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Tip-Tilt Cigarette Vanish

It is said that this sleight was first used in the 1800s for making a cigar disappear from the hand. Zirka, wife of L'Homme Masqué, is said to have first adapted it to the vanish of a cigarette, c. 1903. The sleight became known as the Tip-Tilt Vanish when it was published under that name in Keith Clarke's Encyclopedia of Cigarette Tricks, 1937, p. 138. The sleight is also used with other, similarly shaped objects.