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 +In 1787, the Italian conjurer, Signior Falconi, featured a prediction of "the Combination or Arrangements of four different Numbers" made by an audience member. (See Item 8 in his November 20th, 1787, broadside, reproduced in Milbourne Christopher's //[[https://askalexander.org/display/9900/The+Illustrated+History+of+Magic/74|Illustrated History of Magic]]//, 1973, p. 55.) By January 14, 1794, the feat had grown to the prediction of "the sum of six columns of numbers written by as many spectators," (see "The Fabulous Falconi" by Christopher in //[[https://askalexander.org/display/38216/The+Sphinx/9|The Sphinx]]//, Vol. 40 No. 9, Nov. 1941, p. 269.
  
 The earliest example of the Addition Test in print seems to be one by H. B. Wilton in //The Somatic Conjuror//, 1870, p. 32. The sum of three gentlemen's numbers appears written on the performer's forearm.  The earliest example of the Addition Test in print seems to be one by H. B. Wilton in //The Somatic Conjuror//, 1870, p. 32. The sum of three gentlemen's numbers appears written on the performer's forearm. 
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 In //[[http://askalexander.org/display/10706/Magician+Monthly+Vol+11/61|The Magician Monthly]]//, Vol. 11 No. 3, Feb. 1915, p. 49, there appears "Tip for the 'Sum Trick'" (presumably by Will Goldston) with a switching method involving a pack of postcards. The opening sentence leads with, "In working any kind of sum trick..." which clearly suggests that it is, by then, an established and well-known plot. This is amply underscored in //[[http://askalexander.org/display/10706/Magician+Monthly+Vol+11/158|The Magician Monthly]]//, Vol. 11 No. 4, July 1915, p. 126, wherein H. C. Mole describes "The 'Daily Mail' Trick," a newspaper test that involves a switched-in total as part of its method. On this point, Mole writes: "This requires no description; each performer has his own way of working..." In //[[http://askalexander.org/display/10706/Magician+Monthly+Vol+11/61|The Magician Monthly]]//, Vol. 11 No. 3, Feb. 1915, p. 49, there appears "Tip for the 'Sum Trick'" (presumably by Will Goldston) with a switching method involving a pack of postcards. The opening sentence leads with, "In working any kind of sum trick..." which clearly suggests that it is, by then, an established and well-known plot. This is amply underscored in //[[http://askalexander.org/display/10706/Magician+Monthly+Vol+11/158|The Magician Monthly]]//, Vol. 11 No. 4, July 1915, p. 126, wherein H. C. Mole describes "The 'Daily Mail' Trick," a newspaper test that involves a switched-in total as part of its method. On this point, Mole writes: "This requires no description; each performer has his own way of working..."
  
-The above research was provided by Max Maven.+The above is based in part on research provided by Max Maven.
  
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