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What is the earliest appearance of a card trick where the spectator is apparently left holding a card that appears to leave them in debt for a huge sum of money? Ortiz has a version from the late 70s... any earlier?
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Don't know about HUGE sums of money, Color Monte was only $14, and there have been Find The Lady effects (flap) where spectator takes apparently the queen to be told he owes money or it is his turn to buy a round of drinks, any of which could have been adapted by individuals to specify huge amounts of money. These effects go back decades.

A number of bar bets might qualify but are usually for small amounts. I've even seen the Out To Lunch principle used this way.

No doubt Ortiz's routine is an updated good one.

Paul Hallas.
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