64 entries in Cards / Effect Themes / Gags & Curiousities / Story Deck
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
The Queens digging for Diamonds hotel trick with eight cards each and story presentation
Also published here 1889 82
Eduard Hensel Das Hexen-Einmaleins using Goethe's poem from Faust I, illustrated with Ace through Ten which are produced in mixed suits as the values are mentioned, some transform or vanish
June 1904
Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 4 No. 6)
W. F. "Rufus" Steele Your Opening
1928 3
The Devil's Ticket No. 22
1935 24
W. F. "Rufus" Steele Son John Story No. 38
1935 35
Jean Hugard Spelling Trick spelling trick with thirteen cards of a suit and story
1937 41
Namreh The Adventures of Diamond Jack
1937 242
The Perpetual Almanac or Gentleman Soldier's Prayer Book story
1937 374
Jean Hugard A Card Fairy Tale and Automatic Spelling two riffle shuffles, suits are separated and used to tell story, match values, spell to values, ...
  • a. The Fairy Tale
  • b. Matching Cards
  • c. Automatic Spelling
  • d. Super-Spelling
1938 320
Silas and the Slickers rhyming patter, ballad by Elmer Applegit
Variations 1939 26
A Color Change Story story presentation in which face-card changes multiple times to fit story
1939 48
Jack Vosburgh Love Conquers All "A New Card Story"
The Jinx (Issue 109)
Herb Runge A Story
The Jinx (Issue 125)
Val Evans The Story of Jack Hartz
1941 31
Jean Hugard The Automatic Deck and Opening Routine complete routine, deck rises from case, then cards are riffle shuffled twice, Hearts are removes and story told matching the cards, then second suit is removed and performer turns over same card spectator, as climax cards are spelled and turned over in an other suit, interlocking chains principle

  • I. The Rising Deck
The Automatic Deck - Routine
  • II. A Card Fairy Tale
  • III. Matching Cards
  • IV. Spelling Extraordinary
Apr. 1946
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 3 No. 11)
Ed Miller The Deck of Cards Story
1949 63
Nick Navarino Jack Goes to Town No. 87, Story deck trick about a farmer's son
1950 160
John Scarne, Bruce Elliott The Odd Will No. 127, story trick
1950 244
Moe and Sam
1952 53
Stewart James A Girl's Best Friend story with all cards of one suit, a selection shows up at the end
1954 13
Russell "Rusduck" Duck Sermonette! using words with the initial letters of the 52 cards
June 1957
The Cardiste (Issue 3)
Laurie Ireland, Carlton King Kidnapped top eleven cards are stacked to tell a story involving a card in an envelope that later shows up elsewhere and transposition and sandwich of various cards, and cards traveling to the performer's pocket
Also published here
  • Exclusive Magic from our Notebook, Ireland & King, ca. 1933
1957 18
Roger Smith John King and the Twelve Spades story trick with only one suit used, two riffle shuffles
Jan. 1971
Necromancer (Vol. 1 No. 6)
Fred Lowe Der Filou
Also published here
  • New Pentagram, Dec. 1972
Oct. 1978
Intermagic (Vol. 5 No. 3)
Hippie Torrales The Perils of Jack using Jack to Ten
Feb. 1985
Apocalypse (Vol. 8 No. 2)
Eric Mead "A Night At The Improv..."
Magical Arts Journal (Vol. 2 No. 9-12 Paul Harris: The Act)
T. Page Wright A Love Poem face card changes multiple times to accompany recited poem
1991 311
Karl Fulves Diamond Jack Jr. selection in one half is at same position as detective card in other half, story really improvised with eight cards
1992 39
Karl Fulves Background
1992 41
Robert L. Brooks Saga of Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid
Feb. 1993
Apocalypse (Vol. 16 No. 2)
Chuck Smith King of Club Entertainers
1994 2
Walter Rollins One For The Boys (Of Summer)
Sep. 1994
Magic (Vol. 4 No. 1)
Curtis Kam Hard Boiled Detective
1996 71
Simon Lovell Who Killed Lilly Longlegs?
