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French card manipulator, recently arrived in this country; Jansen, who returned a few weeks ago from Austria, and Arthur Lloyd, the "human card index". A feature of the entertainment that followed was a recital by»Houdini of his lecture exposing noted fraud mediums, which he will give thruout the United States the coming season in connection with his latest film release, "The Man From Beyond".

RECEPTION OF HONORED GUESTS and LADIES NIGHT August twelfth was none too warm for a host of members, their ladies and friends to extend a warm welcome home to Mystic Clayton, and a magical welcome to Mr. Gus Fowler — the noted English magician, always on time, we can safely say; his specialty being the passing of time mysteriously; dealing with watches and alarm clocks; to be precise, he is a CHRONOMETRICAL ILLUSIONIST — and Long Tack Sam, an Oriental jnystifler of equal fame; this trio having been fellow passengers on ship-board. The fete was scheduled for Thursday night, August 10th, but arrival being delayed twenty-four hours, a change was precipitated of necessity, and postponement notices mailed posthaste, with result of a goodly attendance of representative members and friends. Had there been no necessity for change in time, attendance would undoubtedly have been much larger. After a protracted informal greeting and personal introduction; the meeting was called to order by Pres. Houdini and a program, long to be remembered was put on in good order. A cordial welcome was extended officially by the president, including hospitable courtesies to each one of the visitors individually, which was acknowledged by each in most appreciative language — each, in return, extending cordial invitation to members of the S. A. M. to visit their respective native land, with assurance of a royal reception awaiting them. Mystic Clayton was most emphatic in his expression of the royal hospitality extended him while in Europe, likewise in corroboration of expression by the other guests of honor. The Billboard has so faithfully reported the event that we avail ourselves of the privilege of reproducing their version. It is more pleasant to publish what reportorial representatives of prominent professional

magazines say of our affairs than to sing our own praise. In the speech of welcome, Harry Houdini, president of the S. A. M., expressed hope that American Magicians and American audiences would make the stay in this country of Fowler and Long Tack Sam as pleasant as the English Society of Magicians and English audiences made that of Mystic Clayton during his engagement on the other side. Houdini also is president and founder of the British organization, and has done much to cement the two societies. Glowing in his tribute to Will Goldston and the English Society of Magicians, Mystic Clayston told of the royal reception accorded him by that organization while in England, stating that he had been the guest at no less than seven functions arranged by it in his honor. He declared that he had never met a finer group of conjurers in all his travels, which extended all over the globe. He exhibited the silver cup which was presented him at occasion of his departure from England, and said that, in the future, all American magicians visiting the other side would be presented with like tokens of good-fellowship by the British society. Fowler and Long Tack Sam expressed their appreciation of the honor accorded them by the Society of American Magicians, and assured its members that a like reception awaited them when they visited England. Fowler will begin a thirty weeks' toui of the Keith Circuit next week in Sioux City, la., and Long Tack Sam will be seen in the new show at the Hippodrome, this city. Howard Thurston, recounted happy reminiscences of his various trips abroad, declaring that he always enjoyed British engagements because of the fact that in that country, as in no other, an artist got his just due. Other speakers were the Great Maurice,

Houdini said he has been an ardent investigator of spiritualism for the past thirty years, during which time he has witnessed more than 5,000 seances, but never once has he detected any phenomena that might lead him to believe in the existence of a spirit sphere. He declared that he is not a skeptic; that he has always attended seances with an open mind receptive to evidences of truth, but, that as yet in all his experiences he has never seen a sign which would cause him to change his belief. Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. Harry Houdini, Mr. and Mrs. Francis J. Werner, Horace Goldin, Jansen, Arthur Lloyd, Oscar S. Teale, George Mellville, Long Tack Sam, Meyenberg, the Great Blackstone, Mystic Clayton, Mrs. Clayton and daughter Doris, Art Felsman, Doris Baker, Harry Linaberry, Harry Dreilinger, George Heller, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Berryman, Dr. Marcus Beyman, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hill, Drake B. Smith, Blanche Grotjan, Ferdinand Holly. John Mulholland, Gus Fowler, Howard Thurston. During his 35 weeks on the Keith and Orpheum time, every member of the S. A. M. should avail himself of an opportunity to witness the expert work of Gus Fowler. Those in the immediate vicinity of New York City will have a 10 week chance beginning at the Colonial Theatre, November 20th. Keep your eye open also for appearance of Long Tack Sam; sorry we are unable to give his itinerary at this writing. His novelties will surely win your favor. We have much pleasure welcoming our highly respected Compeer Frederick E. Powell back to New York City, but deplore the fact that his life-long companion and chief assistant, his good wife, is debarred from helping him on the stage as of yore. May their prosperity and restoration to good health of Mrs. Powell, be abundant and complete.


