Conjuring Credits

The Origins of Wonder

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Tosheroon was invented by Bob Driebeek and marketed by Harry Stanley, who later published it in The Gen, Vol. 23 No. 11, Mar. 1968, p. 250. An additional handling by John F. Pooley is also detailed. The original effect was that of placing a coin on a face-up packet, then covering it with the other portion of the deck. When the packets were next separated, the card beneath the coin had changed. The gimmick was a card with a hole in it.

Edward Marlo published an “open” version with a face-up deck in Pallbearers Review, Vol. 1 No. 10, Aug. 1966, p. 49, that used a flat palm steal, titled “Card Flight”. An overview of the many subsequent versions appears under “Tosheroon Two” by Herb Zarrow in Kabbala, Vol. 2 No. 8, Aug. 1973, p. 63. See also Frank Garcia's “Razzle Dazzle” in Million Dollar Card Secrets, 1972, p. 40, “Snaparoon” in Don England's Technical Knock-outs , 1981, p. Hearts 12, for a rubber banded version, and the “Zaney Gimmick” versions by Mike Rogers and Jon Racherbaumer in Kabbala, Vol. 1 No. 12, Dec. 1972, p. 93, and The Complete Mike Rogers, 1975, p. 139.

Tosheroon was a slang name for the old half crown among British cab drivers and barrow boys.