Chas Tjordan

This is a most bewildering sequel to the last effect. It fits in well when there is one or more who may think they are acute enough to have figured out some discrepancy in the figuring of the first trie*.

The perfonaer removes the two black Aces from the spectator's pack. He does this by fanning through the cards, bringing the Aces to the face of the deck, and then removes them, at the same time secretly bringing away another card behind the second card (three, in all) which we shall call the Ace of Spades. The rest of the deck is given the spectator.

He is told to deal onto the table in a face down heap as many cards as he pleases, counting them aloud. When he has done so, the performer, holding his cards face down, lifts the top two together to show the Ace of Spades (face) and says, "And this Ace of Spades makes one more." He places the card (two) face down on the dealt card, naming, as he does so, the number that appear to lie in the pile now.

The spectator now removes any card from among those he has left, notes it, and place it face down on the Ace of Spades (?). "That makes one more, "the performer i-emarke, mentioning the total. "I'll place the Ace of Clubs on next," and he does so. The balance of the deck is put on top of all.

Attention is now called to the fact that an Ace of SpadeB lies at the face of the spectator's card and an Ace of Clubs at its back. It is also made clear how many cards lie above his. Actually the number is one less than there seems. The spectator now picks up the deck and dealB onto the performer's hand down to and including the Ace of Clubs. That is, he thinks he does, but his chosen card becomes the top one on the performer's pile.

Using a double lift the performer shows the top card (?) to be the Ace of Clubs, as it should be. The spectator puts his top card, believing it to be his very own, into the center of his packet. And then he is told to look at the next one, the Ace of Spades, which makes certain that he got the right one.

Taking the Ace of Spades from the spectator the performer puts it on the back of his Ace of Clubs, the spectator's card therefore goir% between the two. They are placed on top of the spectator's pile and he is asked if, by a single cut, he can cause the two black aces to M find his card. It will be declared impossible, his chosen card being in the center of the packet.

However, the spectator cute his packet and examines the cards. His selected pasteboard is found between the two Aces, and the pack may be counted and found complete.

If you actually could do true mind reading you v/ould rpoceed exactly as you do in this hitherto unrevealed and astonishing test. That is what arouses the amazement of the spectators — entire absence of any apparent method. Every move is seemingly done by the spectator's themselves — any one spectator or several, it makes no difference. If you see a spectator who has brought his own newspaper you may use that, if you wish. Any newspaper, any page, any column, any want ads from that column « entirely free choice. You never see the want ads which are selected. You don't have to. Yet you call the freely chosen word correctly every time — or several freely chosen words ~ or the entire ad, verbatim — and not a chance to miss. No confederates, no assistants — a purely one man method

EFFECT: From the day's newspaper any spectator freely and secretly clips any 10 want ads from any pages whatsoever. These 10 ads he himself separately in 10 unprepared envelopes, which he may examine. Any other spectator freely selects one of the envelopes and at once puts it in his pocket. Another spectator freely chooses any number up to 12 or 15. Holder of selected envelope is asked to open it, count to indicated word and to concentrate on it. Performer, after a trial or two writes a word on paper pad or slate, without showing it. Holder of selected envelope is asked to call out the word loudly. Performer then shows what he wrote — and it is that word!

PREPARATION: A newspaper Cor several, to allow free choice), scissors, 15 to 20 coin envelopes of any convenient size, paper pad or slate. The envelopes are laid on table in a stack, flap side down, flap ends of envelopes nearest to performer. Counting from top of the stack the tenth envelope has its flap over the end of the eleventh, so that when you later draw the tenth envelope off the stack the eleventh automatically comes with it, the two envelopes appearing as one. Envelope No. 11 is already sealed and has within it a want ad, of which you have made a copy (lightly) on your pad or slate. Envelope No. 11 (the sealed one) has a secret mark on both ends of its flap side, for recognition later.

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fDlayton Rawson's pictures on the adjoining ^^page illustrate what we call "good" publicity for magic. It's a far cry from "here's how it's done" stuff. A bit of study will show that such a picture strip has just about everything to gain reader interestand leave them wondering how it could be possible. Isn't it better than having one say, after reading a solution, "Isn't that silly7" We were messing around with a cooling welsh rarebit after the last S.A.M. meeting where Rawson presented it, and John Mulholland beat us to the wire by many lengths in securing that and several other ideas for publication. The stunt of having a card rise through an obstructing finger will be in the February Sphinx. Next time we'll order only clear soup and a large spoon.