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The Society of American Magicians

Published Monthly by THE SOCIETY OK AMKIIICAN MAGICIANS for its members—to perpetuate

Biography of Magicians past and present. Edited by the President, to whom communications should be addressed.

Incorporated April 3, 1908

OFFICERS, 1922-23 HARRY HOUDINI, President, 278 West 118th Street, New York City. GEO. W. HELLER, First Vice-President, 704 Broadway, New York City. HOWARD THURSTON, Second Vice-President JOHN MULHOLLAND. Treasurer, 306 West 109th Street, New York City. RICHARD VAN DIEN, Secretary, 230 Union Street Jersey City, N. J. COUNCIL—Harry Houdini, Richard Van Dion. G. G. Laurens. Lionel Hartley, Francis J. Werner. Wm. Bevryman, John Mulholland. Geo. W. Heller, Leo Rullman, B. M. L. Ernst, C. Fred Crosby. Jean Irving, Frederick M. Schubert. TRUSTEES- Francis J. Werner, Wm. R. Berryman, Leo Rullmann. COMMITTEE ON ADMISSION — Irving Watson, Leo Rullmann, Richard Van Dien. SERGEANT-AT-ARMS- Charles Nagel, Harry C. Park. LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE -B. M. L. Ernst, of Ernst, Fox and Cane. REPRESENTATIVES AT LARGE- Horace Golden. Carl Rosini. Arthur D. Gans. MEETINGS-First Saturday Evening- each month. AFFILIATED ASSEMBLIES --Chartered aim Franchised. GOLDEN GATE ASSEMBLY No. 2. San Francisco, Cal. H. Syiil Dusenbcry. Pies., 2111 Jackson St.. Harold R. Jacobs, Se'y. 223 Montgomery St., San Francisco, Cal. CHICAGO ASSEMBLY No. 3. Chicago. 111., Wm. R. Walsh, Prcs., 1040 MeCormick Bids., Thomas McDonald. Sec'y, 5730 Washington Blvd., Chicago, 111PHILADELPHIA ASSEMBLY No. 4, Philadelphia, Pa., Oscar M. Thomson, Pies., James C. Wobensmith, Sec'y. 404 Bulletin Bldg., Philadelphia, Pa. DETROIT ASSEMBLY No. 5. Detroit. Mich., Jos. W. Speke. Pres., 6359 Scotten Avc., II. E. Cisle, Sec'y, 5250 Beaubien St.. Detroit. Mich. FELICIEN TREWEY ASSEMBLY No. 6. Baltimore, M<1.. Jos. E. Sanisbuiy. Pres.. P. O. Box 233. R. W. Test. Sec'y, 13 VV. Baltimore St.. Baltimore, Md. OMAHA MAGICAL SOCIETY ASSEMBLY No. 7. Omaha, Neb.. C. S. Bowman. Pres.. 92 Dover St.. A. A. Schrempp, Sec'y, 964 So. 30th St., Omaha, Neb. ST. LOUIS ASSEMBLY. No. 8. St. Louis. Mo., E. B. Heller. Pres., Robert G. Williams. Sec'y. 326 Wainrinht Bide., St. Louis. Mo. BOSTON ASSEMBLY No. 9. Boston. Mass.. James E. Gordon, Pies.. Dr. Edward F. Welch. Sec'y. CLEVELAND ASSEMBLY No. 10. CINCINNATI ASSEMBLY No. 11, STANDING COMMITTEES OFFICIAL REPORTER Richard Van Dien. OFFICIAL REPORTER AT LARGE Cinton Burgess. ENTERTAINMENT -T. Francis Fritz, Chairman. COMPLAINT T. W. Hardeen, Chairman,

Parent Assembly. The 217th regular meeting of the society was held at the Hotel McAlpin, New York, on Saturday evening, July 1, 1922. Despite the discouragement of continued storms the following were in attendance: M. 111. President Houdini, 111. Past Presidents Werner, Teale, Hartley, and Van Dien, 111. Treasurer Mulholland, 111. Compeers Mme. Adelaide Herrmann, Brewer, Nagel, Ernst, Crosby, Fitch, Meyenberg, Rullmann, Laurens, Long, Rinn, Martinka, Wickers, Merton, Guissart, Fuigle, Wieman, Irving, Parks, Goldin, Rosini, Duysters, Feust, Braun, Rogers, Schubert, Drake, Smith, Hauenstein, and Gans of Baltimore. The meeting was opened in ceremonial form by M. 111. Houdini. Minutes of' 217th regular and 18th annual meeting read and approved. Proposition

