99 entries in Cards / Effect Themes / Gags & Curiousities / Spectator is the sucker
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Unknown To teach the Company a Trick which they Learn without Difficulty, then to allow them to Succeed or to cause them to Fail at your Pleasure deck dealt in four piles and suits separated, taught to audience and they fail or succeed
Related to 1876 Modern Magic 66
Unknown Nil homini certum est cards openly separated in suits and dealt out twice, they're separated again, performer can do it and spectator only when performer wants him to, four cards secretly palmed in or out for that
Related toVariationsAlso published here Dec. 1895 Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 1 No. 4) 54
Unknown Nil homini certum est cards openly separated in suits and dealt out twice, they're separated again, performer can do it and spectator only when performer wants him to, four cards secretly palmed in or out for that
Also published here 1896 Der moderne Kartenkünstler 90
Ben-Zur Nur wahre Kunst macht frei version to do the suit separation with a full deck of thirty-two cards
Inspired by Dec. 1904 Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 5 No. 1) 4
Lu Brent Gagging the Sucker Make spectator think he/she can do the trick you just showed, but when they try they get a funny message written on a card
1932 Novel Magic 40
Unknown Circus Card Trick to prepare for twenty-sixth location
1940 Expert Card Technique 398
Laurie Ireland Deuces and Trays sucker ambitious twice, deuces shown as threes and transform in threes when spectator protests
1940 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1940) 15
Unknown The Circus Trick
1941/27 Tarbell Course in Magic — Volume 1 267
Unknown Circus Card Trick "the next card I turn over..."
1948 The Royal Road to Card Magic 138
Unknown The Trey transforming card into "tray"
1948 The Royal Road to Card Magic 146
Russell "Rusduck" Duck No Misdirection trick to play on people who want to show performer a trick, heckler gag
1948 The Phoenix 151-200 (Issue 154) 619
John Scarne The Betting Card Trick No. 42, "The next card I turn over will be your card" sucker gag
1950 Scarne on Card Tricks 75
Dr. William Weyeneth, Rolf Andra Ein reizender kleiner Gag sucker type stop trick, miniature card of selection on first finger
1956 Hokus Pokus (Vol. 17 No. 1) 403
Al Leech A Subtle Sucker Effect
1959 Cardmanship 15
Paul Stadelman Watch the Ace sucker effect, Three changes to Ace and back, then it changes inside spectator's pocket
1966 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1965-66) 81
Paul Stadelman A H--- of a Trick verbal gag using cards, for dealing with heckler
1966 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1965-66) 84
Robert Eagle Repeat Circus Card Trick with duplicate
Dec. 1966 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 2 No. 2) 71
Alan Keith Prelude "Circus Card Trick" to set up key cards
Inspired by 1969 Expert Card Mysteries 136
Paul Swinford The Match Game spectator looses always
1971 More Faro Fantasy 40
Jerry K. Hartman Fast Draw spectator’s card is reversed in deck unseen, magicians displays another card for himself, faceup deck is dealt through to see whose card turns up first, when spectator thinks he won, turn over his reversed card to show it is also your card, letter to Karl Fulves dated 9/29/69
Inspired by 1971 Odd Lifts 18
Roy Walton An Illogical Conclusion four red cards are changed with four face down cards on the table one by one, cards in the hand remain always red and spectators assume face down cards are red too, they are shown to be black eventually
Also published here 1972 Tale Twisters 5
Unknown Glide Gag stop trick with sucker element
1972 The Living End 64
Baffles Brush Evens and Middles sucker trick, apparently card is among dealt cards
1972 The Living End 65
Unknown Sucker Gag "the next card I turn over..."
