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Q. Are you in favour of exposing Magic ?

A. As Joad might say, it all depends on what you mean by exposing. If you mean the elucidation of the fundamental principles of conjuring and magic, I most heartily approve of it. But although several abortive attempts have been made, no one as yet has been successful, even in part, in co-ordinating the essentials of the two arts.

Q. What is an illusion ?

A. The popular belief that a mere conjurer is a magician.

Q. Should I title myself Professor ?

A. No! Although no one is likely to challenge the imposture, there are better ways of getting a laugh.

Q. Some card tricks I find very easy, but some are very difficult. What do you suggest as a help ?

A. You just take the rough with the smooth.

Q. Should I use a Magic Wand ?

A. Certainly ! But be sure that you also wear a sugar-loaf hat and a flowing robe adorned with cabalistic characters. - And it would be as well to have a draped table with a hidden assistant under it.

Q. Should I open my address with the words " Ladies and Gentlemen " ?

A. No ! Leave that nonsense to the fair-ground barkers, racecourse tipsters, flash auctioneers, political touts, parliamentary candidates and other cheap jacks. Remember that David Devant never opened his entertainment with " Ladies and Gentlemen."

Q. How is a rabbit produced from a hat ?

A. Not by its ears, i hope ! How would you like to be lifted from Mother Earth by your ears ?

Q. Should a conjurer call himself GREAT ?

A. He can call himself what he likes : it is what the public calls him that matters. The really great men among us have never used that adjective : its employment is a sure sign of mediocrity.

NEW PENTAGRAM GRADING.—A maximum award of Ten Points in the following categories (when applicable) (A)—Physical Make-up (B)— Quality of Material (C)— Value to Magic (D)—Clarity (E)—Illustrations (F)—Readability ■ (G)—Sincerity TOTAL 70 POINTS

" MAGIC WITH SMALL APPARATUS " Volume 1

by Jules Dhotel, M.D. (translated by Paul Fleming). (Published by the Fleming Book Company of Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, U.S.A., price 5 dollars, English price 28/-).

This is the first translated instalment of M. Dhotel's monumental work " Les Prestidigitation Sans Bagages." Its format and binding are that of the Fleming Classic series. In the whole of the series some nearly two thouand items (all cannot be classed as conjuring effects, for puzzles and similar diversions are included).

The book commences with a translation of the author's Preface, this being followed by a special Preface to the American edition by the translator, Mr. Fleming. In this the reader is given some interesting information regarding the work.

Whilst Dr. Dhotel sets out in this work to detail effects that only involve small apparatus, it does not mean that the such effects are only suitable for close-up performance. The first volume covers tricks, puzzles and diversions with the following ¡—matches and match-boxes, animals, rings, wands, candles, fire, flames and shooting, balls, corks, and muscades.

The border of Chapters has been retained from the French edition which is alphabetical (i.e., (1) Allume tes (matches) etc.).

Much of Dr. Dhotel's newer material is from French sources. This is something that has an advantage for to those, who through the language difficulty or lack of access to French works, will be able to read a number of effects for the first time. In the first section . . . Matches and MatchBoxes, the author has given the reader some sixty pages of interesting material. (At this point we agree to disagree with Mr. John Mulholland who, on the dust jacket, states that the work is encyclopaedic, for Dr. Dhotel would require something nearer to six hundred pages to tackle even match tricks, etc., in a complete manner.) The next section, dealing with animals, we found disappointing for whilst the " Magical Thaumotrope " makes a flying start and the note on the Vanishing Bird Cage a good finish, the tricks with flies we found most nauseating. The section dealing with rings covers some thirty pages. The brevity of this Chapter makes one realise how little attention has been given by originators to this article. We were surprised that there were no version of ring releases (from string or wand). The next section, however, makes full atonement, for in dealing with tricks with wands, the author gives nearly fifty pages of very solid material. This is followed by yet another excellent Chapter dealing with candles, fire, flames, etc. Outstanding here (as mentioned in last month's " Magic-Go-Round " is the Diavol-Hedolt Floating Candle routine. This is a one-man stage presentation which leaves little to be desired. The last section, dealing with balls and corks, over eighty pages are devoted to various kinds of tricks with billiard balls, golf balls, etc.

