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this week,the event happening only once thru the four month period put in as a neo-phytlc railway mail clerk back what seems ages ago. Both pieces of mail were from subscribers who suddenly took umbrage at our too occasional unerudite garbling of the engllsh language within these pages, specifically on this one. We can imagine this being true in the summer time, for, to look up a prospective verb, the window must be allowed to drop, and it has been awfully, awfully hot of late. One writer kindly offered to proof read our sheet, but that Isn't feasible because of the process used. The typing is done, sheets pasted together in what seems to be an endless strip, all is attached to layout boards In a manner most misleading and at times discouraging, and the entire mess of coordinated verbiage photographed with a prayer. Our typing is of the "hunt and punch-' school,the lines kept straight loften) with a tee square and drawing Instruments rescued from the home attic where mother packed them away the year we were born, 1907. Because of that, and our penchant for just getting by deadlines, proofreading by others is out of the question, we try to check up on errors and slips of speech but generally make them worse. But please don't ever hesitate to advise us on how we might make the sheet better in contents first, and appearance second.

The Democratic National Convention in Chicago is over. During the states' roll call for vice-prexy nominations, a loud insistent-upon-rights voice made the Ohio delegates' microphone rattle carboniferous demands for justice and equality of men. Ohio had long been passed but Francis "Constitution" Durbin had his day and beefed his way to the platform where, according to the New York Post, he "after considerable effort, removed his coat, and had a grand time for himself nominating just about everyone." "Uncle Bill" Durbin, the late prexy of the X.B.M., must have smiled without coercion and viewed with some alarm from his place in the valhalla of good party men. "Uncle Bill',' whose staunch adherance to democratic creeds finally made him Registrar of the x'reasury, once pulled the right string which rung the jack-pot and a goodly portion of the Ohio state militia marched in the opening day I.B.M. Convention parade! Son Francis used to be official attorney for the society, but is now doing a good job of insisting himself right Into a nondescript and non-elective spot by bellowing for his rights.

One of our steadies has written a question which might be of interest to more. "What do you think the best book for answering questions in a mental act such as -'Calostro" or any otheri" First find out if you, or your assistant CAN answer any question glibly. A wily witness on the witness stand will, nine out of ten times, make a good question answerer. It's a gift of soothing backtalk from one who can't be cornered by any query into saying definitely, "I don't know." Vie all have acquaintances of that type. Collect and make a scrapbook of daily paper lovelorn questions and answers. They'll give you an insight on the most brought up query of all. Next have one or two friends write twenty or thirty questions on paper slips. When alone, pick up

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one and try to answer it quickly and in a confident and assured manner. If you are satisfied by now that you can do the work, buy Burling Hull's book, Robert Nelson's work, and the mss. by George DeLawrence. They'll teach you the final tricks, evasions, and subterfuges of the showmen.

Why learn complicated sleights and routines of the labyrinth tyf>e. They don't seem necessary to us, this morning, in order to become known as a magician. Joe Fairman (N.Y.C.) just won space in all local papers, not for the "clever little tricks and illusions" with which he was entertaining bar friends, but because, when balancing a spoon on his nose (quite often seen at bars), it disappeared. No one believed he'd swallowed it, despite his green face and juggling eyeballs for magi are considered notorious liars. Ambulance plus hospital plus x-rays showed the sugar dispenser safely enconced in the stomach. The surgeon told him to go home and calmly await a stirring event. Whereupon the presses spewed forth ink galore, all headlines within our ken featuring the word "MAGICIAN."

Brunei White's London column informs, via Mr. Sigurd Nathan, a good friend of Dante's, that the Sim aala Bim show is straining at the lea3h for an autumn tour. From Brooklyn, NrY. to London and back to us has come the rumor (B.W. hopes it isn't a lying Jade) which is almost as bad as Fulton Oursler's trouble when a hurricane isolated his Massachusettes headquarters. The editor of Liberty mag could only contact his N.Y.C. offices by establishing contact with England and back again. The last we heard of Dante he planned erecting magic-university buildings upon his Cal. ranch lands and was conceiving a master curriculum for embryonic magi and illusionists. Perhaps the rumored tour might serve as a good publicity venture. However, like the story of the pleasure mad gent who, after a wild and ecstatic ride upon a merry-go-'round, dismounted to hear his disgruntled wife's remark, "Now that you've spent your money, where have you been?™, we are reminded of Bert Kalmar's query, "Now that you've matriculated and have your diploma as an Illusionist, where are you going?"

