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The Origins of Wonder

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 Jean-Eugene Robert-Houdin proved that even when the choices are restricted, the effect can be dressed up to give the impression of a thought-of card appearing at any number: "The Thoughts of Two Persons Anticipated" in //[[http://askalexander.org/display/29472/The+Secrets+of+Conjuring+and+Magic/276-278|Les Secrets de la Magie et de la Prestidigitation]]//, 1868, p. 256 of the Hoffmann translation. Jean-Eugene Robert-Houdin proved that even when the choices are restricted, the effect can be dressed up to give the impression of a thought-of card appearing at any number: "The Thoughts of Two Persons Anticipated" in //[[http://askalexander.org/display/29472/The+Secrets+of+Conjuring+and+Magic/276-278|Les Secrets de la Magie et de la Prestidigitation]]//, 1868, p. 256 of the Hoffmann translation.
  
-A method allowing two truly free choices using a full deck of cards was published by Charles Shepherd as "The 'ACME' Card Trick", //[[http://askalexander.org/display/38316/The+Sphinx/6|The Sphinx]]//, Vol. 7 No. 1, Mar. 1908, p. 6, using a memorized deck and a secret cut. While Shepherd used a gaffed deck to facilitate the location of the required key card, an ungaffed approach was later included in //[[http://askalexander.org/display/14903/The+Nikola+card+system/14|The Nikola Card System]]//, 1927, p. 31, "Thought Anticipated".+A method allowing two truly free choices using a full deck of cards was published by James Elliott as "The New Cigar Trick" in //[[https://askalexander.org/display/4430/Mahatma+Vol+01/154|Mahatma]]//, Vol. 1 No. 9, Mar. 1898, p. 96. Elliott brings the card to the top in an ungaffed deck and then second deals to the number. Both card and number are additionally predicted on a piece of paper. 
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 +Another method without false deals is Charles Shepherd'"The 'ACME' Card Trick", //[[http://askalexander.org/display/38316/The+Sphinx/6|The Sphinx]]//, Vol. 7 No. 1, Mar. 1908, p. 6, using a memorized deck and a secret cut. While Shepherd used a gaffed deck to facilitate the location of the required key card, an ungaffed approach was later included in //[[http://askalexander.org/display/14903/The+Nikola+card+system/14|The Nikola Card System]]//, 1927, p. 31, "Thought Anticipated".
  
 One method for the plot is to have one memorized deck in the possession of the spectator. After having a number named, the corresponding card is forced from a second deck. This method can be found in the French magazine //[[http://askalexander.org/display/14368/L+Illusionniste/3-5|L'Illusionniste]]//, No. 73, Jan. 1908, p. 2. It was published by Edouard-Joseph Raynaly, who was mostly active during the 1870s. So he might well have been using the effect decades earlier. Jean Hugard published a translation of Raynaly's method as "Coincidence?" in //[[http://askalexander.org/display/38685/Hugard+s+Magic+Monthly/58|Hugard's Magic Monthly]]//, Vol. 13 No. 5, Oct. 1955, p. 346. The method was later also published by Louis Gombert (//Le Prestidigitateur//, Feb./Mar. 1928) and Al Baker ("A Card and a Number" in Al Baker's //[[http://askalexander.org/display/14087/Book+One/11|Book One]]//, 1933, p. 11). One method for the plot is to have one memorized deck in the possession of the spectator. After having a number named, the corresponding card is forced from a second deck. This method can be found in the French magazine //[[http://askalexander.org/display/14368/L+Illusionniste/3-5|L'Illusionniste]]//, No. 73, Jan. 1908, p. 2. It was published by Edouard-Joseph Raynaly, who was mostly active during the 1870s. So he might well have been using the effect decades earlier. Jean Hugard published a translation of Raynaly's method as "Coincidence?" in //[[http://askalexander.org/display/38685/Hugard+s+Magic+Monthly/58|Hugard's Magic Monthly]]//, Vol. 13 No. 5, Oct. 1955, p. 346. The method was later also published by Louis Gombert (//Le Prestidigitateur//, Feb./Mar. 1928) and Al Baker ("A Card and a Number" in Al Baker's //[[http://askalexander.org/display/14087/Book+One/11|Book One]]//, 1933, p. 11).