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tained, i.e., the second card goes underneath the first, the second under the third, and so on. As he does this the conjurer half turns his head so that the spectator is aware that he is not trying to get any psychological reaction. When about a dozen cards have been shown in this manner the conjurer turns and faces the spectator. At the same time he replaces the cards he is holding in the right hand on top of the rest of the deck that is in the left hand, the tip of the little finger holding a break. The pack at this moment is horizontal with the ground.) You have, no doubt, by now noted the card in question. (As the conjurer says this he looks straight at the spectator, lets his hands drop slightly and makes the regular two-handed pass. As the spectator was purposely asked to make his number not more than twelve his answer must be in the affirmative.) You have, Sir ? In that case I should like you to cut off a portion of the pack that is bound to contain your card. In order not to give me any clue to its position, let's say you cut the pack and take about half. (The spectator cuts the pack which has in the interim been placed on the table, and the conjurer picks up the remaining half. Remember that the twelve that were at the top of the deck are now in the same order at the bottom, the twelfth card from the bottom being the locator. The conjurer picks up the remaining bottom half with his right hand, and as he places it in the left hand, locates the key card and holds a break so that he is ready to execute another two handed pass. Again the cards are in a horizontal position with the ground.) Now, Sir, for the first time I want you to tell the audience the number you had in mind. (At this point the conjurer repeats his previous manoeuvre, i.e., as he addresses the spectator he looks straight at him, drops the cards slightly in making the pass. This has the effect of bringing the spectator's chosen card into the original position, but this time it is in the performer's heap.) Eight, Sir ? Thank you very much. What I want you to do now is to count very slowly down your packet until you get to the eighth card. I zvill also do the same with my packet. (Seven cards are dealt off, the conjurer halting the spectator before the eighth card is dealt.) I am going to attempt something very difficult : I am going to make the card, which, mind you, Sir, you only thought of, leap from your own packet to the one I am holding. What was the card you remembered? The Six of Clubs ? Watch . . . did you see it go ? It has though. Just turn over your eighth card. (The spectator turns over the next card revealing an entirely different one from that which he had chosen. Slowly and deliberately the conjurer turns over his eighth card, showing it to be thf spectator's card.) And there you are, Sir, the six of Clubs ... a champion leaper !

NEW PENTAGRAM GRADING.—A tnaxiwutn awavd of Ten Points iti the follozvitig categories (zvhew applicable) .*— {A)—Physical Make-up {B)—Quality of Material (C)— Value to Magic (D)—Clarity (E)—Illustrations (F)-Readibility (G)—Sincerity TOTAL 70 POINTS

" THE ROYAL ROAD TO CARD MAGIC " by Jean Hugard and Fred Braue (published by Harper Bros, of Neiv York). Price Four dollars.

This book belongs to the " Harper Hobby Series." The aim of this series is that of teaching something worthwhile using step by step methods. To a wide awake publisher the choice of the present collaborators must have been an automatic one, their previous writings having proved not only an excellent teaching ability but also most extensive knowledge of card work. Paul Fleming writes a preface introducing the writers in his usual well-informed manner.

The method of teaching in this book is that similar to the way adopted by our own Wilfrid Jonson in " But Not to Play," namely a sleight or subterfuge is first explained, followed by an effect or number of effects using this particular piece of artifice. The authors are . extremely clever for with the first chapter, which explains the false shuffle in a way that it can be quickly mastered by the reader, several good effects follow as corollaries. The beginner with this encouraging start will be inclined to tackle with gusto the succeeding sleights that involve greater skill, and, as he can so easily see from the off-shoot effects, greater miracles ! The sleights covered include all those that should form part of the apprenticeship of any would-be card magician, and though such sleights are far from the expert field, we feel that the learner, making a complete mastery of all these sleights and effects would not find his work despised by those acknowledged as experts. The following are the sleights or artifices dealt with : Riffle Shuffle, palm, double lift, glimpse, pass, backslip, reverses, force, top and bottom changes. There are also chapters dealing with " key " cards and a pre-arranged pack. Accompanying these are nearly seventy effects and also ii large number of card flourishes. The magical purist may take a poor view of the treatment of certain card classics, but it is quite obvious that the classic itself had a previous history.

The book has some three hundred pages, is well printed on heavy paper. Drawings which are profuse, are by Frank Rigney (with whom readers of Hugard's Monthly will be familiar). The binding is in dark blue cloth, and unlike most English bindings to-day should be read near a fire without the covers curling.

Whilst this book is primarily intended for the beginner, we feel sure that there are a minority who could find nothing new within its covers. For the teacher of conjuring it offers an admirable textbook for his students. Unreservedly reconnnended. 59 points.

"MAGIC AS A HOBBY" by Bruce Elliott (published by Harper Bros., New York) price 3.50 dollars.

