The Encyclopedia of Card Tricks

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The Sympathetic PairNo

Two duplicates of cards in the pack are required. Suppose the cards are the 10S and 5D. Cut the duplicates a little shorter and stick the two regular cards together with a little diachylon on the back of one. Put this pair anywhere in the pack, the two short cards on top. Force the two shorts and have them replaced and the pack shuffled overhand by the spectator. When you take it back and riffle the ends you stop at the double card automatically, separate the two cards and show that they have...

From Annemanns 202 Methods of Forcing

THE pack, having been shuffled by a spectator, is returned to performer who takes it in right hand, at the same time casually pulling up left sleeve followed by the left hand pulling up right sleeve. When right hand with pack pulled up left sleeve, the bottom card of pack was easily spotted. Asking spectator if he is satisfied, a pass is made and card brought to about two-thirds down in pack. A slight break is held at this spot. The thumb of left hand now runs the cards of the upper portion,...

The Short Card

PrOBABLY the earliest device in the way of preparing cards for secret use in performing tricks was the wide or long card. As the name implies, one card is a trifle wider or longer than its fellows and therefore projects slightly either at the end or the side. To prepare such a pack have all the cards but one slightly shortened or narrowed by means of a printer's guillotine. Later came the thick card, two cards glued together and dried under pressure, which can be easily found by the fingers in...

Sympathetic Numbers

A pack is shuffled and cut by the performer who then takes off a small packet and seals it in an envelope which is placed on an easel. A sealed envelope containing a prediction is also put on the easel. The remainder of the pack is cut into four equal portions and the top cards of each are placed on the easel without their faces being seen. A choice is then given of the four remaining top cards or the four bottom cards. Whichever may be chosen the cards are taken, their values are...

The Psychological Stop Trick

PERFORMER has any card freely selected and returned to the pack. Pack is shuffled and handed to the spectator who is instructed to deal the cards one at a time on to performer's hand and any time he feels like it to stop and the selected card is found there. This effect is about 97 per cent perfect and when it works is a real miracle in card magic. Paul Noffke, a very clever card man, works this effect and in his hands it is 100 per cent perfect. Max Holden worked it for Tommy Downs and Eddie...

The Mene Tekel Pack

It IS not certainly known who devised this variation of the combination of long and short cards, but the title, 'Mene-Tekel', was first applied to it by the late W. D. Leroy, the well-known magical dealer of Boston. Like the Svengali pack it consists of twenty-six ordinary cards and twenty-six short cards but instead of the short cards being all of the same suit and value, they also are all different, each short card being of the same suit and value as its neighboring ordinary card so that the...

Everywhere And Nowhere

Reprinted from Card Manipulations by Jean Hugard (p. 112-15). The five sections of this book are now published by Max Holden, N. Y. C. as one volume, and comprise the very latest tricks and all the sleights known to modem card conjuring Four versions of 'Everywhere and Nowhere' are given. Other presentations of this trick will be found in T. Nelson Downs' The Art of Magic and in Modern Card Effects and How to Perform Them. Hofzinser's original version will be found in his book Card Conjuring by...

The Advantages of the Stripper Pack

Gravatt writes as follows 'It is sometimes desirable to get rid of certain selected cards entirely so that at the conclusion of the effect the reproduced cards may be shown to have actually left the pack. This can only be achieved with an ordinary pack by dint of considerable skill and maneuvering and keeping track of the cards by means of the pass, -slip, false shuffling, etc., all of which call for no common degree of skill in card manipulation. With the aid of a stripper pack...

Flyaway Cards

REVERSE the two bottom cards of the pack and on the upper of the two put a smear of diachylon. Allow a spectator to freely select a card as he looks at it quietly drop your left hand to your side, turning it over, bring the hand up with its back uppermost and the pack will be reversed, but without any alteration in its appearance owing to the two reversed cards. Put the chosen card squarely on the pack face up and have the spectator initial it. The upper of the two reversed cards will adhere to...

Cutting The Pack With A Knife

When a knife blade is thrust into the ruffled pack it will, as has already been seen, rest on the back of the force card. If, however, you want to have the card appear as the bottom card of the upper portion, thrust the point of the knife in a downward direction which will bring it below the short card. If you wish to bring the knife above the short card without ruffling the pack, thrust the knife point into the pack in an upward direction. In both cases show the card preceding the force card...

Coincidence

Beforehand decide on any two cards you will use. Steam the stamp off a new pack, take out the cards and reverse one of the two cards decided upon at about tenth place from the top, the other about tenth from the bottom. Replace the cards in the case and gum the stamp in position. Have this pack in your pocket. Take the two duplicates from a second pack and put them third and forth from the bottom. You are ready. Riffle shuffle the pack without disturbing the four bottom...

Wimborough

AS WITH all reversed card effects, cards with white margins on the backs should be used for this trick, otherwise any pack may be utilized and the cards well shuffled before starting. Have a spectator cut off some ten or twelve cards and shuffle them. Tell him that when your back is turned he is to lay out four cards face down in a row, look at one, note what it is, replace it face down and mix the four cards so that he himself will not know which one is his. Turn away with the remainder of the...

Frenchs Extraordinary Aces

Here's a different method of doing the 'Four Ace Trick' using the reversed principle and eliminating all palming and intricate sleights. As in the usual methods, the four A's are removed from the pack and passed for examination as the pack is returned. In turning to the table to get rubber band, the magician makes the Half Pass, i.e. makes one half of the pack face the other half. The rubber band is snapped around the pack and the A's are slid under it on to the top of the pack. Now secretly...

From Another Pack

Prearrange one pack in four series of thirteen cards running from the A to the K from the bottom upwards, without regard to suits. From the second pack take the four K's, arrange them in order C, H, S, D, and put them in your right-hand outside pocket. Thus prepared hand the ordinary pack to a spectator to shuffle while you false shuffle the arranged pack. Both packs are then placed on the table side by side and the spectator selects one. Interpret his choice so that he...

The Clock Trick

AnOTHER excellent trick which can be done with any pack. Beforehand take an opportunity of placing eleven cards in your lower right waistcoat pocket. Shuffle the pack and lay out on the table a circle of twelve cards saying that they are to be considered as representing the figures on a clock face. Place the card figuring as twelve a little higher in the imaginary circle than the others so that it can be readily distinguished. Count around from this card exactly as on a real clock face,...

Follow Me

The only point of difference in this version is the method of having the card chosen. After the usual shuffling and exchange of packs the spectator is told to deal cards face down and stop at any card he pleases. The performer follows suit and stops at the same time. The two cards are then dealt with in the same ways as in the other methods. Some other small variations may be noted such as presenting the effect more as a game than a trick, the spectator being told to see if he can keep up with...

Divination Effect

AN EFFECTIVE use may be made of the stripper pack in conjunction with the Si Stebbins system or any other full pack prearrangement. For instance, the performer invites someone to take a batch of cards, put their names down on a piece of paper, then cut the pack and place it in his pocket after returning the chosen packet to the middle. The performer, by simply gazing into the person's eyes, reads the names of the cards and actually removes them from the pocket as he names them. The effect is...

Simple Effects

BEFORE explaining some of the special tricks that have been devised for the use of this pack and to enable the reader to become used to the proper handling of the pack, some of the simpler feats will be described first. 1. Show the cards all different by ruffling them, riffle shuffle and make a series of cuts each time showing a different card on the face of the right-hand portion. Invite a spectator to insert his forefinger-tip at any point he desires. Let him remove the card, note it and you...