1997 83
David "Fu Manchu" Bamberg Das Orakel card reading routine with layout which coincides with what the performer says, current time shows up as well
Intermagic (Vol. 21 No. 3)
Martin Joyal An Overview of Complete Deck Stacks
  • New Deck Stacks
  • Ordered Values Stacks
  • Ordered Suit Stacks
  • Grouped Value Stacks
  • Grouped Suit Stacks
  • Pair Stacks
  • Divided Stacks
    • The Red-black Divided Stack
    • The Mixed Suit Divided Stack
    • The High-low Divided Stack
    • The Curl-No-Curl Divided Stack
    • The Odd-even Divided Stack
    • The Odd-even Divided Stack with Mixed Colors
    • The Odd-even Divided Stack with Mixed Suits
    • The One-eyed and Two-eyed Divided Stack
  • Red-Black Stacks
  • Pointer Stacks
  • Reflected Stacks
  • Matched Setups
  • One-Two-Four-Eight Stacks
  • Forcing Stacks
    • Card-Forcing Stacks
    • Number-Forcing Stacks
    • Word-Forcing Stacks
  • Stacks used for Revelations
  • Counting and Spelling Stacks
  • Storytelling Stacks
  • Gambling Demonstration Stacks
  • Solitaire Stacks
  • Other Stacks
  • Summary
1997 5
Ellis Stanyon Queens Digging for Diamonds No. 40, hotel trick with eight cards each and story presentation
Also published here 1999 52
Steve Bryant Son of Sam on Frank Everhart, Jr.
Oct. 1999
Genii (Vol. 62 No. 10)
David Regal After Hours
2002 227
Wayne Dobson An Englishman in New York
2002 4
Juan Tamariz Two Stories two stories, cards produced matching the story
  • First Story (With the Top Half of Mnemonica)
  • Second Story (With the Bottom Half of Mnemonica)
2004 189
Jim Steinmeyer True Tales from the Newsstand
  • Conjuring
Sam the Bellhop type routine with news magazines instead of cards
Mar. 2004
Magic (Vol. 13 No. 7)
Bill Abbott The Last Romance of Diamond Jack
2008 16
Curtis Kam On Story Decks
2008 15
Curtis Kam Play It Again Sam recommended with jumbo cards for stage
2008 16
Allan Slaight Charm Bracelet story trick with a packet of card
Inspired byAlso published here
  • New Pentagram, Oct. 1987
2008 100
Marty Kane Wring Around the Collar joke using four cards
2010 210
Woody Aragón The Court Cards story deck trick with court cards
Also published here 2011 293
Woody Aragón Las Figuras story trick with just the picture cards
Also published here 2011
El Manuscrito (Vol. 4 No. 17)
Tom Crosbie Waking up in Vegas storytelling trick with the Shadow stack
2013 171
Daniel Madison The Poker Lesson Storytelling stack that explains the rules and different hands of poker
2014 7
Jim Steinmeyer Hamlet, Jack of Denmark
  • Conjuring
Also published here Aug. 2014
Genii (Vol. 77 No. 8)
Andy (The Jerx) Dear Penthouse Forum Story deck trick about some erotic story, later shown to be prediction on page in a Playboy magazine
2016 173
Patrick G. Redford The Fate of Jack and Sally with the Redford stack
2017 198
Patrick G. Redford Club "754" with the Redford stack
2017 202
Patrick G. Redford Lady of the Night with the Redford stack
2017 206
Alberto de Figueiredo Mi historia con una baraja story telling deck à la Sam the Bellhop, on how he became a magician, using a drawer box
2018 255
Michael Powers A Night at the Stardust poem story in which only Aces are used, lost and found, with appearing at the fingertips of the "wrong" hand as finale
Inspired by 2019 155
Jim Steinmeyer Hamlet, Jack of Denmark
Also published here 2019 9
Franz Kaslatter Fröhliche Wortkunst No. 6, story deck with Stebbins
2020 8
Guy Hollingworth Jeeves the Butler "An Essay and Story-Deck effect"
The Neat Review (Issue 4 - Everywhere & Nowhere 2022)
Richard Wiseman, Will Houstoun, David Britland The Story of Story Decks credit information
May 2022
Genii (Vol. 85 No. 5)
Scott Baird Bigger Deal Aces cut to, then good hands for different games dealt (blackjack, bridge, poker)
Inspired by
  • "The Big Deal" (Joshua Jay, download)
Sep. 2022
The Hermit (Vol. 1 No. 9)
Al D'Alfonso Private Ace
Also published here
  • MAGIC, Sep. 2005
2022 433