Written by Matthew Field, Tom Gagnon
Work of Tom Gagnon
215 pages (Hardcover), published by avanT-Garde Magic
Illustrated with drawings by Tom Gagnon
Language: English
97 entries
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Creators Title Comments & References Page Categories
Tom Gagnon Acknowledgements
Tom Gagnon Preface
Steve Beam Foreword
Matthew Field Introduction
Tom Gagnon Very Versatile Spread Control chapter intro
Tom Gagnon Very Versatile Spread Control
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Tom Gagnon Bottop Spread Switch as tabled spread is scooped up
Inspired by 5
Tom Gagnon Inverse Spread Switch card is reversed or odd-backed in center of tabled spread, top portion scooped up and card switched
  • Face-Up Variant
Inspired byAlso published here 8
Tom Gagnon Dunbury Illusion selection apparently discarded, using ribbon spread techniques
Tom Gagnon Gagnon-Biddle Card Vanish handling of Biddle steal
Tom Gagnon Dual Miracle Spread combined with Versatile Spread Control, as force or stab in tabled spread
Inspired by 15
Tom Gagnon Invisible Fingertip Switch sandwich used to scoop up tabled spread, sandwiched card switched for card under spread
Tom Gagnon Invisible Fingertip Sandwich Jokers placed aside, odd-backed card signed and put in deck, it travels between sandwich
Tom Gagnon Invisible Fingertip Transpo Jacks placed aside, named Jack transposes with selection which is reversed in center of deck
Edward Marlo ATFUS
Tom Gagnon Invisible Fingertip Load as spread is scooped up with sandwich cards
Tom Gagnon Pad Revelation cards spread on close-up pad, pad folded over spread and unfolded, selection now face-up on spread
Variations 29
Tom Gagnon Hidden Agenda cards spread on pad, covered with handkerchief, pad folded over spread and unfolded, selection is now on top of handkerchief
Inspired by 31
Tom Gagnon Ribbon Spread Strip-out Addition cards out-jogged in tabled spread, spread scooped up and cards stripped out
Tom Gagnon Sliding Jinx Switch gathering up a tabled spread as cover for packet switch
  • Variation One
  • Variation Two
Inspired by 36
Tom Gagnon Contemporary Spread Controls chapter intro
Tom Gagnon Impossible Sandwich card travels between sandwich, sandwich cards separate from deck, clean handling
Tom Gagnon Gagnon Spread Control brief
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Tom Gagnon Double Doodle Steal loading a card onto a card that is used to scoop up a tabled spread to make it a double, brief
Also published here 42
Tom Gagnon Pluck Revelation card starts on top
Also published here
  • The Blueprint, Vol. 6 No. 8, Feb. 1980
Tom Gagnon Somersault Reverse tabled spread flipped over and a card appears face-up on it
Tom Gagnon Tidal Wave Revelation tabled spread flipped over and a card appears face-up on it
Tom Gagnon Ribbon Spread Cut deck openly cut during flipping over a tabled spread, right at an Ace
Tom Gagnon Ribbon Spread Glimpse deck spread with side-jogged card, glimpse after gathering cards up
Tom Gagnon Kosky-Gagnon Switch using tabled Gagnon Spread Control
Tom Gagnon One Card Ribbon Spread Pass front-and-back ribbon spread used to slide card from center to top
  • Control to the Bottom
Inspired by 58
Tom Gagnon Slippery Sandwich black on top and bottom, card peeked at, deck cut, selection sandwiched
Tom Gagnon One-Hand Ribbon Spread Switch odd-backed card in center of deck is switched during tabled ribbon spread action as it is slid out
Variations 65
Tom Gagnon Spread-Cut-Pass deck ribbon spread back to front, gathered half-way and cut, face-card is original top card
Tom Gagnon Undercover Lap as tabled spread is gathered
Tom Gagnon More Spread Control Delights chapter intro
Tom Gagnon Mechanical Spread Control card inserted in tabled back-to-front spread, controlled as cards are gathered
  • One Card Control to the Top
  • One Card Control to the Bottom
  • Two Card Control to the Top
Inspired byRelated toVariations 74
Tom Gagnon Open-Faced Sandwich back-to-front tabled spread, black Kings placed on ends of spread and a selection inserted in center, spread gathered, Kings sandwiching selection on top
Tom Gagnon Open Mechanical Spread Control
Related to 80
Tom Gagnon Sandwich Spread card peeked, spectator shuffles, black Kings removed and put on tabled spread, spread gathered and sandwich with selection ends up on top
Also published here 83
Eddie Fechter Fan Glimpse post-peek glimpse
Edward Marlo Marlo's Two Card Throw three cards tabled as two, one-handed
Also published here 85
Tom Gagnon Mechanical Multiple Control tabled spread control with multiple cards
Inspired by 87
Tom Gagnon TCC Mechanical Spread Control Top Card Cover variant, to second from top
Inspired by 90
Tom Gagnon MCC Mechanical Spread Control Middle Card Cover variant, face-up card inserted into spread, controlled to second from top with cover card