1972 The Living End 65
H. Adrian Smith A Selected Card Revealed
1972 The Living End 67
T. Page Wright, William Larsen A Mind Reading Interlude
1972 The Living End 69
Orville Wayne Meyer Something Screwey sucker element, three spectators select same card, card ends up in pocket
1972 The Living End 78
George Sands Criss Cross Nines through Aces removed and sorted in reds and blacks, dealing procedure on table mixes and then sorts the colors again, spectator cannot duplicate it
credit information, see also p. 812 for Marlo claim
Related toVariationsAlso published here
  • "Unbeatable" (George Sands, Sep. 1951, p. 14)
Oct. 1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9 No. 12) 816
Karl Fulves Color Blind no-palm handling of Criss Cross, Nines through Aces removed and sorted in reds and blacks, dealing procedure on table mixes and then sorts the colors again, spectator cannot duplicate it, see p. 1053 for comment
Inspired by Nov. 1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 10 No. 1) 822
Francis Carlyle Sucker Tricks
  • false bottom change
  • all cards alike using top change (Johnny Paul)
  • card on forehead
1975 The Magic of Francis Carlyle 96
Roy Walton Eine Unlogische Schlussfolgerung four red cards are changed with four face down cards on the table one by one, cards in the hand remain always red and spectators assume face down cards are red too, they are shown to be black eventually
Also published here Feb. 1975 Intermagic (Vol. 2 No. 3) 63
Unknown The Circus Card Trick sucker, "the next card I turn over..."
1975 Gambling Tricks with Cards — Part Two 15
Unknown Odd-Even Bet spectator cuts part of deck in piles, "there will be an odd number of heaps containing an odd number of cards"
1975 Gambling Tricks with Cards — Part Two 16
Unknown Two Reds and Two Blacks bet about order of two red and black cards
1975 Gambling Tricks with Cards — Part Two 18
Unknown Suit Bet proposition bet about suit distribution in three selected cards
1975 Gambling Tricks with Cards — Part Two 18
Unknown Pair Bet proposition bet about matches in turned-up pairs
1975 Gambling Tricks with Cards — Part Two 18
Unknown Ace, Deuce or Jack Bet bet about values of bottom cards of three cut packets
  • Variations
1975 Gambling Tricks with Cards — Part Two 19
Unknown Queen Bet proposition bet with six cards, two of them being Queens
  • Variation
1975 Gambling Tricks with Cards — Part Two 19
Unknown Deck Cutting Bet proposition bet about spectator not cutting to a named card in twenty-six tries
1975 Gambling Tricks with Cards — Part Two 19
Unknown Two-Together Bet proposition bet about a named value and suit being next to each other
  • Variation
1975 Gambling Tricks with Cards — Part Two 20
Unknown Four Ace Proposition proposition bet about not turning all four Aces up in thirty-nine cards
1975 Gambling Tricks with Cards — Part Two 20
Unknown Combination Bet two values named, they are either among top three cards or next to each other in the deck, proposition bet
1975 Gambling Tricks with Cards — Part Two 20
Unknown Four-Heap Combination Bet proposition bet about suit distribution in some randomly dealt packets
1975 Gambling Tricks with Cards — Part Two 20
Unknown Two Deck Bet proposition bet about a match occurring when dealing through two shuffled deck simultaneously
1975 Gambling Tricks with Cards — Part Two 21
Unknown A Sporting Proposition No. 2, Circus Card Trick, sucker
Related to 1976 Self-Working Card Tricks 4
Ken De Courcy Even Stephen intro to multi-phase proposition bet routine with cards, see following entries
1976 Even Stephen 2
Ken De Courcy Bet 1 proposition bet about finding a value next to a suit so they match a named card
1976 Even Stephen 3
Ken De Courcy Bet 2 proposition bet about having two cards of same suit amongst four random cards
1976 Even Stephen 4
Ken De Courcy Bet 3 proposition bet about having one of three values on top of three cut packets
1976 Even Stephen 4
Ken De Courcy Bet 4 proposition bet about dealing two cards of same value amongst any random six cards
1976 Even Stephen 5
Ken De Courcy Bet 5 proposition bet about finding a black card when turning over any three cards of a seven card group with two blacks
