172 entries in Cards / Sleights / Force / Stabbing Force
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Das bezauberte Messer No. 21, card named above knife pushed-in by spectator, bottom card dragged along
1895 26
Das Nennen jeder Karte im Spiel oder das bezauberte Messer borrowed pocket knife stabbed into borrowed deck, performer repeatedly names card above knife, bottom card glimpsed and slipped to stabbed spot
Jan. 1895
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 1 No. 1)
Das bezauberte Messer spectator stabs knife into shuffled deck, performer names card, bottom card slipped into position
1896 28
Stanley Collins Stabbing Force with business cards
Also published here 1920 13
Charles T. Jordan The Stabbed Pair No. 6, spectator stabs knife in paper-wrapped deck between two selections
1920 14
Jack McMillen Gaffed Stabbing Force partial card glued on guarantee card which is stabbed in deck, card next to it remembered
Related to 1928 20
Tom Sellers The Double Card Prediction double backer stabbed in deck
Related to 1931 17
Cross-Cut Force after knife-stab, see also "A Final 'Tip'" on page 16 for mention of time misdirection
Related to
  • Max Holden description in Bagshawe's "The Magical Monthly" (Vol. 2 No. 18, July 1925)
1931 6
Victor Farelli Using the Joker instead of a Knife for stabbing selection or force
1931 15
Victor Farelli The "Pencil" Force
1933 41
Behind Back Stabbing Force
1933 8
T. Page Wright Spell Stab card spelled to from stabbed position
1933 19
T. Page Wright Thought-Of Stab spectator thinks of card in packet, then stabs in deck, names card, shown to be next to stabbed card
1933 20
T. Page Wright Knife Stab top half fastened together
1933 21
Stabbing Force
Dec. 1934
The Jinx (Issue 3)
Stabbing Slip Force with knife
1934 16
Frank Lane, U. F. Grant Now We'll Show You knife inserted into deck, card in center with break
1935 18
Victor Farelli The Push Force Insert pencil in deck to force card
1936 28
Dai Vernon Super Card Prediction stabbing force with principle that used deck splits always at same point
Variations 1937 29
Diachylon Book Test. Forcing A Number
1937 107
Double Backed Card Force odd-backed card stabbed into deck next to force card, red-blue double backer
1937 123
The Double Card Prediction double backer
Related to 1937 126
Doubleback Card Force for two cards, double backer
1937 128
The Knife Method
1937 384
Dai Vernon Trick Wherein a Card is Thrust Beside a Predicted Card two methods, one by Vernon
1938 113
Stanley Collins Contingency Correction as an out for the classic force
Related toVariations 1938 193
Stewart Judah A Card Force
Related toAlso published here 1938 197
Stabbing Force break
The Jinx (Issue Winter Extra 1938/39)
Emergency Card Stabbing break, also for when the selection is known to be one of a few cards but not which one
1940 120
The Perfect Score Card Force
1940 188
Forcing a Stranger Card
1940 380
Tom Sellers Credit Card Force on another card
Related to Feb. 1940
The Jinx (Issue 79)
Herb Runge "Two-Faced" Force spectator stabs behind back, using duplicate
The Jinx (Issue 98)
Jim Wheeler Stabbing Force with Knife
The Jinx (Issue 107)
Back Slip Force
1940 46
23 - Forced replacement of wrong card. Stab wrong card into pack to find right card
1940 38
Joseph Cottone Auto-Location
1941 40
Tom Sellers A Good Prediction spectator inserts a knife into the deck, card is forced
1941 7
Double Force with Knife using forcing deck with alternating order
1941/27 264
Eddie Joseph Simple Stabbing Force just taking cards above break
1942 29
The End Stab
1943/27 289
L. Vosburgh Lyons Stab Force pushing center of the deck out with knife / pencil
Aug. 1945 360
Stabbing Force with another card, as an out
June 1945 128
Anonymous Greek Shift greek break
1946 17
Arthur H. Buckley Greek Shift - Buckley's Method greek break
1946 19
Slide-Out Force knive
1948 206
Two-Card Force
1948 207
Das Stechforcieren with knife
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 9 No. 4)
Indifferent Card Inserted at Selected Card
1948 93
Bill Simon The Stab Force with push-in change
1949 10
Stabbing Force with cards
Feb. 1949 685
The Spectator's Location spectator riffles through cards and stops anywhere, performer stabs card (double) into separation and selection is found there
1949 55
Dai Vernon Stabbing Force
VariationsAlso published here 1959 22
Cardini Stabbing Force stabbed with another card
1961 17
Cardini Fifteen Card Trick Routine - 8 spectator locates card by stabbing joker in pack
1961 19
Cardini Stabbing Force with illustrations
1961 28
James G. Thompson Jr. T-Formation as a force and a key card placement, two methods
  • What is it?
