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as "the source" as long as you boost Houdlni.

All of that last barrage came from reading the GENII (Oct.1940) frontspieoe subtitle, to wit * "Houdlni said, "When I pass on I would rather have one line in the Press than a SlOO wreath." He'll be happy, despite the fact that you've used his name to get YOURS in print. He used to do the same thing*

Trick of the month: (caption and the words to follow swiped from Oenil) the offering by Jack Vosburgh in Jinx No. 108. — We're sorry for latecomers because that issue went out of print within two weeks. However, Jaok is putting out two booklets of more than modern Ideas. Jaek Vosburgh is a contributor from Sayre, Pennsylvania. He is not to be confused with L. Vosburgh Lyons, a New York City "regular" for many Jinx issues past. We'll have to locate a spiritualistic type of person who is doing a good business---a happy medium---and thus learn a way to make these names mean different people to you in the future --- always hoping that we get further contributions.

THE Frank Lane advertised in the Oct. Genii with a postscript saying "My reply to Anneman Is In November Funny Talk." What an ingenious way to try and -apll copies! As for the way Back Bay humorist's desire to see what wort of "sagacious orevice" (that's Lane vs. Boston for "wise crack") we might make in rebuttal, it's no go. Frank and his paper can go down the slghway of life without further comment from us, we hope.

had a nice series of pics about Dante, also the recent New England Magic Convention, Al Baker winning the most space. No exposing. -— Clayt Rawson's "The Headless Lady" novel Is selling *ell but he is myStified by exhibitions of the Illusion. "Onana," says one performer, "raise your right hand." She does. HOW DOES SHE HEAR?

In Jinx #107 the Editrivia belonged to Wm. Larsen, He graolously helped out on this page during our vacatloh. We promised, when requesting aid from those parties who so assisted us, that we'd never comment upon what might be written. Lew Diok, 42-60 Bowne St., Flushing,

N.Y., writes "--- after listing all the magio clubs In Los Angeles — L.A. magicians read that New York has but one magic club and weep tears for their Eastern brethren who are thus deprived of so much of life's riches." What Mr. Dick, a plenty high officer (past and present) In his domain, wants to know is "Whioh one did Larsen forget; the Society of Amerioan Magicians or the Knights of Magic?"

The N.Y. Parent Assembly of the S.A.M. Is not too happy these days beoause ofeleaving the Hotel McAlpln for the Barbizon-Plaza. True, the new stage conditions are better for amateurs who blossom out at the sight of a raised platform with theatrical accoutrements less their objects d'art. But the real gripe comes from the hobbyists who don't perform, care little kbobt the business meeting part, wait for the trick session, and then bask in a round of good fellowship in a nearby restaurant for a nite cap and/or snack. The new plaoe has NO restaurant of a mind, to date, to let the S.A.M. crowd let down their hair. Something tells us that they shouldn't have flown in and against tradition. Not if the powers that be want to keep their subjects happy and trickontented.

When yon feel very "cocky" remember the magician's wife who said, "I wish you'd get a regular job. I'm sick ofrkbMtstew.

INVENTED BY BILLY O'CONNOR

«•■sown deep in the archives of magic, but not <MJdown deep in the minds of practical performers is the "Instanto" deck. First marketed by Billy O'Connor, who, a decade and a half ago came to America from England with his act of superior mysteries, it was a principle of card magic which embodied countless possibilities.

In itself the effect simply was to instantly cut at any card called for, a feat supposedly requiring no mean ability, but, nevertheless, in this day and age, one which gets immediate

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