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-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 //[[|The Sphinx]]//, Vol. 28 No. 4, June 1929, p. 140, which includes loading of the prediction into a wallet.+The starting point of the multiple-prediction effect best known as "Confabulation" (named after a version of it by Alan Shaxon) would seem to be "Mental Projection Extraordinary" in //[[|The Life and Mysteries of the Celebrated Dr. Q]]// by Alexander (stage name of Claude Conlin)1921, p. 93. Two methods are given. The first involves carbon impression inside an envelope; the second uses pocket writing.
-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 //[[|The Jinx]]//, No. 98June 1940, p. 601, wherein the prediction was found inside a ball of wool.+In 1938, Earl Rybolt published a related effect with a similar title, "Rybolt's Miracle Thought Projection"which he claimed to have been performing for fifteen years, which would date it to 1923two years after the Dr. Q book was published. Rybolt's method involved an off-stage assistant, who wrote down spectators' free choices, which were delivered onstage for a switch. See //[[|The Sphinx]]//, Vol. 37 No. 6Aug. 1938, p. 140.
-George Grimmond came up with “Triple Forecast” c. 1947. It was released in early 1951 by Harry Stanley’s Unique Magic Studio (see //[[|The Gen]]//, Vol. 11 No. 6Mar. 1951, p. 345). In Grimmond's trick, the prediction is found inside two nested envelopes that were hanging from a stand at the outset.+Stewart James made a significant advance in method with his Perfect Prediction” in //[[|The Sphinx]]//, Vol. 28 No. 4June 1929, p. 140which utilized double writing and loading of the prediction into a sealed envelope or nest of envelopes, using the load tube from the old "Ball of Wool" trick.
-In 1948Al Koran reinvented the use of a wallet as the container for his triple prediction, contributed to //[[|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 "Dream Holiday" presentation for the trick. By 1956 he was using a 'Dream Car" presentation.+Shortly after this James item appearedTheodore Annemann published "A Prophecy of the Koran" in //[[|The Book without a Name]]//, 1931, p. 58His approach involves switch of the card sealed inside an envelope.
-Specifically inspired by Grimmond'"Triple Forecast", Alan Shaxon developed “Confabulation” in the 1960sand later marketed it through Ken Brooke in late 1969.+Tom Sellers was the next to submit a routine and method for the premise: "Prediction Extraordinary" in //[[|The Sphinx]]//Vol. 34 No. 8, Oct. 1935, p. 209.
-(This history courtesy of Max Maven.)+Stewart James returned to the trick, essentially repeating his method from //The Sphinx//, in an article, "Two Fearless Feats" (the first trick of which was later retitled “The Ball of Fortune”), in //[[|The Jinx]]//, No. 98, June 1940, p. 601. His method is the same, but the prediction is loaded into a ball of wool instead of an envelope, returning the loading tube to its original home. 
 +Though he cites no precedents, William S. Houghton embellished on Annemann's structure and applied some of James's thinking in "'Prediction Supreme' Routine," in //[[|The Magic 36]]//, 1943, p. 21. Double writing is added to Annemann's card-in-envelope switch. 
 +George Grimmond came up with “Triple Forecast” c. 1947. It was released in early 1951 by Harry Stanley’s Unique Magic Studio (see //[[|The Gen]]//, Vol. 11 No. 6, Mar. 1951, p. 345). In Grimmond's trick, the prediction is found inside two nested envelopes that hang from a stand at the outset. 
 +In 1948, Al Koran changed the container for his triple prediction to a wallet and contributed his routine to //[[|Pentagram]]//, Vol. 3 No. 1, Oct. 1948, p. 1, where it appeared under the title of "A Letter from Al Koran". By 1950 he had developed a "Dream Holiday" presentation for his performances of the trick. And 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 1970. 
 +(This history courtesy of Max Maven, with an added citation by Yaniv Deautsch.) 
 +  * [[|Category in Denis Behr's "Conjuring Archive"]]
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