Dr. 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 Magic Circle brings us to the new set of rules. The Special General Meeting at which the draft rules were placed before the members for their vote drew one of the largest crowds that we have yet seen at Headquarters. A rush from this meeting took us to the Cock Tavern in Fleet Street where the British Ring was staging a supper with Dr. Tarbell as Guest of Honour. A pleasant occasion which brought Barrie Edgar down from Birmingham to do a " spot" in the entertainment that followed the meal.
Looking over the post war years, one notices more and more how variation of technique is receiving more than its fair share of attention whilst good magical effects take a lesser place. In the field of micromagic, greater interest is undoubtedly being shown particularly by the cognoscenti. Close-up magic sessions are now ac cepted as part and parcel of any magical function and some excellent work is seen. The field of actual invention however, seems to be much smaller despite what would appear a terrific output of new effects that appear in so many magazines.
The inventor on a large scale seems to be a thing of the past, and nobody either in this or any other country has come forward to replace such men as Oswald Williams, P. T. Selbit and Servais le Roy. Just tiiink of such effects as the " Dizzy Limit," " The Red Box and the Green Handkerchief," " Asrah," " Sawing a Woman in Two " (The Selbit version in our own mind is still the most effective and mystifying). " The Elastic Lady," " The Man Without a Middle " and so on. Most professional acts will tell you that the big type of illusion is a thing of the past. If that is so, more's the pity.
The anonymous columnists and letter writers, those who through some misfortune have been denied a legitimate name seem to be getting under the skin of Bruce Elliott judging by his remarks in Phoenix No. 279. He goes on to say :—
" If ihe purpose of these columnar attacks of the poison pen mail we have been getting is to drive us out of magic, it can well succeed. The Phoenix was started because we thought it would be fun. It has been. It has continued because enough people liked the kind of fun that we enjoy. But if this irresponsible kind of hatcheting continues we shall, what we would have a few years ago considered impossible, kill the Phoenix.
We sincerely hope that this was a blue day for B.E. and that he didn't mean that part about folding up the Phoenix, for in these days of so much wordage anent those things that pass for magic, the Phoenix is a publication that does cater for the adult mind rather than the magical cretin.
Leading on from Curry's " Linked," and the variations, that we have published, John A. M. Howie has come along with a nice routine with coloured laces that owes its origination to the first named effect. It will appear in the next issue. We have also persuaded Tony Blitz to write up his own version of the late Arthur Buckley's " Colour Separation " effect. Those who have a penchant for really good card magic and at the same time possess a good technique will find this routine outstanding in effect.
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