David Acer wrote:
Travis wrote:This is suspiciously similar to David Harkey's "Simply Divine" published in 1991 in his book "Simply Harkey".
I haven't read "Simply Harkey" so I can't speak to the similarity of the tricks, but suspicion isn't part of the equation - at worst Spidey has inadvertently reinvented (or closely matched) David's effect. I'll track down a copy and look into it. Interestingly, I remember this happening four or five years ago when we ran a trick by Alex Elmsley called The 4D Card, which we later learned (and reported in a subsequent issue) was very similar to a routine published years before by J.K. Hartman.
Okay, I picked up a copy of Simply Harkey from John A. Greget books at the Midwest Magic Jubilee this past weekend and took a look at "Simply Divine." In that effect, a divining rod is drawn on the plastic wrapper of a cardcase, then visibly transfers onto the deck, moves from card to card, and finally arrives on the back of a selection. Published in 1991, the trick is definitely a forefunner to "Richie's Little Stickman," first published in the June 1992 issue of Genii, which in turn inspired Bedros Akkelian's "Post That" in the August 2010 issue. But the handling for all three routines is very different, and "Post That" is distinct in that it incorporates a Post-It Note to effect an interesting final transfer.