The Jinx Program

JINX Programs are a revolutionary idea that is finding favor with EVERYONE interested in the art of magic, whether he be an amateur or top flight professional. Never before has there been a series of completely routined programs, explained in detail, ready for your presentation. Never before have professional secrets of distinction been carefully and correctly arrayed with a cloak of showmanship. NOW it is possible for YOU to have at hand any number of complete programs ready for your immediate use and covering all situations.

No. 1 —A CLUB ACT OF MAGIC (25 minutes-Brief case) TXo. 2 — A ONE MAN MENTAL CLUB ACT (30 min.-Brief case) No. 3 — A MAGICAL CLUB PROGRAM (30 min.-small suitcase) No. 4 — A "NO CARD" MAGIC ART (30 min.-small suitcase) No. 5 — "NO CODE" TELEPATHY (30 min.-brief case)

EACH complete program, in uniformly printed book style, fully illustrated

Michael Skinner's personal notes

These notes were acquired from the Michael Skinner Library. The notes are linked to their corresponding effect.

"Michael Skinner, revered as one of America's most skilled magicians, would read his books on magic and take note of the tricks he enjoyed the most. After he completed reading each volume he would write the word complete at the bottom of his notes. These lists of effects taken from The Jinx give us a personal perspective of Michael Skinner's taste for magic therefore making them a must have for all serious magicians and magic collectors."

-Geno Munari

lo my sometimes perverse way of thinking, this Is the beat and cleanest way presenting a newspaper test yet conceived. The metnod for securing the numbers whlcn In turn are used to Indicate a column and ad Is most disarming and highly original. In book tests and effects of tnls nature 1 have always objected to the Introduction of outside and otherwise foreign object such as cards, dloe, counters, numbered papers and whatnot that Immediately gave the effect an air of preparedness and trickery.

In the case at hand there is nothing ever seen by tne audience except the newspaper and it becomes a means unto Itself. That is what gives the entire stunt a veritable air of nonchalance and fairness.

Ine other Important point is the ease wltn which it may be done and the fact tnat the performer has little to get ready, rie can purchase a paper on the way to his engagement and use It with but two minutes of perusal. Or, if desired to perform the feat Impromptu, he may use a paper at hand with no more than two minutes of time In preparation, rrofesslonala appreciate greatly such a point as this.

In effect a copy of tne daily newspaper is shown and the performer states he will try a feat of telepathy in conjunction with the want or classified advertising. fhe paper is opened and one page of these classified ads Is torn out, it oe-lng given a member .of the audience to hold.

.mow tne performer says he is In need of a method for having one of the many ads selected In an open and obviously fair manner. So saying, he holds the newspaper in front of him and with one motion tears off the upper right oorner of the entire paper. This includes all the pages and also lnoludes, to which he oalls attention, all the numbered corners of the paper.

Laying tne paper aside the packet of corners Is tossed into a borrowed hat or oowl and mixed «ell by anyone. The performer asks this person to reach In without looking, to select Just one of the corners, crumple It up small and drop it on his (performer's) hand. The performer hands it directly to the person holding the torn out page and walks to a far corner of the room. This person is told to look at the selected corner. On botn sides of this corner will be a number. They are to select either number and use that to count across the page to a column. Then they are to use the other number and count down that oo&umn to an individual ad. They are to concentrate upon the wording and subject matter of this ad and call to the performer when ready. He returns and effectively reveals what the ad is all about even if not able to give the wording in its' exact form.

The effect never fails to win applause and a lot of wonder through Its' directness. The method is as direct, i-reviously the performer has torn out a corner it being for instance tne corner bearing the page numbers 5 and 6. Turning to the Pag* tnat he will remove later and which contains nothing but classified ads, he reads the sixth ad in column five and the fifth ad in column six. Ine main thing is merely to know what it is about and not botner to learn it word for word.

In his pooket he oarrlea the well known and respeoted thumb tip. Into this he puts this stolen oorner after crumpling it up. Now the effect prooeeds as described. The corner selected by spectator mixing the pieces is placed on performer's outstretched left palm while right has secured tip on thumb. In going to person »1th Pag* the-rlgnt thumb is placed on left palm and paper, left fingers close, and thumb oomes from hand with the stolen slip from tip and this is handed spectator as left hand pockets the tip and other corner while performer walks away. He watches the spectator from a distance while tne counting is done and therefore knows which of tne two ads has been selected. Newspapers have columns on both sides of tne page and both sides line up with each other. The mystery is over and a few or great many more people have been mystified.

The alate picture stunt Is another variation. Have two slateB at hand and one Is prepared by writing In slate pencil writing (not cnalk), 'Help me fool the rest of the audience and we'll have a private laugh between ourselves. Rub this writing out with your finger and draw a large square with a triangle Inside. Thank you.' Again this picture nay be anything and even a small sketch may be made, tick your victim and direct him to a corner, going a little ways with him. Hand bin a slate and your Index finger points to the writing. 3t^p back to front and picking up your own slate direct him to maiie a drawing or sketcn of soiae kind and you «111 do tne same and at the same time. Jihen finished he shows his and you show yours to be the same. Telepathy?

AvarlatIon along tne same line was used to a great extent by one performer. A slate was handed one of the audience and he was to stand at a far side of the room and think of a number consisting of three figures. This he was to write on the slate in large figures and concentrate, all the while keeping the thought of number away from audience. The performer would select a lady to assist and holding her wrist would count slowly from one to zero. The lady would then be asked to s tell which of the figures impressed her most and the routine was repeated three times. Thus a three figured number was arrived at and upon the spectators turning his slate It would be found to be the same. Naturally the slate contained a message to the spectator with the number and the lady'3 wrist was pinched each time the correct figure was passed by the performer. This test is not half as difficult as many might think and though it takes a little affrontery It Is as effective as any test of Its' kind.

A 11 of these frame up tests need a little nerve. One fV^aust watch for likely spectators to aid and it would be foolish to pick a grouchy looking individual who doesn't appear to be enjoying himself. Likewise It Is bad to pick the smart alek type or wise guy who may be a little loud mouthed. However, there Is an In between type that can always be spotted and these people will always fall In line and help out because they get a kick out of it and are good natured. »ith a little application a performer can run one or two such stunts into his regular program and step it up quite a bit.

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