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magical showmen left In the game many of us on this side were eager to 3ee his show. It is quite probable that the mad activities over there would have sent him over here had he lived. --- Max Holden has what is no doubt the la3t order Goldin sent. Dated only 3 days before hi3 death the letter and remittance called for a rising card effect. --- Gen Grant will market what can easily turn into a best seller for the season. The Arabian Bead Mystery Is one of those cute, quick, and perfect stunts for the club, home, or nite spot worker. While not a really new idea, Grant has put In a few of those kinks for which he is noted.

One of those funny happenings which should not go unrecorded for posterity is a tale related by Walter Gibson. Some years ago, Fran-ciscus, the illusionist, had Carl Breme build him a fish bowl table that would come up to it3 exact original height after the production. F's idea was to invite a committee on the stage, and have them MEASURE the table, before and afterl --- "Eternally Yours", starring Loretta

Young and David Niven, will present much of the happenings ascribed to Houdini. One sequence will make Bob Weill green with envy. Handcuffed, Niven will be dropped in a parachute over the N.Y.World1s Fair. Watch out for that TRYLONI

--- In the movie, "Idiot's Delight," a "Madame

Zulieka" was played as a drunkard to the detriment of the mindreading act screened and exposed. MGM may have a suit to wrangle with, for a real "Madame Zuleika" has turned up.

Dell O'Dell intends opening an intimate nite spot In N.Y. next seasqn and fill it with plenty of weird and allegedly funny gags. She'll call it, she says, The Ace of Clubs. Isn't there a magic club in Minneapolis by that name? At any rate Dell should be quite a "wow" as mistress of scrimmages in her own bistro. --- We may have napped but nowhere in the west coast papers did we read about Henry Clive's concession at the Frisco Fair where he presented the Hindu Rope Trick. Ned Sparks of the cinema took it over with Charley Miller but It didn't survive the needle and the rope trick is now back from where it started. --- Re that Court of Intrigue Problem last i33ue. Gerry Larsen merely remembered the town through which they had just come. While Bill sat in the car writing to C.T. Gerry put the sign post up so it pointed back to the town correctly and that automatically made the other signs correct. --- And did you hear that if another magic paper starts one of those anonymous columns like "C.T." and "Unknown" It will be signed "P.U."?

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"Then I make another magic pass." Turn head towards audience. "All magicians must." Look back at left fist. "And since I have been pretending all along, you see the coin is there, right where it has been all of the time." Show the coin on the left palm.

Although the moves may sound complicated, it will prove to be a trick that will absolutely baffle the wise fellows If practised slowly a few times. At northeastern Ohio magician's picnics they've given it a first prize every time I1ve shown it.

the bacchanalian card trick ciimic

(Cedrlc, of London, uses this extremely cute trick as an advertising novelty, the cards and instructions being packed into an envelope for giveaway purposes after a trial. Ed.)

The cards used for this n3ell" are illustrated on page 432. Note.- The key card is the Four of Spades with the words "I will" printed thereon. This card can be read from the back, made possible by any 3ecret marking that is convenient to the individual performer.

The trick is best shewn in the company of "the man who never pays."

Without shewing the faces of the cards, shuffle them and lay face downwards in a row, taking care to see that the marked card is either second or third.

Now address your victim, "Will you give me a number between one and four?" He has choice only of two and three. Whichever he says, count either from left or right and he must receive the card with the words "I will." Request him to place the card in his pocket without looking at it. The main object of the trick now being done, three other persons each choose a card, and place them in their pockets without looking at them.

Now ask persons to remove cards from pocket, and you name them in correct order one by one, at the same time asking each one to read their cards.

You finish by having a small soda with a lot of whiskey at the expense of Mr. I WILL.

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the entire trick is almost self working.

