The Parent Assembly No.l of the Society of American Magicians held a special meeting on March 25 at N.Y.'s Barbizon-Plaza Hotel. In accordance with Article I, Section 3, M. 111. President Trepel arranged the party to discuss and review the action of the National Council in reference to the "Sphinx". Readers of the last Jinx (No. 131) will know about the actions of the Council in awarding the M.U.M. contract to "Genii". In fact there were plenty of Jinx issues present at the meeting, for it was only through this honestly "independent" journal for magicians that certain letters, "state" papers, and views might be circulated immediately and verbatim. That such things were published caused no little annoyance in some circles within the great circle of the society. And while we cannot give the sources of our information, we will say that no one within the jurisdiction of the Parent Assembly furnished us with or let us peek at any "state" papers. We would not jeopardize the standing of any local member with whom we might occasionally be seen. That's plain decency, if not common sense.

The meeting evidently was "forced" by ten or more members (constitution rights) who were of the opinion, and hope, that matters could be remedied in favor of "Sphinx". It lasted three hours. Like the Aesop fable about "The Mountain in Labour", (it rumbled, in days of yore, and was said to be in labour. Multitudes flocked together from far and near and made wise conjectures as to What it would produce, when, out popped a mouse!) it ended in a paltry performance.

Officially, the free-for-all picnic was "to clarify the 'Sphinx-M.U.M.-Genii' matter". Actually, to us, it must have been like a wake and funeral cortege for some members,of 1 out of 23 assemblies.who wouldn't accept the perfectly legal findings and actions of their National Council. That this was a given right is not to be denied, but, after a tiresome discussion replete with arguments, no one would make a motion to reopen the contractual award case before the National body.

We doubt that such a move would have changed the status quo. Not enough votes nationally could have been mustered to kick the accredited and hard working representatives in the pants as did the Parent Assembly alone when a vote of confidence for the Council was requested, and promptly moved "to be tabled". Imagine tabling a vote of confidence! Later, when asked for again, the vote was much less than unanimous.

The Mahomet-like editor of the "Sphinx" vu

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"I muffed this one. I'm afraid it's the wrong card!" Look at your victim. (We'll say that his card was the eight of hearts.) And you ask, "Your card was the nine of hearts, wasn't it?"

He promptly looks sorry for you and says, "No, it was the eight." But,by that time, your hand has dropped the pocket card on top of the deck, squared it, and squeezed it slightly. The waxed face makes it adhere to the chosen card. (Personally, I use wax for magicians, a simple double lift for laymen) Your face lights up. "Oh, I'm sorry," you apologise, "I did get the present. After several journies from the room he was given permission to have his secretary attend the proceedings and supply necessary information. She proceeded to take notes, etc., of the doings, and, we'll dare to say, they were the only "minutes" of the evening. The editor said that the "Sphinx" still could take M.U.M. as a separately bound insert to be included with the magazine for members only. (A year back we pointed out here that that could be done, but, in such a case, the price of $1.80 per member to the S.A.M. should be lowered commensurately with the editor's assertion that the S.A.M. membership list is only a small part of the general "Sphinx" circulation)

Then came another Aesop fable, re-enacted some 2000 years after its writing. With 3 hours of exhaustive damnations and curiously inept

Queries and conclusions behind, and there seea-ngly being no hope for a "Sphinx-M.U.M." love fest at the cost of overthrowing the Council's decision, the editor of "Sphinx" gave his directly asked for views on the matter. And this paragon of peregrinations not given to most (thank goodness!) prestidigitateurs gave the members to believe that "Sphinx" was quite well rid of M.U.M., that in the March issue of that publication he had written that after May 1st, it (M.U.M.) would not be carried, and that nothing he ever had written since taking over the magazine had resulted in so many letters and voices of commendation!

Even the "Sphinx" supporters who had "made* the meeting said "Aye" at a motion to adjourn.

There are some things nice to remember about people who truly appreciate magic for its own sake. Pulton Oarsler, editor-in-chief of Liberty magazine, saw fit to mention the art two Weeks in succession on his editorial page. Cncs it was a thank-you to the Society of Osiris for his election to honorary life membership - and next it was plaudits for Keith Clark, and Sydney Ross, both of whom he saw in one night at N.Y.'s Rainbow Room. Would that more nationally recognised writers and editors could see fit to mention magic and magicians in so gracious and compelling a manner. Two such lines are of mors worth to all of us than six pages of "How Humdrum the lfystic Escapes Prom a Cream-Puff." ---

— Maybe you've heard it before, somewhere, but it was a chuckle to us. Mrs. Houdini told it at a West Coast convention of magi. Florenz Ziegfeld and Charles Dillingham, great B'way producers, were pallbearers at Houdini's funeral. As they carried the coffin of the famed handcuff and escape wizard out of the church, Dillingham leaned over and said, "Ziggie, I bet you $100 he ain't in there.'" GabbathaJ r.

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right card after all!" And you turn it up.'

The effect of this on an audience is distinctly upsetting, and it is a simple matter to turn the deck now for the last time and get rid of your impromptu double backer by reversing the face-up bottom card. The misdirection in all three finishes on this trick has been very carefully worked out, so please, before you go out in public with it, put in some practice time on your timing. The principle of the turned-over deck is one of the subtlest and most useful principles in card magic and should not be kicked around in such a way that the layman gets wise. It's such a simple device that they can't forget it.

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