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-Dai Vernon's "Brain Wave Deckwas originally published in //[[|The Jinx]]//, No. 49Oct1938, p. 341. In Vernon’s original effect (created in 1930), a named card was shown reversed in the deck. Vernon credited Paul Fox with the idea of the odd-backed revelation+Judson Brown invented what is clearly the basis for this classic trick. Brown's inspiration was a prepared deck that could make any card chosen disappear: Eric Impey's "Mysto, the Masterpiece" in his manuscript //Original Card Mysteries//, 1928. Using Impey's idea of using waxed-together pairs of cards, Brown adapted it to make any card named turn face up in the deck: "A Super-Reverse Problem" in //[[|The Sphinx]]//, Vol. 28 No. 1Mar1929, p. 25.
-Karl Fulves //A History of the Brainwave Principle// (1983) offers a fascinating detailed look at how this effect evolved.+Dai Vernon's "Brain Wave Deck" was originally published in //[[|The Jinx]]//, No. 49, Oct. 1938, p. 341. Vernon’s original trick, which he created in 1930, was a technical refinement on Brown's. Vernon replaced wax with roughing fluid to hold the pairs of cards together. Vernon credited Paul Fox with the later idea of adding a kicker; that the reversed card has a contrasting back from the rest of the deck.  
 +These are the essential components of the history of "Brainwave". However, the story of its evolution is long and complex. In //A History of the Brainwave Principle// (1983), Karl Fulves offers an excellent and detailed look at how this effect evolved.
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