129 entries in Cards / Effect Themes / Red Black / Separation / by Magician
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Unknown To Distinguish the Court Cards by Touch preparing by "bending" edges slightly upwards with knife Modern Magic 69
Unknown Biseauté or Tapering Cards red-black application Tricks with Cards 39
Unknown Durch einen Griff die schwarzen Karten von den roten zu trennen No. 31, deck shown shuffled, colors separated with one cutting action Der Kartenkünstler 36
Unknown Rouge et noir No. 19, bridge crimp to tell whether a card is red or black Der Kartenkünstler 24
Unknown Die geheimnisvollen Würfel - two dice thrown and sum counted to repeatedly until deck is divided in two halves, they're separated in red and black
- red and black separation by performer without dice but crimp or punch instead
Der moderne Kartenkünstler 110
Jack Merlin Reds and Blacks red and black cards are shuffled and separated again Merlin's Master Manipulations 11
Jack Merlin A Routine of Sleights at the Card Table - cards in spectator's pocket, card fished out very fast
- second and bottom dealing expose
Merlin at the Card Table 2
Unknown The Red and the Black colors shown separated, deck shuffled, still separated Card Manipulations (Issue 3) 60
Theodore Annemann Red or Black? Related to SH-H-H--! It's A Secret 14
Unknown To Separate the Red Cards from the Black basic stripper deck application Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 263
Charles T. Jordan Positions Unknown named cards are produced and deck separated into colors, stacked stripper deck Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 273
Theodore Annemann Red or Black one-way backsRelated to Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 161
Jack Vosburgh "Fifth Column" political story presentationRelated to The Jinx 101-151 (Issue 114) 675
Nate Leipzig From the Pen of Leipzig two shuffled decks are covered with handkerchiefs, performer removes a card with each hand, they match Chap's Scrapbook (Vol. 2, No. 7) 1
Edward Marlo Sense of Touch crimp The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 78) 317
Eddie Clever The "Red and Black" Effect one red and several black cards are put in envelopes, magician identifies red Tarbell Course in Magic - Volume 4 203
Warren Wiersbe, Bob Hummer Double Separation packet shuffled face-up face-down, then statement over condition made and colors separated, inspired by trick from "Half-A-Dozen Hummers"Inspired by Mental Cases With Cards 11
Roger Barkann Follow the Leaders routine with red/black effects
- prediction of red / black relationship (Phoenix No. 1)
- Out of this World (not explained)
- Follow the Leader (not explained)
- Slop Shuffle Color Separation
Related to The Phoenix 101-150 (Issue 102) 409
John Scarne Separating Red and Black Cards No. 18, Performer separates face up/down packet into reds and blacks Scarne on Card Tricks 38
George Schindler Sealed Penetration deck is sealed and put in spectator's pocket, performer fishes card out very fastRelated to The Phoenix 201 — 250 (Issue 237) 949
Toni Koynini Can't See! "A Complete Act"
performer genuinely blindfolded, performer feels various qualities of cards
- Picture Sense (all court cards sorted out during deal-through)
- Now the Suits
- Aces High
- Reds and Blacks
- Any Card! (any number card named, performer locates it while dealing through packet)
- Out of this World (no longer blindfolded)
Toni Koynini's Card Miracles 12
Edward Marlo Sense of Touch crimp The Cardician 4
Bob Hummer Matching the Colors Deck shuffled face up and face down, magician can separate into two piles containing the same number of face up cards. Alternative is to shuffle red and black cards. Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 17
Dai Vernon Colour Separation four red and black cards are separated behind the back, crimp Inner Secrets of Card Magic 14
Cliff Green General Delivery - Cards to the Pockets six cards, red black alternating, vanish and reappear color-separated from two different pockets Professional Card Magic 134
Edward Marlo Color Eliminator color reflects on back of other card or nail polish on fingertipRelated to Estimation 35
Paul Swinford Opus Thirteen Gilbreath Principle & Faro Shuffle, new deck order Faro Fantasy 37
Robert Page All But One CATO red black separation routine, p. 241 for further referenceRelated to The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 3, No. 10) 197
Don Nielsen, Karl Fulves Nor Eyes To See With - performer finds red card in black packet behind back
- circled number on paper is divined behind back
- set time on watch revealed behind back
fiber optic tube, see also p. 320 for idea by Harold Bester, p. 644 & p. 728 for comments by Syd Bergson & Karl Fulves
Related to The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 5, No. 1) 291
Jack Posetary No Mirror reading colors of cards, whet thumbnail as shiner, see also p. 411Related to The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 6, No. 2) 389
