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One couldn't begin this page better than to say that Sid Lorraine's new Fatter Book is Just about the smartest thing in many years. Patter books had a vogue in the early twenties, and then they died out. This will give you a lot of laughs even if you don't do a talking aot. --- Tricky idea: In Webster's Universal

Dictionary under Music:- Magic Music; a game in which a person is required to find some hidden article, or do some act unknown to him, he being directed by music which is loud or soft, fast or slow, as be approaches or recedes from the desired object.---On the Jack Benny (¡Sun.

Mar 6) radio prograa was heard the first tine aired use of double talk (X-Jargon/Wallaee) and 'twas given quite a hand for its presentation.

2300 letters to editors and publishers were sent out by the S.A.M. this month making practical use of the Jinx plan for ourtaillng the present crop of expose bogs. We are honored by having such men as Pulton Oursler, Hendrlk Willed van Loon, and George Lyons in back of it and lending their weighty names to the effort. A bit of ribbon shall henceforth be pinned to the Winter 1937 Jinx Extra for that idea, if nothing else.

The Assistant City Attorney of Denver recently forwarded a letter (official, and with the Great Seal of Denver, no less!) to Police Chief James Davis, of Los Angeles. It read; "Miss Fanny Singer of this city is in the office and she complains that one of the residents of your city, Rudy Vallee, Is bothering her by mental telepathy. Jfours Very truly, 'Malcolm Lindsey'.0 Some society should Immediately make Rudy an honorary life member for his practical discovery. Look at the time, trouble and money it saves!

Clippo, that cute cut and restored stunt dug up and turned into a best seller by Will de Sieve, is being sold in dime museum slum packets for a lone ten cent piece. One fellow (the name Is Thornton and he lives at 250 East 67th St.,N.Y.C.) was in line for a clippo on the Jaw by an irate magus watching, but was saved because the Jaw couldn't be found. Like all ex-

posers, his mouth was always open. --- What it took to make them laugh in 1892. Prom Judge; He - "So you won't accept me? She - "No. Don't you know I've earned the sobriquet of "the conjurer"?" He - "No, Indeed, Why?" She - For my 'sl(e)lght of hand!" —- Suggestion for seme of the card tricksters we all have seen: In San Quentln, a supposedly ignorant prisoner blew himself to bits with a pack of ordinary playing cards. Cards are made of cellulose, from which a powerful explosive, tri-nltro-cellulose, is made. The condemned man selected only the red spots from the pack, soaked the pieces thoroughly, and crammed them into a hollow pipe taken from his cot. Heated over a small oil lamp, the crude bomb exploded and tore the prisoner to shreds. Brother, don't drop that deck!

Funniest story in many a moon (to me, anyway) is the anecdote by Walter Gibson in John Booth's Linking Ring column for January. It is Walter's brief but eloquent description of Hou-dlni doing his Vanishing Elephant illusion. "Pour men push a cabinet onto the stage. The elephant enters the cabinet and disappears. Sixteen men enter and push the cabinet off the

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-stage. Where did the elephant go?"

I still can't fathom the train of J.J.P's thought behind his book, "How'd Ja Do That?" In his letters defending himself against plagiarism charges he says he compiled the book in order "to give the younger men in magic a standard textbook on the Btebbins set-up." And a-galn, "the Johnston mss. was too good to let die in a forgotten mimeographed pamphlet." Why, then, was the book published for the public at large and dumped into every book store, especially if it was written as a textbook? Why was the msa. which "was too good" not produced for magicians and distributed through our regular channels? Did the fact that there might be more money In it by giving it to the public at large have anything to do with it? And, if the money was all for atebblns, and J.J.P's work purely altruistic, why wasn't Stebbins' name on the cover? Why was it all "by J.J.P"? That proced-, ure, if the excuses hold water, makes It possible for you, you or you to take any of the old books or msa. that are out of print (and there are plenty) and republish them FOR THE PUBLIC, putting your name under the title, and telling magicians (for whom the material was first published) that it is too good to let die.

Sidney Lenz, the bridge wizard, used to have a pet trick for the transatlantic trips. He had a selected card disappear from the pack, and appear in the selector's locked stateroom. Lenz would time it right and drop the palmed card on the steward's tray when tipping him in the cocktail room. The steward, in on the frame, would snap It under the door face up, sending It half way across the cabin floor.

Critic's dept: Who was the wonder worker who made great potatoes out of a trick wherein, blindfolded, he would read messages on cards, etc.? We said "was" because he cut it out of the routine after being handed a card to read, the scribble being, "A pitiful performance!"

The Kaufman matter is being wound up with the current issue. There is no sense in carrying these things on and on, if no action arises. One member of the committee, when asked what had been deleted by them, told me the Afghan Bands were penciled out, adding, "Why, I do that trlek in my program, and get a lot out of it!" That is the great fault in trying to stop things - it only matters whose ox is gored. And if it be true that the material most kicked about now, was inserted in the book and not seen by the committee, why did Mr. Kaufman bother to let the committee check the first proofs? Isn't that sort of saying, "I'll let you boys look it over because I'm sincere and regular, but whatever you cut out, I'll fill in with other stuff of my own choice." Mr. Kaufman told me himself, "I still haven't a final O.K. from the committee. (The book was two weeks old,then) I didn't think it fair to have some of the committee members make a long trip into town for the meeting." (¿uoted by permission. Then why all this bother anyway? Why pretend to lean over backwards if your subsequent actions tend to show you actually don't give a damn, especially as long as you know you can't technically be expelled because of the $1 price on the book! Sic transit glory for money.

THE JINX is a monthly symposium j of mystery published by Theo !Waverly,N.Y.,U.S.A. 25 cents _6 Issues for {1. COPYRIGHT 1938

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