129 entries in Cards / Effect Themes / Gambling / Poker / Multiple Phase Routines
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Jack Merlin The Shooting of Pete McGuff story, seven hands dealt, own cards from bottom, they are a straight flush, cards changed for top five cards which are still a straight flush, from new pack order
Also published here 1927/28 16
Jack Merlin Exhibition Poker Feat five full houses, then straight from selected cut pile
Variations 1927/28 19
William Larsen A Few Hands of Cards Aces lost in deck, later they are dealt in a five-handed game, another deal with drawing, stud-deal in which the performer knows the hole cards
Variations 1931 5
Dai Vernon Poker Demonstration
1937 368
William H. McCaffrey Unique Bridge and Poker Deal shuffled deck, card called out as memory demonstration (stacking), then bridge and poker deal demo
1938 298
The Perfect Poker Trick Tens through aces are removed and dealt out multiple times, performer wins
1938 303
Eddie Joseph The Sensational Poker Demonstration two phase routine, overhand shuffle stack of Aces, then all players can draw
1941 11
Val Evans Progressive Poker Hands dealing a four-handed game six times, better hand for performer each time
1941 2
Phil Weisbecker 3 Jacks & A Pat two hands, spectator always gets thee Jacks, royal flush finale
Related toAlso published here Dec. 1943
The Phoenix (Issue 51)
210
Dariel Fitzkee I Won't Play Cards With You
1945 134
W. F. "Rufus" Steele Bridge and Poker Demonstration memory stacking (last cards remaining in each spectators's hand after card-calling are the selections) followed by poker and bridge demo
1946 51
Edward Marlo Marlo's Gambling Routine no set-up, faro shuffle
  • Poker-Rummy-Pinochle
  • Black Jack
  • The Sucker Hand
  • Bridge Honors
Variations 1947 10
Louis Zingone Winning Poker No. 78, two-phase poker deal using faced deck
Variations 1950 142
W. F. "Rufus" Steele A Lecture With a Cold Deck
1952 62
Dai Vernon The Vernon Poker Routine half deck set-up, see also p. 63
Inspired byVariationsAlso published here July 1954
The New Phoenix (Issue 311)
45
Stewart James Vernon Variation
Inspired byVariations Sep. 1954
The New Phoenix (Issue 316)
67
Russell "Rusduck" Duck Forever Royal
Variations Nov. 1954
The New Phoenix (Issue 320)
88
W. F. "Rufus" Steele The Gambler's Rehearsal elaborated routine with full deck set up
Related to 1954/27 90
Ken Beale Pseudo Seconds fake second dealing and stacking demonstration, Tantalizer deal with red Aces, black Aces show up as well, then stacking with the Aces, four duplicate Aces
  • Let's Get Fancy (half-deck gambling stack preserved during deals and Tantalizer deal for finale)
Related to Apr. 1956
Ibidem (Issue 5)
15
Edward Marlo Mexican Solitaire shuffled deck, deck dealt into four piles according to rules, one of each value in each pile, memory demonstrations, all four-of-a-kinds together or controlled, can be followed by poker deals:
  • Progressive Poker
    • First Game
    • Three-Handed
    • Four-Handed
    • Five-Handed
    • Second Play of Five-Handed Poker
  • Royal Flush Control
    • Second Royal
    • Third Royal
    • Fourth Royal
    • Alternative Procedure for Four Royals
Variations Dec. 1956
Ibidem (Issue 8)
27
Dai Vernon The Vernon Poker Demonstration half deck set-up
Related toVariationsAlso published here 1957 223
Russell "Rusduck" Duck Strictly Straight performer always gets a straight, from five to two hands, then performer deals and can chose if dealer gets top or bottom card, progressive poker deal, Gilbreath precursor
Inspired by
  • Lin Searles's "The Straight Gambler"
Related to
Feb. 1957
The Cardiste (Issue 1)
3
Russell "Rusduck" Duck Forever Royal - And Yet Again! eight hands, performer always gets a royal flush, as a climax all have good hands and performer almost has a royal flush, then he exchanges the wrong card and gets the missing one
Inspired by Feb. 1957
The Cardiste (Issue 1)
9
Charles Hudson Hocus Pocus six hands, five rounds, ends with royal flush
Inspired by May 1957
The Cardiste (Issue 2)
5
Tom Ransom Suicide Build progressive poker deal, from five to two hands
Related toVariations Sep. 1957
The Cardiste (Issue 4)
7
William P. Miesel Straight Cheating straights, then four royal flushes as climax
Related to Feb. 1958
The Cardiste (Issue 5)
6
Russell "Rusduck" Duck Koldex Deluxe ten hands, then five hands
Related to Apr. 1958
The Cardiste (Issue 7)
4
Milton Kort Gambling Expose long routine, including memory, poker face, false dealing demo, stacking demo, in the end cards vanish under a handkerchief except four aces
Related to May 1958
The Cardiste (Issue 8)
3
Dai Vernon Vernon Poker Demonstration
1962 26
Dai Vernon Vernon Poker Routine - Revised
1962 64
Stewart James The Strayed Gambler additional straight flush phase
Inspired by
  • Lin Searles's "The Straight Gambler"
Aug. 1963
Ibidem (Issue 29)
24
Edward Marlo Card Stack Demo Kings openly stacked, Tens and Aces end up also, faro and overhand stacking, for correction see Facsimile reference
Related to 1964 37
Fred Lowe Second Deal Sam story presentation
1968 58
Ron Ferris Royal Aces Aces put on deck, dealt for two players, performer gets Aces, in repeat spectator gets Aces and performer straight flush
Variations 1969 82
Bruce Cervon Perpetual Motion Poker fifty cards, progressive poker deal, royal flush at the end
1969
The Cardiste (Issue 13)
3
Martin A. Nash A Gambler Sits Down faros and second dealing, several phases, ends with royal flush
1969
The Cardiste (Issue 13)
14
Allan Slaight Build Down progressive poker deal with ten card poker deal finale, see also p. 340 & 342
Inspired byRelated to
  • "The Psychological Loser" (Daniel Dobson, Tokyo Trickery by Takinshi Nemoto, Magic Inc.)
