The knot was shown to him when he was a boy by a sailor. He used it as an impromptu item in his non-professional repertoire.
As explained in the original edition of "Knots, Ties and Splices" (J. T. Burgess), published by G. Routledge & Sons, the actual knot was known as the " Staffordshire Knot " (using rope).
Chefelo performed the trick for Stanyon when compiling " Exclusive Magical Secrets" (1912) in all innocence of the fact of its previous publication. Hence Chefalo's innocent association with the then new and exclusive secret. In a personal interview with Chefalo, he informed Stanyon that he does not claim the knot trick as it was shown to him when quite a boy by an old sailor.
- ↑ Stanyon, E. (1913). A Quadruple Vanishing Knot. Magic World, (7), 107.