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Our most pleasant surprise during this month was after hearing a knock and opening the door, to see none other than Ron. Baillie. We spen a very pleasant evening hearing about magic in Morocco in general and Baillie's magic in particular. We heard of the Casablanca three-card trickster who uses his feet instead of his hands to throw and manipulate the cards. In this issue we publish one of Ron's effects that he sent us a month or two back, an effect with a plot that is ideal for a Hallowe'en party. We also got a slant on " Double Stop " , a slant that gives the performer the identity of both cards, a slant that will appear in another issue.

The Magic Circle Occult Committee have been busy during the last month. First of all, in one of the Demonstration Theatres at Guy's Hospital, Jimmy Esler, Victor Peacock, Jack Salvin and ourselves presented a number of psychic effects that were accorded a very fine reception. Later in the month, Lt.-Colonel Hurtnell showed to members of the Committee a film in which some native magic (the egg bag, rods and beads and a ball production) was followed by a version of the

Indian Rope Trick. The same evening we had the opportunity of meeting the very much publicised Dutch psychometrist, Peter Hurkus. He is a charming fellow and we wished that his stay in England had been longer in order that we could hdve spent more time with him.

We are more than pleased to publish the " Magic of Colour " in the last month's issue. In the February issue of the " Sphinx " Wilfrid Jonson pays a very nice tribute and mentions a point that we overlooked. The point in question was that Arthur Sherwood did not read books on conjuring. He set out for a desired goal and atia ned it without resorting to the laws laid down, even though unconsciously he obeyed those laws that make good magic. There are parallels to this in many walks of life, and one that most comes to mind is in respect of that veteran horticulturist, George Russell, creator of the Russell Lupins. We quote from the "Observer" of June 18th, 1950 : " Some growers work to scientific principles. If Russell did so, he seems to have been unaware of it. He once had a copy

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There have been very many versions of the torn and restored newspaper, and no doubt there will be very many more. Nevertheless it is refreshing to find in this present version a different approach and indeed a new method. With appropriate patter, (an excellent story is provided), the magician folds a newspaper and slashes through the edges with a paper knife. The paper is folded once more and again the paper is cut. Again it is folded and again it is cut. One corner is now taken, the paper is given a shake and it is- completely restored. This could find a place in most miscellaneous acts and is ideal for a magical compere. At the price it is a gift !

THE RAMSAY, FARELLI TRILOGY__There are two standards by which all books on conjuring must be judged; the first is to determine what the author has set out to do and the second is to assess the measure of his success in the treatment of his subject. Although not directly avowed, it is implicit in the writing of these three books that John Ramsay has designed his tricks more to show how conjurers can be "led up the garden path" than to minister to the needs of. those with less guile. And right well does he achieve his purpose.

In the ROUTINE WITH THE CUPS AND BALLS, a well-produced book of ioi pages profusely illustrated with actual photos of John Ramsay in action, the moves and subtleties pf the inimitable John have been explained by Victor Farelli with his usual painstaking clarity. The routine might, I think, have borne a more apt title, for it differs radically from the time-honoured classic in that it demands the employment of two cups only.

Readers are told to start the routine with four small balls concealed in the right hand, but are not instructed how to secure them in position. Such a minor omission means nothing at all to an experienced manipulator, but might give a headache to a resourceless amateur with no desire to commence his performance with this very clever routine.

My own opinion is that the sixth chapter by giving an out-of-tbe-picture corftmonplaceness to a brilliant series of moves, detracts from rather than adds to the value of the routine by making a very doubtful climax.

The very thorough History of the Cups and Balls trick (25 pages) written by Victor Farelli calls for unstinted praise. It should make a special appeal to the conjurer who sees in hjs art something more than mere finger-flinging and the treating of playing cards to a dressing of Zinc-steaarate.

There is also a Bibliography (x 1 pages) which should be of more than passing interest to an earnest student of conjuring.

CYLINDER AND COINS.—In this 33-page pamphlet our author reveals his Conjuring for Conjurers motif in no uncertain manner. Right at the commencement of the book we read : "The object of which is to throw the expert conjurer completely off the scent." Further on : "This is a feint to make the conjurers think that something has been slipped under the lid."

