Conducted by Tiie Hon. James G.Thompson, Jr.

John Mulholland met a friend outside The

Sphinx building — a friend he had not seen for twenty years. After the usual greetings, John said, "I suppose you're married?"

"Oh, yes," replied his friend, "I've been married eight years. Here comes my daughter now! The child crossed Forty-second Street towards them. As she came up, John shifted his cane and extended a hand saying, "Hello, ay name's John. What's yours?" The little girl appeared shy tout finally said, timidly, "My name is the same as my mother's."

John smiled, knowingly. "Then your name is Margaret," he said. "That's right," replied the little girl.

The question is --- how did John know the girl's name was Margaret? No — he didn't know whom his friend had married.

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There are several such effects like this, accomplished by the use of an extra card, or a double faced or double backed one. Others make use of the one handed pass as the deck is given spectator behind his back. Mulholland, Farrelli, and McAthy each describe a method using this pass. (See Editrivia. Ed.) I never could do the one-handed pass well enough to make use of it.

Another disadvantage of that pass is if the spectator accidentally (?) brings deck to front he sees that the top card is face up.

In my method a deck is shuffled and held face up for a spectator to select a locator card, at the same time you noting the face card and second card from back of deck. The locator card is removed and placed face down on face up pack. Then you predict the noted cards and let someone hold the prophecy. You then place the deck behind spectator's back turning it over as you do do. Hei takes top card (supposedly turned over card), pushes it somewhere in deck, gives deck a cut, and brings it to front. You run through for the reversed card and the two prophecied pasteboards are disclosed. In my method, if the spectator should bring deck forward he sees only the turned down top card. This way makes it more applicable to circumstances where people are on most sides, one thing not possible with the other ways.

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This puzzle lamp circuit is not a trick by any stretch of the imagination. I made it up essentially as a little house party diversion for the children, and then discovered that the young ones weren't interested but the older ones would spend half the evening gambling with It.

It is a hookup of four standard four-way snap switches (in England they call this type a three way switch) and five light bulbs. One of these is a red light. The switches and lights may be mounted on the cover of a shallow box and the wiring concealed underneath. Or, the switches may be on the outside and the light3 inside, showing their glow through open holes. The idea behind it all, when the device has been plugged into the regular 110 volt house circuit, is to snap the various switches in an effort to light the center, or red, light. The house has been quite upset since the thing was built, a circle being formed and a pot being created, each tossing in a nickle for a single snap of any one of the switches. The pot grows and grows in odds for your nickle, and we've seen it reach seven dollars before the red light went on for the jackpot. And when it gets up into the dollars just try to shoulder your way through those wanting to snap one. More concervative magi can use it with pennies — and get just as much excitement.

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