Fred G. Taylor Sleeper spectator notes bottom card and pockets it along with next nine cards of same color, then performer finds cards of opposite color The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 6, No. 7) 419
Karl Fulves Technicolor Thought Related to The Book of Numbers 12
Karl Fulves Technicolor Thought divided deck location, then set-up for "No Mirror"Related to The Book of Numbers - Supplementary Notes 16
Karl Fulves Technicolor Shuffle cutting to red cards, secret strip out condition The Book of Numbers - Supplementary Notes 19
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 Tale Twisters 5
Unknown Downer down-under location from twenty card packet, only odd-colored card in one half The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 7, No. 8) 528
Karl Fulves Technicolor Oddity four reds and four blacks are mixed in various ways (klondike shuffle, under/over shuffle), yet separateVariations Notes From Underground 7
Michael Boden Deck Memorization OOTW with the performer dealing as a memory stunt, gilbreathAlso published here Card Cavalcade II 90
Walt Lees Cull-A-Separation a red card and a black card are reversed in the deck and attract the other cards of the same color Pabular (Vol. 1, No. 4) 46
William Larsen, T. Page Wright Trick #7 cards openly separated into suits, then shuffled together fairly with riffle shuffle, yet red-black colors remain separatedAlso published here
  • in "Random Conceptions with Cards" (ca. 1930)
The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9, No. 11) 790
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)
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 commentInspired by The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 10, No. 1) 822
Arthur Finley Kings and Queens Kings and Queens mixed up behind back, performer can bring out King/Queen of same suit, then later separate them into Kings and Queens Magic With Faucett Ross 214
Edward Marlo Color Sense seeing with fingertips, red / black, shuffled deck in case, reflection on card caseRelated to The Compleat Magick - Volume II (Issue 121) 602
Unknown The Red and the Blacks separating red and black cards The Big Book of Magic 94
Jerry Andrus The Psychiatric Shift separating four face up cards from for face down cards Andrus Card Control 37
Harvey Rosenthal Yet Another Technicolor Oddity five reds and five black cardsInspired byRelated to Close-Up Sampler - Part 1 15
Karl Fulves Quinary Colors five reds and five blacks are shuffled, one color penetrates table Packet Switches (Part Four) 214
Karl Fulves Color Flash spectator shuffles small packets Packet Switches (Part Four) 254
Erhard Liebenow Open Color Separation red card shuffled into black cards and eventually separate again Liebenow On Cards 18
Hannes Höller Trennen von Karten separating cards in a Stripper Deck
A. Trennen hinter dem Rücken
B. Kartentrennen am Tisch
Einfach Wunderbar - Wunderbar Einfach 43
Unknown Farbentrennen Rot-Schwarz performer separates red and black cards behind back Einfach Wunderbar - Wunderbar Einfach 68
Ted Karmilovich Red & Black performer separates red and black cards The Compleat Magick — Volume III (Issue 221) 1102
Uriah Fuller Psi-Con performer separates reds and black cards from a shuffled deck The Compleat Magick — Volume III (Issue 262) 1308
Bob Hummer Hummer's 18 Card Mystery spectator takes eighteen cards and turns over the top two cards and cuts the pile, that step is repeated as often as he likes, then the performer takes the cards behind his back and divines the amount of reversed cardsRelated toVariations Bob Hummer's Collected Secrets 7
Bob Hummer Hummer's Swindle spectator takes sixteen cards and turns over the top two cards and cuts the pile behind his back, that step is repeated as often as he likes, then the performer takes the cards behind his back and without looking reverses all cards back in order Bob Hummer's Collected Secrets 7
Bob Hummer The Lonely Card CATO routine, cards turned face up, performer takes packet behind back and reverses all cards except selectionRelated toVariations Bob Hummer's Collected Secrets 7
Bob Hummer The Little Moonies CATO routine, cards with moon faces printed on them, one way they are smiling held the other way the are sad, spectator marks two cards on the pack and cuts them in the deck, performer takes cards behind back, all moons are in smiling orientation except marked two Bob Hummer's Collected Secrets 8
Bob Hummer The Magic Separation face-up and face-down cards are shuffled, performer separates cards behind back so one pile consists of same amount of face up cards as the other (1940)VariationsAlso published here Bob Hummer's Collected Secrets 9
Steve Dobson "Incrediblack" odd-looking shuffle sequence separates deck in colors except selection Apocalypse Vol. 1-5 (Vol. 4, No. 11) 558
Karl Fulves Checkers "Two Tricks"
