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Any card or cards selected freely from this deck can be revsaidd by a complete spelling, card for letter, including the "of" and the final "s". There is no forcing and the pack is a regular one of all different cards.

The principle secret lies in the fact that the back design of the pack is "one-way". The cards spelling with 10,11,and 12 letters are turned against those spelling with 13,14,and 15 letters. That's the preparation. The aeck may be overhand shuffled freely as the cards themselves are in no special order. Only the backs are arranged. There is a Joker in the deck and it doesn't matter which way its back lies.

Let a spectator overhand shuffle. As you take the deck note which way the top (back) card lies. Look through the deck and remove the Joker, noting again the ton card and seeing it it belongs to the 10-11-12 group or the 13-14-16 set. This tells you how to read from the back, for by noting the back of any card you know the group to which it belongs. Give Joker to person.

He inserts the Joker face up into the face down pack at any spot. Spread the cards face down for him to remove card next to Joker, and you remove Joker, tossing it onto table. Note if his card belongs to the 1st or 2nd set. If the first, close deck and start fanning so as to count and break for its return eleventh from the top. If the second set, have it returned fourteenth from the top.

Exnlain that the spectator is to spell his card completely, giving an example which includes the "of" and "s". TELL HIM THIS BEFORE HE NAMES HIS CARD. Then have him name the card selected.

If it spells with 12 or 15 letters, pick up the Joker and lay it on top of the deck. Have him spell and turn up the last one. If the card spells with eleven or fourteen letters, place the Joker on the bottom of the deck. Have him spell and turn up the last one. If the card spells with 10 or 13 letters, the Joker is put on bottom and the card spelled. Then the next card is the one turned up.

The card is spelled and TOSSED ONTO THE TABLE AND LEFT THERE. Now the deck is shuffled again. You merely need be certain regarding the way the backs lie according to the groups. A card is freely selected from the face down spread. Have it returned 11th or 14th as the case may call for. Have it named. This time pick up the last card'spelled and left on table, putting it on top or bottom as necessary. Thus you may repeat several times.

(Writers under this column heading are chosen for accurate reporting and capable, sincere interest in magic as an art. Opinions expressed by them are their own, and not necessarily in agreement with views of the editor. Annemann)

Frogram reads, "THE OLD TIMERS OF THE Y.M.H.A.

PRESENT MASTER MAGICIANS IN "A NIGHT OF MAGIC" , Sunday evening, March 9,1941, at 9:00 P.M. in the Theresa L.Kaufmann Auditorium, New York.

Rod Rogers was master of ceremonies, and opened the show on time, thus breaking the rule for all but strictly professional magic shows.

Rod has a pleasing appearance and worked hard. Time will ease him up a bit. He should study Fred Keating for suavity, or A1 Baker for sparkle.

Amaldine came first with a series of cartoons that were skillful and fast. Her patter was in accent - a delightful combination of French and Bronx. She has nice legs, so she wore short pants.

Arthur Lloyd began his act with a few giant card tricks. They received a friendly hand, but his audience did not begin to warm up until he broke into his Card Index stunt. There he sparkled, and ended with a bang. It was excellent entertainment, but no mystery, in fact, for his encore he explained part of his system.

Dell O'Dell was billed as the Queen of Mystery. She stood behind a high, wide, metal bar and poured drinks. Between pours the cocktail shaker disappeared behind the large bar, and re-aoDeared with a new drink. The audience enjoyed yelling for, and getting free drinks, so that this type or act probably will go on for a long time - but why not just wheel out a portable bar and let it go at that? A rigid diet and some bending exercises would do Dell a lot of good if she intends letting her feminine charm-help to nut things over.

Theo Dore ended the first half of the show. He was billed as "Society's Favorite Children's Magician", so we know that Society has no ob

jection to letting its children see a man who licks his fingers constantly, and uses "dese, dems, and doze" talk. About ten youngsters sat on the stage and were perfect stooges for the sucker die box. It was was nice to see the dear kiddies enjoying themselves, and I suspect that the audience felt the same way about it.

After the intermission Rod Rogers did a turn of his own. He wore the funniest of hats and was ever so comical. Finally he made up as Charlie McCarthy and did a dummy dance that was difficult and clever. The applause was immediate. Rod said, "I'm glad you like to see me as a dumny". Rod is an observing fellow.

Senor Albenlce then came forth with charm and polish. At last some real magic - cups and sponge balls with chicks, card in balloon, cut and .restored rope, self-tying ancl untying handkerchief, and the flying knots. The spectators knew a real magician when they saw one, and gave the longest and loudest hand of the show.

The Sensational Voltas then carried on. Mr. Volta (Burling Hull to you) walked down the aisle and allowed spectators to choose the name of a song from a prepared list. A handsome and beautifully gowned young woman stood on the stage and sang the appropriate songs. Five times she missed her cues even though she faced her partner and was not blindfolded. However, it is impossible to say here whether the fault was at the sending or receiving end. Only her gracious personality kept those horrid little moments from developing into big ones. The Great Volta has a dignified and impressive personality, but he needs a lot more practice.

