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The Origins of Wonder

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 This old and well-worn gag consists of the performer asking someone, "Do you know what is written on this card?" and, after the person says, "​No,"​ he shows the word "​No"​ written on the card. This old and well-worn gag consists of the performer asking someone, "Do you know what is written on this card?" and, after the person says, "​No,"​ he shows the word "​No"​ written on the card.
  
-While the gag appears in Corinda'​s //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​22640/​13+Steps+to+Mentalism+Step+One+Swami+Gimmick/​111|13 Steps to Mentalism]]//,​ 1958, p. 103, Max Maven has tracked it back further. George Kaplan aired it under the title "​Surrealism"​ in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​38088/​The+Sphinx/​7|The Sphinx]]//, Vol. 39 No. 10, Dec 1940, p. 243. But the gag is older still.+While the gag appears in Tony Corinda'​s //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​22640/​13+Steps+to+Mentalism+Step+One+Swami+Gimmick/​111|13 Steps to Mentalism]]//,​ 1958, p. 103, Max Maven has tracked it back further. George Kaplan aired it under the title "​Surrealism"​ in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​38088/​The+Sphinx/​7|The Sphinx]]//, Vol. 39 No. 10, Dec1940, p. 243. But the gag is older still.
    
-It appears in a two-page manuscript, [[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​12785/​Sid+Lorraine+Files+Folder+32JI+Presentations/​92-93|"​The Supreme One-Man Mindreading Act"​]]. Unfortunately,​ this document (a duplicated typescript, carbon or mimeograph, found in one of Sid Lorraine'​s files) bears neither a date nor an author; and the title was used for several different manuscripts advertised between 1920 and 1935. That said, it is likely the one touted by a couple of dealers in magazines from 1930. See //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​33820/​Linking+Ring/​88|The Linking Ring]]//, Vol. 10 No. 2, Apr 1930, p. 258; and [[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​40634/​Linking+Ring/​19|Vol. 11 No. 2, Apr 1931]], p. 137 of the same journal.+It appears in a two-page manuscript, [[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​12785/​Sid+Lorraine+Files+Folder+32JI+Presentations/​92-93|"​The Supreme One-Man Mindreading Act"​]]. Unfortunately,​ this document (a duplicated typescript, carbon or mimeograph, found in one of Sid Lorraine'​s files) bears neither a date nor an author; and the title was used for several different manuscripts advertised between 1920 and 1935. That said, it is likely the one touted by a couple of dealers in magazines from 1930. See //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​33820/​Linking+Ring/​88|The Linking Ring]]//, Vol. 10 No. 2, Apr1930, p. 258; and [[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​40634/​Linking+Ring/​19|Vol. 11 No. 2, Apr1931]], p. 137 of the same journal.
  
 What is interesting about the routine described in this manuscript is that the gag is not just a throw-away. Rather, it is part of a larger method, used to enable a one-ahead construction. The write-up gives no suggestion that this was an existing gag. While that is not proof that the idea was original to the anonymous author, it at the very least suggests that the gag was little known at the time. Had the gag been an established one, the author would likely have touted the fact that he was applying it to greater purpose. What is interesting about the routine described in this manuscript is that the gag is not just a throw-away. Rather, it is part of a larger method, used to enable a one-ahead construction. The write-up gives no suggestion that this was an existing gag. While that is not proof that the idea was original to the anonymous author, it at the very least suggests that the gag was little known at the time. Had the gag been an established one, the author would likely have touted the fact that he was applying it to greater purpose.
  
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