three reds and three blacks alternated, dealing procedure to separate colors or turn every other card over
The Chronicles (Issue 30) 1363
"Magic" Christian Stelzel Red and Black behind back Stripper / Konische Karten 4
Harvey Rosenthal Another Technicolor Oddity with five red and five black cardsInspired byRelated to Spell-Binder (Vol. 2, No. 20) 387
Karl Fulves Separating the Colors red/black alternating aces on top, two shuffles, separated; using block transfer Riffle Shuffle Technique - Part Three 183
Edward Marlo (A) Red Black Sensing mexican joe crimp Marlo's Magazine Volume 5 215
Karl Fulves Odd Color Out No. 19, cards shuffled face-up/face-down via CATO by spectator, two selections made, performer handles cards and all face-up cards are red with a black selection and vice versaVariations More Self-Working Card Tricks 27
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 itInspired by More Self-Working Card Tricks 62
Stephen Minch Color Separation No. 8, performer separates colors by touch, punch, performer genuinely blindfolded Eyeless in Gaza 21
Dai Vernon A Sticky Solution sticky edges The Vernon Chronicles - Volume 2 207
Dai Vernon It's a Snap snap crimp The Vernon Chronicles - Volume 2 210
Dai Vernon Vernon On Gilbreath The Vernon Chronicles - Volume 2 212
Dai Vernon Commanding the Colors shuffled deck is cut into piles, named color on top of each The Vernon Chronicles - Volume 2 192
Brother John Hamman The Disobedient Cards strange procedure and then colors are separated The Secrets of Brother John Hamman 81
Brother John Hamman The Final Shuffle alternating set-up, spectator overhand shuffles The Secrets of Brother John Hamman 84
Bob Hummer Infallible Also published here Easy-to-Do Card Tricks for Children 12
Simon Aronson Color Feeling behind back, deck switch The Aronson Approach 91
Karl Fulves Sandbagged blue- and red-backed deck sprung in paper bag and shaken, performer then reaches in an produces one color until all are separatedInspired byRelated to Crooked Tales 31
Reinhard Müller Pre-World discussing precursors of OOTW and color guessing, credit informationRelated to Underworld (Issue 1) 4
Steve Beam Color Blind performer separates cards into reds and black, then blindfolded and with cards face up performer seems to miss, but separated cards of different back colors Semi-Automatic Card Tricks - Volume 2 53
Michael Kaminskas Triumphant Return cards left and right of selection are sorted by color Miracle Material 7
Harry Riser Dealer's School - Phase One (red black separation by feel)
- Phase Two (shuffle control demo)
- Phase Three (dealing some hands, performer ends up with Aces)
The Feints and Temps of Harry Riser 144
Ken Krenzel Strip the Leader two leader card in front of two shuffled piles, they become black and red pile, follow the leader phase, they shuffle again by themselves, stripper deckRelated to Ingenuities 195
Karl Fulves The Specialist performer separates colors of shuffled deck Combo 23
Karl Fulves Code For Oracle two suits named and removed, performer separates them from the back Combo 25
Karl Fulves The Lady Thinks shuffled deck, psychic from other side of room tells how cards should be dealt to separate reds from blacksRelated to Combo 27
Karl Fulves Expansionism memorizing color sequence of 32 cards, but really only sixteenRelated to Combo 38
Karl Fulves After Hummer separating reds and blacks behind back, involving a layout on a grid on the table by spectator Combo 46
Michael Boden Deck Memorization OOTW with the performer dealing as a memory stunt, gilbreath
- Notes on the Gilbreath Principle
Also published here Card File Two 62
Bob Taylor The "S" Shuffle setting bridge during riffle shuffle with one half bridged opposite to other half, red-black divination application Gambling Notes 18
Lewis Jones Red Alert One deck is dealt in four hands, colors of one hand can be divined Semi-Automatic Card Tricks - Volume 3 160
Roy Walton Roy Walton Presentation after two cards are selected from a packet, performer separates the colors and gets two wrong - the selectionsInspired by New Inspirations 9
Paul Curry Never in a Lifetime two shuffled halves, magician does the same as spectator, both separate cards into red and blackAlso published here Paul Curry's Worlds Beyond 298
Simon Aronson Color Separation Variation on UnDo Influence to leave deck color separatedInspired by Try the Impossible 10
Bob Kohler The Deck That Can't Be Shuffled deck separates into reds and blacks repeatedly despite shuffling, using Daryl's Triumph Display Kardz 1
Unknown Color by Touch No. 66, small packet shuffled face-up/face-down, performer names number of reds and blacks and sorts them New Self-Working Card Tricks 100
Karl Fulves, Bob Hummer Psychic Map No. 69, fifteen cards in matrix layout on table, some are turned over, covered with newspaper, performer reaches underneath and adjusts, when newspaper is removed all face-up cards are red and vice versa New Self-Working Card Tricks 104
