Jinx

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The Jinx was a Magic Periodical edited and published by Ted Annemann, also its major contributor, in Waverly, New York.
First Issue

It started in October 1934 and ran for 151 issues. It's last issue was December 15, 1941 just before Ted committed suicide. Originally put out on a monthly basis, it became a weekly publication in October of 1939.

For a short period during the lifetime of the Jinx, Ted Annemann went through what was apparently a "hidden message" phase.

In issues #10, 11, 13, and 14 (and probably many others) hidden messages could be found by looking at, usually in reverse order, the first letters of each paragraph, which were printed in larger, heavier type.

Every Jinx file has 48 pages missing as can be seen at the end of #149 and start of #150. They were to be filled with another "Jinx Extra" that was never completed. Ted, before his death, told Walter B. Gibson that he wanted to reprint his "Popular Card Tricks" (1928) as that "Jinx Extra", but died before he could secure the copyright for it. It was eventually published for collectors as those missing pages by Magic Limited in the 1972.

Contents

The Fake Jinx

The "fake" Jinx was published as a spoof, but it outraged Annemann. Most copies were turned over to him, which he destroyed. A copy saved by Gene Gordon (editor of Linking Ring) was use by Jay Marshall when he reproduced it in his New Phoenix magazine (No.317, page 74).

The Linx

In the early 1930s, Annemann took out ads in some cheap magazine (Real French Capers and Real Tempting Tales). When Annemann made some disparaging remarks about Burling Hull in an issue of the Jinx, Hull published "The Linx" in 1936. In the one page (and only) issue, he dug up the ads and reproduced them for all to see.

