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written very finely in the center the na:.;e of a card. The coin and stamp are in my pocket and after borrowing one from the hotel de3k, X reach into pocket and bring out coin and marked stamp. The stamp is wet, but only on the corners and tossed to the ceiling. Perhaps a week later, or whenever I can be back in the same spot doing a few tricks, I manage to force a card and have it pocketed. Pretending to forget it I go on with others until the selected card is mentioned whereupon I say that I have no way of telling what it is unless I look on the underside of the stamp on the celling. Try it once and see how quickly they all rise to the bait. They'll bet most anything that you are bluffing, especially when they know you took one of the house stamps and put It there a week before. Have the selected card shown to everyone and then tell the spectator that it is up to him from then on. I've had them call the house boy with a ladder and get it down, and I've had thea (especially the goat) talk about it for a week and wonder everytime they look up whether or not the name is really there. Anyway you look at it, the stunt makes talk.
Write on the 3tamp with ink. Pencil writing doesn't take on the glue surface. Use small stamps. Comemoratlve or double width stamps overlap the coin and the wind catches them. A silver dollar will put them up however. If you want to have printed up some gummed stickers with your name in bold type, use them instead.
T S SUPER SLATES. (Anonymous)
For many, many years dealer's catalogues have listed 'spirit slates' where two slates and one flap make a spirit message possible. A moot question is, "why does a message appear only on one side?" In this version, nothing else Is used, but after the two slates have been shown and openly numbered on four sides, they are opened to show a genuine chalk message on the Inside of EACH slate, and are left with the audience. It would be best to follow these directions with a pair of slates and flap in hand.
Put a message on one side of one slate and in the upper left corner the figure 1, Cover this with flap. On one side of the second slate put another message, or continue the first. Mark this with the figure 4. Put this slate with message side down on the first slate with flap, and keep all numbers to the front end.
Pick up the slates, and holding them together and tipped forward a little so that top surface can be seen, first or top slate is slid off and put under the second slate. State that you will number each side and with chalk put the figure 1 on upper left corner of top slate (flap). With the same move as before, slide this slate off and put underneath. Hark the new surface with the figure 2. Now turn the two slates completely over (never end for end - numbers always stay at front end) and mark the new surface with figure 3. Lift this slate off and put underneath (the flap has dropped off onto top of bottom slate) marking the new surface (back of flap) with the figure 4. Now — with a remark about the slates having been marked, slide top slate off about an inch to the right and, grasping it near upper right corner with right thumb underneath and fingers on top, turn it outward end for end and at same time bring it underneath the top slate and square. The flap is on this slate, held in place by fingers, and the two slates are placed for the moment on your table. You pick up a ribbon, or preferably a large and heavy elastic band. Pick up slates, leaving the flap behind, and remarking that they will be securely held together, make the same move as Just described, turning the now top slate over and bringing it back under the other. The messages are now both inside and slates are fastened. When revealed, everything can be examined and the numbering all checks perfectly.
Be careful when handling that the undersides of slates In hand cannot be seen as the messages are there several times. These moves are all simple, and although it may take several readings with slates in hand to conquer the problem, you will be more than satisfied and pleased with the result. You can vary by having card names appear, one on each slate. Or again, have on each slate the answer to one question. Finding writing on both slates after openly numbering will fool well posted conjurors.
CARDS AND A NEWSPAPER. (Arthur Johnson)
Here Is an old card principle in a new dress and for a different effect. I.lagicians all know the old stunt of putting four aces on top of the deck and having It cut Into four piles. Then cards are moved from pile to pile by the spectator, at the performer's direction, and for a climax, the top card of each pile Is turned and shown to be an ace.
Now try it this way. While seated at a table, write a prediction on a piece of paper, fold, and let someone keep. Pick up the pack, false shuffle by dovetailing to keep the top four intact, and go through the procedure. When the top cards are turned over they are indifferent and apparently there by chance. Tell the spectator that the first card will indicate a page, the next will Indicate a column, the third will be for a line and the last will indicate a word in that line. Pick up the daily newspaper (which, of course, you have glanced at previously) and in this way a single word is reached. Your prophecy is found to be correct'.
Just in case, this effect is read by someone not acquainted with the maneuvre of the cards I shall give an example. Once the principle is known and understood, you will never do it twice alike. With the four cards on top, have it cut into four plies. We shall call them 1,2,3 and 4; the set of four being on top of pile 4. I.iove two cards from 4 to 1. Move two from 2 to 3- Move one card from 1 to 2. Hove two from 4 to 3. "ove one card from 3 to 4. All are now distributed to the top of each pile. Don't leam a routine. Just follow the cards in your mind and point to the piles, telling spectator how many to move and to which pile. Have them turned over and take the highest for page, next highest for column, next for line and smallest for word. By stacking four cards and noting one word you have a neat stunt.
The Jinx is an Independent monthly for magicians published by Theo. Annemann of Yv'averly, N.Y., U.S.A. It can be obtained direct or through any magical depot for 25 cents a copy, and by subscription is $1 for 5 issues postpaid to any address In the world.
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