Written by Harapan Ong

2018
Work of Harapan Ong

253 pages (Hardcover), published by Vanishing Inc.
Illustrated with drawings by Harapan Ong.
Language: English

(93 entries)

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Joshua Jay Foreword 9
Harapan Ong Introduction 11
Harapan Ong Thinking Like a Physicist 1) We make approximations.
2) We copy when we can.
3) We search for beauty.
Also published here 13
Harapan Ong Streamlined Pocket Transposition pocketed card transposes with reversed card in deck 23
Harry Lorayne, Harapan Ong Flip Force Variation deck reversed around selected card while switching itInspired by 24
Harapan Ong The Card Across two tabled spreads with half the deck each, reversed card jumps from one to the other as both are flipped over simultaneously 27
Charles Nyquist, Dai Vernon Ribbon-Spread Hide-Out 28
Harapan Ong On Producing a Four-of-a-Kind - Hadouken Production in-the-hands 31
Harapan Ong Stress Production cutting to four Kings, Aces are on bottom, multiple Frank Thompson Cuts 32
Unknown One-Hand Stud Deal top card flipped over with first finger 33
Harapan Ong Passport Production spectator pushed Ace in deck, other Aces produced from that position 33
Harapan Ong Mark-a-Place Force Inspired by 34
Harapan Ong Kaleidoscope Production tabled cutting sequence to produce a four-of-a-kind 37
Harapan Ong Straight Ace four Aces produced in empty hands at once in straight line 40
Harapan Ong, Donald Chung Poker Player's Picnic Plus with additional four-of-a-kind at bottomInspired by 43
Harapan Ong, Michał Kociołek Michalevator with seven cards, transposition climaxRelated to
  • "Low Riser" (Cameron Francis, Let's Get Small, 2012 ebook)
45
Harapan Ong Jacob's Elevator Inversion climax 50
Bob Nelson The Nelson Quickie 51
Harapan Ong Royal Explosions tabled productions of royal flush
I. Royal Explosion One
II. Royal Explosion Two
Related to
  • "Pandemonium At The Card Table" (Dan & Dave Buck, Artifice, Ruse and Subterfuge in the Hands, 2000)
54
Piet Forton Pop-Out Move 54
Harapan Ong Simple Bean Aces at once with eight cards off the top of the deckInspired by 58
Harapan Ong Daley's Last Sandwiches selection appears sandwiched between one pair or both pairs as climax
I. Tabled Version
II. In the Hands
III. Hands and Table
61
Harapan Ong Extensions on the Aronson "Heads Over Heels" Move section introInspired by 67
Harapan Ong Sudden Surprise Sandwich two pairs of Aces appear reversed in deck, sandwiching two selectionsInspired by 67
Harapan Ong Head Over Heels, Face to Face two cards named in face-up spread, they end up face-to-face on topInspired by 69
Harapan Ong Triumph Squared two selections 71
Unknown Slide Card Cull 71
Harapan Ong Spread Scoop-Up Turnover as half the deck is scooped up 72
Harapan Ong Play It Crooked Inspired by 74
Harapan Ong Twisting Morph Kings turn face-down one by one, then change to Aces 80
Edward Marlo ATFUS 80
Bob Farmer Squist Move packet turned over as it is turned end-for-endAlso published here
  • MAGIC, Oct. 2004
81
Patrick Kun Morph Color Change packet with face-up outjogged card spread, instantly all cards changeAlso published here
  • "Morph" (Patrick Kun, Patrified, DVD)
83
Harapan Ong Three Degrees of Separation Ace to Three on top of deck instantly distribute, Ace is one card away from first selection, Two is two cards away, ...Inspired byRelated to 85
Harapan Ong Direct Triple Prediction three cards touched by spectator during in-the-hands spread, all predicted immediately before they are touchedAlso published here
  • Genii, Dec. 2016, p. 56
89
Larry Jennings, Harapan Ong Optical Add-On handling for single cardInspired by 90
Harapan Ong Sandwich-ception progressive sandwich in which a string of sandwiches is produced, in the end sandwich with miniature cards shows up, center card removed and it becomes normal sizedInspired by 95
Harapan Ong Oops selection made, sandwich cards removed one of which is the selection by apparent mistake, corrected with visual transformationInspired byRelated to 100
Harapan Ong Three Chances three duplicates of selection produced from red Jacks, those three cards become red Jacks with sandwiched selectionInspired by 103
Unknown Discrepancy Sandwich Display with double facer 104
Harry Lorayne Illogical Double Lift 105
Harapan Ong Bigger Transpo transposition between the Queens and selection, four miniature cards are found on face of original selections and Queens change into giant version of selectionInspired by
  • "Bigger Finish" (Jay Sankey, marketed product)
109
Harapan Ong Tiny Transpo three cards on case switch places with three in the hand, sucker gag beginning 112
Benjamin Earl Discrepancy Switch two packets are apparently exchangedRelated toAlso published here
  • Past Midnight Vol. 2, DVD
113
Edward Marlo In Lieu of the Thru-the-Fist Flourish Twirl Change, packet pivoted overRelated to
  • "In Lieu of the Through the Fist Flourish" (MUM, Vol. 73 No. 2, 1983)
114
Harapan Ong Perspective one half for spectator, top cards do not match, they do when packets are exchanged, repeated, then four Aces found near top and on bottomRelated to
  • "Illusion versus Reality" (Peter Duffie, Card School, ebook, 1995)
  • "Illusion or Reality" (Vincent Hedan, Mnemosyne, ebook, 2012)
116
