Mixed Mystery

While there la little spectacularly new In the manner of working this effect, the progress towards the finale Is- logical, Interest holding, and the finish of the test a surprise. Saying that he wishes to demonstrate an example of the ultimate in coincidence the performer shows a glass bowl full of one-Inch square cardboards, each bearing a letter of the alphabet. These may be shown freely as there is nothing wrong with them in any way. A spectator is asked to reach into the bowl and take therefrom a small handful (say, 7 or 8) of the letters. These he drops Into a letter envelope which is sealed and given to him to hold for the time being. Next, on a pad, three spectators write rows of three figures each, one under the other. A fourth person adds up the columns while the performer returns to the front and picks up a newspaper which he gives someone close by. Then he takes a school slate, piece of chalk, and speaks to the man who has added the figures.

As this total of 4 figures is stated the performer writes upon the slate (suppose 4382 to be the total) PAGE - 4, COLUMN - 3, LINE - 8, WORD - 2. Then, turning to the one holding the newspaper, the performer asks that he open the sheet to the fourth page. Next he is to pick out the third column. When this has been done he is requested to count down to the eighth line, and lastly count across that line to the second word. Then he is to draw a circle around that word which has been so fairly picked.

The magician now shows his strange knowledge of coincidence by having the chosen letters called off by their selector. As they are named he writes them across the other side of the slate. But, instead of making a word as written, the letters could look like A H E T E H W. The performer blandly asks the man with the newspaper if that is the word at which he has been looking. It could be a typographical error, of course. The answer is "No."

The slate Is turned over and a quick cheok through of the position numbers made. Everything is In order. The spectator names the word. The performer says that coincidence supplied the correct letters but they were read out in the wrong order. The man with the letters calls them through correctly. AND, FINALLY CALLING UPON HIS POWERS AS A MAGICIAN, THE PERFORMER TURNS THE SLATE AROUND TO SHOW THAT THE LETTERS HAVE REARRANGED THEMSELVES AND NOW CORRECTLY SPELL "WEATHER" THE SELECTED WORDiJ

With such an effect at hand probably most of the readers would find no difficulty in constructing a method. There really are three separate parts - the selection of the letters, the reaching of a desired total, and the transposition of letters written on the slate. Apparatus necessities are small.

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Secure or make three sets of the alphabet on one-inch square cardboards. A pad of paper with no backing, a pencil, a slate with a loose flap and chalk, a newspaper, and a faked envelope complete the requisites.

Open the paper and locate a page numbered with a single digit, preferably 2,3 or 4. This page must contain a column of reading matter which starts at the top with no headlines or oth«r confusing data. Look for an expressive word (not "the" "and" "there" etc.) somewhere among the first nine lines. Then jot down your four figures which find this particular word as described in the effect. That's your total.

Next originate a three row three figured addition problem, that, when Added up, will result in the desired total. Take the backless pad. Being carefull not to tear off the sheets copy this problem on the under side of BOTH the top and bottom pages. Each line should appear in different handwriting. Do NOT draw any line underneath.

On one surface of the slate chalk write in large printed letters the word you have picked. Cover this with the flap.

Pick out, from your bowl of letters, the ones which spell out the chosen word. Get two letter envelopes. Trim the ends and bottom of one which leaves only the front and flap together. Insert this inside the other envelope. Between the flaps drop the picked out letters, separating and spreading them so as not to make the envelope noticeably bulky. Lastly seal the flaps together. A secret compartment has thus been made.

The first spectator makes his small grab from the bowl. Prom your inside pocket you remove the envelope. The letters are dropped in, you seal, and the spectator keeps the envelope for the time being. Taking the pad from the same pocket it is handed someone for the writing of three figures. He passes it to another, and he does likewise. Taking the pad you start towards the front, tear off the back (unused) page and give it to someone for the adding. No matter which side the first person has started writing upon, the other side, when torn off and given a spectator, bears the desired problem. This subterfuge which gives freedom in handling was the thought of David Allison.

During the addition process the paper is given out and the slate, with flap, picked up. On its unprepared side is written the figures of the total together with the page,column, line, word designations. The man with the paper looks up the word and scores it.

