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In room marked A two men were placed; The third he lodged in Bs

The fourth to C was then assigned ~ The fifth retired to D.

In E the sixth he tucked away And in F the seventh man;

The eighth and ninth in G and H And then to A he ran.

Wherein the host, as I have said, Had laid two travellers by,

Then taking one - the tenth and last -He lodged him safe in I.

Nine single rooms - a room for each — Were made to serve for ten,

And this it is that puzzles me, And many wiser men.

lofcur new "Fifth Row, Center Aisle" reviewing department will not he the sole effort of one individual but of from five to seven sin± cere advocates of bedrock reporting in the interests of magic. Cagliostro, Jr.'s article in this issue makes quite clear what we are pointing at. The other reviewers, scattered about the country, will take care of the performances occuring in their sections, »e are interested only in shows for which tickets of admission are sold to the public. When a man entertains for people who have paid their money, he must be willing to except an honest review, regardless as to whether or not he, himself has been paid, as in the case of a benefit. For, if he is bad, he not alone hurts magic, but he helps to make a few vacant seats at least when the cause next runs a benefit performance.

There's a serio-comic booklet to be on the newsstands within 10 days which will startle readers with the hair-raising adventures of Blackstone in the "Superman" manner. It will be called Supermagic and the continuity will be based upon and include many of the illusions he has presented in his show. --- That "invisible"

bogey is in again with news reports of Jasper Maskelyne making North African British troops disappear. J.M. is in the camouflage division.

English papers please copy: In 1814 there passed away Joanna Southcott, a remarkable prophetess whose picture still hangs in the National Portrait Gallery. At about the age of 40 she had begun the remarkable series of prophecies which were destined to create an almost worldwide sensation, according to The London Magazine, "the repercussion of which is felt to some extent even to the present day." Behind her she left a box, now famous among her devotees and followers, containing prophecies and documents, with the stipulation that its contents are not to be revealed until it is "asked for by the Government in time of great stress and trouble."

If A1 Baker ever conceived of a memory type of stunt worth much applause and plenty kudos, he has done it now. At luncheon with Frank N. Dodd, Dai Vernon, and Al, he picked up a shuffled deck from which I had dealt myself a bridge hand of 13 cards. Looking through the deck once he proceeded to name every pasteboard I held] Al says it is to be included in his forthcoming book. I hope that one-fiftieth of the purchasers will appreciate the effect as I saw it. --- The wives of magicians still get around. Mrs. Clayton Rawson said "Hey Presto" on Feb. 12 and gave the mentor of Iftrllni a baby girl to be named Joanna. (Another prophetess? Ed.) And Sirs. Clark Allen, wife of the S.A.M.er and Sphinx executive, blithely won a quiz award on electric irons. None, however, has approached Mrs. ftir-dette Bowman's successive winnings of an automobile, and then another.

Robert Nelson's column in the Feb Linking Ring mentions "A big booking agency is asking $300 a night for an imported South American mentalist." This may mean DUON, and if so, it could easily be worth that to see his telephone book stunt which never uses less than ten from different localities, and which has that radio program "Pot 0' Gold" backed off the map for freedom of selection plus the continuous series of seemingly impossible revelations. --- In the same issue Dob Weill asked about the Jinx being absent from the mails, hoping it hadn't gone the way of etc,etc,etc. As usual the wordage was out of date for, by the time it appeared, we had four more issues out. The delay was caused by the addition of 66 (more or less) acres to our estate of 1 typewriter and a spare suit plus the trouble of finding wain housing for our cats and their kittens. Never worry about the sheet just closing up with no notice. With #50 we wrote the grand finale if as and when it might be needed. There will be no doubt.

The Rochester logicians' Club letterhead is attention getting, at least, A large sketch of a magus from top to bottom shows him holding a sheet of paper on which the message is written. That Club, by the way, might serve as an example for others. Kembers haven't paid dues for years. The 1941 dues to the I.B.M. ($3 per) was paid by the club. There annual Clambake and Banquet was paid out of the treasury. Their system will be passed on to any other interested clubs or societies. -— Dante opens in Chicago on March 17 at the Erlanger. He is partially set for a reopening in New York City around April 14. --- The Jinx "Squiggles" contest closes in March so you'd better get those ideas down on paper. It has been six months, too. In two days we received a set of ideas from three foreign spots: Switzerland, Singapore, and Brazil. --- Deriders of this pages penchant for splitting infinitives might find fun worrying over an item we picked up somewhere. It makes our errors look awfully good, in print, anyway. Little Willie complained when his mother went upstairs to read beside his sickbed, "What did you bring that book I didn't want to be read to out of up for? And the learned savants are united in saying that the sentence is perfectly correct] Ga&batha] ^t^.fQ^^wc^

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rope routine, we are going to remind him that he is guilty of repetition to the point of boredom — and point out that he is definitely not presenting two different effects. We are not going to like any presentation of the rice bowls, the hindu sticks, the Sympathetic silks, or the mutilated parasol — not unless he does them as well as Roy Benson. If anyone steps out and offers a trick as trite, hackneyed, and done-to-death as those, and does nothing more than to follow the printed instruction sheet that came with the apparatus when he bought it back in 1911, he is going to read a few words in this department that he won't be able to use to any great advantage in his advertising.

We serve notice here and now that we are sick

Page and tired of reading directions in books and magazines for performing positive miracles and then, at the shows, having to sit and be bored to death by the same dreary old chestnuts.

And, finally, if we hear anyone say, "This lotus bowl (or what have you) is entirely unprepared and completely empty", we are going to shoot the offender dead right where he stands. If you want to know who Cagliostro, Jr. is, just look for the guy who is lugging the doublebarreled shotgun.'

We hope, with all our heart, that we are forced to write a completely laudatory review of the S.A.M. Heckscher show. It will be our beginning.

—— Cagliostro, JT. (Direct from a 146 year run at The Old Inferno)

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