"Here, Cedric, is an effect especially for hocum pocum men. I did it at one British society dinner and they fell off their chairs and blocked the waiters from serving the fish course. Tell Ted it should be as funny in the States.

know everything about magic. You say, "Oh, X can shew you a bit more than that," and pull silk up a bit...repeating...and finally shewing the whole silk to them.

Repeat the moves, this time actually taking silk away with right hand and bunging It in top of pocket. The audience sees corner sticking out from edge of pocket. You apparently notice nothing and continué to work the vanish from left hand. There seems to be no great amount of applause for your efforts, and you see the protruding comer.

"This trick is what is called a "sucker gag", you say, and finally pull the bit from pocket. It's a small piece of silk attached to a short string on the other end of which is a "dummy" or "sucker." It tears them up provided you act the part all of the time.

thimbu comè JOHN RAMSUY

ho hasn't heard of John Ramsey, and the way he outdistances everyone of note with his close-up thimble and coin work. Here's his description of a 100$ elusive thimble effect.

"An extra finger often is employed In the production of silks, etc., but in this effect the production is made from a missing finger which,paradoxical thought it may seem, is never missed.

In this effect the hands are clasped with the fingers interlocking. The backs and fronts of hands are shewn empty and then a thimble produced.

Have a thimble thumb palmed In right hand, and with hands hanging downwards loosely, backs outward, face the audience. Clasp hands with fingers interlocking but place third finger of left hand in palm or right hand and secure the thimble on it. To the audience the hands appear naturally clasped and the absense of the third finger will not be noticed. (Fig.l)Retaln the clasping position and make a slow half turn to the right and shew the right palm empty. Do likewise with the left palm. Now turn palms out towards audience and in doing so reverse the position of the two little fingers. This will shew that the fingers are still interlocked while the thimble is on the third finger of the left hand at back of right hand. (Fig.2) Now reverse the previous movement. Thumb palm the thimble in right hand and pull hands apart... producing thimble on first finger of the right hand.


«» y Cedric: George Davenport, known to the public, his agents, and the boys as Gilly-Gilly, fully Intended being with us on our memorial trip to the States and the I.B.M. Convention. For The Jinx he passed on a couple of twists to a very popular item with his very best regards to all American magi and sincere regrets at not being able, at the last minute, to make it all.

At a recent Demon Club show George came forward with the well known and popular Cane to Silk tapped the stick a wave in the air.. ..the stick had vanished and a shower of confetti was in its place. A very nice and different little angle. Confetti was loaded rather than the usual silk.

Wyn Davenport then came forward with the Cane to Silk apparatus also a wave In the air and there was a silk in EACH hand 24 inches square. The extra silk was attached to the knob of the cane..which, when detached, released the cane for the lightning vanish and left both silks in hands. Doing away with accepted knob to hold the cane rigid, this idea brought about a very pretty and unusual finish to the cane and together, the two methods of using the cane effect in the same act opening made those magicians present realise the value of experimenting for different effects with standard apparatus rather than acting always like carbon copies of other performers.

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Effects A spectator is given the pack of cards and instructed to remove any one, look at it, commit it to memory, and replace In pack. Then he places pack in pocket. This may be done whilst magician's back is turned.

Now you aaK him to mentally add the number next higher in value to the value of his chosen card, multiply by 5, add the suit value (according to auction bridge), and then tell you the result of his calculations. Immediately you reveal the correct suit and value of his card. The puzzling feature is that the total spectator gives you does in no way supply a clue to your method of determining the card. It is a detail important at times to have the name of the chosen card written down somewhere. Then you can't be doublecrossed.

Example: Card selected we will say is the 5 of Hearts.

Add number next higher in value---6.

(If a 6 is chosen, add 7) (If a 9 is chosen, add 10) 5 plus 6 equals 11 Multiply by 5 equals 55 Add suit value.' (These are correct auction bridge values which is another good feature. Club-6. Diamond-7. Heart-8. Spade-9.) 55 plus 8 (Heart) equals 63, the answer finally given you. Prom this given total you mentally subtract 5. 63-5 equals 58. Thus the chosen card is the 5 spot of the 8 (Heart) suit.

The first figure represents card value and the second figure represents suit. It is preferable not to use picture cards, but when done, Jack is 11, Queen 12, and King 13.

growing embers ItiNZ

renz is a yoga adept and has written many articles for the "Budget", official magazine of the British Ring, about Yoga and the like, all of which have proven most interesting, and bear proof of his knowledge of such subjects. His Pire-eating exhibition 3hewn at the British Ring Dinner last February broke the daily London papers and was fine publicity. He gives here such an effect that> surely would cause a sensation. While not everybody will rush to try it, a few of the braver souls in magic will give it a trial and be assured of much attention and comment. Let Lenz tell you about It In his own words:

"The beauty of this experiment is the non use of the special chemicals as is customary for all fire eaters and their stunts. In this effect the magician proceeds to remove the glowing embers from a bowl of fire and actually commences to chew and swallow the live coal; much to the dismay (or delight?) of the onlookers.

The secret, as in all effects of this nature, is very simple but it can be worked up to produce a wonderful looking stunt. In preparing the fire in the bowl, and just before the act, put a few small pieces of Pine wood amongst the ordinary coal. These pieces of pine, though glowing, will not injure when put into the performer's mouth, as the saliva will extinguish

Page any flame there may be.

This effect can also be performed Impromptu if you should care to carry around a few piece» of pine and use any fire that may be handy, seo-retly Introducing these pieces. The pine pieces should be no larger than \ inch to 1 inch either square or circular.


GEO. sirrcufFE

M aglcians abroad have been very much amused with this stunt and, In turn, "have made good use of It as a pocket trick.

It has a Slant on an old idea that makes It a fine thing for Jinx readers, and will fool even those who know the old version. Originally the idea came from the fertile brain of Tom Sellers. This Improvement, however, gives it a 100% kick.

Two wooden safety matches are held perpendicularly with heads downwards between the thumb, first and second fingers of the left hand. The mateh to the right suddenly motfes downwards very slowly until they both are at right angles. This is repeated, holding the matches horizontal, the upper match slowly moving upwards until again they both are at right angles as before.

To operate: The original effect used a small piece of rubber tubing (valve rubber as used on bicycle tires) about one-third of an inch long. This rubber is affixed to the heads of two matches. Bent side by side they resemble ordinary matches. If held between the fingers and pressure gradually released, the two will separate slowly and the top match go upward.

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