The rest of this action must be followed closely, for soon an Impression must be created that the performer is slightly bewildered. The magician lays down the slate, flap side UP, and steps to the man with the envelope. "Have you been guarding those letters you picked?" he asks. He takes the envelope, tears off the end, and dumps the contents into the spectator's hands. Of course, the envelope is pinched open to allow of only those letters in the rear compartment leaving. "Call them out to us," says the performer as he goes back to the front and picks up the slate. He has crumpled up and taken the envelope with him, dropping it on the table as slate was retrieved.

The letters as called out are written on the FLAP side in their jumbled order. Almost always a few of the spectators, upon hearing the word called after the jumble is looked at askance, will see that the letters are there tho mixed. At this point you turn the slate over and ask the spectator if he has the right spot in the paper according to the figures. He says "Yes" and you lay down the slate AGAIN, but this time with flap side DOWN, and approach him to get a quick glance at the word.

Light now seems to dawn and you explain that you had the letters but in the wrong way. Ask the man with the letters to stand and pick them out correctly, calling each one aloud. While he does this you reapproach the front, pick up the slate carelessly and appear to be checking the letters as named. The flap has been left behind. Next, and last, call upon the powers of darkness and evil to make good what they have made wrong. Then turn the slate to show the word in correct lettering.

More often than not the audience figures that the spectator with the letters has done his part wrong by his reading them off in an Incorrect order. Then you apparently step into the breach and save the day by a bit of magical prowess in the rearrangement.

mcshaw's penetration

You who have a discarded Phantom Tube in the pile of apparatus in the closet at the end of the hall may now add a new number to your program. This famous tube for the production of silks can be important in a different guise.

On his table the magician groups three ordinary glasses. Upon these he stands a shown empty tube which has been covered at both ends with crayon marked tissue paper squares. In front of this arrangement he next places a two fold screen which is about two inches taller than the tube on the glasses. Three differently colored handkerchiefs are shown. One is freely selected for the test of matter through matter. The performer holds the chosen silk by one corner and slowly lowers it behind the screen. The moment the last corner is out of sight the screen is whisked away. The tube is as it was placed originally and the performer has the initialed coverings Identified. Then he breaks open the top and takes out the missing handkerchief. Silk through paper without a trace of material meansi

This is truly a reversal of an advertised effect. Instead of stressing the fact that the tube is empty, the performer lays stress on the pieces of paper which are marked and capped over the ends. Inside the tube's conical lining are three duplicate silks. A small button on one corner of each are placed at such positions as to be away from each other. Marks on the tube's outside indicate the spots.

The two fold screen has a panel on one side that drops open a bit- to leave ample space for a silk to be dropped within. No locking device is needed, for, after the chosen hank is let go, the top of the screen panel Is grasped, closing the pocket, and all laid aside without attention for all eyes are on the tube. After the marks are checked, one finger breaks into the tube, at the proper spot, and pulls out the silk. Page 666

steemed sir:

SHAMAN $ CURIOUS COIN

Magallanes, Chile, South America Sept. 17, 1940

steemed sir:

It Is for thanks I send you my secret to The Jinx. I am in appreciation for what you have posted me so kindly.

I do thank you p

Of all the various and sundry secrets which beset the modern conjuror there can be but few which are as barefaced as that which is to follow. Yet, withal that, the professional magician, and the advanced amateur, will immediately realise that they are given a method of accomplishing the seemingly impossible with little attention necessary to any of the mechanics of the trick. All thought can be concentrated upon the presentation alone.

To the audience it appears that a coin is borrowed, marked by Its owner in an unmistakable manner, and folded very fairly inside a piece of newspaper. The paper is set afire and burns to a small bit which is dropped from the fingers. At one aide of the stage is seen a small box, It having been there from the beginning of the performance. The performer picks it up, opens the lid, and removes from inside another box. Upon this being opened a still smaller box is removed. At this point the person who so willingly loaned the coin is asked to step forward. He watches yet another box taken from the last. One more, perhaps, comes from inside that just shown. And from the last box, into the owner's hand, is dumped the very marked coin he so lately contributed.

The many ways possible of accomplishing this type of effect can fade away in their complexities. The only things a performer must need have are a three or four Inch square piece of newssheet and a nest of four or five boxes, without locks or fasteneri.

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