" CONJURING WITH CHRISTOPHER," by Mil-bourne Christopher (published by Holden's Magic Shops, New York, U.S.A., price two dollars fifty cents.)
Jean Hugard in his preface to this book truly writes : " In this book, us in his performances, Mr. Christopher uses only magic that is entertaining. He has no time nor space for the technical perfections so dear to the heart of the ' expert ' but so boring to audiences. Here he gives us only gems of delightful magic designed to brighten the programmes of magicians who adopt them." This (though we beg to differ with Mr. Hugard on the matter of technical perfection beingboring to an audience) is well said, for inside the covers of this seventy odd page book, there are some sixty feats that should have an appeal to any conjurer whatever his type of work.
Mr. Christopher does not suggest that the effects can be performed with perfection five minutes after leading the instructions (a fact that may deter a number of our magical illiterates from reading further). In fact his prelude chapter on " Practice " summarises this matter with brevity by writing " Each trick in this book could well bear a label ' Practice well before performing.' "
The book proper is divided into seven parts; the first is " Intimate Trickery " in which a number of close up items are dealt with. To our own way of thinking, the gem of this section is the " Magic Mirror," in which a small marked mirror vanishes and re-appears under impossible conditions. To the trick itself, the author has added a sane background of story telling. The next section is " Money Magic " and herein appear a. number of effects with notes and coins. " The Two Bill Trick," the " Midas Touch " and " Bill on String " are all charming pieces of chicanery. Section Three deals with " Rope Wizardry " and besides actual tricks involving rope and in some cases rings and ropes, the author passes on some excellent puzzles.
"Conjuring with Cards" comprises section four.
Card Call " and the " Card Revealed " are two excellent little mysteries in this section. " Mental Magic " comes next and all these effects described show the merit of real performance. It may interest readers to know in this respect that when talking to our friend Maurice Fogel regarding a current book on mentalism, Maurice suddenly said ..." Have you read Christopher's book ? " We said " Yes," and without waiting for
MAGIC GO ROUND—continued from opposite page an opportunity of seeing Geoffrey in action at Chicago in May. In the February issue we have a nice little item by Dr. Jaks, whp apart from many choice items in the " Jinx " and the " Phoenix " was responsible for the " Supersonic Card Trick."
London will have two magic Festivals this year. Besides the usual Magic Circle one in October, Harry Stanley is sponsoring an International week of magic at the Scala in May. Probably the outstanding act will be Willane, who in the latter half of the programme will present a novelty that will have to be seen to be believed.
It is good to know that Percy Naldrett has made good progress and is back on his feet again. Steeped in the tradition of the good old days, Percy is no diehard in suggesting that things are not what they were. Nobody has served the
Maurice tc say any more, we added " You mean the ' Action Test ? This effect stands out a mile not for its method (a thing which after all is of small moment), and is worth not the price, but three times the price of the book. Its directness combined with its visual appeal will take it into many many programmes. The " Best Seller Book Test " and " Card Reflected " (a variation of a Jardine Ellis theme) are also excellent items.
The , last section dealing with tricks is " Stage Magic." The author in his first paragraph so truly says "A trick does not have to be large to be effective on the stage."* If only some of our wonder workers with their monstrous boxes could realise this. For colour and effect we think that the " Pop Through Production Frame " takes pride of place with A Hair Raising Illusion " coming second.
The author concludes his book with a chapter on routining, and from the effects described in the book gives some five programmes which bear out his observations.
This is a book we should have hated to have missed for its conciseness in description carries with it the personal charm of the writer. Some of the effects are not necessarily new, and a few have appeared in magazines, but that must not stop you buying a most delightful and worthwhile book.
" POKERISM," by Jack Yates (published by the author at 8, Ripon Road, West End, Oswaldtwistle, Lanes., price 2/6).
