 Jack Yates, Abracadabra...

Kortially Yours

A pack of cards (borrowed if need be) is shuffled and a spectator invited to select a card, look at it and return it to the pack. The latter is shuffled again after which five cards are dealt off for the spectator and another five for the magician. The spectator is now requested to pick up his five cards, hold this packet longitudinally between the thumb and the fingers, stack them into a small packet and then do exactly what the magician does The magician takes his five cards in a...

John Howie S Routines With The Jardine Ellis Ring

Jardine Ellis Ring

THE ingenious magical effect known as the Jardine Ellis ring trick was being performed by the originator whose real name incidentally was Duncan Lome Campbell as early as 1910. Unfortunately the details of the routine used by Ellis who died on February 1st, 1923 have not, so far, been published and magicians wishing to use the apparatus have, for the most part, devised their own versions of the basic effect. As a point of interest the original apparatus used by Jardine Ellis consisting of ring,...

Jac Seppascd

Last month in Magic Go Round we wrote of the late R. Wood-house Pitman. His is a name little known to present-day conjurers, but throughout the earlier volumes of the Magician ,J and Naldrett's Collected series will be found many contributions under his name. All show original touches and good plot, the trick to be described being no exception. We were fortunate enough to sec it worked by Us originator at the second social of the Magic Circle we attended. P. IT . In this effect...

May I Borrow A Book

THE NUMBER of book tests where the mentalist is able to borrow a book from his host are few. At the time I first used this way back in 1942) it was, to the best of my belief, unique in so far that no conditions were imposed regarding the choice of word or words that the mentalist ultimately divines. It is an ideal effect for impromptu performance. The mentalist (assuming that he is working in a house rather than on a platform) asks for the loan of a book. After receiving it he glances through...

Ci iumd aaut ffiaot and Routined

STARS OF MAGIC SERIES VERNON ON MALINI Price 3-10-0 To the many interested in magic to-day, the name of Malini is the name of a magical legend, yet all in all it seems only yesterday that we saw Max Malini performing his card stab at ths Magicians' Club. In a brief biographical sketch Dai Vernon brings to the reader some interesting pieces of fact and fiction regarding this outstanding personality, and follows it with the description of three effects tha Malini performed. The first is the...

Accompanied By The Joker

OME years ago Carruthers, of the Order of the Magi, performed a very pretty little experiment, trick, effect or what you will, with four aces. Don't smile, it was not the usual four-ace trick. He used four aces, all long cards, and he gave me permission to use it. I didn't, until a few years later, and then in a different way. One difficulty was in getting the pack cut so that the four aces were long. However, on reading Page Wright's Note Book I found a little tip of Frank Lane's which he...

IDiAcaaextf X

It is with a great deal of pleasure that we present this ultimate card discovery of Billy O'C onnor. It is an unfortunate fact that he has written all too little and we are fairly certain that this is his first published article in a magical magazine for some twenty years. Having one of the finest magical brains, plus outstanding ability as an entertainer, he has carried the same act successfully for well over thirty years. He is the man ivho first made use of the short card as a locator, he...

Four Whites

Jaks released to the magical fraternity an excellent close-up effect called Four Blacks. At a later date Alex. Elmsley, through the medium of Harry Stanley, brought out a variation called What card It was the study of these two effects that brought into being Four Whites. The magician has a card selected by the simple process of having a spectator cut the pack. The card on top of the cut is not looked at, but its position is marked by reversing the cut off portion on top of...

Annemanns Famous Jinx Programmes

THIS series of five magical and mental programmes has been specially com- address and patter outline for the effects. Each effect is fully described and, piled for the magician who wants ready-made professionally routined acts where necessary, illustrated, so that even a beginner could produce a first-class of the highest order. They contain seven to eight effects each, and run for 20 professionally routined act with but a few evenings practice. The average cost or 30 minutes, according to the...

And 3Uvc Gwxuj I

These are not always available, and the performer will find that if the off-stage lines are spoken by himself and the glass even has to be taken from the table he still has a startling effect. Table, carrying the piece of paper should be to the conjurer's immediate right. There is a background of music throughout, played quietly and very slowly. Originally I used the tune I feel so Tired that I could Sleep, but later changed to the lovely Jerome Kern melody Long Ago and Far...

Brown Study

THE method to achieve the effect of E. G. Brown described in this issue as a Divination of Two Mentally Chosen Cards, was worked out by T. S. Ransom and his colleagues. Ransom, using a similar theme, has come along with a most deceptive version. Once again our thanks are due to P. Howard Lyons, Editor of Ibidem, for permission to re-publish the description and method. With a patter introduction similar to that used in the original Brown effect, the performer introduces a pack of cards. It is...

Stan Siai Met

Ever seen a stage hypnotist Remember how he picked his subjects He carried out a preliminary hand-clasping test or some such similar test with the entire audience, the people who couldn't unclasp their hands were good hypnotic subjects, therefore he used these people for his further demonstrations. It's quite logical to apply the same sort of thing to mentalism, you have a preliminary test of the telepathic powers of the audience and use the people who did well in this for your further tests...

The Card Work Of Graham Adams

MY first meeting with Graham Adams was in the year 1931, when on the 30th January, under the Chairmanship of Douglas Dexter, he gave a lecture to Magic Circle members which was called simply, S. W. Erdnase His Book. It was an outstanding event in that year of the Circle's history and as a permanent record there is, in the library, a full copy copiously illustrated with first class photographs, the work of one of Graham's fellow Order of the Magi members. That is going back a long time, but the...

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...