Alden Dillenback Magician

Tom Worthington, 3rd, mlmeo'd the 132nd issue of the Tablets of Osiris thi3 July, finish» ing 11 years of unremitting warfare against exposing and S.A.M. policies. Composer of over 30 meanings for the initials of that »oeiety, none of which are complementary, (high on our list is Some Are Magicians) this fire-breathing advocate of knowledge and ethics rounded out hi3 latest annum with a request of all magic clubs, to wit, "Be a lore your members are sincere and that they understand magic and are not joining simply to have their curiosity satisfied and to 'act smart' in company by telling how effects are performed. The man who does not know magic has no more right in a magic club than a layman in a medical club." Julian froskauer once wrote me asking why I paid any attention and publicized Tom and his Tablets, Why shouldn't one quote a person who thinks that way? Is he wrong? And if so, who says so?

Mr. Worthington takes me to task for my recent remark about revaluating the »111 Rock alias Thurston show on the grounds that Rock is trying hard. Tom's phobia regarding Thurston is as worthy as another's sacred beliefs in Kellar, but were it not for Rock keeping the Thurston name in big type, the oncoming generation would never hear of it. When Harry Jansen can get the ants out of his Dante and live up to the states' remembrance of Thurston, we'll be the first to yell for Rock to forget his play on words as the successor of the master. Rock did buy some of the Thurston illusions, so no one pan stop him from using that fact publicly. But Dante could answer all of this bickering by bringing out the show for one season and having Jane along with it to do a short bit and talk about dad with a finish to make clear that Dante is THE successor and worthy of the mantle.

U.F.Grant had his picture and "Amputation" illusion depicted in the July 29th issue of LIFE. Neither the name of the trick, the name of the manufacturer, nor the name of its inventor was mentioned but "Gen" looked exceptionally well since migrating to Colon and Abbottville, despite a negligence when it came to photographing his present pet. it might rather have been faked for the legit pic shows the mirror line, and is an on the record proof that reflection is used because of the gal's right hand thumb being in the wrong place. In performance this might not be noticed, but in print — doctor up those picturesj (Dear Percy: This should be one time when you can't use half a page of "Tops" headed by "Annemann is Wrong Again.")

Bruce Elliott told us a hot weather cure for those people who persist in looking, at some of your macric books. Hand them a copy of Keith Clark's Encyclopedia of oigarette Tricks, or Burling Hull's Billiard Ball Manipulation book, and sit back. They'll be cured. --- The #50 mss.

being mail advertised as burs* and yours for sp2 or $2.50, is a fakeroo. You've got all of that stuff in your back files of The Jinx, that is, if it is ours. -— When we wrote about the Fitz-kee road show folding in Denver, a letter came in from Dariel saying that we were wrong about a number of things. We got that info from a member of the troupe. Fitzkee informed us that all was oractleally well, but the ¿how blew its top again in Detroit on July 20th with the acts getting no money. Dariel then started reorganizing, at which duty he should now be an expert, and the last report was that the congregation, with new acts, was heading southward. In Detroit, against terrific opposition of musical shows, the

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magicians of that territory practically supported the production, paying off the stage hands only, who are better organized than magicians. One of these days someone will come along with a way to make make magic attractive and non-repetitive or boresome. He'll make a lot of money and have to listen to a lot of "wrongers" who will claim and sue. He'll have that 'something' the others didn't have, mainly the correct publicity outlook. Magicians are too smog and satisfied that they "know something" to ever wonder if th< people who pay, or should pay, may not give a damn, but Just want to be entertained. And past6 this in your top hat behind the rabbit - magicians have for too long neglected musical effects in their programs. There's always too much talky-walky and crappy-wappy without a lilt or a laugh. None of this is against anyone with the Pitzkee troupe. It's just that there is something tragically wrong, and the final answer must be that the show as a whole isn't structured correctly for the public, a magic show CANNOT have a director who knows anything about magic. Let that be our last word on the subject. If you're magically inclined, you're biased, and you Just can't kick out that nice fellow who makes an invisible pass, but hasn't got the right kind of act for the show as a whole.

Dept. of Corrections:- Ben Eckerson has instructed us that the "Oscar" puzzle in issue No. 100 was O.K., but the answer in No. 101 missed the boat. It seems to be 14.1372 sq. in. from the info on page 616, for the area of a circle is üi r square. Also, he savs. "Oscar" may be a semicircle or a hemicycle, but not a hemicircle.

Thank you sir, we stand with head bowed. --- The five and dime stores are selling a 'Marquette Spring Clip Binder1 for 25 cents that makes, so says P. H. tfeisbecker, a dandy file for Ihe Jinx.