  • The Basic Position
  • The Pullover
  • The Pushover
  • Using the Pullover
  • Using the Pushover
1961 5
James G. Thompson Jr. Force from the Middle stabbing force, with card perpendicular to the deck
  • Above or below Break?
  • Force Getreadys
  • The Cross Card
1961 9
Edward Marlo Stab Force
1962 56
Cull Load loading spread-culled card next to reversed card
1962 58
Edward Marlo Marlo's Favorite Out
Inspired by 1962 60
Carmen D'Amico Face Up Finder card tossed in deck with force (no riffling), bottom slip force
Related to 1962 73
Stab Slip Force
1962 126
Dai Vernon Vernon Super Card Prediction stabbing force with principle that used deck splits always at same point
1962 24
Stabbing Force with inserted card, slip cut in the hands
1962 1
Nate Leipzig Card Change with card, break
1963 171
William P. Miesel Static solution
Inspired by Sep. 1966 56
Dai Vernon A Spectator finds his own Card using Greek Break
1967 135
Harry Lorayne Bass Ackwards Slip-Cut bottom card to center for tabled stab force
1967 131
Ned Rutledge End Spread Force card put in deck, card above is forced, glide
Also published here 1967 17
Al Flosso Coney Island Cut Force stabbing with knife
Mar. 1968 168
Tan Hock Chuan, Aldini Singapore Force
Magick (Issue 29)
Frank Garcia Once In a Knife-Time spectator stabs
Also published here 1972 77
Lubor Fiedler Sure-Fire Force piece of card stuck on card
1972 82
James G. Thompson Jr. Twin Forcast two predictions written on business card, business card stabbed into deck between prediction
Related toVariations Winter 1972
The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 7 No. 6th Folio)
Stanley Collins Spectator's Guess
1972 47
Dr. Jacob Daley Daley's Reverse Finder No. 172, top card (really back-to-back double) placed reversed into deck wherever spectator wants, it ends up next to selection
1972 42
Dr. Jacob Daley Daley's A New Sleight For Card Discovery And Force No. 230, "Bottom Deal Location", pile is cut off deck, bottom card is transferred to face of that cut-off packet with bottom deal
Related to 1972 57
Knife Force Location No. 432, not enough details
1972 125
Peter A. McDonald Mit einem Messer knife stabbed into deck, part of deck has a cut-out
1972 6
Edward G. Brown A Knife or Reversed Card Inserted in the Pack with variations
1973 185
James G. Thompson Jr. Thompson Side Glide Force
1973 58
Jerry K. Hartman Twocast
Inspired by 1973 58
Jerry K. Hartman, Dai Vernon Stabbing Force Variation
Inspired byAlso published here 1973 69
Frank Garcia Once In a Knife-Time spectator stabs
Also published here 1973 8
Gene Maze The 'Mazing Card Stab with knife in deck
1973 51
Jerry K. Hartman, James G. Thompson Jr. Thompson Glide Force Variation Side-Glide variation, in action of removing cards below face-up “tossed” card
Related to
  • "Thompson Glide Force” (James G. Thompson Jr., Card Party, Thompson & Rutledge, pp. 17-18)
Also published here
1974 7
Al Baker Al Baker's Version stabbing force
1975 87
Burling Hull The Double Force spectator pushes card reversed in deck, cards on either side are forced
1976 50
Burling Hull An Experiment in the Science of Impossibility two spectators reverse a deck each under cover of a cloth attached to their jackets, they are the same and match a reversed card in a third deck, double facer deck
Related to 1976 55
Dai Vernon Knife Stabbing Force
1977 6
Stanley Collins Stab Force Variation
July 1978
Apocalypse (Vol. 1 No. 7)
Jerry K. Hartman Moving Indicator Card stabbed in deck secretly moved between two force cards
Also published here 1978 11
Steve Beam, Don Morris Back Stabber prediction card becomes locator card, out
1979 10
Dr. Lawrence Weinstein Back-Up business card used to stab into the deck
Magick (Issue 258)
Allan Ackerman Stabbing Force card stabbed into deck
1982 181
Knife Force