Harapan Ong Illogical Double Lift Handling 118
Harapan Ong Faro Pharaoh apparently Ace placed next to another card as indicated by that card's value with a faro, other Aces found
I. Basic handling
II. Advanced handling
120
Harapan Ong Extensions to the Cheek to Cheek Deck section intro 124
Harapan Ong Dude, You're not even Trying competition with spectator who rights half a face-up/face-down mixed deck faster, spectator's end up mixed again while performer's magically unmix 124
Harapan Ong The More you Shuffle cards shuffled face-up/face-down, they become progressively straightened out during more riffle shuffles, four Aces end up reversed 125
Harapan Ong Followers of Christ same Ace keeps appearing or turning over, then Aces find by cutting to themRelated to 130
Patrik Stenberg Breakless Aces performer cuts deck into four piles to find AcesAlso published here
  • MAGIC, Feb. 2006
131
Harapan Ong The Infinity Reversal reversed card is apparently turned back over in in-the-hands spreadInspired by 132
Harapan Ong Countdown Packet four Fours, one card removed, the remaining three cards change to Threes, repeated twice until one Ace remains 137
Edward Marlo Drag Switch as top card of packet is drawn off onto deck 138
Harapan Ong Routines with a Tabled False Cut section intro 141
Harapan Ong Tabled False Cut up-the-ladder type 141
Harapan Ong Rapid-fire Benzais four cards spun out during consecutive Benzais cut productionsInspired by 143
Harapan Ong That Escalated Quickly deck cut, Ace on top, cut into two piles, two Twos on top, ends with ten packets with Ace through Ten 144
Harapan Ong Daley Express visual 153
Harapan Ong Throwaway Tricks section intro, tricks with the extra cards in the deck 157
Harapan Ong Triumph in the Trash multi-phase routine in which two of four jokers are turned over and they reverse again 157
Andi Gladwin Déjà Vu Count Also published here 157
Ben Harris Fandango Move one-handed, bottom cards of small packet turned over 160
Harapan Ong Blank in the Bin four Jokers become blank one by one and then change back 161
Harapan Ong Remix in the Rubbish four Jokers turn face down one by one, then All Backs phase, then blank, back to JokersRelated to 162
Brother John Hamman 2-for-4 Count 162
Harapan Ong King's Overture black Kings sandwich red Kings, they transpose, with second visual phaseInspired by 166
Harapan Ong On the Alfonso-Giobbi Twisting Sequence section introInspired by 169
Harapan Ong Cascading Twist Kings turn over one by one, then all at once two timesInspired byRelated to
  • "Acrobatic Cards" (Tricks You Can Count On, Chesbro & West, 1968, p. 20)
169
Edward Marlo OPEC Count 170
Harapan Ong Plot Twist transformation kickerInspired by 170
Harapan Ong Gag Packs packet tricks with four cards
- Change Back (rainbow backs finale)
- One Direction (photos as finale of boy band members)
172
Harapan Ong, Pipo Villanueva World's Smallest Colour Change sandwiched card is slightly pivoted and switched, it changes visually 177
Harapan Ong Direct Ambigrams "The Law of Non-Conservation of Card Magic & Tawanokomu"
two ambigram revelations from a formula and Japanese characters, "trick that cannot be explained" application
183
Harapan Ong Checkmate chess figure appears behind card on handInspired by 187
Harapan Ong Have a Break, Have a Kit Kat kit kat bar appears from deck of cards 190
Harapan Ong Flexacard tritetra-flexagon from cards, two cards can be revealed, self-animated 193
Harapan Ong The Frog Prince card with frog image visually changes into a Jack of Hearts, hand-operated flap style gimmick 199
Harapan Ong 2 + 2 = 4 Four value torn in half, both halves change into a Two each 203
Harapan Ong 4, 3, 2, 1 hybrid flexagon to consecutively reveal four cardsRelated to
  • hybrid flexagon, Douglas Engel, Journal of Recreational Mathematics 2, 1969
205
Harapan Ong On the Fundamental Structure of Routines I: Linear structures
II: Branching structures
- Equivoque
- Multiple Outs
III: The Trick That Cannot Be Explained
IV: Conclusion
V: References
211
Harapan Ong On Apophenia and Coincidence Effects I: An anecdote (impossible vs. improbable)
II: Infusing Intention
III: Connecting random dots
IV: Another anecdote ( "trick that cannot be explained")
V: References
216
Harapan Ong On Magic, Evolution and Bottom-Up Design I: Evolution and Intelligent Design
II: The Trick That Cannot Be Explained
III: Bottom-Up Design in Magic
IV: Conclusion
V: References
222
Harapan Ong Thoughts on "The Trick That Cannot Be Explained" I: Introduction
II: Favorite "Licks"
Inspired by 229
Harapan Ong Naming a Number improvisational countdown force, "trick that cannot be explained" 231
Harapan Ong Breakless Classic Force face-up 231
Harapan Ong Messy Ace Production deck cut into many tabled packets by performer, Aces producedRelated to 232
Harapan Ong Count or Spell random values are counted or spelled to as the spectator wishes, leads to four Aces 234
Harapan Ong Twisted Choices Kings and Aces, twisting effect with one packet, chosen suit transposes between packets 238
Harapan Ong A Blind Mess card chosen from face-up/face-down and rosetta spun mess, performer cuts to it after some mixing, faro 245
Harapan Ong What Magicians Can Learn From Scientists I: The Importance of Abstract Work
II: Magic
III: Conclusion
249