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Ratso58

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Hi folks
In the ‘70s I purchased Gamble Amble from Tanners. Recently came across it in my stuff. I loved this packet trick from the first time I saw it. I plopped down my allowance on the spot. However I never knew who invented it. There was no creator credited in the instructions. Any ideas?

I have also seen variants of similar storytelling packet tricks over the years. Very similar ‘structures’. Anyone know the lineage (who begat who) of this cool trick?

Thx in advance
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Paul Hallas

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Probably no creator mentioned because it was a rip off of Oliver Mackenzie's "Drink Trick" . Ken Brooke's handling for it can be found in the book "Ken Brooke's Magic -The Unique Years" which  dates the effect as the late fifties, when Ken worked for Harry Stanley at unique Magic. Different stories and titles have appeared later depending on the backs of cards that could be compiled.Paul Daniels once mentioned it was one of his favorite packet effects (he also performed it on TV once). 

Still available in England here: https://www.internationalmagic.com/product-2-my-drink-trick-oliver-mackenzie-1081.html

The packet trick book "Small but Deadly" in the chapter "Typsy Cards" records it was first advertised in Davenports 1956 magic catalogue. The fact it is still available must mean something 😉




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Ratso58

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Thank you for the info Paul!!
I appreciate it.

Will look into the original.

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Small but Deadly and Stiil Small are now in my Library!! What fantastic resources. Paul you are a master historian of packet tricks.
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