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Jinx No. 9 - June 1935 - Page 35 A Matter of Policy

Ten cards - five Republican and five Democrats. Arrangement done in front of everyone. Have the two sets of five separate at start. Show them as you start story and drop Democrats on top of Republicans face down. Carelessly mix as you continue. Pan, draw out the middle cards leaving two top and two bottom, and drop on top. Now remove third and fourth cards from top and drop on top. The cards are now set to be stood in line from left to right and the elimination started. The set up Is D-R-D-D-R-R-D-D-R-R. ~ Improvement by Andrew Brennan.

Jinx No. 21 - June 1936 - Page 122 Prophecy Plus

Use inch and a half sponge balls trimmed from different colored rubber sponges obtainable at Woolworth stores Instead of handkerchiefs for the force. Silks do not mix well and getting caught in each other more than one will come out of the bag when selection is made.

— Improvement by L. Vosburgh Lyons.

Summer Extra 1935 - Page 41 Horrors I 11

At Woolworth stores is sold a scratch pad called the World's Biggest Little Tablet. It is made up of five different colored pages, about 30 of each. Put your Horror words on these and you reveal the information without ever being near the subject.— Suggestion by L. Vosburgh Lyons.

Jinx No 18 - March 1936 - Page 101 Thoughts in general. Paragraph Two.

Practice this effect with a deck tied each way several times with heavy thread. It will save a lot of trouble when getting the knack of the throw. — Suggestion by Scotty Lang.

Jinx No. 17 - February 1936 - Page 92 The Spectator's Choice.

Instead of the 6th and 22nd cards being noted on the run through, note the 11th and 27th from the face of the pack as you fan them from left to right.

Jinx No. 11 - August 1935 - Page 56 The Card Unharmed.

For a much better effect use an automobile driver's card, a lodge card, or any personal membership card belonging to the spectator or reporter. The apparent mutilation strikes right at home. — Improvement by Monty Crowe.

Jinx No. 22 - July 1936 - Page 130 The Card Phenomenon.

Have the spectator count off a number from five to ten Instead of any number up to a dozen.

— Correction by Charles Larson.

Jinx No. 18 - March 1936 Death Flight 1

Page 102

For the second envelope, turn the stack over and take the top one. Have it sealed and finish pressing down the flap with its face down on the stack. Turn it over singly and openly, and then, either in getting the pencil again, or in offering the envelope for marking, turn the whole stack over again (like a deck of cards). This gives them the original cards which have been on the bottom of stack of envelopes and makes a different switch for the second time as well as putting both marks on the same side of each envelope.

— Improvement by Andrew Brennan.

Jinx No. 23 - August 1936 - Page 141 Calendar Conjuring.

The following formulae can be substituted to advantage in the computing of the dates selected. When the sum of a four figure square is given, subtract 16 and divide by 4. This gives the smallest figure In upper left corner. Add 1 to get the figure to right and 7 for the figure directly underneath, and 1 to that for the figure to right of lower first figure. For 4 figures in a vertical row subtract 42 from sum and divide by 4 for the smallest or top figure. For 5 figures In a vertical row subtract 70 from sum and divide by 5. You do not have to be told whether four or five figures are being used as only one of these formulae will come out even. For any 7 figures in a horizontal row subtract 21 from sum and divide by 7. For a rectangle of 6 figures, two wide and three deep, subtract 45 from sum and divide by 6 for smallest number in upper left corner. For a rectangle of 6, three wide and two deep, subtract 27 from sum and divide by 6 for smallest number in upper left corner. — Suggested by Dr. Jacob Daley.

Jinx No. 25 - October 1936 - Page 157 Numlsmatlglc.

Use a magnet from a slot machine of the "one armed bandit" type. They are only about two inches long and can be concealed in the hand easily. They are strong enough to pick up an eight inch pair of shears, and are used in machines to stop iron and steel slugs. Can be obtained from anyone who repairs these machines.

— Improvement by E.J.Oeinck.

Jinx No. 24 - September 1936 - Page 151 A Mental Te3t Revamped.

After making a circle on paper, have spectator write a short question and the Initials of any card. Explain that the reason for card is to check their thought with yours. In short, if you fathom the card, you know you will be well on the way toward gaining correct knowledge of the question, which is then answered. Get all of the information as described, when running through deck for card.

— Variation by William Larsen.

Summer Extra 1936 - Page 135 Dice and a Book.

Use with a telephone directory wherever you are. Vary by having two of the figures represent the page, the third figure the column, and the last figure the name in that column. It is easy for spectator to find the name and telephone number as he never has to count down more than nine, i. e., 3119 would be page 31, first column, ninth name. When there happens to be a nought in the last one such as 3020, the page would be 30, second column, and then, as long as there is a nought, you can tell them to look at the first name. You would be able to instruct them in this because you'd know all the time what they were looking for.— Variation by Frederick F. Clark

Jinx No. 21 - June 1936 - Page 119 "Think It Over"

All animal men do know, and all magicians should know, that it's cruel, harmful, and painful to hold a rabbit by the ears, a3 they are very sensitive. A rabbit should be held by the back of the neck with its weight resting on the palm of the other hand.-Correction by Orville Meyer

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spectator names identity of the murderer, you turn fan over, end the right card flashes into view. ¡Joy; go on with the patter, end you'll see, with cards in hand, how it all fits together and piakes a smooth running story to cover all actiron.

