Jgthompson Jr

Quite some years ago our trade journals were seldom without an advertisement by a person named A. Honigman, of Canada. Mr. Honigman was selling an intrigue labeled "The Language of The Eyes" and thé gist of the adverts was that one could read another's thoughts merely by looking "deeply" into hie eyes. Now this may be true when practised by soul mates but it isn't readily applied by the mystical fraternity. Mr. Honigman's denouement, after seeing with his own eyes a certified check or money order, gave a system of glancing at another person without moving the head, and through a rather complicated coding ritual, one could undoubtedly become very proficient at sending letters and numbers with the speed of a telegraphist. That is, until the- optic nerves did tie themselves into a Gordian knot to end all Gordian knots.

Ted Annemann played around with the idea in its original form tut, like others who experimented, had to drop it as impractical fot magi because it required the partners to be facing each other too steadily and called too much attention thereby to the possibility of a signal of some sort.(Honigman1 s original use for the code was for detective work and secret messages between operatives in a crowd. He spent most of his time doing demonstrations for police departments, etc. How he started advertising it to magicians we don't know, but evidently he found it lush territory for several years. Ed.) Ted then tried transmitting numbers from 1 to 100 which required but a short glance at his assistant in a careless way. He

later adopted the mnemonic system with cards and, by sending numbers from 1 to 53 was able to "send" any card in the deck. Last summer, at lunch, he told me of this simple method for coding cards, but, although he made use of it in his "En Rapport" act, he had left it out of his "En Happort" book because it entailed a study of mnemonics on the part of both people and he wanted that publication to cover an act that could be mastered in only a couple of evenings.

Mrs. Thompson and I have been very happy and contented with various second sight tricks and routines, probably so because we have kept to direct methods which entailed little study and effort on our part. As non-professionals we could not see spending a life time mastering one of the more complicated systems of question answering and article describing. After some study I practically fell onto an idea which simplified the sending of cards by eye to a matter of learning in minutes. X have Ted's permission to explain this (you better have,or I'll be behind the eye ball. Ed.) as the only reason for his not printing his method has been mentioned before. AMD THIS IDEA IS NOT PRESENTED AS A MOST PERFECT WAY OF CHEATING EETWEEN PARTNERS ACROSS A BRIDGE TABLE.

Sit or stand opposite your assistant, Catch her eye. That's dead center. Now shift your glance to the right of her head,say about a foot. Shift your glance to the left of her head about a foot without stopping on dead center or (turn to page 521)

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Bill Larsen has been putting baby and hand pictures in Genii so you, you and you might see how famous magi looked when mother was the only critic. Y/e have just received a picture of how we must have looked and it is a great pleasure to append it here.

Faith Hope Charity Harding, the 4i years old seeress and miniature Oracle of Delphi said in a N.Y.C. interview that when she grows up she wants to wear a green silk dress and be a magician. J.B.Rhine is supposed to be interested in her case, but, like the gal with the bouncing bed, we probably won't hear any more about it. --- We also chuckled at a recent Win-

chell thumb nail review, to wit, "Ann Sothern quells an uprising of jungle savages with a patter act and sleight-of-hand, in the movie "Congo Iiaisie," which maybe explains what became of vaudeville."

Giovanni, currently at N.Y.1s Hotel New Yorker, has reaped much publicity of late. But the story that wasn't printed concerned the evening the noted pickpocket worked for a group and found his own pocketbook and keys gone. One of the spectators whom Giovanni was "pocketpicking" had neatly "frisked" the performer. It was Dan Campion, crack pickpocket detective of the New York police1 — We'll probably be haunted for years by the Freer episode, but at least we can relate a funny story. Winston was doing his levitation in Ivfaine and borrowed a little boy from the audience. When the boy had been picked up and was floating on the gadget, he started to cry. The irate father demanded his son's return In no uncertain tones but the show had to go on. Papa stalked up onto the boards, took his son off the machine and. according to reports, also took out some of his feelings on Mr. Freer. What price glory.

