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duced, for it's behind, bat from then on it is up to each Individual's prowess.

In the U.S.A. today there exists a feud between an association (ASCAP) of music composers and publishers and another association (BEI) of broadcasting company sponsored independents in the song writing field. At this writing the latter group has the edge on the "air" while the former has the edge on music of popular fancy. Herbert Hood, for long an associate of N.Y. music publishers, (and longer a silent associate of our best masters of subtlety) is on the side of ASCAP. Without taking a part we like his argument mentioning magic. Mr. Hood says that the best composers are with ASCAP and listening to music by outsiders (BL!I) is like watching an imitator of Cardini and other approved and accepted artists. You may have to watch the imitation, and, to a certain extent, he says, you will be entertained. However, he finishes, you will know that there is someone else who can do the same thing but give it that unknown something which keeps him always the superior. We aren't for ASCAP in marry ways, bat we approve heartily regarding magic because it is So true.

Dante continues on his way through our eastern states, garnering press space on and off stage often because of his ability, innumerable times because of his press agent's omnipotence in vulnerable territory, and sometime *s at the expense of his public relation's counsel.

Dante Socks PA, Who 'Slighted' Lead Femme, and Thus Hangs a Court Story

Philadelphia, Dec. 31.

Samuel Friedman, press agent for^ the 'Sim-Sala-Bim' show, yesterday! (Monday) swore out a warrant for! Dante, the magician, charging th« Danish sleight-of-hand artist with socking him in the jaw in the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton hotel here. Friedman said the one-sided battle happened on Friday night (27) and started when Dante accused the flack of 'slighting' Moi-Yo Miller, leading femme in the company, in his publicity.

According to Friedman, Dante accosted him in the Ritz lobby as he was posting a couple of letters and said, 'Well, Friedman, I see you got your notice" (earlier, Friedman had received his two weeks* notice from Rombat Van Reemsdyke, company manager). 'Now I'm going to make sure you're getting it', said Dante, and with this let loose with a right hook to Friedman's jaw, the flack said.

'I didn't want to hit him in return*, said Friedman, 'Dante is a man close to 60'. Since he was socked, Friedman said, he's been under the care of a physician. Friedman said the alleged 'slighting' of Miss Miller started after a 'kidding' remark he had made to her that he 'wouldn't get any more stories In the paper


about her', after she had refused to allow hfm to have a copy of the show's souvenir program.

'Dante asked me to apologize to her,' said Friedman. 'I went into h^r dressing room and started to explain and she flew off the handle. The next day she complained that her name was left out of the newspaper ads. As a matter of fact, we never mentioned her name except In the large weekend advertisements. It was then that Dante got sore and socked me.'

Dante said he 'wouldn't discuss' the incident. Van Reemsdyke said he Cave Friedman his notice on the grounds that he (Friedman) antagonized people. Friedman left Sunday for Pittsburgh and the assault and battery warrant was sworn out by his attorney, B. Nathaniel Richter.

Dante was arraigned last night (Mon.) before Magistrate Benjamin Schwartz on a body warrant charging assault and battery. He admitted that he had struck Friedman, but said the latter had cooked the battle up as a publicity stunt to plug 'the hand is quicker than, th* eye' angle. Friedman's attorney denied this and asked the magistrate to set $2,500 bail on Dante for a further hearing Saturday (4), when Friedman could be present. After some haggling bail was set at $300, which was provided by Miss Miller, cause of the fight in the first place.

Yesterday (Mon.) the ads carried Miss Miller's name.

Wednrsdajr, January 1, 1941

This press notice1 _

night well have been lost in the shuffle, despite the fact that it bears heavily upon a magus' public life rather than private. The little push that toppled it off the fence into here was the statements of a N.Y. 'er who, after Jinx No. 65 made its appearance, said that for $100 we ran in that issue a full page replica of the Variety ad announcing Dante's forthcoming return to America. For that much money we would have given him the entire six pages such a tremolo.

were our policy geared to

Ken Crossen, who let magic play a goodly part in his "Green Lama" yarns, found a baby boy at home on Dec. 26. Mrs. Crossen named the find Stephen Foster in honor of Ken's renowned ancestor. Papa's tall tales were published under the "nom de lama" of Richard Foster. --- As to literature we are swamped for reading time. Jean Hugard and Fred Braue have done a "must" book of 448 pages. It is titled "Expert Card Technique" and Carl Jones has published it with an eye towards the banishment of manuscripts and booklets about magic. 318 illustrations make an awful lot of tricks clear. If Jean, with his knowledge, plus Carl, with his paper and typography, keep this up, well ---. Bernard Zufall's

■To. 6 Memory Trix covers Facts and Figures. Complete and bound this modern treatment of memory will be an asset to those who desire a start-to-finish act of remembrance superlative. We may be out of order to suggest, but It can be a hope, that the last of the set be devoted to a routined performance from curtain to curtain with all essential patter themes outlined. Too many - much to many - in fact practically all magic books lay down trick after trick, and give no thought to the amateur who needs a suggested balanced program. Such buyers read and assimilate the material, certainly, but their time and performing occasions do not give them the opportunity of learfiing by trial and error, that greatest stepping stone to success of the professional. AUTHORS OF MAGICAL METHODS ARE DUTY BOUND TO OFFER A SUGGESTED PROGRAM FROM THE MATERIAL CONTAINED WITHIN THOSE COVERS. A writer of a magical work can't make much profit. The field is too small. I doubt if 15 copies would be sold were sales limited to full time professionals, and that figure is not kidding. AIT AUTHOR CAN NOT JUSTIFIABLY SELL IDEAS AND TRICKS UNLESS HE ACTUALLY HAS PERFORMED THEM, and then he should, in all fairness to customers, explain the presentation conditions. This procedure can be a "type precedent" for future magic works until such a time when all material sold will necessarily include information now sadly lacking. We still dislike public magic shops and easily obtainable secrets of an art which should be learned by apprenticeship or grueling self attainment. Only then can one value his knowledge and power for entertainment. Csaly then can a magician escape from the classification of mountebank.

The eulogy about De Voll's one man levitation, two issues ago caused rumbles. Freer's apparatus got plenty mention here. On trusted authority we have it that the former's outfit is usable anytime, anywhere, with no set up. Thq performer walks,dances,sits or stands at ease. Yet he can levitate an 150 lb. person. The same authority says that, while De Voll may-have heard of the effect, he didn't have details by sight or writing. At any rate, regardless of the priority outcome, make way for the circus sideshow-carnival expose of 1941! Witha "natural" such as this, for the tent platforms, the Headless Lady will be parked in a short basket next to the decayed corpse of the Sawed-In-Two woman. Banners will be repainted except forth line "See How It's Done For 5*.'« Tbe "magicians" will eat fish and chips for a season and then drin back to orange juice and crumpets awaiting fnL conception from someone who MUST wave his wonder before an avid and, for the moment, adulating coterie, when he ¿ould well enough, keep it for his private dates and build a reputation. Danninger is right. * ~

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