Thank you for all the kind words and wholly unexpected surge of interest in this little how-to manual.
I have processed many domestic orders through Google Checkout, and they all went smoothly. However, I must apologize to everyone outside the USA. You arent imagining things. You guys cant see the buy button because its by design.
The Google Checkout support dept. told me that international transactions are currently not allowed. Theyre strict about address confirmation, and it has something to do with the fact that unlike the USA, foreign banking systems dont have an address verification system in place.
PayPal is more lenient in that they allow international addresses, but youre warned that accepting such payments is riskier because theres no way for PayPal to confirm the address.
Nevertheless, to accommodate everyone (and get back on the good side of you lovely Canadians), Ill also accept PayPal. I dont want to post my PayPal ID here on the Genii forum, so if you want to know where to send the PayPal payment, go back to the ordering page and click on contact the poster. Send me your mailing address, and Ill reply to it with my PayPal ID.
I agree that Don England is a master. But dont forget Gary Plants. His work is just as legendary. These men are clearly the best at what they do, and are great examples of what happens when craftsmanship complements ingenuity. Its the perfect marriage.
The history of DMT as a photographic product stretches back about a hundred years, but theres little information on exactly when it began to be used in card gaffing. I would love to credit Charles Kalish, but there arent enough verifiable facts and testimony to make a hard case for him or anyone else. If Jonathan is correct about Kalish discovering it while working at Kodak, it makes sense for him to be among the first, if not the first, to make DMT gaffs. However, shellac-based DMT was around for at least a decade before Kalish was born in 1912, and it was already a photographers staple by the time he would have been old enough to work at Kodak. So, its possible that other magicians experimented with it. Unfortunately, the published record says nothing, and the discussion could reasonably end there. But then, could this be a silent testimonial? Would I have tipped it if I lived back then? Hard to say, but I can understand why people would want to keep it underground. It works so well that its almost too good to tip.
Heres a link to a history of DMT if you enjoy the musty odor of research: http://aic.stanford.edu/sg/bpg/annual/v12/bp12-15.html
If anyone has any information on DMT being used before 1970, please contact me.