Lyonsehiott

Having finished the ultra-somber proceedings that prove the Faiiy Goblet of value as a concentrative object, the performer-host, in full light, concludes with a version of "The Quick and the Dead". All sitters present are given slips of paper on which to record the name of some living friend, particularly personal. That is, all but one sitter. He or she, as the case may be, might well be one who was not a good subject in the previous tests. And this person is asked to write the name of some close friend or relative not now living — someone in the happy sunnier-land of another world.

The performer picks up a pitcher of water (this can be close by throughout the entire sitting and used for several "lecture-like" sips between tests) and fills the Fairy Goblet. One sitter is asked to collect the papers and see that they are well mixed before handing them to the performer. Ckie at a time he drops them into the goblet of water, while muttering,just audibly, a verse from Longfellow's translation:

"'TWas right a goblet the Fate should be Of the joyous race of Edanhall.'

Deep draughts drink we right willingly: And willingly ring, with merry call

CLlngJ klang.' to the Luck of Sdenhall.'"

As the last paper drops within, the performer picks up the glass and asks the attendant who collected the papers to reach into the glass and take out, in a bunch, the papers floating there. The glass is held high while the performer approaches and stands before the person who wrote the dead name. He says, simply:

"The drinking-glass of crystal tall;

They call it the Luck of Edenhall."

And that person is called upon to notice one lone paper at the bottom of the glass of water. He is asked the name of whom he wrote. Hie pitcher is asked for. The water is poured from the goblet. The spectator gets the paper from the glass and reads it aloud. It is the dead name! The performer puts the cherished replica into its case, and the seance is over.

Now to undermine the proceedings with factual data. The dead name paper must sink while the others stay, naturally, on the surface of the water. The slips of paper are cut from absorbent paper towels,(in U.S.A.,Scott Tissue Towels) and when of a size about 1x2 inches, any crinkled property is not noticeable. If you take such pieces of paper and singly push them into water edgewise they will rise to the surface. It therefore is necessary to indetectably prepare one piece, that given out for the dead name, so that it will sink to the bottom of the glass, alone.

spray" device. At any paint (and most hardware) store buy a small can of white shellac. Cut a goodly supply of papers. Take as many as you wish to prepare. The ratio will be about seven to one. With the spraying device inserted into the can give the "dead" papers a coating of the shellac - both sides. Keep these separate from the unprepared papers for it will be impossible to tell them apart. That is all.

The prepared paper will sink — the others will stay on top. As long as you put the papers into the water edgewise, in order to completely inundate them, the proper paper will sink to the bottom, even while you don't know by sight or feel which it is. The floating papers are taken out "en masse" by the collector — the right one is at the bottom. In a few minutes you can prepare enough papers for a long while. With one added to a bunch of unprepared papers, a "Fairy Goblet", table cover, and candles, you have all you need to convince your "guests" that something strange is at work.

EDITRIVIA (continued from next page)

much good for magic and members as it might.

Maybe we are prejudiced because Mr. p. seems to be in front and asking for power for the committee which he heads. But we think that the matter of tricks vs. business can be settled in some way other than giving a white card to the committee. The presiding officer can limit debates and clamp down upon the insufferables. And if members prolong the business meeting they have but theirselves to blame.

The incongruous part of all this is that within the last ten days members demanded and got a special meeting to review and personally castigate what their National officers had done. Oa top of this, the committee being discussed now wants to ask for the same kind of trouble. It may all be very altruistic but we can't help thinking that there is a maggot in the wand pile.

Jack Vosburgi's "More Than a Trick" book is a collection of his ideas which continue onward from what he has furnished The Jinx. We understand that some dealers are selling the publication by demonstrating "Clip", and "A Number and a Name". The "In Conclusion" part was put into the middle of the book but it was like being awakened from a dream, and being allowed to go back to sleep and dream some more, to find six more effects following. — The Walker Company, of Canada, is giving complete sets of Adam's magic to wholesale liquor distributors. With a folding half-dollar, Squash, the thumb tip cig vanish, etc., the salesmen are alleged to entertain and mystify bartenders and prospective patrons of the bistros.— Our innovation, candid reviews of magic shows via "Fifth Row, Center Aisle" is conducted strictly by critics carefully picked in each territory. We do not even read their stuff until it is set up for printing. They pick their own nom de prestidigitateurs and add Jr. No word is changed by us. We may have to take responsibility for what they write, but it's the only way we can cover the country in a pretty fair manner.

At any art supply store procure a "mouth wwiwi'

As of April 3, 1941

Mr. Julian Prpskauer has issued, as Chairman of the S.A.M. Executive Committee, Parent Assembly, notice of a meeting on April 5th, in N.Y.C., "at which time we are most anxious to clear up many points which have embarrassed your officers from time to time, and because of the existence of what many call 'an antiquated system', brought resignation after resignation from desirable members." This could be a laudable effort on the part of one whose regime as Prexy of Assembly #1 was replete with disorder and threats of secession by outlying assemblies because, mainly, of his use or misuse of an avócátional position to attract business for his printing concern in a resultant manner which smelled to high heaven of magical exposures.

Despite anything Mr. Ripley has to offer in refutation we cannot so suddenly be led to believe that wings aré sprouting where only tendrils grew before. Mr. P. still is the man who asked us to include a snide cartoon (Sphinx vs. Genii) with these pages several years ago, during his activities in the high magical office. That, after our refusal, it did reach the mail boxes of S.A.M. members, in anonymous form, and in envelopes bearing the return address of a hotel which had given printing contracts to Mr. P.'s firm, was possibly one of those strange coincidences with which only magicians are familiar.

Mr. P. still is the same man who, quite possibly because of some animosity towards The Sphinx, for whom he had acted as business man ager, offered us a loan of S.A.M. relief funds provided his heading of that committee held weight, and provided we shifted our alliance from Assembly #14 to the Parent body so as to make it legal, on the assumption that we would use any such loan to produce The Jinx in printed foim with advertising, said Jinx advisedly to be done by a southern non-union printing concern.

Being, by nature's whim, of Persian peasant and New England stock, we are downright skeptical of man's ability to change his coat. It is because of that hard rock bringing up that we look askance at paragraph #4 in the question-aire attached to the letter. It reads, "Would you like to see all business transacted by the Executive Committee, and only a brief resume given the Parent Assembly, provided both majority and minority recommendations are read to the Assembly, thus disposing of routine matters away from the floor, but with final action in important matters still vested in the Assembly."

We'll grant that much can be said in favor of such a conditional allowance by the members in general in favor of more time for tricks and less time for asinine arguments and dotty debates, (there once, was a heated discussion between a couple of old timers as to whether or not Kellar had a gold tooth), and perhaps we are doing an injustice to other members of the Executive Committee by even mentioning the whole thing. However, the Parent Assembly S.A.M. holds a battering ram of power over its outlying affiliated members because of its dominance with National votes, its complete N.Y.C. corner on all National Council meetings except at annual convention time, and its more than $15,000 treasury balance which doesn't do as (turn back to page 763)

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