A funny fact is what a N.T. magic dealer demands of an obnoxious and secret-mongering so-called magician about town. Let the trap-door werewolf but enter his place and the proprietor asks for and gets $S, saying, "Now you can have an hour of my time, you buy-nothingerJ"---The thoughts of Richard Himber, orchestra maestro de-luxe and magician de-crutch have reached a new dry since he acquired the Abbott Arm Amputation and filled the middle section with sawdust. Like "The Girl rfithout a Middle" part of the forearm disappears,but Himber, a bit baton-batty, opens that section to let the audience see wood filings dribble forth. Some may like this variation and some may not, but it is nice to find an original magician who uses his head.

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Unfound in magical literature until now:- Gilbert, of Gilbert Sc Sullivan (who wrote the nonswing version of 'I3ie Mikado), was a sleight-of-hand enthusiast who climaxed his learning when he met and connived with Houdini on the latter'« first trip to England. Gilbert then excelled in pure dextrous rope maneuvres agd escapes.

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Throughout the yeor3, two person mental effects, in which the medium leaves the room while certain things are done (in the presence of the performer) to return later (after performer has absented himself) and reveal what has taken place, have not been varied much insofar as the general theme is concerned. In an effort to provide a routine, which is different in effect, and, at the same time, have it appear absolutely devoid of any possible opportunity for the employment of trickery, the following has been evolved.

Accompanied by a committee of one, the medium is escorted to another room. &s soon as she Is gone, the performer explains that a game of murder Is to be played. The assembled group is allowed to select from Its members the "victim" and the "murderer" and finally the manner in which the former is to meet his or her end. This being done the two chosen individuals enact the murder and then assume the same positions occupied at the time of the medium's departure. To make this playlet a trifle more realistic, the performer explains that at the time of the murder the "victim" is seated in his or her home, playing solitaire and is about to lay a card on the table when the foul deed Is done.To determine the name of the card Ijeld In the ''victim's" hand, the performer borrows a deck of cards and has one selected, noted and returned to the pack by the "corpus delicti", Its name being held secret by that person. As a badge of his profession, the performer presents to the "murderer" the Ace of spades, re

cognised universally as "the death card", v;lth the request that it be placed in that individual's pocket out of sight. The remainder of the cards are Riven to a spectator to secrete on his person and the performer, without further ado, is escorted from the room under the watchful eye of a committee.

The medium is immediately recalled. He or she walks about the room finally stopping before the "corpse" and speaking as follows:

"Alas! Poor Yoriok, I knew him well! Remarkably life-like in appearance but I see rigor mortis has already set in. Hm-m-m. Stabbed (or whatever the method employed was) while playing solitaire. I think I'll take a look at these cards. (Business of picking up imaginary cards from Imaginary table and looking through them.) Just as I thought!"

At this point medium moves directly to the "murderer" and accuses him of being the guilty one.

"when you killed _

____ (victim's name), you thought you had committed the perfect crime, when you stabbed him (or her) he was about to play the Jack of spades (name of card chosen by victim), Unable to accuse you in the flesh, his ghost carried that very card Into your pocket. Look for yourself. Seel It points a silent finger of guilt?

Prom the above descriptions, It should be clear that the medium finds first the "corpse", discovers method of the killing and then locates the "killer" who finds that his badge, the Ace of Spades, has disappeared and in its place is the card selected by the "victim" to be the card held In his or her hand at the time death struck.

How does the medium learn all theae things? First of all, he or she discovers the "victim" and the "murderer" because the performer has dropped a short length of thread, less than 3/4 in. long, on each of their shoulders, when he escorts them to the center of the room to enact the "killing". The thread appearing on the "killer's" shoulder will always be white in color, while the other length may be any one of several colors for it denotes, not only the "victim" but also the type of violent death suffered.

To conform with the story of the "victim" playing solitaire at the time of death, there are only four methods of murdering that could be employed, namely shooting, stabbing, choking and beating. The performer, therefore, will need four different oolored threads easily accessible. He oan prepare by taking a long length of each thread in turn, placing a needle on it, piercing the outside of one of the vest pockets, tying several knots (overlapping) in the end remaining outside and, with the knotted end pulled tight against the pocket, clipping off the thread inside pocket to the desired length. Arranged thus, any one of the four threads oan be quickly procured by grasping the knotted end between the forefinger «¿d thumb and pulling slightly, ¿he white thread, which will always be needed, may be arranged In a similar fashion on the other pocket, if desired.

