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One of these starlit nights I'm going to get up in front of an assembled bunch of magical membership card bearing people and request that those willing to give up their business connections and all sources of income for the profession of magic and allied arts and what it may bring them to stand. On that night there will occur a sit-down strike the like of which has never been seen. That Is, insofar as adheranoe to the chairs is concerned.

Some of us will stand, but quickly and sincerely. We have nothing to give up. tegic IS our business. And I contend that the people who depend upon a profession for their sole Income ARE THE ONLY ONES who have the right, by the grace of the God overseeing self-preservation, to vote on questions pertaining to the uplifting, welfare, and general betterment of that profession.

There are many evils among us who wander in the maze of theatricalism. We have our Judas but, for the most part, they sell a birthright because they have to eat, and those few just haven't got what it takes. Still, that's OUR problem. WE would handle it quickly and cleanly. Any surgeon can understand that,. I think, and I'm sincere, that 99$ of the amateurs and semiprofessionals would like it that way. They don't want to be harsh and cruel. Their love for magic Is sincere. It's an association of friends of a hobby to them. I believe they would like to give up their privilege of voting in regards to professional problems and enjoy doing and talking tricks as they do now.

We come to the point where an application blank to ANY society or brotherhood should dof-inately place the would be member in or out of the voting class. Thus, to recommend an applicant, the co-signers will automatically become a lot more careful than at present. The result? Just as congenial times as vie all have now. Everybody will go to meetings. Everybody will vote on matters to which he has contributed and to which he Is subject. BUT, and it's a plenty big BUT, on the questions of ethics, on the questions of press relationship, on the questions pertaining to expulsion for conduct unbecoming a member, the professionals SHOULD hold full sway, and such proceedings held at, say, quarterly meetings away from those of general membership. Such a procedure would in no way affect the meetings and gatherings as now held. The findings would be read at the next following general meeting, and you know how dull such readings are. The members not encompassed would survive painlessly through the ordeal and possibly say, "tch-tch," but pass the amputation (if any) off as having been taken care of in a thorough and just manner. And no doubt be damned glad they didn't have to be bothered with It or take a stand against a friend — generally a friendly acquaintance who could do tricks well, but still wasn't of the type for social recognition. And, considering that point, why shouldn't we, of his level, be the ones to judge his depredations? In the 16 years I've been in magic, as a profession, I've seen too many of the ''interested in magic" people watch, applaud, and steal the tricks of those at whom afterwards they would sneer and deprecate for lack of so-called "class.".

So, rounding out the fiftieth Issue of the

Jinx, completelng 352 pages of what I consider of value to professional entertainers, and those who want to be as good as professionals (sometimes they're a damned sight better. Ed.), I offer the beginning of a solution to many of the trials which beset our organizations. In or social lives let the personalities fall where they may. In the problems of bread and butter let the classes separate and deal with them as is their destiny.

Those friends who Intend binding the Jinx at this point are to be reminded that pages 213 and 214 should be checked. Our printer double-lifted us at the time. Also remove the Index pages from Jinx Nos. 16 and 27. Hie complete Index in much better J.O.Thompsonlan form is being published at this time. It is cross-indexed and referenced to the limit, produced to be placed in front of the fifty numbers and accompanying Extra editions.

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It can't possibly be enough but so many have told us of our mistakes in spelling (eeeeetttt ttaaaaooooolililnnnnnllllllmmmminmmbbbbbbzzzjsz)

and punctuation. The least we can do is supply you with the requisites for doctoring up your copies. Just clip them and put them where you consider them needed. Extra letters and marks may be had for a stamp.

We wrote last month of Ted Arnold's passing on September 17th. Those who knew him, always marveled at the special trunk (and I mean trunk) he carried wherever he went. Built in trays and compartments contained the finest of magloal equipment. Hand tooled leather containers held cups and balls, chamois skin pouohes protected gimics specially built upon the advice of those magically elite who confided in Ted only because they knew how ardently he loved and guarded secrets for their purpose. Ted's mother wrote a man In New York that it was her son's final wish he should have that trunk as last Ted left it. That man is one whom many think aloof, hard to know, and death on amateurs, I mean the ones who don't revere in magical knowledge as did Ted. That man Is Dai Vernon. Ted should he awfully happy knowing Dai has it. I know no one who cherishes a good trick more.

Ever. In not 100$ to this listener, wasn't the "Magician's I have Known" air program on Oct. 27th better for magical good will than explanations of tricks? Plenty back patting should go to person responsible for the Houdini week of charity shows idea. Same can lift magio annually into national limelight with oodles of newspaoe via Halloween tie-up. Smart sorcerers can knock off half a column with pictures In all local papers where they couldn't do it any other way. It's a "natural." The NBC program featured Jim (Palmer House) Sherman who passed an egg from hank to hat and finally produced a bunny for the guests. Bill Thompson, using a nom de mike spelling like one of my typographical (?) errors, was attempted high-spot with new twist on Olsen-Johnson straight-Jacket gag. With a "one-minute" oatch line he punctuated program with efforts to escape from chains, ropes, cuffs and mallbag, announcer periodically removing one part of restraints to make it (continued on page 352)

THE JINX is a monthly symposium _ _ ,of mystery published by Theo.Annemann' pWaverly,N.Y.,U.S.A. 25 cents the copy,] ¿Issues for $1. C0PYRI0HT 1938.

