This can't be the whole history of "The Dream Plot", because it has to be at least as old as The Al Koran Deck, which can be presented to a spectator by claiming that you had a dream where you saw the spectator choose a particular card in your dream, and that you now carry that particular card around in your wallet, and you then have the spectator choose a card by slowly, one-at-a-time, removing cards from the top of the face-down Al Koran Deck, turning them face-up on the table, and stopping when he feels the urge to stop, and then you show that the card in your wallet, (which you said you saw the spectator pick in your dream), is the same card as the card he just now stopped at.
I am very interested in knowing the history of this, since it is a stunning effect when well presented. (and was the first mentalism effect that I really learned to perform well by putting in the time and effort that the trick deserved)
And who can help me find the real history of "The Al Koran Deck"?
The "Al Koran Deck" is type of force deck with the group of force cards placed in a fixed order, and separated by non-force cards that are typically all different, and where the same force cards in the same fixed order repeat through the entire deck, separated by indifferent cards, so that a simple cutting of the deck does not disturb the arrangement of the force cards.
1)Who was the magician who thought of this first?
2)Where was this first performed?
3)When did this happen?
4)Who first explained the working of this type of Force Deck?
5)Was this type of "Al Koran Force Deck" ever made with Tarot Cards?
6)When did this happen?
7)Who did it?
8)Where was it performed?
9)Where was it explained?
10)Was this Al Koran type of Gaffed Tarot Deck ever offered for sale to the Magic Community?
11)Who did it?
12)When and how was it offered for sale?
13)What was the make-up of this gaffed Tarot Deck?
I do not know the correct answers, and I want to know them as soon a forum member is able to provide them.
Although I have only registered with The Genii Forum today,
I have often read the threads here.
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