says that something by that name was advertised by Abbott's in the June, 1935 Linking Ring and Sphinx stating it was originated by F. M. Knoderer.
Later ads state: " An ordinary light bulb is freely examined, or a light bulb may be removed from any socket and handed to magician. The light bulb is now held at the extreme finger tips and at the command of the spectator it LIGHTS! And when we say LIGHTS we mean the bulb lights just the same way that it would if placed in an ordinary light socket and the button snapped on. With the bulb still lighted, spectator may command it to go out, which it does and at any time the bulb is handed out for inspection positively no exchange. There is no movement on the part of the performer; no pushing concealed switches; can be performed with coat removed and arms bared. No exchange of bulb."