The Nikola Card System

A development, on astonishing lines, of the principle of the stacked pack, presenting features unbelievable until demonstrated. By this system prearrangement seems impossible. The sequence bears close investigation, and is undetectable in counting, displaying, repeating, or even in deliberate examination. All that has been done by previous systems can be done with this, and more. The most valuable feature of the system is that the pack can actually be stacked...

Three In One Card Trick

You require a pack, one extra card with the same back pattern and two visiting cards. Discard the Joker and any one of the other cards, inserting in its place the extra card, say the 7D. Find the 7D belonging to the pack and put it on top, the duplicate on the bottom. On one of the two visiting cards write 'Seven of Diamonds'. Turn the written side downwards and put the blank card on top, now put them in a waistcoat pocket, blank card outside. Show the pack by spreading the faces without...

The Encyclopedia of Card Tricks

Main Contents Next Chapter Previous Chapter Chapter VII Double-Back Principles in Card Magic Alice In Wonderland Chameleon Backs Comedy Relief Double-Back Card Force Double-Backed Card Force Double-Backed Card Routine Easy Coin Switch Giant Acrobatic Cards Initialed Card Telepathy Insto-Transpo Perfect Force, The Remote Control Repeating Card Turnover Reverse Location, A Reversi Satan Behind You Single Card Force Sympathetic Card, The The Double Card Prediction Transposition Extraordinary...

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...

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...

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,...

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...