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-Card cheats have for centuries secretly edge-marked one or several cards in a deck for an advantage in a game. They had no need to mark every card in a deck for suit and value---but magicians did. The first known description of a deck in which all (thirty-two) cards were edge-marked was published by Hugo Schrader in Conradi'​s //​[[http://​www.conjuringcredits.com/​lib/​tpl/​credits/​files/​1897-05-zauberspiegel.pdf|Der Zauberspiegel]]//,​ Vol. 2 No. 10, May 1897, p. 145: "Das gezeichnete Kartenspiel"​. The only mentioned application is the possibility to access any desired card by looking at the edge of the squared deck. Other ideas were provided in Carl Willmann'​s competing magazine //​[[http://​www.conjuringcredits.com/​lib/​tpl/​credits/​files/​1899-05-zauberwelt.pdf|Die Zauberwelt]]//,​ Vol. 5 No. 6, June 1899, p. 87, "Das magische Kartenspiel"​. There are discussed ​the identification ​of a removed card and of a card that has been reversed end for end (the marks are only on one edge of the deck).+Card cheats have for centuries secretly edge-marked one or several cards in a deck for an advantage in a game. They had no need to mark every card in a deck for suit and value---but magicians did. The first known description of a deck in which all (thirty-two) cards were edge-marked was published by Hugo Schrader in Conradi'​s //​[[http://​www.conjuringcredits.com/​lib/​tpl/​credits/​files/​1897-05-zauberspiegel.pdf|Der Zauberspiegel]]//,​ Vol. 2 No. 10, May 1897, p. 145: "Das gezeichnete Kartenspiel"​. The only mentioned application is the possibility to access any desired card by looking at the edge of the squared deck. Handling details for locating the card and identifying a removed card were explained by Conradi in his "​Briefkasten"​ column in Vol. 3 No. 1, July 1897, p. 16. Another idea was provided in Carl Willmann'​s competing magazine //​[[http://​www.conjuringcredits.com/​lib/​tpl/​credits/​files/​1899-05-zauberwelt.pdf|Die Zauberwelt]]//,​ Vol. 5 No. 6, June 1899, p. 87, "Das magische Kartenspiel"​. There the identification of a card that has been reversed end for end (the marks are only on one edge of the deck) is discussed.
  
 Eighteen years later, Theodore DeLand manufactured a specially printed, fifty-two-card,​ edge-marked deck, calling it "De Land's Wonder Deck"; see //​[[https://​askalexander.org/​display/​38556/​The+Sphinx/​16|The Sphinx]]//, Vol. 14 No. 1, March 1915, p. 16. Richard Kaufman provides information on this deck in //​[[https://​askalexander.org/​display/​77422/​DeLand/​416|DeLand:​ Mystery and Madness]]//,​ 2018, p. 414. Eighteen years later, Theodore DeLand manufactured a specially printed, fifty-two-card,​ edge-marked deck, calling it "De Land's Wonder Deck"; see //​[[https://​askalexander.org/​display/​38556/​The+Sphinx/​16|The Sphinx]]//, Vol. 14 No. 1, March 1915, p. 16. Richard Kaufman provides information on this deck in //​[[https://​askalexander.org/​display/​77422/​DeLand/​416|DeLand:​ Mystery and Madness]]//,​ 2018, p. 414.