The actual presentation Is simple. After explaining what is to be done, the spectators select the manlier In which the "victim" shall meet his or her death. This gives the performer ample time to secure the correct thread for conveying the Information, thread being held between thumb and forefinger of right hand. As soon as the "victiih" Is chosen, performer asks him or * her to come to the center of the room, grasping the person's shoulder In a friendly fashion and dropping the thread with sort of a slight rubbing motion which makes it adhere to the cloth. The same procedure follows with the "murderer". After enactment of the crime, the performer forces a card, the name of which was previously agreed upon by the performer and medium. How the performer goea to the "murderer", locates the Ace of Spades and brings it to the face of the pack Just above the chosen card. Two means of switching the cards are available. The performer can either do a two card lift, turning both pack and double card and laying the latter momentarily on the face down pack, after which It is plaoed in the "murderer's" pocket or he can execute the "glide" which seems to be the cleaner of the two methods.

After that, it is largely up to the showmanship of the medium, «hen he or she returns, a circle of the room Is made, with much peering into faces, feeling of pulses, etc. which gives plenty of opportunity to locate the two necessary persons and determine cause of death. The rest of the factors are known as easily.

as an alternative and possibly better place to keep the threads until needed, may I suggest edge of coat sleeve on the side nearest body. All that would be visible from any ang],e would be the small knots, the balance of the threads being between outside cloth and lining. The opposite finger and thumb could, without ostentation, remove those desired.

The medium could return effectively wearing a typical Holnies' cap, bulldog pipe and umbrella.

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Several methods for doing similar effects as given here have been Invented, but my ideas will be found to give maximum effect for the lea3t trouble. No memory systems are Involved, neither are there complicated formulae or procedures to drive the magus to distraction.

The effect is simply this: A spectator is allowed to remove a card from the pack. The performer, running through the cards but once, proceeds to mentally eliminate all the cards but the one held by the spectator, thus naming it. There Is a popular belief among the masses that certain gifted people are able to do It genuinely, altho' the following methods deal exclusively with duplicating the feat thru trickery.

ONE: The deck is set up In Si atebblns or Eight King fashion. After a false shuffle the deck is fanned for selection. The cards are cut at the point of removal so that the one Just above the chosen card goes to the bottom. The deck Is given several genuine riffle shuffles keeping that key card on bottom. The set-up is destroyed. Explaining that 51 cards remain, the performer says that he intends running through the cards once and eliminate all but the missing one. He then deals them singly into a face up pile, and, upon seeing the last one, counts one ahead in the system and names the oard.

TWO: The first method can be enhanced by allowing three or four oards to be selected, as each choice Is made, the card above it is slipped to the bottom by the side slip or any other method. Two or three dovetail shuffles destroy all order but leave the key cards on bottom. After running through the deck once, all missing oards are named for the indicators are staring the performer In the face from the face up top of the pile dealt.

THRBB: This is my favorite method for It is very convincing and, Importantly, impromptu. In one or two preliminary shuffles while explalng what he will attempt, the performer sights the three bottom cards. These are cut to the center of the pack and the cards fanned for selection. It is not at all difficult to have one of these three taken, a much easier feat than forcing a single card. Let us suppose the three sighted cards are the 5D, the 6H, and the QS. The spectator takes the middle card of the three, we'll say, and the performer knows at once that it is the 6H. The remaining two previously sighted cards are now cut to the bottom. Now, with a show of concentration the performer runs through the deck, from top to bottom, turning up the oards one at a time into a pile. As he comes to the last few cards he slows down, and stops when he has the last two cards face down on his left palm. He deliberates a moment and then announces, "I have seen every card in the deck except the five of diamonds, the six of hearts, and the queen of spades." Turning over the last two cards he goes on, "Here's the five of diamonds and the queen of spades; the six of hearts is the only card I have not seen 30 that must be the one you have". The spectator turns his card and proves the performer correet.

Please bear in mind that these awfully simple method duplicate exactly, in the minds of those watching and taking part, the-feats which heretofore have taken much study and concentration on the part of the performer. And the audience doesn't have to be extremely quiet.

u.f.6ranfs tomato cocktail

Combining comedy, mystery, and surprise, this effect is severely practical for it can be worked tinder all conditions, even when the performer is entirely surrounded by the audience. It is especially good for nite club workers.

