Written by Stephen Minch
Work of Alex Elmsley
495 pages (Hardcover), published by L&L Publishing
Illustrated with drawings by Amado Narvaez
Language: English
206 entries
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Creators Title Comments & References Page AA Categories
Stephen Minch Acknowledgement
Alex Elmsley The Microcosm of Magic
Also published here
  • Gamagic Catalogue, New Series No. 5, ca. 1953
Chapter One: Flourishes
Stephen Minch Note on Dating on dating of the items
Alex Elmsley The Tower Bridge Cut Charlier cut in both hands
Alex Elmsley Little-Finger Spinner out of right-hand end grip
Alex Elmsley The Multiplying Aces roll-down between the fingers
Also published here 13
Alex Elmsley The Rosette roll down with five coins
Related to 19
Alex Elmsley Two-Ball Roll rolling two balls between fingers of both hands
Chapter Two: Hidden Thoughts and Future Deeds
Alex Elmsley The Fan Prediction touched card matches with prediction
Also published here 29
Alex Elmsley Angle Jog Switch as cards are fanned
Also published here 30
Alex Elmsley Hidebound Forecast card with different back design is found in wallet as prediction, card-to-wallet method with ungaffed wallet
Related to 33
Alex Elmsley The Mexican Prediction free selection is predicted with two cards (value and suit)
Related toVariations 37
Alex Elmsley Face Your Brothers three selections are placed face-up in deck, face to face with mates
VariationsAlso published here 39
Alex Elmsley Cull Feeding to feed cards next to reversed cards while spreading
Alex Elmsley A Delicate Balance freely removed selection's color is named repeatedly, edge-mark in center
Alex Elmsley It's a Small World ten card version
Related toVariations 48
Alex Elmsley Halfway to Heaven not all cards
Alex Elmsley Verbum Sapienti dictionary booktest with multiple spectators
Also published here 53
Alex Elmsley Open Intruder unknown odd-backed card is found with open prediction procedure from face
VariationsAlso published here 56
Jack Avis Avis Spread Switch credit information
Inspired by 58
Alex Elmsley Brownwaves II two cards are selected with the "card at position of cut-off number"-procedure, performer stops spectator
Variations 60
Alex Elmsley Cutting at 26 multiple methods
Alex Elmsley Faro Check with credit information
Alex Elmsley Brownwaves III two cards are selected with the "card at position of cut-off number"-procedure, then named
Related to 64
Alex Elmsley Counting while Spreading brief
Cut Glimpse in the hands
Alex Elmsley Multiple Mind Reading spectators receive some cards, shuffle and think of top one, combined packet is given back
Variations 67
Alex Elmsley Double-Cross selection and mate are thought of, groups displayed, matrixing principle
Alex Elmsley Like a Rolling Bone forcing the number four with an ungaffed die
Alex Elmsley Failure number is thought of and card at this position in shuffled deck, performer divines both (most of the time)
Also published here 76
Bill Simon Covered Side Steal
Alex Elmsley Auto-Prediction three cards are predicted written on another playing card
Also published here 80
Alex Elmsley Divina-Sign packet of eight cards with designs, three chosen by dealing procedure, divined
Alex Elmsley A Card from Cagliostro packet of eight postcards with cities, three chosen by dealing procedure, predicted as postcard message
Alex Elmsley Aussi-Mental three cards selected through dealing process out of performer's hand, named by performer
Alex Elmsley Animal, Vegetable and Mineral pack of children's picture cards, three selections made and divined
Variations 89
Alex Elmsley The Octal Pencil Liar's Matrix, spectator selects number column and reads out print color lying on one of them
Alex Elmsley Verbum Veritas Liar's Matrix, spectator selects word column and reads out print color lying on one of them
Alex Elmsley Pack of Lies Liar's Matrix, spectator selects card column and reads out their colors, lying on one of them, different methods:
  • Mnemonic Method
  • Marked Deck Method
  • Unmarked Deck Method
  • Lewry's Platform Presentation
Louis Nikola, Alex Elmsley Card Mnemonics
Colin Lewry, Alex Elmsley Lewry's Platform Presentation
Inspired by 105
Chapter Three: Exotica
Alex Elmsley Still Taking Three sandwiched card vanishes, reappears in half the deck face up, three methods
Inspired by 109
Alex Elmsley ATFUS Precursor
Alex Elmsley Pseudo Duplicate see next pages
Alex Elmsley Bottom Slip Cut
