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-In Professor Henri Garenne'​s //The Art of Modern Conjuring//,​ 1886, p. 43, a trick called "​Spelling Bee" appeared. It was less of a magic trick, and more of an amusing demonstration with cards. In it, a packet of thirteen cards were held. The conjuror ​spelled "​A-C-E,"​ and the Ace showed up on the final letter. "​T-W-O"​ was spelled next, revealing a deuce. This continued for all thirteen values. ​David Williamson ​updated this trick with a humorous ​presentation ​in //​Williamson'​s Wonders//, 1989, p. 54.+In Professor Henri Garenne'​s //The Art of Modern Conjuring//,​ 1886, p. 43, a trick called "​Spelling Bee" appeared. It was less of a magic trick, and more of an amusing demonstration with cards. In it, a packet of thirteen cards were held. The conjurer ​spelled "​A-C-E,"​ and the Ace showed up on the final letter. "​T-W-O"​ was spelled next, revealing a deuce. This continued for all thirteen values. ​This basic plot was later updated ​in a number of ways. The first was to use a seemingly random packet of cards, done by removing a chosen suit in the same order that it came out of a deck after a genuine shuffle. This was introduced by William McGrew in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​16811/​Magical+Bulletin/​5|The Magical Bulletin]]//,​ Vol. 4 No. 3, Mar. 1916, n.p. The next update was to the stack itself, allowing the performer to hand the packet to spectators to try the spell, only to fail; the magician is the only one who can make the spelled-to card appear. Thomas Tyler developed ​this variant, describing it in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​38056/​The+Sphinx/​13|The Sphinx]]//, Vol. 19 No. 2, Apr. 1920, p. 45. Frederick Furman later added magical climax, where instead of finding a King on the final card, it is revealed to have changed into a different card. This appeared in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​38426/​The+Sphinx/​26|The Sphinx]]//, Vol. 23 No. 3, May 1924, p. 102. The best-known combination of all these ideas is David Williamson'​s ​humorous ​"He Who Spelt It, Dealt It" ​in //​Williamson'​s Wonders//, 1989, p. 54.
  
 Bill Kalush suggests that it was Dr. Elliott who, in his "​Three-Card Speller,"​ c. 1900, was the first to use the spelling procedure to find a previously made selection. Kalush'​s research was first released for the 31 Faces North convention, Aug. 2007, and later revised for inclusion in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​30891/​Gibeci+re/​11|Gibeciere]]//,​ Vol. 5 No. 1, Winter 2010, p. 11. Bill Kalush suggests that it was Dr. Elliott who, in his "​Three-Card Speller,"​ c. 1900, was the first to use the spelling procedure to find a previously made selection. Kalush'​s research was first released for the 31 Faces North convention, Aug. 2007, and later revised for inclusion in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​30891/​Gibeci+re/​11|Gibeciere]]//,​ Vol. 5 No. 1, Winter 2010, p. 11.