The July Linking Ring is unusually interesting to us. Bobby V/eill is proud of I.B.M. plx making N.Y.'s new paper P.M. without revealing that George Lyon, editor, late of the Buffalo (N.Y.) Times, is a magical bloodhound and always is more than willing to read copy pertaining to magic and magicians. — Everette Morgan, of Hollywood Ring 21, acoops Tom Worthington ana ourselves by saying that Jim Parley, post-master general, is going to issue magic commemorative stamps. --- Alden Dillenback does his usual job on a couple of pages entitled -Has Houdini Broken Through?" The sage, Jeer and psychic of Chic-opee River knows a Springfield, Mass. theatrical bill poster who "sees and talks with" Houdini everytime a watch chain is handled. Ed saint is hereby paged to take care of the "wack" and buy up all loose copies of the article as collector's item3. --- Tom Bowyer has finally met »id

Lorraine and was informed that in B.J. (Before Jinx) there was a "conjuring weekly which ran successfully for a long time - Sterling's Magical World" "We wouldn't know," says Tom, whose idea of "long time" is 2 years, for that was how long the English journal ran. We're only 8 issues short of our 1st year right now. Ton also criticized our use of the Egolar Razor Blade Trick recently, recognizing the illustration. Not knowing German he couldn't realize that we had improvised our Instructions throughout, putting in several ideas of our own for the handling. We gave the Dr. credit uith a clear conscience for MAGIE had stolen, without credit, 5 of The Jinx tricks (four were ours) in two years. The rumor prevalent is that Bowyer, considering himself an authoratative reviewer, will start a monthly sheet on this order, and beat to the punch other publications using, at times, old but still good and otherwise buried material. And after admitting that the only other weekly (1915) was unknown to himJ

V think It was Ralph W. Hull who suddenly made * popular, with his "Mental Discernment" of a decade ago, the feat of locating a mentally thot of card by a system of procedure not easily recognized by the thinker.

There were many who used this Idea, because It made possible a dream of card men. As time went on, though, and as '-vlth all things, there came a demand for a more simplified way of handling the cards and the method of "discernment".

Borrowing a paok of cards the performer has them well shuffled by anyone of the audience. Six cards are selected from various parts of the pack In any manner desired, and they are openly fanned In the performer's hand. The spectator assisting thinks of any ONE card. The fan of six Is replaced on top of the pack and a cut is made. After a series of shuffles and cuts the thought of card is produced in a surprising manner.

The six cards which were selected are held in the right hand while the remaining pack is in the left. All cards are face down. Mow the performer fans the six cards without exposing the faces. It is an easy matter to crimp slightly the right bottom corner of the third card from the right end of the fan, accomplishing it with the right fore-finger.

The fan is then exhibited with faces towards the spectator. He thinks of one, and this man-euvre also allows the performer to glance at them and remember the first and fourth cards (right to left) as future locator cards. Then the fan Is replaced on the deck's top.

The speetator now cuts the pack, which action moves the six cards near to the middle. And now the performer outs the pack himself, doIn so at the crimp, including the crimped card. It puts three of the six cards on the bottom and three onto the top of the pack. Then he dovetail shuffles the pack a time or so taking care that the top and bottom stocks are not disturbed. Then the deck is squared and the following cuts are made, they being very Important:- extract from the center of the pack about one-third of the cards (17) and plaoe these on top; from the bottom of the paok remove about one-third of the cards (17) and plaoe these also on top. These cuts divide the six cards at each third of the pack.

Looking at the person who merely thought of one card at the start, you remark, "It Is possible that you have forgotten or will forget the card you thought of previously, so, to refresh your memory, I'll pass the cards in front of you, one by one, and when you see your oard once more you will have a better Impression of It in your mind." The remark serves as a good excuse for the fanning of the pack, uselng both hands to spread it from hand to hand before the eyes of the subject with the result that after going through about half of the cards,and a seemingly Innocent query as' to whetheror not he has taken his second impression, his reply serves to inform you whether his oard is in the first half, or remains to be seen in the last half. This is all the Information you need.

After this phase you openly look through the deok, finding one or the other locator card, it depending upon which half of the pack contains the thought of oard. The pack is cut so that these three are left on top.

Remembering these cards should not be difficult when you look the spectator in the eye and say, "Are you thinking of your oardT" The answer, will, of course, be in the affirmative. "Please think of that card as a picture only and to make it more difficult, as well as convincing, I shall place them all behind ay baek and through sense of touch finish my quest."

Put the deck behind yourbaok, place one of the top cards on the bottom, put the second card face up near the center and state, dramatically, "I have found your card and placed It within easy reach. If you will be so kind as to name it for everyone to hear, I shall produce It." The deck Is brought Into view and laid on the table, or onto the spectator's open hand.

The result is very dear. If on top, the spectator is asked to turn It over. If on the bottom, he Is told to turn "the pack" over. If the last (original second of that group) he la told to fan the deck whereupon his oard stares him In the face.

Of course, there are other ways of producing the card named, depending upon the Individual performer's Ingenuity, but I consider the foregoing the sing>lest and most direct way of climaxing a most mystifying and satisfying way the finding of a thought of oard.

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clan remarks that luck; chance; or fate; call it what you will, has an effect on everyone's life. Na poleon had his lucky star; Lincoln his lucky chestnut; and Rocke feller his lucky dimes. All of us have our lucky days; fortunate colors; lucky numbers, eto.

To illustrate, performer relates story of a kindly Witch named Titub lived in Salem, years ago. This

the the old who Mass. many old lady told fortunes; found lost artloles; and helped the poor people with their troubles and problems by Invoking the powers of the spirits. The wise old woman would wrap some horse hair, or bat's wings, or even lead-pencil shavings in a square of tissue paper on which she had written the lucky numbers, then put the paokage on the roof until a great storm arose. Then as soon as the lightning did flash, she would open the paokage that she used as a talisman and on the inside would be some "sign" by which the witch could tell the good fortune of the person who had sought her magic


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