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Spider Grip Vanish

Often misattributed to Ed Marlo, this vanish was first put into print by Walter B. Gibson, under the title The “Misdirection” Drop in The Sphinx, Vol. 17 No. 12, Feb. 1919, p. 239. Richard Kaufman discovered this citation. The Gibson vanish is done from French Drop position, as the vanish is commonly done. Marlo's similar Spider Vanish (Coining Magic, 1957, p. 8) starts with the coin resting in finger-palm position, but uses the same misdirective psychology and actions of Gibson's vanish.