102 entries in Cards / Gaffed Cards & Decks / Cards / Step gaff
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Charles T. Jordan The Spirit Aces No. 1, four Sevens and four Aces in piles on table, two Sevens put on top of deck followed by two Aces, yet Aces are on table and all four Sevens on top of deck, two extra Aces and step gaff
Also published here 1920 Ten New Prepared Card Tricks 3
Charles T. Jordan Pedro Monte No. 7, three cards shown in fan and turned over, spectator cannot find card
1920 Ten New Prepared Card Tricks 14
Jean Hugard, Frederick Braue Bathing Beauties four queens, one in hat three in glass of water, the one in hat vanishes, then all from glass, then all back in hat, using step gaff and clear celluloid card
Related to 1942 Prepared Cards and Accessories 3
Leonard Austin No Beer sucker trick with three cards, one with a glass, one with a bottle and one with an bottle opener, glass apparently vanishes in handkerchief, version of Stung
1956 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1956) 19
North Bigbee Instant Brain-Wave entire deck, one gaffed card
1970 Magick (Issue 10) 49
Unknown Partial Step Gaff partial back glued on face card
1971 The Esoterist 35
Allan Ackerman The Palm Switch sandwiched card (really only a step gaff) exchanged for palmed card
1971 The Esoterist 40
Edward Victor, Frank Butler Perfected Prophecy six cards in row, backs numbered, spectator rolls die, this card predicted, step-gaff and die with missing number, see also p. 415
Related to
  • Edward Victor (Magic of 1936)
  • Frank Butler ("Mental Magic Compendium", Magic Wand, March 1947)
Feb. 1971 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 6 No. 4) 404
Charles T. Jordan Spirit Aces four Nines and four Aces in piles on table, two Nines put on top of deck followed by two Aces, yet Aces are on table and all four Nines on top of deck, two extra Aces and step gaff, see p. 424 for correction
Also published here May 1971 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 6 No. 7) 417
Karl Fulves One As Two gaffed
1973 Packet Switches (Part One) 44
Karl Fulves Reunion gaffed
Related to 1973 Packet Switches (Part Two) 96
Lin Searles Crossroader five-card poker hand spread face-down, center card is red-backed Queen of Spades, one card exchanged, now all have different colored backs
Autumn 1973 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 8 No. 8th Folio) 671
Brother John Hamman Fan Gaffs cards with stepped fans
1976 Kabbala — Volume 3 (Vol. 3 No. 1) 12
Lin Searles The Color-Blind Crossroader five cards, one has different back, all backs change, gambling story
1978 Lecture Notes 7
David Solomon The One At A Time Reverse Assembly using gaff with two Aces on one card (named Castillion gaff)
Related to 1979 Marlo's Magazine Volume 3 16
Larry Becker Network ESP three tv-networks (ABC, CBS, NBC) cards put in envelopes as spectator wishes, ABC card form name of network
1979 The Best of Larry Becker's World of Super Mentalism Book II 150
Bernard Bilis Collectors using overlap gaff
1980 French Pasteboards 14
Bernard Bilis Open Travelers Again using overlap gaff
1980 French Pasteboards 25
Paul Harris The Time Machine using a black piece of cardboard as time machine three Kings vanish and reappear in deck
1980 Close-up Fantasies — Book II 1
Karl Fulves Fooled & Fooled Again No. 3, three different-colored cards under handkerchief, two removed, last one transforms, sucker element
1980 The Children's Magic Kit 3
Ken Brooke The Dutch Looper routine with multiple phases
Also published here 1980 Ken Brooke's Magic — The Unique Years 134
Ken Brooke "L'Estrange" cards turn over in nine-card packet
1980 Ken Brooke's Magic — The Unique Years 142
Gene Castillon Succession Aces of a Different Color odd-backed, gaffed
  • A. Five-Card Ace Packet Approach
  • B. Four-Card Approach
1981 The Lost Pages of the Kabbala 27
Gene Castillon Successful Succession
  • A. Full Deck Approach
  • B. Packet Approach
1981 The Lost Pages of the Kabbala 31
Stephen Tucker Geiger Find selection is found by using other card as Geiger Counter, deck ends up blank and geiger card becomes "52 on 1" card
1981 Spell-Binder (Vol. 1 No. 6) 107
Edward Marlo Eidetic Aces visual appearance at once in leader packet
1982 Card Finesse 185
Karl Fulves Hocus Poker IV
1982 Hocus Poker 11
Karl Fulves Hocus Poker V
1982 Hocus Poker 16
Karl Fulves Hocus Poker - Again using step gaff with four indices, including variation "With A Borrowed Deck"
1982 Hocus Poker 20
John Ramsay The Five Fly Cards five cards travel to pocket, one by one
1982 The Ramsay Finale 27
John Ramsay, Andrew Galloway The Forgotten Card Trick among four cards one vanishes and one turns over, with remember and forget presentation
1982 The Ramsay Finale 55
Alf Goodwin The Magician's Four Aces using two unusual gaffs
Feb. 1983 Pabular (Vol. 7 No. 8) 1084
