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We slipped last month, It seems, and the result was an extraordinary Issue that contained three exceptionally well plaudlted tricks out of four. Looking for one well received mystery has been our practice. When two turn up we growl with'glee. When three slip through we are astonished but try to be nonohalant. What the result will be when all four click with everyone I can't say — yet.

The foregoing paragraph is no doubt the result of spring feeling. When this copy gets in the mall box, we'll be home in Waverly, H.Y. for the flrat tine in fourteen months, and the thoughts of that vacation (Pron what? Ed.) are affecting all chat we do or write at the moment.

That "Restless Card»" effect in Jinx Ho. 31 waa really mine and not "lifted." It first appeared in the Seven Oirclea mag for December, 1931 after I had shown it personally to Walter Gibson who gave me credit. It's a good trick, and X republished It because I didn't want it loat. X didn't know that Walter put it in Black-ston'as book without oredit. Few know that Gibson "ghoated" Thurston's and Blackstone's writings for many years.

Stewart Jamea' Tip-See Milk Bottle Trick la one of the clevereat and cuteat things in a long time. Abott ia the manufacturer and aells dealers at a 40% discount on the $1 retail price, paying Stewart a straight royalty on the idea. A Sew York boa la waking the gimmioks up and selling to dealers for a quarter each. I waa in on* man'a shop when he flatly turned the fellow down and said he'd play square with the originator even if it did coat him 35 centa more on eaoh sale. This, despite the fact that the bootlegger named practically every other N.Y. dealer as having bought from himl What price originality? And falrneaa to lnventorat

At the Bamberg show, one of those incessant loud mouths waa behind me and blabbed explanations of everything to two strangers beside him. He told them how much apparatus he owned, and how everything presented was old atuff to him. Even during the intermission he was showing (with a pack of business cards) how David made the correct oard be selected. The paper tearing was "a ten cent trick with larger sheets}" the rope trick waa "acrew gimmicks to hold the plecea together" and "X use the same talk, too;" the swinging pendulum "the old sawing through a woman;" but the payoff crack was about the substitution trunk, "I have one of thoae. It cost me #260, BUT MXKB IS XXCKKL PLATEDI" This paragraph la to inform the crackpot that the oandid camera man with me, who waa moving around and snapping the whole show, took a perfect shot of him la his seat ao X could find out who he waa I I'll send him an 8x10 print if he'll write for it, for at present the picture with his nana and addreaa on back ia being shown all oomers aa the flrat example of a looae-tonslled expoaer in action.

Sxclualvel David Bamberg doesn't like being tossed around by U.S. bookers and plans leaving country about August. —- That Seagram's Mind-reading trick used mm a throw-a-way was figured out by Dal Vernon who split #250 with Sam Margu-lea who aold the idea.

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