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CATALOGUE. Gamages conjuring department have recently issued new catalogue of some sixty four pages. It shows that this old established house is building up a department that was once so flourishing and which as a result of the War became almost non-existent. To Harry Baron must go a great deal of the credit for this.

Most of the items in the catalogue are standard dealer effects carried by this house. The catalogue is nicely produced in digest size and is well deserving of the modest shilling asked for it. 4 ABOVE SUSPICION' A Jack Yates Creation, (published by Jack Yates at " Glednhoon," Garden Street, Accrington, Lanes., price 5s.)

I am beginning to feel that Mental Magic is becoming a magical Frankenstein and taking up too much attention in the creative field. Jack Yates who has produced some delightful mentalistic ideas comes up with yet another method for resolving the name of a thought-of card. The ingenuity let it be said is well worth the reader's five shillings that he asks, but in all sincerity the method though both subtle and indétectable has too many intermittent phases before the climax of the trick is reached.

The principle behind this means of discovery is as I have previously remarked subtle and indétectable and well worth having as a shot in the locker on that odd occasion at the card table when one wants a trick that cannot fail.

4 THE RIDDLE OF CHUNG LING SOO ' by

Will Dexter (Published by Arco Publishers Ltd., price 15s.)

This book as the author writes in his Introduction has been written with the desire to show two things; the first a modest testimony to a great magician and the second to refute many of the sensational stories that have assailed Chung Ling Soo's name since his tragic death.

The first chapters of the book deal with death of Soo at the Wood Green Empire. Then using the flash back technique the birthplace of Billie Robinson is settled as New York, the date, April 2nd, 1861. Starting his working days as a metal worker he later at the age of nineteen abandoned the profession of Tubal Cain for magic. In those early days he was known simply as Robinson the Man of Mystery his programme consisting of magic, spiritualism (?) mind reading etc. He got his first break in 1887, when with the additional aid of ' Dot ' Path, he produced for the first time in the States the 4 Black Art ' principle. Even at this date Robinson was working as an oriental under the name of Achmed Ben Ali. Robinson soon went over to Kellar acting as stage manager and chief mechanician. Later he was to join Alexander Herrmann not only in the capacity of mechanician but also playing a part on the stage. In 1899 Robinson and Dot left the Herrman show and for some while worked a double act. It was the advent of Ching Ling Soo, a genuine Mongolian magician that turned Robinson's thoughts to the matter of working on an oriental act, and in 1900 under the title of Hop Ling Loo he opened not too successfully at the Folies Bergeres in Paris. A London booker seeing the show, and ignoring the accident that had marred its climax after suggesting a change of name and Prince Fee Lung supplying that name which afterwards stuck to him, booked Robinson in at the Alhambra, London. From that engagement he never looked back, his success being well proved by the countless imitators of the act which immediately sprang into being. From that point the reader is given the highlights of this great magician's career returning once again to the matter of the Gun trick which robbed him of his life. The opinions put forward by Goldston in his 4 Sensational Tales of Mystery Men ' are examined and found wanting. They are, in the writer's own opinion simply sensational opinions put forward to titivate the palate of an ever jaded public, magical or otherwise.

Will Dexter must be commended on the excellent job that he has made of this all absorbing story. It is one that should not be absent from the library of any contemporary magician. Well produced, excellently bound and having a number of half tone plates it represents excellent value for the modest sum of fifteen shillings.

MAGIC-GO-ROUND

IN THE near future we are going to present to you a version of the Rising Cards that is truly extraordinary. It is the brain child of one who is known to a smallish circle of magicians and who seems to be treading a less conventional path in his approach to certain plots. In this particular trick a card selected and marked by a spectator replaced in the pack, the latter then being shuffled by the spectator. The pack is then dropped into a transparent plastic houlette and the chosen card rises. The principle used is most ingenious and those who have seen it have already tried several alternatives using the main idea.

Once in a while one sees a master showman taking the oldest tricks and presenting miracles. Richiardi junior falls into this class. At Finsbury Park Empire some weeks back we witnessed a stream-lined presentation of a trick which we had never seen in over forty years of watching magic.

It was the Vanishing Lady of De kolta's. Whether he was working fast or slow, Richiardi had his audience intrigued and entertained. One regretted that the performance was not longer for when this performer closed with the Robert-Houdini suspension using a broom as a prop for the lady's arm it was very obvious that the audience wanted a great deal more from this very likeable South American.

The G.O.M. of Magic, Jean Hugard has once again been in hospital undergoing an operation, which in the opinion of his medical adviser has proved successful. He is now home and undergoing a magical convalescence, for this great enthusiast, despite the fact that his eyes have to remain bandaged insists on dictating notes and letters. We know that the good wishes of all who owe so much to this great performer and writer will wish a true bill of health in the shortest possible space of time.

A NEW STYLE MAGIC BOOK JOHN HOWIE'S ROUTINES WITH

the jahdine ellis king

HERE IS a wonderful, new style magic book, that brings to the reader the greatest collection of Jardine Ellis Ring routines ever published.

THE JARDINE ELLIS RING IS ACKNOWLEDGED TO BE THE WORLD'S GREATEST POCKET TRICK BUT NEVER BEFORE HAVE COMPLETE INSTRUCTIONS BEEN PUBLISHED FOR THIS WONDERFUL EFFECT.

Now at last the author has described the FULL TECHNIQUE of the Jardine Ellis Ring—GENERAL NOTES ON THE APPARATUS, HANDLING OF THE SHELL SO AS TO REPRESENT A SOLID RING, DISPOSAL OF THE SHELL (eight methods), EXAMINATION OF THE APPARATUS BY SPECTATORS, THE DIRECT PALM-OFF, THE HOWIE PICK-UP MOVE, and A WORD ON BASIC PROCEDURE.

Having mastered the handling of the ring—which is really very simple indeed when these precise and fully illustrated instructions are followed, the reader is introduced to some of the cleanest and most baffling routines ever devised with this prop.

RING ON STICK EFFECTS—there are three, " The Direct Ring on Wand " in which the ring just seems to ' melt' on to the wand; " Ring on Pencil " which is a wonderful close-up routine in which the audience actually hear the ring penetrate the pencil, although the performer's hands are in full view all the time; and finally " Penetrellis "—a close-up or platform effect which seems quite impossible yet the ring TWICE penetrates the wand or stick.

RING AND HANDKERCHIEF EFFECTS—there are two here, " Ring in the Knot." in which the ring is vanished, and then appears tied within a knot that was previously tied in the handkerchief, and the " Ring and Handkerchief Routine," which is a complete routine of three separate effects, each one more baffling than the previous one.

MISCELLANEOUS EFFECTS—there is the " Ring on Necktie," a terrific routine at close quarters, in which the ring penetrates the necktie, and then two complete routines, " Ring and Rope " in which the ring penetrates a rope three times, a knot forming round the ring on the third penetration, and " A Ring, a Wand and a Handkerchief " in which a steel ring apparently plays pranks on the performer.

BIBLIOGRAPHY—for those interested, there is a comprehensive bibliography of the Jardine Ellis Ring Trick from its invention, to date.

And now a word about the Book itself, which is in a new style for Magic Books, the same page size as The Magic Wand, with large clear illustrations by the author, and bound in red ' Antelope' finish boards. MAKE SURE OF YOUR COPY, BY ORDERING NOW 12/6 ; postage 3d. ($2.00) FROM THE PUBLISHERS

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