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How to Make a Chain from a Playing Card
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the fold and slit effect which I call How to Make a Chain from a Playing Card. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.


The earliest publication of this effect that I am aware of is in 'La Nature' Issue 808 of 24th November 1888 in an article by Arthur Good (who also wrote under the nom de plume Tom Tit) headed 'Recreations scientifiques' and sub-headed 'Transformation d'une carte a jouer'..