In the original mixing, the returned bill is brought to the top and held there. In counting off five bills for the spectator to hold the "counterfeit" is brought to the bottom of the spectator's stack. Also, in the second step, where you turn over number two bill to face up position and place it on bottom, you actually turn over two bills as one (a sort of double lift) and place them on bottom. I won't say that this move is easy, because it isn't, but I have never had trouble with it since practising to get the "feel" of the bills.

With new and crisp bills the feat becomes more easy though it can be done with borrowed currency. The patter, however, allows of new bills being used without suspicion directed towards that fact. The maneuvres given, with the "double lift" turning plus the placement of the "counterfeit" bill takes care of everything. It makes an excellent press stunt.

The desire of every magician is to be able to do one "miracle" with cards which will stump a heckler...an effect wherein the performer divines a card without handling the deck or without asking any questions whatever. Here is one I use, released to "JINX" readers because I premised its Editor a mindreading effect. I call It "Smeerol" because Ted seems to like tricks ending with "o" such as "Whisko" or "Ghosto", et al.

While this effect may be used as part of any card routine, it is much better to hold it In reserve until heckling starts...if it doesn't, this effect is strong enough to close a card show before a small group. The effect is this:

EFFECT: Any spectator shuffles the pack. The performer turns his back. The one who shuffled the deck ( or another) may select a card. Without saying a word, the performer names it.

ROUTINE: In your right hand coat pocket have a small piece of carbon paper so folded that no matter how you handle it you can get a smudge.

Any deck may be used. I prefer to use a borrowed one. While the pack Is being shuffled, be careful to point out that you do not touch the cards.

Instruct the spectator who is doinc the shuffling to think of any number from 1 to 45. Tell him that while your back is turned, he is to deal the cards from the top of the deck one by one, noiselessly, face down on the table until he reaches the number of which he thought. He is then to look at this card, turn it face down, placing it on top of those already dealt down on the table. He Is now to place the remainder of the pack on top of this pile, thus burying the selected card. He Is then to cut the deck, complete the cut and square up the cards.

Everyone must agree by now that this procedure is fair, that the performer has not handled the deck, and that the one who selected the card does not even know where it now is.

METHOD: While the cards are being shuffled, at an opportune moment you put your right hand in your coat pocket where the carbon paper was previously placed. Dig the nail of your second finger into the carbon. You are now set. A9 you finish your instructions, AFTER THE CARDS ARE SHUFFLED, make a motion of taking the deck from the spectator as though you want to show him how to deal the cards on to the table. Hold the deck at the left corner nearest to you with the thumb on top and the fingers underneath. Press the nail of the second finger which touched the carbon paper firmly on the face of the bottom card just below the Index.

Don't take the pack away from the spectator.

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Let him hold it. Don't Peek. Don't try any sleight of hand...the finger nail with the carbon does the work. Pretend that you have changed your mind about taking the pack...just repeat the instructions and "deal" in pantomime as you instruct...the dirty work is done. What you really have accomplished with the carbonized finger nail is to make the bottom card of the deck a "key card".

Now, when the spectator drops the remainder of the pack on top of his selected card, he has placed the card marked with carbon next to it. Thus, when you take the pack after he has squared it up and cut it, all you have to do Is to run through it (make the usual request that he concentrate on his card) and discover the marked card. You will find the mark is on the extreme left just below the index. Obviously the card to the right of the marked card will be the card selected.

Produce it in any way you wish. ..my favorite method is to bring it to the top of the deck, palm it off and place it in my right trouser pocket. Then pretend that you cannot find the card...ask that he announce it to the audience...and then say "there must be some mistake about this...I had it in my pocket all the time".

This effect will always squelch a heckler 00" doubter. You can rub the mark off the "key card" without any difficulty by simply passing your thumb over it.

Everything is apparently fair and above board. You can toss the deck into the audience without fear. The method beats peeks, sleights, crimps, passes or anv method v/herein the performer handles the pack. It eliminates any comeback that you have forced a card or done sane-thing with the deck.The misdirection is perfect.

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