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lost money, he had dozens of enemies, but I'll gently push In the face any man who'll tell me he ever lost a penny on a bad or worthless trick which he bought because of an ad in that magazine and which wasn't returned after a just complaint. And such a policy, my reader, is worth a lot to YOU.

In the New York World-Telegram of February 20th, appears a nice feature article regarding "a1" ültman, talent scout for M-G-M pictures, lir. Kit-man is chairman of the S.a.M. Expose Committee (I quoted him in the January issue) and outside of discovering Joan Crawford and Franchot Tone, the outcome of which is no imaginary problem now, he has been Instrumental in stopping a number of planned exposures of magic via the screen. I'd reproduce the article but I fear those letters saying that it's not concerned with magic.

On the desk is a nice ad sheet about Psy-Key-Lock by John Snyder, Jr. His letter to me says that he first read of the effect in my book 'The Book Without a Name.' He didn't quite care for the method so started to develop something different. He finishes, "and I really believe I have It." All well and good. Away back in old September of 1935 I printed the new presentation of this trick in the Jinx (page 58) and described the buttonhole angle which was mine.(I sat by an outside pool next to the house and mentioned it to Bob Thrasher from r-lmira, N.Y.) Now---Mr. Snyder has said that he has a NEW METHOD - and he has. It has developed from the new presentation but it Is an admirable method which supercedes by far my original subtlety. If you want to spend the money, here is the chance for a complete and muchly different effect. You'll get it complete and ready to work. I know. I've worked it a lot—all different ways too. This is an excellent way*

Harking back to a passed over subject, I wonder if there isn't some way the dealers of the land can't get together and associate against the continuance of outlaw dealers who pay their fee and do their worst. i realise that such a combine might result In a monopoly and which, for one, I wouldn't favor, but there must be an but to the misfortune of those who buy through ads appearing in supposedly responsible journals and are 'hung' with absolutely no redress. I will welcome any suggestions for a betterment of these conditions, «'rite them — I'll print them. When we say we are independent - we mean it.

Flash I A letter just at hand includes a copy of a letter sent a dealer who didn't like a certain paragraph In a recent Jinx issue. This dealer went so far as to write alongside the editorial in this copy (for which the purchaser paid a dollar) a protest. The purchaser was quite right in objecting to dealer comment on his copy and also to the condition in which the copy was received. If you, you or you (who, as this writer did, want to save your copies of The Jinx) object to anything like this, send your subscriptions to a dealer who does right by you -- or direct to the publisher.

You can obtain now copies of the No. 1 Jinx. Due to the conslstant demand for It I've had it reprinted so that those who wish may complete their flies. It has been very gratifying to me knowing so many are interested in having all copies. I've also been asked why I don't Include all of my old effects which were sold for a number of years in order to make as complete a uniform collection as possible. One a month could be Included In the issue. I'll think about it. And lastly comes a note which reads In part, "I never plan a club show without referlng to my copies of the Jinx. It's a mint." Thanks a lot. I'm glad you put that much value on it and I'll try my best to keep it that way.

("THE MIRACLE SPELLER. (Vincent Dalban) |

Seldom a trick comes along with a truly geniuslike idea behind it and I honestly think that everyone who reads this now will do it immediately and continue to use it in preferance to many others.

Mr. Dalban suggests that It be used as a fol-lowup to one of the regular spelling effects. It is true that this could be so used in order to circumvent the "do-it-again' person but even alone I think it of the best. The only requisite is a deck in which there Is a short card.

While the performer's back is turned a spectator spells out his name - which the performer need not know - dealing (into a face down pile on table) a card from the pack for each letter of the name. The card that falls with the last letter Is looked at and memorised. The balance of the pack is dropped on top of the pile on table and the whole pack squared up and cut. The performer turns around, and taking the pack spells out his own name, dealing a card for each letter. The card that falls with the last letter is turned up AND IS THE CHOSEN CARD!

Shuffling the paok at the start, the short card is cut to the bottom of the pack. How explain to the stranger what he Is required to do, at the same time illustrating the instructions by spelling off a name - any name for example but it must have one letter less than your own name. Just figure out a name with a letter less than the number of letters In your name and always use it. When this name is spelled off the balance of the pack is dropped on to the pile on table, the whole pack squared and handed to spectator. The short card Is now so many cards up from the bottom of pack according to the name spelled off.

After the spectator has spelled off his own name as described In the effect, noted the card and dropped rest of deck on top and cut, the performer takes pack again and cuts the short card to bottom once more. Then remarking that his own name is magical he spells It off, turns over the last card and there it is.

Because the number of letters used by spectator is immaterial you may even ask him to spell his mother's maiden name, the month of his birth, or some such bit of data of which you could not possibly know.

("the phantom cigarette. (Lu-Brent l j

Here Is a new pantomime cigarette and match effect which has been called at other times, •The Cigarette From Nowhere.' The working and presentation, however, is original with the writer and differs from other methods.

Place a lighted olgarette into any of the well known tank holders for lit cigarettes and put this in your left lower vest pocket. Now do your best pantomime of taking a cigarette case from Inner pocket, open, remove a cigarette, close, tap cigarette on case In usual fashion, pocket case and put imaginary cigarette between lips. Reach under coat with right hand as if securing a match and thumb-palm cigarette from holder. In one continuous move strike Imaginary match on sole of left shoe which you raise. Then, in-

(Continued on page 101) sy Houdini Magic, Inc. ©2002


Excellent for press and publicity work is this v®*/- efKKTve and out of the ordinary triok. The preparation is very simple and quickly done with a minimum of material, all of which is essential t6 modern magic.

Effect: The performer hands a spectator seven blank cards,one of which he is asked to take and write upon it the name of a dead person. Ke is then told to shuffle the seven oards and they are placed in an envelope, sealed up and the envelope initialed, whereupon the spectator may pocket it. Then seven more blank cards are shown and examined. These are sealed and the envelope initialed and held. The 'Death Plight' takes place when the performer causes the dead name card to travel from one envelope to the other. Upon opening the first only six oards are found, all blank, in the second envelope are found eight oards and the dead name card among them!

equirements; a packet of blank cards; a packet of small envelopes ill hold the oards neatly; a pencil.


Preparation; Place six blank cards in one of the envelopes, seal it and place it second from the top of the packet of envelopes, they all being flap side down. In the top envelope place a single blank card.

Operation; Count out seven cards and give them to a spectator. He seleots any one of them and writes upon it a dead name« Then have him mix them up with the writing side of the dead name card down. You have taken the top envelope from stack. Take, the cards, insert them in envelope (single blank card is already there) and hand envelope to him for sealing.As he does this pick up the stack and pencil. Take envelope back and place it on the top of the packet with flap side down. Ask his initials, turn the two top envelopes over as one and write his initials on back. Slide this envelope from packet and hand him to pocket. The spectator thinks he has his own envelope but really he has the one with six blank cards.

Hand the second spectator seven cards which he counts and examines. They are sealed by him in an envelope which you take, this time, from underneath the staok. Take the sealed envelope baok, placing it on the top like before. *sk this person's initials, turn over the top two as one and write them on the back. This envelope (containing eight cards and the dead name) is then given spectator also to pocket.

As far as you are concerned the trick is over except for the subsequent 'blarney' to build up the passage of the dead name. When the first envelope is opened only six blank carus are found. The second envelope is opened and found to contain eight oards and the dead jriame is there 1

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