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is a strange country ana tne .mother lode of strange tales. Prom tnere, during the past five years, has come a little monthly paper of the name, "The Indian Magician". It is the only such publication in the land and, written in English, gives a thrill to me with its true views of Indian magic and magicians as they are today. An evening with my file makes me feel as though I'm right among the gentry with their weird ideas of trickery, and Dr. Lele is hereby publicly thanked for giving occidental magi the opportunity of knowing the conditions of Indian magic as it is in the present age.

It has been my opinion always that were a magician to subscribe to ALL of the published magazines and periodicals pertaining to the Art, at the same time securing as many as possible from the past, he would have a constant inflow of knowledge as well as a complete history regarding all things magical. The changing tempo and modes of presentation, the rise and fall of the greats and near greats, and the evolution of every known principle would pass before such a reader's eyes. In comparison, the cost of such an array of information is not close at all to the amounts expended yearly for manuscripts, brochures, books of the present day and other whatnot, many of which are good reading, but of which many more are not, being only thrown together rehashes of what has gone before.

Dr. Irving Calkins dropped in from Springfield, Ua3s., and the conversation veered into the age old question of what constitutes exposure. The Jinx therefore respectfully offers the following suggestion. An exposure consists of giving or selling for publication for the general public, any effect or piece of apparatus described and sold in any catalogue distributed among magicians by any dealer in such vrnres. It would be pretty difficult to name an effect not carried in a magical catalogue of the past or present. The effects have thus been advertised and sold magicians for magical purposes and an exposure of such secrets is a plain case of depriving one of his purchased stock in trade. It is my opinion that this interpretation of an exposure could be placed in the By-Laws of all honest magical societies and prove the perfect yardstick. I fear, however, that even though it were adopted, the first dark night would see some sneaking critter tying a whitewash brush to the end of the yardstick so as to be ready for the first exposing member affected by the ruling.

Groans issue from me whenever I read c»tch lines, of magicians that aren't original. If ever a magus should be original, it's when he makes up his stationery, business cards and theatrical billing. Keating had a really clever one - "The Mayfair Mountebank," and for years upon years Gene Laurant has been Identified with "The Man of Many Mysteries." My own first letterhead (printed in red and green because it was near Christmas and the printer slipped my job through between holiday orders) proudly carried the line, "The Mysterious Visitor," and Max Malini's very cute concoction was, "Honest to goodness, I only cheat a little." All of this came to mind lately when I saw one of the cleverest and most talked about fellows of to-day using the line, "A Young Man To Be Watched." Going back to slightly yellowed pages (my copies aren't bound) of The Sphinx for March 1923, I find the paragraph, "Nate Leipsig, the famous card manipulator, was one of the headliners at B.P.Keith's Royal Theatre, Bronx, New York, during the week of February 19th. He was billed as 'A Young Man To Be Watched.'"

Before you is the third issue of The Jinx Extra to appear. We say this very blatantly because we are of the opinion that never before has there been published a service for magicians so particular about the concocted effects it dishes up. We may not always score a bullseye and we may not be able to please all of the readers all of the time, but from the response our efforts have re-oeived, we know at least that we are pleasing all of the readers some of the time, and some of the readers all of the time. That's two-thirds of the revamped quotation anyway, and about as far as it is possible to go. Go back over all of the issues to date and ask yourself if they aren't worth the small amount invested, and invested is the correct word. If you don't think so, and if you are of the opinion that the same amount of outlay in other directions would have brought you as much or more value, then we're not only a total loss to you but to ourselves as well.

Producing The Jinx is no easy matter. If we print a joke, readers say we are silly, If we don't they say we are too serious. If we publish a trick, they say we shouldn't expose magic, if we don't, they say it isn't a magical paper without a trick. If we make our articles short, they say we are not explicit, and if they are explicit, they say they are too long. If we publish original matter, they say we lack variety, and if we publish things from other sources, we are too lazy to write. Some magus probably will say we swiped this from some other paper.-----

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