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Off hand note: The Houdini name seems controlled by fate as well as reputation. The Summer 1937 Manhattan Directory has it in big type at the top of the page because of it being the first one in line! --- In the M.Y. Post for June

29th, somebody by the name of Albenice posed for a series of pictures exposing three tricks, the worst being the cigarette vanish in hank. His expressions are worth looking at, though. About as much personality (but not versatility!) as the thumb tip which is pictured. —

Because of the undeniable popularity of the cups and balls at the present time, we're starting a complete series next month which will be reprinted as the most exhaustive study of the subject known to exist. -— Mitchell Kanter of Philadelphia has taken over the Keith Clark Encyclopedia of Cigarette Tricks and It will be off the press about the middle of July. This will be good news to those who have waited for their remittance to come back bearing fruit. I have plugged it before as the greatest (I saw the Mss. and all pictures) and I'll do so again with renewed confidence. --- What is that manor going about that says a too well known announces foreign trips and hides away at a road side eatery up in New England? Or do such things just pop up as a result of too many hard knocks with a hank pull?---Caryl Fleming had a bit of advice at High Point.,Fleming's id'ea of writing Is to give each trick completely and without any of that "use your favorite method" business. Even If the force, or vanish Is old, Caryl says it should be given to make the effect absolutely complete in detail throughout. There are many who nay know the "bit" you put in, but there are many also who don't, and many who have read it somewhere but the exact details have slipped their mind. Why sell a trick, and then compell the reader to check up somewhere else for the main part of it? Or experiment with a number of "favorite methods" when the writer is in a position to give them the best for that particular effect? The advice is O.K. with u3, Mr. Fleming, and from now on try to find fault, on that point, at least.

Tom Bowyer wrote and wanted to know what was, or is, and "Oss." That title in the Summer Extra must have upset him no whit. "Oss," Tom, simply means "prophecy" and little else. Me're just getting dictionary mad in an effort to find a few new titles. --- And who is that fellow who wrote me for the telephone number of the gal being shot at by Proskauer in the last issue. We'd like to know ourselves! —- And one of the odd facts of the month is about the collector in Minneapolis who also has a great array of erotica which he keeps separate from his magic. He doesn't know in which one to put Guy Jarrett's book! --- It's too bad the I.B.M. had to garner that bit of rather unfavorable publicity, especially ao as the miscreant wasn't a member. I had some good data ready to run this issue, but as we rush to the printer a bit belatedly, it's such a maelstrom of "true" and "false" statements, as well as "dream" stories, that we'll just bide our time, and perhaps save our necks.

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