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cards below the reversed one* These are moved aside as counted. Then pick up the next card and turn it over. There is an "out" in each case

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Any deck is well shuffled by a spectator who then cuts off about a third of the cards. Ke is told to look them over and finally settle his mind upon one.

You now take the packet and appear to try finding the thought of card. But what actually is done is that you look for two spot cards of like value, preferably from 6 to 10. They are kept together and placed in the packet so that the second of the two will be at its number from the top of the pack. Thus if you use two "nines", one will be eighth and the other ninth from the top. If two "eights", one would be seventh and the other eighth.

Professing failure you now say that you'll deal the cards into a face up pile and ask the subject to watch for his card and remember its position in the packet. The performer counts the cards as he deals them into the face up pile.

You now put the packet on top of the remainder of the deck. And then the following method of shufflinr takes place. It is extremely simple and there is little to forget. Undercut about half the pack, slip one card, injogging it, and shuffle off the rest. Cut under the jogged card, shuffle run the number of cards you stacked, injogging the last, and throw the rest on top. Square and cut below the jogged card placing two piles on the table. Remember which is the top half and which is the bottom.

At this time you tell the spectator that although it sounds impossible and strange, he has the intuition necessary to locate his own card. He is to pick one of the two piles, and, unless he picks the correct one, the test must necessarily fail. However, it is impressed upon him that he cannot help himself from taking the right heap.

You are perfectly safe all of the time. If the spectator indicates the top half you merely turn it completely over revealing one of your stacked pair. If he picks the bottom half you turn over its top card which is the other one of the set pair. Saying that the revealed card will find his thought of pasteboard you now ask him for the location of his card in the original pile. It may have been seventh, tenth, fifteenth, etc.

You then take his number together with the value of the card showing, subtract the smaller from the larger, count to the resulting figure in one of the piles, and the card there proves to be the one on his mind.'

There is but one thing to remember at this doint. If the spectator's given figure is lower, or less, than the value of the card turned up, the counting is done in the bottom pile. If the spectator's figure is higher, or more, the action takes place in the top pile.

Telling the spectator that he will always be right in his pile selection is important and has much to do with the impressiveness of the feat. The turned up card either finds the thot of card in the opposite pile, or in its own, and this is logical in each case. If in the top pile (which has been turned over completely) the packet is turned over and the counting done. If in the bottom pile (the top card of which has been turned face up) the indicator card is turned face down and the counting done.

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and I_.fl.ll. have found it, but this business of paying dues with each hand, subscribing to two magazines, and dropping in on both conventions, does not encourage such belief. Perhaps the right answer is to celebrate 1941 as the fortieth anniversary of the "Order of the Sphinx", and try to grasp some of the fundamentals that were being considered in 1901, so as to analyze them, in light of subsequent experience.

At least, there is one fundamental which should provide the basic foundation.lt is this;

Magicians, in themselves, constitute a natural fraternity, whose mutual interest is the secret knowledge, and specialized ability which they possess.

What need, then, of monkey trappings, and petty politics? Why pass-words, rituals, or sham importance of elective office? Those belong to synthetic fraternities, wherein artificial clap-trap and meaningless secrets are needed to create an atmosphere of mystery where none exists.

With magicians, the knowledge is inherent, and cannot be revoked. A true magical society should begin by recognizing magicians; not by expecting magicians to recognize the society. To eject a aualified member from a true magical fraternity is a joke, whatever the charges, because the secrets of the craft will still be his, in whatever proportion he possesses them.

Eject enough such men. and you will have them supplying the very tricks that member in good standing (five bucks and three signatures on an application) are buying at magic shops in the afternoon, and mangling at the evening meetings.

Ethical conduct is valuable among magicians, but it should be encouraged through persuasion, and not by dire threats no more formidable than an untoothed buzz-saw. Furthermore, the rules of such ethics should be formulated by practicing magicians, not by members of other professions, who happen to take up magic as a hobby, and think they can apply their own regulations to it.

When merit of performance, knowledge of the art, and professional experience become the highest qualifications to office in all magical societies, there will be no trouble in amalgamating such groups, because they will automatically become one.

Aside to Ted Annemann: By an interesting coincidence, a letter arrived while I was writing this article. It was signed by two persons who had evidently read my "logician's Manual". They wanted to know how to join the Magician's League of America, which happens to be simply a name which was used to sponsor the Manual. Frankly, what should I do: write than separate letters, and tell one to join the S.A.M., and the other the I.B.M.? Or just advise them to double up on a subscription to the 'Jinx' so they can stay

While Mr. Annemann tries to enjoy a vacation away from The Jinx, the 3ditrivia page will he written by friends selecting their own subject matter to be reproduced here un-expurgated. This week fir. Walter Gibson has his say. IText week the nod will be given to Dr. Harlan Tarbell.__

Just why there should be two or more national magical societies, holding separate annual conventions, electing different groups of officers, and sponsoring individual publications, is a mystery to most thinking magicians. It leads to the opinion that one unified group, patterned along the right line, could achieve the very results that several conflicting organizations have consistently failed to accomplish.