Karl Fulves Red Control an Ace and a Two on the table, single cards dealt on Ace, pairs on Two, performer and spectator take one of the dealt piles each under the table, performer is able to match spectator's colorsInspired by Latter Day Secrets (Issue 5) 160
Lee Asher The Continental Divide deck is shown mixed, instantly separates in reds and blacksRelated to Penumbra (Issue 3) 2
Jerry K. Hartman Further On "The Continental Divide" additional thoughtsInspired by Penumbra (Issue 4) 17
Karl Fulves The Rule For Red different handling than CATO, switching two cardsInspired by Latter Day Secrets (Issue 7) 262
Jerry K. Hartman Color Scheming deck is shown mixed, instantly separates in reds and blacksInspired by Penumbra (Issue 5) 15
Pit Hartling Colour Sense feeling colors through table, packet of thirteen cardsRelated toVariations Card Fictions 36
Karl Fulves Seeing Color performer deals through shuffled deck, spectator stops, selection cut into deck, performer deals some cards on the table and one to the bottom of the deck, tabled pile consists of selection and only odd-colored cards otherwise
- No Memory
Off The Books (Issue 6) 99
Karl Fulves The Greek's Game color of twelve cards named by magician, betting presentation, see also p. 99 for further notes Combo II 13
Karl Fulves A Trick Of Memory red-black even-money swindle Combo II 29
Karl Fulves Cue Cards openly removed marker cards help with memorizing Combo numbersRelated toVariations Combo II 35
Karl Fulves Slick Slate color separation with performer and spectator, lines on slate help remembering Combo numbers, see also p. 102 for further notes Combo II 37
Karl Fulves The Russian Test performer guaranteed to get better than average score in color sorting without seeing any faces at all, see also p. 104 for further notes Combo II 55
Robin Robertson Using the Stack red-black separation with stack Combo II 63
Karl Fulves Mirasequel performer separates the mixed pile at the end of Miraskill Combo II 66
Karl Fulves Visionary performer sorts half the deck face-down after a riffle shuffle Combo II 80
Gregory Wilson, Ron Wilson The Trick That Sucks card travels from red half to black half, inspired by Ron Wilson's "Highland Hop"Inspired by Best of Friends - Volume III 497
Asi Wind Red & Black after one riffle shuffle, some cards are dealt and the colors divined by performerAlso published here Chapter One 9
Hector Chadwick Reds and Blacks Performer divines red/black from spectator shuffled deckInspired by The Mental Mysteries of Hector Chadwick 85
Karl Fulves Cutting The Colors two halves, spectator cuts each, top and bottom cards taken, repeated, taken cards are separated in color Prolix (Issue 6) 398
Lewis Jones, Jerry K. Hartman Sorted apparently performer sorts deck in colors and suits to find selection, inspired by Hartman's "He Whose Half Lasts" (Card Dupery) Semi-Automatic Card Tricks - Volume 8 138
Karl Fulves Know-It-All spectator riffle shuffles deck, pair shown and spectator only tells if the colors match or not, performer knows color if they match Prolix (Issue 8) 501
Karl Fulves Stripper Notes - using stripper deck as one-way deck in tabled row
- separation by touch (face-up/face-down)
Prolix (Issue 8) 502
Michael Alec Sparkle performer deals borrowed deck into two piles, colors (almost) separated, nail polish shiner at innser surface of fingernail Prolix (Issue 8) 523
Jason Ladanye The Set-Up red-black separated cards shuffled, separate again, teaching-presentation Confident Deceptions 83
Michael Weber Power to the Performer performer separates colors Red Black 2.0 15
John Wilson Outer This World performer divines color of top thirteen cards of shuffled deckInspired by You and Me and the Devil Makes Three - Volume II 19
Chris Rawlins Pseudo three phase memory demonstration, first red black, then suits, then naming missing cardAlso published here Pseudo 1
Frank Fogg Out Of This Spread Cards that spectator select will always be of opposite color from magician's selections A New Angle 55
Harapan Ong The Incomplete Strip-Out Stripping cards out from a tapered deck with an unsquared deck

- Shuffle stacking sandwich demo: shuffling selection between two Jokers
- Full deck red-black separation
- Oil and Water: Spectator separates the colors themselves
A New Angle 151
Ryan Schlutz Strange Gift spectator gives twelve cards to performer, he knows number of red cards and sorts them under tableInspired by
  • "Buckle Up" (No. 105 in "Scarne on Card Tricks", 1950)
False Anchors - Volume One 14
Ondřej Pšenička Motion Memory Magician able to deal and separate red and black cards with face down cards The Secret of the Butterflies 74
Chris Rawlins A Bonus (Pseudo Memory) three phase memory demonstration, first red black, then suits, then naming missing cardAlso published here The Event, 2017 63
Asi Wind True Colors after one riffle shuffle, some cards are dealt and the colors divined by performerRelated toAlso published here Repertoire 37