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The Origins of Wonder

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 The trick Blaine performed has its roots in Eddie Fechter'​s "Be Honest What Is It?" from //Magician Nitely//, 1974, p. 10. However, there are many differences between these two tricks. The missing links for the evolution of Fechter'​s trick into what Blaine performed are Tom Ogden'​s "The Subtle Switch"​ from //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​20335/​M+U+M/​587|M-U-M]]//,​ Vol. 71 No. 11, Apr. 1982, p. 16; and Paul Gertner'​s identically titled, but heavily varied, "Be Honest What Is It?" from the videotape //Secret Sessions #3//, c. 1995. Even though Gertner'​s handling makes several advances, he erroneously claims that it's Fechter'​s,​ straight out of //Magician Nitely//. The handling David Blaine used was essentially Paul Gertner'​s,​ but without the card-to-pocket finale. The trick Blaine performed has its roots in Eddie Fechter'​s "Be Honest What Is It?" from //Magician Nitely//, 1974, p. 10. However, there are many differences between these two tricks. The missing links for the evolution of Fechter'​s trick into what Blaine performed are Tom Ogden'​s "The Subtle Switch"​ from //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​20335/​M+U+M/​587|M-U-M]]//,​ Vol. 71 No. 11, Apr. 1982, p. 16; and Paul Gertner'​s identically titled, but heavily varied, "Be Honest What Is It?" from the videotape //Secret Sessions #3//, c. 1995. Even though Gertner'​s handling makes several advances, he erroneously claims that it's Fechter'​s,​ straight out of //Magician Nitely//. The handling David Blaine used was essentially Paul Gertner'​s,​ but without the card-to-pocket finale.
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 +An early precursor to this type of routine can be found in Ottokar Fischer'​s //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​10646/​Illustrated+Magic/​130|Illustrated Magic]]//, 1933, p. 119. Fischer describes a trick in which the red Aces are placed on the table and seemingly mixed around. The audience is tasked with keeping track of which red Ace is where. When turned over, the two cards are found to be the black Aces.
  
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