Related to 1982
Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Grymwyr)
Indicator Card Force
Also published here
  • "6. The Force" in Hugard's "Modern Magic Manual", 1939 p. 346
1982 78
Michael Powers Half-Pass Stabbing Force deck starts reversed under top card
1983 16
Edgar Peters A Very Pretty Force
Dec. 1984
Apocalypse (Vol. 7 No. 12)
The Great Phone Mystery No. 24, spectator turns top and bottom card over behind his back and pushed them in, the cards face to face with the reversed cards are removed and one of them named by medium on phone
1984 34
Stephen Tucker You've got to be Joking!! piece of card stuck to back of Joker, bill, menu or other item
1984 7
Knife Stab Force
1985 1
Double Backer Force for two cards
1985 1
Double Facer Force for two cards
1985 2
Dai Vernon, Frederick Braue Dai Vernon Force stabbing force with principle that used deck splits always at same point
Inspired by 1985 2
David Britland Packet Version of Mexican Turnover Switch as Force
1985 32
Stewart Judah Die Judah-Force
Also published here July 1985
Intermagic (Vol. 11 No. 3 & 4)
Don England Geiger Counter Card forcing Joker-Gaff à la Sellers for two cards
Related to 1985/93 9
Larry Jennings Fan-Stab-Stic spectator stabs in fan
1986 195
Edward Marlo Flexible Miracle Spread running card under tabled spread, see also Ibidem #20 (May, 1960)
Related to 1986 40
Dai Vernon Stab Force greek break
1988 240
Edward Marlo The Opportune Miracle joker stabbed next to selection in fan, using forcing gaff with part of card stuck to back of joker, four handlings
Also published here
  • The New Tops, Mar. 1967
1988 268
Gary Ouellet Stab Force with a knife
1990 335
Jack McMillen The Improved Knife Force break, for credit see page 8
1991 99
Jerry K. Hartman, James G. Thompson Jr. Thompson Glide Force Variation Side-Glide variation, in action of removing cards below face-up “tossed” card
Also published here 1991 313
Jerry K. Hartman, Dai Vernon Stabbing Force Variation
Also published here 1991 453
Tom Craven In-and-Out Force
May 1992
Apocalypse (Vol. 15 No. 5)
Vanni Bossi The Vanni Bossi Multipip Card a Six-spot with one spot missing, can be shown as Four or Six
  • Ambitious Card 1
  • Ambitious Card 2
  • Forcing and Vanishing the Forced Card
  • Forcing One or Two Cards
  • A Prediction
  • Final Note
1992 20
Jim Molinari In-Cert(ainly) places card next to selection
Aug. 1993
Apocalypse (Vol. 16 No. 8)
Criss Cross Force Variation as stabbing force with knife
1994 1071
Justin Higham Stab Force
Inspired byRelated toAlso published here 1994 168
Karrell Fox SealedStab Prediction envelope stabbed in deck, card stabbed to is predicted in envelope, under-the-handkerchief-force adaption
1995 56
Alan Nguyen Stabbing Force variation variation of knife force (credits it to Annemann?) using pin
Labyrinth (Issue 4)
Jerry K. Hartman Moving Indicator stabbing force, trick application: spectator inserts three cards into deck one at a time and each one is inserted directly next to its mate
Also published here 1995 51
Wolff von Keyserlingk Card Placement face up card is placed in a fan, card secretly added, force
Also published here 1996 96
Bruce Cervon The Push-Off Force
1998 63
Bruce Cervon The Combination Force two cards
1998 84
Sam Schwartz Fan-Tastic Joker pushed in fan, card next to it noted, then repeated in different position, cards vanish and travel into other half, Sellers force for two cards
Inspired byRelated to 1998 262
Ken Simmons Simplex Locator Card top card turned over and put face-up into deck where spectator stops during riffling, it is next to selection
  • First Method
    • Second Handling
    • Third Handling
  • Second Method (Countdown Version)
  • Third Method (Bluff Version)
July 1998
Onyx (Issue 4)
Ellis Stanyon The "Slip" Force No. 31, stabbing with knife
