Two Jardine Ellis Ring-on-ribbon Routines Millidge

"Two Jardine Ellis Ring on Ribbon Routines" by

Bertram Millidge (published by Holdens, Boston, price two dollars).

A long while ago our friend Bertram Millidge thought of the idea of utilising a length of ribbon with the usual Ellis ring. The basis of this idea was published more than ten years ago in The Magic Wand and later revived in this publication. Time went on and the routine was extended and the result of this endeavour is explained in the booklet.

The opening is strong indeed and with good handling the reader should start off with a miracle. The three subsequent methods of ring passing through ribbon are nice arabesques and precede the introduction of split ring which gives the performer the advantage of bringing the whole routine to a very strong conclusion.

The second routine strangely enough is one upon which the late Edward Brown was working a little while before his ultimate death. We feel certain that Jardine Ellis would have enjoyed this version.

It is interesting to know that the use of the split ring has not died. As we have mentioned before in these pages, Ellis made use of the split ring, a fact that has brought forth sceptical comments from a number of British magicians who neither knew nor saw Ellis perform. Rather strangely, it also, and time has never permitted us to take it up, brought from our friend Dariel Fitzkee the assertion that a routine using the normal shell and a split ring had been described. As a final piece of information, the complete set of Ellis rings, i.e. normal ring, shell, split and the large rings with which he used to finish his routine are in the possession of that great amateur of magic, Dr. O. H. Bowen.

We recommend this very fine series of effects to our readers, for, with a minimum of work they will possess a series of baffling effects that will last them a lifetime.

M My Best Card Trick " (compiled by Harry Baron, published by Ridgmount Books, price 6/-).

Here in a very nicely printed little booklet of some thirty-two pages are some seven card tricks described by a number of well-known magicians. Jack Avis presents under the title of the ' Lady Tells All' an effect which, in his hands, is a delightful piece of mystery. In ' Spectator's Choice' Francis Haxton details a baffling prediction based on a Mario plot. A1 Koran gives a typically A1 Koran effect ' Turnabout'. The conjuror who is interested in less subtle mysteries will be rewarded by reading Joe Stuthard's ' Card in Cigarette ' routine. A master of the silent thumb count, it is only natural to find Gus Southall, under the title of ' Casting a Spell', giving the method making use of this subterfuge for an effect with which on so many occasions he has baffled fellow magicians. The ' New Nudist Deck ' by Edward Victor gives all the effect of the marketed item, but leaves the performer at the end with an ordinary pack of cards. The final item in the book is ' Your Name—My Name' by Peter Warlock. Jack Potter gives an interesting glossary of terms used in modern card work. Each of the tricks described is worth the price of the book.

" Miracle Mix-up" by Jack Yates (published by Jack

Yates, 8, Ripon Road, West End, Oswaldtwistle.

The main purpose of this card problem is for advertising. In the form of a letter, the conjuror gives the recipient and would-be client certain instructions regarding the choosing of a card, and then after seemingly fair mixing in the pack, the recipient is able, by spelling the name of the sender, to locate the card. A mathematical principle which is well disguised. Our own objection to the effect is not the means to the end, but the possibility that in the carrying out of the necessary instructions the recipient may make a slip and spoil the climax of the trick. It is certainly very ingenious and one whicn calls to mind some of the clever pieces of calculation by Stewart James.

" 100 Latest Tips on Tricks " by Milbourne Christopher (published by Lou Tannen, New York, price two dollars).

Within the space of forty odd pages, Milbourne Christopher in the most lucid manner details some hundred tips and ideas regarding tricks. Only too often it is the little piece of business that turns an ordinary act into a successful and talked-of act. Only too often some little gag can provide cover or misdirect during a move that otherwise would invite closer inspection.

Whether you use cards, silks, billiard balls or any of the myriad things that form the make-up of the modern magician, you will be catered for by our good friend Milbourne Christopher.

" Hugard's Magic Monthly " (bound volume 9, published by the Fleming Book Co., 728, Madison Avenue,

York, Pa., U.S.A., price from Robertson Keene, The

Cottage, Shalfleet House, Shalfleet, near Newport.

As we have said before it is only when one handles the bound copies of a magazine that one gets a true assessment of its value. All too often (especially for busy people) the odd copy is sometimes placed aside without the full value of the contents being absorbed. And so when we look through this bound volume of Hugard's we realise the magnificent value that is offered to the magician who likes his magic to be quality magic.

