Written by Matt Baker

Work of Matt Baker

264 pages (Hardcover), published by unknown publisher
Illustrated with photographs.
Language: English

(35 entries)


Creators Title Comments & References Page Categories
Matt Baker Introduction 9
Matt Baker Prologue Introduces the three protagonists of the book 14
Matt Baker Acknowledgements 17
Matt Baker Card College - First phase: magician can accurately estimate the number of cards in a packet cut off by spectator
- Second phase: magician can accurately estimate the number of cards in a packet cut off by spectator and hidden in pocket, after cards have been shuffled
- Third phase: magician can name every card in a packet previously placed inside the card box, unseen
Inspired by
  • "Blind Estimation" (Luis Otero, Cartificios, DVD)
Matt Baker Casablanca Spectator predicts which card magician will freely select, magician divines card selected by spectatorInspired by 31
Matt Baker Location Sensing Device Magician locates spectator's card, and vice versaInspired by 40
Unknown Spread Cull Force 47
Matt Baker Tilapia Two spectators each think of a card, magician slowly divines each selection without wrong statements, includes versions built into Tamariz and Aronson stackInspired by 51
Matt Baker Variations Part I (The Buena Vista Shuffle Club) Discussion on the memorized deck 59
Matt Baker, Peter W. Tappan Histed Hoisted Inspired by
  • "Histed Heisted" (Simon Aronson, The Card Ideas of Simon Aronson)
Matt Baker Elementary, My Dear Vernon divining a selection by eliminating the impossible, followed by ending with a TriumphInspired by 72
Jerry Andrus Drunken Shuffle Slop Shuffle 75
Daryl Martinez Daryl's Triumph Display 79
Matt Baker Clue Mentalism routine themed around the game Clue, magician predicts the murderer, the weapon and the location of a murder 79
Matt Baker Say Anything Lie detector effect, end with magician showing prediction in an envelope of a random word thought of and written down by spectator, prediction is printed letter by letter on cardsInspired by 101
Matt Baker Variations Part II (The Buena Vista Shuffle Club) Chapter intro 115
Matt Baker Foiled by the Origami Test, Saved by the Lemon Law Presentation idea for the Bill in Lemon routine, with a brief description of the method 116
Matt Baker Three Coin Monte Standard Monte plot, but done with coins, one of them with an X drawn on it, ends with the target coin in coin pouch 121
Unknown Monte Coin Hype Move Standard hype move for three card monte, but done with coins 124
Unknown Coin Switching Envelope Instructions to construct a double ended envelope for switching coins 128
Matt Baker Hive Mind Spectators help create a prediction about the number of coins held by two spectators (pennies, quarters, nickels and dimes), mathematical principle based on red/black relationship principleInspired by
  • "The Intuition Test" (Dr Larry Hass, Deep Mental Mysteries)
Matt Baker Quantum Matrix Presentation idea for classic coin Matrix effect, four coins and four cards, backfire ending, uses Siamese coins gimmick by Mike GalloInspired by 144
Matt Baker, Barrie Richardson Banned For Life Variation on Shuffle Bored, done as a real time skill demonstration of card counting for casino cheating. Magician can tell number of cards face up, number of red cards, and the total sum of the values of the red cards

Includes a magician-fooler method using "Rounders" gaffed cards, idea by Barrie Richardson, which is basically stripper deck but with rounded corners
Matt Baker Subconscious Shuffle Tracking Magician cuts to spectator's selection, then spectator stops and finds their own selection, then magician cuts to the three other mates 176
Unknown Mahatma Control Minor modification 181
Justin Higham Rolling-Stock Production Flashy production of card originally on top of the deck 183
John Bannon Bullet Catcher Production Apparently find four of a kind in the deck 187
Matt Baker Gilbreath Poker Both spectator and magician deal five hands of poker from their cards, each deal a good hand to an imaginary player, leaving the best hand for themselvesInspired byRelated to 195
Matt Baker Triple-Fried Three cards selected by three spectators through a lot of dealing, magician then divines all three selections, can be done with memorized deck or a special stackInspired by 204
Matt Baker Pile Driver Complicated mathematical version of the twenty one card trick, based on principle by Edmé-Gilles GuyotInspired by 217
Matt Baker Variations Part III (The Buena Vista Shuffle Club) Chapter intro 226
Matt Baker Avenging Mandelbrot Magician finds two selections after haphazardly dealing the deck and reassembling themInspired by 227
Matt Baker S.O.L. card selected by spectator under very stringent conditions, magician is still able to divine its identity, x-ray case 233
Matt Baker Outlier Card freely named by spectator, spectator then selects a card from the deck. Rest of the deck is shown to be duplicates of another card, but the selected card is the named card, uses a Double Decker deck 242
Matt Baker Quick Reference Guide 251