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But few things of importance have cropped up during the past month. The spring atmosphere has taken all fire and fervor out of most of us it seems. Even the exposera have taken time out. And, being at the moment so low as to think of such people, it may be of interest to note that the most appropriate come-back in a decade was that made by the editor of Life, in reply to a letter of complaint, "I protest against the exposure of the Indian Basket Trick in your magazine." The retort, "If magicians do not want their tricks exposed, they should not have them photographed!"

Probably the strangest happening of recent months was the Sphinx Medal Award for the best professional trick. This appeared about 14 years ago ih the first Nixon manuscript and sometime afterwards was sold on the market as the production part of a stage routine. At this writing I have piled up 11 postcard and letter requests to mention It, but I see no great cause for argument. After all, the trick was printed and sold (through Sphinx columns) before the magazine was In the hands of those who now pick out tricks for the delight of its subscribers. One cannot say as to their magical knowledge before the time when the publication was taken from the cold hands of A.M.Wilson, and given over to them to carry on.

All of which makes us, as a so-called editor, wonder if such an important decoration as the Sphinx medal is presented through the direction of one person, instead of a committee of people best suited to judge the contributions. It certainly does not inspire confidence in the minds of contributors who have labored over a brain child only to see a worthwhile award be given for material far from original.

The above question as to judging is timely for The Jinx is starting,a book and trJ k review column with the next issue. Ye editor .as nothing to say and the question in each case Is up to a committee of 7 who will judge and vote "yes" or "no" on one point: "Is the trick, or the knowledge gained, worth the price paid?" The committee will be listed by name, but each votes by himself, and this writer will be the only one to know how any one person declares himself. The Jinx always has been Interested in material and practical knowledge. A three page mss. may contain a secret or secrets worth much more to a performer than what is between the covers of a beautifully bound book. Furthermore, it is our opinion that one person can not do 100$ justice In reviewing because of personal likes or dislikes of certain types of tricks. Therefore, when you see publications reviewed under this system of name, author or inventor, price, and finally the result of seven "ayes" or "nayes" it is our hope that you'll take it for what it means,; an Impartial and 'unbiased opinion of seven, none of whom will be hampered by personal friendship versus what is of the most value for the most magi.

Clayton Rawson, illustrator - author - magus, has just sold a mystery novel called "Death From a Top Hat." In Its 300 pages, Illustrated with actually built model settings, The Great Merllni, magician-detective, goes to town with crime detection based on the principles of deception. Characters Include a card king, an escape artist, a second sight team, a Chinese conjuror, a medium, a psychical researcher, and the lady who is

Page sawn in two! Some cast! The murderer walks through brick walls, floats in midair, there is a baffling vanish from a moving taxi, and all in all It looks like a swell evening at home. There is no exposing. Publication is planned for July unless a magazine sale Is made meanwhile. English readers will get It at the same time from their favorite book stall. All magic dealers should carry.

Magi who want a clever autograph book can easily make one up a la an old marketed novelty called "Thé Ghost of My Friends." The gag is to fold eaeh page through the center the longway. Unfold and have the celebrity (?) autograph in ink along the crease. Fold and press down with fingers until the wet ink has smeared itself out. Some weird designs are thus made, everyone different, and such a book is ever popular because everyone wants to see what kind of a blotch so-and-so made.

In the March Games Digest, that very excellent Culbertson edited monthly, was "Do As I Do," contributed by William McKenny, fully explained and beginning with, "I have never failed to see a man surprised at the outcome of this easy card trick. Even if he realizes how the essential part of the trick is done, he will not be prepared for the effective "discovery" at the end." Well, Bill, he'll be prepared now, won't he?

Laughs are scarce, that is, good ones, but a real belly spasm came from the S.A.M.-lawyer-magic teacher who went on record against television being a commercial possibility in our lifetime. Such an opinion is a man's perogative but the payoff came when another asked, "Why say a thing like that? Look at the telenhone, automobiles, radio, movies, talkies, etc., all within the life span of many living. Came the too ultra reply, "This Is different." ---- Genii continues to grow and amaze monthly with its array of real meat. It's one magazine that can be read from cover to cover like a book, no page, and no column being missable. And have you counted the ever increasing pages of advertisements? Advertisers always flock to mediums of value.

When Chester Morris met Caryl Fleming airing his pet poodle, and as a result of the chance meeting arose from his magical dormancy to spectacular prominence among magi of to-day, fate did a very good deed. No one could be more enthusiastic, more sincere, and more regular with anyone who likes magic. On a personal appearance tour towards the east he added a Chinese production box to his routine, and from whiat the Chicago boys say, he should take out a magic show. But, doesn't it only prove what I've said so many times before in these columns? That It takes an actor to be a good magician? Most of us have our program of trick after trick without knowing one, two, three about stage presentation, and those little kinks and quirks that make for greatness before an audience. That's one reason, if not the only one, why a full evening'smagic show has never been able to play Broadway. No magician has ever been actor enough to make it more than a hodge podge of tricks. And if you don't think it wasn't a refreshing treat to spend a few hours with a fellow like Chester Morris, and find a real believer In magic for and by magicians, you have a Jinx coming on your subscription.

THE JINX is a monthly symposium ¿of mystery published by Theo.Annemann . rWaverly,N.Y.,U.S.A. 25 cents the copy, i_5 issues for $1. COPYRIGHT 1938.

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