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• When I first thought about putting out a monthly barrage of tricks, mystloal whatnot, et cetera, I didn't have the faintest Idea of what such a time clock procedure might portend. I had (and still have) Ideas for such a sheet such as have been had by no other purveyor of magical wisdom. Such thoughts gave me great courage though, and I have become somewhat of a martyr (you Just can't be a martyr In entirety when you love it tne way I do) to a monthly cause.

Tnere was a time when a month seemed like a long while to "me but that time is gone forever. The reception accorded such an unpresuming sheet as 'The Jinx' has surprised even ye egotistical owner, publisher, editor and head office boy. I now walk the streets and feel myself dedicated to a monument that will bee one heavier and heavier. (Sd., I hope)

To the few dear brothers who promised me material and then forgot to follow through I offer my sincere apologies for not being able to hold up the sheet any longer. I'm paying good cash for complete tricks of any type so I cannot understand why there should be a delay Jr'erhaps It Is a case of being surprised that anyone would actually pay for contributions along magical lines. I can use two good, clean and complete effects a month and the more varied tne nature the better. If I can't use it, it will go sailing back without any kibbling, but If I oan re3t assured I will be only to happy to receive it and will forwlth remit by check. If interested, write me at Waverly, Hew iork.

While in this strain or vein of lily concealed sarcasm I may as well acknowledge the desire of several to furnish me with columns of,news and notes provided I would wait for tnree or four Issues in order (I am assuming) that they might not be in the position of the man who dove into the pool and found it too shallow.

I've tried to make it clear that I don't need any news, etc., except for possible late items which can be used to fill. I'm not doing anything other tnan producing a monthly sheet of good, sound and practical tricks for tne magicians at large who buy and have bought magical book3 for years. The fact that I will never lnclud« a trick that isn't a complete program item and will always keep to the straight and narrow as far da what Is practical is concerned should be the only selling point a? fir as 'The Jinx' la concerned.

I want also to make a solemn promise that 'TiUt JINX1 will not be late again. The first of every month will see this sheet of uncompromising effects in the hands of your dealer and in tne mall to subscribers. I detest alibis but two weeks in Chicago on business upset my schedule and altnough I had planned finishing It during my stay there uorny and tae boys squashed that Idea very effectively.

After a belated return to New lor It I again became skttish and wandered away to Glens falls with Gordon leek, than whom tnere is no more sincere or clever amateur in the country, and with whom there can be no rest.

So please forgive and forget. I've Just made arrangements that ye Jinx shall be around on time henceforth, and a staff artist sits with brush in hand so that one will be mightily intrigued by tne illustration« in issues to come.

I dedicated the first copy to a memory and intended dedicating tnls one to the expectation of another, out 1 think I ahull Just sit tight for a while and hope for tae best while anticipating the worst.

TEE DBVIL'S FOUR ACSS. (Annemann)

For those who want a clean and showy method' for doing the four ace trick In front of audlenoes I offer my conception of the age old problem that never seems to die.

Duplicates of three of the aces are used and these are long cards. Have them In the right ooat pocket with a rubber barvl. The deok la unprepared and oan be used for anything else .Start by handing deok to a speetato* with the request that he take out the four aoes and mark them.

While he is thus occupied palm out the three duplicates and add them to the bottom of the deok. Keep them separated from rest of deok by the little finger.

When spectator holds up the marked aoes, take on* at a tine ami drop face down on top of dock. The aoe that Is missing from the three duplicates Is left until last and thus beoomes top card of deck.

Turning towards table eall attention to four large and unprepared tumblers. At this time the three duplicate aoes are passed to the top. I've never oared $ lot for nor advocated making a pass, but In this case it la the easiest way out and the misdirection is aueh that a really elever or fast pass is not neoessary. At this time there are four different aoes on top of the deck, the fourth down being one of those marked.

The four top cards are now placed singly In the glasses with their backs to audlenoe. First put oqe in each end glass and then finish with the two eenter turn« biers. This action will leave the marked aoe second from either end so that it may later be forced by the 'between 1 and 4' method.

From here on, I would advise my readers to follow the routine with a deck in hand. It will make the action much clearer. Unknown to the audlenoe, the top three oards of deok are marked aces. State that you will use twelve ordinary and mixed oards from deok. Count them oft aloud by snapping them into right hand, which naturally reverses them. The first nine are thus counted but the last three ( also snapped ) are picked off to leave them at bottom of packet covering the ace which would otherwise be in view. Put the deck aside as it is not used again.

The twelve cards you are now holding have the three marked aces for the seventh, eighth and ninth oards from top. Hold this paoket in left hand as for dealing. Fan off three cards into right hand, holding them up to show all different.

Close fan and place them in the first glass so the ace Is at face of packet. Now read this carefully. When you close the fan of three that you have shown, your right hand naturally comes down to the left, and the left thumb, second and third fingers square the sides while the right hand squares the enis. This is an un-oonclous action that you'll do without being told.

When you fan the second set of three, spread all the remaining oards so that your left little finger can hold a break between the last six, as you take the second set in right hand, the left little finger thus separates the aces from the three indifferent cards on bottom. Show the second set, but this time when squaring them up olip this paoket between the seoond and third fingers, and with right fingers lift out the packet of aces leaving behind the cards Just shwon. This switch is natural, quick, unlooked for and veiy easy to do in an unhurried way. This packet (aces) is now placed in second glass (the marked ace) and unknown to all this glass now holds the four marked aces. The two remaining sets of three cards are shown and placed in the other two glasses.

