58 entries in Cards / Principles / Locator Cards / Peculiarities of certain Cards
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Unknown Natürliche Methode observing irregularities in back design
1896 Der moderne Kartenkünstler 132
Carl Willmann Zum Geheimnis der Falschspieler about naturally marked cards
Related to June 1896 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 2 No. 6) 93
Unknown Das Kartensortieren performer sorts the shuffled into number and court cards without looking at the faces, using the principle that picture cards have more ink on them that (in those days) clings to the card underneath, impromptu rough-smooth
Nov. 1897 Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 3 No. 5) 65
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli Der gesteigerte Tastsinn four cards face-up on the table, one card is turned (not reversed) while performer is in other room, performer divines card
1927 Leichte Zauberei 48
Eric F. Impey A New Method of Card Location card chosen and replaced, spectator deals cards face-up, performer stops him at selection, key card from different deck
1928 Original Card Mysteries 3
Eric F. Impey A Latter-Day Card Miracle "dirty" key card is followed during dealing of shuffled card into two piles, card selected and replaced, then found from face-up spread
1928 Original Card Mysteries 4
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli Das wispernde As always being able to locate certain card from the back, card apparently talks to performer
1930 Zauberkunststücke 61
Dai Vernon Super Card Prediction stabbing force with principle that used deck splits always at same point
Variations 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 29
Charles T. Jordan Twentieth Century Sorcery exploiting special feature on back of Bicycle Blue Thistle Backs
1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 145
Charles T. Jordan The Mystery Problem position of selection is predicted, svengali deck with different finish on force cards, ending clean with switch-out
1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 251
Unknown Neat Card Detection only with Bicycle backs from the old days...
1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 299
Unknown Off-Tone Key Card Sun-Marked Key Card
Worn-Back Key Card
1938 Greater Magic 81
Unknown Ivory and Air Cushion Finish halves from different decks with different finishes, divided deck location
Related to 1938 Greater Magic 448
William H. McCaffrey Blindfold Multiple Detection blindfolded magician divines several cards, different finishes
1938 Greater Magic 449
R. M. Jamison Impromptu Slick Work ivory finish card in air cushion or linen deck
1939 The Jinx (Issue 69) 472
Conny Steffensen Magische Lektionen brief explanations of various techniques to control a card, followed by french translation "Leçons de Magie"
  • 1. Durch Forcieren
  • 2. Anwendung der Volte
  • 3. Mit Hilfe der untersten Karte
  • 4. Ein Ersatz für die Volte
  • 5. Lange und breite Karte
  • 6. Eine billige, lange Karte
  • 7. Gebrochene Ecke
  • 8. Dicke Karte
  • 9. Kurze Karte
  • 10. Vergilbtes Spiel
  • 11. "Bleistiftstrich" auf der Seite des Spieles
  • 12. Rand und "Augen" Methode
  • 13. Die umgekehrte Karte
Related to 1946 Hokus Pokus (Vol. 8 No. 1) 5
Edward Marlo Imperfection Force under-the-spread force
Also published here 1947 Marlo In Spades 8
Cy Endfield Time Must Tell using natural imperfection
Also published here 1949 The Phoenix 151-200 (Issue 174) 696
Cy Endfield Time Must Tell using natural imperfection
Also published here 1955 Cy Endfield's Entertaining Card Magic — Part III 25
Jack Avis All Fair Impromptu Spell mental spelling, imperfect card principle
1955 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1955) 18
Walter Behm Ein verblüffendes Kartenfinden
1955 Hokus Pokus (Vol. 16 No. 2) 282
Cy Endfield Time Must Tell using natural imperfection, clock lay out, with lie detector presentation
Also published here 1956 The Best in Magic 110
Russell "Rusduck" Duck Las Vegas Deck ivory and air cushion finish deck in conjunction with Rusduck's four-Way Deal, see No. 8 for history of the principle
Related to 1958 The Cardiste (Issue 6) 2
Russell "Rusduck" Duck Re: Las Vegas Deck comments by Stewart James and Dai Vernon
Related to 1958 The Cardiste (Issue 8) 9
