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.e are still trying to dig up Nos. 61-62-63 - - for those subscribers who came in a bit after the curtain went up. For all returned we'll duplicate with any issue or advance subscription lists accordingly. --- Now that Dante has started westward we got to musing over the meaning of the "Dante" and "Danton" billings, that is, how they directly apply to a magician. Dante is the first name of Dante Aligihiri who wrote "Inferno" (Hell) and "Paridiso" (Heaven). Of course, one might use the titles and bill the show "Dante presents '?rom Hell to Heaven' with Okra, the Mystery Girl." We get that way because after a full evening send off with Dante's party we couldn't get close to the meaning of "Sim-Sala-Bim." As for Danton, the only one in history was Robespierre's successor in the French revolution — and that, incidentally was his surname. Warlock would be a good magical stage name for a professional. It's one of the oldest in British history and is a generative tern meaning "wizard." And to come close to home we'll suggest "STIAMAN." (pronounce shay-man) Shaman is an American magician's name for it's the Indian equivalent of "medicine man."

Meet The Ghost! On the newsstands right now is a ten cent pulp mag "The Ghost." The first issue introduces a detective-magician and vice versa. The writer (we'll have the real name in a week or so) knows quite a bit about magic as many of the lesser known (to the public) gadgets are of valuable use to the crime buster. Even "Topit" is a handy accessory to catch the gun and flashlight on the run. And how that fellow can sleeve his protective knifei —- Dunninger actually has a working model with scenery et al, of his vanishing battleship. Three trips to Washington to date, with active cooperation of Capt. Marlin Blaine, of His Majesty's Colonial Engineers, lifts the idea into the practicability class or into the super streamlined publicity division. --- John Neuman, now about 80

years of age, has returned to this country when everybody for years has thought him dead. Shades of Charlier! Neuman is a muscle reader par ex-cellar.ce and in the late nineties was tops with his work. He took the Nov. S.A.M. members by storm and those, who didn't know of him nor who didn't know their history could say little more than "plants" and "confederates." the "locations" were that fast and certain. We'll have more information in a coming issue.

Is it true that the N.y.Rainbow Room top exec John Roy uses astrology to determine "in" or "out" of the performers working there? —On Armistice Day, just passed, an interesting article appeared on the "strange quirk" of the mind that "governed" the final choice of America's Unknown Soldier. Dr. L. Vaughn, Prof, of Psychology at Boston University, related how, from four battlefields, four unknown dead were put in a rov- for a fin«} selection. Hero Sergeant Younger made this choice, third from the left, and the Professor says all others present, if allowed to choose, might well have done the same. To explain the oddity which results in the frequent choice of the number 3, he continued that when a selection of four numbers or objects is offered, the human tendency to pick an odd number causes the elimination of two and four, or the second and fourth objects. One and three remain, but the first is so obvious that in the choice of the Unknown Soldier, he said, with all the caskets presenting the same appearance, it was reasonably certain that the Sergeant would select the third from the left, or number 3. The new detail which I have never seal in magical literature is the point that "there is a general tendency to pick an odd number in any sequence."

Sid Lorraine has just produced "A Magician In The House" Unlike usual trick books, this is a complete routined magical monologue with effects interspersed. Patter, preparation, tricks, and even a price list of the apparatus makes is a valuable asset to anyone who wants a five year tested act complete by a write» whan we have always admired for true witticisms and originality. — We heartily endorse that west coast suggestion that a deluge of letters be sent Mr. Joseph I. Breen - Motion Fictures Producers & Distributors Ass'n - 5504 Hollywood Rlvd, Hollywood, California, and emphasis put On the fact that an expose of secret methods in use by magicians is of definite harm. We also ask that you offset the Wanger statement that we should invent new ones by also emphasizing that any exposure tends to lessen the public's respect for tricks and magic. Once the people in front are saturated with the knowledge that all tricks are too simple for words they don't get much of a kick out of later ones or give the performer any credit for skill. And also don't forget that magic is based on not too many principles of deception. If those principles are kicked around a la Wanger, how will it be possible to work out new effects?

valued at <100.000.

