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 under a handkerchief and handed to a spectator. The final pass, the handkerchief is pulled away to show that the note has vanished ! One of the company is requested to look inside the hat. He does so, and removes a folded note, inside of which are found the original penny and half crown.
The requirements are simple, consisting of a ten shilling note, a penny and a handkerchief, in one corner of which is sewn a piece of folded paper equalling in size that of the note when folded. This handkerchief is tucked into the conjurer's breast pocket. The note is then folded round the penny in a particular manner.
The coin is first placed at the position shown in the diagram, and edge B is brought up and the note creased along the dotted line X X. This should mean that the coin is not visible. The note is now folded back at the points indicated by dotted lines Y Y and Z Z (in fact, just like the usual coin fold). If the packet were now tilted, the coin could slide out. To prevent this, the overlapping part is folded over. A fold in the opposite direction converts the " safe " package into an " escape " package. With the note folded round the coin and the package in an easily get-atable place, the conjurer is set for the presentation.
The loan of a hat (trilby preferably), a ten shilling note, a half crown and a penny are called for. The lenders of1 the last three named articles are requested to mark them in such a fashion that they will know them. (The hat is taken and placed on the conjurer's left, whilst this is being done). Either immediately before, (for it makes no difference to the handling of the hat), or immediately after, possession of the package is obtained from its hiding place. It is held finger-palmed in the left hand. The note is now taken from the spectator by the right hand, and placed in the left hand over the package. The two coins are rested on the note, the latter then being wrapped around them in such a manner that this package is similar in appearance to the one containing the conjurer's own penny. The two packets are held as one by the finger tips of the left hand so that they appear as one (billet switchers will be familiar with this subterfuge). " The idea," says the conjurer, " is to pass this little packet from my fingers into the hat which have borrowed." To accompany the words, the packet held by the left hand is apparently placed in the right hand. Actually, the topmost packet is slid back, the right hand taking between thumb and second finger the under packet, i.e. the one containing the penny only. The packet comprising the borrowed note and coins is fingerpalmed by the left hand. This which is the work of a couple of seconds, is not all for as an accompaniment to the last part of the conjurer's statement, the right hand knocks the package against a solid object to prove the presence of the coin(s), whilst the left hand raises the hat a few inches from the table. The hat is replaced, the fingerpalmed packet being allowed to slide down inside. The real work is now finished. First of all, the packet in the right hand is opened to show that the half crown has vanished. In re-wrapping, the note is folded in such a way that the penny will slide out and can be palmed away. The note is again opened to show that the penny has gone. Finally, the note in a folded state is placed under the handkerchief, and then finger palmed away the corner containing the folded paper, simulating its presence. The spectator is asked to hold the handkerchief and the note(?).
The conjurer is ready for his finale. Note vanished and spectator is asked to go to the hat. He does so and, of course, finds the borrowed note and coins
Magic Ça Steund
We were most grieved to hear of the passing of our old friend Woodhouse Pitman. He was a most excellent conjurer and contributed some fine effects to both the "Magician" and Percy Naldrett's " Collected " Series. He was a close friend of the Master, David Devant, and acted as his Manager (by a coincidence, the June number of the " Sphinx " carries a reproduction of a David Devant programme cover, dated 1913 giving this information). Later he was to take out the Devant show on tour, and also present " What did he do with the Body?" at the Magic Circle Grand Seance in 1923. We have always been most appreciative of the tips that he gave us in our younger days. Magic has lost a good conjurer and a Gentleman.
It was a great pleasure, during a series of lecturettes, to hear Victor Peacock talk on " Children's Magic." His demonstration of one effect was a reminder that conjuring as conjuring is still alive.
As we read or scan, as the case demands, the various Society magazines, we feel that the "Magi" is one that be placed at the top of the tree. Oscar Paulson not only does a great job as Editor, but he seems to set a standard that is
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SCARNE'S " QUARTET " (published by the Back Room Press, New York, U.S.A., price one dollar. This is, of course, obtainable through the Fleming Book Co., see back page).
Making use of a very subtle mathematical principle, John Scarne has devised four self working effects. As the description comes to the reader he will without the slightest bother be able to produce these effects within a short while after absorbing the details.
The effects are a " Do as I Do ", "A Card •Climax ", a telephone effect and a prediction effect.
Anyone acquainted with the more ambitious kind of card work will be able to put the principle to greater advantage. We have, "since receiving the routines from Bruce Elliott, used the " Do. as I Do " in a slightly •different form, a form that will interest the purchaser without any way disclosing the principle involved. It is as follows :—
The conjurer has two packs of similar backed cards. On top of pack A is (say) the two of clubs and immediately underneath it is the two of clubs taken from the other pack. The spectator is asked " I would like you, Sir, to choose one of these packs for me (note the careful phrasing !). If he touches the pack with the two duplicates on top, the conjurer takes it remarking " Thank you, this is the pack you wish me to have ". If the spectator touches the other, he is told, ' That is the one that you like . . just pick it up ". This again leaves the conjurer with the pack containing the two duplicates. Spectator and conjurer "both shuffle their packs, the conjurer actually false shuffling and retaining the duplicates at the top of the pack. At this point the conjurer gives the spectator a number and they exchange packs. At the point where the right hand comes forward, the topmost two of clubs is palmed (single hand method preferably) and handed to the spectator, the spectator's cards when lived up to by the other contributors. Talking of magazines reminds us of the great job that Jack Potter has, and still is doing in the " Budget." His contribution, " Potters Bar," is of great value and would seem to merit a greater build-up than it usually gets.
The " Flying Sorcerers " are gradually becoming acclimatised, and it was most interesting the other evening to hear Francis White and Geoffrey Buckingham give social and magical data of their stay in America. It was an experience, said Francis, after flying through what seemed interminable darkness, to touch down at New York airfield to be greeted by Cardini, Bruce Elliott, Blackstone, Vernon and Paula Baird. The English party were very impressed with the close-up work that they saw in both New York and in Chicago.
Next month we have the pleasure of detailing Herbert Milton's " Predicto." This effect is the last word in card prediction, and one, which because of its straightforward effect and handling, will find a place in many programmes.
In the same number we are giving a version of the cards across, that for simplicity (although skill is required), will be hard to beat.
received have the palmed card added to the top. From that point the routine proceeds as detailed with Mr. Scarne, with the exception that his method of counting is not adhered to, a two-handed pass being used at a later stage.
Mr. Scarne has put a very worthwhile notion in print and one (which at the very small price asked) should be in the hands of every reader of this bulletin.
ELIZABETH WARLOCK'S LINKLATER—
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