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We know that tout a Comparative few of our readers entertain in clubs and restaurants where the tabled guests demand close-up tricks, but Dell O'Dell's "perambulator" deserves description. Her chromium plated "push-around" is a veritable magic shop on wheels. About 3 feet high, 14 inches deep, and 20 inches wide, this demi-demonstrator wagon opens on top and to her side giving access to endless gagsgive-away novelties, and quick tricks of the always ready type. When the customers haven't been satisfied with the amount of floor trickery she presents, it takes but a word to the head waiter. Dell, representing the carriage trade, rolls up to a spot between the desert and coffee. I've seen a lot of practical gadgets, in magic and out, but this one is a honey. It even haB a mirror so she can keep her appearance in trim while trimming the spectators' minds. Currently at Rodgers -

Genii will be a sellout, if only because of the mail-order magic dealers who always can use a fresh list of "might be" clients. It will contain a complete membership list of the S.A.M. Bill Larsen has an increased printing order in but you'd still better order that extra copy early — that is, if you're a member or a dealer.

The P.C.A.M. convention made newsreels which reached N.Y.C. The conventional rabbit from hat, bird cage, cig manips, and by-play were quickly done by individual performers without credit, and "Blendo" was done by one who oughten't to have had such bad luck. It looked as though it should have been called "Blotto".

--- Still at the movies we saw a "short" called

"Movie Magic" which, among other novelties, included a depiction of Floyd Thayer and his shop of classic trickery. The west coast manufacturer of superlative woodwork wizardry gave peeks at this and that section of his plant. Familiar tricks worked at random with a movie-extra stooge on the surprised end, the pay-off being a terrific picturization of the buzz-saw illusion practised on one of the mechanics. It was no ad for Thayer, but it was a swell piece of publicity for magic and its mysteries.

Frank Stobbart's trick in #141 was liked by the N.Y.C. Clinic of conjurors but Paul Morris, who tried the easy way of using an all-kind deck with an odd card facer, became a cropper when, from the 53 cards, the spectator actually picked thp wrong one leaving the 52 duplicates intacti Otherwise the trick is to the good, and Paul is contemplating doing it as written.

We like that new type of industrial' bottleneck to national defense in theory but not in practice. Women workers caused stoppages in one plant until it was discovered that many of them visited the same fortune teller and were being warned to be cautious between 3:30 and 3:30 each afternoon because they were in danger of serious accidents. The fortune teller now is in "clink".

Jinx #139 carried a protest letter from a dealer regarding convention cost6 for those who, according to the trick purveyor, are practically indisnensible at such magic-fests, and shouldn't be charged display-space fees while attendance badges are sold. Immediately after we received a too long to publish letter from a Providence, R.I., committeeman. The S.A.M. 1941 National Convention had just been held there. It was made plain, to us, that income.minus expenses could not allow concessions, and the view was that dealers present expressed themselves as satisfied with their sales on the spot and the goodwill built up by meeting and associating personally with buyers and prospective mail-order customers. That's past - here's the present and future. The Magician's Alliance of Eastern States convenes on Sept. 19 & 20 in Newark, N.J. at the Robert Treat Hotel. A representative informs that dealers contacted express the wish to have separate rooms where they can lock up instead of having open display space with payment for a watchman. The hotel has offered to chisel its rates and make available rooms from $1.50 to $10 per day, the higher prices including sleeping accomodations for two people. That lets toe comnittee "out". What a dealer pays for the privilege of being present with his display is his business. That's either profit or loss.

I think that conventions-so-called today are run on a loss basis if the local enthusiasts compute their time and energy. There was a day when the I.B.M. began and ran conventions with plenty scandal about localites who built up expense accounts by tossing "pork-barrel" amounts to organizations in their home town for "cooperation" to make the convention a success. The opening day parades would bring out every jalopy in town plus the "boy's band", the "boy scouts", a ladies' auxilliary of some sort, and, in at least one case, by political "pull", part of the state militia. Certainly, everyone had a glorious time, and I, for one, would like to see conventions held in cities of 25,000 or less population. It's much easier to get around. But when the I.B.M. found new leadership and let bigger cities get the vote, this thorn naturally disappeared. There's not much chance for profit taking to-day. It's all very individualistic, except for the committeemen.

All this is after talking with and writing to a few old timers who never miss a convention, and who have seen the "convention" idea, born in Kenton, Chio, nearly 90 years ago, grow into a national magicfad. No doubt there are grievances between 6ome dealers and committees. There always are in the best organized clans, and magic is away down on the list of "organized and ethical" brotherhoods or societies. It just doesn't look like a good argumentative subject to me - so far. I wish it were. This sheet could use one right now.

Life magazine for August 4th has three pages of luminous paint uses a la "blackout" necessity. Ibis paint, manufactured by the Prescott Paint Co., of Mt. Kisco, N.Y., is called FPC Afterglow. With but two minutes of activation from light It is said to shine for from 8 to 10 hours. Mediums and spirit-exposers haven't been able to beat that with their gimmicks. The pictures also show how a shadow on a screen will last for a long time after the performer (?) walks away. The subject matter does not mention magic.

Reported is the closing of the Dante show. Reported is the closing of the Blackstone show. In both cases "layoff" is not mentioned. In both cases "disbanded" is mentioned. No comment for the present. --- Could you ask for a better address? Louis Rachofsky gets his magical mail at Spirit Lake, Iowa. --- It seems as though an issue of The Jinx can't get into print without a mention of THS Swann, meaning Russell. He moves to Chicago's Drake Hotel about the middle of this month. Someday, when we've neglected him for a while, we'll tell you the story about his parrot. „ , ,

Did you hear about the Hindu fakir who always slept on a board full of nails - and eot sick? His doctor told him he'd be all right if he stayed OUT of bed for a few days.' Gabbatha]

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