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The Origins of Wonder

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-If doing the mechanics with just two cards can be admitted as a form of side steal, Adrian Plate'excelsior change in Roterberg'//[[|New Era Card Tricks]]// (1897, p. 22) is an ancestor.+Reinhard Müller found this method of palming a card from the center in F. W. Conradi's in //Der Moderne Kartenkünstler//, 1896, p. 13. Conradi claimed the sleight as original with him.
-A closer precursor to the Leipzig sleight appears in //[[|Mahatma]]//, Vol. V, No. II, August 1901, p. 495. This is by Hal Merton (stage name of Walter G. Peterkin) and was published eight years prior to Downs's and Hilliard's //The Art Magic//, where the first description of the side steal is said to occur (See "Card Tricks Based on New and Original System of Locating Chosen Card: First Method". Merton uses his left thumb to push over the top card of the lower packet as the right hand moves to replace the upper packet. This delivers the card into position to be palmed, identically to the standard side-steal handling.+It appeared in English as part of Adrian Plate's excelsior change in August Roterberg'//[[|New Era Card Tricks]]//, 1897, p. 22. This was a steal from the bottom of a double, rather than from deck.
-Reinhard Müller notes that this method of palming a card from the center appears is described by FWConradi in //Der Moderne Kartenkünstler//, 1896, p. 13Conradi claimed the sleight as original with him.+A closer precursor to the now-traditional side steal appears in //[[|Mahatma]]//, Vol. 5 No. 2, Aug. 1901, p. 495. This is by Hal Merton (stage name of Walter GPeterkin) and was published eight years prior to TNelson Downs and John Northern Hilliard'//The Art Magic//, 1909, p. 143, where the first description of the side steal is usually citedMerton used his left thumb to push over the top card of the lower packet as the right hand moved to replace the upper packet. This delivered the card into position to be palmed, identically to the standard side-steal handling. A closer handling to Downs's---using the left fingers beneath the card to be stolen, rather than the thumb above---appeared in a later issue of //Mahatma//. It was published without credit or byline in [[|Vol. 8 No. 2, Aug. 1904, p. 17]].
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