Science: Merlins

Parlor magic, unlike most other divisions of skill and science, is far from dominated by professionals. Unknown to the public are numberless amateurs. They play a game of baffle among themselves. Some 500 members, amateur and professional, of the Society of American Magicians (total membership about 1,650), held their annual convention last week in Manhattan and brotherly baffling was the order of the hour. The magicians dined and danced. Then, in secret session, they baffled each other and exchanged secrets about new or improved apparatus, magicianly "patter" (conversation) and humor, the art of...

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