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Downs Palm

Apparently a misnomer, for while Downs claimed this sleight in The Art of Magic (1909, p. 233), it is recorded as that of L'Homme Masqué, with whom Downs was friendly. See Gaultier's Magic Without Apparatus, 1914, pp. 258 and 326, where Gaultier disputes Downs's claim and writes that L'Homme Masqué had been using the sleight for many years.