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happen until early fall anyway so perhaps I'll have all the angles covered by then and can make a sensible decision.

Usually I find myself in the 'dog house' because of aberrations of character but for onoe I am on a literal spot and it isn't my fault. The February Sphinx carried a full page ad by Martin Sunshine regarding a so-called streamlined mental knockout entitled 'Miracle Tho't. ' My endorsement (?) was carried as one of three. I've received three 'kicks' about this lately and want to make clear that I sane-tlonad no endorsement because I was never given the secret and do not even know it at this writing (Apri; 15th). Martin described the effect to me a month before the ad broke and naturally I was skeptical but enthusiastic, ay last words as I left him were,"I'll lose sleep over this one. It's Impossible!" Jartln saw fit to use tills as an endorsement wnen he wrote the ad and it may be well that he did because the latest letter on hand reads, "Regarding what you sale about the trick - you're damned right!* If Martin will send me a copy as he promised but didn't I'll say what I think about it and not mince words, .¿¡artlr has been a good personal friend of mine and I know the amity will continue but I don't relish situation« like thi3 one.

On hand is the March issue of The Dragon and I read all about how to do the age and money trick that was In Jinx Number 4 for January. It is nice to know these lines are being read somewhere and I suppose credit shouldn't be grudged one who had the temerity to copy and submit it under his own name. Mr. Bech however, should be more careful with his editing. He receives the Jinx but evidently files it without perusal. Original effects and new angles have kept the circulation of this sheet mounting monthly and it isn't a bad policy. I hereby give permission and sanction to anybody who wishes to 'lift' and copy material contained in The Jinx. Sooner or later the misled customer will find out the source, and switching to our side of the fence will secure the same material that much sooner.

One of those things that Irk me no whit is to receive a subscription and not have a definite issue with which to start. When you send in a subscription please give the number of the issue you want first and everybody on the staff will wear a smile at being able to fill the order oorreotly.

Very Irksome too is a newspaper notice on hand with a statement by Thurston that he will finish John Northern H11 Hard's book. If he means finish it by writing a Foreword all well and good but otherwise there isn't a man living who could finish it without complete distortion. If I had any say (and I haven't) I'd publish it as written to the breaking off point, leave the rest of the pages blank up to the planned size, and let the reader realize who and what has been lost to the world of magic.

AN IMPROVEMENT A LA CARTE. (Annemann)

Historical Is the trick wherein tne spectator is apparently made to name a card placed face down by tne performer and in answer to his queries as to colors, suits and values. The main fault of course, is the constant variance in using or discarding the selection made each time. The layout I'm using for these presentations came to light through Vialter B. aibBon except for the handling of the third layout ol three which I think original. I Included it in my compilation of Forces but it is not a very good fore« method because it is a long way to go merely for a selection. It is much better used as a climax. Here are two ways of handling It as such.

First stack your deck from Ace to King of each suit throughout with the suits In known order from top.

The simpler this stack the better. False shuffle and cut deck if you can but It Isn't necessary. Tell the spectator you will prove his capability in making right selections and have him name any card In the dock. Now deal the cards face down, one at a time, into three piles. It is easy to follow the simple stack and thus know Into which pile his card falls. You also watch and thus know just now far down from the top the card lies at the finish. Ihe 52nd card is placed aside. Have the spectator pick up two piles. If he leaves the rlgnt pile behind tell him to place them aside with the odd card. If he includes the correct pile in his pick merely tell him to give you one of them. If he gives you the right one, tell him to lay the other ailde. If he gives you the wrong one toss it aside and say tnat you will use tne pile he seems to like best.

Give this packet of 17 cards a little mixing in a rough or haphazard way but contrive to have the named card ninth from the top. Knowing where it is makes this a simple matter. Seldom more than three or four cards need be shifted. Now deal the five face down rows as per Figure 1. The ninth card lands in the center. A free selection of any row of five is given. This is picked up a card onto the next and the other 12 discarded. These five are now dealt out as per Figure 2. The middle card of the five thus be-oomes the middle card of the second group. Now a fre« selection of either row of three is given. The two remaining cards are pushed aside and the last three arranged as per Figure 3. The 9ame finish is used as in the selection of the three first piles. And the spectator winds up by having picked out the card he named! From a mere reading of this, the performer oar hardly sense the feelings of a spectator when this happens.

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