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MARTIN GARDNER'S PEN KINK

5610 Dorchester St., Chicago, Illinois

Dear Ted;

I've been having fun with this cute dodge lately. It's probably original. You notice, someone's fountain pen, or automatic pencil. Ask to see it. Take it — saying, "Mice looking," and nonchalantly appear to clip it inside your coat's inner pocket. He, the owner, naturally is going to protest. And you suddenly produce the pen or pencil from behind his neck with your right hand, remarking, "What are you getting worried about?"

A man's inside coat pocket is on his right side and approached with his left hand. You have the pen in left hand as you look at it, and turn your body a bit to the right as you apparently put the pen into your inside pocket. Your left side being quite a bit towards the spectator he cannot see any possible motion of your coat as you actually put the

pen horizontally across the right side of your chest and tip it down the rigfrt coat sleeve.

The right arm hangs naturally and the right hand fingers, naturally curled, catch the pen as it drops through the sleeve. You swing bacK, and this bit of moving is practically imperceptable, and catch the owner as his indignation begins. Your right hand comes up to his left shoulder and the pen is produced just as his demand for a return of the object starts.

This principle has been used before with coins, but I've hever seen it with pens or pencils, which, after all, are natural objects to be put in the inner pocket. TRY IT THE NEXT TIME SOMEONE ASKS YOU TO AUTOGRAPH SOMETHING.

Cordially yours

Fhiladelphia's (Pa.) Greater Magic Show. S.A.M. #4. The Plays and Players Theatre, Sat. March 29th, 1941. Reviewed by Robert Houdin, Jr. ----------

The show, amazingly enough for a magic show, started on time.

It got off to a bad start with SmER ECKAM who presented Blendo, production of boquets, mis-made flag, etc., finishing with the rice bowls. Stock magic, presented in a stock way. Guilty of all the faults of the average magician, slowly paced, repetitious patter, constant use of the word 'now'. Aimed at a juvenile intelligence, probably a good children's magician. Time: 25 minutes.

"BALLOONS" BONNERT presented a novelty act, which, if it had run five minutes might have been amusing. He tied ballons into various shapes to represent a man, a scooter, a see-saw with a boy and girl on it. After five minutes he had "shot his bolt" (or balloon? Ed.), the fifteen minutes following were the longest this reviewer ever spent. Time: 20 minutes.

JOHN MULHOLLAND followed, fortunately, and took the bad taste out of our mouths. A gentleman, presenting magic for ladies and gentlemen. Takes his time without stalling. He did the one-to-eight thimble routine. Vanished thimbles at finish. Next, a card trick in which a selected card is returned to the deck, deck torn in half, then one-half in quarters. He dealt through one of the segments of a deck until stopped by the audience, same with other segments. Finally, the three pieces turn out to be the selected initialled card. Finished with a beautiful clean-cut performance of the linking rings. Admirable in every respect. He was called back for an encore and did an impromptu coin routine. The only criticisms, and they are carping, are, the thimbles talked when he sleeved them, and in the encore he missed a coin in trying to sleeve it. In regards to the presentation, it is unfortunate that 1.5-. MUlholland's stage smile is so unconvincing. It is a mechanical grimace which does not convey conviction. Time: 25 minutes.

ROBERTA and MARION (Byron) opened the second half of the performance with a stage full of apparatus. Nice, is a complete description. They

Page performed capably, but it was just nice. It, the act, lacked punch. A typical example of magic overlapping occured. With as many tricks as they had, it would have been in the audience's interest not to repeat the linking rings right on top of Mr. MUlholland's routine. Their's suffered by comparison. Incidentally, it was interesting to see how much more effective it was to see girls handling silks, trouble-wit, rag pictures, etc. Somehow it affects ngr risibilities to see a hulking bruiser of a man, delicately doodling with fragile, diaphanous silks. Time: 25 minutes.

AL FLOSSO followed with one of the funniest twenty-five minutes I've ever enjoyed. Brash, brusque, talkative fast moving magic presented in carnival style. A swell performer. Standard effects done in a you-De-darmed manner that brought continual belly laughs. No criticisms. Time: 25 minutes.

MIACO brought the show to an enjoyable close with a sweet, sleight-of-hand act. A clean performer, ne did a gloved card fan production, a silk trick or two, billiard balls, lit cigarette productions and finished with a salt transposition from hand to hand. Extremely well done. The only criticism is that his manner of presentation is a sort of combination of Cardini and Albenice. Time: 15 minutes.

AL BAKER m.c'd capably, did a nice vent routine, but seemed a little tired.

The higfr spots of a better than average magical evening, were MUlholland's linking rings, Al Flosso's patter, and Miaco's manipulations.

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