Just to get the record straigtened out at least a bit. I used the Pecking Bird effect at The Little Club in New York City in 1949. I'd been using it for friends and small audiences for a few years prior to being hired to do table magic at that club. I was, of course, very young, and had only heard of someone doing an animal thing, with the animal actually stopping at the selected card. That's all I knew about it - I wasn't even aware of magic shops in those years, so didn't really have anyone to ask. (No internet, television, etc. in those "good old" days.)Anyway, I couldn't work it so that the animal stopped at the card, which is why I devised my Pecking Bird routine. It worked for me just as described in REPUTATION-MAKERS and in my Genii column. EXACTLY that way. I still, to this day, don't know any other methods - honestly, I've been doing my exact version too long for me to change now - there's no way I'd get a stronger reaction from lay audiences, anyway. And, as I said at the end of the column, good luck finding a pecking bird. I haven't looked for such an animal in over half a century!
Incidentally, people are trying to talk me into doing LORAYNE: THE CLASSIC COLLECTION, volume 2 - re-writing, updating, etc., REPUTATION-MAKERS, RIM SHOTS and AFTERTHOUGHTS,all in one volume. Lotta work, don't know, what'd'ya think? Best - HARRY LORAYNE.