Dagmar closed the evening. He is a sturdy trouper, and showed a series of good, honest, time-tested tricks. His red-headed lady assistant had such a striking appearance that she nearly caused a riot; so much so that Dagmar had to beg his onlookers to keep their eyes on him. '«hen he closed his act with "The Levitation of Princess Karnac" a milch lighter lady was necessary, but when a ninety-pound wisp of a lass appeared, one rude man in the rear called, "'«here is your red-head?". The levitation had a better presentation than at the Heckscher Theatre (reviewed Jinx No.129) - the lights were not as low, and the ascent was faster, but the figure still had a lateral oscillation that destroyed the illusion of gently floating in space.

On the whole, it was a swell evening.

Scoop Dept. - On ISarch 11th a congratulatory-

telegram was sent William and Geraldine Lar-sen by S.A.M. heads. It congratulated GENTI for receiving the M.U.M. contract for 1941-42. Thus, after nearly 40 years, THE SPHINX will remove its "official organ of the S.A.M." designative heading. It is, rumored that disturbing rumblings in the state of Kansas have been traced to the grave of A.M.Wilson, M.D.

Stuart Robson opened his "Conjuror's Shop" around a year ago and it seems as though his policies are what the paying customers like and want. He's moving into a showroom spot on n.Y.*s Times Square at 130 West 42nd Street in about 10 days readying an opening on April 1st with the line, "April Pool to everybody but magicians.'" Tea and crumpets will be served during the afternoon.

Now on the stands: Popular Photography for April, 1941. "Magicians Turn to Photography" is an article within. Written by Kenneth Murray of Colon. Mich., it publicizes Abbott and Grant with pictures and text that is a help and not a hindrance to magic. Worth a reading, if only for a few chuckles at what "gets by" in publicity.

No exposure. --- John MUlholland broke into print via World-Telegram (N.Y.) article on Mar. 7. To quote Mr. M. - "It's essential that the editor of the magazine (Sphinx) be a magician. Sometimes a magician will come in here with a trick he wants written up, perform it and walk out. If I'm not sure about the trick I have to go home and practice it before I can write it." Mr. Mulholland is also quoted as having said that he "is proud of the 11 year campaign he has conducted in the magazine against "dirty patter"." Mr. M. did not mention any Sphinx connection with the S.A.M., according to the printed interview.

It has been a long while since we've been called a "self appointed something-or-other", not, in fact, since Frank Lane took umbrage at lines typed here. It's like a breath of early spring, then, to read Bill (Genii) Larsen's March talk that we are "Keeper of Magician's Morals" just because we didn't think that a journal having a Junior dept. should carry adverts of merchandise "not sold to minors." of course, such a thing might be considered by the management to be a spur towards one's growing up and becoming an adult magician, or a subtle way of saying, "Don't forget magic and the magazine when you are old enough to vote", but we can't enthuse. No mention would have been made if the Feb. ad hadn't appeared at the same time as a sort of apology by Bill regarding a "flyto" trick in the Dec. issue. The book (and also the one advertised for March) is strictly a "dirty patter" book, which, for us, is perfectly O.K. as a private matter, but not as an item to be pushed as good for magician's performances. Besides, why put a $3 charge on a book that kicked around N.Y.C. cut-rate bookstalls for 490? Anyway, I do like Bill's statement "Frankly, I had to hunt a long time to find the ad (aided by Russ Walsh, Bill McCaffrey and Gerrie). It's buried beneath the innocent title "Just Look At This, Mr. Entertainer." Mr. Larsen has printed time and again that the Genii guarantees all of its ads J For one who had the business acumen to take M.U.M. away from The Sphinx, Bill, you shouldn't admit that you don't know what you guarantee. And to wind up this clambake in a manner making it illogical for further discussion on my part I'll take a very very clean gag from one of the suggested books on "magical

Page patter" and mention the girl who was asked by her good looking doctor, "Are you a virgin?" Her reply well fits my paragraphical feelings right now. "Yes", she replied archly, "but I'm not a fanatic about it/"

Here's a not bad idea for mental and mind-reading specialists to use as a telegraph attention getter or talk-maker. It may as well be in print to our credit before it gets passed around like the flat rabbit gag we originated only to see it take flight and be repeated back to us by others. Send somebody a ten word telegram of greetings or congratulations. Start by saying "Ten words to greet you etc.} ten words of cheer on your etc." Then wait a couple of hours and send another wire, saying, "Why did you count the words?" or "You really shouldn't have counted the words. Don't you trust me?" It's strictly a psychological gag but it works ten times out of ten. You don't fool anyone with it, but they always think it cute and remember it for years. I first did it on Dec. 24, 1938 and the person still mentions it often.

Chalk talk artists may find a use for the sketching below. Sid Lorraine sent it to us as

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