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This double coincidence effect is a second cousin to that popular Armemann effect, Remote Control, as improved by Orville Meyer. Because of the current wave of rough-smooth deck tricks it even fools magicians.

The performer borrows a deck and takes from his pocket a single card of contrasting back design and color. Behind his back he puts it into the deck without having shown its face. Anyone in the audience names a number and the performer counts off that many. The last card is seen to be the one with the odd back. THE SPECTATOR HAS NAMED ITS POSITION IN THE DECK. The odd card again is inserted in the deck, its face still not having been shown. The deck is fanned face up and another watcher thinks of any card and names it aloud. THE CARD SO CHOSEN is removed and turned over. IT IS THE ODD CARD.

The card from the performer's pocket is fixed by nibbing two streaks of diachylon wax across its picture face length about a half inch from each side. Let's call it the QS. When the deck is obtained, look it over to throw out the Joker and cut the duplicate of your trick card to the pack's face.

Bring out your card and call attention to the contrast of backs. Do not show its face. Behind your back you "insert" the card, but actually it is placed on the face of the pack. When the pack is brought into view the bottom card thus has not changed. Have a number, say up to 20, called. Hold deck on end and facing you in the left hand. Count the cards one at a time from the face of the deck into right hand. However, the first two cards are held together as one. From here on count each card separately, putting each behind the one previously counted, which keeps the diachyloned card oh the face of the packet. When you have come to within two cards of the selected number slip the face card of the right hand packet to the face of the left hand packet in the act of counting off the next card. This is natural and well covered. If the number were nine you would count off seven and make the slip as the eighth was removed. Then the ninth card turns out to be odd-backed.

Do not show its face. Replace the counted cards on the face of deck and the duplicate QS is still on bottom. Say that you'll again put the single card somewhere in the deck, and again you place it on bottom. Bring the deck out and hold it with backs toward you. Fan the cards through from the back towards face and from left to right. A spectator thinks of any card he sees.

Close the fan and hold deck face up in left hand for the naming of the card. Fan them face tcp until you see the named card. The right hand takee that card out, without showing its back, and lays It face up on the face of the deck. You ask why he happened to choose that one, and this gives you a second to press the card firmly with left thumb. Then you push it off deck and let it float (flatwise) to the table or floor. It won't turn over if dropped flatwise. No one can suspect two cards being together because the face card of the pack still is the Qg. Sfend deck out for removal of odd card. Then pick up your double card and show them its back (?). Lay card on deck's top and accept applause. Peel off top single card and pocket. Deck is unprepared.

That penny swindle In Issue No. 123 made more friends than enemies, at least. The secret Is "timing" and assurance. As no coin changes hands behind the back you must count 1-2-3 before bringing them back into view. But when you show the victim he has won or lost, there is no time lost in putting them back out of sight again.— - The N.Y. alights of Magic certainly belong in high brackets, for their public shows, judging by that on Jan. 22 at the Barbizon-Plaza Hotel Theatre filled the seats and satisfied the people who paid. Sensible, too, is the policy of using a non-magical and hired professional for novelty and change from straight trickery during each part of the program. Don Tranger's "Beli eve-It-Or-Wot" trumpet playing routine did things to the spectator's hands. A steady diet of trick after trick without even a few minutes' respite has hurt many public display of mystic acts, to our way of thinking. Magicians may be used to it, but a lot of laymen aren't.

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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 23 (AP) —-Charit» Nicol, 69, professional magician, has been taking articles from people's pockets for 50 years — all in fan, of

course. He recalled that today when he told how a pretty brunette asked him to help her find her dog last night. They didn't find the dog, but later the magician discovered $280 he had pinned in his watch pocket was 'missing. Police said the woman had robbed several men under similar circumstances.

To the left is our pet clipping of the month. The magical part of it all is that somewhere there was a magician with $280 in~EIs pocket. — The newspapers can read of sinking ships but our opinion is formed upon the arrival of copies of London's World's Fair mag with its ever interesting magic page» Sihce England declared war only 3 issues of that weekly paper have failed to arrive. Battery Quartermaster Sergeant '«n. Jenkins' letter also just popped in with some happy lines, in parti "I have here, by my side, a small case containing my file of The Jinx, slates, cards, paper, envelopes, etc., and with these items X have provided dozens of shows for the troops and about 30 for the Offleers at Regimental Dinners, including one for which I was called back from leave to perform before Royalty. - Slight pause during that last paragraph while I dived under the table. I figure the table can stand the weight better than ay back in case of a hit, but it must have come down about a quarter of a mile away. Please excuse the lousy typing." Consider it excused, sir.

