Dai Vernon’s “Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind” is generally considered to have a very strong construction. As it turns out, there’s an old Paul Rosini trick called “Somewhere In The Deck” that uses basically the same distribution. The reveals are essentially magical in nature, compared to trying to stop on their card through mental powers, but it’s a strikingly similar trick. You can read it by getting an account on lybrary.com and looking into the Learned Pig Project.

This wouldn’t be the first time an old trick was attributed to Vernon that might also be attributable to somebody else. In J.G. Thompson’s My Best, there’s a contribution from Clyde Cairy called the “Dick Tracy Card Trick”, which is essentially the same as the “Fingerprint Card Trick”. The Genii article on the trick makes reference to something from a 1935 U.F. Grant book that I haven’t seen before, and the Behr archive made no connection.

Whatever. Racherbaumer once wrote how Dai Vernon never really cared much about giving or receiving credits, and it may have something to do with how things were at the time, such as with Vaudeville, where jokes were frequently shared amongst comedians in a way that would drive today’s stand-up comics nuts. The spirit of that exists to this day in the magic world — we may be better about attributing credits than we were, but it’s still normal to perform each others’ material.

Anyway, I didn’t bring this up to shame anybody, or even suggest theft happened anywhere. Mostly it was a great excuse to post that cheeky mug up there.