Unknown Natural Air Pocket Principle squared deck is often cut at the same spot because of natural air pockets
Related to 1962 Estimation 31
Dai Vernon Vernon Super Card Prediction stabbing force with principle that used deck splits always at same point
1962 Early Vernon 24
Edward Marlo Strippers from the Manufacturer called "The Great Discovery"
Related to 1964 The Patented Shuffle (Issue 5 I Shuffled the Cards) 16
North Bigbee Magick Aces using a brand new deck
1970 Magick (Issue 6) 29
Edward Marlo In Case of a Miss spectator chooses odd-backed card via face-up spread force, based on different coatings
1974 The Unexpected Card Book 149
Edward Marlo Coated Locator using plastic coated card in standard deck
1975 Hierophant (Issue 7 Resurrection Issue) 51
Dai Vernon Glimpse Location Use creases and subtle dirt marks on cards as a key card
1975 Magic With Faucett Ross 223
Dai Vernon Suggestion for Spread Location (Mistitled as Top Change Misdirection) Use breaks/clumps in spread to find cards
1975 Magic With Faucett Ross 226
Edward Marlo Marlo Card Secrets two Items, how to have locators in new decks (switching cards between two different decks)
1976 Marlo's Magazine Volume 1 316
Edward Marlo The Sting punch deal with natural edge marks, Bee deck
1984 Marlo's Magazine Volume 5 24
Dai Vernon, Frederick Braue Dai Vernon Force stabbing force with principle that used deck splits always at same point
Inspired by 1985 The Fred Braue Notebooks (Issue 2) 2
Edward Marlo Fingertip Controls three methods, one with a "horribly warped" deck
Related to 1988 Marlo's Magazine Volume 6 263
Karl Fulves Hole Card Play cheating method with high-low rough-smooth deck (or different finishes)
1991 Swindle Sheet (Issue 7) 80
Vanni Bossi The Perfect Key Card
1992 Vanni Bossi NEW Lecture Notes 19
Edward Marlo Odd Aces placing cards from other deck into deck as locator cards
1992 The Olram File (Issue 11) 4
Vanni Bossi The Perfect Key Card card cut the other way put into deck, slick card
1992 Escorial 1992 — The Marlo Year 29
Eddie Fechter Imperfection Peek
1993 Fechter 35
John Northern Hilliard "Think , 'Stop!'" Card Tricks three methods, double backer and tactile key cards
1994 More Greater Magic 1211
Dai Vernon Vernon 1-3 three methods
1994 More Greater Magic 1245
Edward Marlo Mental Reselection spectator thinks of one of five cards, then choses one of them face-down, it's his mental selection, four methods (marked or stacked)
Also published here
  • The New Tops, May 1979
1995 M.I.N.T. — Volume II 402
Ellis Stanyon The "Ivory" versus "Air Cushion" Finish No. 19, card replaced in deck with different finish
1999 Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 202
Karl Fulves Crimp Practice stranger card in a deck
2000 Charlatan (Issue 4) 46
Karl Fulves Different Finishes comment on combining deck with different finishes
Related to 2003 Off The Books (Issue 3) 36
Jack Avis Jack Avis Ideas - 3. half deck jumbo and normal index for divided deck location
2006 Rara Avis 73
Jack Avis Jack Avis Ideas - 4. spectator thinks only jumbo index card
2006 Rara Avis 73
Jack Avis Jack Avis Ideas - 5. having a wide jumbo index card in a deck, no application
2006 Rara Avis 73
David Solomon Impromptu Svengali Deck Principle
2007 The Wisdom of Solomon 168
Edward Marlo Imperfection Force under-the-spread force
Also published here 2007 Marlo on Erdnase 165
Aaron DeLong Cataclysmic un-gaffed haunted pack, exploiting natural breaking point
Mar. 2007 Antinomy (Vol. 3 No. 1) 20
Robert Cassidy An Interesting Fact on two different deck of the Hoyle Maverick Poker Size Playing Cards
2013 The Artful Mentalism of Bob Cassidy — Volume 2: Fundamentals 61
Unknown The Range Cut cutting precisely to spectator’s previously cut-to card (or within close range), natural air pocket principle
Related to
  • Moe Seidenstein, Moe and His Miracles with Cards, 1986
2014 Applesauce 132
Steve Forte Sorts combining a deck from different decks
2020 Gambling Sleight Of Hand — Volume 1 495
Steve Forte rough and smooth combining different finishes
2020 Gambling Sleight Of Hand — Volume 1 497
Andi Gladwin Aura three selections lost, first found by performer in face-down spread, second with deck in performer's pocket, third by spectator who reaches into pocket
Related to 2020 The Boy Who Cried Magic 221