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The Origins of Wonder

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 The effect goes back much further, however. Howard Savage included the idea in //​[[https://​askalexander.org/​display/​38436/​The+Sphinx/​20|The Sphinx]]//, Vol. 30 No. 1, Mar. 1931, p. 20. Savage used wax to attach a human hair to his thumb, allowing him to lightly touch his participant without seeming to do so. The effect goes back much further, however. Howard Savage included the idea in //​[[https://​askalexander.org/​display/​38436/​The+Sphinx/​20|The Sphinx]]//, Vol. 30 No. 1, Mar. 1931, p. 20. Savage used wax to attach a human hair to his thumb, allowing him to lightly touch his participant without seeming to do so.
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 +In a related early stunt, Howard Thurston (1869-1936) used a length of thread, strung across the stage, to catch the hair of an audience volunteer and make it stand on end, apparently in comic freight; see Lesley P. Guest in //​[[https://​askalexander.org/​display/​14971/​M+U+M/​454|M-U-M]]//,​ Vol. 43 No. 11, Apr. 1954, p. 454; and Milbourne Christopher'​s //​[[https://​askalexander.org/​display/​9900/​The+Illustrated+History+of+Magic/​244|Illustrated History of Magic]]//, 1973, p. 225.
  
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