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Those in magic for 12 years or more will remember well those W # effects "Poko Chinko" (Thayer) and" -"Dis-Kor-Ball" (Hornmann). A ball was threaded onto a cord and a number of differently colored discs threaded on the cord. Under a handkerchief the ball and discs were removed. This trick found a very good reception for there was no set up or preparation. It could be repeated at will and it made an excellent "bally" stunt. For quite a few years now the effect has been dormant.

In the present version, which several magicians have said is more puzzling than the original tricky way of securing the ball, a single and not doubled length of cord or shoelace is used with a small wooden "stopper" at each end. The ball is permanently threaded onto the cord, the hole through it being just large enough for the ball to ride loosely but not large enough for the "stopper" at either end to be threaded through it. The discs may be cut from three-ply wood and painted. The center holes in these discs are 1/8" larger / in diameter than the width of the "stoppers."//

A large bandanna type or other opaque , kerchief is prepared at its center by /'' glueing a round carboard disc on each ' 'i side. These discs are of the same size /y' / both in diameter and the center hole / fl as the wooden discs used. Wh«n dried under pressure, the handkerchief cloth is cut out through the discs center holes, which of course, coincide. A handkerchief prepared this way will last indefinitely and not tear or rip through constant use.

My experimental set is as follows: "stoppers" are li x 3/8 x 1/8 inches, ball is 1/8" with a hole. The discs are 2" in diameter with a hole at the center. They are about

3/8" thick and enameled different colors. The cord really is a black shoestring and its length when the "stoppers" are stretched apart is about inches. The handkerchief preparation has been explained. It is 24 inches square.

The ball is first shown well secured to the cord. The performer holds one "6topper"a-gainst the end of the cord in such a manner that it may be threaded through the holes of the discs one after the other. They drop along the cord onto the ball and before covering everything appears as in the first illustration above. Now the cord is threaded through the center of the handkerchief and held by a spectator.

However, there has been executed a subterfuge of great value. The threaded discs were being held by the "stopper" between right thumb and first finger. The handkerchief was shown and thrown over the left hand back up. The right \ hand goes beneath the handkerchief, the left \\ thumb and finger grasp the "stopper", the right thumb and finger drops to bottom of stack and grasps the "stopper" there. This is brought up as left fingers now drop the original stopper, and the right fingers

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thread their "stopper" through the handkerchief. The large illustration makes this clear. The releasing of the discs is but a second's effort, and everything may be examined. Only a bit of practise will also show one how easy the reversal is to make with but the one hand under the handkerchief on its way to the hole . When first threaded, keep jiggling the discs as if to show they are constantly on the cord. It will excuse any otherwise noticeable "click" when the cord ends are reversed. (Copyright 1939 by Annemann. All manufacturing rights reserved.)

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*t made us quite happy to get a year's subscription the other day along with a note that the writer figured that he was buying from two to five books and mss. every couple of months at $1 or'$2 each and that 8 copies of The Jinx over that period resulted in a $1 buy that, when looked over in entirety, showed up as exceedingly worth while. Another letter said that its writer liked the weekly idea because it kept him continually pepped up on tricks and didn't let his interest flag. Another said the "damn thing comes in before I get a chance to read the last one and try the stuff."

One person gave us an idea to pass on when he said that he was glad we didn't run Assembly or Ring news columns because, to him at least, the interest to an outsider was not there. So here's a suggestion for what it's worth to the mags who specialise in such columns. Have each Ring or Assembly send in one hint, tip or trick each month, supplied by someone at each meeting, and incorporated in the column, say at the end of the meeting and news notes. At each meeting the sec'y digs out such an h, t or t, and I'm sure the columns and the mag, too, will take on renewed interest. There are hundreds of such items floating around even if it isn't more than how to restore circulation after wearing a tight thumb tip for several hours.