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R. Roy, Dacca, India and K. Handa, Imperial Japanese Mail Line, Yokohama, Japan, Burdette Harrison, 210 Lock St., Tarenton, Pa., and Dr. Benjamin J. Pressman, 1045 Grant Ave., New York City. , Burdette Harrison 210 Lock Str. Tarentium, Pa. Dr. Benj. J. Pressman Ducrot 1045 Grant Ave.. Bronx Myenberg Clifford Edward Knille Cincinnati. O. 825 Beech Ave., Pine Hill Urban Henry Brichler Cincinnati, O. 1535 Republic Str. Joseph S. Schreck Cincinnati. O. 42 University Avc. Stewart Judah Cincinnati. O. 3131 Reading Road Joseph Braun Cincinnati. O. 551 E. Epworth Ave. Lawrence G. Terbruggen Cincinnati. O. 1214 Sliker Ave. Thomas Hendricks McKenney Chicago 7250 Merrill Ave. John KootK Phila. 98S No. 1th. Pietro Cocciolone Phila. 1238 Federal St. Earl De Forest Golden Gate 239 Phelan Bldg. R. Roy Dacca. India K. Handa Imperial Japanese Mail Line Yokohama. Japan.

Queen City mystics, of Cincinnati, Ohio — Assembly No. 11 — starts in with nine charter members. Nine, the mystic number; may it be increased; multiplied by itself for the next nine months, and then some. Welcome to Cincinnati. THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE HELD IN "THE LOUNGE", HOTEL McALPIN, SATURDAY EVENING, OCT. 7th The parent assembly meets the first Saturday of each month (except August and September), at eight o'clock.

Election of Candidates. A unanimous ballot was cast for the following candidates reported upon as worthy by the committee on admission. 962 963 964 965 966 967 968 £69 970 971 972 973 974 975 976 977

Edward J. Magner, New York David L. George, New York Horace D. Wolferman, N Y J. V. Gentilly, Cleveland H. F. Carlston, Jr., Golden Gate Assembly Frank Van Hoven, Golden Gate Assembly Joseph A. Wickes, Chestertown, Md. Eugene A. Partridge, N. Y. Louis E. Levasson, Cincinnati, Ohio John L. Hlavan, Cleveland Assembly Leslie N. Smith, Cleveland Assembly Harry Hunsinger, Cleveland Assembly George T. Ulrich, Cleveland Assembly Albert E. Jacques, Cleveland Assembly Arthur Finn Bowen, Raleigh, N. C. Robert Herrman Heger, St. Paul Initiation.

111. George Braun being in waiting was initiated under the short form because of pressure of business and entertainment of the evening. 111. Past President Werner imposed the obligation in his usual impressive manner. At this time a visitor was announced, no other than Mr. C. S. Maurice of the Magician's Club, London and a famous magician. M. 111. Houdini instructed 111. Fitch and Mulholland to escort and introduce the distinguished visitor as the two had been the recipients of marked honor and attention by the Magicians' Club. 111. Mulholland being also a member of that organization. After a personal welcome by M. 111. Houdini, Mr. Maurice took the obligation of the society given by 111. Past President Werner after which he was given the special battery of honor and a most cordial and hearty welcome. Correspondence. From 111. A. M. Wilson, M. D. who says under date of June 23. "This is my sixty-eighth birthday anniversary — now what do you think of that? Just now comes in the Western Union messenger with your wire of congratulations. Sure I should feel mighty good and happy—" Manng Tun Pe, Rangoon, Burmah, requests proposition blank. 111. J. H. Stevenson, Antofagasta, endorsing the application of Chili K. Handa of Yokohama, Japan. R. Roy of Naba Roy's House, Ducca, India, proposition for membership. From 111. Harrington that the Queen City Mystics, Cincinnati, had voted for an assembly charter he being one of the three S. A. M. signers.


§>0rirtg of Antfrtran magicians Committees. Committee on club house, through 111. Ernst, chairman, reported having examined sites during June but did not find one suited to requirements. Council reports at meeting held Junt 21, that the council appropriated $150.00 to obtain an injunction against Petroff, Lyric Theatre, Cincinnati, for the purpose of stopping an exposure of the illusion known as "Sawing a woman in two," with the distinct understanding that the expenditure shall not be in excess of the said $150.00. By 111. Laurens that a charter be granted to the Cleveland Magicians Club, assembly number 10, as per their application dated June 7, 1922. The following amendment to constitution having been published the required sixty days passed unanimously. Article IV Sec. 711 In urgent cases, when in the opinion of the Council it is to the best interests of the Society, the Council shall have power to waive the requirement of previous publication of the applicant's name; provided however, that all other essential conditions .have been fulfilled; provided also that the applicant be personally known by two or more members of the Society present at the balloting in the Parent Assembly; or in lieu thereof that the report of ballots previously taken in a Branch Assembly be accompanied by special endorsement to that effect. G. G. Laurens Oscar S. Teale April 1, 1922. New Business. 111. Past President Werner reported the temporary illness of 111. Berryman who has recently returned from the co.'.st. He was royally entertained by Golden Gate Assembly No. 2 of which Assembly he is representative in the council and promises a full report of his pleasant trip when he attends the next S. A. M. meeting. 111. Goldin reported the widow of a once prominent booking manager as in temporary distress. Contributions were called for and a substatial amount was promptly collected for her relief. The next regular meeting of the Society will be held Saturday, October 7. Recommended that the Parent Assembly present a show in the near future towards a special legal fund. Unfinished Business. Installation of officers elect. The following officers for 1922-23 installed by III. Past President Werner: M. 111. President Houdini, 111. Trcas. Mulholland, 111. Secretary Van Dien, Sgt. at arms, Kagle and Park, Trustee, (three years) Rullmann, Council, Werner, Hartley, Watson, Schubert. 111. Werner is master of several languages including a wonderful command of English.

