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Why are 3 goals in a game known as a hat-trick?
to ever score 3 goals in a professional game. He also used to entertain his team members with sleight of hand card tricks.
There you go.
Extended Oxford English Dictionary 1999 Edition : "It came into use after HH Stephenson took three wickets in three balls for the all-England eleven against the twenty-two of Hallam at the Hyde Park ground, Sheffield in 1858. A collection was held for Stephenson (as was customary for outstanding feats by professionals) and he was presented with a cap or hat bought with the proceeds."