"Ouchl dept." - 24 hours after issue No. 67 went to the printer the Nov. Linking Ring slithered in containing Stewart James' Took Best Book Test. Bells rung, whistles blew, memos were passed around to the staff with wild abandon, and a thorough shake-up of the promotion dept. was under way. Why pretend to be a magician or nindreader if you can't foresee at least 36 hrs. ahead? Our "Whim of Tituba" was "whammed" for idiosyncranatic Stewart had based his effect on the same "missing page" idea as ours. Anyhow, despite the irony of our having plugged Lis forthcoming trick solely because of the title, we smile inwardly at having caught up with the source of some of his material. At least we gave full credit for each part, even if Stewart didn't mention that the torn newspaper corner dodge in his version came from that very perfect newspaper test back in Jinx No. 4, just short ttfo months of being 5 years ago. So, Stewart, we'll consider ourselves scooped if you'll consider yourself spanked, but lightly. Otherwise it's interesting ^o note how two people, working independently upon a basic idea, can cone forth with quite different presentations.

"TRUE" for December, and now on the stands, features an article "Houdini In Stripes." It relates continuous escapes of a young fellow many times incarcerated. However, close reading shows no ability at lock picking, but a clever and subtle brain for eluding the officers at the opportune moment. The same issue also has "Animal Einsteins" exploiting dogs of the past and present who could read the minds of their owners and trainers, giving their (the dog's) canine views about things by barking or pawing. Of interest is this paragraph, "The famous magicians, Thurston and Blackstone, studied Bozo's gifts, and declared his accomplishments to be authentic phenomena. Not content with this alone, his master took the dog to a recent meeting of magicians at Atlanta, Georgia, where Bozo went through his routine and received not only congratulations, but a letter signed by the president declaring; 'We have studied this dog. No collusion exists between Bozo and Captain Lower except that of mental telepathy." I wonPage der if this article is a prophetic note as to where, magic is going?

Bill Larsen takes umbrage at our mention of LePaul's Being feted by Los Magicos. Two issues ago we were glad to publish Caryl Fleming's viewpoint of the whole thing. Making it clear that LePaul quite possibly couldn't have had a thing to say about the exposing in Eternally Yours, Caryl also brought out that no one seemed to know what he was doing in town for "he was strangely silent about his activities." Bill says, "I've never seen any magical society (and I've known a lot of them) who didn't welease any and every professional magician with open arms, even where he is an exposer." Even that well known fact doesn't make for improvement in matters. No one yet has beaten our "silent treatment" in the estimation of a lot of friends, not so good friends, and correspondents. In an article the other day by a girl who was describing activities in a militant girl's camp, she described the two brands of punishment: "One was -------. This was a penalty that cut deep into a girl's heart. The other was even worse. It consisted of an edict forbidding fellow members of the group to have anything whatever to do with the erring girl. This was ostracism with a vengeance." So much for that. And when Bill says, "Quit panning Los Magicos, Ted, and write to Joe Breen. It'll do more good," I can but say that I already have. But ir I can't raise queries about west coast magic club activities Bill will have to stop saying things about the east coast clubs and societies. Gabbathai

Aside to C.T.- Re that "after the funeral" item. O.K. And speaking of mysteries we hark back to the time when Dean Frederick Powell died. Services were held up in Connecticut and again in New York. A wand was placed in the casket for breaking at the N.Y. services, but it was gone! It turned up later in a local collection. And here's a tale for the book. Years ago there were two rival conjurors, one specialising in escape work, the other making a feature of it but not in entirety.. Around 1907 there was published in Popular Mechanics an escape from a barrel after being submersed in water. By an amateur magician it was the first known (as far as can be found) escape to be made under water. The barrel, its halves held together with bayonet catches, was meant to be practically kicked apart under water and let sink. H.B. then built a metal box with a sliding panel unlocked with a forked pick. He refused to sell this to H.H. so the latter did the "overboard" box with a packing case instead. Later, H.B., seeing the psychological effect of a locally built case over a special iron box, stored the thing away in N.Y. with other illusions. Time marches on. H.B. now stands accused of under water escape larceny by H.H. We can allow that in regards to the packing case but not in priority to the general effect itself. H.B. needs the iron box to prove his point. It has disappeared! Time marches on some more. H.H. winds up a spectacular life. Into the picture comes J.D. who acquires some of the H.H. stage properties. In the cellar he finds a large iron box which no one knows anything about. Suspecting a trap, J.D. toils and finally locates a sliding panel. H.B. still has the pick for the box he found gone from the storehouse. J.D. has an iron box he found in the H.H. cellar. We don't think that H.B. knows this part of the story. So, on the sidelines, we suggest that H.B. and J.D. patch up their feud or declare a three hour truce while they check the finis to a truly rugged individualistic story of magicians at work* and play.

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