His greetings to the new officers were poetical as well as practical and the ceremony as he performs it dignified and impressive. Secretary reported the admission of Cleveland Assembly No. 10 which report was received with applause. As no meetings of the society are to be held for August and September, the council shall transact all business necessary during that period. Good and Welfare. Remarks by Maurice, presented the best wishes of the Magicians Club and of Mr. and Mrs. Will Goldston. Paid Li. Goldston a glowing tribute for the hospitality towards visiting members of the S. A. M. and his zeal for the growth and success of the society. Thanks to M. 111. Houdini for the glorious welcome and the grand time given him in New York, and wishing every prosperity and success to the S. A. M. organization. Closed in harmony at ten thirty P. M. for a few hours of entertainment which should be recorded as another "Eighth Wonder", to say nothing of the al fresco feast for all, compliments of M. 111. President Houdini. R. VAN DIEN, Official Reporter.

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Sawing a Woman A decision of unusual importance to magicians generally and those interested in the art of magic has just been rendered by the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court in the case brought by Horace Goldin against a motion picture manufacturer and distributor of motion pictures to prevent them from exposing the act entitled "Sawing a Woman in Half," which was recently shown by Goldin in vaudeville. As an illusion of the sort cannot adequately be protected either by copyright or patent, the Court holds that on the theory of unfair competition and to prevent the unauthorized use of property made valuable by another, those who seek to make such improper use of the result of the labor and effort of another, will be enjoined from so doing. In other words, the Court reaffirms that one obtains a property right in an original creation which has been made valuable by the owner's efforts as well as in the title under which the illusion is exhibited. The opinion of the Court was unanimous, all five Judges concurring in the decision as written by Justice Dowling. The holding of the Court establishes a land mark of the greatest importance to magicians generally.

Not Houdini's Double ST. LOUIS ASSEMBLY NO. 8, S.A.M. July 1st, 1922. The 13th regular meeting of the Assembly was held at the American Hotel, parlors C & D, on Saturday evening, July 1st, 1922. 111. HelleV being absent the chair was occupied by 111. V. Pres. Braden. The meetingwas opened in full ceremonial form with a small attendance, the following members being present: Braden, Williams, W. Mayer, Badley, Sharpe and J. Mayer. Minutes of the last meeting read and approved. CORRESPONDENCE From Compeer Clinton Burgess, personal regards and fraternal greetings to members of No. 8.—Ernest A. Carter, Portland, Md,, folder for Assembly's collection.—Bernard M. L. Ernst, reference expose articles in St. Louis daily paper being syndicated by Philadelphia Public Ledger.—Oliver KendaH, Madison, Wise, best wishes to members of No. 8.—Compeer A. A. Erbland, Faribault, Minn., greetings and best wishes.—St. Louis Globe Democrat, assurance that they would not print any articles exposing magicians' secrets that were not first approved by the Council of the Parent Assembly of the S. A. M. The meeting was closed in accordance with ritual at an early hour and the remainder of the evening was devoted to magic and sociability. ROBERT G. WILLIAMS, Secretary.

A clipping from The London Mail "Houdini the Second"—a shortsleeved porter was the central figure in a Covent Garden comedy to-day. Armed with a quantity of rope he invited passers-by to truss him up and guaranteed to escape from the most complicated of entanglements. A crowd gathered, and a railway employee left his van to tie up the challenger. He did his work well, but left the scene suddenly to give chase to his horses. Meanwhile "Houdini the Second" was wrestling with his problem and muttering strange words. Having been mercilessly chaffed he at length called on the crowd to release him. Although he had thus humbled himself no one volunteered to cut the Gordian knot. The victim was becoming desperate and inarticulate when at last a flower girl pushed her way through the grinning crowd and untied knot by knot until the man was free. After thanking the girl and glaring at the crowd he disappeared.

