Encyclopedia of Card Tricks

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Courier Corporation, Jun 1, 1974 - Games & Activities - 402 pages
In the first decades of the twentieth century magicians filled the magic journals with articles on card tricks, giving improvements on classic tricks and inventing new ones. If you could put together a collection of these magazines you would have almost a complete course on card tricks, by some of the world's greatest magicians. But where could you find these journals now that they are probably collector's items? And even if you could find them, how much would such a collection cost? Not very much. Because all the best of these tricks are available in this one monumental book, containing nearly every practical card trick produced, invented, and improved by magicians over a span of forty years and more.
A truly staggering collection, this book explains how to perform over 600 professional card tricks: impromptu card tricks, spelling tricks, "you do as I do" tricks, diachylon (a paste for gluing cards together) tricks, calculation tricks; tricks using key cards, slick cards, double-backed cards, reversed cards, short cards; tricks based on a one-way pack, prearranged pack, Svengali pack, Mene-Tekel pack, stripper pack; special packs; miscellaneous tricks including Everywhere and Nowhere, The Case of the Four Kings, Card in the Orange, The Buddha Whispers, and Inseparable Aces; and a final chapter on tricks using the famous Nikola Card System. In addition, a chapter on technique explains the most important sleights―the overhand shuffle, riffle shuffle, false cut, palm, simple pass, double lift, glide, and force.
Based on a volume compiled by Dr. Wilhelm Von Deusen and Glenn G. Gravatt, this collection was thoroughly revised by Jean Hugard and completely rewritten. It is easily the finest single compendium of classic card tricks, and the clear style makes the instructions easy to follow. An indispensable book for the professional or amateur magician, it is a magnificent source for anyone who wants just the right tricks to mystify his friends or delight his children.
Unabridged, corrected republication of the 1937 edition.
 

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Contents

MISCELLANEOUS IMPROMPTU CARD TRICKS
17
REVERSED COURT CARD
18
THE SAGACIOUS JOKER
19
THE TRIO
20
CARDS OF CHANCE
21
PUSH
22
PREDICTION
23
THE WHISPERING QUEEN
24
DEAD EASY LOCATION
199
THE WONDER FORCE
200
PROPHESIED SPOT TOTAL
201
QUADRUPLE DECK MYSTERY
202
MEPHISTOPHELES TOUCH
203
YOUR CARD
204
THE FIFTEENTH CARD
205
NEW XRAY TRICK
206

STAMPEDO