A tomato Is tossed by the performer Into the audience (Vowl That's news! Ed.) and after a thorough examination it is returned to the performer. (That's more like It. 1st Vise Bd.) A cocktail cup is next shown empty and left In full view. Hie wonder worker then places the tomato in a small paper bag and with a pass and double pass causes it to travel into the cocktail cup. Nothing remains in the bag except a. few pieces of tomato skin. And from the oup is poured — tomato Juice.

acquirements and Preparation: - (A) A Grant Cocktail Cup. This container, built on an Improved lota bowl principle can be shown empty at will and, after setting for several minutes, made to produce a large glass of liquid. In this instance, tomato juice. (B) Two brown paper bags. Prom the top of one bag cut off about 2 Inches and Insert short bag Inside other, Paste the top edges together along front and sides,' leaving remaining side open. If a tomato is placed Into beg via this opening it drops down and remains concealed between the bottoms of the two bags, before starting, a few pieces of a bursted (red) balloon are placed Inside the smaller bag, this looking exactly like portions of tomato skin. (C) A nice red tomato, and a tall glass.

Patter: - (1) I am always looking for new 1-deas In magic, and here you see the fruits of ray search. I need someone to examine the tomato and satisfy theirself that it's quite solid and juicy. Just pass it to several people near you to

Pasted make sure it is innocent and never grew for such an event as that about to take place.

(2) At this time I would like to Introduce an empty cocktail cup, or shaker. It once was the property of a well known American millionaire, Mr. Woolworth. (3) We shall leave it over here for the time being. The whole idea is to make the tomato leave this bag, (4) travel through the air, and down into the empty cup making it do so Invisibly without the aid of a taxi or subway. When I count three, the tomato disappears. a Scotchman on Tâg Day. One..two..three..and the tomato is gone. That's funny. Look at this. We must have scared the tomato out of its skin. (5) There's only one possible answer, though. Half of the trick worked, for over here is the missing tomato. Hîçs anybody some ice?

tomato Explanatory Moves: - (1) The tomato is tossed out for inspection and returned as quickly as possible. (2) The cocktail cup is shown conveniently empty with the right hand. (3) As the cup Is put on table away from everything the paper bag is taken and you walk away. (4) The tomato Is placed in bag via special opening and later the mystic pass is made. The bag is tipped and red balloon pieces fall into palm of hand. (5) Smartly walk to table, put bag down, pick up cup in right hand and take glass in left — "missing tomato" —and the tomato juice is bartenderly poured from the cup into the glas3. There are other ways to produce juice from an empty container, but I'm biased enough to think my Cup the most practical.


If YOU conceive of a good, self-contained effect as did AL BAKES with his SALT TRICK, you may expe"ct the pirates and idea thieves to immediately flood the dealers' shelves at a out price for inferior material. Only a few dealers accept such wares and knowingly retail them. Burling Hull,no stranger to magic buyers, advertised to dealers that he had 2 dozen of the salt-cellars, advising that they had been purchased from a defunct depot. At a cut rate wholesale price he supplied a gadget MINUS two extremely essential requi

THE JINX Libel Dept. is open for personal acceptance of all legal papers from 3 to 9 A.M. Visitors will be graciously shown our JIHX heading with both cat-mascots behind bars and wearing striped clothes ready for all eventualities.

THE SALT Tfilßfr sites and subtle features. Prank Lane, who, for many years has known Hull's temperament and penchant for helping all mankind, purchased the inferior gadgets and, as shown below, advertised that he had about 801 Prank Lane bought TWO from Baker, and, being very busy trying to write his "Funny Talk" bulletin, the first issue of which was called "Cheap Talk", just didn't have time to notice the difference in merchandise supplied by Hull and Baker. Mr. Lane, having mailed a good many such cards, now says he will make the ■orice £1.50, still being too busy, naturally, to reflect upon the ethics of selling the inferior make at the same price as the original, while accidentally making more profit (200$) because of his "fortunate BUY". The A1 Baker Bait irick retails for $1.50 ffromyour dealer, or direct from 322 - 88th St., Brooklyn, N.Y. Demand one with removable top and extra gimmick.

THE SALT Tfilßfr

Yes, it's the same salt trick now being advertised by everyone for

50. We made a fortunate BUY and have about BO. We will sell them at a saving to you of 40^. Get YOURS NOW, if you haven't got it. It's GOOD and furthermore we will send you LANE'S PATTER for it with Aug. Funny Talk FREE FRANK LANE AND CO.

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