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Just as we warned, the DeLaurence Co. has clamped down n. bit on their majestic catalogue of the occult influence on life in general. This Is especially so in the cases of those who wrote on their "rabbit from a hat" stationery and oven mentioned The Jinx. The company of "messages for the r.iultitude" is not in sympathy with wand weilders who, for the moot part, are unbelievers. In a letter to one such higher plane aspirant, they quoted a price of 50 cents (it's well wcrth it) and asked for a copy of the publication in which they got such a responsive free ad. The catalogue however, is still free to the sincere, an accompanying letter asking for a contribution to cover its Tin-doubted high cost. We hereby recommend the tome only to those whose desires are far above the conparitive low plane of trickery and manual deceit.

Jinx Quiz Dept: Why did Philadelphia's "7FIL station cancel the DuBois expose broadcast after their representative watched the rehersalV Did Kuda Bux get hospital care after that very burny-burny bit of fire walking which sounded O.K. over the Ripley network but went kinda hay.vire before the witnesses? Is Dr. Ervin getting a sales collision from that Lloyd Jones' Genii ad for his silk production gadget? The trick (June Genii) should tie in very well with the Ervin production described In Chas.Jordan's book, Ten Miscellaneous Tricks.

Harry Opel's nublication "Voice From The Attic" finishing it's tenth year (the offer of a year's Jinx subscription for every copy sent us regardless of condition still holds good) offers a provocative query. Why be so dovm on the fellow who ;*ets ¡¿5 for 20 or 30 minutes? There are many nrofessionals working nite-clubs for y!50 a week less 10% for the agent. Three shows a day, seven days a week, makes for about $2.15 per spasm.

Those gentlemen who passed public remarks about "scandal sheets of magic" should lenow that our policy originated from Max Muller's perti-nant scribbilage, "All truth Is safe, and nothing else 13 safe; and he who keeps back the truth or withholds it from men, from motives of expediency, is either a coward or a cri-iinal, or both." perhaps we're too ready to put on the shoe, but Cinderella didn't hesitate and she didn't fare 30 badly for doing so. There's a big difference between data for scandal's sake, and exposes of shortcomings and dumbness which affect the art of magic in the public eye.We have heard sotto voice accusations of one or another being of this or that creed and belief at Eastern city parties given only because of a common interest - magic. This is an era when co.-nmunism, socialism, anti and pro nazls, color lines, soviet adherents, tories and rebels, all tend to disrupt the existence of a conwon animal - man. The Jinx wants no part of that. Magic as a hobby or profession does not need it. It's a universal love if at all. we're interested only in furthering the aims of those who wish to entertain sincerely and expertly. The politicians and tradesmen who are complacent in the belief that a few books, titled position in a society, and a double hinged box make them authorities and professional equals are anathema to us for their dumb bunny pin-pricking the balloon of illusion. Their per sonal life has no place In this or any other publication devoted to magicians, by magicians, and for — the public.

Those /ho want a weekly barrage of magical news and information should subscribe to the "World's Fair',' London's theatrical bible. The Brunei ".Vhite coverage goes on for pages and makes one wish this country's trade papers would give as much space to the doings of those mystically inclined. Tricks and books are reviewed, human interest stories recounted, and there is as much told weekly as one can find monthly in the news sections of our own periodicals. Aside thanks go to Ellis Stanyon for his advertisement reading, ''In his Jinx, Editor Annenann gives list of the Forty Best Books for Students. FIRST on this list is the Fifteen Vols, of stanyon's Monthly "Magic." That tsikes us back to issue Ho. 8-40 months ago. It still stands.

The Ripley hour recently featured a man who demonstrated how a place could be robbed by a pin tumbler (Yale, Tovme, Corbin, etc.) lock being opened with the fingers alone. Hews-reels did the same. A 1I.Y.C. store was cleaned out by the process. I have a letter from Bob Gysel dated July 5, 1933 In which he explained the dodge as his- theory regarding a Toledo burglary. Eccentric though he was, Gysel knew the REAL inside on both spiritualistic fakery and lock work. I sincerely regret his death. I have a five and a quarter inch stack of his correspondence dating back to 1922. Maybe I can make up a Jinx issue of Gysel secrets which haven't been published.

Jean Hugard Is in Minneapolis again, this time to collaborate with Harlan Tarbell on the drawings for the Carl Jones publication of the John Northern Hilliard monumental tome. One can imagine the expense account acting like a thermometer under the breath of a Casanova, but Mr. Jones is determined to make it a book of books.

