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The Origins of Wonder

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 The short-long principle was transferred from [[paper:blow_book|blow books]] to playing cards by the 1600s; see the anonymous //[[http://askalexander.org/display/38803/Gibeci+re/74|Asti Manuscript]]//, c. 1700, p. 73 of the Pieper translation. This manuscript was translated in //Gibecière//, Vol. 8 No. 1, Winter 2013, p. 29-234. Spot cards were made either longer or shorter than face cards, so that, riffled in one direction, the cards were all spot cards; riffled in the other direction, they changed to face cards. The short-long principle was transferred from [[paper:blow_book|blow books]] to playing cards by the 1600s; see the anonymous //[[http://askalexander.org/display/38803/Gibeci+re/74|Asti Manuscript]]//, c. 1700, p. 73 of the Pieper translation. This manuscript was translated in //Gibecière//, Vol. 8 No. 1, Winter 2013, p. 29-234. Spot cards were made either longer or shorter than face cards, so that, riffled in one direction, the cards were all spot cards; riffled in the other direction, they changed to face cards.
  
-In 1907, Ellsworth Lyman contributed minor variation, in which the deck used shortened corners rather than short cards to make the faces turn all red, then all black; see "A Color Changing Trick" in //[[https://askalexander.org/display/38528/The+Sphinx/7|The Sphinx]]//, Vol. 6 No. 9, Nov. 1907, p. 107.+In 1907, Ellsworth Lyman contributed modest improvement, in which the deck used shortened corners rather than short cards to make the faces turn all red, then all black; see "A Color Changing Trick" in //[[https://askalexander.org/display/38528/The+Sphinx/7|The Sphinx]]//, Vol. 6 No. 9, Nov. 1907, p. 107.
  
 The next significant step in the evolution of these gaffed decks, the Svengali Deck, occurred two years after the appearance of Lyman's variation on the ancient color-changing deck. There has been controversy over who invented the Svengali Deck, W. D. LeRoy or Burling Hull. T. A. Waters and Sam Sharpe both credit LeRoy; see Waters's //The Encyclopedia of Magic and Magicians//, 1988, p. 323, and Sharpe's //[[http://askalexander.org/display/5250/Magic+Circular+Vol+53/97|The Magic Circular]]//, Vol. 53 No. 593, Feb. 1959, p. 80. Bart Whaley and Jean Hugard both credit Hull; see Whaley's //Who's Who In Magic//, 1990, p. 288, and Hugard's //[[http://askalexander.org/display/14938/Encyclopedia+of+Card+Tricks/248|Encyclopedia of Card Tricks]]//, 1937, p. 245. The next significant step in the evolution of these gaffed decks, the Svengali Deck, occurred two years after the appearance of Lyman's variation on the ancient color-changing deck. There has been controversy over who invented the Svengali Deck, W. D. LeRoy or Burling Hull. T. A. Waters and Sam Sharpe both credit LeRoy; see Waters's //The Encyclopedia of Magic and Magicians//, 1988, p. 323, and Sharpe's //[[http://askalexander.org/display/5250/Magic+Circular+Vol+53/97|The Magic Circular]]//, Vol. 53 No. 593, Feb. 1959, p. 80. Bart Whaley and Jean Hugard both credit Hull; see Whaley's //Who's Who In Magic//, 1990, p. 288, and Hugard's //[[http://askalexander.org/display/14938/Encyclopedia+of+Card+Tricks/248|Encyclopedia of Card Tricks]]//, 1937, p. 245.