On the magician's table rest three " Penguin " novels and one clothbound book (this latter would well be a volume of short stories). The " Penguins " are offered to a spectator with a request that he chooses one. The remaining two are replaced on the table and the operator picks up the clothbound book. Another spectator is requested to help. He is seated right of the Operator and is handed a small scratch pad and a pencil. Two numbers are now requested between i and 10. Supposing that they are seven and five respectively, the spectator with the book is requested to turn to page seventy-five, count down to line seven and look at the fifth word in that line. " Just put your finger on the word and show it to your next door neighbour." ..." You would hardly credit it, but last week a word was similarly chosen, and, believe it or not, on the same page and line in this volume of short stories, a similar word occurred," remarks the operator. Whilst speaking he has been thumbing the corners of the pages . . . " Page seventv-five was it, Sir ? Line 7 ? " . . . " I'll read out the contents of this line, and perhaps as a check you will write it on the pad you are holding" (this to the spectator on the right). " Perhaps you had better print it in large capitals." . . . The operator slowly reads out the line from the book he is holding, the spectator taking it down. When he has finished, the operator looks at the spectator with the book. " Are we lucky this week ? . . . Is your word repeated in the line from this book ? " The spectator replies in the negative and the magician appears slightly crestfallen. " In that case there is only one thing for me to try, that is," (operator turns to spectator with pad) " providing you are willing to co-operate . . . You will ? . . . Thank you very much." The operator goes on to say " Are you by any chance psychic ? " A negative answer is bound to given (an affirmative is only likely to be given by a would-be humourist). " In that case, Sir, would you mind letting me help that dormant sixth sense by blindfolding you ? . . . You don't mind ? . . . Excellent." Here the operator takes a silk handkerchief and blindfolds the spectator. The latter is then handed back the pencil, whilst the operator refreshes the audience's mind with the line that appeared in his book. The scratch

pad is handed to the blindfolded spectator who is asked to concentrate and then draw an ellipse on the pad. When he has done this the pencil and pad are taken from him and placed momentarily on the table, the blindfold then being removed. The pad is picked up and handed back to the spectator who is asked to read out the letters he has ringed around. He reads out (say) c.o.n.t.e.n.t. . . . " And now, Sir, what was the fifth word on the seventh line of page seventy-five ? " The answer, as the reader will guess, is " Content."

The effect may seem involved, but used as intended with small audiences, the action is quicker in actual fact than it would seem from the reading.

To the reader who does not wish to indulge in too much preparation, one " Penguin" novel is recommended. The use of two numbers between one and ten limit the choice of words in the book to eighty-two (this even includes one itself being given. The first number will be eleven and all multiples of ten are out). This is an apparently free choice of page letter and line, and members of the B.M.S. will remember it in connection with the " Whispering Joker." These words are noted and on the corresponding page of the clothbound book the operator writes in pencil a line that contains the same word broken up. As an example, word " content"... the line " cried ' Gar con.' Ten tired men heads as one." The circling on the ' Garcon," the word " ten " and " tired " provide the word, are difficult, especially should only a matter of two or three letters taking might moved the read their "con" in the " t" in Some words there be and are not capable of being accommodated in a larger word. An example of this is " Mrs." and a suggestion for this to get the word " misses " with such words : " in Islam is sessional, but nevertheless, etc." The ringing of the " m " is " Islam," the word " is " and " ses " of " sessional " giving the required word. With the clothbound book pencilled (if the reader decides on using three books, two courses are open to him : the first is to pencil three lines to genuinely cover the three books, or, alternatively, to have three similar books with continued, on page <S'q

John 3fienifon'&

" Magical

Here is a card mystery with an unprepared pack, suitable for after dinner or " at the card table" purposes. The cards are fairly shuffled, and a spectator is asked to choose one mentally as they are run through in front of his eyes.

The pack is now divided into three packets, and the spectator is asked to guess which one contains his card. One of the unchosen packets is then discarded, and the process is repeated again and again until one card only remains. The spectator turns over this card, and it is the one that he originally chose mentally.

