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mental:confabulation [2016/10/11 15:57]
stephenminch Correcting release date of "Confabulation".
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-====== Confabulation ====== 
-The starting point of the multiple-prediction effect best known as "​Confabulation"​ (named after a version of it by Alan Shaxon) is Stewart James'​s “The Perfect Prediction” in //​[[http://​​display/​38571/​The+Sphinx/​20|The Sphinx]]//, Vol. 28 No. 4, June 1929, p. 140, which includes a loading of the prediction into a wallet. 
-James returned to the idea in an article, "Two Fearless Feats" (the first trick of which was later retitled “The Ball of Fortune”),​ in the June 1940 issue of //​[[http://​​display/​15792/​Jinx+No+098|The Jinx]]//, No. 98, June 1940, p. 601, wherein the prediction was found inside a ball of wool. 
-George Grimmond came up with “Triple Forecast” c. 1947. It was released in early 1951 by Harry Stanley’s Unique Magic Studio (see //​[[http://​​display/​3010/​Gen+Vol+06/​345|The Gen]]//, Vol. 11 No. 6, Mar. 1951, p. 345). In Grimmond'​s trick, the prediction is found inside two nested envelopes that were hanging from a stand at the outset. 
-In 1948, Al Koran reinvented the use of a wallet as the container for his triple prediction, contributed to //​[[http://​​display/​5320/​Pentagram+Vol+03/​3|Pentagram]]//,​ Vol. 3 No. 1, Oct. 1948, p. 1, under the title of "A Letter from Al Koran"​. For his performances,​ by 1950 he had developed a "Dream Holiday"​ presentation for the trick. By 1956 he was using a 'Dream Car" presentation. 
-Specifically inspired by Grimmond'​s "​Triple Forecast",​ Alan Shaxon developed “Confabulation” in the 1960s, and later marketed it through Ken Brooke in late 1969. 
-(This history courtesy of Max Maven.)