January 1935

I his numoer of the erstwhile 'JW.' makes tne fourth Issue tnat has successfully appeared, and ye editor is gratified beyond words at and for the letters that have been received in regards to the contents of said periodical.

I'll adnlt that I started out wltn tne Idea of putting before the magical world a sheet of three good tricKa a month. ..hether I've done tuat or not Is a matter of nlstory since tne first three Issues Included thirteen seperate and complete effects (v/lth nothing tc send for or buy from tne publisher) and I wish to state now tnat It is not zeal or an over amount of amultlon that made me do It.

I have enough material of my own to run 'The Jinx' for two years. V.ith wnat I nave been receiving In the way of tricks and effects there Is no doubt In my mind but that this still uncompromising sheet will be taking up space In the showcases of tne dealers for four years to com?.

If you pick up and read 'The Jinx' you'll find at least one trick you can use. avery Item Is complete unto itself. I pay cash for every outside trick tnat I can use but It has to suit no other person than myself wno at present comprises tne entire staff regardless of how many grand sounding titles mlgnt be Invented.

I -vant to apologize to a certain extent to those .no nave- sold me material walen I have used. I want Ideas -tnat make complete effects and for them I pay and give credit. From tnat point on I lead tne life of an Individual. The titles are my own and the descriptions and explanations are as I see them. At times I get a little out of bounds and become fascetlous as well as allegedly funny but I do justice to a trick as Is oy nature and no one can deny me tnat rights

Magicians In general seen to be on the everlasting search for new tricks. ¿Jot that new tricks aren't needed but It appears to me tnat a great many of the good old tricks are misused and tramped upon by Individual ldlosynoraBles. The Important one to me at the moment has been mentioned In Jean Hugard's latest book called 'Close Up iiaglc'.

Mr. Hugard has crept up upon the present vogue for olose-up and typical night club trickery and If he gets ■ad at my verbatim quotation from his book I m sorry but above all the perfect table tricks one paragraph in tne lntoroductlon was exceedingly In order:

(quote) Particular attention must be paid to the hands. They should be regularly manicured and kept In the best possible condition., (unquote)

I can't add to that. It's all tnere. uigest It.

By the way, altnough I don't use thl3 sheet to advertise my own Individual publications, I an safe In saying that tne last book I put out '¿h-h-h. It's a Secret.' Is entirely out of print and has been for nearly two months. I'll pay two dollars a copy for any I oan get In good condition as the price has been fut up to three dollars. Send tnem to ¡ne at Viaverly, W.X.

And while I'm at It I oan't forget tne Christmas cards. I have seven or eight steady friends wno don't miss me but twenty-nine came In addressed to none etner than 'The Jinx' and I thought it was swell. I'll adalt I'm a slacker when It comes to nollday greetings but it isn't because I didn't want to send out as many as 1 could. I gue33 I'm Just one of those persons who wa3 'born tired and never got rested.'

IdS muabliji of thi. usbbias. (Annemann)

»hen this first dawned on me I thought it a very funny idea but about a week later I had the opportuni lty for doing It before a party of about fifteen men and tne way it turned out leads me to believe that it is of real value. Certainly nothing could be simpler or of a more Impromptu nature.

I was sitting in a restaurant with Max riolden at the time and something came up about the old trick wherein a coin or ball is made to vanish after being covered with a handkerchief and felt by several of the witnesses. Then the light broke and I thought of what follows.

The performer at any time or place borrows a piece of paper about 3x4 Inches. It oan be of any grade or color but should be heavy enough to be opaque for the subsequent satisfaction of the audlenoe.

It Is given one person wltn tne request tnat he write something such as the name of a fa»ou3 person, the name of a city, a short quotation, etc-, and then fold the paper once each way with tne writing inside.

Ihe performer now states that he will attempt an exhibition of direct thought reading and to make certain that the subject be strongly transmitted to him, ■ore than one person should know what It may be. He asks the writer to hand the paper to a nearby sitter who In turn reads it to himself, refolds and likewise passes it to another whoa the performer indicates. These persons are separated from each other so that after about four have read the writing the concentrating will be done from all angles. (?)

.An example of a piece of paper botn before It has been\olded by the writer and after It has been refolded byXhe plant who mlgnt otherwise be termed the viper in tnfe-ifisom of tne audience.

The last person to read the billet hands It to the performer who takes it in his left band, closes fingers around it and after a moment's thought reveals correctly the thought in the minds of his audience*

Immediately he cheoks his statement and the paper is returned to the writer. There are no duplicates, no swltohes and not a single sleight with which to take chances.

Now please don't break down when I explain that there is a confederate in the audienoe. There are no codes or slngnals and his duties are less than simple. The effect when presented strongly effects the audience just that way because it is beyond comprehension.

The illustrations show you Just about what takes plaoe and the manner in which the perforaer receives his Information. The confederate is, of oourse, the last of the four or five who are given the ohanoe to read the paper to themselves in order that there be plenty of thought going on.

However, this confederate, while entirely trustworthy as far as is ooncerned the secret of the perforaer 1 s greatness, nevertnelsaa differs from the othex spectators In an Important way.

While the others dutifully read the oontents of the paper and refold it as should be done, this one Individual who has the last reading merely folds the paper inside out and benignly hands it to the perforaer who In turn benignly gets enough information from this strangely folded slip to reveal tne hidden (?) thought.'

There is no doubt in my mind but that this dodge, for dodge it is, will find a spot in the repertoire of many who make use of this type of stunt. I thought it rather funny until I had the ohance to try it out ami it worked so well I am not in the least ashamed to put it in print. There will be times when everything will not be perfectly clear but there will always be enough to give the performer an inkling of wnat it is all about and even if a little wrong there will be plenty to impress the audience that the test is one of genuine cryptesthesia.

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