"Backflip" is NOT Dingle's trick. However, Derek, along with Jennings, had many packet tricks--some that were even better. If you have a copy of COUNTHESAURUS, read Max Maven's excellent intro for some specific background. Or: Get a copy of the original GOOD TURNS that I wrote or the updated version on my Website. Sam's excellent version grew out of the other packet tricks that were gaining traction at the time. THe "Upturned One" predates Sam's version and grew out of a version by Fulves,contributed under the name, Ralph Gironda. Also, we should not forget Ed Hollin's "Flipped Out," which Tannen marketed.
Here is my intro to GOOD TURNS 2.0:
Im often called a historian of magican extravagant and exaggerated claim. Im really a collector of trivia, a semi-serious archivist, a keeper of marginalia, and inveterate reader of all card magic. I also appreciate facts. None of us of course are omniscient, although a few of us sound that way. Regardless, being so inclined, I look at our literature a little
differently and Im leery of quick-tongued pundits, hind sighted trolls of the underground,and green-eyed harlequins with ever-ready references. Its too easy to be mistaken. We
are surrounded by misconceptions, misinformation, factoids, half-truths, and outright lies.
The current generation of cardmen have more paper and ink than previous generations.This sheer mass of material, however, often lacks organization, unity, precision, artistry,and authenticity. More isnt necessarily better.
Let me provide an example. Many present-day cardmen presume that packet tricks are avant-garde and a recent evolvement. Not true. The Age of the Packeteer did not begin when Elmsleys count became less ghost-like or when Marlo s Flexible Count was
renamed Jordan. Magicians have been performing small-packet card magic since Hofzinsers day, and lets not forget about the Six-Card Repeat, Cards to Pocket, and Cards Across? These effects used cards as counting units; however, their disposition
and identities were not emphasized. One might call this a Pre-Buckle Period. No one knows when the exact turning point occurred, but its likely to have happened sometime between 1940 and 1946. The Buckle Count turned the trick. (Pun intended.)
Reigning experts in the early 40s experimented with the now famous Buckle Count. The controversy concerning the paternity and provenance of this sleight is beyond my ken, but it is generally credited to Dai Vernon. A description of this technique is featured in Stars of Magic. (See the routine titled Dai Vernons Mental Card Miracle, copyrighted 1949.) Edward Mario was obviously aware of Buckle techniques at the same time and
published routines using the technique in various booklets: The Magical Gambler - Deck Deception (1912); (2) Ace Assembly - Off The Top (1945); (3) Super Count Routine - MarIo In Spades (1947); (4) The influential chapter in The Cardician (1953)
on Double and Triple Buckles. Speaking of The Cardician, it explains at least four packet tricks: Christine, Quick Sands, Oil and Water, and Juniors Card Trick.
So, perhaps we can agree that the modern packet trick had its beginning in the Buckle Period? There were also a couple of important effects that became prototypes of present-day packet effects. George Sands Super Optical Illusion, after it appeared in Hugards Magic Monthly (Volume IV, Number 7 -December, 1946), spawned many variations. Students should look up Marios Quick Sands and the Vernon-Braude version. Its also likely that the popular marketed trick called Gamble Amble was based on the Sands routine. Later, Max Katz published The M. K. Turning Aces in Hugards Magic Monthly (Volume XV Number 4: September, 1957).When the Elmsley Count became more widely known, the genie was out of the bottle. Vernons Twisting The Aces provided momentum. Marlos groundbreaking work on
Think Ace and Touch Turn was privately circulating and then was eventually published in The Linking Ring. By the time Larry West and Verne Chesbro published Tricks You Can Count On, all hell broke loose. The chronology of events is now
muddled. The production of books and manuscripts seemed non-stop. Magic dealers started putting out packet tricks on a monthly basis. Even the Wild Card was tamed.
This booklet adds to the welter and experienced hands will likely succumb to this Weltschmertz. Robert Walkers enormous Crux Book may be published one of these days, along with Turning Tricks. Meanwhile, as you maximize and hyper activate your Twist routines, keep in mind that the versions in this booklet are not ten-finger exercises or just another way to make cards flip-and-flop. They are streamlined, subtle, and potent, adding some new and innovative techniques. Omni-Twist, despite its
pedestrian title, is very commercial.
June - 1977