Another Dictionar Effect

In Jinx No. 131 there appeared an effect by Sid Lorraine aptly entitled "40,000 Words". As a pocket dictionary test it might well have been marketed for a price. While that which follows is another effect of the same order I have found it a quite perfect follow-up, or repeat, to the one mentioned. No extra book then is needed, and the immediate repetition of the word test with someone else will upset no little any wise magi trying to check up on your actions.

A ten-cent store pocket dictionary is given a person for a free selection of a single word from any place within its covers. The performer takes back the book and gives the spectator a slip of paper, 2x2 inches in size. The word is written down, for, as the performer says, "I don't want you to think of one of the remaining 39,999 words in there." The spectator then is to fold the paper once each way, making it \ of its original size.

In the meantime you have put the dictionary into your upper left vest pocket out of the way, and your hands are empty. Next appear to concentrate and pace around a bit. 1'ention the letter "e". "It's in the word?" The chance is good. Try another, asking the person to visualize the word, and, if possible, its meaning. If it hits try another. The moment you fail, take out the dictionary and glance through it, telling the subject to remember exactly what he did. Suddenly you stop and read a definition. It fits his word. You reveal the word.

Uhderhandedly you have done much. You took the folded paper from the spectator, glanced around at a loss, and then pushed it down into the 'breast pocket of your coat, behind the handkerchief there. The drawing on this page shows that about one inch below the top edge of that pocket is a 6lit which has been cut through the coat and the edges sewn with a buttonhole stitch. Thus the paper is pushed right into the dictionary which, in its place, and protruding from the upper left vest pocket, receives it perfectly.

When you remove the book for further aid it is only necessary to open at the spot where paper 1« and you'll be surprised to find how simple it is to open the f61ds with your thumbs. Only a glance is needed and you continue to run through the book until you find that word, JUst leave the paper where it was.

With the book in hand after the revelation take out a dummy slip in your coat's breast pocket and apparently verify the word. Fold the paper and put it into the dictionary which you pocket. In case the slip is requested you need only open tne ouok and give back the original slip.

It may be well merely to read from the book without mentioning the word, and say, "Does the definition fit what you are thinking about?" Then reach into pocket, open dummy, and apparently read the word.

As you put it in the book and repocket say, "Well, that's the word to which I was attracted by your concentration."

In the drawing above the details of the pocket and dictionary are shown. They are as follows:

"A" - Pocket handkerchief in pocket proper, and behind which, also in pocket proper, is a dumny folded slip of paper.

"B" - Top edge of breast pocket on coat.

"C" - Slit through inside of coat one inch below top edge of pocket. Finish edges with buttonhole stitching.

"D" - Outline of vest pocket, upper left side.

"E" - Dictionary in vest pocket ready to receive slip through slit. (This isn't exactly shown as the book generally will protrude above the pocket and offer more ease in the placing of the paper.)

This effect is perfectly practical for performance by itself by those who don't care to use the faked extra book of Lorraine's version. However, it is six of one and a half-dozen of the other, considering the faked pocket. That's why a combination of the two, with his method as the lead-off, makes for what is most desired in mental magic: i.e., the repetition of an effect using an entirely different means of accomplishment. Unlike visual magic, mental magic almost always can stand being done over again when the effect use only one person in the audience.

In the first effect a plain card is used for the writing. In the second method a piece of paper is used. Why? Probably because the performer doesn't have another card, so, uses the next best thing, a slip of paper folded.

OTIS MANNING another magician

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As of August 20, 1941

One of the most popular of Jinx issues was No. 69 which featured "Sefalaljia", a miniature spirit cabinet routine by Stewart James. A weird happening among the others occured when the "spirit" or "entity" visibly drank from a milk bottle placed inside with a straw. Prom Herb Rungie comes a means of accomplishing the effect without the need of an expensive and mechanical bottle.

Insert a small white-rubber balloon part way in an ordinary milk bottle. Blow it up to correct size and tie the neck shut. Push it way down into bottle and fill bottle wij.h milk. In an ordinary drinking straw put a round piece of wood about as long as the straw itself. On one end of this put the point of a darning needle (about an inch long).

When all is ready, the straw is inserted in the bottle, the pin punctures the balloon, straw is pulled back out of the rubber and merely left in the bottle. The air goes out, the milk goes down, and the "spirit" gets a drink while YOU take the bow. Give the milk to the cat (AFT3R the show, of course), and let the milkman worry about the balloon in the bottle.

Bob Nelson, Columbus, Ohio, tycoon of mental mysteries since 1920, hit a local column recently to very good effect but tainted it by releasing an explanation of "The Princess Card Trick" one of the classic principles and effects. The description was written better than that in most magic books. Mr. Nelson was quoted also as saying that "the value of magic lies in its secrecy."

