erdnasephile wrote:In terms of published literature on the drunken poker type plot, I think Paul Cummins published a good sized reference list of such routines in his initial write-up of "Punken Droker" on cogitations.net. (I believe the earliest reference he found was in a Stewart Judah routine that was recorded in "The Lost Notebooks of John Northern Hilliard".).
When I get home, I'll pull the list and check the references to see if any correspond to the routine in question.
Yes, Paul had over 20+ references. Though I'm going to refrain from posting all that here without Paul's permission. He does say that he was strongly influenced by Scarne's book.
"Scarne's Drunken Poker Deal," may be found on page 124 of the 1st edition, seventh printing of Scarne on Card Tricks, John Scarne, 1950, Crown Publishers, Inc., New York.
And (wanting to work the trick up again now that I've forgotten the particulars) I remembered that it's taught on Josh Jay's "Talk about Tricks" dvd set.
For members of my conjurenation forums, Paul posted a very complete write up (with the aforementioned references) that can be found in an eleven year old thread here.