Cedric, the London legerdemalnist, and whose overseas column enhances Genii monthly informs we were sadly late with our (No.46) mention of the necromantic nudist who created quite a furore throughout the April London press. The name of the profonde and pull dlspensor, says Cedric in case anyone wishes to roach him, Is Anthony Alexander who Is, for the summer, at The Show Folk's Concert Party, The Pier, Hunstanton, England. (According to our file card, real name is Blair. Ed.) Wastebasket Dept., It might be interesting to read a nudist magician's ad for a trick (summer type, of course) which contained the line, "At finish, spectators can find nothing on you.u

The cause of that last paragraph wants to correspond with al] those so inclined in the USA. You may reach him — Cedric - 13 St. Peter's Avenue - Forest Rise, E.17 - London, Eng. And give him my best.

Some people always want to beat the gun. Collector-magi have already started binding the five Jinx program books just released. Why don't they wait until there are 10? Then they'll have 10 complete changes of program and no excuse (continued on page 339)

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it means anything to him. As you ask, with the right hand pull off the rear flap and hold it facing spectator and audience., the left hand with the actually written upon flap holding it near hody. This move is done easily but quickly, and it Is impossible to see which one is taken.

The spectator says the message does not mean a thing. You put left hand flap under right arm and openly clean off the dummy message. Put the two together again with message inside and try again on the outside, letting people see as you try to write a few more disjointed v/ords. These mean nothing so you remark that perhaps it v/ould be best to iet the message come through by itself. Clean off last words written and let the spectator put flaps into his pocket. Spectator is now asked to repeat aloud his question for all to hear. Then he is told to take flaps out an look at them. The direct answer is found inside, and everything may be examined.

Seriously worked this makes a fine impression because of the direct answer angle, a feature which heretofore has depended upon assistants or plants, and not at all practical for the average performer.

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Using a pack of playing cards, a spectator cuts them and deals off twelve. Prom these he selects one which is promptly shuffled back with the remaining eleven. Then the spectator writes the name of his selected card on a piece of paper and pockets.

The performer arranges the twelve cards In a circle to represent a clock dial, indicating the one o'clock position. All cards are face down, if included in a regular performance, it might be as well to have a clock dial drawn on a square of cardboard.

A second spectator cuts remainder of deck, removes two cards and totals their values, counting Jack as 11, Queen as 12, and King as 13. Commencing at number one (1 o'clock) he counts around the circle in a clockwise direction to the 'total of the two cards and discards the card at that number. Starting with the next card to the one just discarded, he again counts around and discards the card reached by the same number. he continues in this manner until all of the cards are discarded but one. The first spectator reads the name of the chosen card he put on paper. The second spectator turns over the Inst card on clock dial. They are the samel

This is one of those nice parlor or club oddities that almost ivories itself. The deck used is one with a reversible back pattern, all of which are arranged one way. Two sees are discarded and

Page the 50 remaining cards set up by values only so that any two cards together from any spot will total either 14 or 15. i7-8-6-9-5-10-4-J-3-Ci-2-K-A-K-2-Q-3 etc.) This makes an endless chain so that deck may be cut.

First have spectator cut deck and deal off 12 cards from top. Lay remainder of deck aside as is. rerformer shuffles the 12 overhand so as not to disarrange the one-way back set up, and spectator selects anyone, notes it clown, and re-turns It to the deck which performer has considerately (for himself) turned end for end. The 12 are again shuffled by spectator if he does it overhand.

The performer now lays them out face dovm on the clock dial, it only being necessary that the reversed card be spotted in position 1, or 1 o'clock.

The second spectator is asked to cut deck at any spot and take two cards. He totals them, it being either 14 or 15 as you know. If 14 you ask him to start at 1 o'clock and when he finishes counting to that total toss out the NEXT card, starting the count over with the card immediately following the one discarded. If the total is 15, ask him to count arou .d and each time toss out the card stopped on, the 15th. Either way the result is the same and automatic. The count will continue until there is but one left. That will be the card at the original 1 o'clock position - the chosen card!

There are two subtle points in this. The performer apparently cannot know what or where the selected is. And the total reached for counting is apparently reached by pure chance. The oneway principle may be discarded if the operator wishes to locate the card among the twelve by other means. The reverse back method though is especially clean.


Effects that get away from the all too common "Take a card" theme are none too many. This is very much on the usual lines where a packet of red cards changes place with a packet of black cards, but the changes are numerous and more confusing.

Ten (say) red card3 are shown, but attention is not called to their number. They are placed face down on left hand, the third finger being inserted under the two top cards. Ten black cards are shown and apparently placed on top of the red cards for a moment while the right hand pushes the remainder of deck to one side as it is not used again. Unknown to the audience, the left fingers have tilted the two top red cards open book>vi3e and the black cards v/'ere dropped on the remaining (8) red cards, the left fingers immediately closing and depositing the two red cards ort top of the blacks. This move was first brought out in Chas. Jordan's Bewitched Aces and Is smooth in action.

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