Wallace Lee?

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Postby Steve Ball » 06/15/11 05:41 PM

Just unearthed an old 3-page original typewritten manuscript titled: "X-jargon: How to Double-Talk" by someone named Wallace Lee. I would estimate the date as being around 1938-1939 (the document references an article by Jerry Franken in the 11/5/38 "The Billboard").

Is Wallace Lee a known or well-respected name in the magic profession?

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Postby Joe Pecore » 06/15/11 05:46 PM

A bit of info on Wallace is on MagicPedia: http://geniimagazine.com/magicpedia/Wallace_Lee and it has X-Jargon as being 1937.
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Postby Q. Kumber » 06/15/11 05:56 PM

At the Abbott's convention in 1980, I was in the dealers' hall with Arthur Benjamin and he bought a second hand book, Math Miracles by Wallace Lee. In it was a two-person mind reading routine where a participant chooses any five cards from the deck. The magician places one face down and the others face up. The face up cards cue the value and suit to the assistant.

Being a math genius Arthur understood it straight away but took him half an hour to teach me. Anyway we did it many times over the next couple of days and fooled all and sundry including one magician who became very agitated because he couldn't figure it out.
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Postby Steve Ball » 06/15/11 06:07 PM

Thanks for the reference. I doubt the 1937 date, as the mms mentions a 1938 "The Billboard" article. Unless, of course, one of Mr. Lee's magical talents was time travel.
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Postby Joe Pecore » 06/15/11 06:19 PM

X-Jargon was reviewed in Genii September 1937
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Postby Joe Pecore » 06/15/11 06:21 PM

It seems to have been reprinted numerous times as Linking Ring in 1953 mentions a Fifth and enlarged edition was available.
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Postby Steve Ball » 06/15/11 06:40 PM

OK, that makes sense. I've found several references that describe it as 12 pages. What I have is THREE typewritten pages. I can tell it is original type, as I can feel the period and comma and other miscellaneous letter bumps on the rear of the paper.

Here's the description:

3 pages, 5.75 x 9.25 inches tall. No date, circa 1938. Three single-sided single-spaced typed pages, folded in thirds and stapled into a construction paper wrapper. NOT a mimeograph or photocopy; this is an original typed manuscript. From the private reference collection of the Estate of S. Harris Dalrymple. Mr. Dalrymple ("Dalrymple the Magician") was a Senior Computer Engineer at McDonnell Douglas Astronautics and an accomplished amateur stage magician. Matte pictorial wraps w/ stapled spine. FAIR: 4 punched holes in spine (through wrapper only, not pages); wear to corners; small diagonal cut to wrapper at spine bottom; top spine corner frayed. owner name [Dalrymple] at top of 1st typed page; general modest age-tanning; slight brittleness.
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