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Will de Seive Embossed Locator Card

This appeared in Will de Seive's These Card Tricks, 1936, p. 8, under the title “Contact Card,” before being published in Greater Magic, 1938, p. 478.

Daniel Rhod reports in Notes on the History of Cardsharping in France, 2011, p. 24, that using a coin to mark a card with an embossing, used as a cheating method, was described by Augustin Cavaillé in his card sharping treatise, Les filouteries du jeu, 1875. Rhod doesn't make clear how the card was used: as a tactile mark or as a means to force or control a cut.