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Gaff credit?

Posted: April 11th, 2019, 9:45 am
by Tom Frame

Two face-up cards are glued together at one short end. The rear card is your force card and it's a short card. With the gaff in the face-up deck, you riffle the edges of the deck and ask the participant to yell "stop." You raise the outer edges of the cards above the short card, allowing the participant to remember it. You square the deck.

You announce that their card has vanished. You, or the participant, deal, or spread, the entire deck face up. The short card is hidden behind the regular card to which it's affixed.

Who is credited with creating this critter?

Re: Gaff credit?

Posted: April 11th, 2019, 11:52 am
by Philippe Billot
It seems that all begins with The Ever-Ready Forcing Pack by Dr. Ford B. Rogers marketed in 1912.

Re: Gaff credit?

Posted: April 11th, 2019, 12:01 pm
by Philippe Billot
See also Uniflight by Orville Meyer in The Jinx no. 34, july 1937, page 231.

It's a card across effect with only one fake card.

Re: Gaff credit?

Posted: April 11th, 2019, 1:19 pm
by erdnasephile
Here's a related Conjuring Credits article on the topic that confirms Mr. Billot's post: ... hort_cards

Re: Gaff credit?

Posted: April 11th, 2019, 1:31 pm
by Tom Frame
Thank you Philippe!

Re: Gaff credit?

Posted: April 11th, 2019, 1:36 pm
by Brad Henderson
Rogers is the first to use this. Franklin V Taylor used this in his ‘peek deck’ published in the Phoenix.

I wrote up a history of the early use of this principle with input by Max. I did so to set the record straight about a ‘revolutionary’ product being touted as ‘never before possible’ at the sticky, green place. The post was removed many times before it was finally allowed to remain.

The producer of this allegedly original product later published the work I had compiled, with the input of Max, without credit or permission, in a subsequent instructional manual.

I wasn’t surprised by this.

I think he’s still telling people that the person from whom the presentation he sold was taken from was ‘ok with it.’

As I understand it - he wasn’t and isn’t.

But they can speak for themselves if they choose.

Re: Gaff credit?

Posted: April 16th, 2019, 1:06 pm
by federico luduena
"The New Nightmare Effect", by Annemann, makes use of this gaff. He does not say whether he created it (at least in the book, "Annemann's Card Magic").

Re: Gaff credit?

Posted: April 16th, 2019, 4:52 pm
by Philippe Billot
This trick comes from The Jinx, no. 7, april 1935 and is a variation of A Day-Time Nightmare published in Annemann's Card Miracles in 1929