Indian Rope Trick

Your readers have powlbly bem Iw log »bout the "Indi*ii Rope Trick" DM !i»v<; wottfcndlf auoh a thing Is mythical or a rwtfliy

I subffllt thla picture as evidence. 1 can personally vouch for Its accuracy and freedom from staged settings and trick photography. In fact. I took the picture Myself, having hidden In a bamboo thicket for the express purpose of doing so. Imagine, please, my amarament and sheer delight when I saw this man ocluat-

Page 479 - but turn to Page 480 for picture be sure not to make it apparent that you are giving them out in any particular order. This is an important detail for you later on.

The first hand of 5 cards is taken in left hand and given a single and careless cut. The right hand picks up the second coin and gives it to the 2nd spectator, receiving in return the second packet of 5 cards in his right hand. As they are taken the fingers spread them a little (they are always kept face down) and as they are placed on the left hand packet, the left little finger holds a break ABOVE THE BOTTOM CARD OF THE SECOITD FIVE. Then, without any delay, the packet in left hand is cut at the break. The right hand picks up the third coin, receives the third packet for it, Spreads them "slightly, and again the left little fin-holds a break ABOVE THE BOTTOM CARD OF THIS PACKET when it is placed on the left hand group. Again the entire bunch is cut — at the break. The fourth coin is handed out for the fourth packet and the same maneuvre takes place exactly as before.

To the players you have taken back the hands one at a time in return for coins, and after each hand has been returned the packet has been cut. Actually, now, the arrangement frcm the top down (back to face) is as follows. We shall list them by numerals denoting the four players from left to right. 4-3-2-1-1-1-1-1-22-2-2-3-3-3-3-4-4-4-4.

In front of himself, and dealing from left to right, the performer lays out four face down cards, saying that "stud" will be the best form of poker for the purpose. In (continued on page 481)

ry suspended from the IHWWS luppwW only ftv a sine!, rope /rem Mow. To mke doubly an that It wa, sot the "optieai 111 union1 so common to India, at the risk of my life. I carefully approMhed the objeot and p.—ru a bamhotv conv pletely over his person lust to make certain that do hoisting was being done four above.

So, you see, the rope trick Is poodbl» I've seen It. as pictured, with my owr eye. hoaemly.

THOMAB VABN'KY CaJctitta. India

fi opes in the air, especially with hindu boys JSiaclimbing, are anathema to magicians. It is with gusto that we reproduce from LIFE magazine the true explanation, or, at least, one

Of them.--For nearly forty years The Sphinx has been a lodestone for magicians. It has seen them come and go, especially those aspirants to the throne (?) of president in one society or another. We are in that era again, and I don't mean the S.A.M. — There's no late news on Chester Morris' mishap. In his latest pic a machine gun went off a bit too close and the ears didn't stand up so well.

Now Tallulah Bankhead wants to know how the selected card gets to to top. She's taking lessons from Charles Blake, whose program we i-

tfemed.'in issue No. 32.---Mickey MacDougall has made the grade. From pitching Svengall decks at every open street corner he's now in a spot to threaten all the lecturer-magicians. Through astuteness or gambler's luck Mickey has tied into the right places for publicity. LOOK magazine just carried a (to we boys) bawdy gaming expose while at the same time ESQUIRE was on the stands with a co-authored article naming him as Michael. We begrudge him nothing at all, for he's won his spurs through his own aggressiveness, but we do think that from Mickey to Michael presages a slippage. We all do or do not click on our inherent manerisms. Why change?

Mrs. 3Tate Leipsig had a pretty valuable clientele of patrons susceptible to magic. Just as Beatrice Houdini was beset with the opportunists when Harry passed away, Mrs. L., in the days adjoining Nate's death, made moves on the board of life that She could advantageously take back now. All who knew Nate well were acquainted with the fact that Mrs. L. did all of the business. She was in a spot where she could have taken a young and good magician under her wing to their mutual advantage. The only previous successor to Leipsig was Freddy Keating, but he wold his birthright down the river six years ago. I hope those who be-swoggled the mailing list can do as well as Nate did, for his patrons don't deserve a "drop". What I said of him in No. 63 still holds good, and there isn't a magician around to-day who can match what he had ~ let alone what he did.

We hate like hell to attack a women's page in any magazine, especially the one in The Genii, but when someone says that a CAZAN, known as "The Girl Houdini" challenges Joan Brandon to duplicate any standard escape stunt performed by Harry Houdini, we fall off our "broken down 'chair in delight. There's $1000 in cold cash in the Greenwich Savings Bank at 1356 Broadway, New York City, earmarked for a like amount to be put up, and the gals can jump off the dock in irons or hang themselves in competetion whenever they get in the mood or groove. I can vouch that Joan is ready.

"Mike" Kanter has just issued a new catalogue of mammoth proportions. The covers are novel for they picture part of his vast colleetitaaof magician's

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portraits. I'm sentimental and I got a break. Y.y pic made the top row with Eugene Laurant's and Gene was the very, very first professional magician I ever saw (t&lcony) back in 1922.

Those last- two figures were hard to put down. I'm getting old, but not old enough to find a laugh in the Kanter c?talogue emblem for magician's autos (can a magus afford a car?)."imagine a traffic cop pulling up to a wizard high-balling his way towards a Piff-Puff-Poof Convention. The "rafcbitt from a hat" emblem is refered to. The man in the uniform says, "A magician, huh? Here's a ticket. Tear it up in little, bits of pieces, BUT DON'T FOB-GET TO RESTORE ITJ"

In the Mails"Please rush one extra special magical drill for drilling a i" hole in a l/8th wooden ball as per Jinx No. 38. Tlopefully but doubtful. C. F. Carry." O.K. we submerge. The trick will suffer, no doubt, until aspirants to magical fame reverse the figures and make the trick up correctly. O.K. again. Ahd, even if Frank Lane thinks and says we can't, we CAT,' take it. —— Did you ever hear of the Tablets of Osiris? The mimeo publication of that Society in Baltimore has completed ten years of unceasing effort for better magic. Tom V/orthington, III, is a crusader if ever there was one and NOT to be mentioned in his paper is a complement. The Index for the second five years is before us now. Our name rates 3 pages. The S.A.M. rates 741

"The Devil Is An Empress". It's the name of a movie. They smuggle the hero inside the historic (to those magi .who read back on their magic) automaton chess player. Baron Kemplen built the first, many moons ago. Recently Dr. Henry Ridgely Evans, whose priceless research articles make the Linking Ring a monthly blessing, did a book atout"Edgar Allen Poe and The Chess Player." See the picture if you can for it's a graphic portrayal of an illusion that once knocked the brain trusts of that era for a loop.

Please don't bind your Jinx issues from 1 to 60 just because the monthly stopped there and the weekly started. The Index went only to 50. There will be another Index when we hit 100, if as and when we hope so help us. Keep all bound volumns in 50's. --- Would you like to buy some kid a magical Xmas present? Maybe your own? Pick up a copy of 400 Tricks You Can do, by Thurston. Don't get him anything more expensive or complicated. The book has plenty of stuff that needs only the gadgets around a house. If the boy likes magic he'll find enough to keep him busy and you annoyed while he develops his presentation. There are things in that one book that make up 90% of Malini's act, and Malini has made a good living from his act for years.

It may be considered ber side the point, but Horace Goldin once wrote Brunei White that of all those who presented his "Sawing a Woman in Half" illusion for him in this country (and they numbered some famous magicians) the most successful was a man who knew nothing about magic but was a good actor. And the late Horace was figuring box office receipts. We merely ask if magi shouldn't worry more about their présentation. A

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