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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 //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​38571/The+Sphinx/20|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 //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​23257/The+Life+and+Mysteries+of+the+Celebrated+Dr+Q/95|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 //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​15792/Jinx+No+098|The Jinx]]//, No. 98, June 1940, p. 601wherein ​the prediction ​was found inside ​ball of wool.+Stewart ​James made a significant advance ​in method with his Perfect Prediction” in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​38571/The+Sphinx/20|The Sphinx]]//, Vol. 28 No. 4, June 1929, p. 140which utilized double writing and loading of the prediction ​into sealed envelope or nest of envelopes, using the load tube from the old "Ball of Wool" trick.
  
-George Grimmond came up with “Triple Forecast” c. 1947. It was released ​in early 1951 by Harry Stanley’s Unique Magic Studio (see //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​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.+Shortly after this James item appeared, Theodore Annemann published "A Prophecy of the Koran" ​in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​14400/The+Book+Without+a+Name/58|The Book without a Name]]//, 1931, p. 58His approach involves a switch of the card sealed ​inside ​an envelope.
  
-In 1948, Al Koran reinvented the use of a wallet as the container for his triple predictioncontributed to //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​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.+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 //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​15792/​Jinx+No+098|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. 
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 +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 //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​38727/​The+Magic+36/​23|The Magic 36]]//, 1943, p. 21. Double writing is added to Annemann'​s card-in-envelope switch. 
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 +George Grimmond came up with “Triple Forecast” c. 1947. It was released in early 1951 by Harry Stanley’s Unique Magic Studio (see //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​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 hang from a stand at the outset. 
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 +In 1948, Al Koran changed ​the container for his triple prediction ​to a wallet and contributed ​his routine ​to //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​5320/​Pentagram+Vol+03/​3|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. Specifically inspired by Grimmond'​s "​Triple Forecast",​ Alan Shaxon developed “Confabulation” in the 1960s, and later marketed it through Ken Brooke in 1970.