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writes to your president in a personal letter — "Yes sir, I am with the magician every time and am honored to be of use in any "way" — there is hope that the publication of our trade secrets may be eventually suppressed and protection afforded. We realize that from a business point of view, if pecuniary interest are of first consideration, the editor of Popular Mechanics is extending absolutely unselfish courtesy and making sacrifice as a matter of justice. The readers of scientific periodicals are eager to learn the secrets of scientific amusements, but, honor before gain, seems to be the motto or practice in management of Popular Mechanics. By-the-way, members of the Society of American Magicians will not go far astray by subscribing for and reading that periodical; it is rich in mechanical suggestions of value to the Illusionist. And now, the St. Louis Globe Democrat gives assurance against publication of the trade secrets of magicians. By degrees editors are beginning to realize the injustice done by the offenders. "The constant dropping of water will wear away the hardest rock," and if every member of every assembly will bring pressure to bear on local editors, it will not be long before the reform will have been accomplished. The Society of American Magicians was first in the field; for several years its membership has extended over the civilized world, therefore, the following letters are interesting as attestation of the prestige that goes with membership and affiliation with the parent organization:— MANNG TUN PE The Great Burmese Court Magician and Hypnotist. Kangoon, Burma. 13th May 1922 Sir: As I wish toavail myself as a member of your society will you kindly furnish me with a prospectus of the society — by return mail. Yours faithfully, (signed) T. M. Pc. THE ARYA VARIETY ENTERTAINERS CO. The Most Popular and Reliable Entertaining Co. in Bengal. Office Naba Roy's House Dacca, India. I wish to be member of your Society of Magicians — so I send money order — entrance fee and subscription. Hope to be favoured with the prospectus of your society and my recognition of membership. Yours faithfully; (signed) R. ROY (B. Sc).

'In Union There is Strength" Compeer Jacob Chasnoff of St. Louis Assembly No. 8 is doing missionary work in an effective manner. He has been corresponding with some magicians who have not as yet determined on the advantage of co-operation. We fully understand and appreciate the ground on which such question rests, but feel assured, as has proved to be the case in several instances, it will be only a matter of .short duration of time before the full benefit will be comprehended. If any one organization can of its own individual accord or effort, effectually check the publication of magical secrets, the exposures through the "movies" or by stage demonstration, we wrould cheerfully acknowledge their superiority through individuality, but history, politically and socially, argues strongly for co-operation — "In Union there is Strength." COMPEER CHASNOFF IN ANSWER TO A CORRESPONDENT "We think that your question puts the matter in the wrong light. We do not regard the S. A. M. as a New York Organization, although its headquarters are located in New York. We, here in St. Louis, who belong to Assembly No. 8, have not joined the S. A. M. altogether for the individual benefits which we will reap from belonging to a National Organization. We are interested in magic as an art. We are "bugs" on the subject. We care enough for magic to feel that we want to do something to advance the art, and we have affiliated with the National Organization more with the idea of being able to accomplish more for magic through such an Organization than with the idea of receiving direct benefits from the Organization. There are, doubtless, members of your Organization who are also members of various national or international fraternal organizations. If these members view their relations with such organizations on the basis

which you suggest, we know of no reason why it would not be very well for them to withdraw from the National Organization and form their own (local) clubs. And yet it is recognized by everybody that the objects of these organizations are materially advanced by the fact that they are national in their scope and not restricted to local areas. But there is also one material advantage which is gained by belonging to the S. A. M., and which I regard as merely incidental. The S. A. M. is an incorporated Association. There is a limited liability on members of this Association. Unless you go to the expense of incorporating your Organization under the laws of your State, every individual member of your Society is liable for the acts of your Organization. I believe it would cost more per annum to maintain a special Corporation for the purpose of giving you limited liability than the amount of dues your Branch would contribute to the parent Assembly. I feel sure that the S. A. M. can get along very nicely without your Society, and that probably your Society can continue its existence without the S. A. M. On the other hand, I also feel sure that the magicians throughout the Country who are affiliated with the S. A. M. and who at this time number over eight hundred would welcome the affiliation of your Society. The magazine, published by the Society and issued to all members, is another of the direct benefits which the members derive. I am wi-iting this to you at the direction of the St. Louis Assembly to which your letter, addressed to Mr. B. R. Badley, has come for attention. But I want to add my personal regards, not only to yourself, but to the members of your Society, whom I have had the pleasure of meeting. Sincerely, (signed) JACOB CHASNOFF" JC:GR

In reporting the events of our late banquet, by some oversight all detail worthy of note did not receive full report. One of the • features which escaped attention was the beautiful souvenir— the "Houdini Mascot"—the deft handicraft of Mrs. Houdini, in form of a jointed, China (porcelain) doll, beautifully dressed in silk. It was a work of art, but, those most familiar with Mrs. Houdini's proclivities can conceive of nothing but art work as emanating from her hands. The neatness of execution to dress 300 dol's consumed months of patient application and was a great punctuation mark to indelibly impress the banquet in the minds of those who were recipients of the artistic favors.

however, is best realized at t:me of needed reference. In looking over the bound volumes of the "Sphinx", one is surprised at the immense fund of information to be found therein. If you do not already subscribe for the "Sphinx", do it now. Dr. A. M. Wilson, as its editor, has braved storm and gale and is riding the good ship "Sphinx" into a harbor where it must be historically acnowledged.

