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SIĀ» Bim," my friends, Walter Gibson,

Harlan Tarbell, William Larsen, John Mulholland, for your generous aid with Editrivia during my absence from the faotory. "Thanks to you" is Dante's interpretation of those title words to his show which opened in New York on Sept. 9 and can he seen at the Morosoo Theatre every evening, including Sunday, matinees Wednesdays and Saturdays. Our comment is being held over for next week's issue so that it can he complete in every possible detail. We'll still be far ahead of other magical reviewers.

Before going farther let us think for a moment about Caryl Fleming's passing. It happened all too suddenly at about 4 P.M. on Labor Day. At his Beverly Hills (Cal.) home were magical friends. Dr. and Mrs. Evidon. Caryl was (quite naturally) showing a oard trick when indlges-tlon-like pains caused him to stop. He took a glass of soda to alleviate the hurt but a, minute later dropped dead in the doctor's anas. It is conceivable that an awful lot of west coast magical activities and sparkle will be crippled beyond repair. Caryl's advent into magio hasn't been for long hut he made himself known only too well as a crusader against everything remotely detrimental to the art. Magio has too few people in such a position as to give effort, time and money unstintedly for the purpose of making it better and more respected. Itinerant magicians will miss his welcome gestures to California, the largest and the smallest always receiving equal attention. He did magic a favor.

To close up that "to do" about the Life pictures of "(Jen" Grant performing the Arm Chopper illusion, let us quote a letter from the Editors received by George DeLaney who wrote, saying that they probably would receive letters giving an explanation because of the "waoky" photo and requesting them not to pass out the information. We quote from Life's letter - "Your forecast that a number of people would write us about the picture of the magic illusion whioh was published in our July 29th issue proved to be fully justified. I think at least 35 people noticed that the woman's hand appeared to he a left hand instead of a right and wrote to say that they thought this was the explanation. We are not publishing the oorreot explanation, which I hope you will find gratifying, but we did feel it only fair to enlighten the 35 who went to the trouble of writing us about It. After all, Life's first duty is to its readers. Since the number is relative small, I hope you will feel no real harm has been done to the profession of magio."

To recall an item we once ran from another "picture" mag the reply to a complaint about an expose was something like, "If magicians don't want their tricks exposed, they shouldn't have them photographed." It was meant, of oourse, that revealing pictures of the workings shouldn't be taken. The Grant-Abbott box could have been faked aplenty for the purpose of the picture which was good publicity for the selling of it to magi, but someone just didn't think.

If it's a scoop you can have it. Brunei White Is "out" of the magio page of London's World's Pair,weekly theatrical paper. The rumor that he got himself "in bad" and liable to lawsuits because of Les Levante's anger at writings may be true for Immediately after the "ousting" the new editor ran a full page of nothing hut kudos to Levante as he readied hie show for an Australian tour. --- We want to thank all other con-

Page temporaries for "laying off* our exoluslve morsel, the attempt to buy The Sphinx. Evidently they have thought it a Joke or a "rib." Our sponsor's deadline is Nov. 1st. Then the others can pick up the story, almost six months late.

--- Incidentally, there is no truth that a west coast gentleman or syndicate put up the $4000 dollars for me to use for bargaining. The source of supply is strictly eastern. --- Frank Lane's

Funny Talk monthly la nearlng the end of its third year. He mentioned us several times in the November 1940 issue, now out. Congratulations.

--- The war moguls have started using an old magical principle for purposes of destruction according to news stories. "Self-ignltlng leaf" describes the two-inch square carboards made up of guncotton and phosphorous carried and dropped In a damp state. When they dry out a flame springs from them. Millions are reported as having been dropped over countrysides. Do you remember how the old books told you to cut off a pleoe of phosphorous the size of a pea, keep it in the mouth between the lip and gum, and spit It into a sheet of newspaper as you crumpled itJ Standing at a distance, and timing yourself, you then could make gestures galore and cause the paper to burst into flame. It may not be funny, during such times as now, but perhaps our good old joke novelty, itching powder, might find a place in annoying the enemy.

It isn't too late to bring up mention of Clayton Rawson's newest book about Merlinl, that magic store man who forgets the selling of pulls and thumb tips for weeks while he runs around In a seeming always successful effort to unravel a crime. This time he keeps you reading quite furiously in the tome entitled, "The Headless Lady." Clayt Is still the perfeot magic writer, in that he never exposes. As he says, "It's too easy to write all around a method without giving it away. And it's more interesting that way, too."

Aaerloan papers could do well to reprint an old article by Henry R Evans (Sphinx Dec 1917) about Charles Dickens as a magician. His specially written program with comment regarding his tricks is very interesting. As Dr. Evans said, "The bill of the show (for friends) was written by the Master's own hand, and in a more amusing style than any modern Neeromancer knows how to use." London's World's Fair reprinted it in the Aug. 17th issue, so wby not give later day American magi a break? I just haven't the room* but if I owned The Sphinx, or Genii, I'd jump at running the article with lots of humor.

Hunch playerf That is, when (and If) you put a dollar or so on the nose for the improvement of the breed of thoroughbred horses? Why not try "Dl Vernon"? One of the country's best trainers has it, and winnings are pretty consistent. ---

Mrs. Harry Houdlni has given a beautiful trophy for the best Houdlni-type trick presented at the Hew England Magicians' Convention, Hew Haven, Conn., Sept. 21,22. It is a hard wood plaque on which is mounted an authentic pair of Houdlni handcuffs with an attaohed plate for engraving. --- Next week we want to give you our own convention number, the Great Conclave of Kezar Lake, Maine. Held on anolent Rattlesnake Island this get-together proved several things, one being that you can't do oard tricks in a high breeze, nor do a double oard pick-up from virgin rock without leaving scars. --- And if you want to be a professional magician remember that wise old remark, "At 15 magio was a certain boy's love - at 20 it was his chief passion - at 30 it became a paying hobby - and, at 35 it was just a means of scratching up a living!"

CONCLAVE ^^Ail^lrt

C veryone wondered a bit how the whole thing started. Dr. L. Vosburgjh Lyons wasn't upon his dignity when he told us about the glories of Maine, his part-time habitat for over 35 years. Mr. Walter B. Gibson sojourns only about 40 miles away, and has the village of Gray "Shadow" conscious. Clayton Raw-son and ourself have been corrupting in the city of N.Y. "Voz" has asked us up for several years; Walt wanted a convention like unto the old Blackstone Seven Circle Days,and Clayt and I just wanted to take ourselves and wives on a vacation where we could talk magic. We wound up on something called Rattlesnake Island and oonquered it. No one showed up to contest our claims that we were great stylists of magio. We won by default even though the sharpened weiner sticks could have proven of worth against an invasion of hostile magi. We could have been diplomatic and dared them to do a double oard lift with a deok in the spray of a sea-sled backwash.

Secrets were unfolded, end in general they were proven valueless. From the chaff we did

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