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cards:corner-shorted_cards_and_deck [2016/10/24 14:59]
stephenminch Added Flag of Our Union citation from Bill Mullins.
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 ====== Corner-Shorted Cards and Deck ====== ====== Corner-Shorted Cards and Deck ======
  
-A deck with a single corner shorted was described in a Boston newspaper, //Flag of Our Union// on Dec. 22, 1866; and three years later in the anonymous book //The Black Art or Magic Made Easy//, 1869, Frederic A Brady, New York: “To Produce a Particular Card without Seeing the Pack,” p. 7. It is later described by Professor Kunard in //The Book of Card Tricks//, 1888, p. 64. The idea didn't gain traction.+A deck with a single corner shorted was described in a Boston newspaper, //[[http://​www.conjuringcredits.com/​lib/​tpl/​credits/​files/​1866_12_22_Boston_Flag.pdf|Flag of Our Union]]// on Dec. 22, 1866; and three years later in the anonymous book //The Black Art or Magic Made Easy//, 1869, Frederic A Brady, New York: “To Produce a Particular Card without Seeing the Pack,” p. 7. It is later described by Professor Kunard in //The Book of Card Tricks//, 1888, p. 64. The idea didn't gain traction.
  
 It reared its head again in the twentieth century. In a letter dated March 22, 1924, T. Nelson Downs wrote to Edward McGuire, "Not a bad effect with the shaved card -- the shaved card IDEA is that ALL the cards are shaved -- all alike in one corner only -- no Force -- the card is freely chosen & reversed in its return to pack. You turn the pack if party selecting card does not turn his card. The card can be located & passed to any position by aid of this edge work..."​ (See //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​37942/​Linking+Ring/​73|The Linking Ring]]//, Vol. 51 No. 4, Apr. 1971, p. 73.) This is a description of the same corner-shorted deck that Kunard described, which would later be reinvented yet again by J. G. Thompson, Jr., as "A Super Strip Deck," published in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​37595/​Linking+Ring/​46|The Linking Ring]]//, Vol. 23 No. 8, Oct. 1943, p. 46. It reared its head again in the twentieth century. In a letter dated March 22, 1924, T. Nelson Downs wrote to Edward McGuire, "Not a bad effect with the shaved card -- the shaved card IDEA is that ALL the cards are shaved -- all alike in one corner only -- no Force -- the card is freely chosen & reversed in its return to pack. You turn the pack if party selecting card does not turn his card. The card can be located & passed to any position by aid of this edge work..."​ (See //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​37942/​Linking+Ring/​73|The Linking Ring]]//, Vol. 51 No. 4, Apr. 1971, p. 73.) This is a description of the same corner-shorted deck that Kunard described, which would later be reinvented yet again by J. G. Thompson, Jr., as "A Super Strip Deck," published in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​37595/​Linking+Ring/​46|The Linking Ring]]//, Vol. 23 No. 8, Oct. 1943, p. 46.
  
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