Conjuring Credits

The Origins of Wonder

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 There are published descriptions at least as far back as the mid-eighteenth century regarding gamblers noting imperfections on backs of cards; either specks of dirt, or imperfections on printed backs. Some of that work was abetted by tracking a blemished card when its orientation was reversed, but given the diversity of cards in use, this does not seem to have been a generalized principle. There are published descriptions at least as far back as the mid-eighteenth century regarding gamblers noting imperfections on backs of cards; either specks of dirt, or imperfections on printed backs. Some of that work was abetted by tracking a blemished card when its orientation was reversed, but given the diversity of cards in use, this does not seem to have been a generalized principle.
  
-Stripper or Biseaut√© decks use a related one-way principle, although they are tactile in operation, rather than visual. Descriptions of these trimmed decks can be found in the 1700s. First devised by card cheats, the Stripper deck was later adopted for card tricks, and shortly afterward some of the ideas using reversed stripped cards were applied to one-way backs.+[[cards:​stripper_deck|Stripper or Biseaut√© decks]] use a related one-way principle, although they are tactile in operation, rather than visual. Descriptions of these trimmed decks can be found in the 1700s. First devised by card cheats, the Stripper deck was later adopted for card tricks, and shortly afterward some of the ideas using reversed stripped cards were applied to one-way backs.
  
 The principle of one-way backs, using all the cards excluding the diamonds, as a method for finding a chosen card was exposed to Boston newspaper readers in //​[[http://​www.conjuringcredits.com/​lib/​tpl/​credits/​files/​1866_12_22_Boston_Flag.pdf|Flag of Our Union]]//, on Dec. 22, 1866. (This article was discovered by Bill Mullins.) The principle of one-way backs, using all the cards excluding the diamonds, as a method for finding a chosen card was exposed to Boston newspaper readers in //​[[http://​www.conjuringcredits.com/​lib/​tpl/​credits/​files/​1866_12_22_Boston_Flag.pdf|Flag of Our Union]]//, on Dec. 22, 1866. (This article was discovered by Bill Mullins.)