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The Origins of Wonder

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 In the autobiography of Nate Leipzig, published serially beginning in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​14971/​M+U+M/​125|M-U-M]]//,​ Vol. 43 No. 4, Sep. 1953, p. 125, Leipzig described a performance he witnessed as a boy or young man of Professor Stork (probably Harry Stork) in Detroit, in which he did this trick. The incident isn't dated, but since Leipzig'​s family didn't come to the U.S. until 1882, it must have occurred sometime after this and before the turn of the century, thus predating John Scarne'​s better-known performances of this trick by many years. In the autobiography of Nate Leipzig, published serially beginning in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​14971/​M+U+M/​125|M-U-M]]//,​ Vol. 43 No. 4, Sep. 1953, p. 125, Leipzig described a performance he witnessed as a boy or young man of Professor Stork (probably Harry Stork) in Detroit, in which he did this trick. The incident isn't dated, but since Leipzig'​s family didn't come to the U.S. until 1882, it must have occurred sometime after this and before the turn of the century, thus predating John Scarne'​s better-known performances of this trick by many years.
  
-Also see "The Salamandrine Card" in Edwin Sachs'​s //Sleight of Hand//, 1877, p. 186, and "The Halved Card" in August Roterberg'​s //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​20169/​New+Era+Card+Tricks/​141|New Era Card Tricks]]//, 1897, p. 130.+The roots of the trick go back to the 1700s. A card, prepared with an extra removable pip. was forced and, being returned to the deck, the extra pip was removed, effectively making the chosen card vanish from the deck. A duplicate of the forced card was then produced from some location remote from the magician. Herman Boaz was known for producing the card from a sealed envelope, given before the show into the keeping of a spectator. The effect is clearly detailed in //The Journal of Samuel Curwen, Loyalist,// Vol. 1, edited by Andrew Oliver, 1972, p. 467; see the entry dated Sep 23, 1778. A description of the method said to be Boaz's is given in //The Notebook// (anonymous),​ edited and published by Will Houstoun, 2009, pp. 13 & 15. Also see "The Salamandrine Card" in Edwin Sachs'​s //Sleight of Hand//, 1877, p. 186, and "The Halved Card" in August Roterberg'​s //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​20169/​New+Era+Card+Tricks/​141|New Era Card Tricks]]//, 1897, p. 130.
  
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