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...

Pentagram

An independent monthly bulletin for all who want good magic This trick is well suited for an intimate audience (one that can gather around a card table and watch at close quarters), but it can also be adapted for stage presentation, and as such it was recently performed by the Author at a Magic Circle Entertainment in the Portland Hall. The effect is as follows Two packs of cards are shuffled by a spectator and she, and she alone, handles the cards from start to finish, so ruling out any...

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...

The Magic Circle

President Hit Grace the Duke of Somenet, D.S.O., O.B.E J.P M.I.M.C. Vlea-Pnaident Douglas Craggs, Esq., U.I.M.C. Clnbroom and Library and Museum Particulars from Hon. Secretary Peter Newcombe 38 Overdale Avenue Now Maid Surrey is published on the 24th of each month and can be obtained direct from the publishers lor 1 7 per single copy. Annual Subscription 18 -post free. PUBLISHED BY The Magic Wand Publishing Co. 62 Wellington Road, Enfield Middlesex Manuscripts for publication and books lor...

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...

Books

Card Tricks Without Skill, by Paul Clive. (Published by Faber & Faber, price 15 -). This is a new edition of a book originally published in 1946. This edition is far easier on the eye, having larger pages and a more modern type. (The original was in Gil Sans). There are some 264 pages covering well over a hundred tricks. Many sources have been tapped to provide this feast of easy to do magic and credit has been given to that source when known. To this edition there has been added an extra...

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...

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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...

Dr

THE CLASSIC effect of passing a coin through a finger ring whilst wrapped in a handkerchief has, through the years, brought forth scores of ingenious methods from students and professionals of magic. The effect is bold, easy to follow and ideal for working under most conditions, and can truly be called one of the classics of close-up magic. The method 1 am about to describe is, I believe, the only presentation where the spectator sees the unfaked coin actually pass through a borrowed finger...

ConjuRing Trix

IF YOU have evet 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...

Stab In The Dark

OF ALL the card classics the most telling are those with a clear cut effect. Some represent straight-forward conjuring at its best, whilst a few give scope to the mental or psychic worker. One of these is the blindfold card stab. Many versions involve a number of cards being selected which, when the performer is blindfolded, are unerringly stabbed with the knife that he holds. The present version, a very simple version indeed, is only concerned with the losing and finding of one card. The total...

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Further to the announcements made in the Pentagram it is proposed to hold an Inaugural Meeting (possibly at Birmingham) sometime in April. Will all those interested send s.a.e. for leaflet which gives further particulars regarding some of the proposed objects of the Society, etc. Greenbanks Bramcote Notts ROBINSON, MAGICIAN, MELTON MOWBRAY ROBINSON, MAGICIAN, MELTON MOWBRAY by JOHN B RE A RLE Y A balanced programme, including patter of superlative conjuring for children by the inventor of those...

Variation On Le Pauls Cards In The Sealed Envelope

Magic there is contained a description of an effect called Cards in the Sealed Envelope. It will be found in Chapter 31, page 213. This was an original effect by Mr. Le Paul and I thought it a high light in his book. The version described by Mr. Le Paul was admirably suited for the use for which it was intended, as a close up or informal performance. There were, however, three factors in his description which I thought were capable of improvement if the effect was to be...

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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. 'M.I.M.C. St. Ermin's Hotel, Caxton Street, S.W.I. Francis White, 39 Alverstone Avenue, Wimbledon Park, S.W.19 Increased cost of materials has forced me to increase the price of this effect to 12 6. I feel confident, however, that it is...

Id and Routines

Volunteer assistant holds the handkerchief whilst the burning and restoring process is going on. Illustrar tions are contributed by Lamonte. With one exception ('' Controlled Miracles ) we think that this is one of the best five shillingsworth of material that we have come across in recent days. All the effects described are not only practical, but to the experienced they spell entertainment as well. Every article required the reader, will have at hand. Recommended without any reservation....

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JMPROMPTU by Brian McCarthy (published by George Johnson) Price 7 6. This is a new edition of a very worthwhile book. In the four sections which cover coins, cards, cigarettes and matches, the author offers some twenty-three effects and ideas all of which, as the title of the book indicates, can be performed impromptu. Whilst the author is noted for his skill there are few of these effects that call for anything more than average ability. Allied to the magical effectiveness is the additional...

Arthur Carter

D IGHTLY or wrongly, I have always felt that the use of a slate or slates should be avoided if possible to produce a spirit message, as the mere sight of such objects immediately proclaims to intelligent members of the audience the nature of the final result to be achieved thus leaving them free to devote their entire attention to fathoming, if possible the method used. If however, by employing unfamiliar objects, one can contrive to produce a message where no message is suspected at all, the...

Your Astral In 3d

I HAD been explaining to Angus about his astral body. You see you actually have two bodies, the one we normally see and which is governed by the customs and etiquette of the times wej live in and the other, the astral body, which is released only during sleep. This body, of course, knows no limitations but can in seconds travel to any part of the world, assume any shape and do many things which normally our human body would find impossible to accomplish. You mean you must be sleeping before the...

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...

Dealing Routine

THE DEALING routine is one of the simplest of many that I have collected it is also enough to be very effective with a lay audience. Martin Chapender performed an effect in which Twelve court cards in a glass changed places with twelve ordinary cards held in the hand. My friend, James Wakefield, in his book, Practical Conjuring, (Derby 1911), explained the method used by Martin Chapender, in which only one change takes place. Dai Vernon, in his Glose-up Problems, gives his own excellent...

