True Incident Of Last Derby

the CONJURER AND the PICKPOCKET.

The rings at Epsom are always infested with gangs of pickpockets, who make a rare harvest. On Derby Day one gang in Tattersall's ring made a mark of an innocent-looking person who was seen to place a bundle of notes in a breast pocket. He was "Stuck up", as the phrase goes, but though his pockets were searched in turn no notes could be found. Later on he was once more "Stuck up" and his pockets again gone over, but without result. Shortly afterwards to the disgust of the pick-pockets, their intended victim produced a ten-pound note and put it 011 Volodyovski for the Derby, and the thieves have been discussing ever .since where the notes were concealed. The explanation is that the man knew something of sleight of hand and what he did was to affect to take the notes in the right hand and ostensibly place them in the left hand breast pocket, but whilst the arm was stretched across the body the notes were rammed up the shirt sleeve of the right hand. Each time the search was taking place the owner of the notes was fully aware of what was going on, but took no notice so long as attention was confined to his empty pockets. One of the thieves said "why he must have hidden the notes under his skin."

Items of Interest.

Quite recently magicians have discovered a new object for collection, and to the amassing of apparatus, ancient (quaint) and modern (High-class) old and young, amateur and professional, are devoting themselves with great eagerness. Many who are the happy possessors of exceptionally fine collections of books on Magic and kindred arts, are now priding themselves on their museums of conjuring apparatus, and all vie with one another as to whom shall possess the rarest and finest collections.

"Many thanks for your " New Juggling Tricks." The little work seems very practical as well as quite novel, and I have read it with much interest. I am glad to see Magic is to be continued."

Prof. Hoffmann.

Extract from the Rheinisch Wkstfaliche Zeitung, (Germany) July 3rd, 1901.—" On Monday in Essen Ruhr, there appeared an artiste, Cirnoc, at the establishment of Widow Kratz,. as Handcuff Expert, with the intention of demonstrating that the Handcuff King Houdini, had wilfully deceived the public, and that it was hi« (Cirmc's) desire to publicly and openly expose him. For the so-called exposures Cirnoc had his own locks, that he could open with a sharp knock or bio v, or through the medium of false keys, which he claimed was all that Houdini did. The first performance open to the public was advertised to take place la-t night, but in the meantime the police learned that Cirnoc was being looked for by the State for swindling, so they were under the painful necessity of arresting him.

Will this police baffler, who had the nerve to invite the local police to his opening exhibition, use his methods to release himself from the clutches of the law ? He will hardly be able to do this since he was very politely but thoroughly searched."

n.b.—This Cirnoc is the Conreich who gave a trial show at the Oxford Music Hall, June, 1900, but did not get the work. The German police are very strict with regard to Spoof Shows—it will be remembered they put out Anna Eva Fay, arrested Dr. Slade, etc., etc.—[Ed.]

An interesting article on Hoop Rolling, illustrated with seven photos, will be found in Pearson's Magazine for July, 1901.

In the St. Nicholas Magazine (New York) for April, 1901, will be found an important article entitled "A Modern Magician." The article, which deals mainly with facts in and around the life of Robert Houdin, is intensely interesting, and further, is illustrated with five or six original pen and ink sketches.

" Many of our older members will recollect Ellis Stanyon, one of our fellows who developed into a first-class conjuror, and gave exhibitions of his sleight of hand tricks at our annual Re-unions a few years since, when all who saw him were amused and mystified by his skill. Stanyon has made great progress; he is the editor and proprietor of a successful little monthly, Magic, and has also written and published four or five haud-books on his craft, which are recognized as standard books of their kind."

Polytechnic Magazine, July loth, /go/.

The "New Penny Magazine " for Saturday, Feb. 9th, 1901, contains a long article 011 Cards and Card Tricks, illustrated with fifteen photos, including one of Houdini of Handcuff fame.

An American correspondent writes—" I recently met Allen Shaw (Emperor of Coins) in Kansas City en route for Australia : he has a coin act that beats any yet produced here or in your city. I receive Magic regularly and derive much pleasure from its pages."

Have you seen the Half Woman Illusion at the Alliambra ? It has been suggested that she lost her legs in a railroad accident, and that she received a million marks for the injury. If report is true she is the daughter of a big circus manager, who formerly had a place in Coin on the Rhine.

obituary for 1900.

From "Era Almanack."

Dale, Ed. J. (Illusionist & Optician) March 22nd. Dk Lure (Israel Clark) Illusionist. April 8th. Grant (Prof.) Ventriloquist, aged 48. June 13th. Hiam (Frank), aged 58. Dec. 26th, 1899. Hiam (Henry) aged 35. August 27th. Howard, Ed. (Ghost Illusion Proprietor), aged 55.

Aug. 20th. Hurgini, (Herr), Juggler. April 4. Pepper (John Henry), " Pepper's Ghost," aged 79. March 25th.

Rivalli (John Watkius), The Fire Prince. Feb. 16th. Zilla, Madame, (Mrs. Eliza Eind) Clairvoyant. Aged 49. Nov. 3rd.

JJ glue X on Me Wrapper will denote that your Subscription to Vol. 1. fjas expired; tlje favour of an early renjitta/jce for Vol. 11. will be esteenjed.

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