This is also a " Harper Hobby Series " publication, and has a sub-title of " New Tricks for Amateur Performers." Orson Welles writes a foreword, parts of which we should like to see writ in illuminated letters, framed and hung on the walls of every magic clubroom in this country. We'll just quote two sentences : " There are some fine entertainers who use magic props in the sole service of comedy, but they are no more magicians than the clown with the break-azvay fiddle is a violinist "... and . . . " Removing from magic the element of iconder is no less disastrous than music without the element of pitch." Those words, dear reader, were written not by an armchair theorist, but by one who is an outstanding actor of international reputation. Bruce Elliott who needs no introduction, has, within the two hundred and thirty pages of this excellent book, given the element of true mystery to, the numerous feats which he describes. Many, in fact most are taken from his own outstanding broadsheet " The Phoenix," which by itself not only tells of mystery but also quality. Elliott is without doubt a man who loves magic, and in painting a picture of his love he makes it intelligible and appreciable to all but the veriest moron. There are in all some ten chapters. They are : " Sweet Simplicity " in which subtlety is the strong keynote. This chapter gave us a bit of a shock as it would seem that Walter Gibson has yet another alias. The cut string effect by Joe Barnett is outstanding and there is a very fine close-up presentation of the ' lost time ' theme. The next two chapters deal with cards and Shaman's " Spectacles of Cagliostro " is included. The fourth chapter, called " Slick Quick Tricks " is well named, for here are seemingly a score of apparently impromptu miracles. Chapter five deals with coins. The next chapter, called " Elliott's Enigmas " contains several originations of the author. We realise that it is our loss that we never struck " Sorcerer's Serpent " before, for it is a marvellous piece of visual magic accomplished by most simple means. A chapter on " Telepathy " follows and this contains a number of first-rate mental mysteries. " Slate of Mind " deals with a number of slate effects, all of which have merit of originality. The concluding chapter is on presentation. Two appendices are added ; the first dealing with the ' Hindu Shuffle ' and the ' French Drop,' whilst the other lists the names of the magic stores in the U.S.A. A fine book that is unreservedly recommended. (It has the additional merit that if the reader has not kept in touch with the " Phoenix " he can find within its covers a plethora of new and worthwhile material.) The binding is of a similar high quality to that of " The P.Dyal Road to Card Magic." The drawings, and they are excellent ones, are by L. Vosburgh Lyons. 65 points.

Both of the above books can be obtained through the Fleming Book Company at the prices of 20/- and 17/6 respectively—see page 88.

"DARLING'S MENTALE MYSTERIER " bv Aagi Darling {published by C. Steffensen, Lundtoftegade 118, Copenhagan, Denmark).

This booklet is in Danish, but a precised English translation can be obtained. Printed by offset process, there are some forty-two pages dealing with some fifteen mental and psychic feats. They are as follows :—" In-stanto Book Test," " Vibrato " (a card stabbing effect), " Tele-Hypnosis " (a novel effect which the indefatigable Bruce Elliott has already published in the " Phoenix "), " A Thriller " (a book test using a detective novel), " Tele-photrix " (mental card effect), " Pin-up Girl Test" (a mental effect with pictures suitable for stage presentation), " Suprema" (a pseudo-psychometry test), " Symbol Test" (an E.S.P. effect), " Suprediction " (this effect and " Death's Name " we think the best in the booklet), " Figura " ( a two-person test using pictures), " Numero " (a coincidence card effect which should be most effective), " A Test of the Spirits " (a form of living and Test with a novel presentation), " The Death's Name " (an excellent and Living and Dead Test), " Thought Echo " (an effect in the Annemann vein), " The Marked Card " (making use of a known subterfuge the writer has built up an excellent effect). The drawings are by Thorkild Anderson and Clement de Lion contributes a preface. All the material in the booklet seems to be practicable, and whilst there is nothing sensationally new in method, the effects have that touch of difference that makes them attractive. For Scandinavian readers particularly, and all mentalists generally, we recommend the acquisition of this book. 57 points.

ROUTINES " HOW RIGHT YOU ARE ! "—the last word on the Svengali Deck—by Lewis Ganson (published by Gen Publications). Price 5/-.

Having recently had the pleasure of seeing Mr. GansOn perform this routine, our task of reviewing is made much easier. There are three phases, all of card discovery, and an optional climax. The author, knowing

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The end of September and the beginning of October will see the foregathering of many magicians. From the 30th September until the 4th October, the British Ring Convention will take place at Bournemouth. We hope that by the time the next issue of the " Pentagram " is going to press that the names of the conjurers in the Saturday afternoon show will be available. From the 5th to the 10th October, the Magic Circle is attempting the biggest venture yet undertaken by any magical society in this country. At the Scala Theatre on these days the following acts will appear: Chris. Charlton, Arthur Dowler, Billy O'Connor, Raoul, Willane, Vernon Lee, Saveen with " Daisy May," Niberco. (Those who visited Paris last year will welcome the opportunity of seeing this phenomenal manipulator again. Those that did not see him have a treat in store) and a modern seance presented by certain members of the Magic Circle Occult Committee. (Without betraying any secrets we can anticipate that this latter item will be one of the outstanding magical " spots.") As the reader can see there should be something for everybody . . . illusions, colourful magic, magic of the hands, psychic magic, ventriloquism, and comedy. It is a show that is not only designed to please conjurers but to offer a well balanced programme to the general public who are cordially invited. Tickets are obtainable from Mr. E. G. Brittian, 57 Chatsworth Way, West Norwood, London, S.E.27.

