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■■J or all copies of Jinx. Nos. 61-62-63 which JP are returned we'll be glad to extend subscriptions accordingly. There were a few duplications but the issues are entirely out of print now and we can use whatever we get.---

Incidentally, a3 can be seen by the front page felines, this week, when they learned that the weekly appearance was no fake they had kittens!

Screen Guide for Dec. and fresh on the stands as tou read this, has a nice layout of pics of Bill Heff and James Stewart doing magic with no expose. Neff has scored in two widely circulated mags in as many months without having to reveal any secrets. Bill is of the opinion that if big publications are shown in print that favorable comment has been carried in magic mags because of no exposures - we'd be in a position to have them co-operate in the future if any detrimental material comes to them for their use. It seems a better course to pursue than to boycott, threaten, etc. AFTERWARDS.

Julian Proskauer writes and assures that we still belong to the 100$ wrong club. In short, J.J.P. emphatically says that "I am not now, or have I ever been 'actively engaged in forming a New York Ring of the I.B.M. Nothing has been done except that there have been some nice magic get-togethers without sponsorship of any organization. The idea was to have a small group WITHOUT OFFICERS, WITHOUT POLITICS, and WITHOUT ANY OF THE ANNOYANCES people like you cause when an organization functions as a body having national standing." Well, so be it. From the time of Bernard Ernst's death to the time when Shirley Quimby took over the SAM Parent Assembly presidential duties there never was such an era of dlssentlon in the ranks, assembly threats to secede, and general all around fault finding, rte won't invite another "100JI wrong" epistle by so much as hinting at the reason, and it would be unnecessary for the journals of magic recorded the term in sometimes spectacular wordage. Now that the mud-slinging and cartoon mailing period has passed we all can worry a bit more about our tricks. Accepting Mr. Proskauer'3 word regarding the I.B.M. we apologize to both that organization and himself. For once we are very glad that we are wrong.

Here's one for the book. Bruce Elliott passed it on direct from a reporter friend. Reports kept coming in to the city desk that a man in a black cloak wa3 flying around from roof top to roof top up in N.Y.'s Harlem district. Leg men assigned to the rumor kept passing it off a a hoax until not a few people had reported seeing the phenomenon. Climax. A group of young boys had formed a secret club and were using the comic section's Mandrake, the Magician, for inspiration. At night two of them would don their cloaks and carry two small flashlights apiece. One would climb over onto a third or fourth story roof adjoining another building with a roof drop of four or five feet. The other boy would cross the street and set set on another roof edge. The first human bat would hold the lighted^lamps against his temples to resemble eyes, screak a la Tarzen or laugh like The shadow and attract attention of the passersby. Then he'd make the four foot Jump with a flapping of the cloak and out would go the lights. At the same time the second youngster would continue the scream and turn on his lights across the street. After a Dracula sounding, he would lump into a void, and a third member of the club would appear half a block down the street. Nice illusion?

The rumor that "magic is dead" might have started in Buffalo, N.Y. where an undertaker-magician presents a six assistant lodge and school show, transporting the gimmicks in an old model hearse. It Isn't known at this writing if his program includes The Die Box. --- Prof.

J.B. Rhine is rather quiet these days In re-sards to ESP, from which he has pumped most of the publicity. His latest interest is to play around, with insomnia-curing experiments via recordings which use the old hypnotic suggestions for lulling one off. Too bad they can't be broadcasted as openers for some programs we hear.

This may result in hammers and nails being sent for use on our head but it works and it is a real fooler for magic parties where the bunch crowds in close about the performer. It's original but a close brother to the trick that once fooled Houdlnl.(A ball or coin under a hank is felt by each of the group and then too cleanly and inexplicably vanished. The last one to feel it up under the hank stole it away.) In this case a silk is vanished and the performer offers anything he owns as a challenge that the silk cannot be found on his person. The $10,000 Challenge Silk Vanish we calls it, but don't forget to do it in a ti.?ht, compact circle of amazed onlookers, a pull is used, but it is fastened on to the fellow close up against your left side and a bit to the rear. You take out your left rear trouser pocket hank first, and then return it as you decided to use your outer breast pocket silk. As right hand removes it, the left hand returns trouser pocket silk and the pull is placed into the hand by the confederate's right hand.. The hank vanishes, but under HIS coat on his right side. Silly 3 0unding though It may be, it's a lulu for wise boys at the monthly meeting.

And did you hear about the Hebrew magician who has originated a torn and restored bagel?

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