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On Kay 24th we contacted, by telegrams, six of the Sphinx stockholders, "Please quote price on your interest in Sphinx, ,/ill remit immediately if not out of proportion to value." V/e made that offer backed with $4000.00 cash on deposit in the linigrant Industrial Savings Bank, Grand Central Branch, N.Y.C. As agent for the purpose of taking The Sphinx out of the hands of its present owners, and with full control of those funds for that intent, we asked for, and expected replies.

At 9:30 A.M. May 28th,two replies were at hand. Mr. Arnold Belais, by postal, "Thank for the telegram, but I'm not interested. .Vhat's the gag?" Mr. Gerald lynton Kaufman, by first class mail, "Thanks for your telegram, tty interest in SPHINX is not for sale at any price whatever. However, in case you'd like to know, I carry it on my books for Income Tax purposes, at $12,437.50, this being the nearest I can figure as to its value at the moment."

Having in our file a copy of the stockholder's report for every year back to when the present corporation was paying off the Wilson debt to printer Brown, of Kansas City, gives us occasion to marvel at Mr. Kaufman's sentimental appraisal. The breakdown cf his figures, according to numerology as pedaled by I.iss Helen Johnston of N.Y., portrays the resultant 4 as meaning, "Hot good under modern conditions. It portends money troubles, mistakes, and grinding labor." Not to take advantage of his Sphinx money madness, we can also apply Miss Johnston's study tc Mr. Kaufman's full name as his letterheads divulge - result, 7. "—is very often an influence for misunuerstanding. People under this vibration often find that tney must stand alone. They may have genius and clever ability hidden in their make-up, but this is rarely appreciated by the world."

V/e do not appreciate the ability of one whc underestimates our fiaculty for reading a print-id line. Incorporated for" $143.55, The Sphinx "good will" is marked up at $2500.00. V/ith the amount we have to toss, plus, of course, assurances that the nag will continue, it didn't seem like too little. V/e wonder, though, how those two subscribers,jetting their Jinx copies at 341 Ninth Avenue, v:.Y.C.,are going to rush to the files upon reading our quotes.

Tom '.VortMngton, 3rd, is on a campaign with the Tablets of Osiris to make Post Master_General Parley magician conscious. The idea is to bomoard that official with requests for an issue of commemorative stamps to Thurston, Mou-dini, Kellar, and Herrmann the Great. Tom's

(rough) estimate of 250,000 amateur and professional magicians in this country sounds like Kaufman's ophinx value. However, the letters that do go to Mr. Parley will make HIM magic conscious, if nobody else.

British magicians are wcr.-cing to death that Davenport trick, "Gas-Mask to Gas-Bag!',' a stunt advertised as "an up-tc-the-ninute opening." The magus comes on wearing the mask, removes it, and explains that the difficulty aoout it all is that if he wears the thing he cannot talk, and if he holds it, then he cannot conjure. He "thrusts his chin forward" and says "Heil Didler." The mask changes to a bust of Hitler. '.Ve like the sales lines, "the bust has a striking resemblance to the genuine article", and "It's sure - It's swift - It's a blitzkreigj

Sonia Zaranoff, she of the modern talking-teakettle at your service, opened last week at N.Y.'s Ben Yarden's Riviera. This act, originally started by Dob Nelson,(she later bought it all' to herself) is making plenty newspaper space, but, because of iti secret, will soon be torn to shreds by the mags and sheets tired of the headless -.reman trie';.

Time cut for brer.th — see hew some person

birth «nd Irao. your own do« hotter.' Price Si 'IJu. Horoscopes." f O. Soj JUO. White PI.Ins N Y.

makes money to buy bones for his own canine.

Servais Leltoy either has a great secret or is being temperamental, ,/ith a dozen assistants he's whipping his Mecfcscher (June 6) show into shape for the N.Y. audience. Two of the local "big shots" were told to leave the rehearsal hall as a rumored new principled gadget was being put into place. '.Veil, he's responsible for many an illusion — there's no reason to disbelieve the presence of a new one.

