Wizard Cuff Holders ...the Fake Holdout


Nowadays, one cannot search eBay for "card cheating" without stumbling upon a merchant selling an antique holdout device, called the Wizard. Supposedly even patented. However, the truth is that the old Wizard is just not a cheating device at all, as is obvious from this original advertising display stand. Cheating devices were always sold to a very narrow market and one is not likely to find any listed at the Patent Office. The Wizard is simply a cuff holder that was used at the time when shirts were made with detachable collars and cuffs. The old faro card is there just as decoration.


Wizard Cuff Holder


More information can be found in out holdout devices chapter.