Written by Bill Simon

Work of Bill Simon

181 pages (Hardcover), published by Louis Tannen
Illustrated with drawings by Dr. Stanley Jaks.
Language: English

(112 entries)


Creators Title Comments & References Page Categories
Bill Simon Foreword 7
Martin Gardner Introduction 8
Bill Simon Specialization 13
Bill Simon The Importance of Practice 13
Bill Simon The Necessity of Trial 14
Bill Simon Understanding Theory 15
Bill Simon The Importance of Studying Simple Moves 15
Bill Simon Manipulation on using flourishes or not 16
Bill Simon Technicalities 16
Bill Simon The Art of Presentation 17
Bill Simon Spontaneous Resourcefulness 18
Bill Simon Conjurer vs. Gambler 19
Bill Simon The Best Magic 19
Bill Simon Handling 20
Bill Simon Cultivating Originality in Presentation 20
Bill Simon Unprepared Cards 20
Bill Simon Present Day Sophistication 21
Bill Simon Audience Participation 22
Bill Simon Patter 22
Bill Simon Poker Cards vs. Bridge Cards 24
Bill Simon Accessories 25
Bill Simon Originality 25
Bill Simon Coincidence repeated mate coincidence, two halves, dealing cards simultaneouslyInspired byRelated to
  • Will (Unknown, 1996)
Bill Simon Business Card Prophesy two cards predicted on business card, cards which are next to it after pushed in the deck, for credit information see Scarne reference "Business Card ESP"Related toVariations 32
Bill Simon Business Card Prophecy Move 34
Bill Simon The Instant Reverse selection is reversed in the deck, then all other cards with the same value turn over 35
Unknown Cut Reversal basically Braue Reversal 36
Bill Simon Three Queens Monte with four cards all turn into aces 37
Bill Simon Sympathetic Control spectator cut deck in three piles, one queen is put in each pile, last queen is on the table, when that queen is turned over, the other queens turn over too 39
Bill Simon Packer Load loading three reversed card between four cards alternating, similar to a collectors load 42
Bill Simon Elevator Cards ace, two, three, two phases 43
Unknown Face Up to Face Down Card Switch similar to ATFUS 44
S. W. Erdnase Slip Cut 46
Bill Simon The Turnabout Cards without selection 48
Bill Simon Double Under Cut tabled 49
Bill Simon Card Affinity someone names a suit and another spectator names a value, mostly two knives, one finds correct value and the other the suitRelated to 51
Bill Simon Negative Force to eliminate a suit 52
Bill Simon The Gambler Controls the Aces cutting the Aces, then all Aces turnover in the deck at onceVariations 54
Bill Simon Tapping the Cards through the deck, forming injog, with four AcesRelated to 55
Bill Simon Airing the Strip-Out deck beveled for easier strip-outRelated to 56
Bill Simon A Touching Experiment cards spread on table, spectator and performer draw out two cards each, four Aces 60
Bill Simon Turn Over Switch two cards of four are switched, while being turned over and pushed into the deck 61
Bill Simon Additions to the Effect follow up to "A Touching Experiment" Elevator with four Aces 64
Bill Simon False Display hiding two reversed cards, and bringing all to same orientation 64
Bill Simon The Ambitious Card cards travel from center to the top and back to the center 66
Bill Simon The Second Deal The Component Parts of the Second Deal
1. Position of the Deck in the Left Hand
2. The Movement of the Left Thumb
3. The Grip with the Right Fingers
4. The Strike
5. The Motion of the Hands