The book is well illustrated and the explanations are concise. It is undoubtedly part of a great work and its value as a work of reference will be undisputed. The gratitude of English-speaking magicians to Mr. Paul Fleming for his excellent translation is something that cannot be easily expressed.

" Pentagram " Grading : 67 points. Unreservedly recommended.

" MAGIC AT YOUR FINGERTIPS" by Milbourne Christopher and " Hen " Fetoch. (Published by Maryland Magic Studios, price 2 dollars).

This is a well-printed and illustrated booklet of some forty-odd pages by two well-known magicians. There are in all thirty-three effects. We think that the conclusion should have formed part of the Preface, for here the author's write : " We hope you haven't read through this book without trying the various tricks and ideas."

It is an all to important fact that the reader cannot always visualise the full effect from the printed illustrations. The first Chapter deals with "Close-up Magic." Here the " Climax Cup and Ball " and " Dollar in Orange " effects are two " naturals " for the close-up performer who has personality. " Impromptu Changing Bag " is a splendid idea. Besides these there are items with thimbles, cigarettes, matches and a drinking cup.

Chapter Two deals with " Mental Magic." After starting with a lovely angle on a psychometry test, two versions of Karson's " Seven Rings to Baldpate " follow. We know the first is good because we have been using a similar version since 1938. The second is a clever stunt reversing the procedure, for instead of the mentalist finding the key that fits a lock he finds which of seven locks has been opened. This Chapter concludes with " Mental Projection." In the hands of one used to mentalistic presentation this could be a miracle.

Chapter Three contains some novel ideas with cards, from which we should like to single out for mention " Tear the Cards "— a lovely idea and the " Etho Vanishing Cardcase."

Chapter Four is entitled " Silk Magic." " Lightning Production." " The Go Between Silk " with an accompanying routine and " Silk Through Body " are all good.

" Variety Magic " is the final Chapter, and for special mention are Dean Longfellows " Rope Through Neck " and " Xo4 Rope Trick " and the " Dixie Cup Vanish."

Altogether a splendid two dollars worth with nearly all the apparatus at hand.

" Pentagram" Grading (points lost on binding) :

57 points. Unreservedly recommended.

"MASTERED AMAZEMENT" by Al Koran and Jack Lamonte. (Published by George Armstrong (" Magic Wand") price 10/-).

Here is another book of really practicable effects requiring little or no apparatus. Notes, coins, cigarettes, thimbles and cards are all dealt with. Combined with those two marvellous pieces of natural apparatus—the hands—the authors have introduced some nice subtleties.

In the first section dealing with money, we should like to single out for mention " The Last Word Note Routine." " The Master Close-up Vanish " is excellent if you dress the right way (or wrong way in our opinion).

In " Cigarette Sorcery," the perfect " Cig-Switch " is just that. The " Chapeau Cigarettes " is a novel effect with a something extra.

" Thimble Amazement " is a short Chapter which should open up a new line of thought.

" Pasteboard Parade " contains some very good things for the card worker. A lot has already been said and written regarding the excellence of Al Koran's " Miracle Card Stab." We can only add our endorsement. This effect has as its base a very clever location idea which appeared some years back in the " Genii." For a close-up effect with a borrowed deck it is hard to beat. Equally good, in our opinion, is " Corresponding Colours." The false cut, which Jack Lamonte re-describes, is also very useful. This is a book in which the sincerity and enthusiasm is apparent all the way. The book consists of some sixty-six pages, is profusely illustrated and clearly printed.

" Pentagram" Grading : 57 points (points lost on binding). Unreservedly recommended.

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Contrasts and Viewpoints.—Whilst we were staying in Birmingham for Goodliffe's Jam session, we witnessed at an after-the-show get together what was, to us, the most repulsive presentation of fire-eating. We were glad we didn't walk out for this same conjurer gave a performance of " Snowstorm in China " that was superb. We felt that in this alone our visit had been repaid. Next to us was a very stylish performer of at least three effects. To him we commented on the beauty of the effect. " But what's the good of it, you can't do it in cabaret," he replied. So there you are !