The "Sphinx" has arrived, bubbling over with information and good news. Those of you who take it I trust are saving and having the copies bound, as they are a most valuable acquisition to any library; their intrinsic worth,

Every Compeer in the Society of American Magicians SHOULD READ THE

" SPHINX " The Oldest Magical Magazine in the world Official Oraan of the S. A. M. published by A. M. WILSON, M. D. Kansas Oity, Mo. U. S. A. 009-11 Bonfils


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ROBERT KUDARZ We are glad to have another Contribution to the Serial by Compeer Kudarz. A protracted absence from Wellington has interrupted the publication which we are p.eased to now resume. His own explanation supplies the missing link. In looking over M. U. M's for 1S21, trying to find where I left off, I discovered in the April number of that year that the article on "Magic and Magicians" on page 53 had no "turn over" in any other part of the issue, and that the program of Mr. W. T. Collins got "broke off" in the middle of it, so I now supply the matter, which has for so long been "left over" •— "The Fairy Columns and Particoloured Balls (A very elaborated illusion) Cafe a la Diable The Mysterious Triangle (Plays anywhere) La Scene Infernale Weird Experiments with the Cabinet Violin Solos From "La Sonnambula" "Caledonia," etc. The Breast of Lanterns (Although this experiment is called a "Feast", the spectators are advised not to eat them, or they may possibly become light-headed and lantern-jawed) Be sure you see these charming entertainments as you may not have the chance of doing so again. Admission — 3s., 2s., and Is. God Save the Queen" Now, has any of our thousand members ever seen, heard, or read of the "Mysterious Triangle that Plays anywhere" ? Now I come to think of it, you may have, as I know you were in the confidence of our worthy Dean, and Kellar played Ipswich, when he toured Queensland at the instigation of Mr. W. T. Collins, and he may have told you of the Talking Triangle during his "confidences." The re-appearance of Prof. Louis Haselmayer, the Austrian Escamotar, was eagerly looked forward to by all those who had enjoyed his previous entertainments. His former success.

all over Austria and New Zealand was perhaps unparalleled in the colonies, and he well deserved the rest which he proposed to take after leaving Australia. When he left us in Sydney, he proceeded to Euiope, and spent some time on the Continent, eventually finding his way to Vienna, his native city, which "home" he had left in 1865 to accompany Carl Herrmann in a tour of America. He had in those years of travel gained Fame, been round the wor.d, and amassed a fortune. It was on his return to Austria that he got married, but shortly afterwards, we are told by Mr. W. Lukesch, through the Sphinx, that Haselmayer "lost his fortune by unsuccessful specu ation and bad friends." "Nil desperandum,"

however, seems to have been the motto of the wizard, so with the help of a charming wife he once more "took the road" with a high-class magical entertainment, wherein was shown man's rare skill and a woman's wonderful witchery. Together they started for South Africa, and opened in Cape Town in November 1878 and after a lengthy and successful tour of South Africa, left for Australia to show the "cornstalks," the "gumsuckers", the "croweaters," and the "sand-grubbers", something new in magic. Sydney was their first city, and they opened in the School of Arts on Monday, March 22, 1880, and with unusual iberality, gave their opening performance wholly and solely to a pub ic charity.—The Irish Distress Relief Fund, the whole of the gross receipts being given thereto, and which must have been considerable, as the house was packed and higher prices had been charged for admission. Needless to say, the professor was enthusiastically greeted by the numerous audience who were evidently glad to have another opportunity of witnessing "Haselmayer's Marvels of Thaumaturgy and Escamotage" and watch the educated canaries and white mice performing. Madame Wilhelmine Haselmayer proved to be a brilliant and most entertaining littfe lady, the fortunate possessor of rare charms in face and figure, and with a vivacity of manner that was quite pleasing and which Australian playgoers were not slow in recognizing.

