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shouksmiths
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My son Peter tonight asked me what the first ever card trick was!

Great question

Does anyone know or have a suggestion?
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I would imagine the first card trick involved cheating at gambling, perhaps by palming a card and adding it to a later hand. The person being cheated demanded to be shown how it was done, and the card sharp offered to sell an instructional video teaching that move and four others for just $19.95. And thus, an industry was born.
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On Sep 21, 2016, Doug Trouten wrote:
I would imagine the first card trick involved cheating at gambling, perhaps by palming a card and adding it to a later hand. The person being cheated demanded to be shown how it was done, and the card sharp offered to sell an instructional video teaching that move and four others for just $19.95. And thus, an industry was born.


But, this is all the ads showed...

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Naah! It's the "18" card trick. After it was first disclosed at a "stated meeting" of the SECRET SIX in a lecture by Jon Racherbaumer (assisted by Harry Lorrayne and Ricky Jaye) it was renamed the "21" card trick, in their honor.

It's the only card trick that I know. (I can't do a Biddle, Elmsley, or a Charlier) and I do it once a year on my birthday in honor of The Professor and/or Nate Leipzig, as the case may be

I must confess that I usually screw it up (I can't do a good DL).
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On Sep 20, 2016, shouksmiths wrote:
My son Peter tonight asked me what the first ever card trick was!

Great question

Does anyone know or have a suggestion?


That's easy. 52 pickup.
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52 pick up is not a magic trick. 52 pick up is a failed jugggling bit. When I do the fancy shuffles, that's juggling. When I miss, it's >>>51<<< pick up. (I'm not playing with a full deck. (Old joke, but, it fit in here.)
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Maybe it's not magic, but it is a trick.
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I think Dick Oslund is probably right. After all, he was there!
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"Discoverie Of Witchcraft" by Reginald Scot (1584) has a chapter on card magic, so we can assume tricks with cards went right on back to the invention of the playing cards, probably in Imperial China as early as 9th century Tang China (868 AD). The early cards were all handmade so forget about rough and smooth and think rough and rougher. My guess is that the first card trick was related to the "pick a card, any card; now I gotta find it" school of "magic."
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Hi everyone!

1408, Paris, France. There's a letter in which is described a group of gamblers who did a close to "three card monte scam". Althought it is not a real card trick, it's has the same mechanics of it.

But if we talk about an entertaining card trick, about 1498 brother Luca Pacioli wrote "De viribus quantitatis" with contribution of the young Leonardo da Vinci. In this book, they describe a trick in the same shape of a second sight trick. This description still talks about how change the divination method for the conjurer not be caught.

In my researches, this was the farest I could go. Hope it could help!

Greetings from Brazil!
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On Sep 30, 2016, leonardoglass wrote:
But if we talk about an entertaining card trick . . . .


If we talk about an entertaining card trick, I don't think the first has been done yet! [Rimshot!!] Smile
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