the box in place drive the nail straight through the side into the edge of the cut-out bottom and back portion of the box. Turn the box over and repeat this on the other side.

Now replace the lid onto the box proper. Use the same small nails that were in the hinges originally. One last operation and the box Is ready. In the back of the box near the top, tout not in the lid, drive a cut off pin. Let it project Just a sixteenth of an inch — Just enough so you can oatch it with your finger-nail.

A two and a half inch crystal Just neatly fits Into the box. Having it there Is an excuse for the box on the desk. Having the sitter put his card into the box afterwards strikes him as being an afterthought — as it's supposed to. The minute the sitter is through writing ask him to turn it writing side down. Take crystal from box and gaze into it for a moment. Shake your head and push the box over to his side of the desk, the back of the box toward you. Have him drop his card inside, writing side down. As he does this drop lid Into place and pull box over to center of desk -- at the same time oatch-lng your finger-nail Into pin. With a little flip towards you the back and bottom of the box do a turn-over. The part that was the bottom Is now the back, and the origin?1 back lies on the desk in back of the box which hides it from the sitter. On this "shelf" is the sitter's oard, but the writing Is now FACE UP so as to be read easily when the crystal is held close to the box and "gazed into."

The angles are against the sitter so he sees only the front of the box. If the writing happens to be upside down it Is overcome by having the sitter hold out his hand. Walk over to his side of the desk, and because you are standing you can look over the box at the questions in the act of "reading his palm."

With all the Information gained the box is slid towards the sitter and the back flipped up into plaoe. Everything is now aa it was at the start and the card is IN the box FACE DCWN. If one's movements are natural and he takes his time for acting the part he is playing, no other piece of apparatus will duplicate the effect of that which has been described.

Some of the members have felt rather keenly our "kiddle-kar" aspersion In the last issue. We have been told (as though we didn't know) that there are a number In the S.A.M. National Council who are trying seriously to help magic and the society. Our remark should have been pointed more directly at those few who make too obvious their unfairness of mind when matters are pertaining to general welfare of the members as a whole.

We cannot plumb the reason why an "offloal organ" should charge $25 per page for society news (H.U.M.). That the same publication charges the society an additional $1.80 per year per paid up member for supplying the magazine containing the paid for pages of news notes (the society contracts for this) Is another pus-zle. And lastly, we were told sometime ago by an officer whom we queried that the news was edited of all controversies and troublesome Incidents that came up BECAUSE THE MAGAZINE IN WHICH M.U.M. IS PRINTED GOES TO MANY PEOPLE NOT MEMBERS OP THE S.A.M.

Why. then, in the name of common sense, doesn't the S.A.M. onoe more publish Its own M.U.M.7 There were eight printed pages of news, articles, arguments and discussions for and about members and their meetinga. No ads, no outside coercion, no padding. It could be produced to-day for much less than the 15 centa per copy per member that the society pays out of dues. With offset printing a reduction of typewritten copy would give as many words per page as does the Sphinx type, and cost, to the less than 900 paid up members, not more than t28 per month for what is now being paid $100. And then those who want to buy The Sphinx as a magazine of magic and dealer's ads could do so. The publication would be on its own and not be a little dependent upon an assured $2600 a year out of the S.A.M. treasury, an amount that could have been out to at least save #1200 had Genii been accepted and a saving of not less than $2200 were the S.A.M. to publish their own M.U.S. and really prove that their various Important members and offloers mean it when they say that the Sphinx and the S.A.M. are two separate faotors in magic.

Free ad for those who would: Herald Tribune, Sunday April 7, 1940 -- Telepathic experiments: If Interested write D 145 Herald Tribune, Downtown Office, New York City.---More lady masiclennes. Gloria Jerome, "Famous Girl Magician" Is being featured at the Park Plaza in St. Louis, Mo. "We'll try to have the review next week. --- Stuart Robson, whose tricks have helped our sheet along,rides high these days because daughter Rose May won that $1000 award of the N.Y,Daily News for a moat beautiful child. We've known the girl since she was but a baby for Stuart was our first benefactor In New York City over 12 years ago. This page will not get to you In time (aren't we sorry now we're not a dally!) but on April 18th she will talk about herself and daddy via the Joe Penner broadcast. Daddy now devotes his time to stage direction and voice culture in N.Y. when he isn't contributing to the Jinx. (And It had better be soon after that plug. Ed.)

John Mulholland deservee plenty thanks from magic for his ooup In making the New York City Museum magic conscious. His display of playbills and memoranda regarding magi from the days when they first Invaded our Isle to now when tricks are expected at every bar is a

Page sight whloh no magician worth his name oan dare miss. John may have his personal faults, and his austere attlfcnde oan, at times, reveal human traits held back by emotions that we are too small to Interpret. But let us say that his present effort In publicity for himself and magio Is one of the best helps to our art In many years. It is a sorry note that "Psycho", the Maskelyne automaton built in 1874, cannot be seen with the N.Y. collection. It Is on display at the London Museum and only the war prevented John's wishes to have it present.

Billy Maxwell won the Golden Gloves Light weight Championship of M.I.T., the fabulous oolleae of Mass. Mama made a trip to see the medal, thinking It would be as big as a balloon without a oard. 'Twas the size of a dime, but mama said, "Well, anyway, he lleked a lot of good guys to get it." Mama Is Teas Holden. Papa Is the ever silent Max.

*D0o" Nixon Is not dead. Those "sulolde" cards that he sent to many of his old friends didn't make a Merry Xmas for anyone. For him, if he wanted to go, nor for his enemies when he didn't. His friends were worried.

We've written before about that Fitskee show "International Magicians." West coast magi have seen It and been oritleal. Seasoned theatrical reviewers gave it a better "break." Now comes forth a book by one from whom we haven't heard before. It may be because he's an outsider and not a trickster, but publicist Robert Berrihard has done not a little to help magi with his book "Publicity For Magicians". The fellow makes his living by selling publicity to movie people. We don't know him but we presume that he makes a lousy pass. If making a pass of that sort is what It takes to make a good publlolty man we're for the abolition of all passes, visible and invisible. Pick up a copy at your dealer's hangout if you can use press response.

The English cousins are also up In arms over the Woolworth (London) magio oounters. There are 22 effects for sale, and most if not all are supplied by our own "Adams" of Asbury Park, N.J. Inoluded are Multiplying Billiard Balls, Egg Bag (with egg), Siberian Chain Release, Cigarette Through Handkerchief, Steel Ball and Tube, Hindoo Slave Bangle, Afghan Bands, Find the Lady, eto. It is said that the thumb tips are of excellent manufacture and far better than most magic houses make. Six clear line drawings are Included with the Instructions. We're reminded of the time, a few years baok, when our Woolworth stores started selling the tips. First at ten cents, then five cents, and finally at two for five. The things still didn't sell so they were tossed out to make room for something that would. Robert Stanley, In his letter of protest to the store, dug up "from the earliest English book of Magic what we think is a very nloe sentence. Tricks being unknown are marvellously oomnended, but being known are derided and nothing at all regarded."

The Dilienbaok-Weill feud in the Linking Ring takes up too rauoh space. If D. is right about W.'s mentality he should ignore him. If W. is right about D.'s verbosity and the "phonograph needle" angle he should have pi-y in his soul Instead of acting grotesquely. If you two get large packages from us (oollectl) they'll be nice red kiddie-kars. --- And did you hear about the magician who stepped to the front of the stase and asked "is there a rabbit In the house?" «-—TtX©.

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