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The lower third of the above paper depicts the pasted on part, the center of which is left an open pocket, top and bottom. After cutting and pasting, tear around the edges to make everything look legitimate. If this trick is worth doing at All, it!s worth doing righte

(Editor's note: This is a trick evolved, finally, from virtually a bit here and a bit there. The effect in itself first was published by Tom Sellers about five years ago. The use of burning paper (Sellers laid a burning cigarette on the tray to melt the wax, but this had no real reason) as a coin fold was the improvement of Charles Harris, of Mew York, and the superlatively clean-cut coinfold used herein came from our scrapbook as penciled to us by H.G.A.Lam-bie, of Vancouver, exactly eleven years ago this month.)

This has been called, by those who have witnessed its performance, one of the cleanest coin effects for close up drawing room work possible of execution. Magicians could do much worse than have it ready for use as an impromptu (?) table effect or for publicity purposes.

The performer shows a cup to be quite empty, and its mouth is covered with a small metal ash tray or metal coaster used to hold a glass. A quarter,or shilling, is taken from amongst the change in the pocket. It is openly and fairly folded inside a square torn out of a newspaper. The coin inside is tapped against any solid object and the folded paper laid on the metal tr resting upon the cup. A match is used "to ignite the paper, and the performer steps away, his fingers against his lips for quiet. The paper burns completely away, AND THE COIN IS HEARD TO DROP INTO THE CUP.' Those watching this unearthly control of supposedly molten metal may then examine the three parts; cup, tray, and ashes.

The working of this baby masterpiece is a matter of simple directness in presentation. Everything seems to take care of itself. A quarter ie attached to the bottom of the metal tray by means of candle wax, or in a more practical way, diachylon or magician's wax. Only a small bit is used. With the change in your pocket you have another quarter, but no half dollar. A little crumpled in your pocket is a square of torn newspaper for the folding, and which we'll explain in detail later.

Obtain a cup and pick up the tray and place it over the mouth, iou may mention offhand that you like to have complete coverage so that whatever happens won't be attributed to trickery. Say, "Wis must use silver for the test, as far as I have been able to determine. Copper and nickel alloy substances won't react to the influence which seems to be present under these conditions." Take out a handful of change. Say that a half dollar will be used, and then find that one isn't there. Pick up the quarter and mention that it will work, but that you have found through experience that its smaller content of silver cannot be as well depended upon.

Pocket the remaining change and take out the paper. "I use newsprint," you continue, "for qualities of the iron in the ink aid greatly in the combustion to follow." The coin is openly wrapped inside, tapped absently,(with a look that can denote disdain for the few who may be thinking of trickery) and placed on the tray. "Mow comes the moment," say you, as the lighted match touches the paper, and you step away. "Science allows of molten metals," you quickly, but withal, sincerely, say, "but none will admit of silver in an oxidized state finding its way through another metal. 7/atch, and listen J"

The paper burns, of course, and its heat does

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a silent assistant's job of melting the wax that holds the coin beneath the tray. The paper generally will burn almost out before the coin lets go with a bang made louder by the silence. And you mutter to yourself, but, of course, just loud enough to be heard, "Maybe that's the way Houdini used to get out of those iron boxes and jails."

And the coin inside the paper? Let's start from the beginning. Cut a 5£ inch square from the classified ad section of any paper. Fold it in thirds, each v/ay. Hold it on your left hand and place a quarter in the center. Fold the bottom third upwards over it, now fold the top third down. Next fold the third nearest you, across -- and lastly fold the third farthest from you over towards you to complete the bundle. Those are the moves.

Now cut another strip from the same section of the paper, 5j long, but only a third as wide as the original piece, about 1 7/8 inches. Glue this in place across one end of the paper, on the underside of the end which is folded upward first to enclose the coin. The glue is applied to only the end sections of this piece which leaves the center third free throughout.

It makes a secret pocket effectively disguised by the printed lines. With paper held so pocket i s behind at bottom it is next folded up which gives a double edge, owing to the pocket. Insert the coin into the edge of this pocket, allowing the rim of the coin to remain in view. Hold it securely, from the outside, to prevent it dropping through the pocket and out.

Now fold the sides onto the coin and lastly the top is folded downward. Before the eyes of all watchers the coin has been fairly placed and secured inside from all possible ways of escape. It may be felt by a spectator, or tapped upon a hard surface to show its presence where it should be.But, as actual handling will show, a release of pressure upon the coin inside the paper allows it to slip through its bottomless pocket into the hand. The right hand takes the (read back on page 582)

T he May Sphinx is a "must" issue if only for

Jack Trepel's telephone book test. It completely bewildered us a year and a half ago when we saw Jack and Mrs. Trepel do it. Our heaviest guns had been trained upon the objective of getting permission to run it but we were "blitz-Krieged" with a stockholder's certificate. We hope the fellow who sent us the very same principle in a Reader's Digest book trick three months ago doesn't worry any more. We conveniently lost it because Mr. Trepel was the originator, and, at that time, we still had hopes (and promises?) of getting the green light. However, we won't be stopped at saying it is a much more mysterious trick with two people and through use of the En Rapport method of coding the essential data. This is a long paragraph in order to tell you to get a May Sphinx, but it's worth it.

