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The Origins of Wonder

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Sanada Gimmick

In the 1980s Toyozane Sanada marketed the “Sanada Gimmick”, a flesh-colored shell that goes over the inside of the middle and ring fingers. Small, compressible objects, such as a sponge ball or silk, can be hidden behind this. Much the same idea can be found in “New Appearing Handkerchief” in Magic and Its Mysteries by W. H. J. Shaw (1893); the Shaw feke covers only one finger. Note that this predates the false-palm gaff described by Charles Bertram in 1896, later dubbed “The Palm Shield” by Ellis Stanyon in 1904.