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 This change first appeared in French, in the Jan. 1905 issue of //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​14371/​L+Illusionniste/​314|I'​Illusionniste]]//,​ Vol. 4 No. 37, p. 5, with a byline of Van Lamèche. Professor Hoffmann, in //Later Magic//, identified Van Lamèche as a Belgian magician, but there is reason to suggest that Van Lamèche (a probable pun: //vend la mèche// = reveal the secret) was a pseudonym of Jean Caroly, editor of //​L'​Illusionniste//,​ and that Van Lamèche or Caroly were performing the same function Ellis Stanyon did in his English journal of the same period, //Magic//: explaining tricks he had seen rather than invented. This change first appeared in French, in the Jan. 1905 issue of //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​14371/​L+Illusionniste/​314|I'​Illusionniste]]//,​ Vol. 4 No. 37, p. 5, with a byline of Van Lamèche. Professor Hoffmann, in //Later Magic//, identified Van Lamèche as a Belgian magician, but there is reason to suggest that Van Lamèche (a probable pun: //vend la mèche// = reveal the secret) was a pseudonym of Jean Caroly, editor of //​L'​Illusionniste//,​ and that Van Lamèche or Caroly were performing the same function Ellis Stanyon did in his English journal of the same period, //Magic//: explaining tricks he had seen rather than invented.
  
-The Snap Change didn't appear in English until three years later. W.H. Dilger published the move as "​Change Cards by Snap of Finger"​ in //​[[https://​askalexander.org/​display/​38531/​The+Sphinx/​8|The Sphinx]]//, Vol. 6 No. 12, Feb. 1908, p. 144. Eight years later, H. Syril Dusenbery managed to get it in the pages of //The Sphinx// again, this time under the title "The Flip Change"​ in [[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​38567/​The+Sphinx/​12|Vol. 16 No. 12, Feb. 1916, p. 232.]] He reports learning it from Theodore Bamberg, which probably occurred during an October 1914 meeting of the Pacific Coast Society of Magicians, where Dusenbery reports Bamberg performing the change (see //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​38300/​The+Sphinx/​5|The Sphinx]]//, Vol. 13 No. 9, Nov. 1914, p. 169). Curiously, five years later Dunsenbery contributed the same sleight to //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​9813/​Felsman+s+Magical+Review+Vol+02/​58|Felsman'​s Magical Review]]//, Vol. 2 No. 6, Nov. 1921 - Feb. 1922, p. 6. There he does not mention Bamberg and leaves the reader to assume the sleight is his (Dusenbery'​s) invention. The previous year Bamberg had published the sleight himself, in //Quality Magic//, 1921, p. 16.+The Snap Change didn't appear in English until three years later. W. H. Dilger published the move as "​Change Cards by Snap of Finger"​ in //​[[https://​askalexander.org/​display/​38531/​The+Sphinx/​8|The Sphinx]]//, Vol. 6 No. 12, Feb. 1908, p. 144. Eight years later, H. Syril Dusenbery managed to get it into the pages of //The Sphinx// again, this time under the title "The Flip Change"​ in [[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​38567/​The+Sphinx/​12|Vol. 16 No. 12, Feb. 1916, p. 232.]] He reports learning it from Theodore Bamberg, which probably occurred during an October 1914 meeting of the Pacific Coast Society of Magicians, where Dusenbery reports Bamberg performing the change (see //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​38300/​The+Sphinx/​5|The Sphinx]]//, Vol. 13 No. 9, Nov. 1914, p. 169). Curiously, five years later Dunsenbery contributed the same sleight to //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​9813/​Felsman+s+Magical+Review+Vol+02/​58|Felsman'​s Magical Review]]//, Vol. 2 No. 6, Nov. 1921 - Feb. 1922, p. 6. There he does not mention Bamberg and leaves the reader to assume the sleight is his (Dusenbery'​s) invention. The previous year Bamberg had published the sleight himself, in //Quality Magic//, 1921, p. 16.
  
 Horace Goldin is frequently credited with this sleight due to the "The Goldin '​Visible'​ Change"​ appearing in Victor Farelli'​s //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​13873/​Card+Magic+Part+Two/​10|Farelli'​s Card Magic, Part Two]]//, 1933, p. 70. Horace Goldin is frequently credited with this sleight due to the "The Goldin '​Visible'​ Change"​ appearing in Victor Farelli'​s //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​13873/​Card+Magic+Part+Two/​10|Farelli'​s Card Magic, Part Two]]//, 1933, p. 70.
  
-There is evidence, though, to show that Stanley Collins invented this change before Bamberg and Goldin, and may have been the spring from which Van Lamèche and/or Dilger drew. Collins claims in his //Gems of Personal Prestidigitation//,​ 1952, p. 15 (not published until inclusion in Edwin Dawes'​s //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​25508/​Stanley+Collins/​299|Stanley Collins: Conjurer, Collectors, and Iconoclast]]//,​ 2003), that he came up with the sleight in his early twenties--which would place it in the first decade of the 1900s--and he showed it around that time to Goldin, Harry Houdini and Chung Ling Soo. Further corroboration of Stanley'​s claim appears in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​7909/​Wizard/​176|The Wizard]]//, Vol. 2 No. 17, Aug. 1948, p. 176, in a letter by R. C. Wilson; also see Victor Farelii'​s response in the [[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​7909/​Wizard/​247|Nov. 1948 issue]], Vol. 2 No. 19, p. 247.+There is evidence, though, to show that Stanley Collins invented this change before Bamberg and Goldin, and may have been the spring from which Van Lamèche and/or Dilger drew. Collins claims in his //Gems of Personal Prestidigitation//,​ 1952, p. 15 (not published until its inclusion in Edwin Dawes'​s //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​25508/​Stanley+Collins/​299|Stanley Collins: Conjurer, Collectors, and Iconoclast]]//,​ 2003), that he came up with the sleight in his early twenties--which would place it in the first decade of the 1900s--and he showed it around that time to Goldin, Harry Houdini and Chung Ling Soo. Further corroboration of Stanley'​s claim appears in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​7909/​Wizard/​176|The Wizard]]//, Vol. 2 No. 17, Aug. 1948, p. 176, in a letter by R. C. Wilson; also see Victor Farelii'​s response in the [[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​7909/​Wizard/​247|Nov. 1948 issue]], Vol. 2 No. 19, p. 247.
  
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