Method. After having had the cards fairly shuffled and cut, hold them so that the bottom card faces the audience, and the rest are flush with the pack. Run through them slowly in front of a spectator, asking him to choose one of the cards that he sees, and to tell you when he has seen enough from which to make his mental selection. It is as well to add that he must not tell you to stop at the selected card, as this would make things too easy for you. When this is done, secretly mark the place where he told you to stop with your little finger. Place the cards behind your back " to avoid any suspicion." Call attention to the fact that at no time will you see the faces of the cards. Make up a small packet of about ten cards with one of those viewed fourth from the top. Give this to the spectator, and ask him to tell you whether his card is in it. Whilst he is looking through this packet, prepare another in case his card is not in the first, and continue until he finds his card. Then place this packet on the top of the pack, and put the top two cards in the middle. This leaves the mentally chosen card second from the top. The pack can now be brought from behind your back, and given a thorough false shuffle. Hold up the top card and ask whether this is the chosen card. Then show the bottom card. On being assured that neither is his card, say that it must therefore be mixed up in the pack well and truly. This falsehood is astonishingly convincing, for some reason not known to me. Now divide the pack into three approximately equal packets, and place them on a

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table. Ask him to guess which one contains his card. Take away one of the unchosen ones, taking care that it does not contain the chosen card. Spread the cards in this packet face up on the table and ask him whether his card is there. (It won't be !) Continue again and again, taking care not to put the top, or key packet, in the same place every time you lay down the three packets—to avoid any suspicion—until only half a dozen or so cards remain. Now place the chosen card all by itself as the centre packet. It is my experience that more often than not this card is chosen, in which case your trick is finished so far as you are concerned.

If it is not chosen, continue as before until there are three cards only left. If the chosen card is not guessed correctly, so well and good. If not, do not despair. Continue again and you will be left with two cards. It is now a fifty-fifty chance that he will guess correctly. If he does not, then you want to cancel any fortuitous undertakings that you may have embarked upon that day ! However, things are not so bad really, for you must quickly throw away the card he has chosen, and loudly ask the name of his card. The climax that follows completely detracts from this slight failure.

And now for the climax. You have got him to guess his card that he has previously mentally-chosen. Say that as all the cards except this last remaining one have been turned over, and have not appeared, then this last one must be his card. Appear unwilling to turn it over to prove your words. The audience always leap to the conclusion that you have managed to get rid of his card by " sleight of hand," which is the key-word for black equals white with most people. Now get the spectator to announce the name of his card. This brings the rest of the party into the trick. So far they have not participated very much, and it has been rather a two-man show. Again, getting him to announce his card avoids that awful anti-climax when a spectator says he cannot remember his card, but thinks you are right. Now ask him to turn over the card himself for all and sundry to see, and try not to look too pleased with yourself!

A WORD ABOUT BOOKS — continued from bage H8

This is a very private party to which the reader is invited to play the role of a listener, for it is written in dialogue.

The writers touch on many phases of conjuring and conjurers. A number of tricks are introduced and described. All sound practical, but the prize must go to a close-up effect which Mr. Stickland says was worked by a German-Jewish conjurer, Frankoni. Some of the ideas and advice put forward are good and the result of long experience, but we are certainly not in agreement with Mr. Stickland's opinion that the magician whose act does not produce laughs should try his hand at making a living by other means. There is also an example of loose-thinking offered by Mr. Wilson on Mental Magic. After com menting on the fact that mental effects will never take the place of pure and simple conjuring (the italics are ours') he attempts to prove his point by saying how an audience aged from 14-16 failed to appreciate a mental effect. In point of fact it was a pseudo-spiritualistic trick.

Apart from these points the book has much to commend it, and whilst the sleight of hand expert will not find any exercises for dexterity there is something for most

The authors are to be congratulated on a pioneer venture. Mr. Victor Farelli writes a most interesting Preface (we thought how apposite was his quotation of Holmes).

For the originality of conception we think this merits four stars and it carries our recommendation.

Edtdn T. Sachs

PENTAGRAM GRADING : "A"*"*"** (Five A"*"*- (Three stars)—Of Practical Value.

SLEIGHT OF HAND " by Edicin T. Sachs (fourth edition) published by the Fleming Book Co., Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, U.S.A. pries five dollars).

We must first of all comment on the physical aspect of this work. It is much easier on the eye than first, second or third editions. The binding is good and has a heavy linen finish, it carries four hundred pages. There are a total of over one hundred and thirty line drawings. After a reproduction of Edwin Sachs's Preface to the third edition there is a Preface to this edition by the Editor, Mr. Paul Fleming. In his short contribution Mr. Fleming introduces some interesting points, among them being the scarcity of pictures of Sachs.