Stephen Minch ATFUS Credit Information
Alex Elmsley Point of Departure from sandwich to pocket
Related toVariations 118
Alex Elmsley Economy Class Departure without double facer
Alex Elmsley ATFUS Variation
Alex Elmsley Rollover Switch as reversed card is put on table
Alex Elmsley Prayer Vanish
Also published here 126
Alex Elmsley The Fiddle with the Biddle in the Middle card appears between sandwiched cards in deck, then vanishes from sandwich and reappears face-up in deck
Also published here 129
Push-In Change
Alex Elmsley The Red and the Blue two decks change place except for two selections in them
Related toVariationsAlso published here 131
Alex Elmsley The Shy Chameleon triumph routine in which backs are not seen to delay color changing deck effect
Alex Elmsley Turn-About Card card visually turns over when snapped
Tony Kardyro, Elmer Biddle Kardyro-Biddle Steal Sequence
Cy Endfield "Hofzinser" Top Change
Alex Elmsley A Small Revelation four miniature cards are glued together in stepped formation, one of them turns over
Alex Elmsley Fool's Mate joker as cupid and method
VariationsAlso published here
  • Genii, Mar. 1973
Alex Elmsley Jubilee
Variations 153
Neal Elias, Bert Fenn Bottom Reverse deck turned over above cards
Edward Marlo Pull-Down Cut
Alex Elmsley Plunger Shift for two cards
Alex Elmsley Separating the Men from the Boys Kings and Jacks alternated, Queens change place with Jacks
Alex Elmsley A Problem with Duplicate Identities two cards are put on table, two selections are shown to be the same, then table cards are turned over and are unchanged
Variations 166
Alex Elmsley The Imp of the Inverse card vanishes from pack, was never there, pseudo duplicate
Edward Marlo Nine as Six
Alex Elmsley Sum Talk of Alexander value of selection is used to deal to another selection and so on through the deck, sum of all values equates a number from beginning
Alex Elmsley Switchy-Coo card a chosen number is reversed, then changes to previous selection
Also published here 175
Alex Elmsley Half Packed one half is put in pocket, other half vanishes, selection reappears
Paul LePaul, Alex Elmsley Bluff Pass
Alex Elmsley Second Link two selections, named number corresponds to distance between those cards
Related to 183
Alex Elmsley Counting while Spreading brief
Alex Elmsley Diamond Cut Diamond Ace to Ten of diamonds in order, selection transposes with named value
Related toVariations 186
Alex Elmsley Signing Off performer names card an position, then all cards have performer's signature
Alex Elmsley Signature Piece signature travels from red backed to blue backed deck
Hindu Shuffle Force
Alex Elmsley Shakedown credit information on the plot
Related toVariations 197
Chapter Four: Marsupial Favorite
Alex Elmsley Pocketpick visible card in breastpocket turns out to be later selection
Related to 207
LTP Steal of bottom card in right hand
Alex Elmsley Breast Pocket Switch card in LTP for card openly in breast pocket
Related to 209
Alex Elmsley Pockets Full of Miracles card is looked at by three people, everybody sees a different card. they all come from different pockets then
Alex Elmsley Finessed Riffle Force
Alex Elmsley, Edward Marlo Bottom Deal Switch of single card
Jack McMillen Card-from-Pocket Extraction from deck bluff
Alex Elmsley Reluctant Cards to Pocket ten cards one by one
Alex Elmsley 5 as 6 False Count
Alex Elmsley Duplicitous Cards to Pocket six cards, two duplicates, one by one
L'Homme Masqué One-Handed Spring Palm packet handling
Alex Elmsley Flight Plan four Aces, one by one
Edward Marlo, Alex Elmsley ATFUS Variation
L'Homme Masqué, Alex Elmsley Two-Handed Spring Palm packet handling
Alex Elmsley En Voyage Ace to Three travel to pocket one by one, then all to different pockets
Variations 233
Cliff Green Double Lift Push
Alex Elmsley Pseudo Duplicate laying two cards face-up on table in crossed formation
Edward Marlo Misdirection Palm multiple cards
Alex Elmsley Processional four Aces oujogged from deck, one by one pushed flush and removed from pocket
Variations 241
Alex Elmsley Daley Double two black Aces change place with one of them in pocket, in repeat phase they turn red and black Aces come from pockets
Alex Elmsley Between Your Palms card between spectator's palm turns out to be a later signed selection, using stranger card
VariationsAlso published here
  • Abracadabra, Vol. 13 No. 335, June 28, 1952, p. 361
Alex Elmsley Only Child handling of "Between Your Palms" without stranger card
