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 ====== Trick That Cannot be Explained ====== ====== Trick That Cannot be Explained ======
  
-While credited to Dai Vernon, earlier published versions ​of this trick include Joe Berg's "A Miracle Maybe" in Martin Gardner'​s //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​14479/​Cut+the+Cards/​23-25|Cut ​the Cards]]//, 1942, p. 22, and Audley Walsh'​s "​Improvisation"​ in Rufus Steele'​s //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​15157/​52+Amazing+Card+Tricks+Professional+Tricks+that+Anyone+Can+Do/​51-52|52 Amazing Card Tricks]]//, 1949, p. 50. Milt Kort recalls that Stewart James described the effect and procedures in letter, long predating Lewis Ganson'​s description of the Vernon handling (see //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​17405/​Dai+Vernon+s+More+Inner+Secrets+of+Card+Magic/​78-83|More Inner Secrets of Card Magic]]//, 1960, p. 76).+The overarching methodological approach ​of this plot is that the performer confidently improvises his way through the procedural portion of a magic trick --- without ​the audience recognizing this fact --- to arrive at desired outcomeThere have been many approaches to this concept.
  
-A discussion ​of James'​s approach, which he called "The Face-Up Prediction,"​ can be found in //[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​12684/​The+James+File/​34|The James File, Volume 1]]//, 2000, p. 1000James claims ​to have created ​the trick in 1939.+Conard B. Rheiner created "The Touch of Mephistopheles"​, which he claimed was a new idea. He published it in //​[[|The ​Sphinx]]//, Vol. 19 No. 4, June 1920, p. 110In it, he would force a card and then draw random cards from a face-down tabled spread, which he would add or subtract from each other until he arrived at the value of the selection, also using the suits of the drawn cards to improvise a revelation of the suit of the selection.
  
-An even earlier ​approach to arriving at a force card's position ​through on-the-spot finagling was published by (but specifically ​not claimed by) Theodore Annemann in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​13914/​202+Methods+of+Forcing/​11|202 Methods of Forcing]]//,​ 1933, p. 14 (p10 of the fourth edition). Annemann didn't describe the method in //101 Methods of Forcing//, 1932, which suggests ​that he may have learned it in the intervening year. The technique Annemann outlined wasn't as wide-reaching and varied as those developed by James, Berg, Walsh, and Vernonas it focused exclusively on a mathematical approachbut it was a clear precursor ​to the more robust versions we see today.+An approach to arriving at the location of a force card through on-the-spot finagling was published by (but not specifically ​claimed by) Theodore Annemann in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​13914/​202+Methods+of+Forcing/​11|202 Methods of Forcing]]//,​ 1933, p. 14. It relied entirely on mathematics. Annemann didn't describe the method in //101 Methods of Forcing//, 1932, which suggests he may have learned it in the intervening year. 
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 +Milt Kort recalls that Stewart James described an improvisational card effect and its procedures in a letter. A discussion of James's approach, which he called "The Face-Up Prediction,"​ can be found in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​12684/​The+James+File/​34|The James FileVolume 1]]//, 2000, p. 1000. James claims to have created the trick in 1939. 
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 +Other versions include Joe Berg's "A Miracle Maybe" in Martin Gardner'​s //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​14479/​Cut+the+Cards/​23-25|Cut the Cards]]//1942, p. 22, and Audley Walsh'​s "​Improvisation"​ in Rufus Steele'​s //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​15157/​52+Amazing+Card+Tricks+Professional+Tricks+that+Anyone+Can+Do/​51-52|52 Amazing Card Tricks]]//1949p. 50. 
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 +Dai Vernon'​s name is often attached ​to the plot due to his popular approach and methods, described in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​17405/​Dai+Vernon+s+More+Inner+Secrets+of+Card+Magic/​78-83|Dai Vernon'​s More Inner Secrets of Card Magic]]//, Ganson, 1960, p. 76.
  
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