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Postby Jeff Pierce Magic » 01/24/09 09:24 PM

Does anyone know when the first published record of this move was and where?

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Postby Richard Hatch » 01/24/09 11:18 PM

According to an article in The Magic Wand by Victor Farelli on the sleight, which had been shown to Farelli by Houdini, it was first published by P. T. Selbit in his Magician's Handbook in 1901, with credit to Houdini, but without Houdini's permission. Farelli also says that Houdini said Selbit's description was incorrect and taught Farelli the proper handling, which he gives in his article. Thanks to askalexander.com for making such questions relatively easy to research!
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Postby Jeff Pierce Magic » 01/25/09 01:17 AM

Thanks for the info Dick.

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