Haselmayer's o'd tricks were as good as ever, while his new ones (of which he had quite a nurrber) were as good as the old ones. This time the professor brought us the automaton "Psycho", which displayed, as the critic said, an almost superhuman intelligence, and played a hand of whist so cleverly with his partner as to defeat their opponents in every game. Then there were the "Mysteries of the Wonder Portofolio", "The Magic C ock Dial", used by Haselnaayer in conjunction with our o'd friend the "Goblin Dram", "Diddle-diddle Duck," "The Egg-laying Rooster", besides "Mystifying Maniru'ations" with a pack of cards, for did not the professor hail from the land of Hofzinser? And had we not seen his "Variaticns with Cards" way back in the 70's? How I love to think of them! "If this be magic, let it be an Art," sa;d Shakespeare, and so says Oscar S. Tcale, and so said Stodare. I believe it to be a science also. Haselmayer combined science with the Art of Magic, as can be seen by his programs but this time he introduced to Australians a novelty of a scientific character a'together in some sp^ndid electrical apparatus for the production of sparks in vacuo, through the Ruhmkorff coil in connection with Geisler tubes, by which wonderful electrical effects were exhibited in various positions and beautiful colours. Madame Haselmayer took part in the "Magical Light-through Air," which was the "Extinguisher Trick" of our old friend Jacobs, by Verbcck at the Piccadilly Hall, when1 be Kolta's "Vanishing Lady" was al the rage. In presenting this trick Hase'rrayer looked well ahead and showed his cunning, for he dispensed with his usual centre table and substituted his vanishing table in lieu thereof and which he made use of his various conjurations., and where it remained in sight throughout the evening, till he and his good lady required it for one special purpose, quite unknown of course to their audience. Madame Haselmayer's "Crystal Cabinet Mystery; or A Lady Emerging Through Plate Glass," was an extrication trick, and another nove'ty for colonial, and one which the bi'l told us "had taxed the ingenuTty of thousands in Vienna, Paris, and throughout Care Conony." The "Cabinet" consisted of a large box with glass s'des and wooden top and bottom, and this was placed on a small platform. After Madame had got into the box, and knelt down her wrists were secured in a contrivance something like the ancient stocks. {Continued on Page 128)


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OFFICERS, 1922-23 HARRY HOUDINI, President, 278 West 113th Street, Mew York City. GEO. W. HELLER, First Vice-President, 704 Broadway, New York City. HOWARD THURSTON, Second Vice-President JOHN MULHOLLAND, Treasurer, 306 West 109th Street, New York City. RICHARD VAN DIEN, Secretary, 230 Union Street Jersey City, N. J. COUNCIL—Harry Houdini, Richard Van Dien, G. G. Laurens, Lionel Hartley, Francis J. Werner, Wm. Berryman, John Mulholland, Geo. W. Heller, Leo Rullman, B. M. L. Ernst, C. Fred Crosby, Jean Irving, Frederick M. Schubert. TRUSTEES—Francis J. Werner, Wm. R. Berryman, Leo Rullmann. COMMITTEE ON ADMISSION — Irving Watson, Leo Rullmann, Richard Van Dien. SERGEANT-AT-AEMS—Charles Nagel, Harry C. Park. LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE—B. M. L. Ernst, of Ernst, Fox and Cane. REPRESENTATIVES AT LARGE — Horace Golden, Carl Rosini, Arthur D. Gans. MEETINGS—First Saturday Evening each month. AFFILIATED ASSEMBLIES—Chartered ana Franchisee!. GOLDEN GATE ASSEMBLY No. 2, San Francisco, Cal. H. Syril Dusenbery, Pies., 2111 Jackson St., Harold R. Jacobs, Se'y, 225 Montgomery St., San Francisco, Cal. CHICAGO ASSEMBLY No. 3, Chicago, 111., Wm. R. Walsh, Pres., 1010 McComiick Bids'., Thomas McDonald, Sec'y, 5730 Washington Blvd., Chicago, 111. PHILADELPHIA ASSEMBLY No. 4, Philadelphia, Pa., Oscar M. Thomson, Pies., James C. Wobensmith, Sec'y, 404 Bulletin B'.dg., Philadelphia, Pa. DETROIT ASSEMBLY No. 5, Detroit, Mich., Jos. W. Speke, Pres., 6359 Scotten Avc., H. E. Cisle, Sec'y, 5250 Beaubien St., Detroit, Mich. FELICIEN TREWEY ASSEMBLY No. 6, Baltimore, Md., Jos. E. Sanisbury, Pres., P. O. Box 253, R. W. Test, Sec'y, 13 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore, Md. OMAHA MAGICAL SOCIETY ASSEMBLY No. 7, Omaha, Neb., C. S. Bowman, Pres., 92 Dover St., A. A. Schrempp, Sec'y, 954 So. 60th St., Omaha, Neb. ST. LOUIS ASSEMBLY, No. 8, St. Louis, Mo., E. B. Heller, Pres., Robert G. Williams, Sec'y, 326 Wainright Bids., St. Louis, Mo. BOSTON ASSEMBLY No. 9, Boston, Mass., James E. Gordon, Pres., Dr. Edward F. Welch, Sec'y. CLEVELAND ASSEMBLY No. 10, President, Floyd W. Seymour ; Secretary, Lawrence Z,. Newman, 1443 E. 110th St., Cleveland. CINCINNATI ASSEMBLY No. 11,' STANDING COMMITTEES OFFICIAL REPORTER—Richard Van Dien. OFFICIAL REPORTER AT LARGE—Clinton Burgess. ENTERTAINMENT—T. Francis Fritz, Chairman. COMPLAINT—T. W. Hardeen, Chairman.