25
COLOR DIVINATION
26
THE UNKNOWN LEAPER
27
IN HIS POCKET
28
SUPER CARD PREDICTION
29
THE FIVE CARD MENTAL FORCE
30
JUST THINK MENTAL MYSTERY
31
SURPASSO
32
THOUGHT CARD FROM POCKET
33
THE MAGIC THRUST
34
THE CARD AND CRYSTAL BALL
35
THE CARD MIRACLECERTAIN
37
The Nelson Downs Original
38
CUT IN DETECTION
39
SPELLING EFFECTS IN CARD MAGIC
41
SPELLING A CARD
43
FARELLIS IMPROMPTU SPELLER
44
A SINGLE SPELLER
45
YOU SELECTED THE
46
WIZARD SPELLING MASTER
47
PECULIARITIES OF THE PASTEBOARDS
48
THE NEW SPELL
49
SPELLINO
50
SPELLINO CLIMAX
51
U SPELL YOUR CARD
52
PREARRANGED SET UPS
53
QUADRUPLE SPELLING
54
IMPROVED SPELLING TRICK
55
IMPROVED CHEVALIER
56
THE SHUFFLED SPELLING BEE
57
THE DOUBLE SPELLER
58
THE JOKER SPELLING ROUTINE
59
THE JOKER SPELLER
60
FRANK SQUIRES SPELLER
61
SPELL IT YOURSELF
62
SELLERS SPELLER IDEA
63
PERFECT SPELLING TRICK
64
LAZYBONES
65
THE SPELLING BEE
66
YOU DO AS I DO
67
YOU DO AS I DO
68
A CLOSE WORK DISCOVERY
69
COINCIDENCE
70
A VARIATION OF THE ABOVE
71
DO AS I DO IN THE DARK
72
A STRANGE COINCIDENCE
73
COINCIDENCE AGAIN
74
SYNTHETIC SYMPATHY
75
BACKS UP
76
MENTAL COINCIDENCE
77
COINCIDENCE
78
A CARD SYMPATHY
79
PARADOX OF PAIRS
80
FOLLOW ME
81
CARD SUBTLETIES UTILIZING KEY CARDS
82
PHENOMENAL THOUGHT CARDS
83
DETECTED BY FINGERPRINTS
84
DOUBLE PREDICTION
85
MEPHISTOS PREDICTION
86
A COUNT DOWN MYSTERY
87
THE CARD AND NUMBER
88
MASTER MENTAL MYSTERY
89
FACE DOWN DETECTION
90
COMEDY TWIN CARD PREDICTION
91
UP YOUR SLEEVE
92
THINK OF A CARD
93
DEMONS DETECTION
94
SLICK PRINCIPLES IN CARD MAGIC
95
THE HALF MOON LOCATION
96
LOCATION PLUS
97
THE MASTER CARD SPELLER
98
COUNTING BY EYE
99
A SLICK CARD ROUTINE
100
CARD MYSTERIES EMPLOYING DIACHYLON
104
THE FLYING CARD
105
MESMERIZED CARDS
106
DIACHYLON BOOK TEST FORCING A NUMBER
107
TWIN ACES
108
TWO VIEWPOINTS
109
REVERSED COLOR SURPRISE
110
FLYAWAY CARDS
111
REMOTE CONTROL IMPROVED
112
CARD IN POCKET
113
A REAL MAGICAL VANISH
114
NUMBER PLEASE
115
THE SYMPATHETIC PAIR No2
116
DOUBLE BACK PRINCIPLES IN CARD MAGIC
117
DOUBLE BACKED CARD ROUTINE
118
TRANSPOSITION EXTRAORDINARY
119
INSTOTRANSPO
120
REMOTE CONTROL
121
TURNOVER
122
REPEATING CARD TURNOVER
123
REVERSI
124
CHAMELEON BACKS
125
THE DOUBLE CARD PREDICTION
126
GIANT ACROBATIC CARDS
127
THE PERFECT FORCE
128
THE SYMPATHETIC CARD
129
MAGIC UTILIZING DOUBLE FACED CARDS
130
U CANT DO AS I DO
131
THE FOUR ACES
132
KINGS AND ACES
133
DOUBLE REVERSE
134
NEW CARD MONTE
135
A CHANGING CARD
136
A SPIRIT MESSAGE
137
CARD MYSTERIES USING A ONEWAY BACK DESIGN
138
SUBTLE METHOD OF SETTING THE DECK OPENLY
139
THE PHANTOM STAB
140
A THOUGHT CARD PRODIGY