Of the regular features we have Joglar (who by his style of writing and certain other idiosyncrasies we now think we have pinpointed to one well-known writer), Milbourne Christopher, Farelli and Martin Gardner. These writers alone have contributed a bunch of material in turn newsy, novel, practical and encyclopaedic. There is a series of articles by that ace of coin workers, Ross Bertram and a number of contributions by Jean Hugard himself.

In the novelty class we give high marks to our own Will Dexter for his dressing of a sponge ball routine entitled ' Big Chief and little Squaw.' Paul Morris, Abril Lamarque, Clayton Rawson and many others contribute some excellent magical ideas and effects.

The book reader is well catered for by John J.Crimmins junior, who regularly each month under the title of ' Book Profiles' gives most detailed reviews of contemporary magical literature.

MAGIC-GO-ROUND

ONE excellent piece of news is that our friend Dr. Stanley Jaks will be visiting this country in August. Dr. Jaks is one of those very few table performers who consider that the presentation of a trick is of equal importance to the technique of trickery employed.

Some while back, Unique Studios put out in this country the Himber Book Test, which in the main was a clever and natural method of forcing a certain word. Though the idea was not new, for both Stanley Collins and T- Page Wright had produced special books for forcing a given word, the delightful touch that Himber brought was the fact that one of the " Ellery Queen " magazines was used. There was, however, more to it than that as those who have bought know. What was lacking, however, at the time were companion magazines to go with the special copy. Americans were not troubled about this, but in this country the use of an American magazine, or a magazine that had an unfamiliar cover was not ideal. However all those who like ourselves are avid readers of crime fiction will know that an English edition of the magazine started in February of this year. The first four numbers were different in binding from the American copy, but with publication of the July number the appearance of the magazine is almost identical with its American brother. "English Edition" also being omitted from the cover. The magician in this country is now in a position to use a stack of magazines which are now becoming a familiar sight to those who glance at the bookstalls. The prophet, and for that matter too, the magician, seldom receives the fullest of honours in his own country. Too often the enthusiast in this country is apt to accept the written word of others and to credit those in other countries with ability and technique which they do not possess. We often think that a better interchange of magicians between this country and the United States would do much for the common cause of magic. From those who are knowledgeable and who have had the opportunity of seeing some of the American close quarter workers, we accept the

Even the photographer got into the picture!

Left to right—Peter Warlock, Nelli Kaps, Fred Kaps, Elizabeth Warlock, Ann Warlock, June Briggs.

Even the photographer got into the picture!

Left to right—Peter Warlock, Nelli Kaps, Fred Kaps, Elizabeth Warlock, Ann Warlock, June Briggs.

fact, that such workers are more proficient than the majority of those in this country who essay similar type of magic. We feel more than proud, however, to have in this island one magician whose work in that field is unique and uncopyabie. We refer of course to Johnny Ramsay. Just recently we have re-read several times this great magician's " Cups and Balls," and " Coins and Cylinder," and " Triple Restoration" and with each re-reading our admiration has grown. It is magic of a highly individual order. As individual as the magic of .Arthur Sherwood, Jardine Ellis or E. G, Brown. We sincerely hope that ere long Johnny will commit to paper the delightful version of the torn and restored effect that we last had the pleasure of seeing as long back as 1947.

Coming back to the representation of performers in America (and as we write this we are thinking of Frances Ireland's words in the current "Linking Ring") this is a team that would be new to America : Brian McCarthy, Billy O'Connor, Edward Victor, Voltaire Gus South-all, A1 Koran, Chan Canasta, Trevor Hall and Ken Brooke. McCarthy's unequalled Ball and Silk work, Billy O'Connor's non-card, act (seen unfortunately by too few magicians), Victor with his thimbles, Voltaires with their sensational act, Gus Southall and A1 Koran with close-up effect, Chan Canasta's psycho-magic, a lecture demonstration by Trevor Hall with Ken Brooke adding the comedy, would be for American magicians the biggest thing since Pearl Harbour Mrs. Ireland !

Next month through the efforts of our very good friend Leslie May we bring you a Scottish number. With the Edinburgh Convention just around the corner this is appropriate.

The line up for the Magic Circle Festival shows the biggest influx of continental magicians yet. It will be very nice to see Suzy Wandas working in this country again. Finally, if you like off trail mental items, and if you haven't bought a copy of the June Magic Wand, get it as soon as possible for Arthur Carter's "Diary of a Yogi" is worth every penny of the 7/6 asked for the complete issue !

The line up for the Magic Circle Festival in Oct. shows the biggest influx of Continental talent to date : Susy Wandas from Belgium, The Andreanos from France and the Nibercos and Compaens from Holland. David Nixon will return as compere. The English acts are Benson Dulay &. Co., Terry Hall, Stanley Watson and Peter Warlock.

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