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mental:divination_through_magnetism [2015/05/16 18:39]
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-====== Divination through Magnetism ====== 
  
-The earliest recorded use of magnetism as a method for a divination effect is probably "Les trois nombres magiques", which appears in the second edition of volume one of Guyot's //Nouvelles recreations physiques et mathematiques//, published in 1772. A set of numbered wooden blocks is arranged and hidden in a wooden box by a spectator. The order is determined by the performer, who does not touch the box but observes it by looking through a small telescope. The telescope contains a compass, which points in four different directions depending on which numbered block it is near. 
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-Much the same effect, with a more elaborate method that also uses magnetism, is "The Box of Divination" in volume two of //Hooper's Rational Recreations//, published in 1774. 
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-By the end of the nineteenth century, the trick (in streamlined form) is well established. A version appears as "The Box of Numbers" in Hoffmann's //[[http://askalexander.org/display/18823/More+Magic/271|More Magic]]//, 1890. In this, the pieces are defined as "slabs" (hence closer to thick cards or tablets rather than cubes). The same effect is recycled in Hilliar's //[[http://askalexander.org/display/18955/Modern+Magicians+Hand+Book/224?pw=magnet|Modern Magician's Hand Book]]//, 1902. 
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-In the January 1899 issue of //[[http://askalexander.org/display/16166/Mahatma+Vol+2+No+07/10|Mahatma]]//, Henry Hardin has "A Clever Improvement" with the introductory comment: "The box of numbers trick, with the magnets and compasses, will be remembered by all who are to any degree proficient in legerdemain...." (Hardin's trick does not use magnets.) 
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-Actual playing cards show up in "Mysterious Card Trick" as an item in Pierce's //Magic World// magazine, in the monthly "Home Made Magic" column written pseudonymously by "Thumb Print" (identity unknown), in the December 1922 issue. 
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-The commonness of the basic trick is evidenced by it being the first item in the first installment of Dunninger's "Magic For Everybody" series in //Science & Invention//, a magazine for the public. This is a simplified version, described for the lay reader. Titled "The Blocks of the Yogi", it uses plaques that are much closer to cards than cubes. 
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-A significant departure from blocks or plaques (but rather coins and envelopes) was devised in 1935 by Stewart James. He performed this at that year's Abbott's Get-Together and won the Originality Contest. Later that year, he marketed it as "Numismatigic" and a year later, having apparently sold few if any, gave it to Annemann who published it in //[[http://askalexander.org/display/15714/Jinx+No+025/5|The Jinx]]//, No. 25, that October. 
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-"The Wooden Block Divination Trick" appears in Hilliard's //[[http://askalexander.org/display/13140/Greater+Magic/884|Greater Magic]]// in 1938, along with a variation using colored candles. An untitled "slab" version leads off the section on divination in Henry Hay's //[[http://askalexander.org/display/18498/Cyclopedia+of+Magic/184|Cyclopedia of Magic]]//, 1949. 
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-In 1958, Dr. Jaks released "Mental Touch", which used shimmed cards. In the same year, Corinda published the first installment of //[[http://askalexander.org/display/22640/13+Steps+to+Mentalism+Step+One+Swami+Gimmick/144|13 Steps to Mentalism]]//, which includes Punx's "The Magnetic Blindfold" that incorporates shimmed cards as well. 
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-(Max Maven.) 
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