Money Sense

Tommy Down3 was how he was introduced to us when we met the hoin King along with his ever present buddy Eddie McLaughlin. It was around 1928-29 that it happened and the man who wrought up London with his manipulations in 1907 treated u3 fairly and squarely when our tricks so pridefully displayed morning after morning for a week did or did not fool him. It meant a lot to our, then limited, perspective on magic and magicians.

He can never forget the Downs' trick of being cordial to the point of putting his hand upon the shoulder of an assistant while he confidentially showed the other hand devoid of coins just placed within. That the stack of half dollars was resting on the 3houlder of the amazed audiencer, while, for a gesture, he saw both hands displayed completely empty, Is not here nor.there. It was T. Kelson's "savoir faire" during the vanish and subsequent production that impressed the onlookers, if any. It was, more or less, a one man mystery.

Using one of the coins'provided with a shell, the following routine of events makes for good mystery, i^irst provide yourself with a coin dated in a year the digits of which do not contain a zero. Start the effect by forcing upon four people cards the value of which represent these figures — each card being a different one of the four suits. Thus 1938 would possibly be represented by AH-9C-3D-83. On top ofthese force one more card, say the JS.

Don't worry about the forcing of five cards. Mr. Downs used the "classical" fan force, and, when he failed to "give" a card, merely passed on to another. Thus, In forcing the five cards one might have to approach seven or eight people. This does not hurt the effect for it encompasses a greater percentage of the audience than is usual in a trick, a proceeding which always is of psychological value. Then, after the five force cards were out, he would return to those few who had gotten free choices by their stub-borness and have them returned for another trick which he would culminate. Then, having disposed of the outlaw cards, those left were the ones pertinent to the trick we are talking about.

Mow the performer tells of the uses and abuses of money -- how it turns people's heads ---

and hfl3 a spectator 3tep forward. He is shown t& coin and asked how many he sees. The answer is one, of course, but when the performer touches the spectator's eye3 and puts the coin back on the palm, the man from the audience sees two. The spectator in the audience who took the Jack of Spades is asked to concentrate upon his card while the person assisting the performer looks intently at the pennies and names whatever card he may visualise. He does so correctly!

Immediately -iie performer 9tops any applause forthcoming and says that many may think it is merely a trick with the coin. Therefore, he does insist, he'd like to try a similar effect with a borrowed bit of money. This time the coin comes from the audience and it is given another person to hold. Pour ladles are called to the front and

The weekly editions of The Jinx must be getting us-down or eight days to Bemuda wouldn't and couldn't have made such an improvement in our appearance (according to Mi3s rriscella Pratt, successor to Miss Romaine Peatherngill, our last checker-upper). Officially it comes that there will be no daily Jinx. If, as and when such an (official) occurance takes place, there will be but one consecutive issue.

The present occuring display of magical history a la collection material has Hew York quite agog, If certain magical papers can be believed. The man who talks and writes like a magician has done not a little thing in garnering much space in type and on the air for his acumen. One cannot deny this temporary curator of the Museum of the City of Hew York his prowess for obtaining erudite inches of columns in the better papers even though a majorit;.- of the boys are wont to deny him credit for deserving it from a performer's point of view. Be that as it may, John Mulholland gets Into print while others hash their heads against the wrong side of a handkerchief box.

Dr. Samuel Hooker's rising card and bear's head masterpiece of mystery was bequeathed to Liulholland and Quimby. The Sphinx of Sept. 1936 said "for performance from time to time in the future as opportunities occur." After Hugard detailed the effect In "Greater Magic" a lot of interest was shown by the new generation. We saw the last presentation of the Rising Cards and lliltiades III. we think it's high time for those tricks to be shown again --- even though it must be done by invitation to keep the audience within bounds. Charley L-irsen, it is said, has offered to underwrite the costs of such a production, and, if true, there is no doubt but that he would duplicate the procedure for his west coast friends.

