Last month I was really happy to find something worthwhile in The Linking Ring. Alas, the latest issue arrived and undid most of that goodwill. In the Parade from the British Ring, there's a trick where a member of the audience is instructed to remove a piece of paper from an envelope they've been handed. Here's what they find:
Now I suppose an apologist might dismiss this as "British humor," but in my view the I.B.M. should not be encouraging this kind of audience abuse by featuring this routine in their journal.
I certainly haven't hesitated to criticize The Linking Ring, so to be fair, I'd like to point out Walter "Zaney" Blaney's parade in the December issue. When a longtime working pro tips routines right out of his family shows, it's worth your attention. Some of the routines need updating (such as the one that uses fire), but look past that to see their practicality.