Hi, Don...Around 1946-47-48, I and a couple of other teenagers (we were 16-17, maybe younger) hung out at Will Lindhorst's magic shop every Saturday afternoon. One of the gang was Harley Day, who's now in Pensacola and a member of the IBM Ring 287 there. I think I might have been the youngest member (junior member) of Ring One at the time, and there I met Merlin Eifert who was, I believe, an attorney. I have always remembered he showed me Out of This World and taught it to me with all the variations on the great effect -- charging me $1 because he believed that anything you got for free wasn't worth anything! And if I'd been charged a dollar, I wouldn't give it free to anyone else -- a great lesson I've followed whenever someone says "how'd you do that?" I know there's an IBM Ring named for him, 96 in Long Beach, Cal. Will's shop was eventually taken over by Gene DeVoe. I remember watching the elderly Lindhorst do a public show once and, as the brash young kid I was, muttering to myself about how poorly he was performing-- a thought I have learned to tamper as I've aged and seen what arthritis can do to one's digits and fading memory can do to one's ability to utter the long familiar patter lines. Shmoozed later with Don Lawton at Towne House Magic (first saw Out to Lunch there--1950-51? and ran into him when he was handling chores at The Magic Castle.