On a four-a-day program several years ago we continuously had to wait for a lot-drawing, the prize being a large cake made with a wine base. On the first day that Mrs. Annemann caught the show she won the cookery. We never did live it down for the rest of the cast was certain that some "gimmick" had been put to work. But what is a cake, even with wine taste, against two automobiles? Mrs. Burdette Bowman, whose hubby hardly ever misses an S.A.M. meeting, did just that, by picking out the correct Golden Key not once, but twice, during the second year of New York's World's FairJ The Chicago Tribune of Dec 29th cartooned it,saying, "It's A Splendid Trick If You Can Do It", and concluded w^th, "Mrs. Bowman's husband is a magician." It would be of interest to hear from magi who have won prizes (honestly) and gained news space mentioning their hobby or proi¿ssion of mystery.

Dai Vernon is publishing "Select Secrets", a booklet of his creations and subtle methods by which he.maintaina an enviable reputation. Ver-

non's work might well be remembered for generations. His angles apply to all phases or magic and can serve as a perennial leston to those who reallv want to learn not alone how but also why a particular procedure is followed. His address is 566 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, W.Y.---Fred

Keating, magician-humorist master of ceremonies at Cafe Society (N.Y.C.), has been a grippe victim but continued working at the club. On Jan. 28th he wisecracked, "I'm working with a fever of 102. When it hits 110 I sell out." With that one finished he actually passed out. (He should have, even without the grippe, just for digging up that early 1929 thriller. Ed.) — Liquor Dept.- Business Week mag, on Jan 18th, reported, to wit, "The State Attorney General's office in Michigan recently passed a ruling that a magician who conjures drinks out of a hat has to take out a regular $500 liquor license."

Dante has a swell publicity angle of late. tr. each city he holds a contest of magic by localités and chooses one for a coming grand finale when "the 10 most worthy winners will be trained at his ranch in California" "in a search to find a successor to Dante". Magic dealers and club leaders in cities where the show plays are asked to get in touch with Dante and arrange a program of young artists. Mitchell Kanter recently received nice Philadelphia news space because of his arrangements, and George Smith, 16, amateur magus of Collingswood High School, was picked for that territory's possible successor to the successor of Howard Thurston. We like especially thi6 quotes "Professor Dante was not interested in the tricks themselves. 'You can teach a dog to perform tricks," he said. 'What I'm interested in is poise and carriage. I want to know If they are entertainers. ' So George won out as an entertainer as. well as a magician." ('Monder if he wouldn't go for George DeLaney, of Sayre, Pa., in that case. Ed) As a publicity stunt for Dante it is good - as a sound idea it is good - we hope that Dante doesn't forget to retire, and that he will emulate Kellar by gracefully introducing the successor on a trip over the circuit, something which Thurston never did seem able to do.

Stuart Robson, dealer, has "Clos* Up Tricks For the Nite Club Magician" in the process of being printed. The author, not named, is one Frank Travers, whose knowledge of bar and table items of interest to magicians is not to be relegated to a far corner. —- Jack Vosburgh's publication, "Mare Than A Trick", delayed because of war orders holding up the printer's new style of type buy, will make his recent Jinx contributions look small. We thought, and still say, they were good, but we've seen the manuscript. —- The latest "Kagic Wani" from across the water has a "Germaine's Pellet and Pencil" page hy Harry Latour which starts "Recent descriptions of this effect are not in complete accordance with Germaine's presentation." Probably he refers to our delineation of the trick in Jinx ITo. 95. Latour's information is good, and practical, but we received our information from one who still sees Karl Germaine at least once a week and is a devout student.

--- Incidentally, the "Magic Wand", during the last war (1914-18) was using a swastika border on the title page, and small ones throughout the book for paragraph and trick spacers. It only goes to show how one can unknowingly contribute to a mistake. —- The Boston (Mass.; S.A.M. Assembly publishes a private organ "The Barnstormer". It is collecting a file of all those "decrepit, over-worked, magic jokes". So, how's about this one regarding two mind-readers who met. Said one, "You're all right} how am I?" It's almost as old as the word Gabbatha.'J

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