Blast Kills 11 On British Ship; Convicts Saved

Victim« of Disaster Mostly Children— 9 Asiatics Missing

SINGAPORE, Nov. 13,—The British liner Sirdhana, 7745 tons, was sunk by & mine today, killing 11 passengers, mostly children. Nine Asiatics were listed as missing. The explosion occurred off the Singapore waterfront. The vessel sank within 13 minutes.

American survivors included Edwin Oaillard of Mt. Kisco, N. Y„ and his wife, and Nicola, magician of Monmouth, 111., who lost equipment he m valued at <100.000.

ico I a Once MIS Elephant Disappear

Bdwln Oaillard, 33. and his wile, the former Lucy Robert«, of Richmond, Va., are members of the Nl-oola troupe. His mother. Mrs. Sdwln W. Oaillard, lives at 39 Prospect St.. Mt. Klsoo. The Nicola company left California six months ago on tour.

Nicola's moet famous trick Is to make an elephant disappear. He ■once took an elephant to City Hall, but before he had made It disappear John P. O'Brien, then Mayor, van-laoed. He had slipped out a side door.

Nicola Is William Nicol. He is 3».

Singapore Is the most important British naval base in the Par East. Alter recent conferences among high British and French military and naval officials the Singapore defenses were strengthened. Additional troops also were moved Into the area.

The base can shelter the entire British« fleet If necessary and Its largest ships can refuel there. Singapore commands the Indian Ocean.

All Memberi of Troupe Reported Rescued

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13. —Kenneth s. Patton. American Consul'

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Talk of exposures reminds us that a friend lately told us a simple but overlooked fact. Exposes are invariably better written, described, and pictured than in the magic books themselves. He is assiduously collecting all such paper and magazine revelations, mouting them and binding them for what he says will be the greatest and most beautiful book of magic ever produced.---The other mags and reviewers have done a nice job on Eddie Clever's "Entertaining Children With Magic V,e just want to say that Brunei White of England has carried almost two columns of praise for Eddie and his writings in the World's Fair mag. The book must be worthwhile. --- C.T., Unknown, and Fhantom, are beginning to get "boo.'" from other readers and writers. It does strike us as a childish way to dish dirt. So "BooJBooJ"

General at Singapore, reported to the Stat« Department today that 10 American passengers on the Slrdr hana were safe and uninjured. Ail were members of the Nicola troupe.

They were listed as Mr. and Mrs. William Nicol, Monmouth, 111.; Mr and Mrs. Charles Classen, Rochester; Mr. and Mrs. Edward Oaillard. Mount Kisco, N. Y.; Charles C. Vance, Peoria, 111.; Miss «Cary Elisabeth Camp, Brooklyn, 111., and Mr. and Mis. A. Cockelberg, Chicago.


WHIM OF TITUBA (continued from page 463)

the parts together as you read it here and, while deploring- the incident, give thanks to history for the patter scheme.

To prepare for Tituba's coning: Have three magazines or books of a decidedly different appearance. From one tear very roughly and jag-gedly (leaving at least an inch wide piece behind in the book) a page in the 50's or 60's. At that spot leave a blank piece of paper. Pile the three books up with the prepared one in the center.

Have three stacks of envelopes, Call the smallest size 1, then 2 and 3. 1 and 3 piles are ordinary and unprepared. The top envelope of pile 2 (flaps up) has its flap entirely cut away. Then the flap of the next envelope under it overlaps the top envelope and everything appears right. Fold the torn out page, not nicely, but at angles, until it fits into the smallest envelope. Seal it and place this inside the second envelope of pile 2 whose flap overlaps the top flapless one. Then, on the face side of this second envelope which now contains the sealed page, scrawl the page's number and Tituba's name. A duplicate piece of blank paper and a pencil completes the set-up.