1976 Even Stephen 5
Ken De Courcy Bet 6 proposition bet about having a black card in a random row or column of a 3x3 matrix with only two blacks
1976 Even Stephen 6
Ken De Courcy Bet 7 proposition bet about not being able to cut to a named card in twenty-six tries
1976 Even Stephen 8
Ken De Courcy Bet 8 proposition bet about not finding all Aces in the top thirty-nine cards
1976 Even Stephen 8
Ken De Courcy Bet 9 proposition bet about the spectator cutting an odd number of piles containing an odd number of cards
1976 Even Stephen 9
Ken De Courcy Bet 10 proposition bet about cutting an even number of piles containing an odd number of cards
1976 Even Stephen 10
Fred Lowe, Unknown Der 31-Kartentrick NIM/"The Game of 31" with cards
Aug. 1980 Intermagic (Vol. 7 No. 2) 54
Steve Dusheck Monte Zuma two cards, one held behind back, spectator always guesses wrong
Also published here 1980 ca. Lecture No. 1 11
Roy Walton An Illogical Conclusion four red cards are changed with four face down cards on the table one by one, cards in the hand remain always red and spectators assume face down cards are red too, they are shown to be black eventually
Also published here 1981 The Complete Walton — Volume 1 111
Unknown Betcha circus card trick
1982 Simple yet Effective Tricks with Cards 24
Unknown, Peter Kane An Ancient Coin Con Game stack of coins sits on table, betting on orientation of bottom coin
  • With Cards (deck shuffled face-up/face-down, betting on orientation of bottom card)
1982 Kane 15
Stephen Tucker Ambassador Card seen by spectator to be on top, random card removed from center of deck shown to be selection instead (sucker type effect)
1984 The Card-Mad-gic of Stephen Tucker 44
George Sands, Karl Fulves Criss Cross No. 48, simplified, Nines through Aces removed and sorted in reds and blacks, dealing procedure on table mixes and then sorts the colors again, spectator cannot duplicate it
Inspired by 1984 More Self-Working Card Tricks 62
Unknown Speak of the Devil No. 58, spectator ends up with losing value, PATEO
1984 More Self-Working Card Tricks 83
Jean Hugard Do It and Fail with 28/32 card deck a layout and dealing game is explained, the spectator always fails at it
1985 The Fred Braue Notebooks (Issue 4) 29
Dai Vernon The Third Color spectator looses when guessing on color of third card repeatedly, double deal
Related toAlso published here 1988 The Vernon Chronicles — Volume 2 180
Peter Kane The Three Time Loser spectator can apparently win money but never does, using Ace through Five layout
1988 ca. Kane's Variant 3
Peter Kane The Great Purse Swindle spectator can apparently win money but never does, using five flat purses and ten cards
1988 ca. Kane's Variant 5
Karl Fulves A Fortune spectator cuts off packet and then counts down to make a selection (10-20 handling), value is looked up on chart and spectator loses
1989 Easy-to-Do Card Tricks for Children 27
Gazzo Macee A Gentlemen's Game routine about the game High Card, Aces end up in performer's pocket
1991 The Minotaur (Vol. 3 No. 3) 5
Stephen Tucker One Hand Top Palm Ideas
  • The Force
  • The Switch
  • The Sucker Effect
  • The Visible Rise (visual ending for Ambitious Card)
1991 New Close-Up Lecture 1
Vanni Bossi A Second Deal, Second to None... sucker stop trick, Second Deal gag, card sticks to thumb
Related to 1991 Escorial 1991 — The Erdnase Year 25
Rudolf Braunmüller Aufsitzer & Bierwetten collection of bar bets
  • Verschiedene Wetten
    • Die dreifache Gemeinheit (drinking shot glass under hat without touching)
    • Für Trinkfeste (drinking three beers faster than someone else three shot glasses)
    • Beantwortungs-Wetten
    • Münzenwetten
    • Eine Pokerwette (cards taken openly from face-up deck, yet spectator loses)
    • Die nächste Karte, die ich umdrehe, ist Ihre! (Circus Card trick)
  • Zauberer-Wetten (for magicians)
    • Der Center Tear
    • Der Münzenschnipper
    • Mental-Farbwürfel
    • Der Faro-Mischkünstler
June 1991 Intermagic (Vol. 16 No. 2) 79
David Harkey, Eric Anderson Budge! spectator cannot remove deck from case, but performer can, then same with half the deck and a single card
