MAURICE S. HOWARTH
THE ODD title is derived from "Town
Skryer" by Orson Welles and "In the Ring"
by Dr. Jaks, both taken from " The Phoenix."
Both the above effects let the assistants into part of the secret of the trick during the action of the effect, and depend very much on the co-operation of the assistants. If these gentlemen can be squared before the show, you are on velvet. We all know what Anne.nann said on the subject of using squared assistants.
Requirements. Force deck indifferent card on the bottom. My deck is a 9 H. all alike with a 4S. at the bottom.
Tumbler of water.
Preparation, (a) Cut index of 4 S. from midget card and glue this behind the stone or main face of the ring.
(b) Attach the midget 9 H. to the bottom of the tumbler with clear Durex tape, so that the card can be seen through the water.
Two assistants one each side of stage both gentlemen being stood, you won't keep them long.
Spread the deck on the table, pick up gim-micked tumbler ask Mr. Right to touch one card in the spread when he has got one ask him to look at it, but not to show to the audience yet. Ask Mr. Left to look into the tumbler as though it is a crystal and to imagine he can visualise a. playing card in the depths of the water. Ask him if he has got one, look him squarely in the eyes as you ask him, just so he won't hedge. Then ask him to name it. When he does. Tell Mr. Right to show his selected card. When he does you breathe easy.
Place tumbler back on table.
Pick up the deck. Reverse fan it so that the only card indexes that can be seen will be those of the bottom card the 4 S.
Ask Mr. Left to think of a card that he can see in the fan, finger the fan as if indicating he could think of any card.
Orson Welles says give the gent a broad wink as you ask him to think of: " One card he can see in the fan." Ask him if he has got on one, tell him to keep in his mind.
Take ring off finger after putting deck in pocket keeping faces hidden. Place ring on back of right hand making sure it is right way up to read index 4 S. Tell Mr. Right to look in stone of ring as if it was a crystal and to name a card he sees there. When he names it quickly turn to Mr. Left asking if that is correct. He of course, will reply in the affirmative.
The effect is very strong for the work done and couldn't be more direct. The only thing it is not for the meek; and feel you must take the bull by the horns when performing it, indeed to me it is a party piece rather than something to perform at a paid booking just in case it doesn't click.
Magicians get the force deck part and then are all at sea when you come to the fan force.
It is always of interest to note how the straight theatrical performance can create atmosphere seldom if ever achieved by a variety performance. Whilst watching ' Bell, Book and Candle' and being literally spellbound by the truly witchlike performance of Joan Greenwood and her Siamese cat Pywacket, as they were bathed in the firelight, it was Eric de la Mare who leaned across and commented on the fact that this was the setting for a quarter of the tricks in the JINX.
Incidentally we have had some very nice comments regarding the fine Malini issue that Eric gave us. All his friends will be sorry to know that he is in hospital at the moment.
If there were an annual prize offered to the individual who had, through his own artistic and financial efforts, helped to raise the standard of magical technique we feel certain that it would go to Harry Stanley, for in written form in the " Gen " and in stage presentation at Victoria Halls, he has gone to endless trouble to show embryonic magicians the best in magic.
We call to mind the January 1st show at Victoria Halls. To have as we did, Channing Pollock and Marconick in the same bill was a feast for magical gourmets. Whilst Channing Pollock's marvellous act has now been seen by most magicians, the sight of Marconick's newest presentation was the perogative of those who visited the last International Congress at Amsterdam. This young man using silks, which because of their intangibility are hardest of all manipulative objects to handle, offered so many novelties in the course of a few minutes that one was left virtually stunned by delightfully restrained virtuosity. Never since we saw Arthur Sherwood present his "Magic Pure and Simple " for the first time some thirty odd years ago have we witnessed such faultless magic with silks.
Another year has flown away, a year which has been fruitful for magicians in this country . . . they have seen three acts completely new to them, Jay Marshall, Ade and True Duval, Rene Septembre and Channing Pollock. They have had a fine lecture by Milbourne Christopher and a whole series of demonstration and lectures by that greatest of all natural magicians, Dai Vernon. Goodliffe also brought over Dorny.
Sorcar stayed eight weeks in Paris. So far as we know no English magus thought it worth a special trip to see this much vaunted show. Comments from well informed Continental sources were far from favourable and in many cases scathing, particular stress being laid upon the number of effects which had been borrowed (?) from the world's greatest illusionist, Kalanag.
Just to hand is the Ireland Year Book for 1955, which as usual is full of good things. The main difference in this particular issue is the inclusion of effects and ideas from British magi. Billy McComb contributes a complete act, whilst effects from the pens of Jack Avis, John Derris, Roy Walton, Bobby Bernard and Frederica will be found. Mario comes up with still another version of the evergreen four aces.
It was very nice to hear from our old friend Archie Byford the other day. He sent us along his very clever effect ' Psychoma' which is now obtainable again from the dealers at the modest price of 5s. 6d.
If you are not acquainted with the effect it goes like this . . . Five folded cards without any visible distinguishing mark are handed to a spectator. On opening the folders he finds that each carries inside a different design. One is freely chosen by the spectator and under seemingly impossible conditions athe performer is able to divine the design selected.
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