1. The Normal Deal
2. The Immovable Thumb
3. The Immovable Card

Performing the Deal
Concluding Thoughts
Bill Simon Tricks with the Second Deal 79
Bill Simon Call to the Colors Related toVariationsAlso published here 79
Bill Simon Two Numbers two cards selected, spectators only think of a number, both cards are found at the positionsRelated to 81
Bill Simon Danbury Delusion Variations 83
Bill Simon Shuffle Control 84
Bill Simon The Middle Deal mock center dealRelated to 86
Bill Simon The F.B.I. Card stabbing the deck with a card, finding the selection above, with second deal 87
Bill Simon Four Card Locations deck divided in two, number named cards found at that number from top and bottom of each packet 89
Bill Simon The Simon Card Control insertion from the sideVariations 93
Bill Simon Set-Up of Four Cards stacking four cards, when deck is cut one of the cards is on top and on bottom of each heap 95
Bill Simon The Two Card Peek two cards, two cuts, on top and bottom, throwing off magicians 97
Bill Simon A Piquant Peek after peek, while squaring up 99
Bill Simon The Peek Force with break 101
Bill Simon The Simon Fan Steal perpendicular positionRelated to 102
Bill Simon Telepathy spectator selects a card, another writes a number on it, both informations are divined and written on a slate 104
Bill Simon Automatic Writing spectator selects a card, another writes a number on it, both informations are divined by automatic writing, bottomless case 105
Bill Simon The Simon Secret Addition Variations 107
Bill Simon The Thought-Of Ace thought of ace (or all aces) rise to top 109
Bill Simon A Transposition ace to four of clubs transpose with four random cards one by one 111
Bill Simon Cover for the Side Slip covered side steal, to second from the top 112
Bill Simon Ambitious Bit with the side slip 115
Bill Simon The Helpers with the side slip 115
Bill Simon Predict Switch touched card is predicted 116
Bill Simon Card Switch similar thinking as Vernon's "Simplified Curry Change", Kelly Bottom Placement gripRelated to 117
Bill Simon Discoveries 121
Bill Simon The Finger-Stab cards are thrown into the air and selection is plucked out 121
Bill Simon A Trick with a New Twist cards are given a spin on the table, selection flies out 123
Bill Simon Half and Half (Elimination) deck is always split in half and spectator decides which one is eliminated, last card is selection 124
Bill Simon A Strange Card card vanishes from five card packet and reappears reversed in the deck, similar structure as the Biddle trick 125
Bill Simon Card in the Mouth 128
Unknown One Handed Card Fold 128
Bill Simon, Jack McMillen Four Deep card travels to other packet at same position, based on Jack McMillen's "Leaper Card" 131
Bill Simon Unexpected two red aces are laid on spectator's hand and transform into black aces, then the red aces are pinched out of the deck one by one, first phase similar to Fechter's "Be honest" 133
Bill Simon The Magnetic Cards cards are cut in four packets, one card selected and with that card the other of the same value rise on top of each packet 137
Unknown Glide Force 138
Bill Simon Double Rise two cards placed on the table, half of the deck put on each, both rise to the topVariations 139
Unknown Slip Cut 140
Bill Simon Reverse Card Effects 140
Bill Simon 1. Six Face Up Cards Right Themselves Spontaneously twelve cards 140
Elmer Biddle Biddle Steal 141
Bill Simon 2. Odd Card Out twelve cards half face up, half face down, all cards right themselves except selection 142
Bill Simon 3. Misdirection Plus pretending to have stripper cards 143
Bill Simon The Ubiquitous Jack of Spades four cards shown to be the same 144
Bill Simon Rapid Transit handling variation 144
Bill Simon Mind Reading spectator thinks of a number and remembers the card on it's position, after the performer fails to find it, the spectator finds his card at the number turned over 145
Bill Simon "Touch" Retouched ungaffed, one cardVariations 148
Bill Simon Bottom Slip Cut 149
Bill Simon, Martin Gardner Similar Twins cards are shuffled face down into face up, spectator removes two face up cards and performer two face down card, same value 151
Bill Simon The Locator Three of Clubs spectator thrusts a known card into a card spread of 28 cards and his selection is found 152
Bill Simon Marking a Position in a Card Spread Related to 153
Bill Simon The Somersault reversed card travels from small packet to larger packetRelated to 155
Bill Simon Transfer some cards from a face up packet on a face down packet 156
Bill Simon Packet Turnover secret turnover of some cards, while pointing to the other half 157
Bill Simon Night Club Card Assembly four cards of the same value in spectator's pocket transpose with four random cards, one by one 158
Bill Simon Double Prediction 161
Bill Simon Cut Force cut and reverse, under the table 161
Bill Simon, Edward Marlo Four Deuces and the Ace of Spades Inspired byRelated to 163
Bill Simon Deuces Wild black deuces rise to the top one by one, then they are used to pinch the red deuces out of the deck 166
Bill Simon, Bruce Burrell Hide Out Move under a three card fan 167
Bill Simon Four-Way Coincidence four mates found by spectator 169
Bill Simon Card Addition as a switch of four cards 170
Bill Simon Shuffles and Cuts 175
Bill Simon The Basic Cut top and bottom cards are retained 176
Bill Simon The Simon System of False Riffle Shuffles 178
Bill Simon The Top Stock Control 178
Bill Simon The Bottom Stock Control 180