Telepathy

The performer fans a borrowed pack of cards with the faces towards himself. He borrows a pencil and puts any mark or initial a spectator may call on one of the cards. He shuffles the pack and asks the spectator to call the name of any card that comes into his mind. He fans the pack, locates the card named and hands it out. It bears the mark or initial that was called. No other card in the pack bears any mark. WORKING. This depends on the use of a 'thumb writer'. The borrowing of the...

The Sagacious Joker N3

This is an adaptation of The Whispering Queen. Using any pack that has a Joker, have it shuffled by a spectator. Take it and in removing the Joker sight and memorize the second, third, and fourth cards from the bottom. Invite a spectator to cut about the middle, put the packets on the table and place his hands on top of them. Tell him to lift one hand. If he lifts the hand from the original bottom half of the pack you say, You want to use this packet Very well. Hand it to him and put the other...

Out Of Sight

The pack used must be pre-arranged according to a system with which you are familiar. False shuffle and false cut, or if unable to do that, simply have the pack cut as often as desired, completing the cut each time. Turn your back and, holding the cards behind you, allow a spectator to remove one as you push the cards from the left hand to the right. Split the pack at the point at which the card is taken and, turning slightly towards the spectator say, 'Please look at the card but give me no...

Easy Coin Switch

THERE are several good card tricks which depend on the exchange of the borrowed coin for one of the performer's own. The use of a double-backed card affords an easy, natural way for doing this. Have such a card, with a duplicate coin under it in such a position that you can pick up both with your thumb on top and fingers underneath supporting the coin. Receive the coin on the card and in turning to your table simply turn the card over, securing the borrowed coin with the tip of your thumb. Let...

The Magic Breath

This is a good example of how the presentation can be made to transform a simple trick into a striking effect. The trick is that in which a card is sent to any number chosen by the spectator, the first time the cards are counted a wrong card appears but on a second count the right one turns up. The method is simplicity itself. The card is on the top so that the first count brings it to the number required so when the packet is replaced on the pack and again counted it is found at the correct...

Follow Me

(Reprinted from the Jinx by kind permission of Theo Annemann the talented editor and proprietor.) M OST of the tricks along this line use only one spectator and the performer. Now it is possible to use two spectators for a double effect. Two ordinary packs are needed. The working will suffice to make clear the effect itself. Hand one pack to one person and have him shuffle. As he finishes this, hand the second pack to the other person to mix also. While he shuffles, take back the first pack and...

Controlling Several Cards

Bring the duplicate of the first card to the top as already explained, leave the chosen card in the first spectator's hands and go to a second person. When he draws a card do not pass the upper portion to the bottom as before, simply lower the top packet to the side of the lower one and with the thumb of the left hand push the top card of the lower on top of the right-hand packet and replace this packet on top. Thus the duplicate of the second spectator's card is now on top of the pack, and the...

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 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

Cipher Wheel Decoder Printable

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...

Another Force

WITH the short card on the top of the pack, shuffle several times leaving the card in position on the top. Ask a spectator to call any number from one to twenty. Suppose ten is chosen. Count off nine cards keeping them in the same order and put them on the bottom of the pack. Have the spectator look at the top card, note what it is and replace it. Let him then cut the cards burying his card in the middle. As you go to a second person, find the short by riffling and make the pass at that point,...

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...