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ARTHUR D OWliR

Note by Cedric: Arthur Dowler has been tearing the hearts out of the cafe mongers on hi" voyage to New York, and the Normandie bartender never will be quite the same. It creates instantaneous enthusiasm. It appeared new to many of the boys although not original with Arthur. I am sure, however, it will be of interest and indeed a new item to most Jinx readers.)

The effect Is that a beer bottle cap (CocaCola and Orange Soda caps worked as well for me. Ed.) is shewn and placed downwards on a table or hard surface, that is, the closed side of cap is upwards. There should be no cloth on table.

You invite any person to tip the cap over completely with the tip of any finger. They must use only the tip of finger. This will be tried many times without success, yet the magician merely places a finger tip on cap and, voila, over it flips.

Everyone will try a large amount of pressure in order to tip over the beer cap and that is the secret of this amusing, and very excellent drink winning stunt. Place the tip of one finger only on top edge of cap and with a COMBINED DOWNWARDS AND SIDEWAYS MOVEMENT the cap will turn over. It takes a little time to get the knack of this stunt, and a little bit of practice, but once you have mastered it you'll continually carry a beer cap in your pocket along with those other little mysterious things that magi always produce from their persons.

A NAPKIN $iWN I^SUE MAY

The following is an endeavour to make a new presentation of the old "Torn and Restored" effect, and at the same time a more "logical" effect from the audience's point of view.

The performer having, for no apparent reason at all, torn a perfectly good paper napkin or programme Into pieces, states that he will give a little lesson In sewing for the benefit of the ladies. He then holds the pile of torn papers flat in his hand, and taking a needle and black thread, runs it several times through the papers. Upon opening the papers out they are seen restored into one piece, having been sewn together into their original shape, the black thread standing out in contrast to the white paper.

As of yore, the two papers are pasted back to back. The paper first shown is-;ordinary. The second one has merely had a black thread run through it In irregular lines. When the performer places the torn pile flat in his hand, he runs the thread through the torn pieces, thereby holding them securely together and to the back of piece No. 2. Under pretense of straightening out the papers to smoothe the stitches after sewing, he merely turns the packet over and It Is ready for the final restoration.

By having the paper reproduced with the black thread on it in a kind of irregular spider's web design, the final effect is very striking and different from any such restoration the audience may have seen before.

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«■•veveen's fine cigarette act is working con-MJ sistently working the best vaudeville halls in England. World traveler, his experiences in m-igic and knowledge of magicians prove most interesting. His book, "Expert Cigarette Magic" was a best seller a few years ago and still is a standard item of literature. In Deveen's own hand3 the following sleight, with the flourishes that hall mark the professional artiste, is a complete illusion. — Cedric.

Commence with the cigarette between second finger and thumb of right hand. The cigarette io held at one end. The third finger now replaces the grip of the thumb, cigarette thus being held between tips of second and third fingers.

The thumb now is placed at opposite end of the cigarette to steady the grip. Left hand covers cigarette as if to remove it. The back of left hand is towards the audience, thumb going behind the cigarette as In a natural hold of one.

A slight contraction of the second and third fingers permits the cigarette to move into the right palm away from the right thumb. The left hand now moves away from the right as though containing the cigarette and duly is disclosed empty. The cigarette appears surprisingly in the right hand by means of the following move.

At the moment it is held between second and third fingers as described, the opposite end resting against the right palm. The fingers now straighten and the thumb takes the place of the third finger -— leaving the cigarette visible vertically as originally.

Many of the four ace card trick methods require getting secretly three other cards above them on the deck after the aces have been shewn and returned to that position. Here is a subtle method of getting the extra three cards above the aces.

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Have the four aces removed from the pack by a spectator. Take back the deck, and then take the aces. As you place them on top of the pack, slip your little finger under them, square them up, and as you withdraw the little finger, allow the four aces to overlap the rest of the pack by a quarter of an inch.

The pack is now held as for dealing. Pass some such remark as "For this trick we'll use the four aces you have picked out." As this is said you count the cards, saying, "One, Two, Three, Four." What you actually do is take off the four aces as one card, counting the other three on top of them, and then replace the seven cards on top of deck. This is all done in the hands and not on a table, but is the natural way of counting off a few cards.

This subtle dodge adds the three cards above the aces and you now are ready to deal them in a row for the conventional four ace effect, which, to my mind, is still the cleanest and most astonishing of all the various combination method which have been devised. And it Is impromptu.

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