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A bright red rubber ball is carelessly tossed to one end of the box and a drink-glass placed at the other end. The curtain is drawn for a few seconds. When the interior of the box is shown again, the red ball has been placed back into the glass, apparently by a playful spirit. AEY SPECTATOR MAY STEP FORWARD, REMOVE THE GLASS AND BALL, AND EXAMINE BOTH AS WELL AS THE BOX!

The inside of the box again is concealed. The top is raised and a handkerchief tossed inside. The spectator, who has stood by, opens the curtains, removes the handkerchief and finds that a knot has been tied into it.

In each end of the box is a hole. In the center of the hinged lid is a screw-hook an the under side. A length of white cotton tape is folded in half and another spectator places a safety-pin through the tape about an inch from the doubled end. The tape is now threaded through the box with the ends protruding out of the holes. Someone in the audience lends his or her finger ring and it is hung onto the hook inside the box which is turned with curtain side away from audience. The playful poltergeist's presence is invoked. A volunteer comes forward, grasps one end of the tape and draws it from the box. THE BORROWED RING ACTUALLY IS

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THREADED ON THE MIDDLE OF THE TAPE AND HEID SECURELY IN (turn to page.473)

'JAMES

We think periodically about the science of magical trick and book reviewing. It hit at our front door recently when we were offered a page in a magic mag and might have become looked upon as a savant of high magical order. And so it was turned down, not only because our time seems limited since we got the weekly unleashed, but because we know our limits as well as likes and dislikes. There are seven classes of magic, according to the Robert Houdin school, and each is a branch of the art which justly demands almost complete concentration to the exclusion of the other six, that is, if one attempts to become professionally proficient. That was the basic reason for our attempt, a year ago, to have a review board of seven and record each month, the trick, or book, the originator, or author, and the price. Then would follow a notation of the "yes" or "no" decisions, the only factor being, "Is the book or item, in the information or practicality, worth the price?"

Our idea was gently laughed at by what seemed at the time contemps magazines, and it fell by the wayside simply because dealers couldn't see letting 7 in on the "dope" rather than 1. Now we all like and do certain types of tricks. I lean heavily towards mental effects and non-sleight card tricks. Ade Duval is looked upon as a handkerchief addict. Houdini went for escapes. Dr. Jacob Daley is immediately connected with cards, as is John Scarne, Charley Miller, and Jim Grigsby. Dr. Joseph Fries isn't natural without a new effect in rope tricks. Another person likes apparatus magic, another pocket magic, another strictly impromptu magic a la Malini. Give each one of the above named a new book and if that book were to leave out tricks of any division one or more of the reviewers would see "nothing much in it." A magician judges a book by what he can get out of it "to do", and "to do" means the type of trick he leans towards and puts in his act.

Because I've been irked twice lately when I saw reviews of "not so hot" attitudes regarding tricks on the market that, in capable hands of those who feel at hone with those types of tricks were immediate hits at the shows where they were performed, I have written these lines. In both cases I knew personally the reviewers and am acquainted with the fact that they never perform the type of trick they commented upon to its detriment. It could be made into a policy of a magic mag to receive books and items for review whereupon the editor dishes them out to different reviewers for comment. These reviewers would each represent one of the seven types. A "yes" or "no" immediately would have weight. For one, I'd certainly rather take Tommy McNeil's comment on a lock trick instead of John Mulhol-land's. And I'd rather take Johnny's comment on a close-up coin routine instead of Tom's.

Dariel Fitzkee has gathered together a number of west coast acts and is placing them on tour in key cities of California. They opened in Oakland on the 10th and 11th last to good houses. '.Vith good adverts and 24 sheets scattered around it should keep on clicking. Steve Shepard was supposed to be planning such a show but, like my horse, sort of got left at the post. This idea shouldn't be such a bad thing for the East. Sam Margulies, make a note.

The Dunninger program, which we promised for this issue was crowded out until next week. The Stewart James spirit cabinet act for one man has a couple of the smartest dodges seen in many a mad moon. Incidentally Stewart has told us that

Page our supposition re the source of "Took Best Book Test" which we made comment upon, was his own head and not any back file — which was where we located the basic "missing page" effect for the "Whim of Tituba." We apologize.

R. M. Jamison writes, "Here is an accidental discovery. For those who do "slick" card work, as locators, the slickest, slipperiest card that can be used is a new Ivory finished card in a deck of either Air Cushion or Linen fin-shed." —- The Horace Goldin show has been purchased in entirety by Cecil Lyle. It night be interesting to those who want to make "money" with magic that his probated will left about $3000 in pre-war American money. V/hich reminds of an old copy book saying, "It don't make much difference what we make. When we make a little we have a little and nothing left, and when we make more we have more and nothing left. "

Bill Stickland, a Londonite, has been getting good results from an adaptation of Cecil lyle's famous paper hat trick wherein pieces are torn and restored to show the article. Glen Pope has made fine use of it as a closer when hia gal assistant exits. Stickland doesn't make a hat — he makes a gas mask which he puts on and wearsj — At Dante's farewell party we tried our best to find out what "SIM-SALA-BIM" (the title name of his full evening show) meant. He wouldn't divulge. After diving into Jean Hugard's voluminous files regarding magi for many years it was discovered that they are the first three words of the chorus of an old Danish drinking song. Jansen (Dante) is of Danish extraction.

Jack Gwynne will open at N.Y.1 s Loew's State

Theatre on Dec. ô so take heed. --- And "Think-

-a-Drink Hoffman" still is with "The Streets of Paris" show, an example of what perfect staging and background can do with a magic act. ---

Irony item is that the ship sunk by a mine from under Nicola with a total loss of his show, could have been saved. The shore battery saw the ship approaching the Singapore harbor minefield. The Captain phoned his fire commander, who said he had to get his orders from the port war station. Official inquiry showed that there was no "initiative" left to a shore battery to fire a warning shot in an imergency. The battery was intended for defense of the port, the fire commander said, not to halt ships entering the mine field.

SEFALAUIA (once more from page 473)

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