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 Perhaps the earliest instance of a duplicate card being hidden in a pocket in the covering sheet of newspaper is by J. Hart Smith in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​10675/​The+magician+monthly/​167|The Magician Monthly]]//, ​ Vol. 14 No. 9, Aug. 1918, p. 120. Smith'​s write-up of it is an installment in a series entitled "A Page For the Beginner,"​ and he introduces it with: "This, one of the most effective of card tricks, may be simplified for the amateur by the following method."​ Walter B. Gibson, in his //Two Dozen Effective Practical Card Tricks//, 1927, p. 31, describes (but doesn'​t seem to claim) the idea of having a duplicate waxed to the underside of a folded piece of newspaper. Louis C. Haley'​s "The Divining Knife" is a version in which a knife is stabbed into the side of a wrapped deck so that the blade goes between two selections. It appears in Joe Ovette'​s //Bargain Magic//, 1921, p. 5. Of interest is this prefatory comment: "​Contrary to the usual procedure in this effect where the pack is bridged or a forcing pack of two kinds in 26 sets is used, or a broad pack is secretly exchanged for a narrow one, this effect is produced with any pack and without any such subterfuges."​ Haley'​s method is a jog. This mention of using a two-way forcing pack reflects on the idea of such a pack with the two force cards alternating in the deck, which was published by Stuart Brampton in Ellis Stanyon'​s //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​16711/​Stanyon+s+Magic+Vol+09+No+08/​2|Magic]]//,​ Vol. 9 No. 8, May 1909, p. 58. This negates the claim that Del Ray came up with this application for a two-card stab, although he may have added the idea of using a faro shuffle to alternate the duplicates (see Jon Racherbaumer'​s note in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​33155/​Linking+Ring/​90|The Linking Ring]]//, Vol. 83 No. 1, Jan. 2003, p. 90). A similar idea was published by Alton Sharpe in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​20043/​Expert+Card+Mysteries/​165|Expert Card Mysteries]]//,​ 1969, p. 163, "The Great Stabbing Trick"​. Ed Marlo published the idea of splitting the deck at the knife and tearing the wrapped halves of the deck apart, substituting the top and bottom cards for those actually stabbed at. See "​Simplex Card Stabbing"​ in //Oddity and Other Miracles//, 1945, p. 82 of //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​11002/​Early+Marlo/​83|Early Marlo]]//. However, this method also appeared, without mention of an originator, in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​22997/​The+Tarbell+Course+in+Magic+Volume+III/​276|The Tarbell Course in Magic, Vol. 3]]//, 1943, p. 274. Perhaps the earliest instance of a duplicate card being hidden in a pocket in the covering sheet of newspaper is by J. Hart Smith in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​10675/​The+magician+monthly/​167|The Magician Monthly]]//, ​ Vol. 14 No. 9, Aug. 1918, p. 120. Smith'​s write-up of it is an installment in a series entitled "A Page For the Beginner,"​ and he introduces it with: "This, one of the most effective of card tricks, may be simplified for the amateur by the following method."​ Walter B. Gibson, in his //Two Dozen Effective Practical Card Tricks//, 1927, p. 31, describes (but doesn'​t seem to claim) the idea of having a duplicate waxed to the underside of a folded piece of newspaper. Louis C. Haley'​s "The Divining Knife" is a version in which a knife is stabbed into the side of a wrapped deck so that the blade goes between two selections. It appears in Joe Ovette'​s //Bargain Magic//, 1921, p. 5. Of interest is this prefatory comment: "​Contrary to the usual procedure in this effect where the pack is bridged or a forcing pack of two kinds in 26 sets is used, or a broad pack is secretly exchanged for a narrow one, this effect is produced with any pack and without any such subterfuges."​ Haley'​s method is a jog. This mention of using a two-way forcing pack reflects on the idea of such a pack with the two force cards alternating in the deck, which was published by Stuart Brampton in Ellis Stanyon'​s //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​16711/​Stanyon+s+Magic+Vol+09+No+08/​2|Magic]]//,​ Vol. 9 No. 8, May 1909, p. 58. This negates the claim that Del Ray came up with this application for a two-card stab, although he may have added the idea of using a faro shuffle to alternate the duplicates (see Jon Racherbaumer'​s note in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​33155/​Linking+Ring/​90|The Linking Ring]]//, Vol. 83 No. 1, Jan. 2003, p. 90). A similar idea was published by Alton Sharpe in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​20043/​Expert+Card+Mysteries/​165|Expert Card Mysteries]]//,​ 1969, p. 163, "The Great Stabbing Trick"​. Ed Marlo published the idea of splitting the deck at the knife and tearing the wrapped halves of the deck apart, substituting the top and bottom cards for those actually stabbed at. See "​Simplex Card Stabbing"​ in //Oddity and Other Miracles//, 1945, p. 82 of //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​11002/​Early+Marlo/​83|Early Marlo]]//. However, this method also appeared, without mention of an originator, in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​22997/​The+Tarbell+Course+in+Magic+Volume+III/​276|The Tarbell Course in Magic, Vol. 3]]//, 1943, p. 274.
  
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