Contents

  • No. 1 October 1934
    • 1 Hallucination by Eddie Clever
    • 2 The Supreme East Indian Needle Feat by Ted Annemann
    • 3 Two Papers And A Spectator by Ted Annemann
    • 4 The Mystery of The Blackboard by Paul Rosini
  • No. 2 November 1934
    • 1 The Devil's Four Aces by Ted Annemann
    • 2 The Finders by Orville Meyer
    • 3 Synthetic Sympathy by Ted Annemann
    • 3 Your Card! by Orville Meyer
    • 3 Wanted by Ted Annemann
    • 4 The Demon - Yogi - Goblin Booktest by Ted Annemann
  • No. 3 December 1934
    • 2 A Card In Transit! (Les Gilbert)
    • 3 A Real Psychic Card Test (Theodore Annemann)
    • 3 Dead or Alive? (Theodore Annemann)
    • 3 The Bending Swizzle Stick (Theodore Anemann)
  • No. 4 January 1935
    • 1 The Master of the Message
    • 2 Cigarette Perception (Martin Sunshine)
    • 2 Card Box Sympathy (Orville Wayne Meyer)
    • 3 One of Those Things (Calvin Cole)
    • 4 The Twentieth Century Newspaper Test (Stuart Robson)
  • No. 5 February 1935
    • 2 The Red and Blue Back Color Change (Theodore Annemann)
    • 2 With Sight Unseen (L. E. Duncanson)
    • 3 The Solution of Something To Work On
    • 3 The Lie Detective (Stuart Hobson)
    • 4 A Question And The Answer (Theodore Annemann)
    • 4 A Neat Publicity Trick (Nat Scherser)
  • No. 6 March 1935
    • 2 Impromptu Frame Ups (Theodore Annemann)
    • 3 The Astral Shirt (Theodore Annemann)
    • 3 The Card That Isn't! (Russell T. Wise)
    • 4 Two Mind Reading Publicity Effects (Theodore Annemann)
  • No. 7 April 1935
    • 2 The "Elm" Card Change (E. Leslie May)
    • 2 The Question For The Month
    • 2 A Practical Card Code (Orville Wayne Meyer)
    • 3 The New Nightmare Effect (Theodore Annemann)
    • 4 The Lemon And The Dollar (Conrad Busch)
  • No. 8 May 1935
    • 30 An Improvement In La Carte (Theodore Annemann)
    • 30 The Astral Shirt Again! (Dr. L.E. Duncanson)
    • 31 Thought Rays (Dr. L.E. Duncanson)
    • 31 Tom Bowyer's Publicity Trick
    • 32 The Jinx Five-Foot Shelf Of Magic
    • 32 Transient Money (E. D. Wolff)
  • No. 9 June 1935
    • 34 The Modernized Reading (Theodore Annemann)
    • 34 The Renovated Sphinx Card Trick (Eddie Glever)
    • 35 A Matter Of Policy (Theodore Annemann)
    • 36 Psuedo - Psychometry
  • The Jinx Summer Extra 1935
    • 38 Editor Speaking
    • 39 A Flash Ribbon Restoration
    • 40 Slate Immortality
    • 40 Telepathy Of The Cuff
    • 41 Horrors!!!
    • 41 Just The Same Alike
    • 42 With One Hand
    • 42 It Goes This Way
    • 43 The 'One Of A Bunch'
    • 43 The Impression Moderne
    • 43 The Ribbon That Made Good
    • 44 The Migrating Pasteboard
    • 44 The Face Up - Face Down Location
    • 45 A Principle In Disguise
    • 45 From Out Of The Air
    • 46 The Hankerchief That Flew
    • 46 A Daffy Discovery
    • 46 A New Method Of Tabulation
    • 47 The Unknown Subject
    • 48 Par-Optic Vision
  • No. 10 July 1935
    • 50 Twentieth Century Cards (Theodore Annemann)
    • 51 "Suprise!!" (J.G. Thompson, Jr.)
    • 51 The Henry E. Dixie Cigarette Vanish
    • 52 Extra Sensory Perception (Thedore Annemann)
  • No. 11 August 1935
    • 54 The Fan Location (El Ray)
    • 55 A Trick With The Fan Location (Theodore Annemann)
    • 55 A Card To Be Thought About (Theodore Annemann)
    • 55 A Divination With Matches (Theodore Annemann)
  • No. 12 September 1935
    • 58 Thoughts In General (Theodore Annemann)
    • 59 THe Solitaire King (Theodore Annemann)
    • 60 The Four Aces On The Stage (Theodore Annemann)
    • 60 Wanted - A Card Routine Without Cards!
  • No. 13 October 1935
    • 62 An Original Tie For Loads (Ottokar Fischer)
    • 62 Higher Magic! (Theodore Annemann)
    • 63 The Super Slates (Anonymous)
    • 63 Cards And A Newspaper (Arthur Johnson)
    • 64 Aces Of Eight!! (Otis Manning)
  • No. 14 November 1935
    • 66 A Card In Flight!! (Bobby Hummer)
    • 66 Coins, En Route! (Ottokar Fischer)
    • 69 A Cute And Quick Location (Theodore Annemann)
    • 69 Metal Versus Fabric (Fred DeMuth)
    • 70 Thoughts In The Air (Theodore Annemann)
  • No. 15 December 1935
    • 72 An Original Faked Envelope With A Publicity Angle (Theodore Annemann)
    • 75 A Different Card Spelling (George C. Hanneman)
    • 75 An Original Ball-Dropper (Ottokar Fischer)
    • 76 Diabolical Influence (Harris Solomon)
  • No. 16 January 1936
    • 78 A Visible Cigarette Vanisher (Lu-Brent)
    • 78 Again A Prediction ("Doc" Mifflin)
    • 79 The Lucky Number Magic Square (Royal V. Heath)
    • 79 Brrr!! (meaning 'very' cold) (Otis Manning)
    • 80 The Acme Thought Card Pass (Dr. Jacob Daley and Theodore Annemann)
    • The Jinx 1935 Winter 1936
    • 83 Impromptu Vision (J.G. Thompson Jr.)
    • 83 The Puzzling Speller (Bobby Hummer)
    • 83 The Undercover Mystery (Theodore Annemann)
    • 84 Tobacco Magic (Lu-Brent)
    • 84 The Classical Cigarette (Lu-Brent)
    • 85 Simpex Torn Card And Balloon (Lu-Brent)
    • 85 The Itinerant Dollar (Jacob Steisal)
    • 86 The 32 Card Mystery (Audley Walsh)
    • 86 The Psychic Knows (Robert Parrish)
    • 87 Money In The Pocket (Jack Vosburgh)
    • 87 The 20th Century Slate Test (Jean Hugard)
    • 87 More Higher Magic (Theodore Annemann)
    • 88 The Ultra Slate Message (Dr. Jacob Daley)
    • 88 Automatic Seconds (Harry J. Smith)
    • 89 "How Did He Know?" (Vincent Dalban)
    • 89 A Test Of Power (Eddie Clever)
    • 90 A Ring In Transit (Eddie Clever)
  • No. 17 February 1936
    • 92 Cigarettes In The Dark (Theodore Annemann)
    • 92 The Spectator's Choice (Stewart Judah)
    • 95 Finger Exercise! (Otis Manning)
    • 95 A Novel Glass Through Hat (Alvin C. Thompson)
    • 96 The Origion And History Of The Torn Deck Trick (Julian J. Proskauer)
  • No. 18 March 1936
    • 98 The Miracle Speller (Vincent Dalban)
    • 98 The Phantom Cigarette (Lu-Brent)
    • 101 Thoughts In General (Theodore Annemann)
    • 102 Death Flight! (Tom Sellers)
  • No. 19 April 1936
    • 104 The Addition of The Age (Charles Nagle)
    • 107 The Scarney Thought Card (John Scarney)
    • 107 Another Stop
    • 108 A Version Of The Al Baker Three Billet Trick (Theodore Annemann)
  • No. 20 May 1936
    • 114 Inflation (Monty Crowe)
    • 114 Silver Or Copper (Conrad Bush)
    • 116 March Of Time (Keith Clark)
  • No. 21 June 1936
    • 122 The Audley Walsh Coincidence
    • 122 Prophecy Plus (L. Vosburgh Lyons)
    • 123 Triple Coercion (Theodore Annemann)
    • 123 Loneh Mentalism (Charles Rosenthal)
    • 124 The Spectral Seamstress (Charles T. Jordan)
  • No. 22 July 1936
    • 125 Numero by Al Baker
    • 129 A Question Of Power (L. Vosburgh Lyons)
    • 130 A Card Phenomenon (Audley Walsh)
    • 130 "Here's Your Change ---?" (Lu-Brent)
  • The Jinx Summer Extra 1936
    • 133 Suggested Programs No. One - A Club Act Of Magic
    • 134 An Amusing Card Reversal (Lynn Searless)
    • 134 A Paradox Of Pairs (Dr. Jacob Daley)
    • 134 The Annemann Bell Box
    • 135 The "So Simple" Force. (Lynn Searless)
    • 135 Dice And A Book (Theodore Annemann)
    • 136 "We Stand Pat" (Lu-Brent)
    • 136 Governmental Wizardry (Charles Nagle)
    • 137 Trickery! (Theodore Annemann)
    • 137 On The Wire (Thedore Annemann)
    • 138 The Novelty Box Selection (Lyman Allen)
    • 138 The "Ad Lib" Spelling (Dr. Jacob Daley)

References

  • New Phoenix (No.317, october 31, 1954, page 74)
  • Information regarding gape in pagination of the Jinx in Ask the Doctor! by John Henry Grossman, M-U-M, Vol. 59, no. 4, september 1969
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