Wonder how many copies of Look, dated Jan.30, that Jack bought? The issue with Anne Gwynne's picture on the front cover? —- And don't forget to send a birthday card to Hardeen, c/o Hellzapoppin, New York City, the last of this month. He'll be 16 — on the 29th of February. A fellow ought to have a birthday more often though. —- Ed. Litzau received a nice spread with pics lately in the Milwaukee Journal re his being one of the best card men in the world. He was quoted as having met most of the 25,000 magicians in the U.S. I wonder if they all buy magic mags? Most exhilarating line was "In one hour' s time he renders a new pack worthless for playing because of his constant shuffling, riffling, fanning and crimping." Is that any way for a good card man to treat a deck? Especially some hostess' favorite bridge set? — Household hint for wives of magi: When putting curtains onto rods, slip a thumb tip over the end before pushing it through and it won't catch or tear the cloth. (Hello, Gerry!)

The recent death of Ralph Hitz. National Hotels prexy, reminds of a Story. Hitz made his headquarters in New York, liked tricks, and Stewart Jules had a room of magic on the 10th floor of the Hotel New Yorker. A fellow came up one night during a Hitz party, looking for novelties. Jules did the "Sleight-of-Foot" trick using a bit of salt on the cards. It "hit" the customer so hard that he paid the price, $10, for the effect and received two little bottles. One contained fine red sand for red backed cards, the other blue sand for blue backs! Perfectly satisfied the customer departed. An hour later Hitz rushed in. He had been fooled with a trick where the cards were kicked to locate his chosen one. Did Jules have it? Jules had it. $10 more. Hitz was satisfied. The payoff, though, is that a few nights before, Keith Clark and Jules had sat up late coloring fine white sand taken by the cup full from the cigar and cigarette extinguishing jar in front of the elevators in Ralph Hitz' own hotel!

John Booth called and we had lunch together before he sailed on a boat trip. It's amazing hov/ John has changed from a too serious mien into a person you appreciate knowing. Ten years of junketing through North and South America have given him plenty depth. Few know that John is a student of economics and his scrapbook attests to many articles, entirely away from magic, that he has sold newspapers regarding the conditions of countries in which he has found himself. And most of us spend our spare moments trying to invent a pass we can't see ourselves, won't know we've made, and after which the spectator will probably say that he's forgotten his card.

Wandering through pages of "The City of Brass"

Page from "Arabian Nights" we read about the Ifrits and Jinn (bad hobgoblins and demons of the desert) and were attracted by a statement from one character to another, to wit; "But they are stupid for all their command of magic. There are those who say that the jinn learned their magic from the wise men of old and only know the forms. —-, and they cannot seem to act in orderly accord, being always at war with one another, never able to organize any attack methods in a body. Individualists, you might say." Does that sound familiar? Could it apply to the magi of to-day?

Edmund Younger, whose Chinese magic act graced the shows presented by the English contingent who came over last summer for the I.B.M. convention, has built a private theatre and den adjoining his house at Newcastle-on-Tyne, England. The theatre floor is of polished oak, 25 by 21 feet and about 12 feet high. The stage at one end has a proscenium opening of 14 feet and a depth of 8 feet. Lights dim out and on as desired, controlled from the stage. Settings are hung aloft in best theatre style, ready to be lowered and raised. They include a movie screen and there are two projectors, silent and sound. A staircase leads to a 21 foot square magic den with shelves for quite a library and lots of room for apparatus. Doors at one end open into the flies of the stage so such apparatus as is required may be lowered onto the stage or taken up when not in use. Reports are that the settings, curtains, and decorations throughout are the very best. It's something like that which makes our wand jump around and smash all of the paper shells in sheer envy.

You may get an idea from several effects that are being used on the Isles right now. Mr. A. G. Hemming presents a cut rope trick wherein the pieces are wrapped in paper and the scissors inside another parcel. When opened, the articles have changed places and the rope is again whole. Mr. Will Stanley wraps a number of small bells and a length of ribbon into a silk handkerchief. A volunteer assistant opens the bundle to find bells attached to the ribbon, and, I presume, they are shaken very hard in an effort to match the applause. Mr. George V/roe has a patter scheme for the giant four-ace trick which could be used over here at the moment. The 4 Aces are 4 R.A.F. (Royal Air Force) (Ace) Pilots and the envelope in the plane. These daredevils go out on a leaflet raid and decide to land and push leaflets under doors, when they are captured and brought up for trial (on display stand). The German high command order a triple guard on each of the Aces, three cards being placed over each Ace, but one daredevil escapes, taking his three guards along with him (fake pile into envelope) into the plane and flies away. The other Aces disappear in the usual manner and it is finally discovered that all four Aces are safely flying home to Picadilly.

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The Jinx is a weekly publication for magicians. Published by Theo. Annemann, Waverly, New York, the price per issue is 15 cents - by subscription 8 issues for $1.00. Effects herein shall not be manufactured without the publisher's written consent. Copyright 1940

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