The gentleman with the money plus a yen to further magic as he sees it Is reported as having been rebuffed, staver' off. «»a other"/" se stalled. We know this can't be time because John certainly wouldn't pass up the opportunity of displaying, as beneficiary, the one great trick which has mystified magicians for many years. An "angel" — to underwrite the presentation of the Hooker routine in key cities with Mulholland' s lyceura contacts — would break even to say the least on his initial investment. He'd be doing magic a great favor to dig up this bit each Is asked to select one of the four suits as they arrive. You Impress that they have free choice but it is not so for there are only four suits and only four girls. You stand them before the audience In the order that you have forced the four 'date" oards and their suits.

The man with the coin jborrowed(V/) now reads aloud the date. Then, connecting that first digit, 1, with the suit selected by the first girl, you ask the person holding the Ace of Hearts (in thl3 case) to name his card. Everything checksl He shows his card to all and you take the second girl together with the second digit on the coin and ask another of the spectators If he Isn't holding the 9 of Clubs. He will have to show that card, or you are awfully bad at forcing and remembering. Ana so it goes with the remaining two.

You finish with the remark that whereas a quarter could make someone see (?) a chosen card, a half dollar has been able to divulge the Identity of four. It's the power of money rage of cherished chicanery --- provided,of course, that the present owners might see,not beyond their noses, but merely the distance from that back drop setting to the most important tabic.

In short,John, you're overlooking the most potent piece of publicity getting possession in that entire collection. Don't talk about what you have. Just get out and do what you've got. And I suppose that if you do it we'll all be jealous of the publicity it will get you.

On the newsstands as you read this Is RED STAR MYSTERY magazine. It's a "thriller" bit of printing but it's about a magician. Buy it on our "say so" and revel or rave as is your way of thinking. --- Just berore wait Gibson loft

H.Y. for Miami and New Orleans he phoned to nay that Sky Sense (No. 83) was extra -ood with a dovetail shuffle because, even if such a mixing rices be-in to separate the two important cards, the fact that the deck is cut into three piles (about 18 cards each) keeps the key close enough to the noted card to act as a trusty stool pid-

geon later on.---"ahadow" Gibson had to leave town for the reason that the big city's night life was too much for the master and his plots began to bog down to where even Commissioner Weston could solve them. Either he had to find peace and quiet or Russ owann would have had to go for that's where most of Walter's waking hours were spent — and I mean spentl

Cardinl helps to open Warden's Riviera this week, and Fairfax Burgher, the socialite inagus,is at the Pox and Hounds. --- One of the "boys" is haunting his favorite bar where the man behind the rail is a stooge for his tricks. This ,alcoholic psychologist has found that so-called bar betting tricks are worthless for no one is dumb enough to bet on another man's game. However, It is a matter of pride with many when it comes to their personal capacity and this bet has to do with the quantity of beer one can swallow with a long breath. This malt monger says he can down a quart container and invariably is taken up on it. He suggests using the large glass (1 qt.) in which the scrapers are kept beside the taps. The bartender fills it, but not before he has put in an inverted celluloid cone around the lip of which has been applied beeswax to make it stick to the mug's bottom. Thus the fellow doesn't have to drink much more than a good glassfull and the insert Is absolutely invisible through the sudsy glass. He hands it directly back to the stooge who dips it in the wash - losing the cone - and then replaces it in its accustomed and time honored position for examination If anyone wishes.

In hand that makes possible such farsightedness.

We hope th^t most readers have followed the effect with the method in mind. The shell coin C.".ne in at the beginning. It was thus able to make two from one. On the outside part of tne genuine coin was tacked a mlnature Jack of Spades. After the change of one to two, the shell was replaced and the coin turned over. Thus the spectator could name the Jack selected.

With the coin pocketed, and a borrowed one forthcoming, the performer merely exchanges it for one he has picked from his pocket when replacing the shell outfit. The correct date is thus assured and from there on it is merely a case of picking good looking girls, arraglng them In the order of their selected suits and letting the rest of the trick take it3 course.

It is all a true example of Downs' simplicity of'method combined with a terrifically complicated appearing effect plus the use of a great many people from the audience.

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