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Here's a problem. u.t this writing I've been out fourteen weeks with the Green River Revue and I want to ask everyone about something all-important to professional magicians. The Revue in question is sponsored as an advertising proposition, and .given without cost to night clubs and spots where a floor show is in order. What I want from you readers is an opinion as to whether or not this policy is detrimental to those who make a direct charge to the management. From the performer's viewpoint he is getting paid to put on a performance, which, after all, is his objective. But, from the several complaints of magicians which have come back to me, because the show is given gratis to the management it is one of those things 'the matter with show business.' I'd like to get an idea of popular opinion regarding the situation. It will be of interest to me because this phase of booking and selling has promise of becoming common. Carried much further the idea could revolutionize countrywide floor show business.

Yes, Comic Page reproductions of whatever I think suitable for such a spot are genuine and not retouched. I've had a number of letters from those who couldn't believe I hadn't tampered with them. The last one, from London, is what prompts this paragraph. The Jinx is the first magical periodical to carry a comic page and only because It seems as though I'm the first to realize there is so much of that type of material floating around.

Flattery never gets past us. Mr. L.J. Jenkins of Pittsburgh, Penna., and Secretary of the local I.B.M. Ring has a professional name which only roes to show that he is well up on modern magical literature. Personally, we have no knowledge of how Mr. Jenkins came to use this odd

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appellation, nor for how long, but regardless, we like to hope that we inspired it.

Here's an idea for those using a Living and Dead test. For paper use a heavy tissue. Five pieces are written upon, four living and one dead. They are mixed and someone holds a match. One by one the folded slips are passed through the flame. The first disappears in a flash. This happens to the second, too. The third stays unhanaed. /is a check you try the fourth and fifth, both of which vanish In smoke and flame. The spectator opens the one unharmed slip and it is the dead name I There's nothing to it because the dead name is on the only piece that isn't flash paperl The effect is very swell.

Several have Informed me that they have taken the Improvement Sheet of last month, cut it up, and pasted the various improvements and suggestions into place over the original tricks throughout the back Issues. Many may not care to destroy the sheet as it was numbered. If such ones want to do this and will send a stamped envelope, another improvement sheet will be sent them for this purpose.

During the past month several worthwhile items have made their appearance. Mystic Craig's book, 'The Elusive Canary' is novel in that it thoroughly covers the vanishing birdcage methods together with a challenge routine of his own quite breathtaking in effect. The section on the care of the cage alone is worth a lot to those who use the trick. Jean Hugard has also produced an innovation in trick blindfolds. It does away with the fumbling and stalling of other methods, the principle being entirely different and most practical.

If independent magical clubs ( and even those not so independent ) will get in touch with me, I think I have a worthwhile proposition for them in the way of group subscriptions.

By way of further advertising, I may as well include the item that Mr, Edison, of Hull fame put out a 16-page catalogue but did not, as per magazine ads, include a picture of the new and enlarged shop. Among products listed are the 'Cabinet of Card Miracles' and the 'Cabinet of Mental Mysteries.' For $6.00 you can buy these two with a couple of decks and some envelopes Included. At the same time you can buy a nicely bound book from any dealer with the same contents for #1.65. Mr. Hull, having sold the book rights, no doubt hopes to snare a few at this comparatively high price in order to unload his surplus stock.

Somebody, somewhere, may make use of this idea. During the war a code was intercepted which used a deck of cards. They were in a certain order and the message was written on the edge of deck while it was gripped or tightly held. Then the cards were shuffled. Only the person knowing the order could put them together to make the message readable. I've wondered why this could not be used in a book test or any feat which used cards and needed a list of words, etc. Use the Si Stebbin's or Eight Kings stacking systems with a key card on top or bottom. How write the list. By holding the squared deck, the list is before your eyes and a simple mixing destroys the evidence until the deck is again stacked. Take the Idea for what it is worth. I'd like to hear from any who find a use for it.

11 of which brings to mind that a good locator card can be made for a firely new deck by nibbing a soft pencil against the edge of a card near the upper left and lower right corners on the sides of the card. Nothing can be seen from above in the way of a mark, but when you take the deck and spread it very slightly, at the same time tipping it a little to the right, the locator shows up perfectly. Try it. I think it an original application although not a new principle.

Dealers who carry The Jinx In stock are hereby requested NOT to write on margins or otherwise deface copies which they send customers.

ji couple of complaints are on hand from ones who desire a complete and unmarked file. If anyone takes exception to what I may write, the columns are open to their answer. Otherwise such dealers villi not be supplied, whether it be for one originally / °r a hundred copies. If you re-individu«i/celve a marked up or stamped over learned irfissue, please forward it to me and Baicar giy I' 11 send you a new copy by return mail. If, by chance, you don't understand what I mean by a marked up copy, a glance at the sample reproduced will make it clear.

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Ring and having It returned by Mr. Durbin, Prank Lane finally sent his reply to me with remarks that I should use it all or nothing. I wonder what made him think I wouldn't? Now that the issue has been raised, V^oard/ Prank crys out that the principle is A«Jona7 Stanyon's and not mine nor Baker's. iSJougf i wonder why he didn't give credit to Stanyon when he published the trick in his book? And I may as well recall now that in my book, 'Sh-h-h—1 It's a Secret,' published in early 1934,

I used the principle In 'The $1000 Test Card Location' and GAVE CREDIT TO STANYON FOK THE PRINCIPLE. And if Prank has the copy of the magazine in his possession, he knows that It was In 1907 and not 1901 as he states. Frank also seems hurt because, as he says, I picked out and quoted excerpts from his letter to me which sounded unfavorable to him. That*» strange, very strange, because I thought I had picked out the parts that sounded unfavorable TO ME1 I didn't realize when I put on paper the paragraph regarding the trick under fire, that Mr. Lane could take offense. What I said though, about the effect being Baker's, and about our having used that principle long ago, still goes.

On the market now is a modern version of the DeLand Million Dollar Mystery of quite a few years back. This version, concocted by Herman Hansen, retains the mental angle because of using diagrams, figures, etc. It is very nicely gotten up and at a quarter is too much of a bargain. If you do "3YK0" try this finish. Have one of the 50 items thought of and when you have fathomed it pick up a slate, look Into the eyes of the spectator and draw the picture of the thought. It's very effective.

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