Thought Ablaze Charles

When you happen to go into vour host's or hostess' lavatory during your time within their wallsj wash your hands to dampen the soap,and let it set for the interval you need to dry those magical fingers.

What you are going to do will be a seeming miracle to those who pay attention to your efforts, even if the reader of these lines may snort at it as bging "old stuff" to him. That reader, however, will have to admit that he "never actually tried it out" although he did know the "secret".

From an old and soft deck take the "Three of Clubs". Use a razor blade to cut out the three spots. With two heavy rubber bands and this stencil in your wallet you're always ready. Lay the card on the inside of your left arm and hold it in place with the bands around your arm, one between each of the spots.

Next take the soap with right hand and aoply it to each cut out pip of the stencil, using one of its corners. The film of soap thus is transferred to the arm in perfect "clubs" to represent the trey. Carefully remove the stencil and bands. Pull down sleeve and replace soap in its dish.

At an opportune moment force any card in any manner, give deck to spectator for the card's return and a thorough shuffle. Run through the face up pack and watch for the 3 of Clubs. As it passes by start spelling to yourself the first and last names of another spectator. Then cut the deck at the end of this spelling, run over them again and pick out the forced card. Immediately say that you know of a more spectacular way to reveal a chosen card. Hand deck to the person it has been arranged for and ask him to spell his name, dealing a card face down at each letter and keep the one on the last letteri Tear off a 6 x 9 piece of newspaper. He is told to write the card's name in any white space on it and crumple into a ball. You burn it on an ash tray, roll back sleeve, and dust the broken ashes across arm. The 3 of Clubs develops very * beautifully. Remember that newspaper must be used for the ashes. And remember that no one is doing the trick, so it's a honey for the present

J mast say that I was thinking tne same thing, even if only to bolster up that egoistic complex within all beings. It has to do with What Jinx dealers are passing on to our ears. Subscribers, as well as counter buyers, are getting disgusted with the ne'er-do-well appearances of this sheet, supposedly a weekly, but obviously a weakling.

An alibi? Only our blood would suffice. An answer? Only something unsaleable to outrageous fiction magazines would be your reply. A promise? Only something.

At the end of our third set of fifty issues, a total of 150 distinct efforts to please, may we quote what we wrote, dated May 12, 1938, In preparation for our demise? It follows:

A Syllabus —- One month of muttering and brooding, temper, affection and indignation was used up in thinking about "The Jinx". That was about three years and seven months ago. Jilted, in several instances, when ray friends and well-wishers reversed their decision to aid with material it was necessary to organize a one-man production corps. Office boy, board-cutter, margin-liner, originator of effects, editor of contributions, ghost writer, board-of-tester-outers, typist, paster-upper of copy, letterer of titles, folding chief, addresser of envelopes, bookkeeper, and major-domo in charge of all mail containing both roses and brickbats; pick your title and you would have found us.

More than once we found ourselves adrift in a cockle-shell between Scylla and Charybdis. More than once our ignorance of so-called ethics threatened to muss up the whole enterprise. How were we to know there was a timeless feud between the amateurs, the professionals and the exposer8? We knew only that magicians as a whole could use good material. Deep within was a conviction that we could sift chaff from wheat and provide a service which would fill that need.

If "The Jinx" has provided sensible and practical tricks; if "The Jinx ".has afforded a laugh now and then: If "The Jinx" has thrown some light at times on the faults and vagaries of magicians as well as on the crimes against magicdom: it hasn't entirely been in vain.

I sincerely thank those friends and associates who have consoled me during dark- hours, and to the few intimates who always looked with a tolerant eye upon my lunacies. Hundreds of others have contributed to "The Jinx" in varying degree and to all of them I remove my hat.

I have lived with "The Jinx", slept with "The Jinx", dreamed of "The Jinx" for so long that an appraisal of it and what it has accomplished would be dyed with prejudice. I hope you have liked it. Me? I recently stood on the Rubicon and rattled the dice. --- Craps.

Imagine. I wrote that about three and a half years ago. I print it now because it seems ridiculous that I'd ever stop trying to produce this sheet. What some people don't do in their youth.

If I quit shoving this paper at you, as often as it can be filled with worthy contents, how would you know about the success of that new mindreading duo - Lucille and Eddie Roberts - now at N.Y.'S Cafe de la Paix (Hotel St. Moritz) with the smartest patter these ears ever have heard applied to an ancient art? How

Page would you hear of Bert Kalmar buying lots and lots of new gimmicks because the Broadway show t"High Kickers").into which he put lyrics and gags ad enjoyment no end, is a "sleeper", which means "success despite critics"? Would you buy a "Pencil Wand" from Stuart Robson's Conjurer's Shop (the neatest pocket gadget for magic lovers in a long while) ((and with your signature or it, €ooJ)) if you had had to go by that November Sphinx advert which was garbled?

Who woeld have told you about "This Gun For Hire", the movie in which Veronica Lake does a few tricks? Everybody? All right, but who would have wasted space to reveal that Jimmy Grippo, the hypnotising fight manager, taught her what it took twenty or more "takes" to make acceptable on film? Did any magic mag print the item about an editor who tried to talk an entertainer into sueing me for words printed here before he (the so-called editor) found out that the entertainer (plus) was my friend and liked the publicity?

How many sheets got the same complaint that Russ Swann's press notices are too, too awful in content (to magicians) because they exagerate his powers? All of them? O.K., but, do other than close friends know that the Swann doesn't believe his publicity, but does believe in publicity?

Would you know that Ralph Read's latest version of the "Mental Masterpiece" is one of the "naturals" in mind magic and a "must" on my list? Or -^hat he stands quite alone in the history of dealers by improving a trick (and it is!) but not changing its title and palming it off under-cover-like?

Now look at this cartoon which we picked up somewhere. Who else would pass it on to

you, you, or you who may not have seen it before? We think it very funny and not necessary of any wite-cracks, which our detractors like to hold aeainst us. All of which shows that I*m the type of fellow who would take a safety pin away from most babies.

Time magazine will carry an article about Dr. Douglas Kelly a week or so from the time you read this. The genial psychiatrist who came East for a liberal education (Dear Alice; Doug's marriage to you was a top honor for him as far as I'm concerned) has returned to the West coast and is attract!nt? national attention with his theory of helping patients with magic as a distraction from their wacky thoughts. We know, and you do, too, magicians who dreate the same atmosphere without impressing anyore but themselves.

I'll save the postage stamp item for next issue, and I won't digress on Editrivia again until we hit number #200. Gabbatha.'.' sfQ^ ... m

P.S. I rolled the dice once more. Craps againJJ 882


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