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Great Divination

The trick of divining which of three objects three persons have secreted on their person by the number of counters left on the table, picked up to a mathematical pattern, is found in Nicolas Chuquet's Triparty en la science des nombres in 1484; see p. 47 of the 1882 Rome edition. See also Guillemin's An Illustrated History of White Magic, p. 93.