January

KAQIC -- Age cannot wither, nor custom stale her infinite variety. — William Shakespeare

One of my favorite "story" trioks for the past seven years, since 1929, Is the one I'm describing here together with the patter angle, which is probably the really Interesting part of it all. It's the first time the trick has seen print, although back around the time of its put-together I sold three private copies.

First I'll give the effect, then the method, and finally the story. But, as I've said before, the story is the dressy, and all Important part. A card is chosen, returned, and the deck shuffled by spectator. Running through the cards face out, the performer removes the four Aces. These are shown separately and singly. The spectator outs deck at center, and the four Aces are placed face up at center, and the cut replaced. The deck is not even picked from the table, but given a bit of riffling, for effect, with one hand. The deck is spread face down, and in the center, of course, are the four face up aces, but between them now 1s a face down card. The fan of five Is removed. The spectator names the chosen card, the fan is turned over, and the card,mysteriously located by the aces, is the same.

So much for the effect without the story. You'll have to take cards in hand to get the working in a practical manner. The oard is selected and returned. It is brought to the top or bottom by your favorite method. If to bottom, glimpse it, cut deck, and give to spectator for shuffling. If to top, do the same. At this point you need have only the knowledge of the card. I vary,when possible, by forcing any card, then handing deck to spectator for the return and shuffling of card.

After the shuffle, take deck, and with the patter about finding four cards that will represent prominent men, run through them, cutting the deok at the first aoe to bring it to bottom. At this time make the remark that you will use the aces for people. Now go right through deok looking for the other three aces and the chosen oard you know. Each time you reach one, snap It loudly to bottom, or face of pack.Thus the

watchers hear you apparently get only four cards to the face of deck. Now take these bottom five in a bunch from deck which is placed face down to one side for the moment. Hold the packet face down and as you remark that you will use the four aces and introduce them as people, shift one or two from top to bottom of the packet to bring the chosen card to the top or back of the bunch. Now hold the packet face out in left hand, with the fingers at bottom side, the thumb at top side, and the forefinger at outer end.

With second finger of right hand, slide off, towards you, the face ace, and put It on the table or floor faoe up. Do the same with the second and third. Count them as one, two, three and four as you do so. The last card however, is grasped at ends with right second finger ' and thumb and put on the others. You have thus counted and shown four aces. Pick up packet and hold face down In left hand, all fingers at one side, and thumb and Its base at other. Now remark that you will Introduce the people in person. Right thumb slides off the top card at front end, and turns it over end for end faoe up on the packet and squared. Mention who it is, and the right seoond finger and thumb pick this card off by the ends, and place it down again face up. Do the same thing with the next oard, also naming It, according to patter. Turn the third aoe over same as usual, but this time take hold of the paoket with right seoond finger and thumb as before at ends, and the left forefinger slides the bottom card out a bit on the left side, whereupon right hand places its card (with chosen oard face down underneath) onto pile. Lastly the single card in left hand is turned over, named, and placed on pile. The spectator cuts off half of the face down deck, and these squared aces are placed faoe up in the middle, and cut replaced. The deok is now riffled, without removing it from table, and when spread, an odd faoe down card is seen between the center aoes. The five are removed in a fan, and when

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If you exploit the name of Cagliostro in any manner, you should run to cover a moment after reading this newspaper answer to the question, "Who was Cagliostro, and what is the present-day application of the name?" The answer. "Cagliostro was Giuseppe Balsamo, an infamous charlatan, impostor, faker and literary thief, who assumed the title and name Count Allessan-dro Cagliostro and toured Europe towards the close of the eighteenth century, posing as a miracle man. He was bom in Palermo, Sicily, in 1743, and died in jail at St. Leon in 1795. Hence, the name Cagliostro is applied to any literary cheat, faker, forger or humbug. ---

When I met Dr. Edward Saint on his recent trip east, he very kindly gave me one of the signed invitation cards to the final Houdini seance held on the west coast. The seance was on October 31st, X received my invitation on Nov. 23rd, but maybe it's just as well, because I heard that nothing happened anyway. --- There's an interesting story about Hermann and the bullet trick that has never yet come to light. It seems that Hermann did the stunt by switching the initialed lead balls on a metal tray while on their way back to the stage. Several years before Madame Hermann died, she had his old assistant take the tray on a ferry boat between New York and New Jersey and drop the thing in the middle of the Hudson river. --- Incidentally,

Prank Ducrot still has some leaden balls that belonged to Koudinl, but I'll give a life subscription to anyone who'll show me where there is any record of Houdini ever doing the bullet catching trick.

