<*»he problem titled "Poker Challenge", on page 881 of Jinx No. 150, is solved herewith. Take the four TT5JS, and any other card you like. This prevents your opponent from taking any Straight Flush above the Nine, but (turn back to page 884)

The Clinic, so called, has taken space here before. The magicians who attend the meetings believe that one should help another to he a better prestidigitateur. This New York City group started as a clique of the S.A.M. They made a point of asking only members of that society to be present.

The Clinic was well founded. It was born of a weak spot in the society's make-believe constitution. You just can't accept members a la recomendations per application blanks without giving those persons (whether they deserve it or not) some sort of teaching in the rudiments of magic.

The Clinic was wrong in asking for S.A.M. members. The S.A.M., now evidently aware of the Clinic's growing importance in a field of thought which it (the S.A.M.) has neglected in the interest of prolonged and extraneous bus-ness meetings plus tricky-tricky programs made up mostly at the moment, is "aghast" at the "heresy" of members being a part of a separate combine.

Both parties are wrong, to us, the S.A.M. moreso. It asked for trouble by not being helpful to members it shouldn't have taken in. The Clinic could have saved Itself trouble toy not limiting its crowd to S.A.M. members. It's a vicious thumbtip.

Under date of Nov. 17th, Julian Proskauer sent a questionnaire to the S.A.M. Compeers which included - "Many comments have been received by your officers relating to the so-called "Magic Clinic". Some feel that the "Clinic" should be an integral part of the Parent Assembly, functioning under the auspices of the Entertainment Committee and the Hospitality Committee. What do you think?"

'»hen a society admits of the presence of a group within itself, and seriously considers the putting of that group under "official" auspices, something is wrong with the management of that society otherwise a "clinic" wouldn't be conceived by bored and disgruntled members who want to do magic well under criticism instead of listening to whether or not Kellar had a gold tooth.

Some of our best friends are against the Clinic. The argument is that discussion of each performer's trick comes, not from professional critics, but from other magicians on the same mental level. Our view is that the "Clinic" was born of desperation by members of an organization which wasn't giving them what they needed to be representative members. At least one S.A.M. committeeman on the subject of "Clinic" investigation has refused to attend a meeting of that group. There's little else we can say - now.

This issue of The Jinx begins our fourth volumn - for we call each set of 50 numbers, including therein what "extras" may be produced, a volumn. The Jinx has been paginated," from its beginning, and tnose who want to keep this sheet in rile should look to the page numoers and ignore all else. --- We like the letters from those readers in the service of this country and Great Britain. We've not been able to answer them all, but as long as copies of this paper keep reaching them they'll know we haven't forgotten. And this may be a reminder to some -The Jinx will be sent to all magically inclined servicemen at their military addresses. There will be no charge. We need only the add-

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ress, either from the man himself or from a friend. And we would appreciate greatly, from those now receiving this sheet, any change of base address when it occurs.

The A1 Baker book, "Magical Ways and Means", has been published by Carl Jones in a manner befitting "Greater Magic" and "Expert Card Technique", the first two tomes "angeled" by a man whose hobby interest is to see worthwhile knowledge produced in perfect and durable form. We have not, at this writing, seen a copy of the Baker book, but we did a little work on it at the start and therefore have a mental picture of the contents. Followers of Baker-type subtleties and subterfuges will prize it. "on-follow-ers and newcomers to magic will learn to value it. Jones' record for publishing works which are destined to remain texts on magical endeavor is not broken by A1 Baker's "Magical Ways and Means".

New Yorkers addicted to magic at all hours may infe6t Lord & Taylor (Fifth Ave.) from 10:30 to 5:30 each weekday. Dell O'Dell will be doing more than clever tricks for the oldster patrons of the Toy Shop in order to make T,hem buy mysteries for their kiddies. It is a swell angle for magi to get angles on the kind of tricks to do before children.

Vernon is in a hosnital with broken bones but not broken heart because his incomparable agility with cards and scissors will not be impaired upon recovery. The address is "The New York Hospital - 68th Street and York Avenue- New York City". Address him either as Dai Vernon, or David Verner. He'll read and appreciate every written line, I know. His visiting hours are from 2 to 4 and from 7 to 8 P.M. daily. He might be practicing one of his heard-about miracles when you might drop in and might become both a subject and confidant.

Bert Allerton's press agent sends out notices about insurance on the magician's hands to the extent of $100, 000 and news of tne mystic's letter to President Roosevelt offering to teach fundamental magic to the crippled kiddies at Warm Springs, Georgia, "with a" view of extending it to all similar institutions." We can understand the entertaining of such children, but we cannot coincide lucid thought with the o.a.'s blurb about "teaching". No more depressing thought could come to our mind than a hosoital full of patients trying to "fool" each other.

I hope that Lucille Eddie Roberts get to the West Coast of these states soon. The East Coast magi don't seem to atmreciate what a swell job they are doing. Very few of our cult bothered to catch them at the ?7.Y. St.Moritz, and at that snot the counle slayed the customers with magic and an ultra modern mental act. They went to I'ontreal on Dec. 8th and are staying over the holidays at the Mount Royal.

This team's success seems to -prove what I've been trying to say for a long time in an effort to intimidate magi to my way of thinking, right or wrong. Nobody goes to a night club to watch an act's audience reaction. They wait until that act is gracious enough to a->t>ear before a magical body, or, shall we say "ladies' night"? For free, the act must work against criticism and for copycats. And, before such an audience, applause is never stinted, hypocritical or not. Two person mental acts have been in a terrific slump for over a decade. Eddie & Lucille Roberts are now proving that a new amplication to old material can be sold to the public. And let me tell you this. A living from magic must be made from the oublic at large. Not from magicians. n


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