This is "Tervil," a prophetic demon. The effect is one of prophecy. Six or seven years have passed since Annemann first produced his "Dead Name Duplication" test, one which has since found much favor because of Its directness in working. This test uses much of the original technique but the picture to the audience is far different.

I shall describe the working along with the effect as presented. I hardly think it necessary to describe pellet switching to readers of these pages for it has been detailed before. Three papers are used. They are about 2$ by 3 3/4 inches in sire. Fold them once the long way and then twice the opposite way. This makes a billet just right for finger palming. Two of them are opened and dropped on the table. The third Is in trouser pocket as a dummy.

You announce that you will write a prophecy of what someone is going to think. Pick up one of the papers and write a three-word doesn't matter what you write. You will understand that In a moment.The prophecy Is folded and tossed on the table. You say, "That Is what I am sure is going to happen."

The second, unfolded paper is handed a spectator who Is requested to write down, as they come to mind, any color, any number from 1 to 99, and the name of any city in the world.

During this Interval you finger palm the dummy. The spectator folds his written thoughts and you take the paper from is handed directly to another person for initialling, this person passing It back for its owner to hold high above his head. BUT, when you

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This Is "Symmyst," and it identifies a person who has been initiated into the Mysteries. A great favorite of mine since released in 1931 by Annemann has been what was called "The One Man "Genuine" Magazine Test." Peter Warlock, in a biography for The Magic Circular, refered to it "I cannot call to mind in any modern magical literature, any subtlety producing so gre«t »n effect."

Only once was I "caught",by an alert friend, whose "flash of wisdom", one of those recurrent telepathic ideas gained no doubt from a guilty conscience, gave voice to the correct solution. It started me using a new approach and variation which, to date, has withstood solution.

It's all about a magazine test wherein the performer reveals words selected by two different people. The repetition raises the effect above its first climax for interest has been whetted and the second revelation is more confusing than the first. There is little preparation about the magazines and once fixed up they are good for quite a few performances.

Use Collier's or Liberty, the latter being more practical because of ease in handling. English readers will have an equivalent to this weekly of about 60 pages. Buy 2 copies of the same issue. Now buy 1 copy each of two different issues. Prom 1 of the latter two remove the cover, it being easy because the magazines are only stapled. Exchange this cover with one of the duplicate issues. Throw away the odd copy and cover. You now have three magazines,all with decidedly different covers, but two of whioh are alike in contents.

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Certainly it was a better show in many ways from those of the past. We're lauding the Heckscher (N.Y.) Theatre testimonial for Sam Margules held Feb. 25. Without detracting, and other mag3 will give complete reviews, it has been practically unanimous that Bill (Dorn-y) Dornfield as M.C. from Chicago, and Dai (Harlequin) Vernon with his strictly, but strictly, manipulative turn did pick up all of the critical posies. Agents in the audience beat the magicians backstage for these two. Then the growls and mutterlngs from not less than three S.A.M.'ers started. Why was It that Margules had a better show for himself than for same of the S.A.M. annuals? They can learn why here If they haven't been told by now. Sam paid off the acts for their time. He'd done that before but this time the red tape was gone. It wasn't a case of "show a profit aplenty" for "magicians should work for nothing — it's quite an honor." Previous shows repeated the "regulars" and "locals" for they are always good natured enough to do a stint. Expenses, other than for the theatre and union help, were looked at askance. If I'm wrong, why was Dorny brought on to carry the show? Why never before? He's been good for years. And the audience loved the freshness. Any magic show which charges an admission can afford to pay the acts, that Is, if they want to have the professionals who work at the art rather than play with it.

There's a challenge or two for manipulative superiority in the offing, hence my digging up of the broadside on page 386. 3y next month we'll have more details and also show where it is a far from new idea. Some of the old challengers make the moderns look plkerish. —-Dennison now stocks some gummed stickers to represent playing card spots. Buy yourself some blanks and build up a monstrosity or two for that pet color change. —- Wonder why no magical mag mentioned the magician In Eddie Dowllng's play "Here Come The Clowns." He got a lot of verbal kicking around for he came Into the story of theatrical people as a substitute for "La Paloma, the Thinking Horse that was laid up in Detroit with the heaves. Later, when attempting to explain the difference between a magician and illusionist, the press agent beat him to It with "crap, and double crap." Doesn't our craft get reverence and respect from the legitimate though! --- Monte

Crews did a nice job on Liberty's Feb.25th cover. A perfect likeness of Fairfax Burgher, the social register's only prof, mystery man.

"Gen" Grant leaves his N.Y. magic depot on Apr. 1. Tentative plans of the diminutive demon of ideas is to concentrate on mall order service and make monthly junkets around country in search of saleable material. Dr. Jacob Daley figures that upwards of 1000 magicians will be left homeless. --- Art Lyle, whose patter theme In the Winter Extra carries weight, tips those who lack damp thumbs and flngere at the crucial moment In card work. Get an envelope 3ealer In the 5 and 10. It's a 5 inch celluloid tube with sponge rubber In one end. Fill with water and carry In upper vest pocket. No more of that tongue business. --- W0R, Feb. 20,

Mysteries of the Mind program. Jacque Romano, a N.Y. psychic well known in social circles,and of whom we will have more to relate at a later date, stopped his pulse, heard the announcer blat, "This definitely is no trick," and allowed a dramatization of how he once "sensed" a train wreck with subsequent train delays. He brought out that psychics most capable of helping Investigators are always reluctant to aid or assist. Which reminds us that we haven't heard of Romano sticking his neck out when it comes to laboratory supervision.