Among the things to intrigue us during the week was a dictionary page (\'o! Never J 3d.) on which was "hocus-pocus", meaning, "trickery, a conjuring formula." Farther down came "hokey-pokey". We liked its sound as a slang term for the aforementioned necromancy. But the meaning via Webster was "cheap ice—cream peddled in the street." --- The S.A.M. Parent Assembly voting was calm. Shirley \^uimby, methodical and genial prexy took that chair again. Jack Trepel is 1st Vice Pres. which keeps the group very well bulwarked. The office of Archivist was recreated, and Jean Ilugard, than whom there is no more avid collector of magicana, walked away with the post. --- The Annual Banquet show was stolen by the Crystal Clarkson puppet routines, and the biggest flop on the bill was ungraciously made possible by

-- continued and the man (fourth) asked forward takes the one left, his own.

One thing must be made imperative. The presentation MUST be deliberate, 7ITH0UT any show of hesitation. The patter must TIM2 with the actions, and be MATTER OF F^CT, since you are not careing, apparently, how the envelopes are returned — it's chance, and that's that. You pass, blithely, but accurately, through this part. Save your showmanship for the opening and closing.

"Ladies and gentlemen. Four of my audience h'"'p selected cards, sealed them tightly that none but themselves could know their identity, from last page —

the envelopes have been mixed, and, lastly, each of the four took back one envelope by chance lot as you have seen. I spoke before of coincidence. I ask you now to check, carefully, on an occurence to be 'witnessed seldom. Mir. ---, the name of your card? ---- Open your envelope. Yr. ---, you picked what card? ----

Open your envelope, etc."

You haven't done so much, to magicians, but the audience effect is terrific, provided, of course, that you present the stunt as an experiment to test an unknown but suspected quality in everyone to veer towards that which is his own. THSY DO THE TRICK — NOT YOU. That is your attitude.

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Editor's Note: Some of the magician-

detectives that have "been lately popping out from every book and magazine do other things beside their unmasking of murderous maniacs, their outwitting of international spies, bloodthirsty vampires and invisible men. THEY CONTRIBUTE THEIR PET EFFECTS TO THE jriX.' Way back in issue No. 56 Clayton Rawson's fictional zombie, The Great Merlini, gave us RED VI-HRO. And now "the genie from Stuart Tov/ne's brain and typewriter, Don Diavolo, The Scarlet Wizard, steps out of the pages of fiction to give you,and your audiences,a trip into the future of the fourth dimension.')

"You have all heard of H. G. Well's Time Machine, that v/eird and complicated fourth dimensional contraption that carried its passengers forward and backward in time. Some of you may not know that a recent discovery in the field of multi-dimensional mathematics promises to make that fictional dream a reality. A simple formula has been found that points the way to the construction of a practical, workable Time Machine. Even the bare formula itself, without any complicated mechanism whatsoever, can project us all forward into time

"You smile skeotically. But I can prove my statement. I can show you the formula - and make it work. I can go forward in time and, if you dare to follow, can take you with me. I should warn you that there is some danger, since we may all find ourselves several minutes further ahead in time than anyone else — and unable to get back.1 You don't believe? Then watch, and v/onder, and don't say I didn't warn youJ While someone gives this deck of cards a really thorough shuffling I'll write out the formula."

(The performer produces pad and pencil, holds it so his audience can see what he is doing, and, as he writes the formula, reads it aloud as he would an algebraic equation.)

"Jo times 8 over twenty three b six hundred and ninety two equals ..." What the performer writes looks like this; (Note formation of 6) rv >-) "Now, if you've finished shuf-

VA^i'Vs fling, cut the deck and deal out three or four cards face "H' - down. Cut again and deal a few more. That's enough. Now you hold the formula and I'll take fan them and ask you to make a selection of one of them — just 't let anyone or anything influ-

Zlbeql the cards. I very careful touch one. Don' ence your choice. You may change your mind if you like. --- And we'll lay your card out face down. Now, look at the other cards you dealt me. It's just as well we're not playing poker. I couldn't do a lot with a hand like that.

"Please note carefully what we've done. I wrote the Time Formula while you shuffled. I haven't touched the deck since. You dealt off seven or eight cards at random and had a free choice of one. You chose your card a minute or

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