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In preparation, one of the white cards has been coated on one side with Slmonlze (auto polish), allowed to soak for a few minutes, polished briskly with a piece of cotton, and allowed to dry overnight. With a card thus prepared In a pile of ordinary cards, the packet will cut at the "slick" card with a slight pressure and pushing movement to either side. Write the figure "2" on one side of flap. Stack the slates with flap written side face down on upper surface of lower slate. Place rubber band in right trouser pocket.

The spectator writes the first and last Initials of the dead man on the smooth side of the "slick" oard; the living names on the ordinary cards. Receive the stack by the end with right thumb underneath and fore and middle fingers on top. As you place the stack in hat, and the hand momentarily goes out of sight, turn hand slightly at same time pushing lightly to right with thumb. The packet will cut at the smooth card and "dead" initials can he read. Slide the "dead" card to one side where it can be reached easily when hat is next lifted. Set hat aside for the moment.

Place the stacked slates lengthwise on left palm with one end pressed against base of the thumb, left fingers curled around the other, after showing that the four sides are devoid of writing. Write "1" on upper surface and turn It over by grasping edge fartherest from you, turning it towards body. Apparently write "2", but really write the Initials just glimpsed. Turn slate as before and then turn both slates completely over together, which action drops flap over Initials and brings "2" Into correct position. Write "3" on new top surface, and turn single slate over writing "4" on last face.

Make final turn and place slate below other which brings flap surface uppermost. With left thumb slide top slate to fingertips, holding flap In place with thumb. Exhibit on both sides, showing figures "1" and "2", and pass it to right hand, which Is held back to floor. The slate is held with its side edge towards floor and laying along forefinger, the right thumb being on upper edge. As the left hand exhibits the other slate to show the sides marked "3" and "4" the right hand tilts slightly towards body and flap falls into a perfect finger palm on second and third joints of middle and third fingers.

Slide the left hand slate behind the one in right and plunge left hand In pocket for band. Not finding it, transfer slates to left hand and carry the palmed flap to pocket bringing out band which is snapped around slates before handing to spectator.

As the hat is picked up by right hand to have the cards mixed, right thumb goes outside brim and fingers inside, where they pull the "dead" card against the side of the hat where it is held tightly during the mixing process and subsequent withdrawal of the six pallbearer cards.

While it has taken some time and space to describe the actual movements throughout, the actual working is smooth and the patter scheme fits all of the action. Although It Is just a trifle too long for such, it makes an excellent press stunt where the occasion permits, and the fact that the stunt complete can be carried In a vest pocket is a very satisfying detail.

Page reincarnation mt&CH -harrison

Jean Hugard, in the Sept. Jinx No. 48 described an effect of Robert Houdln's and requested possible solutions. Here are two methods which I have started using. Prom the book "Meet the Boys of the Pacific Coast" I picked a very clever tip of utilizing colored carbon paper. Its success depends upon people not knowing such a thing exists. I have found it to be true.

Apparatus: 1 - Small memo-pad, the type that Is bound by a spiral wire. Plain paper inside. Size about 2" by 3i".

2 - Apiece of red or green carbon paper and a pencil with colored lead to match. Any large stationery store can supply this equipment.

3 - Small ash tray and box of matches.

Preparation: The first page (1) of the pad Is left as Is. The second page (2) on the underside has a piece of red carbon paper pasted to It. The lower right hand corner of this page (2) is out off at a forty-five degree angle, ftie third page (3) is torn away from the binding and then replaced. Another page (4) is torn from the pad and folded in half, to quarters, then eighths. This is placed in your left outside coat pocket along with the ash tray and matches. For the envelope part of the effect ~ (Note by Annemann — Mr. Harrison Kimball submitted a method a few days after Mr. Petsch and from his contribution I am taking the envelope part of his solution in place of that by Mr. Petsch.) — make a nest of three envelopes as illustrated. Have the flaps open and coat the mucilage sections of envelopes and the sections where the flaps hit «hen closed with rubber cement and let dry. Rubber cement will stick to Itself with very little pressure and make a tight Joint. Have a pair of paper clips sewn to outside of inside coat pocket so that they can engage the ends of the envelopes. The envelopes with flaps open are put Into place in clips, the flaps pointing outwards towards edge of coat. In this only three envelopes are used, while in the Houdln effect six or more envelopes are used. However, I think .the extra envelopes mean little to the lay audience.

Secret and Presentation: Open the pad to the first page (1) ami lay It on the table with the pencil. Have any spectator write the name of any person, living or dead, his telephone or social security number, etc., on the first page (1) of pad. After this Is finished openly tear off this page (1) and lay It writing side up on table beside pad. Remove ash tray and matches from coat pocket with left hand, at same time palming dumny page (4), and put tray and matches on table.

Pick up pad and apparently tear off top page (2) which Is blank, and fold it so it matches the palmed slip (4) in left hand, telling the spectator to do the same with his page (1) that is on the table, explaining that this action prevents the magician from giving anv excuse for handling the spectator's page (1).

What really has happened is that instead of the magus removing the top page (2) the next (continued on page 351)

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