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 ====== Stuart Gordon Double-Card Turnover ====== ====== Stuart Gordon Double-Card Turnover ======
  
-According to Jamy Ian Swiss in //Devious Standards//,​ 2011, p. 122, Stuart Gordon executed his technique immediately after dribbling the cards, rather than from a squared deck as the following ​magicians ​have since adapted it (although the type of get-ready doesn'​t affect the turnover itself). The move was reportedly ​learned from Gordon and used by a select few, such as David Roth and Earl Nelson, as early as 1974, and then published by Larry Jennings and Darwin Ortiz; see //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​13339/​Larry+Jennings+The+Cardwright/​127|The Cardwright]]//​ by Mike Maxwell, 1988, p. 114and //​Cardshark//,​ 1995, p. 106, respectively.+According to Jamy Ian Swiss in //Devious Standards//,​ 2011, p. 122, Stuart Gordon executed his technique immediately after dribbling the cards, rather than from a squared deckas later magicians (see below) altered it, although the type of get-ready doesn'​t affect the turnover itself. The move was reported to have been learned from Gordon and used by a select few, such as David Roth and Earl Nelson, as early as 1974, and then published by Larry Jennings and Darwin Ortiz; see //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​13339/​Larry+Jennings+The+Cardwright/​127|The Cardwright]]//​ by Mike Maxwell, 1988, p. 114and //​Cardshark//,​ 1995, p. 106, respectively.
  
 Before that, Ken Simmons published the turnover in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​15009/​Riffling+The+Pasteboards/​15|Riffling the Pasteboards]]//,​ 1986, p. 8, but without mention (and seemingly without knowledge) of Stuart Gordon. It was unclear if Simmons intended to claim origination,​ as he prefaces the trick it appears in, “Ace-Bitiously Yours”, by writing, “You won't find any new or revolutionary moves here...” However, in //Banded Deck Effects// 1991, Simmons explicitly makes the claim of originality on p. 27. Subsequent research proved that Gordon preceded Simmons; see Wesley James'​s summary in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​12674/​Enchantments/​171|Enchantments]]//,​ 2004, p. 164. Before that, Ken Simmons published the turnover in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​15009/​Riffling+The+Pasteboards/​15|Riffling the Pasteboards]]//,​ 1986, p. 8, but without mention (and seemingly without knowledge) of Stuart Gordon. It was unclear if Simmons intended to claim origination,​ as he prefaces the trick it appears in, “Ace-Bitiously Yours”, by writing, “You won't find any new or revolutionary moves here...” However, in //Banded Deck Effects// 1991, Simmons explicitly makes the claim of originality on p. 27. Subsequent research proved that Gordon preceded Simmons; see Wesley James'​s summary in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​12674/​Enchantments/​171|Enchantments]]//,​ 2004, p. 164.
  
-The central dynamic of the technique involves the magician sliding his thumb down the face of the double as it'​s ​being turned over. This thumb slide is older than Gordon technique. George Pittman utilized it in the Pittman One-Hand Double Lift from //​[[https://​askalexander.org/​display/​38377/​The+Sphinx/​7|The Sphinx]]//, Vol. 48 No. 2, Apr. 1949, p. 35. And in David Ben's //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​17668/​Zarrow/​357|Zarrow:​ A Lifetime of Magic]]//, 2008, p. 341, this thumb slide was used in one of the "Loose Lifts" Zarrow developed c. 1950.+The central dynamic of the technique involves the magician sliding his thumb down the surface ​of the double as it is being turned over. This thumb slide is older than the Gordon technique. George Pittman utilized it in the Pittman One-Hand Double Lift from //​[[https://​askalexander.org/​display/​38377/​The+Sphinx/​7|The Sphinx]]//, Vol. 48 No. 2, Apr. 1949, p. 35. And in David Ben's //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​17668/​Zarrow/​357|Zarrow:​ A Lifetime of Magic]]//, 2008, p. 341, this thumb slide was used in one of the "Loose Lifts" Zarrow developed c. 1950.
  
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