Some little time ago we commented on the amazing card technique of Fred Robinson, the magician-bookseller. We had the opportunity of a day's session with Fred ; a session that convinced us beyond all doubt that there is no card-table worker to equal him in this country. Readers will be interested to know that just for practice this expert will deal seconds from the middle and bottom, alternatively, at speed. This brings us to the new book " Basic Card Technique." The other day we had the opportunity of seeing the " galleys " of this book and were favourably impressed, for it covers very completely the field of card technique. Its primary purpose is to teach the best way of performing a known sleight, this the diligent newcomer to card work can, by the simplest process of turning to page —, find the best way suited to himself for achieving a desired result. Whilst with Max Andrews, we were shown the Scalbert Brothers' " Master Mystery." This two-person routine, nicely printed and with the necessary accessories, sells at 15/-. As in the " Mystery of the Seventh Card " the means of coding certain objects has been mechanised. To the conjurer who does not wish to devote a lot of time to practice, here is a method of thought-transference which, properly presented, should earn him a reputation.

At Unique Studios the same day we had the opportunity of seeing the new lighted bulb effect. Voltaire, whose energy seems inexhaustible is responsible for the ' something' that makes this impossible for the back-room copyist to market. For the first time a magically lit bulb gives a light comprehensible to its size. Later the same day, after a lecture at the L.S.M., several of us, including Louis Histed, adjourned to Geoff. Robinson's flat. A very enjoyable session followed in which we were treated to a presentation of the " Jiffy " slate and Louis Histed's " Rising Cards." It seems amazing that despite the fact that this latter effect was published some years back in the " Magic Circular," few people seem to have constructed it. This was Friday and we were greatly impressed by the enthusiasm of Geoffrey Robinson, who, receiving last month's " Pentagram " on the Tuesday, had nearly finished constructing " Who'll Bell the Cat ? "

We and our contemporary, " Abracadabra," were premature in announcing the date of the next I.B.M. Convention. Apparently a last minute snag upset what seemed to be perfect arrangement.

From Watson's Publications comes a copy of a book entitled " Money from Entertaining," by Bruce Grove. The selling price is 6/- with stiff cover or 3/6 limp covers. The author who has had a deal of experience as a conjurer in the concert world, gives some sound advice. On many phases of entertaining in the concert world. The business side, a thing which is very important and which so many have to learn by hard experience, is efficiently dealt with. Our only comment is that we should have liked to have seen an advocation for higher fees. At the end of the book, which runs to approximately ninety pages, particulars of V.A.F., C.A.A., and British Equity are given. A very handy book.

Hamley's have just issued a new catalogue, the largest for many years. In the one hundred and fifty pages all types of effects are covered.

Cdtuwid Qewtge Siwwn

On Hallowe'en, 1947, the Magic Circle held its " National Day of Magic" Show. On this gala occasion, Edward G. Brown gave the most brilliant stage performance of his career ; after the show he returned to his home at New Eltham, sat down, and quietly slipped away from this world.

" E.G." a banker by profession and a great conjurer by nature, was beloved by all who knew him. Here was indeed a magical giant forever devising new subtleties and sleights which culminated in such magnificent displays of " Magic for Magicians." He was ever ready to help the genuine student in the attainment of perfection ; of apparatus for apparatus's sake he had no use, and if the brain and that wonderful piece of apparatus, the hands, were capable of producing an effect where a lesser mind would use a fake or piece of apparatus, the brain in conjunction with the hands would achieve the desired end. Being a purist in magic, it was only natural that in the course of his many lectures to Magical Societies, he tried to imbue his audience with similar ideals. He published very little : the main reason that his effects were tailored for himself and a general diffusion of the methods involved would have been accomplished by general man-handling.

His passing has left us poorer, and to his wife and Olive, his daughter, I should like to add to my own expression of deep sympathy that of the many readers of this paper.—Peter Warlock.

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