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The Immovable Card
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the magical effect known as the Immovable 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.



As far as I know this effect first appears in 'Cassell's Book of Indoor Amusements, Card Games and Fireside Fun', which was published by Cassell and Co in London in 1881.


The effect also appears:


In 'The Magic of Science' by A Frederick Collins, which was published by the Fleming H Revell Company in London and New York in 1917.



As 'The Card Bridge', in 'Winter Nights Entertainments' by R M Abraham, which was first published by Constable and Constable in London in 1932



As 'The Irreversible Card' in 'More Things Any Boy Can Make' by Joseph Leeming, which was published by D Appleton-Century Company in New York and London in 1936.



As 'The Obstinate Piece of Paper' in 'Fun with Paper' by Joseph Leeming, which was published by Spencer Press Inc in Chicago in 1939.