Bob Gysel sent me a clip of the fellow who was jugged in a Newport, Kentucky jail, and, although searched every time (and right down to the nucleus, tool), he still managed to produce ten dollar bills and fifty cent coins and call for cigarettes. The story hit the air waves too, and it strikes me that a gag like that would be a marvelous publicity idea for any magus who gets incarcerated. I mean, of course, for a very minor Infraction.

Ed Wolff, of Rochester, New York is publishing his methods of hypnotism. I knew him for quite a while before I ever found out he was such a person, but when I did find out, It was in a practical way. I played the Rochester Ad Club, and in two days time, with a lot of sweating and concentration, I went on for 15 minutes over WHAM and broadcasted the hypnotising of a lady over the telephone from the control room to the studio. The publicity and pictures were very acceptable. There's no reason why his methods can't do the same for you.

It's interesting to know something about the name of this sheet. Christy Mathewson, the major league pitcher of old base-ball days coined the word "jinx" as a synonym for hoodoo. Today there are four major league magical amateurs on the subscription list, and three more whom

I know have purchased at least one copy. ---

A book from India Just popped in. Titled "Card Sleights and Tricks",(don't ask me how I know) it is the first and only book of its kind ever printed in marathl, and has been assembled by Dr. K. B. Lele after 25 years of study. I am intrigued by the illustrations, at least, and now I have only to go to Poona-Poona to find out the secrets. I sincerely mean it though, when I say that his monthly "The Indian Magician", (in English) is one of the rare buys of magicdom. The July issue, just past, carried a full page of ads, the weirdest thing I've ever seen — and I've written a lot of ads. -Do you, you or you have a printed program? If you'll send it to me I'll stack it with the few I have now, and print them all at a near date. I have lots of the bigger prof, programs, such as Thurston, Dante, Blackstone, etc., but I want those of semi-professionals

Page who put on shows and have a program for it. I'll appreciate greatly any sent me, even if you have someone else's whom you've seen.

Here's an extremely neat idea for those who have one or more of the Davenport card silks. Dr. Jacob Daley has been making the transition from card tricks to silk tricks in this smooth manner. Take a ten cent, and hollow, rubber ball. Cut a three-quarter Inch hole In it, and about three-quarters of an inch from the side of the hole push through, from the inside, a length of good elastic cord, knotted on the end so it won't pull through. This makes an easily held handkerchief ball pull. Run the elastic from right side around the back to left side through the belt straps, ending after going through the one on left side. Put a silk into the ball with the tip of same easily secttreable. After too many card tricks force the one, the picture of which is on the silk. Lay deck aside, and as you reach for card with right hand, turn a bit to the left, and left hand grabs the ball. A trial or two will enable you to get it right each time. Bring card, face outwards, back to left hand, as you turn still more towards left, and left hand comes upward with palm downward but turns towards audience as it goes behind and left fingers and base of thumb grasp card. The right thumb and forefinger now reach up, and very quickly pull out the silk from under the lower edge of card. As right hand flicks the silk out, the left hand drops a little, the ball is released and disappears, whereupon a remark is made about the card carrying a handkerchief upon which its picture appears (very appropriate where picture cards are used). The card is flicked aside, the silk shown, and handkerchief effects are in line to follow.

Better Than Statistics

We know that goipd times are back. We know it because twelve persons gathered the other night on the roof of the Hollywood Hotel (Hollywood, Cal.) with a loud speaker, a ton of radio equipment, spiritualistic paraphernalia and newsreel cameras. Included was Mrs. Harry Houdini, widow of the famous magician.

In the hope of communicating with the spirit of Houdini the group observed silence for thirty minutes. At the end of that time an announcer called upon Houdini to speak. "Harry," he called, "Harry." He shouted over a public-address system, so that his voice was audible for half a dozen blocks around.

All this, by the way, was broadcast over a radio network and in the presence of a Superior Court Judge, which made it official. In the presence, too, we might add of several press agents, for crowds gathered from all Los Angeles, flood lights were turned on and the devices of the public relations trade were well in evidence.

We said at the start that good times are back. We know they're back because at the bottom of depression, the spirit is lacking for exhibitions such as the above. When men and women are troubled in mind they don't stand on rooftops and cry "Harry!" In the sun of good times the imagination of our people is warming itself again.

So very often I hear magicians grouching about bad conditions. Maybe this newspaper clip of recent date from the New York Post will make them realize things aren't so bad after all.

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