If you are a comic book reader with vision -
You too can become an amazing magician!
Who can resist when the great Flosso lures?
He'll make Houdini's secrets yours:
But Houdini's known for escaping things
Not for conducting girls through rings.
Puzzles, hypnotism, jokes
Are sure to captivate the folks;
Your friends will be amazed all right
When the amusement lasts the night
And you're still going at half past one:
Five thousand tricks is a lot of fun!
Act now! Don't hesitate or stop!
To Flosso Hornmann's Magic Shop
Send off a quarter, and right here
Your catalog will soon appear.
And not too much time after that
You'll be looking silly in a stovepipe hat.
And "even magicians don't know these tricks" -
But logic like this is hard to fix:
For how can magicians help us muzzle
The power of the mind-reading puzzle,
And teach us jokes and tricks with rings
If even they don't know those things?
Perhaps the magicians that Flosso could find
Had to read Flosso's catalogue like a mind.
[The Bowery Boys have a great post on the Flosso-Hornmann magic shop, which was established in New York in the 1870s - and I seem to have commented on it, too! And the ad is from a 1971 comic book.]