Conjuring Credits

The Origins of Wonder

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In the August 1966 Pallbearers Review, Vol. 1 No. 10, p. 49, Sid Lorraine describes “Snap!”, a gaffless cut-and-restored bit using scissors, a folded card and a rubber band. He explains that the trick was marketed by Max Holden, and although a year is not provided, the sense is that it was in the 1930s. The same idea can be found in Tom Sellers's “A Trick for the Pocket” in Bagshawe's Magical Monthly, September 1926. Instead of card and rubber band, Sellers uses a piece of sewing thread running through a cigarette.