Only by a plausible beginning could this be done; hence, to find the starting point, it is necessary to delve into the history of American magical societies, and candidly discuss their deficiencies. This takes us back to the year 1901, when the Hand of Pate performed a slick second deal, when it shaped the destinies of magical societies; for in that year began the organization which might have been the answer, had it not did a prompt and unfortunate death.

This was "The Order of The Sphinx" sponsored by Henry Hidgely Evans, with "liahatma" as its official publication. Unfortunately, William Hilliar, then editor of Mahatma's new rival, the "Sphinx" magazine, objected to the use of his title. Before the new society could recuperate from that surprise, the props were out from under it, and on exhibit in the back room of liar-tinka's logical Palace, at 493 (old numbering) Sixth Avenue, Borough of Manhattan, New York.

7/e must credit Francis J. Martinka with anticipating the Society of American logicians, for he had instituted the back room with its Bijou Theatre, several years prior. It made an excellent gathering place for his best customers, and the title "Doctor" seems to have influence Martinka, for Doctors Mortimer and Ellison were the two members of the privileged group who innoculated the dying "Order of The Sphinx" and revived it as the Society of American Magicians. But whether or not the worthy doctors realized it. they localized the S.A.M. when they used Martinka's back shop as an operating room.

During the first fifteen years of its existence, the S.A.I!, fulfilled the functions of a national magical society, in the following wise. It elected New York members, nearly all nonprofessionals, or non-stage magicians, to all the executive offices, on somewhat of a yearly move-up basis. Cue startling exception was Howard Thurston, who must have become Second Vice President by mistake, around 1911, for he dropped from the list of officers, instead of moving up. The phenomenal happened in 1914, when the most noted creator of card tricks, Theodore Deland, was elected Trustee, just before he resigned from the S.A.M. because the society termed an imitation of his card tricks as a dealer's dispute, and therefore outside its jurisdiction. Another exception to the local rule of choice was C. Victor Dealy, of Philadelphia, who commuted regularly to the New York meetings, and finally worked up to first vice president.

To justify its national claim during those

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fifteen years, the S.A.M. established ONE other assembly outside of New York; namely, in San Francisco, which seems to have been generally conceded as beyond commuting distance from N.Y.

Meanwhile, individual magical societies had sprung up by the dozens, showing the crying need for the assemblies which the S.A.M. did not form. At one time, they actually grouped to support their own magazine, the "Combined Magical Clubs Bulletin", and in 1915, an even more remarkable thing happened. Through the medium of the "Sphinx" which had.become the official organ of the S.A.M. itself, magicians actually established a "National Order of The Sphinx", going back in title, and greatly in idea, to the original Evans society of 1901.'

It is only too plain that those were the ripe years when magicians should have started a truly national order: as plain as the fact that the structure of the S.A.M. was not suited to the task that it had undertaken. But instead of recognizing the latter fnct, supporters of the S.A.M. simply turned the works over to « genius named Houdini.

Prom the moment that he became permanent president, in 1917, Houdini went after national expansion. Before he could get moving, another society, the National Conjurer's Association, had formed in the S.A.M.'s cherished territory, New York, and was gathering in locals from all over the country. But Houdini overtook the N.C.A and with the turn of the twenties, the S.A.M. was actually tops, but only in assemblies. It still didn't have what magicians wanted. Another society was formed, based upon the lacks of the S.A.M., a group of corresponding magicians who called themselves the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

It is ouite evident that if the S.A.M. hnd been satisfactory, the I.B.M. would have been unnecessary. The phenomenal growth of the I.B.M. further proves the fact. But singularly, the I.B.M., instead of recognizing the errors of the S.A.M., fell into them, employing everything from one roan leadership to membership campaigns, and rush formations of local rings. Like the S.A.M., it established the law of lese ma.ieste. with the Grand Bounce as the reward for any one who didn't like the set-up, regardless of the objector's rating as a real magician

Yfliich brings us to the International Magic Circle, formed in.1931. Having been one of its organizers, T must necessarily take a personal viewpoint as to the I.M.C.. wnich was planned, not with the purpose of eliminating societies then existing, but toward eventual amalgamation with them. The I.M.C. had, as basic by-laws, certain features which other organizations had overlooked or ignored; notably, that the principle officers should be professional magicians, and that the president could serve only a single year. Despite the fact that the I.M.C. w«s publicly attacked before its aims had been announced. and the gunnery kept right on, afterward, it lasted long enough to be classed as one of the "Big Three" when pleas were made for societies to unite in their conventions. I'd say that facts showed that a new society was needed, otherwise the I.M.C. would not have traveled as far as it did; but it was equally evident that its failure to survive was proof that the I.M.C. was not the answer to the real want of magicians.

What IS the answer?

I would like to believe that both the S.A.M. (turn back to last page)

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