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For the lateness of the previous issue, our sincere apologies. A breakdown of a linotype machine at our printers plus the intervention of the Cotswold Assembly (which carried George Armstrong away from London) were the causes.

On Saturday, May 7th, Robert Harbin got a nice spot of publicity by means of radio. In the " In Town To-night " feature he presented his version of " Sawing through a Woman," followed by an improved version of the Abbott method. The " Sunday Dispatch " gave him a nice write-up on the following day. Bob was all booked for some publicity like this some time back, but a statement given to the Press at N.A.M.S. Exeter meeting regarding the pole to pole method interfered.

In this number will be found a letter from Billy McComb. Before readers start telling us that there is little new in this force of a die, we would like them to read through and note the really natural method of handling matchbox and die.

In the January number of the " Pentagram " (published on the 28th of that month) we brought up a number of points regarding N.A.M.S. Some three weeks later Abracadabra followed this up with certain criticisms. Now the oldest of British publications, the " Magic Wand " has joined the queue. The main grumble seems to be money, and it is comforting to know that the matter of future financial policy was considered at the Manchester meeting. For all this members of the Magic Circle may well ask when the Annual General Meeting arrives, what N.A.M.S. has done lor magic as a whole for their own Society in particular. The expenses of this particular Society caused through N.A.M.S. are very high, possibly nearly a couple of hundred pounds. In return for this one twenty two line report of the Exeter meeting appeared in the December, 1948, Magic Circular, whilst in the current number a page and a half is devoted to the Manchester meeting. This is all that the members get. Even the book reviews, which could be valuable, are not sent to every member. If they arc required members

Qa ¿Round must write to the Hon. Secretary. We have made the suggestion that a N.A.M.S. notice board should be placed in the Circle clubroom. On this members can be posted regarding the latest information regarding N.A.M.S. The suggestion has been adopted and we look forward to seeing the idea take tangible shape.

We have had some nice reports regarding Robert Tothill's " Shadow," that appeared in last month's issue. We feel sure that when Bruce Elliott reads the effect, he will think that the idea was inspired by Nightmare Alley Gresham's effect " Nightmare Allez." Such is not the case. Actually Bob Tothill sent the effect across to Ted. Annemann for the " Jinx " in the early days of the war; enemy submarine activity was busy in the Atlantic at the time, and the original of " The Shadow " became food for fishes.

We had a very nice trip to Cardiff at the end of April, and appreciated the audience that on a Saturday evening turned up to hear a talk on that favourite butt of illiterate conjurers—mentalism. We were particularly grateful to both Jimmy Douglas and Tudor Brock who acted as hosts to us.

Next month, we hope that the " Pentagram " will be a Douglas Dexter issue. At the moment we are waiting for one very important effect to complete it. This will be an unpublished effect of Douglas Dexter's, contributed by his son, Kenneth Dexter. Besides this there will be a contribution by S. H. Sharpe and a lovely card presentation by John Young called the " Ghost of a Curse." This latter is one of the best " stoty " card effects that we have ever seen. Dexter was a great artist, and to-day we know of no magician comparable to him. It seems an amazing thing, considering how much he did and achieved for the Magic Circle, that in its clubroom there is not even a photograph on the wall.

The next meeting of N.A.M.S. is to be held at Birmingham. It is scheduled for a noted day in English History the Fifth of .Vovemher. Perhaps this augnrs something !

Peter Warlock'« "MODES FOR WKNTALI&TS " No. 4 The Gap in the Curtain-

A triple prediction effect introducing two entirely new principles.

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