Conjuring Credits

The Origins of Wonder

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Windup-Toy Finds Chosen Card

Howard P. Albright's “Gileegaloo Bird”, first advertised in the October 1935 issue of The Linking Ring (Vol. 15 No. 8, p. 713), is the first example of using a windup-toy to locate a selected card from a deck spread out on the table. The instructions for Albright's “Gileegaloo Bird” described a five-phase routine. A number of variations using different windup-toys and methods have appeared since Albright's “Gileegaloo Bird” was released. Magicians who became especially known for their presentations of this effect include Dr. Jaks, Don Alan, Bobby Bernard, Terry Seabrooke and, particularly, Ricky Jay.