October 2018: Torn Card transposition - Hero

Discuss the tricks and sleights which appear in Genii.
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October 2018: Torn Card transposition - Hero

Postby Jonathan Townsend » September 21st, 2018, 9:56 am

Hi Folks,
The October issue 2018 has an item titled Hero: Where One Card Gives Its Life For Another.
It's great to see folks exploring the poetry implicit in magic trick narratives.

What is the history of the torn card transposition? I'd like to put this latest item in context of other items such as Versa Plus.
( https://www.stevensmagic.com/shop/versa ... en-brooke/ )

Thanks,

JonT
Mundus vult decipi -per Caleb Carr's story Killing Time

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Re: October 2018: Torn Card transposition - Hero

Postby Philippe Billot » September 23rd, 2018, 2:49 am

This trick can be a combo of Vice-Versa by Jacob Daley (The Jinx, no 57, June 1939) and The Torn Joker by Ed Marlo (Ibidem no 8, December 1956). About the sleight used, read The Wild Card Kit by Jon Racherbaumer, page 35 (It's funny!).

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Re: October 2018: Torn Card transposition - Hero

Postby Philippe Billot » September 23rd, 2018, 8:59 am

I read Torn and Restored Transposition by David Williamson (Williamson's Wonders, 1989) and I learn that Clayton Rawsom explains the same trick Ed Marlo explains in 1956 (Ibidem). His trick is entitled The Cockeyed Cards and is in Genii, July 1938, page 391. Ergo Rawson seems to be the first to create a Torn Card Transposition.


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