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 The strongman stunt of tearing a pack of cards in half began appearing in newspapers about 1888.  In that year, the stunt was reported as being performed by baseball player George Borchers in the Jun. 8, 1888 issue of //​[[http://​chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/​lccn/​sn91068084/​1888-06-08/​ed-1/​seq-7/#​date1=1789&​sort=date&​date2=1922&​searchType=advanced&​language=&​sequence=0&​index=0&​words=cards+pack+tear&​proxdistance=5&​rows=20&​ortext=&​proxtext=&​phrasetext=tear+a+pack+of+cards&​andtext=&​dateFilterType=yearRange&​page=1|Fisherman & Farmer]]//, p. 7, a weekly publication out of Edenton, NC; and by magician Alexander Herrmann on the front page of the Aug. 14, 1888 //​[[http://​chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/​lccn/​sn85025007/​1888-08-14/​ed-1/​seq-1/#​date1=1789&​sort=date&​date2=1922&​searchType=advanced&​language=&​sequence=0&​index=2&​words=cards+pack+tear&​proxdistance=5&​rows=20&​ortext=&​proxtext=&​phrasetext=tear+a+pack+of+cards&​andtext=&​dateFilterType=yearRange&​page=1|Alexandria Gazette]]// from Alexandria, DC. The strongman stunt of tearing a pack of cards in half began appearing in newspapers about 1888.  In that year, the stunt was reported as being performed by baseball player George Borchers in the Jun. 8, 1888 issue of //​[[http://​chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/​lccn/​sn91068084/​1888-06-08/​ed-1/​seq-7/#​date1=1789&​sort=date&​date2=1922&​searchType=advanced&​language=&​sequence=0&​index=0&​words=cards+pack+tear&​proxdistance=5&​rows=20&​ortext=&​proxtext=&​phrasetext=tear+a+pack+of+cards&​andtext=&​dateFilterType=yearRange&​page=1|Fisherman & Farmer]]//, p. 7, a weekly publication out of Edenton, NC; and by magician Alexander Herrmann on the front page of the Aug. 14, 1888 //​[[http://​chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/​lccn/​sn85025007/​1888-08-14/​ed-1/​seq-1/#​date1=1789&​sort=date&​date2=1922&​searchType=advanced&​language=&​sequence=0&​index=2&​words=cards+pack+tear&​proxdistance=5&​rows=20&​ortext=&​proxtext=&​phrasetext=tear+a+pack+of+cards&​andtext=&​dateFilterType=yearRange&​page=1|Alexandria Gazette]]// from Alexandria, DC.
  
-Eighteen-year-old Emil Jarrow, performing a strongman act, tore decks in half, as reported in the //​[[http://​chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/​lccn/​sn90059522/​1895-06-09/​ed-1/​seq-10/#​date1=1789&​index=8&​rows=20&​searchType=advanced&​language=&​sequence=0&​words=cards+packs+tore&​proxdistance=5&​date2=1922&​ortext=&​proxtext=&​phrasetext=tore+a+pack+of+cards&​andtext=&​dateFilterType=yearRange&​page=1|St. Paul Daily Globe]]// on Jun. 9, 1895.+Eighteen-year-old Emil Jarrow, performing a strongman act, tore decks in half, as reported in the //​[[http://​chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/​lccn/​sn90059522/​1895-06-09/​ed-1/​seq-10/#​date1=1789&​index=8&​rows=20&​searchType=advanced&​language=&​sequence=0&​words=cards+packs+tore&​proxdistance=5&​date2=1922&​ortext=&​proxtext=&​phrasetext=tore+a+pack+of+cards&​andtext=&​dateFilterType=yearRange&​page=1|St. Paul Daily Globe]]// on Jun. 9, 1895, p. 10.
  
-Many years after he was assassinated,​ Abraham Lincoln was recalled as having done this feat by  Joseph M. Stoddart, in an otherwise unverified account in the Nov. 12, 1899 issue of the //​[[http://​chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/​lccn/​sn86063615/​1899-11-12/​ed-1/​seq-12/#​date1=1789&​index=0&​rows=20&​searchType=advanced&​language=&​sequence=0&​words=cards+deck+tear&​proxdistance=5&​date2=1922&​ortext=&​proxtext=&​phrasetext=tear+a+deck+of+cards&​andtext=&​dateFilterType=yearRange&​page=1|Kansas City Journal]]//​.+Many years after he was assassinated,​ Abraham Lincoln was recalled as having done this feat by  Joseph M. Stoddart, in an otherwise unverified account in the Nov. 12, 1899 issue of the //​[[http://​chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/​lccn/​sn86063615/​1899-11-12/​ed-1/​seq-12/#​date1=1789&​index=0&​rows=20&​searchType=advanced&​language=&​sequence=0&​words=cards+deck+tear&​proxdistance=5&​date2=1922&​ortext=&​proxtext=&​phrasetext=tear+a+deck+of+cards&​andtext=&​dateFilterType=yearRange&​page=1|Kansas City Journal]]//, p. 12.
  
 An explanation of the method is given in the Nov. 1905 issue of //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​4443/​Mahatma+Vol+09/​53?​pw=%22pack%20of%20cards%20in%20two%22|Mahatma]]//,​ Vol. 9 No. 5, p. 53. An explanation of the method is given in the Nov. 1905 issue of //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​4443/​Mahatma+Vol+09/​53?​pw=%22pack%20of%20cards%20in%20two%22|Mahatma]]//,​ Vol. 9 No. 5, p. 53.