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very much to be respected" Doys has been boxing my ears verbally Since last issue's denouncement of the LeRoy show,and with good logic. His view is that Servais was more or less stampeded into the attempt by the overenthusiastic producer who should have considered what time and inactivity can do to a magician. An awfully strong point is the assertion that LeRoy did not "break" when he saw everything going to "pot" but carried on as a showman should. However one may discuss and argue that angle there still remains the fact that he didn't rehearse the girls at all. And it is definite that he said, backstage, that he would tell them what to do when the time came, for he hadn't wanted to reveal the trick and illusion secrets to them beforehand.'---The magic mag columnists could improve their wares by watching the deadline dates plus the publication dates of their respective news-items. Most of them start note making the day after a month's con-trib is sent out. They itemize the fact that someone is playing the what-what club -without stopping to think that when it gets to print, anywheres from six to ten weeks have passed.They might rather write "played." We just received one magazine on June 24th. A "news" columnist writes "Russell Swann just opened in the Crystal Room of the Park Plaza Hotel (St. Louis, Mo.). The facts are that Russ opened there during the early part of May and left there about June 1st! The writer could have made it a past tense paragraph with comment to better reading advantage. This isn't a particular case, for all columns in all mags do it too often, m short, it is suggested that a sentence like, "Humdrum, the Mystic, is playing Loew's State this week," and which won't see print for from four to six weeks, be written, "Humdrum, the Mystic, played Loew's State the week of June 6th with a new twist, etc." Far be it from us to suggest that our less than erudite wordage be used. We're only offering an idea to writers, and editors. If, and when, we are able to buy The Sphinx, this will be the second feature of the new regime.

Herbert Hood phoned to give us a really swell improvement on the Royal Heath "Figure Fantasy" effect in issue #91. It now becomes a deluxe prophecy item. Borrow two business cards from one person. Write a prophecy on the back of one and RETURN HIS PENCIL, also borrowed. Now have him think of the two figures and do the adding of the built up column himself. You still hold the prophecy card while you carelessly watch him make the column up from the two figures on his card. The moment you catch the seventh one you wander back while he continues to ten and then adds them all. In the meantime you have finger pencilled (or thumb written) the final total and you offhandedly give your card to someone to hold. You have thus written a sentence "The total of the column of figures you have thought of will be -----," and you fill in the number. The spectator has quite a bit to do AFTER you get your knowledge so it finally appearĀ« that your prophecy has been out of your hands throughout.

On. Mon. June 24, the Repub. Nat'l Convention opened at Fhila. in a maze of possibilities as to a presidential nominee. W O R cancelled a program in favor of a speech. It wa6 one of the spook series by Hereward Carrington. The name of the series is "Who Knows." Anyway, it sounded funny when the announcer said it at that timely moment. --- Charlie Miller, the west coast card impressario whose skill is a favorite topic when the pasteboard kings whisper secrets, has dropped the "Earle" prof, cognomen. He's at the Frisco Fair doing a symbolical program of magic for a Petroleum company. A can of oil proves to be inexhaustible a la Lota Jar; a production of black and white billiard balls set on a stand shows the atomic construction of petroleum, etc.

--- Howard Warringer received an "A" for his 86

page thesis "Objective Showmanship" With Magic, Ventriloquism and Puppetry. It was prepared for the faculty of the Department of Advertising and Selling, of the College of Business Administration. Syracuse (N.Y.J University, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for his degree of Bachelor of Science. Very completely illustrated, the mss. is a valuable adjunct to magical collections. It details the use and applications of magic and its allies in the advertising world, giving many examples of such as are being used to-day. We'll bet that the faculty was a wee bit surprised (and gratified at the change from the usual?) at finding such a subject covered. Joseph Jastrow, the eminent psychologist, once told us that some of his most perfect examples of psychological reaction were resultant of certain magical tricks.

Friends of Cedric will be glad to know he is safe in England (his letter dated May 12th just arrived) once more, "Y/e had some fun at times with the troops in France. Card tricks go terrific.Ā» .they'd go crazy if they could see such men as Scarne and Vernon." We've got a swanky picture of Cedric in uniform but will hold it for the war tricks he's sending. I hope the censor doesn't get excited over the words "secret" and "invisible."

Can any of the readers help contact me with Koran (Perry Taylor)? Tedye Rhea (itinerant magus with med shows - possibly billed as Vrucia and Hhea)? --- The Norgil novelette "Battle of

Magic" in MYSTERY magazine for July is about a magical convention where a $25,000 prize is given for the best trick, said kopecs being donated by a wealthy but dead man about magic. Awfully interesting to anyone who ever attended an IBM annual event or went to one of the Blackstone Three Rivers (Seven Circle) get togethere. The hitchhiking magus with the talkative vent figure is from true life and squarely hits an easterner lately married and very, very happy. Norgil, the author, is Walter Gibson, who knows his magicians, situations, and conventions.

Stuart Robson's sort of hideaway magic shop at 324 West 56th St., N.Y.C. is taking on the atmosphere of the old Otto Maurer place at 321 Bowery. Stuart is making a policy of only a few people watching any demonstration, and the secrets are hoarded the way they should be. You aren't in the place five minutes before you get the impression that magical knowledge is to be cherished and not chided. --- With issue #100, next week, will be published a complete Index of tricks, names, anecdotes, etc.. for the nos. 51-100. It will sell for twenty-five cents. The Index for 1-50 sells for $1 to-day, if you can find one loose. --- It's a bit funny, to us, to see how other mags are picking up Stanyon material for publication after we extolled its tberits for over five years as of modern worth. We'll give editors at large another idea, too. During August we'll have guest editriviartists take over this page while we fish and flounder through the not so wild but woody depths of Maine

During the interim, play around with your one way backed decks. There's a new cycle coming up.

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