142
PREMO DETECTION
143
THINK STOP
144
THE DECK THAT ISNT
145
THE FOUR PILE LOCATION
146
A CARD IS FOUND ONCE MORE
147
ODD OR EVEN
148
A NEW KINK
149
SECOND CARD LOCATION
150
THE SUPER SPREAD
151
THE VANISHING MIRKOK Grant
152
LIVING AND DEAD TEST
153
SIAMESE TWINS
154
ELIMINATION EXTRAORDINARY
155
ME PLUS ULTRA LOCATION
156
UNIMENTALITY
157
CARD LOCATION SUPREME
158
HUMMER DETECTION
159
A COUNTER LOCATION
160
RED OR BLACK
161
FIND THE LADY
162
A MIRACLE
163
SAY WHEN
164
INCOMPREHENDO
165
ONEWAY DECKS
166
REVERSED ORDINARY CARDS
167
U BITE
168
THE HALEY REVERSED CARD
169
UNDER COVER
170
COINCIDENCE
171
FRENCHS EXTRAORDINARY ACES
172
CALCULATION TRICKS WITH ORDINARY CARDS
173
A PREDICTION
174
TWO CARD LOCATION
175
SPECTATORS CHOICE
176
MENTALO
177
PROJECTED THOUGHT
178
UNIMENTALITY
179
EASY CARD DIVINATION
180
HOURGLASS CARDS
181
KEYSTONE CARD DISCOVERY
182
THE MAGIS DETECTION
183
THE FLUSH TRICK
184
FOUR TO ONE DETECTION
185
A PSYCHIC CARD FEAT
186
COINCIDENCE EXTRAORDINARY
187
THE MYSTERIES OF A PREARRANGED PACK OF CARDS
189
A MOVING REVELATION
190
DIVINING DECK
191
THE TRANSPOSED CARDS
192
A TRICK WITHOUT A CLUE
193
COUNT YOTTO CARDS
194
PYTHAGORAS
195
SELF WORKING MYSTERY
196
NOVEL CARD DISCOVERY
197
READY RECKONER
198
THOUGHT FORETOLD
207
SUPER COUNT DOWN
208
FATE AND THE JOKER
209
THE WIZARDS DREAM
210
CARD MEMORY
211
SENSITIVE THOUGHTS
212
TWO PERSON LOCATION
213
ANOTHER SYMPATHETIC MYSTERY
214
1000 TEST CARD LOCATION
215
SEEING WITH THE FINGER TIPS
216
PERFECT CARD DIVINATION
217
PSYCHOLOGICAL DISCERNMENT
218
COUNT THE CUT
219
CREMO CARD RESTORATION
220
PREMIER BOOK TEST
221
FATHOMED THOUGHT
223
WIZARDS WILL
224
DOUBLE DIVINO
226
PREMIER CARD DISCOVERY
227
OUT OF SIGHT
228
FROM ANOTHER PACK
229
WILLIAMS CARD TRICK
230
RED OR BLACK
231
NAMING CHOSEN CARD
232
MEDIUMISTIC STUNT NO 1
233
SYSTEM
234
A PREARRANGED PACK OF CARDS THAT CAN BE SHUFFLED
235
SIX PILES
236
NAME O CARD
237
NEW PACK DETECTION
239
TELEPATHIC CONTROL
240
CARDS AND POCKETS
241
COUNT DOWN DETECTION
242
MAGIC WITH A SVENGALI PACK OF CARDS
245
SIMPLE EFFECTS
246
SWITCHING PACKS
248
CUTTING THE PACK WITH A KNIFE
249
THE UNSEEN CARD
250
THE MYSTERY PROBLEM
251
THE CARDS AND THE DICE
252
THE MIRAGE PRINCIPLE
253
THE EYE POPPER
254
SVENGALI FORCE
255
MAGIC WITH A MENETEKEL PACK OF CARDS
256
CONTROLLING SEVERAL CARDS
258
ONE IN FOUR
259
CARDS AND SLATES
260
MAGIC WITH A STRIPPER PACK OF CARDS
261
TRICKS WITH THE STRIPPER DECK
263
THE FOUR ACE TRICK
264
SEPARATELY
265
THE ANIMATED CARD
266
CARD FROM SPECTATORS POCKET
267
AT ANY NUMBER FROM POCKET
268
THE FOUR KINGS
269
STRIPPER STABBING
270
CARD AND PLATE
