Miraskill

b STEWART JAMES

Imnediataly the performer tails another spectator to gather together tha cards and shuffle them thoroughly. Ha writes a prophaoy on tha sacond pieces of paper AND THEN ASKS spaotator which color ha wants for himself, tailing him to place pairs of that color in front of himself, pairs of tha other color In front of tha performer, and pairs of mix ad colors to tha aide. Again the cards ara separated and again the two piles ara counted. Tha prophecy, this time, reads, "We will both have tha same number of oards this time." AND EVERYTHING MAY BE EXAMINED AS THERE IS NO TRICKERY TO FIND.

This trick practically works itsalf. It la based on the actuality that, if a full deck of 52 oards be so separated after a genuina mixing, tha red and black piles will always contain an equal number of carda. There la no way of tailing EXACTLY HOW MANY will ba In aaoh pile, but they positively will ba tha same. Bafora starting, or during another effect, staal four oards of one color from tha deok. We shall say rod. By stealing four carda of a color you unbalance tha deck ao that the red pile will ba four oards laaa than the black when finished. If you staal four black oards, tha black pila will ba four less than tha rad. You can also staal two or six oards of a oolor and tha pile of that color will be two or six laaa, but four la about right. Don't aak me why it works. It does. Put these four stolen oarda facing tha body in right trousar pockat.

Now have the deck shuffled. Aak first spaotator which color he prefers. Than write tha prophaoy to fit. If ha wants tha 'short' color, write that his pile will have four laaa than yours. If ha ohoosea the other oolor, write that ha will have four mora than yours. Now explain how ha Is to separate tha oarda and let him go ahead. Tha outcome will ba as you have prophesied. About half way through the oards you drop your hand to pocket and palm the four stolen oards. All eyes and attention being on the two piles, you carelessly ~c -

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A Now York subscriber had to buy an extra copy of No. 23 for August when his dog chewed up the original copy. That's what I call a hound for magic. --- Mogul, at the N.Y. Paramount lounge, is pulling ticket buyers who do not bother with the show, according to a trade journal. Hia question answering, via Jinx No. 6, seems to have people buffaloed, and no wonder, because it's really good, --- Mickey

MacDougal is a card detective according to tne August 8th Liberty. He risks his life, exposing cheaters at bridge, as often as does a police detective who Is running down other types of criminals. This is an excellently written description with illustrations of the bridge cheating method in one of Prank Lane's last manuscripts. -— When the London stage hit "White Horse Inn" opens at the Center Theatre in New York sometime In September, fifty waiters will color change their napkins to as many flags of all nations. As Tess Holden sewed them together she muttered, "I never knew there were so many oountries." I wonder If the theatre owners will return the Nazi flag, demand a rebate, and ruin the profits of the deal? -—"One of the boys", whose chatty column in a monthly magic magazine bounded back to him when he entirely wasted it by writing a tirade about me, has stopped the column in a rage and confines his side remarks to the bottom of his advertisement. Now It costs him money to argue I---

Brunei White's columns of real magical news in London's World's Pair (theatrical weekly) is to be admired. There's much of it, and it is all solid reading matter of Interest. We should have something like that over here. Not since back in the early twenties, when Mark Henry (Henry Marcus) used to fill three Billboard pages a week with magical news, articles, and pictures, has there been any weekly news of value for mgl.---What allegedly noted mystlfier was soundly booted where it counts at Eighth Avenue and 33rd Street, New York City, for starting a certain gimmick on its way to oblivion through popular and muchly misused presentation by the follow-uppers In magic? -— Harry Blackstone has finished the Sunday roto exposures with No. 7. The series was beautifully pictured and Included "Squash", which seems like an under the table shin kick at his old pal Percy Abbott. I'll still dare or challenge any exposer to expose a trick or illusion he uses in his own performances, and that goes for Blackstone or anybody else. One fellow wrote in, "Don't be too bard on him; vaudeville is dead and after all, he has to eat." —- C. Rosencrance has put out a book on systematic card work called "The Red Five of Diamonds" and it has fifty trloks with an entirely new arrangement. Four more books are to appear in the series, making a total of 250 tricks. I didn't know there were that many tricks possible with a stacked deck. It's a monstrous work. --- I've got quite a nice bundle of letters here about my suggestion last month for determining what Is and what Is not an exposure. I think I'll bind them together and loan them to magioal societies to help make up their minds. — Magic, like the song, seems to go 'round and 'round. In May 1935 Max Holden put the shrinking dollar bill In his Linking Ring column. In September 1935 I gave it a more complete going over in Jinx No. 12 with congressional patter. Now It pops up In the August 1936 Sphinx as a Political Trlckl Also poppeth up a mention regarding a nice World-Telegram article about I.I.Altman that was Jinx covered last Marchl The article appeared last February 20thl

Yea, verily, the sun doth move.---From the foregoing lines as I read them back it seems as though I'm being vain. If I am, It's an attempt to give readers a giggle. — I hope Herman Weber Is selling a lot of his "Money From Magic" books. Magicians, as a rule, want only tricks and pass by advice. For once, however, they

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