57 entries in Cards / Effect Themes / Gags & Curiousities / Story Deck
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Unknown The Queens digging for Diamonds hotel trick with eight cards each and story presentation
Also published here 1889 Tricks with Cards 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) 88
W. F. "Rufus" Steele Your Opening
1928 Card Tricks You Will Do 3
Unknown The Devil's Ticket No. 22
1935 Card Tricks that are Easy to Learn, Easy to Do 24
W. F. "Rufus" Steele Son John Story No. 38
1935 Card Tricks that are Easy to Learn, Easy to Do 35
Jean Hugard Spelling Trick spelling trick with thirteen cards of a suit and story
1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 41
Namreh The Adventures of Diamond Jack
1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 242
Unknown The Perpetual Almanac or Gentleman Soldier's Prayer Book story
1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 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 Greater Magic 320
Unknown Silas and the Slickers rhyming patter, ballad by Elmer Applegit
Variations 1939 More Card Manipulations (Issue 2) 26
Unknown A Color Change Story story presentation in which face-card changes multiple times to fit story
1939 The Magic Annual for 1938 and 1939 48
Jack Vosburgh Love Conquers All "A New Card Story"
1940 The Jinx (Issue 109) 650
Herb Runge A Story
1941 The Jinx (Issue 125) 725
Val Evans The Story of Jack Hartz
1941 Stacks and Stacks Of Cards 31
Ed Miller The Deck of Cards Story
1949 52 Amazing Card Tricks 63
Nick Navarino Jack Goes to Town No. 87, Story deck trick about a farmer's son
1950 Scarne on Card Tricks 160
John Scarne, Bruce Elliott The Odd Will No. 127, story trick
1950 Scarne on Card Tricks 244
Unknown Moe and Sam
1952 The Last Word on Cards 53
Stewart James A Girl's Best Friend story with all cards of one suit, a selection shows up at the end
1954 First Call To Cards 13
Russell "Rusduck" Duck Sermonette! using words with the initial letters of the 52 cards
1957 The Cardiste (Issue 3) 11
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) 6
Fred Lowe Der Filou
Also published here
  • New Pentagram, Dec. 1972
Oct. 1978 Intermagic (Vol. 5 No. 3) 82
Hippie Torrales The Perils of Jack using Jack to Ten
Feb. 1985 Apocalypse (Vol. 8 No. 2) 1031
Eric Mead "A Night At The Improv..."
1988 Magical Arts Journal (Vol. 2 No. 9-12 Paul Harris: The Act) 58
T. Page Wright A Love Poem face card changes multiple times to accompany recited poem
1991 Page Wright's Manuscript 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 Deceptive Practices 39
Karl Fulves Background
1992 Deceptive Practices 41
Robert L. Brooks Saga of Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid
Feb. 1993 Apocalypse (Vol. 16 No. 2) 2180
Chuck Smith King of Club Entertainers
1994 What If? 2
Curtis Kam Hard Boiled Detective
1996 Professional Close-up of Curtis Kam 71
Simon Lovell Who Killed Lilly Longlegs?
1997 Simon Says! 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
1997 Intermagic (Vol. 21 No. 3) 118
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 The Six-Hour Memorized Deck 5
Ellis Stanyon Queens Digging for Diamonds No. 40, hotel trick with eight cards each and story presentation
Also published here 1999 Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 52
Steve Bryant Son of Sam on Frank Everhart, Jr.
Oct. 1999 Genii (Vol. 62 No. 10) 37
David Regal After Hours
2002 Constant Fooling 2 227
Wayne Dobson An Englishman in New York
2002 Dobson's Choice 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 Mnemonica 189
Bill Abbott The Last Romance of Diamond Jack
2008 Cabaret Card Magic 16
Curtis Kam On Story Decks
2008 The StageCoach 15
Curtis Kam Play It Again Sam recommended with jumbo cards for stage
2008 The StageCoach 16
Allan Slaight Charm Bracelet story trick with a packet of card
Inspired by
  • "So Nero" (Stewart James, Ibidem #14, Nov. 1955)
Also published here
  • New Pentagram, Oct. 1987
2008 Spins & Needles 100
Marty Kane Wring Around the Collar joke using four cards
2010 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 8 210
Woody Aragón The Court Cards story deck trick with court cards
Also published here 2011 A Book in English 293
Woody Aragón Las Figuras story trick with just the picture cards
Also published here 2011 El Manuscrito (Vol. 4 No. 17) 496
Tom Crosbie Waking up in Vegas storytelling trick with the Shadow stack
2013 Just Be Croz 171
Daniel Madison The Poker Lesson Storytelling stack that explains the rules and different hands of poker
2014 Placebo 7
Jim Steinmeyer Hamlet, Jack of Denmark
  • Conjuring
Aug. 2014 Genii (Vol. 77 No. 8) 28
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 The Jerx 173
Patrick G. Redford The Fate of Jack and Sally with the Redford stack
2017 Temporarily Out of Order 198
Patrick G. Redford Club "754" with the Redford stack
2017 Temporarily Out of Order 202
Patrick G. Redford Lady of the Night with the Redford stack
2017 Temporarily Out of Order 206
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 Tesseract 155
Franz Kaslatter Fröhliche Wortkunst No. 6, story deck with Stebbins
2020 Das Si-Stebbins-Spielkartensystem 8
Guy Hollingworth Jeeves the Butler "An Essay and Story-Deck effect"
2022 The Neat Review (Issue 4 - Everywhere & Nowhere 2022) 142
Richard Wiseman, Will Houstoun, David Britland The Story of Story Decks credit information
May 2022 Genii (Vol. 85 No. 5) 46
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) 404