done, Oh, I beg your pardon, I forgot to have you initial my envelope." And with those words you have put envelope into your pocket, and IMMEDIATELY come out with the other envelope marked "2" for the spectator's initials.

After the initialing, as another thought, the envelope is placed in the outer breast pocket and spectator asked to do the same with his so that the audience may see the flight of the cards, as the working of the trick is done, the climax depends upon the individual performer, fl.e "2" envelope is opened, and twelve Indifferent cards found. The three reversed cards, sre seen to have changed (this is a cute part), and when spectator's envelope Is opened, the four nces are found together.

Everything is clean. The may be to3sed out, and the deck is no« a complete one of 52 cards. There hci3 been no forcing at any time, no indirect actions, ana no sleights.

Editor's note: These four ace effects probably will b6 coming out when all of us have passed to the "happy summer land" In search of the perfect audience. But, for a "none sleight" and practical club or stage method, we have never run across an idea to compare with that following. Vie respectfully submit it for the consideration of readers as a real good thing.---

'While not differing radically from the orthodox Ace routines, this method will truly baffle most observing audiences, and it features several point which have been the bugaboo of all previous versions.

The four aces are withdrawn openly from the pack and placed in a face out row on any kind of easel for audience perspective. Twelve other cards are dealt from pack, placing three cards face down upon each Ace, overlapping so that the Ace is partly visible. A spectator is invited to assist and is asked to name aloud any one of the visible Aces. This is absolutely a free choice. This Ace and its three accompanying cards are sealed in an examined envelope and given to the spectator to hold. The remaining Ace3 with their adjacent cards are gathered into one heap, and, sealed in another envelope are retained by the performer. The magical words are spoken, the mystic passes made, and the invisible flight takes place. The performer's envelope is found to contain twelve indifferent cards - the spectator's envelope contains the four Aces - and everything is left clean, the deck being one of 52 cards and usable in following numbers.

The requirements are 12 Aces, (three sets of fours) one pack of regular cards (also including Aces), three business envelopes, and a pencil. Prom the pack remove any 12 indifferent cards. Reverse face up every fourth card and seal this packet into an envelope. Mark the face with a large figure "2" and put into your inside coat pocket.

The twelve Aces are arranged on top of the pack in their proper order for dealing. This order depends upon the arrangement of the four Aces placed in a face out row on easel. If the order, from left to right (facing them),were to be H-C-D-S, the top three Aces on deck would be C-D-S; the next three H-D-S; the next three H-C-S; the last three H-C-D. The four aces belonging to the deck are scattered through the lower part.

Two unprepared envelopes are shown and deck removed from case. Panning it face outward, it is run through and the four aces removed as they are reached and placed face outward on easel, (in correct order, of course) The deck is given a dovetail shuffle (retaining the top twelve) as the statement is made that each Ace shall be given three cards for company. Openly three are now dealt face down onto each Ace, leaving half of each face out Ace visible.

The freely selected heap is placed, without reversing the Ace, in one envelope, and the performer marks it with a large figure "1". It is given to spectator to also initial and then put in his pocket. The remaining heaps are gathered by yourself (leaving the Aces facing oppositely to the others) and placed in the second envelope. Mark this with a large "2" and say, "I will place this envelope in my pocket as you have


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Another free ad; Send a dime to the U.S.Playing Card Co., Cincinnati, Ohio, and ask for a copy of the Official Book of Games. It's well spent lucre. --- The first contract for the H.Y.

World's Pair landed by a vaude attraction ''ias signed recently by Hardeen, who will be featured in a Houdini House of Illusions. --- A.medeo, magician, is .vorking under what is probi.bly the most unusual booking arrangement imaginable. He left May 17 aboar:l the Empress of Britain on a six-month cruise that will include working on other ships, in hotel3, night clubs and vaude theatres In seaports. He gets a straight salary from the Canadian Pacific company and pockets whatever he makes on outside jobs. He's his owaa boss and is even authorized to buy novelties and kniclcnacks to amuse patrons.---Those who get some of the Caryl Fleming Golden Glow Daub now marketed through magical channels will have the ultra In subtle card principles. Good for any colored or designed backs, there is little limit to the possibilities. Only a few magi to date have used daub, and it has been kept quite exclusive.

Our paragraph last issue re the Sphinx award medal was picked up. Four Sphinx stockholders pick the tricks they like. John Mulholland is final arbiter on originality and quality. John chose this year's trick, it is said, despite the fact that the principle was marketed yars and yars ago, because he saw Hy Harris present the production, and realised that it was improved to a great degree, and more practical than the original Nixon method. So there.

Max Holden has been finding so much mail each morning in his shop, he's moving up to the 11th floor for much more room. Cocktails will be on the house about June 15th. --- I wonder if anyone else has noticed the great resemblance between Mrs. Piper, the famed medium, and Mrs.Sara

Delano Roosevelt, the president's mother? --- We hate to discourage, but the dealer who mailed oodles of cards in this country and especially England offering the Ency. of Card Tricks at the cut throat price of $3.85 is finding it impossible to get copies from the publisher. --- And

Humdrum, the Mystic, knows a mindreader who wasn't getting much work, and who bewailed to all who would listen, "It's a long time between thinks I" __— yj

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