Parent Assembly. The 218th regular meeting of the Society was held at the Hotel McAlpin, as usual. We regret exceedingly that our Secretary has been seriously ill with "La Grippe," thereby incapacitated in reportorial duty, and even clerical duty relative to propositions for membership. Our sympathies are with him and we trust he will have sufficiently recouped, to be with us at the next regular meeting, November 4th. Though a stormy night, the meeting of October 7th was well attended and two candidates were initiated. We regret our inability to supply names and fuller particulars at this moment. V.P. Geo. W. Heller presided in absence of President Houdini who was professionally engaged at Detroit, and who sent a long wire regretting his absence. The business was dispatched with vigor and much interest centered on each subject as it came up for debate. It is a good omen when discussions are participated in by members in general rather than confined to specific workers. The customary social hour resulted in an extempore program of much interest as it was instructive; some novel effects were presented and possibilities with simple things lucidly demonstrated.

EDITORIAL NOTES By HOUDINI

I want to thank the members of the Detroit S.A.M. No. 5 for courtesies extended during my stay in their town. I was scheduled to give a children's performance at 10 o'clock Saturday morning at the Madison Theatre, and, since no children's performance is complete without rabbits or guinea pigs, and incidentally, candy—Compeer Lamb, of the Detroit Pet Shop, loaned me two guinea pigs, and Compeer Cecil brought a stew-pan, a double-rawer box, an egg-bag and a die-box—and if I did not capably perform to the children's delight it was not the fault of my friends and Compeers. I produced guinea pigs ana candy, and conjurers need not resort to telepathy to know that my performance was a success. Just imagine; with my many years of practice with cards, etc., the hit of my performance was a mechanical device, proving that adaptability at a performance is really the essential of a successful magical entertainment. A most interesting meeting was held October 13th in a specially built meeting room on the stage of the Madison Theatre, Detroit, Mich.; for Detroit Assembly No. 5, as President Houdini was in town holding forth at the above mentioned theatre. Detroit is a live town with a coterie of splendid entertainers ana magicians, and happily, some of the magicians are proving very successful Propositions for Membership: in business enterprises. A highly inmeeting took place which Joseph Wayne Haskell, Beverly, teresting the fo.lowing members attended: Mass.—Boston Assembly. Mark B. Rumsey, V.P., Fred H. King, Phillip White Powell, Milton, Vt.— Sec.-Treas., Wm. Voss, H. E. Cisie, Henry Weber, Ralph Zellman, David Boston Assembly. Carl Vonderheide and Daniel Nineteen candidates standing over Fogo, Glass. during vacation season were elected It was unanimously agreed that to membership. We regret not having the full list of names at hand they would strive to revive interest by for publication, but they will each holding special meetings, and Most receive individual attention at the Illustrious Houdnii suggested that inhand of the Secretary Van Dien as terest would be intensified at all meetsoon as he has sufficiently recovered ings if everyone would get up and perform a trick, narrate an experience, to a normal state of health. deliver a lecture on magic, or propound questions on subjects of the day relative to kindred arts. During my engagement in Detroit, As we go to press, we learn that our Secretary is convalescing. Regret I had a very entertaining visit from 1 that his month y report must be held Zarro whom I had not seen for years. He is now one of the heads of amuseover until next issue. ment device producers. Our Honorary Member Mme. HerrHe looked hale and hearty, and we mann has been entertained as guest talked of old times when we worked of Golden Gate Assembly. on the bill together. Now, after all Rosini was guest of St. Louis As- these years he laughingly told me sembly. how much I annoyed him with my penetrating gaze watching his performance every day. He said that I made him feel highly! uncomfortable— THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE quite an unusual feeling; but he seems HELD IN "THE LOUNGE", not to have been alone in his misery; for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has told HOTEL McALPIN, me that I make mediums uncomfortSATURDAY EVENING, NOV. 4th able with my eyes, apparently, listening rather than looking. In fact, as he The parent assembly meets the describes it: "Houdini's mentality ana first Saturday of each month (exhis gaze are like a barrier protected cept August and September), at by glistening bayonets." eight o'clock. In Detroit, Parish the prestidigator, now. a. worthy real estate man, also

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