Published On The First Of Every Month

Proprietors, ELLIS STANYON At Co. Editor, ELLIS STANYON.

Office: 76, Solent Road, West Hampstead, London, N.W.

SUBSCRIPTION, 12 fdoniris, Dy post, 5/6; Single Copy 61 J.

'' MA GIC'' is not suppplied through any agent and can only be obtained direct from the publishing office, 76 Solent Road, West Hampstead, London, N. W.

Owing to the great rush of correspondence in reply to the circular announcing Magic the editor has been quite unable to tender his thanks individually, in writing. He would now take this opportunity of thanking most heartily all those who have by their kind words of encouragement, and not a little support, done so much to establish Magic.

Don't hesitate to send in your subscriptions and small (if not large) advts. The Editor abides by his guarantee to run " Hagic " twelve months from the date of publication.


Send us your opinion of No. 1, and any suggestion for the improvement of future issues. Recommend Magic to your friends. Tell everyone you know that such a journal exists and where it can be obtained, and you will help to make it a success.

Lessons in Conjuring, secrets of the latest tricks, and ideas of securing business will be features in our columns month by month, and in this way alone the Editor undertakes to make each copy of Magic worth ten times the amount it costs.

Copies of Magic will be sent out completely enclosed in cover and not creased, where specially desired, on payment of 2d. extra for packing and postal carriage.

Magic shall be a Club where magicians may meet to exchange ideas, chat over magical literature and things magical, &c., &c. All this can be affected by correspondence which, if properly " filed "' will make an interesting book for reference at all times. Don't hesitate to write : if necessary, we will increase the size of the paper.

Should you desire to cut up this paper for the purpose of placing the various items, month by month, under their separate heads, here is an opportunity for you to still further support Magic : purchase an extra copy.

To American Magicians.

Kindly note that Magic is posted regularly each month, gratis, to the manager of every Music Hall of any note, throughout the United States (see next par.)

We would ask all Entertainers, who having paid for the insertion of a front page Interview, or other advertisement to value of 5/-, to send us the addresses of the Secretaries of the chief Institutes in their town ; we will then forward to each a copy of Magic containing the the said advertisement. Make enquiries afterwards to satisfy yourself that this has been done and thus secure an opportunity of a personal introduction to a possible client. In this way the Editor hopes to be able to help Entertainers in securing business, and at the same time to still further establish Magic.

J-fand Shadows.

In my last article I touched on the formation of the hands, and the objects of practise. This month as an incentive to practise, I have had three special blocks made illustrating one handed figures. The Deer, fig. 6; The Fox, fig. 7 ; a Rabbit, fig. 8.

These figures are doubly interesting inasmuch as they form, in once, simple, «but effective pictures on the sheet, and collectively afford excellent practise in the acquisition of the knack of moving the several joints quickly and independently of each other.

Fig. 6.—deer.

These figures may be considered simple—they are, but to show their value for practise in the production of lifelike pictures, I will go so far as to say that it will take a skilled shadowist to put up these three positions rapidly and following each other in quick succession ; and of course with either hand. Try it.

When the positions can be quickly put up with either hand, fig. 6, will give a Deer and Fawn on sheet, the hand nearest the sheet giving a Fxg. 7.-*ox.

smaller shadow and representing the Fawn. A movement of the top joint of the thumb indicates smelling (don't move the fore-finger if you can help it), fore and little ngers ear movements : a movement of the wrist, in the case of the Fawn, will indicate playful antics—in the case of the Deer, anxiety.

In the case of the Fox, fig. 7, a movement of the top joint of the thumb indicates artfulness ; top joints of middle fingers — smelling ; little finger—eating. With both hands a

Fig. 8.—rabbit.

representation of two foxes fighting may be given on sheet, the one bites the other, and so on. The movements above described must also be carefully studied for effect.

In the case of the Rabbit, fig. 8, the combined movement of the wrist and two middle fingers (ears) indicate playful antics. While showing two rabbits on sheet one suddenly changes to a Fox, fig. 7, and commences to eat the other. The Editor.

{To be continued).

Items of Intepest.

A new article "The Psychology of Conjuring Deceptions," by Norman Triplett, appeared in the American Journal of Psychology for July, 1900. Vol. XI., No. 4, pp. 439"5IO- Published by Louis N. Wilson, Worcester, Mass, U.S.A.

The Music Hall, September 7th, and Sketch, September 12th, contain portraits of Lafayette.

Welsh Miller, King of Coins, after visiting Paris, Leipsig, Moscow, and St. Petersburg, is in town again, looking very fit and well after his travels. He has brought back some handsome presents from Continental admirers. Mr. Miller goes to Berlin this month.

We understand that an enterprising individual has purchased the entire stock in trade of the late well-known and respected Frank Hiam, for the munificent sum of ^25. Under these circumstances we surmise that the goodwill of the business has vanished, and that the name of Frank Hiam as a Conjuring Trick Maker, has ceased to exist. The genial and hard working Frank deserved better.

The points of the compass may be determined by the aid of an ordinary watch. It is simply necessary to bring the watch in a position so that the hour hand is directed towards the sun. The south then lies exactly midway between whatever hour it may happen to be and the numeral XII. on the dial.