David Britland June - The Second Effect two cards with narrow open slits, signed chosen card sandwiched and penetrated with other card
Inspired by
  • "Submarine Card" (Bob Ostin)
1984 A Lady Through and Through 6
Don England Losers Weepers using Step Gaff for clean handling
Variations 1985/93 Don England's Gaffed to the Hilt! 13
Terri Rogers Smaller'n That deck becomes smaller twice, bottom of close-up pad shown as giant selection
Also published here 1986 Secrets 44
Doug Edwards Joker Poker using "Step Gaff"
May 1988 Apocalypse Vol. 11-15 (Vol. 11 No. 5) 1498
Philip T. Goldstein Shinkansen cards across with four red and four blue cards, chosen card travels
Also published here 1988 Lecture 5
Theodore DeLand, Brother John Hamman Fan Gaffs cards with stepped fans
1989 The Secrets of Brother John Hamman 180
Terri Rogers Noch Kleiner? deck becomes smaller twice, bottom of close-up pad shown as giant selection
Also published here Apr. 1989 Intermagic (Vol. 14 No. 3) 109
Philip T. Goldstein Shinkansen cards across with four red and four blue cards, chosen card travels
Also published here 1990 NYCANOTES 4
Philip T. Goldstein Shinkansen cards across with four red and four blue cards, chosen card travels, created in 1988
Also published here 1990 Focus 83
Philip T. Goldstein Shinkansen cards across with four red and four blue cards, chosen card travels
Also published here 1991 Music City Conclave 1992 Notes 5
Ken Brooke The Dutch Looper routine with multiple phases
Also published here Dec. 1991 Intermagic (Vol. 16 No. 4&5) 185
Steve Dusheck Phantom Cards five cards shown, two removed from under handkerchief, other vanish
1992 Dusheck's Card Magic 4
Steve Dusheck Me Three monte, winning card changes and is removed from pocket
1992 Dusheck's Card Magic 113
Bob Farmer Three-Card Monte with gaff/flap
1994 Beat 'em, Cheat 'em, Leave 'em Bleedin' 28
Meir Yedid Flight Fantastic two cards from red-faced packet travels to black-faced packet
Inspired by 1994 Magical Wishes 41
Baltazar Fuentes Fuentes Gaff hollow card from which a step-gaff à la Fan-2-See slides out to simulate a four-of-a-kind
1996 Arempi 23
Lou Gallo New Signed Card gaffed or ungaffed
1996 Lou Gallo: The Underground Man 65
Peter Duffie Get Back! King placed amongst the four Fours travel back to the King packet (jumbo cards)
1997 Effortless Card Magic 113
Richard Bartram, Jr. Group Session several spectators think a card in a spread deck, all are divined
1997 Trephine 72
Richard Bartram, Jr. Short Changed Thoughts thought of cards in deck vanish, selected from spread display
1997 Trephine 74
Richard Bartram, Jr. Compressed Thoughts deck shrinks, and mental selections turn over
1997 Trephine 76
Jack Avis Useful Jokers chosen card appears between two Jokers
Inspired by 1998 Vis à Vis 137
Theodore DeLand The Phantom Card Trick No. 8, five cards shown fan, three remembered by spectators, two removed from under handkerchief and rest vanishes, see "General note" on p. 140 for credit
Variations 1999 Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 128
Theodore DeLand Improved Phantom Cards No. 9, same effects but backs can be shown, see "General note" on p. 140 for credit
Inspired byVariations 1999 Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 128
Karl Fulves Supplementary Note more details on the gaffs and handling
Inspired by 1999 Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 129
Ellis Stanyon Two Cards Pass from One Plate to Another No. 11, four cards on one plate, none of another, two cards travel over, newspaper-backed cards and step gaff
1999 Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 130
Theodore DeLand The "Knock-out" Card Trick No. 29, card from packet vanishes and joins cards in handkerchief
Variations 1999 Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 144
Theodore DeLand The "Best Ever" Card Trick No. 30, same effect
Inspired by 1999 Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 144
Theodore DeLand The Surprise Card Trick No. 34, Queens in hat, King of Spades in hat as well, performer finds King without looking and puts it in deck, then Queens and King transpose and only the King is in hat and Queens in deck
Related toVariations 1999 Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 147
Karl Fulves Supplementary Note details on handling and different values
Inspired by 1999 Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 147
Karl Fulves Supplementary Note variations of the gaff and some applications, also in combination with step to change amount of card, multiple changes, handling ideas
Inspired by 1999 Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 178
Ellis Stanyon The "Tokio" Card Trick No. 55, cards penetrate hat
1999 Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 187
Bob Kohler The Multiback Gaff divided back with step-gaff spread on one half
