Conjuring Credits

The Origins of Wonder

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Delayed Card Control Strategy

The idea of making the control of a selected card seem impossible by secretly marking the position of a card in the deck, so that the deck may be set at rest before the card is controlled to the top or bottom is mentioned by August Roterberg in his New Era Card Tricks, 1897, p. 15, and credited to Charlier. In this case, the top half of the pack is dropped onto the selection, which has been replaced on the bottom half, but the top half is dropped in a stepped position, so that the selection can later be brought to the top.

The idea of marking the position of the card by secretly placing a coin above it at the inner end of the deck was suggested by Karl Schröder in Die Zauberwelt, Vol. 6 No. 2, Feb. 1900, p. 21. The deck was tabled, to suggest that no control of the card was possible.

Nate Leipzig published the idea of injogging the selection, so that the deck could be temporarily set down before controlling the card; see The Sphinx, Vol. 36 No. 8, Oct. 1937, p. 218.

In More Card Manipulations, No. 1, 1938, p. 47, Fred Braue's use of a concealed sidejog to delay the control of one or more cards is explained.

In 1941, Jean Hugard described how a bridge at the inner end of the top packet can be used for the same purpose; see More Card Manipulations, No. 4, p. 10.

In Control Systems, 1952, p. 85, Edward Marlo described his Delayed Fan Control, which uses three steps to preserve the locations of three cards while first fanning the deck, then setting it down.