Conjuring Credits

The Origins of Wonder

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Carlyle's Card

While this version of the paddle move, applied to business or playing cards, is commonly attributed to Francis Carlyle, it appears in a trick by Douglas Dexter called “The Mystic Star” in Will Goldston's Great Magicians' Tricks, 1931, p. 203-204. It turns up again in Ireland's 1942 Yearbook, 1942, p. 22-23, in an uncredited trick titled “The Card in the Mirror.” Both predated “Carlyle's Card” in The Phoenix, No. 48, Nov. 1943, p. 196.