We slipped a bit, but only because of enthusiasm, In reporting the A1 Baker testimonial dinner last month. Bill Harris took a lot of shocks and bumps while Abrll' Lamarque did the "out in the open" work. We're sorry that we missed on the boquet, but If he weren't so modest more would have known how much he did.

That Herbert Milton effect In Jinx No. 53 clicked too hard for dealers who registered over 40 calls in N.Y. alone for the cards. You will have to make them yourself. To spilt and reglue cards toss them Into cold water for 20 minutes. Now separate face from back, blot with newspaper, and make up your combinations of double faces while cards are damp. DON'T PUT ANY GLUE OR PASTE on them at all. There's enough of their own adhesive left. Leave over night under a lot of pressure. The result Is a pliable card, double back or double face, and not the usual wrinkled and stiff board.

It's late to bring it up, but that book test in the January Sphinx was very prominent in

Tom Seller's first booklet. --- Our mention of the "Wrestling Cheese" did start something. One of the dealers is preparing to advertise it. --- Mickey MacDougall's new book Is far from bad. Technicalities of gambling, so often too dry for the lay trade, are spread thinly between anecdotes and stories of adventure among those who cheat. Mickey has gone far in the past few years when a Svengali deck was as valuable to him as "Karnao" was to Thurston. Publicity has poured upon him, through retaining the correct people, of course, but Mlokey has an angle in gambling exposes that probably always will be "tops" with the public. There is an appeal to It that's hard to follow. —-The conventions all look mighty good this year. The Eastern and Western groups have the added stimulus of World's Fairs, but the Battle Creek, Mich., party by the world's most carefree (I.B.M.) and fun loving society isn't going to fare badly what with plenty of promi-nents putting It on their itinerary of coast to coast trips.

Try E. Leslie May's suggested presentation of the card and wallet. Write the name of a card and seal It in an envelope. Put it in Inside coat pocket. A spectator shuffles pack and puts them in your pocket himself, removing anything that is there. Someone else calls a number. The performer removes cards singly from pocket to that number. The card at that position is shown. Then the spectator opens the envelope or wallet he Is still holding and finds the written message naming that pasteboard. it's only a wide card in the deck, although you might keep It in the upper vest pocket. It's the cute way of getting the dope In spectator's hands that helps. Call it "Pooket Presto." /I

[THE JINX is a monthly symposium

£ of mystery published by Theo.Annemann,

Pwaverly,N.Y. ,(J.3.A. 25 cents the copy, t5 issues for «1. COPYRXGHC 1939.

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took It from the writer you switched it for the dummy and that was initialled and given hack to the first person to hold high for everyone to see.

As the situation stands now, your "prediction" is on the table. The spectator holds what he believes to be a record of his thoughts, and finger palmed you have the billet actually bearing that person's writings.

Pick up your "prediction," saying, "I said I was going to attempt a feat of prophecy, and try to pass beyond that veil which hides the future. All of you must realise that though but a few minutes have passed I did put down in black and white what I felt sure was going to be said." This patter sets your audience and serves as a necessary stall. At its start you have picked up the blank from table, switched It and have casually opened the paper upon which are the spectator's choices. As the patter makes the action natural you gesture with and glance at the open paper, all of which suffioes to give you the information thereon. At once you refold and walk towards another person at a distance oppositely. He stands, you saying, "I want you to take charge of my prophecy. It is only right that my audience check on every detail throughout."

May I get away for a moment? This last person is given the billet you Just have read. It actually is that written by the first man now holding a blank. But---don't make it apparent that you have opened, looked at, and closed the paper as you talked. The patter takes care of all angles, the audience is watching and listening to you, and It is perfectly natural for you to glance at your own (?) prophecy anyway, Just as long as you don't make It deoldedly apparent that you HAVE TO or MUST do it. This half minute procedure can make or break things. And don't worry or be self conscious. It may seem bold or brazen to you, yourself, but after becoming accustomed to its working you'll find out that even magicians won't know or remember that the paper has been opened.

The first person still holds a blank (he's holding it high "for everybody to see" and it is a subtle maneuvre which prevents his ever opening It) thinking it his own. The person last approached at a distance is standing with your prophecy clenched in his hand. It's really the paper belonging to the first man and containing his written thoughts. And YOU know, due to "business" what those thoughts are. That's another very important "return" from the action of opening and closing the paper during the resume. So far the procedure from the view of the audience has been direct and clean. There has been nothing done to confuse and at this point the trick is over except for the unbelievable climax.

You take the paper from the first person. The dummy has been ditched after giving the last person your (?) paper. Your hands are empty. You open this paper, look at it for a split second, and then read aloud his written thoughts. This Is pretense for you are naming the items just gleaned from the other paper. You point directly at the man and ask if he believes it possible for you to have known beforehand what he was going to think. Make this definite and outstanding. Then have other person read what you foretold. Approach him as he reads, take the paper, take a bow, pocket both, and go on with the act.


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