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May 21st saw the passing of Henry Welsh Miller at the age of 72. The younger magical generation doesn't know much about him but the older ones will remember when, over thirty years ago, he was 'top3' in coin manipulation and more than held his own during the card and coin manipulative era at the turn of the century. Foreign cities especially, made much of him, and even at 72 there were few who could duplicate some of his coin manipulations and palms.

On May 24th, the Opera House on East 67th Street in New York saw the Knights of Magic giving the first competitive amateur magic show a la Major Bowes. I mention this because it turned out very enjoyable and seems like a constructive idea for other clubs to try.

In the obituary column thi3 month should be a note about the Jordan Series which did a remarkable bit of floundering before the final dive. I just couldn't sell the idea even though the material was away from the beaten path and would have been a textbook (350 tricks) of card and magical principles. That's that.

David Bribury, of New York, has a nice way of making a brief of his programs. First a routine of effects is put together. The first page has a description of the routine as it is seen by the audience. Following this comes a page of requirements and the preparing of same. Lastly are the working instructions. Mr. Embury has four of these, and like other busy people, has thus systematized his work so that he can always have a tested program at hand when he needs it and without effort and thought lost.

Should you go In for a little comedy, this bit of by-play can be put to use where a lighted candle Is needed. Have a boy Up and give him a box of matches for lighting the candle. Hold it in right hand towards him but keep watching the front and SAY NOTHING. Each time he lights a match it goe3 out before he can light the wick. After the second tlue and on the third try the audience will be having much fun, but you still say nothing and patiently wait. Take the box and hand him a paper of matches with the remark, "Try these." He lights one and it explodes. Shake your head, light the candle yourself while he holds it, using the same paper matches and say, "You'll have to try harder than that if you're going to set the world afire." Then continue with the trick. The matches that go out and the ones that explode harmlessly can be obtained at any trick and joke store.

No oharge has ever been made for the reproduction of business cards of magicians in these pages from time to time. The feature has been found of interest so I include it and will continue to do so with any cards sent me. The only Income from the Jinx is what is paid for each copy. There is no sideline and no paid ads are accepted. Ooasional boosts are my own opinions.

Requests have come in for the address of a concern selling the candy ice cream cones used in the Otis Manning effect "Brrrl" in Jinx Mo. 16. The firm is out of business now, but Mr. Manning has supplied this substitute working. Set a real cone and use the rubber ice cream dip sold by S. 3. Adams, As bury Park, N.J. and which is in most all novelty stores. After producing, start to hand to spectator. As an afterthought take cream off and put in your pocket with the remark that you'll save it for your little brother. It's a funny bit.

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