John Ramsay in this routine with the familiar "pile of mags" and a small piece of cork has evolved a most puzzling series of moves which includes .almost a treatise on coin manipulation. The title page of this booklet informs the reader that the manipulations are "described in the minutest detail by Victor Farelli." Indeed they are; and furthermore there are no fewer than 47 actual photographs to accompany the text, surely a record if the ample size of the illustrations is taken into account.

The trick calls for expert handling; but, as the author explicitly suggests, many "sleights with which the reader is already familiar" can be substituted for those under explanation. Yes! But there is no substitute for John Ramsay's gift of misdirection.

THE TRIPLE RESTORATION.—The title more or less tells the story. .A sheet of tissue paper torn into four pieces, after suffering further mutilations, becomes completely restored. There are three different restorations involved in the trick, all performed with that subtle touch that we associate with the work of John Ramsay. Our author in this particular booklet wishes to assure us that "as there is not a single 'feint' employed from start to finish, it cannot be classed as 'conjuring for conjjjjurers'." I am sorry that I cannot agree with him here. I opine that this very subtle series of restorations is eminently a bit of conjuring for conjurers, since it lacks the directness that must be the sine qua non of all conjuring for the tired man in the street. The fact of The Triple Restoration having no "feints" does not enter into the argument for conjuring for conjurers rarely calls for "herrings across the scent."

I am not damning this most deceptive routine with faint praise; the plan and working out are excellent and would, I am sure, mystify t'ie most attentive conjurers'." I am sorry that I cannot agree with (?) club-room.

It should be n<?ted that on page 16 the word "right" on the penultimate line should read "left."

Stanley Collins.

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of Mendel's principles, but never read it. . . .A member of the R.H.S. Floral Committee once said, ' I do not know which other lupin species Russell used in his work, but from the range of colours I suspect lupinus lexiflorus, 1. lepidus, etc., have all played some part. To such analyses, Mr. Russell reacts with a look of gratification touched with mild surprise '."

It is with regret that we notice that Oscar Paulson- has had to resign the post of editorship of the " Magi ", for his editorials have not only been entertaining but also have carried some very good morals regarding conjuring. We wish his successor the best of luck.

Also with regret, a regret that must be shared by many, is the news that " BAT "is to be discontinued. Lloyd Jones has done a marvellous job of work in giving magicians worth-while magic free from apparatus.

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Somewhere in Volume 29 of the Linking Ring, in a Parade by Eddie Joseph, he outlines a transmission effect wherein one of three articles is successfully discovered, after a selection has been made while the medium is out of the room.

The article is merely pointed to, and is not touched in any way. The effect is excellent, but has the serious drawback of requiring the committal to memory of the alphabet linked up with the initial letter of the articles with which the transmission is carried out.

I considered the item much too good to be passed over lightly, and after some cogitation have worked it successfully many times by the use of a much simpler method. It occurred to me that Pentagram readers might be interested in my method.

First let me outline the possibilities : three common articles, of the type carried in the pocket, are taken by the performer and laid on a table, the medium need not see these until she comes into the room to discover which has been pointed to. Actually she need not come into the room, a member of the audience may take the articles to her, wherever she may be, yet she will unfailingly indicate the article chosen.

The method is simple : and I have related it to the length of the various items, in fact using this method, the number of items might be extended, but I have found that the effect with three is in certain cases bewildering.

Let us suppose that the three items offered are: A wallet, cigarette lighter, season ticket case. In order of length these will be LONG wallet; MEDIUM season ticket case; SHORT cigarette lighter. The medium only considers the length of the article, the article itself is of no interest to her.

Each performer will use his own method as to how these things are indicated, if I describe my way of doing this, modifications suitable to each individual will be easily found.

If I ask someone to call the medium into the room, she knows that LONG is indicated. If I suggest that thé articles be taken to her, she knows that MEDIUM is coded here. If the SHORT one is selected I ask someone to take the articles in hand, place them behind their back and wait for the medium to enter, as she does not see them at once, she knows that the answer is SHORT.

No word is spoken by the performer after telling someone what is to be done. If the articles are chosen after the medium has left the room and she does not see them until asked to discover the selected one, the effect is very startling, particularly if the medium has some acting ability.

I said at the beginning that the articles are freely offered and accepted, one must make small reservation here, naturally the performer will tactfully exclude those who do not differ distinctly in length. I have done this many times, and no one has ever suggested that any restriction was placed on freedom of choice of selected articles.



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