2001 Kardz 4
Al Baker Monte Surprise transformation kicker, part of card glued on other card
2003 The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Issue Instructions) 564
Karl Fulves Elusive Colors Ace to Four of Clubs in hat, spectator takes one out - Two of Clubs, the other three cards change in other deuces, credit information
Inspired by 2003 Hofzinser Notebook 61
Wesley James Birthday Aces "alpha", hinged flaps
2004 Enchantments 451
Joshua Jay Overlap Twisting Twisting the Jacks routine with Overlap gaff, instant turnover as kicker ending
Also published here 2005 Sleight of Hand and a Twist of Fate 45
Joshua Jay Jumbo Overlap Homing Card Homing Card plot with jumbo cards and Overlap gimmick
Also published here 2005 Sleight of Hand and a Twist of Fate 50
Bob Ostin The Multi-Card Gimmick multi card to force one out of six cards
2005 Bob Ostin — A Lifetime of Magical Inventions 90
Joshua Jay Credits credit information
2005 Overlap 7
Joshua Jay Part One: Overlap Gaff Basics
  • The "Shared Artwork" Principle
  • Two-Handed Spread
  • One-Handed Spread
  • A Light Touch
  • Orientation
  • Spreading Distance
  • As a Short Card
  • The Locking Overlap Gaff
  • False Signatures
  • Transitions
2005 Overlap 21
Joshua Jay Overlap Homing Card
2005 Overlap 39
Doc Eason Simplified Overlap Homing Card
2005 Overlap 45
Joshua Jay Jumbo Overlap Homing Card with jumbo cards
Also published here 2005 Overlap 46
Joshua Jay Overlap Hitchcock
Inspired by 2005 Overlap 48
Joshua Jay Assembly and Reverse assembly with reverse surprise ending
2005 Overlap 53
Joshua Jay Scatter Jacks put in different parts of the deck come to top, the then vanish and distribute in deck, repeat with change into Aces
  • Phase One: The Jacks Assemble
  • Phase Two: The Jacks Scatter
  • Phase Three: The Jacks Assemble...Again
  • Phase Four: The Jacks Change to Aces
Inspired by 2005 Overlap 61
Joshua Jay Overlap Twisting visual, instant turnover as kicker ending
Also published here 2005 Overlap 68
Joshua Jay Overlap Jacks to Kings Jacks turn over one by one, then change to Kings
2005 Overlap 72
Joshua Jay, Andi Gladwin Overlap Jacks to Aces Jacks turn over one by one visually, then change to Aces
2005 Overlap 77
Joshua Jay Overlap Jack Cutting
  • Phase One: The Spectator Cuts to Four Jacks
  • Phase Two: The Magician Cuts to Four Jacks (Sort of)
2005 Overlap 81
Joshua Jay Overlap Gambling fake Center Deal demo, repeat with Ace kicker
  • Phase One: Four Jacks Dealt into a Chosen Hand
  • Phase Two: The Double Duke
2005 Overlap 88
Joshua Jay Overlap Open Travelers
2005 Overlap 95
Joshua Jay, Mark Aspiazu Overlap Hofzinser
2005 Overlap 103
Joshua Jay Overlap Travelers
2005 Overlap 107
Joshua Jay Deuces are Wild four Twos and the Ace of Spades change into Royal Flush
2005 Overlap 115
Joshua Jay Overlap Transposition transformation kicker
2005 Overlap 118
Joshua Jay Four Card Tunnel Change
2005 Overlap 122
Joshua Jay Collectors and Back Again three selections in case, they appear between the Aces, then Aces vanish and are found in case
2005 Overlap 127
Jörg Alexander Weber Casino using red and black poker chip
Inspired by 2008 ZauberKunstStücke — Band 2 76
Troy Hooser Three Eyed Jacks Four jacks and selected card changes places
2010 Moments 102
Robert Parrish About Face two odd-backed cards, only the faces transpose
2011 Prolix (Issue 9) 565
John Born, Tatanka Tan Card under Spectator's Shoe Signed selection appears under spectator's shoe, can be done with memorized deck or impromptu, includes variation where deck appears under magician's foot, using Aaron Fisher's Panic gimmick
Inspired by 2012 Seeking the Bridge 182
Tom Stone Dr. Griffin's Palm
  • Lodestones
July 2013 Genii (Vol. 76 No. 7) 46
Tomas Blomberg, Axel Adlercreutz Cardpool with clean vanishes and reappearances
2014 Blomberg Laboratories 288
Brother John Hamman Fan Gaffs cards with stepped fans
2015 The Bammo Ten Card Deal Dossier 84
张国洲 Jojo Color Change Deck Blue deck changes to red step by step, first a few cards, then with slow motion change, then whole deck changes, gimmicked
2017 The Truth 真相 11
Leo Reed H.I.P. (Hofzinser Inspired Plot) Aces in spread on table, selection changes into Ace of matching suit, on the table are now three Aces and the selection and the spread changes into a permanently glued spread
Aug. 2017 Genii (Vol. 80 No. 8) 64
Theodore DeLand Eureka Card Trick four Kings and an Ace are placed in spectator's pocket, the Ace is removed and put back in deck, Kings then change to Aces in spectator's pocket
Dec. 2018 Genii (Vol. 81 No. 12) 24
Larry Jennings In Space one of five cards thought of, correct one pocketed, others change to Aces
  • Version One (Ungimmicked)
  • Version Two (Gimmicked) (a bit like fan-2-c gaff)
Inspired by
  • "In Sp-Ace" (Ken Allen, marketed mid-1960s)
2020 Mr. Jennings Takes It Easy 240