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dollar bill that's a hundred years old.) so It can be finger palmed without bulging over the digits and telling the customers that the performer has cash on hand. (See illustration on page 437)

This folded bill has a liberal blob of wax on the back (take no chances). When the three envelopes are stacked together the bill is pressed to the back of envelope No. 3 which is at the rear. The stack of envelopes with the money adhering is then placed in the inside coat pocket until needed.

The routine follows: The three envelopes are removed together and handled as daintily as your mitts will permit. Pass them from hand to hand, one at a time...and call attention to the numbers. You can handle these quite freely and the hands are indirectly shown empty.

Now, square the envelopes together (don't absent-mindedly riffle them and then make a pass) and as you ask for a number to be selected, secretly remove the bill and get it into the finger-palm position. This will allow you to fan the envelopes with the numbers facing you. as the number is called remove that envelope and hand to the spectator. Oet him to stand up and remain standing until after he has opened the envelope and shown the card. The second envelope is selected and the second spectator treated in the same manner. Now! All eyes are on the second spectator opening his envelope. While this is going (turn to page 437)

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llostro waiting for some alert magu3 to uncover its form and see its possibilities. Immediately the trick will be offered for sale by all dealers and ruined in one season by those who order it on Wednesday saying, "I must have this at once because T am giving a show Thursday for the local "Potato Salad Pushover Brigade" at their annual post-mortem of the year's reputations !! The fellow who has dug up a really good thing and can do It will complain, the dealers will say "old stuff - we knew it years ago" and the P.S.P.B. will say, "Isn't Mr. —-a wonderful magician? He should go on the stage'.' All in all it looks like a good but usual year.

The Jinx is a weekly publication for magicians. Published by Theo. Annemann, Waverly, New York, the price per issue is 15 cents - by subscription 8 issues for $1.00. Effects herein shall not be manufactured without the publisher's written consent. Copyright 1959. I

Now that the summer has passed by the procession once more is starting to pass through the portals of the magic shops and the "What's new?" plaint will rise in volume until, with cymbal crashes and such after New Year's Incoming, the season's output of acceptable (and some*not so) mystery wares will subside to a trickle and by the first of June everyone will be asking what has happened to "magic."

During the season that is before us there will be at least two "terrific" cases of exposing, one of which will be perpetrated by an "officer" of a "great society" and the other possibly by an "up-and-coming" magus never before heard of, but who needs publicity and can get it no other way. Por a while, at least, there will be no more "conventions" and it is well so for as such they are generally misnamed. Pew mails haven't carried the notice of one group or another about to have a "convention." Not less than three magic dealers will be on the accusing end of a controversy as to who stole the other's "exclusive" trick first. Both will prove themselves virtuous. Countless magi will ask "What keeps the Sphinx going?" We promise not to do so in voice or print, not because we feel that it might outlast us, but because we have cose to sense that there is a driving or existing force behind that nearly 40 year old symbol of magle. A driving force other than the present editor's desire for a "front office with rank" In the literary world.

From one to five motion pictures will make It a point to Include magic or llluslonary principles in their scripts and proceed to employ as technical advisor, at a higher salary than he could get for performing, some well known magus whose subsequent alibi will be that he "didn't know" they were going to expose the stuff he must have told them. In each case the material shoved down the poor movie patron's throat will be that which is NOT being used by the technical advisor.

During the time said technical advisor Is employed for what actually is his own dlssolve-ment the local magic clubs will fete and feast him. He will be mentioned ad nauseum in the magical journals (aren't we glad we're just a "sheet") as an exponent of magical art, make a movie "short" or two, again revealing only those "simple" things which he doesn't do himself and which can be found in lots of books, (yeah, books only obtainable from magic dealers) and then Justify the ex- part by dropping back into the oblivion of existence.

There will be one magician who, during the season, will spend time digging out and learning well some effect of by gone days. It will have been covered with the dust of years plus Cag-


One thing that helps our enthusiasm not a little is that Max Holden Just got a 48 week subscription to the sheet.---Oalll-Galli did his chicken chicanery via television out of N.Y. on Sent. 15. The sequence lends Itself well to the visible air waves. --- Chap's latest edition of the Scrapbook features a moth production. Seven years ago we used it a lot with a cockroach which was and still is much easier to catch. Mulholland has a press story about his hands being so fast that he can reach out and with the thumb and first finger cat oh a fly on the wing. It may be a better season for the insects than for the magicians.

Incidentally, Mulholland's co-operative book with Cortland Fltzslmmons, titled "The Girl In The Cage," got nice reviews in both The Sohinx and N.Y.'a Herald-Tribune. It's a mystery murder yarn featuring Peter King, a fine figure of a magic man ("Isn't he handsome I" exclaims a lady witness). --- Ade and True Duval are still in Sweden at this writing with prospects for getting out of the eastern hemisphere soon quite dubious. --- Murray, one of the better foreign lights, is In Denmark after fleeing Berlin where he was playing, and lost both money and props. The same thing happened to Dante who was playing the same city but didn't fare as badly. We might pass on to C.T., Unknown, or The Phantom, those too, too, too divine columnists, that Murray and Dante had an altercation in Berlin and hit one another over the head with wine glasses. What a happy brotherhood magic really is. --- Dell 0'Dell, magic's most prolific lady magicienne, is back at N.Y.'a Hotel Warwick to open the season. She did 17 consecutive weeks there last season, changing the act continually for that 99 seat room's patrons.

Did that recent Genii statement re the guaranty of advertisers have anything to do with the absence of one of its steadies? Or vice versa? --- Wonder why no journal hasn't carried the interesting story of Russ Swann's oriental servant boy and valet who turned out to be a spy and gpt himself in "clink?" --- With home movies so ponular and prevalent at the conventions It might be a good point to remember how handkerchiefs photograph. Recently we saw one In which the silk went into the fist white and cams out white I The magus had used a white and a light blue silk, the latter photographing white. Use red which comes out black. That goes for paper tricks too, where contrasting colors are used. It may save a failure should you get the chance to do a lens bit.

Eddie Clover's book "Entertaining Children With Magic" is plenty worthwhile to those who make a practise of it. Many a professional has "cracked up" when It came to amusing and holding the interest of the Infants. And a copy of Nelmar'a "Are You Seein' Things" to hand gives a lot of llluslonary stunts and gags which most of us have passed up but routined into an act

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