Vanishing Wand Presentation

"f) ear Ted« I've evolved this different presentation of the vanishing wand. Use ybur regular assistant or a volunteer. Show a piece of newspaper, tap wand to show solid, and roll it up twisting the ends. Hand to helper. Show a second piece of newspaper, roll it up empty, twist the ends, and also give it to helper,taking back the first package. Tear this into bits and throw aside. Then take the remaining paper roll, tear off an end, and withdraw the wand. ******* it ie, of course, that standby, a heavy black paper shell with white wood inserts at the ends. Prepare a piece of newspaper by glueing over an end to form a secret pocket. Insert the genuine wand and seal the ends. With faked wand and a fair piece of paper, start.** ***** Rap the dummy wand on something solid and roll it up. Give to the assistant. Pick up the prepared sheet, show both sides, and roll it apparently empty. Give it to spectator in return for the first.Tear it up. Wand is gone. Take the empty (?) paper, tear off an end, and withdraw the genuine wand. This all has been quick and simple.The exchange of the rolls with the helper makes people think you've "done something" without it being seen. But you haven't.

JJ allows'en time ie with us again, or maybe

X should say "Houdini Day". I wonder how many of the boys took advantage of the chance to do a benefit show and be certain of press recognition due to the Houdini tie-up? We were going to put handcuffs and leg-irons pn our cats but Sid Lorraine kept us on the time honred track by donating a couple of pumpkins for them.---It proDably will get to many readers too late, out we just learned the gag. Those "salesman's campaign (Presidential) buttons" which show a picture of BOTH candidates allow the "fence-walker" to take either side after he knows who his customer likes. Just spell the candidate's name, letter by letter, touching the pictures back and forth. Always start with the one whose name is being spelled and you end up pointing to him. Willkie and Roosevelt just spell out that way. --- Woolwortn has a new novelty in uie form of a squatting hindu holding a 3/4 in. crystal. A pin is on the back. The ones with clear glass balls are excellent for that stunt of having a miniature playing card on a finger tip to hold behind the ball when a spectator looks in.

Thosi full page ads lately for Botany Wrinkle-Proof Neckties offering a "Book of Magic" at all tie dealers were helped by Francis early le who furnished the material. Most of the contents is inconsequential stuff but it wasn't necessary to Include the sponge ball secret, was it? —- Doug Kelly's recent marriage takes a good man out of circulation. Miss Alice Hill of Chattanooga, Tennessee bottled up the "Doc" and it's going to make some of us easterners a bit mad if they decide to try and live as cheaply as one on the west coast. Doug is one of the best "mixers" we've ever had the good fortune to meet among magicians. — And Arthur Lloyd mailed us a card ending in "Ha-ha to you" for, after nine attempts,he finally did get a Draft Registration Card from a Major-General who had seen his famous human index act. O.K., Arthur, "Ha-ha" to us, but we'll keep on trying to stump you. After all, that's what audiences have tried to do to yon for umpteen years.

Jinx No. Ill was delayed by Canadian Customs for a checking of what we remarked about an occurence in London. I guess we didn't word it any too clearly at the start to show that we were praising rather than damning British morale these days. It's a hard job to make some sentences and meanings clear to our many oversea subscribers because of the difference in "slang" and idiomatic phrases. One letter from Liverpool said that the writer had had to inquire a number of times from American friends what certain of our words really meant. Well, cousin, you have nothing on us. It's for that reason we've quit reading this page over when it comes back from the printer. --- And Lane's

December Funny Talk isn't so funny,because he left out a whole column about us that was ready to go. --- Have you a Jinx No. 108 or 110 you want t6 trade back to me for 3 current issues in return? A sudden jump in circulation caught us thinking about the new farm instead of watching the wand.

The Dayton, Chio magic group calling themselves the Heptagons has a beautifully simple idea for keeping happy betwixt themselves. Only 7 can belong at one time, and each must specialise in a different type of trickery. It thus eliminates one using (or stealing?) the effects and ideas of another, and everybody is willing to talk freely and perform eagerly for pertinent suggestions and criticism, knowing that no one else cares about doing the stunt shown. Can't some other groups be formed?

I wonder if there aren't a lot of readers who have shelves cluttered up with apparatus and gimmicks of no use to them? It would help some of the ESiglish magi doing war duty a lot if such pieces were sent them. London's World's Fair magic column repeatedly gets requests for such ware from camp entertainers who have worn out or lost their programs. We'll be awfully glad to relay names and addresses, though it might be more practical to have some individual over there act as a clearing house. Letters to hand all speak of how magic is eagerly received by the forces who have too little entertainment.

Did we scare anybody with our "Squiggle Contest" as per last issue because the sample sketches looked too ornate? A written out idea is just as valuable an entry as a finished drawing. The roughest sketch will get as much attention as the most perfectly executed effort. What we want are IDEAS and THOUGHTS. Bruce Elliott has forwarded the suggestion (but no entry.'.') that if a full deck of "squiggles" can be secured we might reproduce them in actual card size on one side of a paper sheet so that the avid collectors of things odd would be made happy.

Please don't ask again. The word in John MUlholland's letter of last issue,rejecting our offer to buy The Sphinx.so difficult to read was "Were". 'TVras the last word in the line just 3 1/4 in. from the top. Possibly it wasn't easily figured out because the rest of the sentence sounded bo incredible. —- The Nov. 2 issue of Detective Fiction Weekly, page 70, has one of the characters doing the cig in the hank vanish. Then he says, "Not bad, huh, Johnny?" And Johnny comes back withs "You mean the false fingertip? You ought to paint it to match your skin." He goes on from there to vanish a cigarette via the cig holder pull. It disappears with a click and Johnny says "Gadgets." And the other character, Sam. says he bought the stuff at Ma Holden's Magic Shop.' It is quite possible that the Ma was a typographical error.

Charlie Arbuthnot III has a thought in his letter to hand. "Recently I had occasion to discuss with a local addict the confusion in locating the two cards in any effect in which you ask two assistants (each given a half or the pack after you've noted the top and bottom cards) to take a card from the center or his heap, note it, place it on top. cut his portion, assemble the deck, and cut again. One card is going to be above one key card and the other card below the other key. Which is which?

"Here's an easy way to remember without brain fatigue. 'Below the bottom, above the top'. It will, of course, always apply. Pass it on to those Who have difficulty In remembering positions when sometimes they use top, bottom, or both cards of the deck as keys."

Worcester,liass.,S.A.M. Assembly #16 publishes monthly "The Gimmick". The editor, Willard Smith, tells of doing the floating ball to its serious end only to see'next a previous "loaded" black cat calmly stalking across stage. He asks, "What would mu do?" We might pick up the feline, remarking, ^You certainly brought the audience luck by walking in front of them. Now they won't have to watch what waS to be the next trick."--^¿L-s?

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