Astral Coin

QN AN outspread handkerchief a borrowed shilling is placed near one corner, and two cards are placed on it so that it is covered from view. A jade bangle or ring, about two inches in diameter, is then placed on top of the cards. The upper card is then taken by one corner and moved to the opposite corner of the handkerchief, the ring being kept in place by the unoccupied hand. Pattering to the effect that the bangle has the power of withdrawing the astral form of the coin, the ring is taken up...

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Dai Vernon

W17 7 HEN A1 Baker and Dai Vernon in the long ago, merchandised a card effect they dubbed AL'N AND DAI the effect never got the reception it deserved for it had a spot in it where it was necessary to palm a card. Knowing that most magicians would rather buy a new box trick than palm a card, Dai worked out a non-palming method that should give this little classic a new lease of life. Effect Two cards which have been delegated to act as finders, let's say the deuce of clubs and the deuce of...

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WHERE HOUDINI WAS WRONG, by Maurice Sardina (translated from the original Les Erreurs de Harry Houdini by Victor Farelli. Published by George Armstrong, Price 20 -). It was about two years ago that we had the pleasure and privilege of reading in manuscript form Mr. Farelli's excellent translation of M. Sardina's book At the time we not only expressed our delight at the content matter but also at the excellent translation. On the reception of the published copy our delight was increased because...

Clannish

STACKED packs have always a wide appeal but their main drawback is the difficulty of remembering the stack. When the stack is one of principle and not of a fixed sequence there is a greater chance of its being memorised and used, which is one of the reasons for the popularity of 'Out of this World.' The beauty of 4 Clannish' is that you can use the stacked pack you normally use or the cards can be in no recognisable sequence. Preparation Should your pack be set up in the Si Stebbins, Hammond or...

The Magic Of Japan

Whilst Russell Sharp tends to think along mechanical lines as witness his present series of articles in Abracadabra, he has been good enough to send us a couple of items with no mechanical associations. One, a coin vanish we published last month, the second is the present effect which is a glorified version of Snowstorm in China. Editor. FOR A TRULY oriental touch in a magic programme I guess there's little to touch Snowstorm in China (actually it's a Japanese trick therefore my title ). To get...

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...

Mental Matchic

The literature of Mentalism is replete with effects in which the performer reads the spectator's mind or viceversa. Comparatively rare is the effect in which one spectator influences the thoughts and actions of another. In the few such quite often the heavy hand of the performer is apparent. Here is an effect in which the performer's machinations are, at least in the writer's opinion, not so obvious. From the audience's viewpoint the effect is as follows. The performer introduces two groups of...

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...

Pcom mdan

Tained, i.e., the second card goes underneath the first, the second under the third, and so on. As he does this the conjurer half turns his head so that the spectator is aware that he is not trying to get any psychological reaction. When about a dozen cards have been shown in this manner the conjurer turns and faces the spectator. At the same time he replaces the cards he is holding in the right hand on top of the rest of the deck that is in the left hand, the tip of the little finger holding a...

Second Dealing

SECOND DEALING, like Bottom Dealing, requires regular practice to acquire proficiency. It is not so useful to conjurers as bottom dealing, but it has its uses, and once the enthusiast has mastered both bottom and second dealing, separately and in combination, he will be able to make sufficient use of it to have justified the time spent in learning it. Primarily it was intended for use with a marked pack of cards, a very difficult and risky proceeding but a card may be kept at the top of the...

The Card Work Of Graham Adams

I THINK most conjurers appreciate the idea of showing the working of a trick to the audience, and leaving those ladies and gentlemen in a state of bewilderment. It is the imp in us, and it will always bring the required laugh from the aforementioned bewilderment. I saw De Biere and -his little black bag time after time without tiring, and each time felt that I had my money's worth. I must have seen him nearly a hundred times, yet knew that he had his tongue in his cheek at least half the time...

Cltuiemann

Once more the Pentagram pays a modest tribute to the memory of Ted Annemann. In this issue there are three items contributed by those who at some time or another contributed to the Jinx. I can add little to what has already been said regarding this outstanding figure in the world of mental magic that little is that with the passing of every year,. I realise more than ever the great contribution that the Jinx and really by that I mean its progentitor gave to present-day conjuring. The...

The Centre Double Lift

THOUGH the title may seem somewhat odd, the sleight that I am about to describe is not only practical but extremely deceptive. It was back in 1950 when I first developed it and A1 Koran was the first magician to see it in use. Since that time it has been used more or less exclusively and had it not been for the fact that it is beginning to go the rounds, having already been described in two Continental magazines, I feel that I should claim my own rather grown-up offspring. With a pack of cards...

Annemanns One Man Mental Psychic Routine

ANNEMANN'S MASTER MIND CARD ACT ANNEMANN'S ONE MAN MENTAL AND PSYCHIC ROUTINE is a professionally routined mental 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...

Whats In A Dead Name

Ever since Annemann published the Dead Name Test in Thayer's Trick of the Month Club series, I have played around with the plot. One variation I published in Plans for Deception and another in a copy of the Linking Ring. In each of these and also in the present contribution I have tried to overcome what I consider an inherent weakness of the original effect, namely that the slip on which the mentalist wrote could not be handed back to the spectator who wrote...

Lpxm Sting

Here is a delightful handling of the Ellis'' Ring that Jack showed us the other evening, in effect it is rather reminiscent of Ring of Thoth. The method entirely using the Ellis ring and shell makes for an insoluble mystery. As the main mystery concerns the passing of the ring onto a length of rope we will concern ourselves purely with the procedure and the particularly subtle move that is brought into play. 1. The Ellis Ring and shell. 2. A length of soft cotton rope about four feet in length....