Alex Elmsley Interrupted Top Change as card is placed right-jogged on deck
Alex Elmsley Incommunicado four cards are selected and produced from different spots, two spectators unknowingly have the same selection
Variations 254
Alex Elmsley Square-Up Glimpse
Chapter Five: Coinages
Alex Elmsley Devaluation chinese coin in handkerchief and half dollar in pocket change place, pile of half dollar appears as finale, Ken Allen's Chinatown Half set
Alex Elmsley Revaluation (A Reminiscense) chinese coin and four pennies, chinese coin from handkerchief to box, then pennies to box, transposition of chinese coin with four pennies
Alex Elmsley Magnetic Okito Box magnetic lid
Alex Elmsley Boston Two-Step small coin travels from handkerchief to box with half dollars, then all coins travel to handkerchief and box is empty
VariationsAlso published here 268
Alex Elmsley Box Turnover
Jack Chanin TV Surprise Production
Gravity Turnover
Alex Elmsley The Astral Coin Rides Again coin and two cards, coin appears, travels and penetrates table, coin threaded to card
Variations 273
Alex Elmsley Coin-Card Gaff coin is attached to card with thread
Alex Elmsley Milling a Coin small coin is smashed to dust between to large coins, recess in large coin
Alex Elmsley Sucker Silver silver to copper transformation routine with sucker explanation
Push Steal coin is pushed in fist and stolen back
Friedrich Wilhelm Frikell Frikell-Style Thumb Palm
Alex Elmsley The Spider's Treasury four coins are produced from empty hands, stand-up
Chapter Six: Faro Tapestries
Alex Elmsley Deck Preparation for Faro Shuffles sanding corners
Related to 295
Alex Elmsley Weave Corrections for Miscuts
  • Out-weave Correction
  • Out-weave Correction
  • In-weave Correction
  • In-weave Correction
Related to 297
Alex Elmsley Placing a Key at Twenty-sixth Position finessed methods with faro shuffle
Alex Elmsley The Mathematics of the Weave Shuffle long article for "mathematicians" with the following subchapters
Alex Elmsley Out- and In-Weaves definition of terms
Alex Elmsley The Odd Pack and Weave
Alex Elmsley Equivalent Odd Pack
Alex Elmsley Returning a Pack to the Same Order mathematical discussion
Alex Elmsley Solving the Shuffle Equation how to find out number of shuffles required to return pack to same order
Alex Elmsley Stack Transformations how faro shuffles affect a stack
Related to 307
Alex Elmsley Royal Flush Deal royal flush deal for any number of players, faro shuffling
Alex Elmsley The Constant Stack
Related to 309
Alex Elmsley The Restacking Pack stack whose value distribution is not affected by faro shuffles
Related toVariations 309
Alex Elmsley Binary Translocations
  • 1) to bring top card to any position with faros
  • 2) to bring card to top with 2^x cards
  • 3) edge-marked deck with 2^x cards, bringing any card to top
Related toVariationsAlso published here 311
Alex Elmsley Double Control transposing top card with selection at certain position with faro shuffles
Also published here 312
Alex Elmsley Penelope's Principle bringing center card to position corresponding with number of cards in cut-off pile
Related toVariations 313
Alex Elmsley Penny Wise card at position corresponding to cut-off pile is predicted, Penelope
Alex Elmsley Prediction by Proxy spectator removes any card, mate is found by penelope-procedure (pile cut off, counted, card at that position is selection), twenty-six-apart-stack
Alex Elmsley Tuppence two cards are selected with the "card at position of cut-off number"-procedure, then named
Related to 319
Bottom Card Glimpse
Alex Elmsley Meet Me on the Road selection is found at position of cut-off pile, penelope's principle
Alex Elmsley A Woven and Cut Case penelope-procedure (pile cut off, counted, card at that position is selection), key is placed next to selection via faro
Alex Elmsley Autopilot separation at twenty-six
Arthur Finley Remote Control spectator riffle shuffles after control
Related to 327
Alex Elmsley, Bill Reid Direct Link featuring Bill Reid's "Automatic Discovery", named number corresponds to distance between spectator's and performer's selection
Related to 329
Alex Elmsley The Custodial Card two cards selected, a card turns face-up between selections, twenty-six key card, faro
Inspired byRelated to 333
Alex Elmsley The Fan and Weave Controls two handlings of an ingenious control:
  • The Fan and Weave Control
  • The Fan and Weave Double Control
