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-====== Top Change with a Packet ====== 
-Using a top change style of action for switching a packet of cards dates back to the 19th century. Johann Hofzinser used the technique in "The Power of Faith,"​ detailed in Ottokar Fischer'​s //​Kartenk√ľnste//,​ 1910, p. 72 of the Sharpe translation. Fellow 19th century conjuror, Jean-Jacques-Maurice Talazac used the now-common end grip for the technique. His top change can be found in Camille Gaultier'​s //La Prestidigitation Sans Appareils//,​ 1914, p. 100.  
-There is a related technique that involves switching packets under the cover of drawing the face-up top card of the packet onto the deck. It was described by Arthur Hastings and David Bendix in "​Close-up Top Change II" from //​[[http://​​display/​38684/​Hugard+s+magic+monthly/​49|Hugard'​s Magic Monthly]]//,​ Vol. 14 No. 5., Oct. 1956, p. 481. Hastings and Bendix used a side-step, as in the [[cards:​veeser_concept|Veeser Concept]]. Marlo refined the handling by changing the step to a break in "​Packet Switches"​ from //​[[http://​​display/​24792/​New+Tops/​76|The New Tops]]//, Vol. 5 No. 2, Feb. 1965, p. 24. In his second method he specially mentions the Le Temps Ace switch in //​[[http://​​display/​12474/​Expert+Card+Technique/​266|Expert Card Technique]]//,​ 1940, p. 249, which is actually a handling of the Talazac top change.