Lay the three books in a row with the faked one in the center. A spectator steps up and you ask him to give you two of them. Seldom will he give you the two end ones but when it does happen, toss them aside and tell him to hold the other. When the faked book is among the two given you, immediately say, "Nov/ take one back." If he takes the faked one, say, "Hold it for a few minutes. If he takes the other, you hold up the faked one, saying, "One book out of three. Put the others aside and watch this one carefully." The whole thing must be done quickly and without hesitation or stalling.

The No. 1 stack of envelope is picked up in the left hand with flaps upwards and to the right. The top one is taken off and given a person to blow in. Then he is given the piece of paper to seal. During this you lay down the first pile and pick up the No. 2 pile in the same manner. Take back the sealed envelope in the right hand and apparently put it into the top envelope. The audience sees the flap lift up but it's really the second envelope's flap and the sealed envelope goes into the top flapless envelope. Grasping the opened flap the right hand pulls the envelope away from the pile. You swing to the right as this is done and left hand lays its pile on the table. The face side of this envelope is kept down and with a moistened finger you seal the flap and hold it for the spectator to sign across the flap side.

Pick up the No. 3 pile and slide the envelope into the top one of the pile. Hand it to spectator for sealing. Then take it back for the addition part. Each of six or seven people whisper figures from 1 through 9 to you as you approach them. You write them on the face side of the envelope in a column. However, you add them as you go along keeping the total after each figure in your mind. V/hen the total reaches less than 9 from the page number you want to force, stop. Say that will have them added up and at the sane time make a flourish of drawing the line beneath. However, you have just added another figure before that, a figure that brings the total to the page number desired. Simple as it is, the subtlety hasn't found its equal for simplicity in 32 years. ^

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This is one of those seemingly impromptu effects which can, in the hands of a capable performer, rival the famed and classical ring on the wand trick which has been in the repertoire of the world's best known sleight-of-hand artists.

The performer shows a knotted loop of cord or narrow silk ribbon upon which a finger ring is already strung. A spectator unties the knots and removes the ring. Then he reties the ends of the cord or ribbon, but without the ring which he hands to the performer. The spectator holds the knotted ends of the cord and almost instantly the ring is caused to pass back upon the cord. Everything is left with the spectator.

The cord or ribbon is from 2 to 3 yards in length. Secure two fingers rings, exactly alike, which have a stone setting and which fit loosely over your third finger. String both of these on the cord and tie knots to form a loop.

When the cord is displayed with a ring hanging on it the other ring is being worn on the third finger of the right hand with the stone turned inside towards palm. The fingers are kept curled. You hold the loop before you in both hands with the knots uppermost and the loop downward with ring hanging on it. The cord passes through the ring worn on the,right hand, which, from back of hand, appears plain and attracts no attention.

The knots are untied ana the spectator removes the ring from the left (your left) end of tne cord. You take it in your left fingers and ask him to retie the knots.

Nov.- there are several ways a performer may finish the effect. It can be done without covering by slipping out of the ring you are wearing and putting in its place the one given you, of course, with the stone turned inside hand. It is a bold move but the length of the loop plus the misdirection of the spectator tieing the knots makes it possible. The alternative is to have someone throw a handkerchief or napkin over the hands for the operation. The effect is exceptionally good for night club table work because it requires so little preparation and no "refills" or bulky apparatus.

(Note by Annemann: Why not have a long loop and while spectator holds reknotted ends put the loop over your head, turn your back, get the ring on and then turn around?)

The trick is done but for the histrionics. I recommend that it be presented without any fussing around or any attempt to justify your actions other than a simple detailing of what you are doing. The time for the audience to think is when you find the page gone, give them the patter and rake Tituba over the coals, and then wind things up with the discovered page plus the plaint that you're sorry.'Just impress them that you are embarrassed by failure and go into your next item as if you are sure this will work and make up for the one which just went wrong. You'll find out that they'll remember Tituba longer, sometimes longer than they'll remember you.

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