'This is a story cf crime; a tale concerned with criminals and the lav/. The deck is to represent the underworld, and in it, there are 52 lav/ makers and law breakers all trying to outwit each other. First, I want you to remove one card, and look at that card as a murderer of the worst type, a man who is the cause of a great manhunt. Wo one is to know the identity of this much wanted man but yourself, «iter you've seen his face, drop him back into the underworld. This shuffling is to show the shake-up in the police department after present officials have failed to capture the criminal. Perhaps someone else had better mix them too, though. You, sir, give them a shuffle, to prove that he's really lost in the dark alleys of iniquity, and not being protected by politics.

At this time I want to introduce four great rien in our story. These gentlemen are always trying to do their bit towards wiping out crime, and this will be a test of what they can do. I use the four aces to represent these men, (when an Ace happens to be a selected card, u3e the four Kings) and shall introduce them to you personally. Here are the aces, one, two, three, and four. Introducing them singly, we have the ace of --- (here, always use the same order of names, no matter what the Older of aces), who is the Mayor of the metropolis in which we are living.

Next we have the ace of --- who is the District

Attorney. Then comes the ace of ---, who is the

Commissioner of Police, and lastly, the ace of ---, who represents a reporter from the —(localize the name of paper)—, for one must know what is going on.

If Mr. — will now lift the lid from off the underworld for a moment, I'll place these four just men, with apologies to Edgar Wallace, in the middle. This action of riffling is supposed to represent great activity in police circles, while the manhunt Is on and the criminal is being pursued. The drag-net is, of course, spread over the city, so we, in turn, spread the deck over the table, and here, deep In the underworld, we find the four men with a suspect between the District Attorney and Commissioner of Police. Who it nay be, or how he got there, we don't know, but they've picked him up somewhere. And now, Mr. —, will you name, for the first time, the murderer? The------? Look, they've got him!


SPECIAL DELIVERY: Philadelphia, Pa.

Dear Ted;

Jinx No. 26 sure is a "top notcher. " Will the receipe for the Jinx Zipper cocktail be incl\ided in the Dec. issue? If it is as good as your material, it is a Wow! Keeping very busy with the club dates.

Ernest K. Schleldge

As is the case with all.Jinx offerings, this cocktail has been tested exhaustively (not to mention the danger point) over a period of time by discerning magi. Use one part of gin with the juice from one-half an orange. Ice, and mix in a shaker as though being prodded with a Joy Buzzer. Add a dash of honey and continue for a minute more. Strain into a large cocktail glass, consume, and repeat several times, whereupon you will be amazed and gratified to see the Indian Rope Trick being performed right before your eyes with an all native cast.


| Tim saunar unjjan ur ims Alias. iAnnemann; |

Around 1925 Hugh Mackay published his tome, "Classical Conjuring", In which was a new and novel two person telepathic effect using the four aces from any deck. I made a notation at the time, and subsequently used the effect whenever the opportunity arose. Mr. Mackay's method made necessary the learning of 24 different arrangements in conjunction with two key cards (from the rest of the deck) for each. This way is extremely simple, yet the effect is still worked, and very different in theme from other such problems.

The lady assistant retires to another room with a spectator as guard. Any pack of cards is used and handed someone who removes the 4 aces. They mix the aces, and lay them, or stand them, in a face out now in any order. Lastly they turn over (so that backs are outward), either the two red aces, or the two black aces. The audience having noted down the position of each ace in the row, and the color reversed, a spectator mixes them up and leaves them on the table. The lady now returns blindfolded, which is removed at the table, after performer is put under guard. The lady immediately carries out the exact movements which took place while 3he was absent.

The whole thing is pure presentation plus the finger nail bump. If you hold a card between tips of forefinger and thumb, and with nail of forefinger, press sharply against the card over the ball of thumb, a slighlt bump is raised which can be instantly detected by passing a thumb or finger over surface of the pasteboard.

I advise having the cards stood against something rather than laid on the table. All can see the row better, and it makes it easier for you. After the row has been placed in the desired position by spectator and the color reversed, you ask someone to jot down the order as they stand. You pick up the first, saying, "Clubs" (or whatever It is), and toss it to the table. Repeat with the rest, and finally mention for notation the color which was reversed. You only have to nick three cards. And it doesn't matter whether the card is facing one way or another as the three marks can't get mixed. The first card's bump is anywhere along the end, on the second it is somewhere around the center, and on the third it is anywhere along the side. The fourth needn't be marked. After all notes have been made, you ask someone to go out and call in the lady, after mixing the cards. If you send out a lady, the reversed color has been black; if a gentleman, red. If you are working before only one sex, arrange with your partner beforehand which of two people you'll send.

The lady returns, picks up aces, looks them over, puts up the second or third ace, then another, another, and finally moves one and puts the other between, all of which builds the effect of concentration and uncertainty. Lastly she turns over thr, correct pair of colors.

The Jinx is an independent monthly for magicians published by Theo. Annemann of IVaverly, N.Y., U.S.A. It can be obtained direct or through any magical depot for 25 cents a copy, and by subscription is $1 for 5 Issues postpaid to any address In the world.

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