The Air Pressure Turnover

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Postby John Nicholls » 02/15/05 08:58 AM

Hello everbody,

Fr. Roger Crosthwaite and I have been trying to to discover the earliest written source of this well known card revelation which we know as the air pressure turnover. Can anybody help?

Roger remembers seeing Victor Farelli perform the move in London way back in April 1955 and it may well date back before this.

We would be grateful for any information. It often seems that the most familiar items are the hardest to run to ground. Incidentally, Fr. Roger will be coming to the USA to undertake a short lecture tour at the end of April/ beginning of May.
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Postby Temperance » 02/15/05 09:06 AM

It's in Hofzinser's Card Conjuring which dates back to 1910. I haven't seen it in print prior to 1910.

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Postby John Nicholls » 02/15/05 09:17 AM

Thanks Euan. 8 minutes, eh? not bad.
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Postby Guest » 02/15/05 09:38 AM

There are several popular books published prior to 1910 that contain the move. It's in Edwin Sachs' Sleight-of-Hand (1877), August Roterberg's New Era Card Tricks (1897), and S. W. Erdnase's The Expert at the Card Table (1902).

According to Bart Whaley, the first time the revelation appeared in print was in 1829 in The Boy's Own Book.

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Postby Philippe Billot » 02/15/05 11:33 AM

The ancestor of this flourish/sleight was described in LE TESTAMENT DE JEROME SHARP by Henri Decremps in 1786 (The Will of Jerome Sharp)
translated in english by Jean Hugard.
See GENII, 1942-1943
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Postby Temperance » 02/15/05 11:56 AM

Originally posted by Cameron Roat:
and S. W. Erdnase's The Expert at the Card Table (1902).
Really? What page?

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Postby Philippe Billot » 02/15/05 12:15 PM

Page 108
Just before THE EXCLUSIVE COTERIE
Dover edition
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Postby Temperance » 02/15/05 12:31 PM

So it is! Many thanks Philippe.
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Postby John Nicholls » 02/17/05 03:36 AM

Grateful thanks Cameron and Phillipe for the further info which I have passed on to Roger.
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Postby Guest » 02/17/05 11:22 PM

Here are a few references.

The Boys Own Book (William Clarke, 1829)
p. 202 The Revolution

Modern Magic (Professor Hoffmann, 1876)
p. 45 Various Modes of Disclosing a Discovered Card - Third Method

Sleight of Hand (Edwin T. Sachs, 1877)
p. 101 To Cause a Card to Show itself on the Top of the Pack

The Expert at the Card Table (S.W. Erdnase, 1902)
p. 170 The Revolution

Stanyon's Magic
Vol. 12, p. 94 (1912) The Revolution

The Book of Magic (Walter B. Gibson, 1927)
p. 142 Card Discoveries (4)

84 Card Tricks (Hugh Morris, 1936)
p. 32 The Stubborn Card

Basic Card Technique (Anthony Norman, 1948)
p. 49 Aerial Turnover

Card Conjuring (Wilfrid Jonson, 1950)
p. 34 Think of A Number


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