Tom Gagnon Dominoing Switch card held in hand, switched for top card as tabled spread is flipped over
Tom Gagnon Slider card pulled out of ribbon spread is selection or Ace
Tom Gagnon Sliding Cut ribbon spread separated/cut exactly at an Ace or a selection
Variations 100
Tom Gagnon Sliding Cut Variant ribbon spread separated/cut exactly at an Ace or a selection
Inspired by 102
Tom Gagnon A Pass, A Si, A Slug, & More chapter intro
Tom Gagnon By-Pass Herrmann bottom card cover pass, on cover card
Tom Gagnon Electrostatic Recall card pivots outwards from incomplete faro condition, pin through close-up mat as gimmick
Inspired by
  • "The Shooting Joker" (Peter Kane, Hugard's Magic Monthly, Vol. 20 No. 8)
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Tom Gagnon Si of Relief calculating position of cards in Si Stebbins
Also published here 111
Tom Gagnon Lessinout Culls Stebbins culling a four-of-a-kind from a stack
Tom Gagnon Open Predicament with named card
  • Stand-up Version
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Turnover of Packet wrist turns around packet
Tom Gagnon Double Lift Retention Turndown Tamariz/Bruce, independent invention, credit information
Tom Gagnon DD Double Lift Variant stud, with break
Inspired by 117
Tom Gagnon Flexible Turnover Move printing application
Inspired byAlso published here 121
Tom Gagnon Makeshift Double using stickiness of card case seal
Tom Gagnon Cancelled Deck Card Stab whole deck has whole through middle, sprung into air, selection caught with finger through hole
Variations 124
Tom Gagnon Miracle Flush cutting to straight flush
Bobby Bernard False Swing Cut with tap
Tom Gagnon Miracle Spread Coincidence using tabled spreads
Inspired by 133
Tom Gagnon Miracle Spread Handling card slid to new position as part of tabled spread is gathered
Inspired by 134
Tom Gagnon One-Handed Flushtration Count
Related toVariations 136
Tom Gagnon Slug-O-Matic Deck wide/narrow combination, allows riffle shuffle stock control
  • Spectator Shuffles
Tom Gagnon Shuffling Monkey spectator riffle shuffles deck with selection and two face-up Jokers in it, afterwards the Jokers sandwich selection, Slug-O-Matic Deck
Inspired by
  • "Monkey in the Middle" (Bill Goldman, marketed)
Tom Gagnon Z-Box flat object switched while pushing it away with card case
Tom Gagnon Coins for Connoisseurs chapter intro
Tom Gagnon Ultimate Coin Assembly four quarters, one-handed performance
Inspired by 150
Ross Bertram Slide Move with backs of fingers
Tom Gagnon Pickup and Displacement Move one-handed pick-up and transfer into Tenkai Pinch
Also published here 152
Tom Gagnon Phantom Coin Load from Tenkai Pinch
Related to 155
Tom Gagnon Coin Assembly for Connoisseurs four quarters covered with Kings, assembly, then Kings change to Aces
Also published here 158
Larry West Mirage Count
Tom Gagnon Gagnon's Sympathetic Coins coins penetrate upwards through pad to join coin under card, extra coin
Inspired by 164
Table Top Click Maneuver coin audibly placed on coin under some cover but put in Tenkai Pinch instead
Tom Gagnon Forty-One Cent Assembly international coin assembly, dime-and-penny gaff
Inspired by
  • "The Dingle Coin Mystery" (Derek Dingle, marketed 1970)
Tom Gagnon Just for Tenkai
Tom Gagnon Esoteric Coin Maneuver loading coin under card as it is snapped off table
Tom Gagnon Scoop Assembly
Inspired by 183
Tom Gagnon Scoop Steal coin stolen between two cards as another is slid apparently on it
Tom Gagnon Pumpkin Seed Split half dollar split into two half dollars
Inspired by 188
Tom Gagnon Toeing the Mark handling for han ping chien move for last coin in coins through table with glass
Tom Gagnon Radical Rebound chapter intro
Tom Gagnon Radical Rebound penny in fist, half dollar on table brushed with playing card changes to penny and half dollar is in pocket, then transposition phases and pocket penetration
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Tom Gagnon, Edward Marlo Scoop-Up Move Variation coin slides from card into hand
Inspired by 193
Card Revolve turning card over while hiding coin
Stewart Judah Slide-Back Display showing both sides of card while hiding coin
Tom Gagnon Retroflex Switch visual switch of tabled coin with aid of playing card, tabled spellbound
Tom Gagnon Offspring Han Ping Chien coin added from underneath card as coin(s) from other hand are thrown on table
Tom Gagnon Cups, Balls, Smoke, Bands, Ding chapter intro
Tom Gagnon Empty Cup Move display sequence for cups
Also published here
  • The Blueprint, Vol. 5 No. 6
Tom Gagnon Smoke Screen match goes out by itself when performer inhales into opposite sleeve, then smoke is exhaled
Inspired by
  • "The Human Volcano" (Jules Dhotel, Magic with Small Apparatus)
  • "Matchless Matches" (John Scarne's Magic Tricks, p. 222)
Tom Gagnon Wristy Penetration
Inspired byAlso published here
  • Mojo, Vol. 1 No. 6
Tom Gagnon How to Repair a Bent Shell
Data entered by Denis Behr, November 2019.