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A favorite swindle is for the performer to momentarily turn his back after placing the thim bles, leaving the pea, say, under the oenter one. Confederate, winking at the bystanders, raises this thimble and exposes the pea. Performer turns, takes the bets, then raises the middle thimble which is found empty. The confederate, also a clever manipulator, had removed the pea in the act of replacing the thimble. Performer then discovers the duplicate under one of tue end thimbles.

CHINESE MARBLE3,- Three 5/8 in. glass marbles (ivory balls are best) openly shown on palm of left hand; a fourth palmed in right hand at roota of second and third fingers as in cups and balls (illustrated Jinx No.38). To prove presence of three balls only, apparently throw all into right hand, In reality retaining one betweer the fingers, when three only will be seen in the right hand. Do this several times, backwards and forwards, finishing with one in the right hand as at the commencement. This method of proving the presence of three balls is my own.

The right hand now places the three balls in the mouth, one after the other, in a deliberate manner. Left hand formed into a fist. Right hand pretends to take a ball from mouth, the one concealed being shown, then placed on top of fist and allowed to sink down Into the hand. Right hand now actually takes a ball from the mouth, then,in the act of seeming to place it on the fist as before, it is palmed, the fingers working up the original ball, which is then allowed to sink down into the hand again - Impression, two balls in the left hand.

Operation repeated with ball still concealed in the right hand, when state of affairs will be: Mouth, presumably empty, contains two; right hand, presumably empty,'one; left hand, presumably holding three, contains one oily.

Three balls now commanded to vanish from left hand, the one being palmed and the hand opened -palm downwards of course. Then, without hesitation, the right hand produces a ball from left elbow (placed on table), followed by left hand with one from right elbow.

(To be concluded)

BDITRIVIA (continued from page 312)

the less headaches they»11 have, and the better off The Sphinx will be. For no magical paper has ever been worth a pinch of salt that doesn't pour when not owned and edited by one person. We're not being critical towards any individual as an individual because we're very friendly with most of them, but as a group we respectively ask them to check circulation and advertising revenue. That's been a positive answer to right and wrong policies since Guttenberg. We'll give the usual life subscription (we've only lost once) to the one who first names any other publication which won't give circulation figures to advertisers. Dr. Wilson used to do it. And all of this sniping (and we're the first to come out with it) is because we hate like hell to see The Sjjhinx become second rate. We still cherish the first copy we bought in 1922, and it's Worth (to us) as much as the complete file. If there's anyone who should have inherited The Sphinx it's William Larsen. He grewup with it back In Wisconsin, and there isn't another in the country to-day with the touch that raised the Hllliar-Vernello child Into a class by its lonesome through the love for magic by Wilson. However, Bill has put that fervor in Genii, and this paragraph started beoause he advertised that he should have called his monument "Sphinx, Jr." It is our opinion that it wasn't beoause

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of the magazine to-day, but beoause the name Sphinx Is plenty full of sentiment to him (and us tool).

John Mulholland corrects us regarding that Gibson tale about the Houdinl elephant detailed in the April (No.43) issue. It seems as though a few men pushed the empty cabinet on stage, and after the elephant entered a lot of men turned it around. Then, after the vanish, the few men pushed the cabinet off, a concealed cable attached to a winch doing the underhanded pull. We want the records as straight as possible. — Scooperoo dept. Max Holden opens his second branch in Philadelphia this September. Who said depression? And is it true that his trip to London this summer is to settle details for making Davenport's empire his fourth spot? We're Just asking. — Scooperess dept. Dorothy Wolff and The Sphinx are 3000 miles apart and will stay that way 11

We'll be with you a week from now in the Summer Extra. For the moment, however, we make a curtsey to the Sphinx printer for turning Mulholland' s bunny from the hat cut upside down in the June issue. It's a subtle way of saying that it's the only way a lot of magicians can produce a rabbitlll _ .

THE CARD FROM HELL (continued from page 311)

while your audience examines the deck and discovers that it Is complete and all blue backed with the exception of the one red back, you take from pocket that stacked or marked deck you've been wanting to ring in, and go on from there.

All you need for the effect is a blue backed deck, one extra red backed card, and a really good force. We give you the latter right here, a force that is so bold, simple, sure-fire and SO OBVIOUSLY NOT A FORCE AT ALL that it has fooled some of the best eyes in magic. I've been doing it since 1932 - and keeping it to myself. In that year Annemann published "202 Methods of Forcing." In one of them the force card was on the bottom of the deck facing up. With the deck held by the performer under a handkerchief, a spectator cut some cards off the top and the performer turned the bottom half of the deck over. Until now, getting that half deck turned over has been the catch.

On page 42 of the Jinx Summer 1935 Extra, editor Annemann said, "it's one of those things that Just Can't be done without it being apparent that something has taken place. Even wild arm swings and haywire gestures won't hide this fact..." Which is why I call it; "The Fn--~ That Couldn't Be Done."

You don't want a wild arm swing, just a smath easy one, plus two pinches of misdirection. Hold the deck in left hand as in Flg.l. Have the spectator cut off any number of cards and lift them an inch or two above the rest of the deck. Now say that Just to be sure that the spectator cut where he wanted to and not -where you wanted him to, that he can still have the privilege of taking off a few more cards or dropping a few back on. They always do this and that1s the clincher that makes them swear later they had a free selection of the card.

And how yon d., ¿o. Your right hand is held palm up about a foot away and your left hand

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