Whilst there is a touch of Stewart James about this routine, there is certainly no suggestion of plagiarism. The dealer deals five poker hands and the conjurer has the winning hand. One player drops from the game and four hands are dealt. Again the conjurer wins. With one more dropping out of the game and with a dealing of three hands, the conjurer wins again. Finally, two players are left (and in accordance with the story, the player secretly changes his hand with the conjurer), who despite this manages to come through with a winning hand.
The routine requires no skill and is free from any snags; however, the better card worker that you are, the better will be the effect that you can obtain. Recommended.
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(F) Commencing with left hand, remove one ball from hat to left and place on table, then with right hand remove one ball from hat to right, and continue with each hand alternating until five balls are again on the table.
(G) Commencing with right hand, lift one ball and place in hat to right, then with left hand place one ball in hat to left, and continue with each hand alternating until ail balls are again in the hats (i.e., 5 in right and 2 in left).
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EDITOR'S' NOTE. Magicians to-day owe a deep debt of gratitude to Dr. Jaks for the very mp,ny excellent effects that he has given to them at various times. Last year his "Supersonic Prediction" was a best seller both in America and here. All his ideas are characterised by their subtlety. Dr. Jaks specialises in close-up and table work. He has recently returned from a trip to South America and in his own words "eir'oyed doing mentalism on the ocean!" P.W.
The effect is as follows :—After a card is selected from a pack, the drawer is, after looking at it, requested to write on a small tablet which the magician hands to him or her, the words, " What is my card ? " A tumbler filled with water is then brought forward and the drawer is requested to drop the inscribed tablet into it. Thousands of bubbles obscure the transparency of the contents. The glass is lowered to that the selector of the card can see inside . . . the bubbles diminish in intensity and finally disap pear sp that the spectator sees written (apparently in the water) the name of the card that he or she chose !
The method is charmingly simple, and is based on an idea of mine that appeared in Jinx, Page 404, entitled " Crystal-Vivo." The reader will require some Alka Seltzer tablets, a small celluloid disc nearly as large as the bottom of the tumbler, and a pack of cards. On the celluloid is written in either ink or pencil the name of> say, the Ace of Hearts. The disc is then placed in the right-hand pocket or in some place where it is easily and instantly accessible. The Alka Seltzer tablet, together with a pencil, is placed in a right-hand pocket. The Ace of Hearts is placed on top of the pack. With the tumbler of water at hand the magician is ready to commence.
First of all, the Ace of Hearts is forced on the assisting spectator. The type of force used must be left to the discretion and ability of the performer. The most important thing, as at all times when a card is forced, is that the spectator, who has heard of such things, must be convinced that he has had the choice of any card in the pack. The assistant, whilst the performer turns aside, is requested to look at the card taken, remember it, and then place it out of sight. Whilst, as he is half turned to the audience, the magician is giving these directions, he obtains possession of the celluloid disc with his right hand. The necessary chores having been carried out" by the. spectator, the magician turns round, and with his right hand (the celluloid disc will not interfere with this) takes the tablet and pencil from his pocket and requests the spectator to write on the tablet the sentence, " What is my card " At this point the left hand, picks up the glass of water and rests it on the right hand. It is held in such a way and at such a height that the assistant cannot look down into it. The dropping of the tablet is requested. Immediately it enters the water it bubbles away like mad in a rather spooky kind of way. Finally, the whole tablet disintegrates and the water is clear. Whilst the effervescence is going on the magician gradually lowers his hand until, when the effervescence stops, the spectator can look right down to the bottom of the glass and read the name of his card. The performer finally palms off the celluloid disc and places down the tumbler. The odds are very much in favour of someone at this point picking up the glass and minutely examining it.
Sometimes I vary the presentation. Instead of having a card selected, I invite someone to write down a question on the tablet. Whilst this is being done, I am blindfolded. The spectator is requested to place the tablet on the table, and as he does so I glimpse the question. At this point I obtain possession of a white-yellow celluloid disc (against the hand this looks flesh colour), and by means of a nail writer, either behind my back or under the table (according to the circumstances of the performance) I write a veiy, very brief answer to their question. From that point onwards the procedure is as with the playing card version.
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