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 It is interesting that twentieth-century Western authors decided that this very old trick likely had an Eastern origin, or perhaps they were just romanticizing the effect. Professor Hoffmann believed the trick came from Japan. The first published instance of title "The Hindu Thread"​ seems to be in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​18525/​The+Greater+Magic+Library/​37|Greater Magic]]//, 1938, p. 847, where Hugard or Hilliard wrote "I do not know whether this trick is really of Hindu origin..."​ The author of this line is probably Hugard, as he earlier described the Cut and Restored Thread in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​18493/​Close+up+magic+for+the+night+club+magician/​16|Close-up Magic for the Night Club Magician]]//,​ 1934, p. 14, where he added this patter idea: "Let us suppose that you have led the talk to the subject of the Indian Rope Trick. Offer to show the real Hindu method, and bring out the spool."​ He goes no further in explaining what connection the fabled East Indian Rope Trick has with the Cut and Restored Thread. The title "The Gypsy Thread"​ appears to have been coined in 1948 by George Kaplan in his //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​18418/​The+Fine+Art+of+Magic/​315|Fine Art of Magic]]//, p. 305. It is interesting that twentieth-century Western authors decided that this very old trick likely had an Eastern origin, or perhaps they were just romanticizing the effect. Professor Hoffmann believed the trick came from Japan. The first published instance of title "The Hindu Thread"​ seems to be in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​18525/​The+Greater+Magic+Library/​37|Greater Magic]]//, 1938, p. 847, where Hugard or Hilliard wrote "I do not know whether this trick is really of Hindu origin..."​ The author of this line is probably Hugard, as he earlier described the Cut and Restored Thread in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​18493/​Close+up+magic+for+the+night+club+magician/​16|Close-up Magic for the Night Club Magician]]//,​ 1934, p. 14, where he added this patter idea: "Let us suppose that you have led the talk to the subject of the Indian Rope Trick. Offer to show the real Hindu method, and bring out the spool."​ He goes no further in explaining what connection the fabled East Indian Rope Trick has with the Cut and Restored Thread. The title "The Gypsy Thread"​ appears to have been coined in 1948 by George Kaplan in his //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​18418/​The+Fine+Art+of+Magic/​315|Fine Art of Magic]]//, p. 305.
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