Roxy Theatre, New York City, October 28, 1939. Time: 12 minutes. Reviewed by iVm. Henderson.

Martin has changed his act quite a bit since seen here last. His pocket handkerchief thrown over hand is raised to show a full glass of wine. This is drunk and followed by a one hand production of five silver dollar coins, each of which is dropped into the glass. The coins are poured Into the handkerchief and vanished. The handkerchief is stuffed into the glass which, in turn, is wrapped into a piece of newspaper. The paper is torn to bits and the contents have vanished.

Two silks are produced. A third appears, It being of a color the same as one produced before. Martin now patters (his first time) In a cockney accent rezardlng a thief in a drygoods store. Two silks of the same color are tied together and hung around his neck. The odd colored silk is vanished. The silks around neck are whipped away and the vanished (?) 3ilk found between.

The three silks are bunched and from amongst them a load of handkerchiefs produced. Lastly, from this bunch of silks, is produced a dove.

,iith the dove sitting on the very ultra modernistic two tier table that Martin has had built (a true'1 oomph"maglc table), Tommy goes into card fans and manipulations. Fans are dropped onto the table and he takes a bow. as he bonds another fan appears which is placed aside for another bow. Again a fan appears and all this is in keeping with Martin's ability to milk an audience of all possible applause. He walks off while producing single cards via the back hand palm.

Applause sufficing, Tommy comes back to do his incomparable presentation of the Japanese Egg on the Fan Trick. Just one view of £his trick is a lesson for any magician.

Comment: Martin shouldn't talk. Like Cardini, Tommy is a "silent" performer. Cardini talked and found that it was wrong. Martin will, no doubt, find that he is wrong, too. Otherwise he is one of the best manlpulatlv6-showmen of the present era.


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