271
CARDS FROM THE AIR
272
FLYING CARD
273
EDUCATED DIE
274
RISING CARD
275
LIKE THOUGHTS
276
CARD DIVINATION
277
SYMPATHETIC NUMBERS
278
END STRIPPERS
280
A STOP DISCOVERY
281
THE AMBITIOUS CARD
282
MAGICAL MYSTERIES WITH SPECIAL PACKS
284
THE MENTALISTS CARD STAGGERER
285
COINCIDENTALLY
286
MAGNETIC MENTAL CONTROL
287
TRANSPO COLOR CHANGE
288
BLIND MANS BLUFF
289
CARD TELEPATHY
291
SIGHT UNSEEN
292
TELEPATHIC CARDS
293
THREE IN ONE CARD TRICK
294
THE MIDNIGHT MARVEL
295
ZENS CARD MIRACLE
296
A NOVEL CARD PROBLEM
297
ZENS MIRACLE POCKET TO POCKET TRICK
298
NEAT CARD DETECTION
299
TELEPATHY
300
THE WHISPERING ENVELOPE
301
CARD STABBING
302
TELEPATHIC SELECTION
303
MENTAL MASTERPIECE
304
AUTOMATIC SECOND DEAL
305
STEREOTYPEDReading the Cards
306
IMPROMPTU DETECTION
307
ITS UP TO YOU
308
THE USE OF SHORT CARDS IN MAGICAL EFFECTS
309
CARD FROM NOWHERE
310
A COLOR CHANGE
311
TO ANY NUMBER
312
THE LOCATOR
313
A REVERSED LOCATION
314
MORE MISCELLANEOUS TRICKS
316
THE ORIGINAL STOP TRICK
320
SAY WHEN
322
A MEANS TO AN END
323
THE PSYCHOLOGICAL STOP TRICK
324
NUMBER PLEASE
325
AL BAKER METHOD
326
THE CASE OF THE FOUR KINGS
327
THE J M RISING CARD
328
MIRASKILL
330
CARD DETECTED BY PULSE BEAT
332
PSYCHOLOGICAL FORCE
333
ELIMINATION
334
A SUPERREVERSE PROBLEM
335
CARD IN AN ORANGE
336
THE SLAP TRICK
337
THE CARD THROUGH THE HANDKERCHIEF
338
GET THEE BEHIND ME SATAN
339
THE CLOCK TRICK
340
PAINT BRUSH CARD
341
THE CARD FROM THE POCKET
342
BANNER CARD DISCOVERY
343
LIKE SEEKS LIKE
344
TRANSPOSITION BOX TO ENVELOPE
345
SATANS MAIL
346
CARD AND ENVELOPE NO 2
347
TWO CARD SLATE PROPHECY
348
WATCH HIS ELBOW
349
THE BUDDHA WHISPERS
350
INFALLIBLE PREDICTION
351
THE LIFE SAVER
352
THE MAGNETIZED CARDS
353
TEARING THE DECK
354
REVERSED CARDS
355
ANOTHER SIMPLICITY FOUR ACE TRICK
356
SLATES AND ACES
357
THE TREND OF THE TIMES
358
PARADE OF THE QUEENS
359
BURIED ALIVE
360
READING THE CARDS
361
THE BELT TRICK
362
MYSTERY CARD READING
363
XRAY
364
A SUBTLE SET UP
365
THE POKER SHARK
367
POKER PLAYERS DEAL
368
QUADRUPLE POKER TRICK
369
POKER SET UP
371
THE GAMBLER IN PERSON
372
KLONDIKE POKER
373
THE PERPETUAL ALMANAC OR GENTLEMAN SOLDIERS PRAYER BOOK
374
INDISPENSABLE SLEIGHTS
377
To retain the whole deck in order
380
THE SIMPLE PASS
381
THE DOUBLE LIFT
382
A GOOD LOCATION
383
THE NIKOLA CARD SYSTEM
385
WHIST or BRIDGE
391
CARDS BY WEIGHT
393
THE SENSE OF TOUCH
394
SPELLING
395
THOUGHT ANTICIPATED
396
UNCONSCIOUS THOUGHT TRANSMISSION
398
WIZARDS WHIST
399
ALL TRUMPS
400
TO PICK OUT ANY CARD CALLED FOR BEHIND THE BACK
401
A SUBTLE GAME
402
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