There are two parts to the book, the first dealing with Drawing Room Magic and the second with Stage Magic. Dealing with that part devoted to Drawing Room Magic, it is an interesting thing for the student to make comparisons with Hoffman's " Modern Magic " ( for whilst both authors deal with similar effects, their approach is different, an approach making one believe that Sachs had more experience as a performer). Altogether in this section Sachs covers effects with coins, common objects (here are included the flying pieces of paper on knife, the animated penknife, and the Cut and Restored Thread. (Whilst there is an editorial footnote suggesting that string is better than thread, we know of one performer who presents a miracle uiing the original method), the Cups and Balls, Handkerchief tricks, Chinese tricks (this section contains the Chinese marhle trick, a version of which some of our readers may have seen Mr. Max Andrews perform, and the Butterfly trick. Why this latter effect has fallen into disuse we cannot think. Old members of the Magic Circle may remember William Dawkes making a feature of it some years ago), tricks at the table and tricks with cards. Prefacing the part dealing with Stage Magic, there are some remarks, which though made by one who never followed the stage as a profession, shows a deep understanding of what should constitute a stage act. Speaking of styles in magic the following is worthy of quotation : " The worst possible style to adopt is that which impresses the audience with the idea that conjuring is nothing but a mere cheat—■ a swindle from beginning to end." Stage magic covers a large field and all the classics are represented. (It is interesting to note that to-day five such effects with detailed routining easily form a book of some hundred odd pages.) Some effects have gained little in the course of time. The Stodare Egg trick with its American onomatopoeic name of " Kling Klang " is an example. The last two chapters but one of this section are devoted to " Sham Mesmerism and Clairvoyance " and " Some up-to-date tricks." The former gives the original version of the Flap Slate (it is of interest that throughout Hoffman's works, tricks with slates are entirely absent), and the Animated Skull. In the " Trick " chapter the back and front palm (which at the time of publication of the third edition was some thing of a novelty) is one of the sleights described. The author completes his work with " Final Instructions." We could well recommend to some modern performers the beginning of the last sentence but one. It reads : " Do not perform longer than forty-five or fifty minutes at a stretch . , ."

No conjurer who respects his art should be without this book. Unreservedly recommended.

READING IS BELIEVING " by Trevor H. Hall (published by Goodliffe, price 12/6).

This book of just over one hundred pages is well printed on fair quality paper, the binding is adequate and carries a spine title.

Trevor H. Hall

stars)—Outstanding, irififir (Four stars)—Very Good. (■ (Tito stars)—No Reason for Publication.

The Foreword is by Mr. S. H. Sharpe and in this he tackles, among other things, the misuse of the word " trick." We are fully in agreement with him on this point. This is followed by a short address to the reader by Mr. Hall. The Book is then divided into two main parts. The first deals with Card and Mental Magic, and the following effects appear (unless otherwise stated they are by Mr. Hall himself): " Mind Power by Proxy" by Capt. Leslie May. This is a good and original presentation of a pseudo mind-reading effect. It is entirely self-working.

" Stage Telephone Telepathy." This is a fair book test. At the conclusion Mr. Hall writes : " I have tried many elaborate book tests, but I always come back to this one." We do not know whether the author means elaborate in preparation or in presentation, but we think that his method of forcing the use of so many pages both elaborate and, to the spectator, something nearer to the conjurer than the mentalist.

" A Simultaneous Coincidence " by Thomas M. Harris. A card coincidence effect that is excellent.

" The Theory of Relativity." This is a good presentation based on a mathematical principle.

" Incomprehensible Prediction " by Louis Histed. An effect based on one of Arthur Buckley's. Mr. Histed adds a very cunning twist,

" Location, Transposition and Transformation." This is re-printed from " Abracadabra Summer Special 1946."

" The Torn and Restored Card" by judge E. H. C. Wethered, An outstanding contribution to the literature of this particular effect. It singles itself out because of its logical conclusion.

" Tko Impossible Card Discoveries." These are re-printed from the Abracadabra Xmas Special, 1946."

" In the Middle." A good card effect, but we wonder whether the introduction of single-hand flourishes will enhance the effect. A display of digital dexterity tends to discount a later display of subtlety.

Part Two is concerned with presentation and patter and concerns itself with a routine comprising Hulls' " D.T. " cards, the Chinese sticks and a cut and restored rope routine. Whilst Mr. Hall makes no claims for originality of either patter or effect we think that credit might have been given to Reilly, whose " Chow Coon " patter and rope routine obviously inspired the " Chow King " story. It is a sound routine and the magician is able to commence and finish his act without the setting or removal of any more apparation than the Chinese sticks. With a few alternative suggestions for this routine the book comes to final cadence.

A readable book with all tested effects it is unreservedly recommended.

JOIN THE PARTY " by William G. Stickland and Eric P. Wilson (published by the Authors, price 12/6).

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Eric P. Wilson continued on page Sy

William G. Stickland

Eric P. Wilson continued on page Sy


This is written to the sound of waves lapping the shore ; it makes us think what a terrific effect King Knut might have obtained had he had a tide timetable !

