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 The effect of having a chosen card appear with the brief pass of a handkerchief on the face of a deck sitting in a clear water goblet is a youthful invention of Karl Germain. Stewart Cramer documents this in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​10110/​Germain+the+wizard/​116|Germain the Wizard]]//, 2002, p. 102, where he quotes an entry, “Appearing Cards”, from Germain’s boyhood notebook, apparently made c. 1892-3, when he was fourteen or fifteen. Germain produced two forced selections in this way on the face of the deck. The effect of having a chosen card appear with the brief pass of a handkerchief on the face of a deck sitting in a clear water goblet is a youthful invention of Karl Germain. Stewart Cramer documents this in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​10110/​Germain+the+wizard/​116|Germain the Wizard]]//, 2002, p. 102, where he quotes an entry, “Appearing Cards”, from Germain’s boyhood notebook, apparently made c. 1892-3, when he was fourteen or fifteen. Germain produced two forced selections in this way on the face of the deck.
  
-The idea eventually hit the printed page in an anonymously-contributed ​"A Card Miracle"​ in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​16189/​Mahatma+Vol+4+No+07/​4|Mahatma]]//,​ Vol. 4 No. 7, Jan. 1901, n.p. The mechanics were used with two goblets at the same time to effect a transposition. ​No byline was provided, nor any credit of inspiration to Germain (or anyone else).+The idea eventually hit the printed page in Henry Hardin'​s ​"A Card Miracle"​ in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​16189/​Mahatma+Vol+4+No+07/​4|Mahatma]]//,​ Vol. 4 No. 7, Jan. 1901, n.p. The mechanics were used with two goblets at the same time to effect a transposition. ​Hardin ​provided ​no credit of inspiration to Germain (or anyone else).
  
 Sometime in the 1920s or early 1930s, British professional Herbert Milton took Germain'​s method and used it to produce the four Aces, one at a time, on the face of a deck while it rested inside a goblet. Milton published very little, and his ideas were constantly stolen by other magicians and dealers. Will Goldston published his guess at a method for Milton'​s trick under the title of "The Best Four Ace Trick" in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​18942/​Tricks+That+Mystify/​37|Tricks That Mystify]]//,​ 1934, p. 35. Goldston had received information about Milton'​s trick from "a distinguished amateur conjurer"​ whom he did not name. The method Goldston gives varies from Milton'​s,​ but is correct in its basic principle. The history and method for Milton'​s trick were revealed after his death by Geoffrey Scalbert in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​18443/​Abracadabra/​326|Abracadabra]]//,​ Vol. 29 No. 745, May 7, 1960, p. 260, and thereafter became known as “The Milton Aces” and "​Milton'​s Aces". Scalbert'​s description isn't precisely Milton'​s handling but, as he writes: "Our version differs somewhat from the original one, but the broad effect remains the same." Sometime in the 1920s or early 1930s, British professional Herbert Milton took Germain'​s method and used it to produce the four Aces, one at a time, on the face of a deck while it rested inside a goblet. Milton published very little, and his ideas were constantly stolen by other magicians and dealers. Will Goldston published his guess at a method for Milton'​s trick under the title of "The Best Four Ace Trick" in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​18942/​Tricks+That+Mystify/​37|Tricks That Mystify]]//,​ 1934, p. 35. Goldston had received information about Milton'​s trick from "a distinguished amateur conjurer"​ whom he did not name. The method Goldston gives varies from Milton'​s,​ but is correct in its basic principle. The history and method for Milton'​s trick were revealed after his death by Geoffrey Scalbert in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​18443/​Abracadabra/​326|Abracadabra]]//,​ Vol. 29 No. 745, May 7, 1960, p. 260, and thereafter became known as “The Milton Aces” and "​Milton'​s Aces". Scalbert'​s description isn't precisely Milton'​s handling but, as he writes: "Our version differs somewhat from the original one, but the broad effect remains the same."
  
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