At this time you state that someone may have a suspicion regarding the location of the aoes. Very deliberately turn the four glasses arouai so the four aoea face the audience. Have one of the glasses chosen ami through use of the 'between 1 and 4' principle the marked ace paoket Is foroed. Pick up this glass and have the party who selected (T) it stand holding the tumbler on his hand.

Remove the three packets from the glasses, plaelng them face down on your left hand. Stand with your right side to audience during this. The right hand, in putting the packets into left, oan oull the aoea (long oards) each time and drop them on top of cards in hand. The right hand hides this perfectly and to the audlenoe it merely appears as though you evened the cards a little. After the third packet is In hand, the last oull brings all three to top. square the deck and tip these three up Into right palm (they are easy to grab on account of being long cards) and reaching into right ooat pocket for the rubber band is the getaway. Snap the band around the packet and hand to another speotat* or.

The finish is up to the individual performer. The four marked aces are in the glass aroi there are only ordinary innocent cards left in the paoket. No duplicates are to be found and the deok can be used freely.

Build up the marking feature, the faot that all aoes oan be seen when one pUe Is selected, ana the •lmpliolty and obvious fairness of the glasses which hold the cards. It's a practleal method — I hope somebody makes use of It.

THE ¡'IUDERS. (Orville Wayne Meyer)

This effect differs with the size of the audlenoe but In each case the performer appears to nave perfect oontrol of the pasteboards.

An ordinary deok is shown and riffled. A spectator inserts his finger or a knife into the paok and reaoves tue card stopped at. There is no forcing.

His card 13 replaced upon the deok. Two oards are now removed and shown. The seleoted card is out to the oenter of paok. Performer takes paok and the two cards Just shown and states that he will thrust them REVERSED into the squared up deok. Suppose the two oards to be the Two of Diamonds and the Three of Spades. The wizard says that he will do this very qulokly, and to show thai it isn't necessary to see what he is doing, the action shall take place behind his back. Suiting the action to his words, he places deok and cards behind his baok for A&OUT SECOND. The paok is now brought to the front and fanned. The Two and the Three are seen near the oenter reversed, BUI A CARJ IS BETWEEN THEli FACING THE OPPOSITE WAX. Removing these three oards together, they are turned over and the center oard IS THE CHOSEN ONEJ In one second's time the performer has managed to thrust one two oards into the squared up deok with one on each side of the selected oard.

Nothing but ordinary cards are used for this feat, there are no sleights and examination of the deck would show only the regular 53 oards.

However, the effeot, if shown to but one or two at a time oan be made to become even more miraculous. In sucn a case, the spectator himself may thrust the two cards Into deok, and still tney will be found on either side of the first ohosen card J

First shall come the explanation for the first of the described effeots. At the beginning there are two duplicates used. We shall say, for instance, the cards above mentioned. Thus one would have two of each. One of each Is on the top and bottom of the deck. And above and below these two, REVERSED, is the other pair.

Thus arranged the pack appears natural and may be riffled witnout exposing the two reversed oards next to tne top and bottom. The working should now be olear. The card chosen by spectator (freely selected from deck) is placed on top of the deok. This card is then slightly raised at the rear and the one beneath removed. The selected card now hides the faot that the NEXT one Is a re« versed oard. The bottom card of paok is also removed and the pack kept at an angle so that the now reversed card on bottom cannot be seen.

The two oards thus removed are shown. The deok is out to lose the selected oard, but unknown to spectators this cut brings the selected oard between the two reversed duplicates. The performer emphasises the speed of the behind the back action. The deok Is in left hand and the two cards in right. Both hands go behind baek but Instead of the two cards being thrust into the deok TtiSC ARE RSAI1I1Y THRUST INTO THE HIP POCKET and the deok brought back into view.

The deok now consists of only 53 cards and the seleoted card Is found between the two reversed oards Just seen by all. Xou won.'t find an explanation in a oarload of spectators.

The extra kink for allowing a spectator to do the inserting of the two cards himself is very simple. The deok is the same as before with the addition that you have removed any other two cards (what they are is unimportant) and placed them In a oonveniant pooket. The two 'finders' are removed and deck out as in first me thod. Now an explanation is made to spectator that he Is to take pack and cards, and, behind his own baok, thrust the two cards into the pack reversed.

Hand him the paok keeping the two cards in your hand. Have him turn arourxl and the moment his back is turned change the two cards he has Just seen for the twc cards you have had right along. Hand them to him telling hla to keep them face up, BUT ACTUALS QIVE THEM TO HIM FACE COVIN.

After this he turns, fans through the deck and actually finds face up the cards ha Just saw and apparently pushed into the deck himself. In between them is found the card he originally selected.

This second method while good for only one or two people at the most, Is a stunner in its' place.

baok card of the two slides backwards and lines up with the second card picked up. Never do the two front cards leave the sight of the audience for an instant.

Caning attention that it is fraur card which was ploked first, you pull out the forward card and show it, laying it on the face up deck. Now, holding the two cards in hand as one they are turned and shown as one, and the audience sees the duplicate of the card first shown! Still holding the two as one they are hell face down in right hand with fingers at one end and thumb at the other. Starting at right end of the deck before you on table, the cards are all scooped along to the left and after squaring are turned face up. The two face sards now matob and the two decks may be looked over as there is nothing to find.

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