This number brings us to the end of our first volume, and our first thought is to thank both subscribers and contributors. Nor must we forget our Printer, who has had to cope with many difficulties during the past twelve months. The index for Volume One will be available in October.

To those who have made enquiries regarding the Siamese cat on the cover of our last issue, we would answer that he is " Jinx " ; his father is registered as " Trigon " and his mother as " Queen Bamboozle " (a very suitable tie-up for a magical cat!). Those who have visited " Greenbanks" know all about him and his magic chain.

Maurice Fogel continues to steal the show wherever he goes. Even with present day paper shortage the local newspapers are splashing headlines on him. His act is a real show-stopper. His spot is to close the first half. During and after the interval the audience are still wondering and talking about this outstanding act.

Those interested in quality apparatus wouid be well advised to get a copy of Burtini's catalogue. There are some very attractive items.

The student of the future is going to have a somewhat difficult job tracing the cource of certain effects. As an example : ten years ago we read of a very nice idea for getting a message on a piece of

WORD SENSE — continued from page 86

different covers) a nail writer, a pencil that will write, a pencil with a dummy tip, a scratch pad and a silk handkerchief, the operator is ready for the . . .

Presentation. The " Penguin " book is selected and the number of page chosen. Whilst this is being done the operator obtains possession of the nail writer and gets it in position on the left thumb. The second helper comes forward, is seated on the chair, and handed the pad and ordinary pencil. The spectator with the book finds his word, and the operator looks at the similarly numbered page in his book and reads out the pencilled line to the spectator, who takes it down. One important point which must not be overlooked is that the words from which the resultant word is assembled must come near the beginning, otherwise there may be a splitting of lines. The spectator with the " Penguin " book is asked whether his word appears in the written line. On receiving a negative, the operator takes the pad and pencil from the writing spectator and rests them on the table, then picking up the silk and addressing his remarks regarding the spectator's willingness to marked cardboard. Now we find the same idea published in a recent issue of the Genii.

In a recent issue we reviewed Ronald Crabtree's " Sixth Sense." Later we found that this was copied almost in toto from a manuscript of Teral Garratt. We wrote Mr. Crabtree and found that the ms. had been supplied to him and he had been misled by a third party.

Card workers should on no account miss Dai Vernon's " 1-2-3 " Phoenix No. 130.

Despite the rumours that have been circulating we do not think Dunninger will be here this year. If he is coming we shall be the first to hear it, even if (through our being a monthly publication) we are not the first to publish it.

Someone has mooted the idea of forming a small orchestra composed of rnusical members of the British Ring. The idea is that they should play for the big show at the Southsea Convention. The proposal is pointless as (1) the said orchestra cannot get the band parts in advance ; (2) the person who matters most is a conductor used to variety work. An amateur seldom knows how much the " eleven o'clock band-call " means to the professional performer.

Immediate future effects for publication include a children's effect, " Who'll Bell the Cat " (this will be in the October number) ; " Wide Boy's Aces " ; " Money Goes like Water" ; and " Enchanted Petals II."

continue. On receiving assent, the spectator is blindfolded. The pad is picked up and also the dummy pencil. Holding the pad with both hands the operator reads out once more what has been written. As he does so his left hand thumb-rings in an ellipse the letters necessary to form the word. There is no need for hurry. The pad is then placed in the blindfolded spectator's left hand, the pencil being placed in the right. The hands of the spectator should be raised by the operator so that both art out of sight of a possible accidental downward glimpse. The spectator is now asked to draw the elongated circle and when he has finish drawing just nothing the operator says " Thank you " and takes the pad and pencil. The former is placed on the table whilst the latter is retained in the hands as the operator removes the blindfold. Both handkerchief and pencil are then placed on table behind the pad. The pad is handed back and the spectator asked to read out the letters that are ringed . . . the spectator with the " Penguin " book is asked to give the word he chose. Both words agree!







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Bill and the Lemon



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Magic-Go-Round . . 49

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Expert Manipulation of Playing Cards 48

Neo Magic 33

Abracadabra Summer Special, 1947 . . 80

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Abracadabra Xmas Special, 1946 . . 33


Page Line Column

7 11 1 read "Standard" for

9 33 2 read " left " for " right."

39 13 2 from bottom read " thought" for " feeling."

53 4 1 from bottom read " 6" for " 5."

63 17 1 between" hand " and" accomplished " read " The next packet is picked up, fanned and in the action of placing this packet on top of the

Page Line Column other the fan is split (see illustration) the bottom card of the second packet now becoming the bottom card of both packets. This can be . . ."

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