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 The effect of causing a miniature image of a selected (forced) card appear on a small piece of paper sandwiched between two large coins has become a well-worn classic. A clear predecessor is the "​Spirit Photography Card Trick"​. The trick as it is commonly done was originated in 1931 by Al Baker. A coin shell is cleverly used to switch the small piece of blank paper for another with a miniature card printed on it. However, Baker'​s main inspiration was a similar effect first marketed by A. W. Gamage. The effect of causing a miniature image of a selected (forced) card appear on a small piece of paper sandwiched between two large coins has become a well-worn classic. A clear predecessor is the "​Spirit Photography Card Trick"​. The trick as it is commonly done was originated in 1931 by Al Baker. A coin shell is cleverly used to switch the small piece of blank paper for another with a miniature card printed on it. However, Baker'​s main inspiration was a similar effect first marketed by A. W. Gamage.
  
-Al Baker first advertised his trick in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​38443/​The+Sphinx/​34|The Sphinx]]//, Vol. 30 No. 8, Oct. 1931, p. 384. Marketed through Baker'​s Broadway Magic Shop, "The Coin and Card Trick" ​came with the necessary coins, shell, miniature cards and [[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​10552/​Sid+Lorraine+Files+Folder+03+Al+Baker+General/​64|instruction sheet]]. In the last paragraph of the instructions,​ Baker acknowledges an earlier method. He writes:+Al Baker first advertised his trick as "The Coin and Card Trick" ​in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​38443/​The+Sphinx/​34|The Sphinx]]//, Vol. 30 No. 8, Oct. 1931, p. 384; and as "The Card and Two Coin Trick" in //​[[https://​askalexander.org/​display/​40640/​Linking+Ring/​57|The Linking Ring]]//, Vol. 11 No. 8, Oct. 1931, p. 847. Marketed through Baker and Sunshine's Broadway Magic Shop, the trick came with the necessary coins, shell, miniature cards and [[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​10552/​Sid+Lorraine+Files+Folder+03+Al+Baker+General/​64|instruction sheet]]. In the last paragraph of the instructions,​ Baker acknowledges an earlier method. He writes:
  
 "You will find the Al Baker method superior to the old fashioned way of having a point soldered to the face of shell coin. There is no point to bend or break or puncture holes in your cards in this up-to-date version."​ "You will find the Al Baker method superior to the old fashioned way of having a point soldered to the face of shell coin. There is no point to bend or break or puncture holes in your cards in this up-to-date version."​
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 In 1934, Baker renamed his version "The Photographic Coins" and bundled it with two other tricks using the same shell and coins. He sold this under the omnibus title of [[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​38543/​The+Sphinx/​28|"​Al Baker'​s Tri-Coin"​]]. In the [[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​13171/​Coins+Eggs+Escapes/​3|instruction sheet]] supplied with this, the mention of earlier methods was dropped. In 1934, Baker renamed his version "The Photographic Coins" and bundled it with two other tricks using the same shell and coins. He sold this under the omnibus title of [[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​38543/​The+Sphinx/​28|"​Al Baker'​s Tri-Coin"​]]. In the [[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​13171/​Coins+Eggs+Escapes/​3|instruction sheet]] supplied with this, the mention of earlier methods was dropped.
  
-After reading a handling by Fred Braue of the Baker trick (see "​Spirit Cartography"​ in //​[[https://​askalexander.org/​display/​38699/​Hugard+s+Magic+Monthly/​105|Hugard'​s Magic Monthly]]//,​ Vol. 6 No. 11, Apr. 1949, p. 531), Phil Goldstein developed a method that eliminated the use of a shell coin and varied the effect to spirit writing rather than a playing-card revelation; see "A Dollar"​ in //​[[https://​askalexander.org/​display/​12886/​The+Chronicles/​84|The Chronicles]]//,​ No,. 9, 1978, p. 1148.+After reading a handling by Fred Braue of the Baker trick (see "​Spirit Cartography"​ in //​[[https://​askalexander.org/​display/​38699/​Hugard+s+Magic+Monthly/​105|Hugard'​s Magic Monthly]]//,​ Vol. 6 No. 11, Apr. 1949, p. 531), Phil Goldstein developed a method that eliminated the use of a shell coin and varied the effect to spirit writing rather than a playing-card revelation; see "A Dollar"​ in //​[[https://​askalexander.org/​display/​12886/​The+Chronicles/​84|The Chronicles]]//,​ No. 9, 1978, p. 1148.
  
 Also see [[cards:​spirit_photography_card_trick|Spirit Photography Card Trick]] and [[cards:​allerton_s_aspirin_box|Allerton'​s Aspirin Box]]. Also see [[cards:​spirit_photography_card_trick|Spirit Photography Card Trick]] and [[cards:​allerton_s_aspirin_box|Allerton'​s Aspirin Box]].