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June 19th last. S. Leo Horowitz lectured the N.Y. Magic Clinic on "Misdirection in Magic". Only now have we climbed into a corner to digest the "paper" of his talk which was given with illustrations and exanples. Some of us seem •to be destined as teachers while others are the performers. I wish one of the magic mags could find space to print what he said. It shows how the simplest of moves and words can make or break a magician. But, such copy would be passed over by a great majority of readers who open their magazine looking for tricks and tricks, saying, •"What's new? I know how to do it; I'll improve it. Don't tell me how to present a trick..Didn't I entertain the Crumb Club last month and fool everybody?"

We all saw the bird cage trick do a lot for Fred Keating; we all saw the egg on fan trick make Tommy Martin an outstanding' act. The snake in basket effect, not so old but done differently in accord with its obvious tempo, is Russell Swann's (we had to get him in here for some reason) piece de resistance. Glen Pope's presentation of the smoking clay pipes; Vernon's Chinese ring routine; these are but a fqw mentions of J'oIdles" being brought to life by a discerning few. Now comes another to confound those "what's new" advocates. "Norma" KTieger is making a good thing of the fishing trick at her eastern nite club appearances, and it's a "new" mystery to the patrons. She's the latest lady magicienne to make women noticeable in magic. Wife of Willie Krieger,who was the son of Louis "Pop" KTieger, memory of whose magic always is tied-up with the cups and balls maneuv-res, Norma does a routine of more-or-less stock tricks but caps all with her fish pole and live fish over the heads of ringside tables. Again it is an ancient trick which is "making" an act a remarked about item-on the bill. The moral? Go back 20 years and read what performers did then. Free advices "Look, mister," as the important cast of the line is made, "that isn't a fly in your drink — IT'S A FISH.' And if he can live in that stuff,you don't have to worryJ"

Joseph

Dunninger's "Miracles Through the Ages" book is progressing slowly, surely, and with loving care. The color plates in this tome of historical magic from then until now are being done by Mahlon Blaine, multiple prize winner for his fantastic works. The 8-color-lithographs will illustrate superstitions, illusions, and how the "unknown" arts have been of influence throughout time.

While "Miracles Through the Ages", in its limited and expensively priced edition, must be. a desired volumn by many, we are intrigued by the title and contents of Dunninger's other publication, "The Crimes Against Magic." Only 300 copies are planned, and it will be a give-a-way. Long ago we were convinced that Dunninger was too much maligned to be true. A sort of "An enemy a day means that you're making your way." Without personal animosity or mention of private life peccadillos the writing will be about named people in the magic world who, to Dunninger, (and, from the copy I've seen, to me) hurt instead of help the art. We think it should do a lot towards dispelling that ogre-like complex that most magi have against the man. The blasts against some of our accepted "best-beloveds" may not be in the best of taste to those devoted to magic mags as they are, nor to those who harbor illusions about the grandeur of the self-styled great8, but, and keeping strictly to a man's activities and motivations in his line of duty -magic - it can't help but be of help while revealing a side of the author's life which few of this generation of tricksters knotv.

Collectors and avid magic readers around N.Y.C. might well slip into that back number mag store on 6th Ave between 42nd and 43rd Sts., where a stack of the Sphinx shoulder high, piles of Linking Rings, Tops, Genii, and some foreign papers, can be had at reduced prices. — It only goes to show where credit may be taken. A N.Y. columnist recently mentioned old time press agents, recalling one Joe (Doc) Lee,who, according to the writer, "the guy who made Harry Houdini famous."

--- And speaking of old timers, quite a few should remember Otto Waldmann, whose name constantly sold merchandise of magic for many years through the mail and in N.Y. He retired for some time and then came back with a small magic shop but now has quit for good. His jousts with the art go back to I'artinka days.---Jimmy Grippo is an eastern fight manager with Melio Bettlna, former light-heavyweight champion, under his ving, or I should say. eye. He reaps as imich columnar mention as his fighter almost, for he, Grippo, is said to have hypnotised and auto-suggested his man into ring prominence. We quote part of an interview, "I make enough money at Palm Beach every winter to carry me for the rest of the year," Mr. Grippo reveals. "I got 200 bucks for a 20-minute performance of sleight-of-hand stuff, hypnosis and assorted magic. The same act in a New York nite club brings about 300 bucks' a week for three shows a night. At this time I am writing a book on magic and mindreading and when it is published I will go on a lecture tour. I am, of course, a member of the Society of American Magicians." When his fighter lost the title, Grippo explained, "The trouble was I couldn't get Conn Cthe winner) into a quiet place and submit him to hypnosis. Besides, it wouldn't have been ethical to use my powers for such sordid purposes." It was reported that Conn refused to look Grippo in the eye at the weighing in ceremonies for fear of being evil-eyed. So now it appears that magic, not beset with enough problems, has a new field of endeavor to conquer.' "V2*-* <••*««

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