an arithmetical example of Hitler,the nazti man.

As a refutation regarding Dante being "high hat" and "unresponsive" to fellow magi on his present tour, the Toronto, Ontario, Canada day of days is a swell example. 80 enthusiasts from Canada and nearby U.S. localities practically made it a Dante convention day on March 8th. He announced their homage and had them all stand while "Hail, Hail, The Gang's All Here" was done in high order. At a late dinner Dante was very much present with Moi-Yo Miller, George White, his manager, and others. All spoke, and autographs flew thick and fast unreservedly. It is a pleasure to report this because we have been the only publication to mention complaints from several cities where Dante evidently didn't do well by his devotees. It appears as though Afly slighting on Dante's part wasn't intentional. We always said he had been especially kind to us, and, while printing what responsible readers told us, wondered why he was upstaging the people he could depend upon to applaud even when the balls dropped. This event seems to say that he was busy with a tremendous amount of show and work, and now that things are a bit smoothed out,he can relax and show appreciation.

Have I a reader who might translate a Danish book on magic? Geovanni Otto, the author of Tankelaeseren, I'anden Der VSd Alt, Ser Alt og Hirer Alt", explains in good english that there is nothing especially new inside as it was written for beginners in Denmark. However, I'd like to know. He concludes, "Interest for magic is very great in this country, but most people regard it as a very expensive passion." GabbathaJ

The performer introduces a pocket dictionary.

The spectator looks through it — has a free choice of any one of the many printed words. The v/ord is written by him on a card and it is inserted momentarily in the dictionary. After a moment of concentration, the spectator pockets the card and hands the dictionary to the performer who immediately opens it and reads aloud the word chosen together with its definition.

If this were a dealer's item, I might emphasize the following points: Absolutely no force — no carbons — no mirrors — no loose page inserts — comes complete with a beautiful imitation leather dictionary, twenty-four imported cards, and the very important gimick. Aw shucks, it just can't be that goodl

The working is simple — there is ample misdirection — and believe me, the principle is quite old. It is an ideal pocket effect, and if I should mention that I puzzled such folk as T. Nelson Downs and Stewart Judah with this, some ten years ago, maybe you'll be eager to give it a try, even after reading the almost childish explanation.

The secret lies in the use of a second dictionary — unknown (let's hope) to the audience. The type used by me is obtainable in five and ten cent stores, about 3x6 inches, with the cover title "Webster Dictionary - 40,000 words" The duplicate is mutilated by cutting out a section from every inside page and the back cover — in other words, your dictionary has a complete cover but the balance of the book has a window through its middle. The first illustration on the next page will make it clear.

Several visiting cards are also required. They should be of such a size that when one is inserted in the side of the book, as per the second illustration, about one-quarter of an inch protrudes. The size of the window in the book really is governed by the card's size. The idea, of course, is that when a card is inserted, a glance at the window will reveal whatever is written on the card. Have a pencil at hand and, of course, the legitimate dictionary, and if you can find a victim to whom you can demonstrate the effect, you should be very happy.

Here's the set-up: In the right coat pocket is the glmlcked dictionary — in your left coat pocket have the cards. I don't care where you keep the pencil. The presentation should be casual throughout.

Start by saying that the average person, when asked on the spur of the moment, or even on a street oorner, to think of a word, finds it difficult to think of a real hard one. They might suggest "house", "rabbit", or, if you've been doing bad magic, they might be smart enough to quickly produce the word "lousy". But offhand they cannot come up with "muscovado" or anything like "ethnographic". So — in order to make it easier for them, and a headache for you, Mr. 7/ebster's pocket dictionary is introduced.


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Explain that the spectator is to run through the pages — on second thought, seeing it's a pocket edition, perhaps he'd better just trot through — and freely select any word he cares to — and firmly impress that word upon his mind. Then he's to write it upon a card which you hand him. Next ask him to turn the card with writing down, and at the same time you retrieve the dictionary. Don't mention this action — don't mention the dictionary at all — keep talking about the word he has written. During the talk casually place the dictionary in your coat pocket and instantly come out with the gimmicked one. You are looking at and talking to the spectator. If anyone notices your hand and the book he should get the impression that you tried to insert the book into your pocket, and, finding it difficult, have placed it aside — which you do.

Still talking to the spectator you walk away from where you have placed the gimmicked book and try to get an impression of the chosen word. You fail, after a couple of attempts. Picking up the book you ask the spectator to insert the card writing side down somewhere between the pages. Be careful not to expose the back of the book during this time.

Turn the book on edge and quickly steal a glance at the written word which can be read easily through the book's window as per the third illustration. As you turn the dictionary around, still apparently looking at the edge, you say, "I see you've inserted the card at about where the letter R starts (or mention whatever other letter the word may begin with). Immediately return the card to spectator and say, "That's a bit of unconscious help you've given me — I know the word begins with that letter, and as there are only 8000 words beginning with R it narrows my field considerably."

At this point you open the dictionary, still being careful so as not to flash the back or cut pages, and look up the word you now know. If it isn't there, due to the cut-out pages, you know it so can name it just the same. If it should be there, then the best presentation is to give the name and read the definition. At the conclusion put dictionary in pocket, or switch back and leave it around.

As you pocket the dictionary, or to cover the exchange, you can say, "I'm glad you picked that word, sir. Last evening a fellow picked the word "nothing" and when I asked him to concentrate he had "nothing" on his mind. It made it extremely difficult for me.

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