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Bill in Beer Mat

The creator of this effect, Adrie van Oorschot, contributed it to the July 1954 issue of the Dutch magazine Triks (Vol. 11 No. 10, p. 147), under the title of “Reclame”. A year later the trick was translated by Henk Vermeyden into English for Abracadabra, Oct. 8, 1955, Vol. 20 No. 506, p. 187, as “Loaded Coaster”. The trick was later popularized in England by Ken Brooke, whose presentation for it appeared in The Gen, July 1959, Vol. 15 No. 3, p. 74.