1991 Simply Harkey 79
Steve Dusheck Monte Zuma two cards, one held behind back, spectator always guesses wrong
Inspired by
  • Two Card Monte (DeLand)
Also published here
1992 Dusheck's Card Magic 72
Bob Farmer The Game of 31 Ace through Six on table, numbers added until in turn until 31 is reached, performer always wins
Related to 1994 Beat 'em, Cheat 'em, Leave 'em Bleedin' 18
Bob Farmer Svengali Monte monte type betting routine with the deck cut into three piles, optional clean ending
1994 Beat 'em, Cheat 'em, Leave 'em Bleedin' 22
Ellis Stanyon The "Turned-Up" Card No. 28, circus card trick, sucker
  • Supplementary Note (reference given by Karl Fulves)
Related to 1999 Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 17
Ellis Stanyon "Thirty-one" (Simple Version) No. 12, "A Cardsharp's Trick", game in which cards are drawn alternately and the sum of the values cannot exceed thirty-one
Related toVariations 1999 Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 63
Ellis Stanyon "Thirty-one" No. 45, "A Cardsharp's Trick", more elaborate version
Related to 1999 Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 80
Stanley Collins Banker & Broker three piles made, the one with the highest card on the bottom wins, spectator thinks he saw an Ace on the bottom of one, Given the Slip
Related to 2000 Latter Day Secrets (Issue 3) 68
Pit Hartling Spl!t Second with card under spectator's watch climax, duplicate
Also published here Aug. 2000 Genii (Vol. 63 No. 8) 61
R. Paul Wilson Punch Too sucker effect, transformation of multiple cards to match stated outcome
Inspired by
  • Larry Jennings' "Sucker Punch" in "Thoughts on Cards" video
2002 13 24
Pit Hartling High Noon with card under spectator's watch climax, duplicate
Inspired byRelated toAlso published here 2003 Card Fictions 44
Karl Fulves Hypnot key card principle explained, key card removed without one spectator seeing it, he still locates selection
2003 Latter Day Secrets (Issue 8) 312
Ronald A. Wohl (Ravelli) 9. "The Next Card That I Will Turn Over Will Be Your Card!" "The Circus Trick" with no-touch force
Related to 2006 Penumbra (Issue 10) 17
Steve Beam The Flasher spectator apparently sees card dealt into wrong pile near the end, sucker
Inspired by 2006 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 7 160
Tom Stone The Tutorial sucker explanation with card from lefty deck
2011 Maelstrom 203
Woody Aragón Cheeky Oil And Water sucker oil and water: small packet doesn't separate but whole deck does
2011 A Book in English 55
Darwin Ortiz Grifter's Game predicted card lies next to named card, proposition bet presentation
2012 Lessons in Card Mastery 19
John Born Motivation: Glued Deck Use a solid deck to stop hecklers from trying to perform with your deck
2012 Seeking the Bridge 123
Dai Vernon The Third Color spectator looses when guessing on color of third card repeatedly, double deal
Also published here Oct. 2013 Genii (Vol. 76 No. 10) 44
Tomas Blomberg Between the Cheats bet involving how many cards are between two random values
2014 Blomberg Laboratories 320
John Hostler Bar Bits Triskadequadra Application #1
as bet about the suits
  • Swindle #1
  • Swindle #2
2016 Magnum Opossum 64
Harapan Ong Dude, You're not even Trying competition with spectator who rights half a face-up/face-down mixed deck faster, spectator's end up mixed again while performer's magically unmix
2018 Principia 124
Jason Ladanye Game Changer fusion with spectator and performer signed cards, presented as "whose card hits the table first during the deal wins" bet
Inspired byRelated to 2018 Game Changer 37
Jason Ladanye Catch Me if You Can three sucker game phases (spectator has to catch falling card, spectator has to cover card faster than performer), ending with spectator's card to wallet
2018 Game Changer 57
Jason Ladanye High-Card Hustle multi-phase cutting the high card, set-up reachable via faros from new deck order, faros
2018 Game Changer 263
Jason Ladanye The Art of War spectator and performer each turn over cards, higher card wins, spectator loses throughout whole deck, faros
2018 Game Changer 325