Conjuring Credits

The Origins of Wonder

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One-handed Top Palm

Johann Hofzinser had a one-handed palm in the mid-1800s that was crudely described in Ottokar Fisher's Kartenkünste, 1910, p. 44 of the Sharpe translation.

Leonzo (stage name of L. A. Young) published a one-handed top palm for both single and multiple cards in The Sphinx, Vol. 5 No. 7, Sep. 1906, p. 81. Leonzo claimed to have created it “some time ago”. This same technique was later described as one of L'Homme Masqué's in Camille Gaultier's Magic without Apparatus, 1914, p. 91. Walter Gibson also published a method – albeit an awkward one using the forefinger – in The Sphinx, Vol. 17 No. 12, Feb. 1919, p. 232.

The common technique still used today, of the right hand arching over the deck to press down with the little finger on the front-right corner, was published by John Elrick in The Magic Wand, Vol. 19 No. 145, Mar. 1930, p. 48.