Our friend Henri de Seevah informs us that he is now in a position to supply one, two or three-way forcing packs with an ordinary pack to match at the moderate price of 6/9. Those readers who are after some item hard to get in these days of austerity would do well to advise Mr. de Seevah. The letters, should the item not be immediately available, are filed and when such item comes to hand an advice note is sent. We know from personal experience how useful this service can be.

It has been very nice to meet Mr. and Mrs. Paul Fleming during their stay in England. To speak to one who saw the Great Kellar in his prime is an experience, and we only wish that our conjuring time formulas could be translated into terms of reality so that we too might turn back the clock and see the " greats " of the past.

Too late for review we have received Mr. C. L. Boarde's " Mainly Mental." It is of exceptional merit.

A WORD ABOUT BOOKS — continued from page 86

his magic and the average audience, has made sure that each succeeding discovery is more inexplicable. Besides this, in an introduction, he has not only initiated the beginner into the secret of the Svengali deck but also the correct way to handle it so that not the slightest suspicion should arise in the spectator's mind that anything other than a regular deck is being used. As it is impossible for the greatest card expert to attain the same results by manipulation we unreservedly recommend this routine. # # *

is now passed to the spectator who reads something to the effect that " I, . . . predict that . . . will think of the . . . of . . ." As readers will realise, the theme is not new and many, as Mr. Hall points out, have been the devices brought into use to obtain a similar effect . . . nail writers, pocket indices, and so on. Mr. Hall's version is very clean and simple in action. Besides the description of the means for obtaining the effect come all the necessaries nicely boxed. Recommended.

«'PINK LADIES" by Stewart James (obtainable from Francis Haxton, St. Anthony's," Nonsuch Walk, Cheam, Surrey). Price 5/-.

Whilst Stewart James has produced a most baffling sequence, a sequence too which can be performed whilst the conjurer is genuinely blindfolded or even sheltered behind a screen, we find it extremely difficult to see how the effect can be built into a normal presentation. Ingenuity there is in plenty, but presentation must be considered. To those who have not seen a description of the effect it consists of the performer, whilst genuinely blindfolded, first of all bringing two cards next to one another arid then locating a third selected card. A borrowed deck may be used and there are no faked cards. All Stewart James's fans will wish to add this to their collection.

" ULTIMATE IMPOSSIBILITY" by Trevor Hall (marketed by E. Sutcliffe, of 2 Sackville Street, Bradford). Price 30/-.

The effect is one where the mentalist writes something on a small card which is placed, writing side down, on the table. A spectator, is then requested to think of one card from a bunch of nearly thirty. The prophecy card

"MIND OUT OF TIME" devised and published by Peter Warlock. Price 7/6.

A full description of the effect appeared in the Pentagram for July.

Mr. Victor Farelli writes as follows:—"Neatly produced in typescript form, this manuscript is highly recommended to all magicians, and principally to those who specialize in mental effects. The effect of the routine is direct, the working is clean and there is nothing to confuse the spectators. It ought to be possible to run through the whole trick, without undue haste, in four or five minutes. Each and every ' move ' is clearly described by the author, who has never produced a better piece of magical writing. (Apparently he has taken more pains than he often does when describing a trick !) The principle employed is new, at any rate to the present reviewer who has read practically every book on card magic published in English and r French. Magicians who do not like 'prediction' effects could change the presentation and perform the trick as, say, ' The Power of Mind over Mind,' namely, suggesting (mentally) to each of the three spectators at which card he must stop. Unreservedly recommended."

We have always sold book on magic, and delivered them postpaid throughout the world to anyone who could pay us in dollars. At present we are receiving and filling orders from English conjurers, and taking payment in pounds and shillings at the exact English equivalent of the American price. For example, Sachs's Sleight of Hand, Maskelyne and Devant's Our Magic, DhoteVs Magic with Small Apparatus, Hugard's Magic Monthly (Book Edition No. i or No. 2), TarbelVs Course in Magic, Vol. i, and any other five dollar American magic book is yours for 25/-postpaid.

Translate any American price into its English equivalent, send that, amount to our English Representative (Mr. Robertson Keene, 301 Norwood Road, Southall, Middlesex), and the order will be filled promptly from the United States, with the books packed so as to arrive in perfect condition.

Any magic books now in print, whether the fine Fleming editions or the publications of others, whether old or new, are available to you under this policy.




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