The Origins of Wonder
A coin hidden behind one end of a bill is transferred behind the other end in the action of bringing the hands together and then apart, snapping the bill taut between them. Clayton William Rosencrance published a procedure that appears to be this action in the March 1924 issue of The Sphinx (“Anywise Coin Vanish”, Vol. 23 No. 1, p. 21). The move was later reinvented (see “Michell's Move” in The Phoenix, No. 196, Jan. 27, 1950, 782; and Dino R. Mazza's “Dino's Silver Phantasy” in New Phoenix, No. 388, March 1964, p. 379).