A number of Indian jugglers and acrobats made their first appearance in this country at the Cyrstal Palace last month. They are nearly all from the North of India, and their performance contains most of those feats peculiar to Indian jugglery, but which are very seldom seen here, such as the growing of mango trees from seeds, the famous basket trick, and the like. Some of their sleight-of-hand tricks are extremely clever.

After considerable trouble and at not a little expense we have secured some relics of Prof. Anderson " Wizard of the North," also some authentic information respecting the latter days of the great man. Among the relics to hand are his watch (the duplicate) used by him in his entertainment ; a round German silver tray; his cap that he was wont to perform in; a trick book and duplicate used for a bird trick ; and last, but by no means the least important, his death card.

The articles were obtained from Mr. James McAllen, 12 Gresse Street, Rathbone Place, W., whose late wife attended to Prof. Anderson just prior to his decease. They may be viewed by anyone interested, at this office. We intend to have the objects, also an excellent cabinet photo of Anderson, reproduced in connection with his biography now running in Magic.

We have received from Bert Powell, Military Mystic, a Dutch Bible signed and dated Lyndenberg, S. Africa ; a Kruger two-shilling piece, a piece of Boer shell, and a set of Transvaal stamps, surcharged V.R.I.

Mi. Powell is attached to one of the Brigades whose luck it has been to experience the brunt of the fighting in S. Africa, notably during the Seize of Ladysmith and at Machadodorp, on the way to Lyndenburg. We understand that he has in his possession a copy of "New Handkerchief Tricks" (by Mr. Ellis Stanyon) the said work being pierced with a Boer bullet while in his haversack on his person. We hope eventually to photograph this work for reproduction in these pages. Meanwhile we most heartily wish Mr. Powell a continuance of his extreme good luck and a speedy return home.

Can any reader inform us as to whether Mr. Wm. Manning, the author of the little brochure ' Recollections of Robert Houdin," is still alive, and if so what is his present address,

The Gditop's Lrettep=°Qog.

The Editor invites contributions dealing with any matters likely to be of interest to readers of this paper. He will also be pleased to receive items of news relating to special shows, apparatus, catalogues for review, etc. The Editor does not hold, himself responsible jor the views expressed by his correspondents.

We have touched a sore spot, many sore spots in fact. In the majority of cases we are gratified to learn our application has been of a healing nature. It other cases, regretably, it has only aggravated the sore. In a word we have met with success ; that, beyond tendering our sincere thanks to all those who, by their timely confidence have materially assisted in establishing Magic, is all we need say. We would, however, particularly request a perusal of the following extracts from correspondence, etc.

Those who have so kindly sent us endorsements which do not appear below will please note that they are none the less esteemed on that account, but are omitted solely for want of space.

To the Editor of "Magic."

Dear Sir,—Many thanks for the advance copy of your first number just to hand. It is a plucky venture and I wish it the success it deserves. If America and Germany can each support a Conjurer's paper, then England ought to be able to do so. Please put me down as an annual subscriber, P.O. enclosed. I send you a little item for No. 2, which may be interesting to some of your readers.—Yours very truly, Louis Hoffmann.

Gordon Square, W.C.

dear Mr. Stanyon,—I have pleasure in enclosing my subscription to your interesting paper and I wish you every success in your venture.—Yours faithfully, E. W. Taylor.

Magic is the newest addition to periodical professional literature. It claims to be " the only paper in the British Empire devoted solely to the interests of magicians, jugglers, ha"nd-shadowiist, ventriloquists and speciality entertainers." It is published at 76 Solent Road, West Hampstead.—Music Hall, October 5th, 1900.

Someone said : "A flagrant advertisement." (Thanks, there are others about.—Ed.).

Ellis STanyon's School of Magic and Entertainment Bureau still goes strong. It is certainly the best guide to certain tticks, especially the essays in coin manipulation. I anticipate that Mr. Stanyon will leave his mark 011 the magic practice of this generation.—Encore, October 5th, 1900.

Someone else had the audacity to personally address the Editor as under.—"Now ! take the first page, don't know him. Second page : Well, nothing. Third page : Same as the last. Fourth page : All about a dead man. Fifth page : Promises to be interesting (No, I hav'nt bribed him yet.—Ed.). Sixth, seventh, and eight pages : Practically (qualification.—Ed.) all advertisements.

To the Editor. Peckham, S.E.

Enclosed my annual subscription to Magic. I sincerely hope this venture of yours will turn out successful. We have long wanted an English paper devoted entirely to magical literature. —Yours fraternally, Stanley Collins.

South Africa.

Dear Mr. Stanyon.—Many thanks for particulars of Magic, and I wish you every success. I send you my subscription and I hope to secure you many others.—Yours sincerely, T. Hayes.

To the Editor. New Bond Street, October 16th, 1900.

I think Magic an excellent little paper, and one that promises to be most useful to entertainers generally. I find pleasure in enclosing you my annual subscription. Wishing you every success. —Believe me, yours faithfully, Douglas Beaufort.

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