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The Origins of Wonder

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stephenminch Clarified citation for the English translation of Porta.
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 The Unshuffled plot generally features writing on the edge of a deck that keeps changing with each shuffle until it says "​Unshuffled",​ and the pack is found back in new-deck order. For a kicker, the writing then changes into the name of a previously selected card. There are several principles in play. The Unshuffled plot generally features writing on the edge of a deck that keeps changing with each shuffle until it says "​Unshuffled",​ and the pack is found back in new-deck order. For a kicker, the writing then changes into the name of a previously selected card. There are several principles in play.
  
-Writing on the side of a deck as a means of sending secret messages is mentioned in Giovanni Battista Della Porta'​s //De furtivis literarum notis, vulgo de ziferis//, 1563, p. 345 of the 1658 English translation,​ London: Thomas Young and Samuel Speed.+Writing on the side of a deck as a means of sending secret messages is mentioned in Giovanni Battista Della Porta'​s //De furtivis literarum notis, vulgo de ziferis//, 1563, [[http://​www.conjuringcredits.com/​lib/​tpl/​credits/​files/​1658-Porta-WritingOnEdgeOfDeck.pdf|p. 345 of the 1658 English translation]], London: Thomas Young and Samuel Speed.
  
 The first to apply the idea to a magic trick was Hen Fetsch, in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​37770/​Linking+Ring/​52|The Linking Ring]]//, Vol. 27 No. 12, Feb. 1948, p. 50, under the title "Mixed Magic"​. Winston Freer also used the idea for his "​Half-wit Deck," 1961, with patter by Gene Gordon (who marketed it). The first to apply the idea to a magic trick was Hen Fetsch, in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​37770/​Linking+Ring/​52|The Linking Ring]]//, Vol. 27 No. 12, Feb. 1948, p. 50, under the title "Mixed Magic"​. Winston Freer also used the idea for his "​Half-wit Deck," 1961, with patter by Gene Gordon (who marketed it).