Hypnotism And Conjuring

We have been asked to give our opinion on the future of Hypnotism in connection with Conjuring. The idea is almost too absurd for words. If what is meant is for us to give our opinion on the future of Conjuring in connection with Hypnotism—a totally different matter,—the numerous stupid stories of the Indian fakirs, a class ridiculed by the sane, form fitting examples. Is there underlying all this another effort—allied to Spiritualism, Theosopliy, etc.—being made to extort money from the credulous?

It may seem incredible to many, but we actually had a man—old enough to be the father of many present-day magicians, and sane enough, we believe—call at this office only a few days since, who made a desperate effort to induce out Editor to believe that sore and aching feet could be instantly cured by holding them out of the window in the direction of the East and making hypnotic passes over them with the hands. But how this quackery is to affect Conjtifiug and the beautiful art of Sleight of Hand is to us an enigma.

N.B.—The Quacks would doubtless select for their operations some form of malady to which the monied class are prone.

Items of Interest.

We have received for publication quite a number of excellent tricks from conjurers in all parts of the world. Many of these have been withheld, not from any lack of merit, but solely on account of want of space. We hope to be able to make use of these in our second volume, and we would ask the generous support of all interested to enable us to permanently increase the size of Magic, that there may be space enough and to spare for this class of matter.

Have you overlooked the fact that you can obtain the loan of any book on conjuring and allied arts from this office. For particulars of our Lending Library of Magic, see p. 70 of this volume.

We have it on good authority that several individuals, and one in particular, begin to realize the true philosophy of the trite saying, " Comparisons are odious. ' With apologies to Mr. Rudyard Kypling we print the following appropriate lines :— " They copy all they can follow, but they cannot copy our mind, And we leave them sweating and toiling, a year and a half behind."

Professor Ahmed, Court Magician, Central India, sends us his circular nicelj printed in English on the lines of European performers. This is interesting, as it goes to prove that our efforts to popularize the mystic art have far reaching effects.

Friends of the late lamented Mr. Ross Conyears will be pleased to know that the tribute to his memory our poor ability enabled us to give, in our last issue, has been reprinted in full in the " Inver-gordon Times " of August 7th, the local paper of his home district.

Madam Herrmann sailed from New York 011 August 2nd for Europe to open at the Winter Garten, Berlin.

In connection with the Avenue Garden A1 Fresco Concerts, Heme Bay, Prof. Owen Clark produces an exciting and clever sleight of hand entertainment twice nightly. His chef d'Ouvre is the Fisli-Catching Trick with novel variations.

According to the Australian Papers, Percy Verto, described as the Handcuff King, is exciting, on that side of the earth, as mnch interest as did Houdini, at the Alhambra last January.

At the Workman's Hall, New Tredegar, for week ending July 17th, was Dr. Lind's American Co. One of the items on the programme reads, " Special Engagement extraordinary of the great Loudoun Cameron, Magician, from the Egyptian Hall, London, who caused such a sensation with the Billiard Ball Feat."

The Baildon Moor Brigands gave a most successful concert at Baildon during August. Mr. Arthur Green-e-wood caused a continuous roar of laughter with his ventriloquial sketch, while Mr. Arthur Feather with his "Magic and Mystery" was highly appreciated.

To Mr. Stanyon.—The box containing money apparatus ordered from you arrived safe an<| in good order, and I am glad to say I am greatly pleased with same : another proof of the excellency of your workmanship. I shall forward you another order soon, which I hope will have the same prompt and careful attention.—Bosco, Jr., South Africa, July 31st, 1901.

Did the wrapper enclosing your Magic for this month bear a Blue X to teft address ? If so, your subscription to the second volume is now due. When remitting kindly use the enclosed Red Form. Please do not fail to send us your opinion of Vol. I, and, if possible a suggestion for the improvement of Vol. II, with a view to making it of still greater interest to the magical fraternity.

It may interest many to know that the Conjurer, in plain evening dress, and Madam Olivette, working mathematical problems at the Tivoli, 22nd August, 1901, are none other than the " Salam-bos," described as electrical marvels, and who appear at the same house later on in the programme. Mr. Chas. Morritt, with conjuring and illusions was also appearing at the same house at the same time.

Professor Field has, we understand, retired, having given up his stall, which he held for so many years, at the Royal Aquarium, Westminster.

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