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 +======Hand-to-Hand Switch Under Prop======
 +The idea of switching smaller items (single---or stacks of---cards, envelopes, billets, corners of cards or bills, etc.) under cover of a larger prop (e.g., tray, jumbo card, book, matchbox) while passing that prop from one hand to the other was used in a number of tricks and routines by J. N. Hofzinser. For two examples, see "The Library of German Poetry"​ in Ottokar Fischer'​s //J. N. Hofzinser Zauberk√ľnste//,​ 1942, p. 61; translated into English by Richard Hatch as [[https://​​display/​25317/​The+Magic+of+Johann+Nepomuk+Hofzinser/​70|The Magic of J. N. Hofzinser]],​ 1985, p. 68; and "The Wonderful Deck" in //​[[https://​​display/​7924/​Johann+Nepomuk+Hofzinser+1806+1875+Non+Plus+Ultra/​199|J. N. Hofzinser: Non Plus Ultra, Vol. 2]]//, 2004, p. 199; translated into English by Dave Shepherd as //Non Plus Ultra, Vol. 2//, 2013, p. 227. It is unknown if Hofzinser originated this switching concept, but no earlier published instances of it have been found to date.
 +This switching has been reinvented many times. See, for example, Theodore Annemann'​s "A New Apparatus for the Pellet Switch"​ in his //​[[https://​​display/​14400/​The+Book+Without+a+Name/​38|Book Without a Name]]//, 1931, p. 38.
 +Don Alan created a related switch, called the "Big Deal" Switch, which incorporates the turning over of the prop, in this case a jumbo card. This switch was the method for his trick, "​[[https://​​display/​37871/​Linking+Ring/​88|Big Deal]]",​ marketed c. May 1963.