Sunday, 31 July 2011
The Ambitious Card by Gustav Alberti
Drawing Room Conjuring by Professor Hoffmann 1887
Page 38 et seq.
Personal Comment: Talk about old school. This is the first publication of the Ambitious Card, that I know of. Professor Louis Hoffmann clearly credits the French magician Gustav Alberti. There is this theory, that an even older publication (1854) "Nouvelle Magie Blanche Devoilée" by the French magician Jean-Nicolas Ponsin contains a similar idea. And from there it gets fuzzy. Anyway, as you can see it's very basic. Passes mainly. The routine has come a long way. I decided to include this for the historians. As a side note: I like it!