" OPUS THIRTEEN ", by Eric C. Lewis (published by Goodlifie the Magician, 6, Colonnade Passage, Birmingham, 2. Price 18/6.
The book is divided into five main chapters. The first, " Magical Mixture ", consists of some eight varying effects ranging from a sleight of hand routine w ith paper balls and a hat to the vanish of an electric fire. Of the eight items we particularly liked the paper ball routine, a trick with a crystal and an item called " Have a Go!". This last is based on the idea of " You Can't Be Wrong." (See Pentagram Vol. 1, No. 9) but Mr. Lewis has brought it up to the minute and has also given the reader a most excellent method for loading a fair sized object into a perspex jar. This item alone has a great value outside the use it has been put to in this particular case.
The second chapter entitled " Cartomancy " details three effects making use of playing cards. The first " Harbinesque " is a method of causing a giant card to rise, the means being the outcome of one of Robert Harbin's ideas. The second called " A Card Fan-gle " is a spectacular effect that bears a similarity to a Robertson-Keene idea, both method and effect, but in the present version the author has avoided the anti-climax that was present in the original. The third item, the " Miracle " Passing Cards, is another version of the cards across, making use of different coloured backs on the cards. By the use of one small item and good routining the reader is given a version that has a climax.
Chapter three is entitled " Gadgets " and every item detailed among the six sounds completely practical. The thimble holder described is about the simplest in construction one could wish for and yet it would seem to have every advantage.
Chapter four the author calls " Magic Macabre " and after a short introduction describes two effects. The first of these, " After Alan ", is something that the late Oswald Williams would have revelled in. The presentation is one that could be carried out on a larger scale and would bring up to date such an illusion as the " Haunted Window ". The second effect is a version of the floating skull, making use of the " Zombie " principle.
To conclude, Mr. Lewis, under the title of " Laugh, Children, Laugh!", writes some notes on the entertainment of children, followed by three original effects. Not only is novelty struck in effect but also in method. " Hindu Sweets " and the " Great Jam Fallacy " should prove firm favourites with any audience, whilst the concluding item, " Destination Moon " is an extravaganza that must have an appeal to all those who revel in strip cartoons and " Superman " comics.
For the greater number of those who have an interest in magic there is something in this book for all of them. Sleight of hand has been left along with one exception. But after the spate of books dealing with this branch of magic, it is rather a relief to turn over pages that show intent to deceive without the need for someone to think of or take a card. The book runs to some one hundred and ten pages, is well illustrated and bound in a servicable binding. " Have a Go!", " Hindu Sweets " and the " Jam Tart Fallacy " are worth far more than 18/6 each to the entertaining magician, and it follows that you are getting the remainder of the contents as a " throwaway ".
Mag,ic Q& Staund
Congratulations to Frank Boynett for his winning of the British Ring Shield at Bournemouth. It is quite a pleasant change to see a one hundred per cent, magical act achieving this honour.
This last month has been one full of magic one of the most pleasant recollections being a session with Trevor Hall and Roland Winder. Let it be recorded that in a period of three hours not a pack of cards appeared on the table.
In this issue we are more than pleased to publish Eric de la Mare's beautiful coin routine. We have been worrying, and we mean worrying, him for this ever since he showed it to us some many months back. Those who were at Bournemouth had the opportunity of witnessing it on more than one occasion. It needs work but the sensible magician knows too well that few things worthwhile are obtained without this requisite.
In the Magic Circle Festival show, the new suspension effect of Bob Harbin's was the outstanding novelty and had many guessing and talking. The presentation was a thing of great enjoyment and we can think of very few conjurers that we have seen who could handle the subject like Bob.
We have often wondered what qualities go to make a ' nark '. To the unitiated this is the person who whilst helping a performer tries either to kill or steal the act. During the Magic Circle Festival week we witnessed this odd behaviour on two occasions. The first being with Joan Rhodes. One of her assistants when offered a six inch nail and knowing the trick bent it. With such an accomplished show-woman, it mattered very little. On another evening, a person wearing a magical society badge tried some funny business with Paul Freeman. Again experience and showmanship got him out of difficulty. We know there are plenty of malevolent minded people about but why do they do this? It invariably gives the audience's sympathy to the performer and in a number of cases they make fools of themselves. Another occasion and far worse than those mentioned was a Music Hall where an amateur magician got up and tried to spoil Gali Gali's act. Magical Societies should not tolerate people like this.
Two big acts are heading westwards from the Antipodes. They are John Calvert and Maurice Rooklyn. Many readers will remember the latter's astonishing virtuosity with billiard balls when he was over here in the late thirties.
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For a long while magicians have tried to find a method of performing the well-known digit slate effect without the need for switches and the like. This method achieves that.
The Effect. Magician takes a slate and writes a prediction, which covers one side of the slate. He next takes an oblong of cardboard and placing this across the centre of the slate clips it into position. The audience can now see the words " The Total " . . . . the piece of card, and beneath this the performer's initials. The slate is turned round and on the blank side are recorded four sets of numbers given by members of the audience. These numbers in full view of the spectators are totalled and agreed. Supposing that the total is " 2711 ", the slate is turned round and the cardboard removed. The full prediction . . " The total will be 2711 ", followed by the performer's initials, is revealed.
Robert Harbin writes of it as follows :—
" You really are a most ingenious fellow. For a long time I have tried to devise a prediction without previdus knowledge, without switches, without impressions, in fact without any trouble whatever. Although I would like to have thought of this myself, allow me to give you full marks for the best and MOST PRACTICAL SELF-WORKING SLATE PREDICTION YET."
A limited number will be supplied and they can be obtained from Peter Warlock, 24, Wordsworth Road, Wallington, Surrey, price 50/-, post free. (Cash with order.)
September will bring the first big quarterly issue of THE SPHINX. To the trick section, the ten stars of the " Stars of Magic " contribute outstanding effects. If bought separately, these tricks alone would cost more than $25.
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