Related toVariations 335
Alex Elmsley Brainweave ungaffed handling of Brainwave
Related toVariationsAlso published here 338
Alex Elmsley Faro Fan
Variations 341
Alex Elmsley The Obedient Faro shuffling a card to any position up to twenty with two shuffles, for magicians
Alex Elmsley Spell by the Numbers automatic placement
Stephen Minch Automatic Placement - Credit Information
Speller spelling to any card at position twelve
Alex Elmsley Paraspell two cards, faro-version of Stewart James' "Evolution of a Dream"
Alex Elmsley Collinspell collins Aces with spelling finale, setting cards with a faro, featuring interesting vanishes
Alex Elmsley Arab Roto-Pack using faros for various placements
Also published here 365
Alex Elmsley What a Party! adding faro principles
Alex Elmsley Late Night Location spectator cuts off a pile, remembers bottom card and shuffles, packet returned and deck faro shuffled, selection found, stay stack with duplicates
Also published here 372
Alex Elmsley Auto-Discovery two cards are used to divine a very free selection that's pocketed by spectator, stacked
Also published here 374
Alex Elmsley The Elmsley Rising Card rubber gimmick, faro placement
Related to 376
Alex Elmsley Faro Placement to control selection between two cards
Alex Elmsley Faro Placement to control selection between two cards
Chapter Seven: : Stray Stacks
Alex Elmsley Computer Dating removed selection is mated under fair conditions, stay stack
Russell "Rusduck" Duck, Alex Elmsley Stay Stack credit information
Alex Elmsley Empty and Full removed selection is mated under fair conditions, stay stack
Alex Elmsley Wedded Ambitions free selection, mate rises to top, stay stack
Alex Elmsley Topsy-Turvy Stay-Stack (A Problem) topsy-turvy stay stack with two decks
Related to 391
Alex Elmsley Parity Failure some cards from 5x5 cards layout are turned over according to rules, condition is called out and on one card is lied
Also published here 392
Alex Elmsley Tell Me Three Times three cards chosen and called out, on one of them is lied, stack
VariationsAlso published here 396
Alex Elmsley Future Stock two card prediction, stack, one-ahead
Alex Elmsley Through Darkest Peirce cards are dealt out multiple times to mix them, yet they are mated, relation to Sympathetic Cards
Also published here 401
Alex Elmsley Card Position Formula After Dealing calculating position of any card in a packet of any size, after dealing cards out
Also published here 404
Alex Elmsley Blind Stud cards are cut and dealt out, things about hands are revealed with back turned, gray code to base 4
Also published here 406
Stephen Minch Gray Code some credit information
Alex Elmsley Mental Boxer six cards are divined after cards are mixed face-up face-down, gray code
Alex Elmsley Kingfisher four cards are divined, gray code
Alex Elmsley Pursuit of Thought four cards are divined, gray code
Chapter Eight: The Dazzle Act
Alex Elmsley Fate's Datebook part of "The Dazzle Act" (starting on page 425 until the end of the book), using a improvisational type of selection procedure
Related toVariations 433
Dai Vernon Top and Bottom Glimpse
Cross-Cut Force
Alex Elmsley, Richard Himber Cold Steel knife is stabbed between two selections
Variations 440
Richard Himber Knife Stab Estimation
Stephen Minch Mechanical Estimation some credit information
Alex Elmsley Fan and Weave Control to any Position extension with two cards
Inspired by 442
Knife Blade Glimpse
Related to
  • Blackstone's Secrets of Magic (Walter Gibson, p. 21)
Alex Elmsley The Tale of the Old Timer cutting to fourJacks, then Queens, then Kings, then dealing out all Jacks to Aces
Alex Elmsley Pocket Deck Switch with description of psychology
Herb Zarrow, Dai Vernon Zarrow Shuffle
Frank Garcia Affas-Gaffas False Cut
Alex Elmsley Dazzle packet with jokers, backs change color multiple times
Related toVariations 463
Alex Elmsley Everchange Count Variation
Inspired by 464
Alex Elmsley Half Pass with small packet
Alex Elmsley Tour de Force five card location with flourishy production and call-back productions referring to previous routines
Alex Elmsley Multiple Hindu Shuffle Control
One-Handed Center Card Production
Alex Elmsley Outjogged Erdnase Transformation
Jules D'Hotel Pop-Up Card Flourish
Audley Walsh Long Distance Spinner
Dai Vernon, Alex Elmsley Vernon Flourish Deal both-handed as production
Stephen Minch Bibliography of Works by Alex Elmsley
Data entered by Denis Behr, July 2008.