1999 49
Ellis Stanyon The "Ruffle" Force with an Ordinary Pack No. 4, step or thick card
1999 193
Ellis Stanyon The "Slip" Force No. 6, as stabbing force
1999 194
Ellis Stanyon The "Ruffle" Force No. 5, long card or step
1999 216
Ellis Stanyon The "Ruffle" Force with Double Card No. 9, thick card
1999 274
Ellis Stanyon The "Slip" Force No. 14
1999 276
Ellis Stanyon Subtle Force with a Dinner Knife No. 30, stabbed below break, deck cut at break
1999 311
Ned Rutledge Mein Forcieren card put in deck, card above is forced, glide
Also published here 1999
Intermagic (Vol. 23 No. 3)
Tom Sellers, Vanni Bossi, Edward Marlo, Davide Costi The Credit-Card Force piece of card stuck on credit card
Related toAlso published here 2000 797
Wolff von Keyserlingk Card Placement face up card is placed in a fan, card secretly added, force
Also published here 2000 90
Don England The Geiger Gaff
2001 90
Karl Fulves, Tom Sellers Sellers Force Gimmick for two cards
2001 30
Forcing Gaff Joker inserted into deck half-way
May/June 2001
Mr. Gadfly (Vol. 1 No. 1)
Jack Avis, Lewis Jones Rollovers "a theme and twelve variations", on the bold rollover force
  • Theme
  • Variation 1: Avoiding the flash
  • Variation 2: Doing without the preliminary peek
  • Variation 3: The multiple rollover
  • Variation 4: Rollback
  • Variation 5: The slipped rollover
  • Variation 6: With a face-up marker
  • Variation 7: With the face-up deck
  • Variation 8: The two-spectator force
  • Variation 9: The two-in-one force
  • Variation 10: The locator
  • Variation 11: The transverse locator
  • Variation 12: The rollover control
2002 34
Al Baker Card Force card is stabbed in deck
2003 687
Edward Marlo, Tom Sellers Credit Card Force on joker
2003 1102
John Bannon Certain Insertion business card is stabbed in deck
2004 116
Davide Costi, Vanni Bossi, Tom Sellers Amex
Related to 2004 71
Stanley Collins Stabbing Force
2004 16
Lubor Fiedler, Tom Sellers Fiedler Force credited to Fiedler, partial card stuck on back of joker
2004 8
Stewart Judah Stabbing Force
2004 133
William Goldman Card Stab
2005 10
Bob Ostin The Searcher card is placed next to its mate
2005 70
Jack Avis A Routine using the Avis Double Knife Force incomplete
2006 159
Stanley Collins Knife Stab Force cocktail sword stabbed into deck by spectator at forced position
Also published here 2007 378
Stewart Judah Judah's Displacement
Related to 2010 31
Justin Higham, Kevin Baker Pseudo-Extraction Moves card stabbed in deck, stab card and card below it (really coming from bottom) removed
  • No. 1
  • No. 2 (Kevin Baker)
  • No. 3
2012 4
Justin Higham Illogical Stab-Revelation
2012 8
Justin Higham Stab Force
Also published here 2012 14
Stanley Collins Stab Force
2013 209
Dani DaOrtiz Under-the-Table Force spectator reverses a card below the table
Sep. 2013
Genii (Vol. 76 No. 9)
Dai Vernon Stabbing Force
Also published here June 2014
Genii (Vol. 77 No. 6)
Denis Behr The Dark Force spectator reverses any card below table, forced
Related to 2018 41
Harry Lorayne Reversed Card Transmission spectator reverses card under table while performer holds the deck, which performer divines or forces
2018 25
Harry Lorayne Bass Ackwards Slip-Cut bottom card to center for tabled stab force
2018 137
Stewart Judah Stewart Judah displacement move also see p. 279
Also published here 2018 94
Stewart Judah Stewart Judah displacement also see p. 94 (and references there)
2018 279
Dani DaOrtiz Under-the-Table Force spectator reverses a card below the table
2019 9
Lorenz Schär Stabbing Force Variation
2019 92
Lewis Jones The Bookmark Force
2020 261
Vanni Bossi, Davide Costi Credit Card Force piece of card stuck on credit card
Also published here 2022 145
Martin Lewis Credit Card Force Handling
Also published here
  • MAGIC, Apr. 2007
2022 604