The Zingone phonograph record expose via Post

The S.A.M. could use the money they'd save by printing their own private 8 page M.U.M.to good advantage by making up a neat mss. which could be added to and which would detail the various exposes via manufacturers over a period of years back — with the comment from these places regarding how well the ideas flopped. With hardly an exception, including the Thurston-Swift business, such efforts to push tricks on the public have hatched and died to the anguish of the advt. agencies and watchdogs of the advt. appropriation. Just count on one finger how many concerns, using magic as a give-away, ever found it strong enough to continue for long or worth repeating, even years later. Even the monumental Tarbell Course, so valuable to magi, and so hard to get to-day, was a commercial floppàla. THESE EXAMPLES SHOULD BE MAILED TO EVERY ADVERTISING AGENCY IN THE COUNTRY, NOT AS A WARNING, BUT AS A BIT OP SOUND BUSINESS ADVICE.

Elwin Shaw, working the niteries through Mass. and Conn, recently did the torn billet gag (Jinx #6) at a private home. In the middle of the procedure a young lady spoke up, "I paid a chap five dollars for that at Toni's (a N.Y. swank club) and have done it for all the people here. Show us something hard." --- Incidentally,

Mr. Shaw didn't miss the chance when it happened that Holden's Boston shop discovered ten misprinted double face cards with the same card on both sides. He bought them all and is now making a good thing of that Dr. Daley trick in Jinx #85.

>/e used to get our face slapped for contradicting, but 3ill Larsen's arm can't be 3000 miles long. In May Genii, he winds up the Pros-kauer lauditorial - "This closing statement should make our readers understand much: when Julien found that other magicians did not approve of Stunts, Inc., he closed it up. And in the doing he lost $14,000. He won1t talk about it, but I have this on unimpeachable authority. How many men of means would do as much just because they loved our craft?" .Ve were going to display it on one of our occasional "funny pages" but it didn't seem worth the expense. ;/e mean the advertisement displayed on page 72 of the May issue of "Advertising and Selling." It is of Stunts, Inc..' Gadgets Make Sales.' Stunts.' Make Gadgets; And the first line of copy reads, STUNTS.' marches on-----.To us, the most appropriate line in the copy starts, "Our work is strange."

There's a radio magic series in the middle ■vest looking for a sponsor. Two 15-minute episodes have been trsjiscribed, the program based

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on fictitious adventures of a magus, able, for once, to actually do the tricks brought into the story. No exposing. --- This is too late for use by most magi, but Orville Meyer got some nice mentions through duplicating the hypnotic stunts portrayed by David Niven in "Eternally Yours" and, of course, mentioning the picture. You can use the tie-up idea on the next movie-magic pic.

Magic of words - this has us a bit groggy. One of the cigarette ads radioed "---- cigarettes were put with, other popular brands of a higher price. Smokers then tried the various cigarettes without knowing which was which. 82%

of the testers never guessed that ---- brand cost less." --- It doesn't seem like good policy or much care about good-will when a dealer drops a price from $10.00 to $4.50 within three months. The original price for the new Serpent Silk always did look like an inflated value,but that's not our business. There are a number of grouchy purchasers around, and people who can spend $10 for an apparently non-apparatus effect aren't to be gotten grouchy. After all, the Neyhart Houlette dropped only 502 from $75 to $37.50. This is a 55% cut. Or are we boring? That is, if you weren't an original buyer.

C. A. George Newman has our sympathy and envy. The former is for the work entailed and the latter is for what it accomplished. He has a complete file of the weekly Billboard "Magic and Magicians" pages from the first issue on Nov. 10, 1917 to date, all mounted and bound with indexes. --- Readers:- No more copies of that last Thayer bulletin, please, tie have nine at this writing..---Sam Margulea, who is producing the Servais LeRoy full evening 12 person show for N.Y.'s Heckscher Show on June 6, was watching a recent magic performance and sort of burned It the incompetent K.C. Those who *now Sam will realize how he exploded, finally, with, "He's the nittest-wit I ever saw!"

Elaine Siedler is a N.Y. dance instructess who books a line of 8 dancing girls for club and banquet shows. She has added a magic routine to the act which we caught the other night in Hartford, Conn. Three girls enter dressed in white satin evening gowns, large hats, and large pocketbook bags hanging on arms. Prom the start to finish the act is silent and done to music. Each produces a lighted cigarette, puffs, and changes it to a small bouquet of flowers. From the bags come wands and newspaper squares. The wands are wrapped, vanished, and reproduced via the bodice. Next comes the Phantom Tube, brought on by another girl in black as a French maid. Each of the three takes some part in putting it together. The center girl then holds it while the other two alternately yank the hanks. Next are taken from the bags, three silver handkerchief boxes and these are made to produce as t.iany more silks as possible. The Torn and Restored Laundy Ticket is next, also done in triplicate. And lastly comes the Parasol Trick, using the rolled mat and change bag. All three take part, the maid takes the apparatus, the girls take a walk, and the audience takes a breath. One couldn't kick, at all, about the neatness of presentation. But we'd like to see a magician Lmpress anyone with a trick after they had watched 3 girls do it in unison.

That English Woolworth counter display of magic has been circumvented. Brunei White informs that, after many letters of protest, the powers that be are now sealing the tricks with instructions inside. The way things appear to be at the moment, however, it looks as though they'll be well buried__under sand bags.

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