If you hacpen to be the guest of Gordon Peck in Glen's Falls, N.Y., keep away from his handcuff collection. The good doctor recently had a friend around who wouldn't believe the cuffs were genuine. You're way ahead of me. Doc didn't have a key for the pair the wisey put on himself. It was a late make of restraint and the local gendarmes didn't have a key either. Until six or seven the next morning the guest (I'll bet he doesn't come back for a while!) went from headauarters to headquarters looking like a real desperado. --- Clayton Rawson's publishers recently got a complaint regarding the former's book, "Footprints On The Ceiling." It came from an official of the Society of Transcendent Science, in Chicago. "A magically interested customer"saw the Genii ad and ordered it. Then he was upset because the ad said "DO YOU KNOY/ how a bullet can penetrate steel ana concrete leaving no trace?" Quoth the S.O. T.S.,"we cannot find the answer to this, nor neither the purchaser of said book. Kindly let us have this."

Thank you department: Franklin Geist writes to say, "In appreciation:- I used "Fresh Fish" "Hank the Hermit" "Transient !'oney" and "Graphology" for a 15 minute routine before a very difficult group tonight. The reception was remarkable - especially for the dollar bill feat and "Hank". Altho "Fresh Fish" is not yours, it must be mentioned. Note that 3/4th of the routine was Jinx material, and the entertainment value was better than could be expected."(The tricks will be found on pages 32, 218, and 493, respectively. Ed.)

Chester Morris has just finished a vaude engagement in N.Y. and it was again a pleasure to see an actor do magic. With no warning he eased into a Chinese Tea Chest production effect as half of his p.a. act with a simple and disarming mention about movie stars getting gifts from all parts of the world. It happened that he liked the tea chest above all and would like to show it to them. In short, Morris made the audience practically beg to be shownJ --- We've read a number of books on "how" to make magic pay. We also knew Russell Swann (currently at N.Y.'s Savoy-Plaza) when his tricks were but a hobby. The true secret of Russell's success is not in his tricks because he doesn't know any too many. He's not a clever manipulator, and I'm pretty sure he doesn't do a good "pass." He proves, of all the magicians I know and have known, that personality is the trick. Swann is personable to the nth degree. He fits his clothes and is the most affable person you could want to meet. He always knows less than you do and you leave him with thanks ringing in your ears. As far as I know he's never forgotten a manager, an agent, or an acquaintance where ever he has worked. Once your name and address is on his list you get hotel announcements, Christmas and holiday cards, souvenirs from all around the world, and a steady stream of information regarding Swann. If you've met him but once you feel as though you're a boscra pal. And all of this is a tribute from me to a guy I think is doing magic plenty good.

We still need copies of No. 62 and 63 Jinx. They're scarcer than before so we'll offer two issues in exchangeif you have an extra one.—-Some of the boys have been asking about a daily Jinx, and we can assure you that it has been given some thought. --- The April issue of

Esouire will have an article on gambling and gamblers by John Scame. He gets down to the shoulder rubbing stage with some of the gentry whose names make you shudder. — '.'/alter Gibson, whose Maxwell Grant pen name is known as the confidant of The Shadow, told us one day how he picked that pseudonym. Twenty first names and twenty last names were thrown in separate hats. Without forcing, end without any subterfuges, he picked a paper from each. Strange as it may seem, he learned later that somewhere in Texas was a parcel of land titled the Maxwell grant. And that disposes of the theory that I!axwell was for Holden and Grent for the diminutive General of I.!agic.

Mail bag: "I read that tip in The Jinx on how to put curtains on rod using a thumb tip. I put curtains on rods years before you were born -but I used a thimble. Try it - it works:1 Mother.

--- Audley Walsh told us of what seems to be a really funny gag for kid shows. There's a new Liquid Thread type of cement on the market. The 5 and 10 cent stores have it. It has a rubber cement base but v/ith something new added it is perfect for mending tears and glueing cloth._ Coat each of a pair of cheap cotton gloves v;ith the cement. I.et them dry. Keep them separate. Get two children up. Make some excuse for having them put on a pair of gloves. Each one gets a prepared right hand glove. Then ask there names and introduce them. When they shake hands you hold them together for a moment and then leave them. Watch them try to get apart. You just about have to tear the material!

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