The 3.A.M. Club Night was on December 3rd at the Hotel McAlpin in New York. I had a review written out with all of the effects presented and the running time of each. In view of the fact that the show has been reported capably elsewhere before this, I've basketed my copy and will touch on the high spots only, especially those details which others didn't consider of value as news.

Sam luargolies talked four minutes about the Annual Show for the Hospital Fund and wound up by introducing Cardini, thereby upsetting i^1. Homer and causing no end of ruckus and bad language within very few feet of the front rows, Cardini did eleven rj.nutes, the latter three being taken up with a travesty on a cute rubber band trick and the bland remark that those present could find out about it by reading ¿-opular kechanics. In short, Kr. Cardini gracefully crammed it down everyone's throat that exposing was his business rather than that of the society. Whether or not the society likes such crarming can be assumed only by their adherance to the expose rules.

Comments were quite plentiful. To me, the sarcastic by-play by ilr. Cardini was sadly out of place before such a gathering. I wonder if he would do it at a regular meeting rather than before assembled guests who could only lift eyebrows at the display of bad taste. It ruined a magnificent manipulative presentation. Mr. «ltnan, Chairman of the Expose Committee consented, "It was very poor judgement." I as .<ed ¡¿r. ...ulholland about the expose mentioned. "I haven't seen it," he replied. I asked him what Cardini meant by his last r*e:narks. Came the reply, "He didn't speak to me, did he?" I asked, "Did he?" John smiled, shook his head and walKed away. lir. Julian Proskauer, National Counsel President, speaking of the show and behind-scenes activities, remarked, "The petty jealousies a.*nong magicians are enough to maj:e a sane man insane and an insane man worse." I asked him about current exposing. "The harmony that now exists on the surface in all magical societies for the first time in years is sitting on the edge of a volcano waiting for the next big expose to blow it up. Exposures of magical effects used by working magicians will wreck any society, but exposures of petty tricks Interest outsiders in magic — however, when you countenance small exposures you encourage exposures of everything, and it's time that was stopped." He looked at me, "You don't agree with me about the petty tricks, do you?" I said, "Hell no,-but I asked for your views so I'll print them.

Eugene Homer, when astted about his evening's feud with Mr. Margolies: "Don't bother ine. I haven't time to think about the I"

Hardeer. was asked how he liked the show: "Who asked John kulholland to talk about the history of the S.A.M. anyway, and why didn't he mention Houdlnl?" (quoted by permission)

Otherwise it was a pleasant evening, lir. Belais made no comment about the incessant clatter and bell ringing by which L'.r. Homer showed his obvious disapproval of the former's presentation. I think he showed a lot of will power. He should have walked off and put the bell where it belonged.

Perhaps I seem a bit upset but these things are overlooked in the usual glowing reports. If this petty kid stuff of sticking out tongues like chastised school boys would be done only at the closed meetings, at least outsiders and invited guests wouldn't be impressed that magic is for children only. These same men wouldn't use such tactics in their business or they wouldn't be able to buy even The Jinx.

Percy Abbott will start a new monthly called "THE TOPS" on January 1st. By the subscription price I assume that it will be a house organ, but I envy the published list of his contributers for the first issue. The advance notices say that grievances will be published and that if you feel like speaking your mind, just send it in. This is a step in the right direction for the good of magic. Since the lamentable death of Doctor Wilson, there has been no magazine or publication to challenge advertisers who creep in and openly denounce the practice of these same advertisers who persist in advertising what they haven't got and can get only through advance orders. Doctor 'Wilson used to guarantee his readers against loss «hen they answered advertisements in his magazine but such a practice seems to have died with hi». So, if none will undertake such a responsibility, It must be left to independent publications not dependent upon advertising to keep the magical buyers informed as to which dealers are reliable and which are not. I've tried to do it with The Jinx, and Mr. Abbott's publications, if it adheres to this advertised policy, will be a welcome addition to the field of honest magic for sincere buyers. Mr. Abbott announces that 'anyone' may advertise

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