VariationsAlso published here
Mar. 1970 325
Harry Lorayne Lorayne's Poker Deal #2
Related to 1971 151
Edward Marlo Repeat Challenge Poker Deals
1971 33
David Solomon Second Power Poker & Lead-In Aces travel to top, odd-backed Aces stacked in deck, transform into Royal Flush (that now has odd backs) and others get good hands (Power Poker originally Talisman 1/11)
Inspired byAlso published here Mar. 1971
Kabbala — Volume 1 (Vol. 1 No. 3)
18
Jack Merlin Jack Merlin's New Deck Automatic Deal No. 359, seven hands dealt, own cards from bottom, they are a straight flush, cards changed for top five cards which are still a straight flush, from new pack order
Also published here 1972 101
Jerry K. Hartman All Hands On Deck: a dishonest lecture on dishonesty gambling expose consisting of false overhand and riffle shuffles, false deals (second and bottom) and “switching”, for finale the magician shows that everyone got a great hand, outline of entire routine’s handling on p. 39
1974 30
Simon Aronson Super Stoned Poker Deal multiple phases
Related to 1976
Kabbala — Volume 3 (Vol. 3 No. 8)
101
Fred Robinson Kniphofia full stack
Oct. 1976
Pabular (Vol. 3 No. 2)
318
Allan Slaight Build Down progressive poker deal with ten card poker deal finale
Also published here 1977 164
Harry Lorayne Poker Challenge one card is controlled during the dealing of five poker-hand and appears in a Royal Flush
Related to Feb. 1978
Apocalypse (Vol. 1 No. 2)
13
Harry Lorayne Poker Challenge Revisited
Inspired by Feb. 1979
Apocalypse (Vol. 2 No. 2)
164
Tom Gagnon The Forgetful Gambler riffle stack demo with second Marlo/Gardner Phase and optional color changing back kicker
Related toAlso published here Mar. 1979
Apocalypse (Vol. 2 No. 3)
172
Harry Lorayne, Jon Racherbaumer Impromptu Psychic Poker cards thought of and chosen from poker hands are found
Inspired by 1979 140
Karl Fulves School for Swindlers four indifferent cards stacked to spectator, performer receives Aces
  • Four Aces vs. Royal Flush
  • The Concealed Outcome (using Aces later)
Variations 1979 3
Karl Fulves The Gambler's Third Lesson four indifferent cards stacked to spectator, two signed selections as hole cards, performer receives Aces
  • The Marked Card Phase
  • Four Ace Finale
1979 10
Simon Aronson Poker Routines d), routining the previous effects
Also published here 1979 9
Michael Skinner Atom Poker Mal Zwei two phases, set-up, first in Talisman
Related to 1979
Das Mike Skinner / Piet Forton Seminarheft (Issue Das Mike Skinner Seminarheft)
16
Marc DeSouza Let's Fake a Deal Aces cut to, five hands dealt and dealer receives Royal Flush, repeat with four hands, then everyone gets a good hand, then a hand changes back color, shrinks to smaller cards, and get blank
Inspired by
  • "I Cheat At Poker" (T.G. Murphy, manuscript)
1979 1
Allan Slaight Aces Loaded Aces, then royal flush, two faros
Also published here Aug. 1980
Apocalypse (Vol. 3 No. 8)
382
Michael Skinner Power Poker two phases, set-up
Inspired byRelated to 1982 22
Edward Marlo Of Course I can deal a good Poker Hand! combo with control, false dealing
Related toVariations 1983 206
Edward Marlo Triple Power Poker bottom deal, overhand and riffle stacking demo
1984 86
Russell "Rusduck" Duck, W. F. "Rufus" Steele The Murdock Stack in multiple deals, progressively better hands are dealt, see credit correction in issue 2, p. 3, see also The Cardiste
Related to Winter 1984
West Coast Quarterly (Vol. 1 No. 1)
25
Fantomas Gradational Poker Demonstration set-up
May 1986
Apocalypse (Vol. 9 No. 5)
1204
John C. Wagner, Martin Lewis Ghost Deal Variation performer gets royal flush, then royal flush is distributed in five hands and assembles in performer's hand, four double facers
Inspired by
  • "Ghost Deal" (Martin Lewis, 1972, marketed effect)
1987 121
Edward Marlo Lessinout Power Poker using Lessinout Stack, two phases
1988 241
Simon Aronson Paragon Poker Gardner-Marlo poker deal, three phases, with variations
Inspired byRelated to 1990 17
Jerry K. Hartman Cheating U. shuffled deck, four random cards turned over, those are stacked to a player, in second phase the Aces are dealt
Inspired by 1990
Swindle Sheet (Issue 3)
27
Edward Marlo The Repeat Surprise multiple phase overhand stacking demo
Apr. 1991 15
Jerry K. Hartman, Karl Fulves College for Crooks four indifferent cards stacked to spectator, performer receives Aces
Inspired by 1991 432
Edward Marlo Routined From Scratch two cards appear between sandwich cards one by one on top of deck, then the packet general card plot (three cards change to other four-of-a-kinds multiple times when one card is exchanged), followed by poker deal, set-up during first effect
Inspired by Apr. 1991
Technomagic (Issue 10)
78
Jack Carpenter Royal Faststack riffle stacking demo with surprise appearance of royal flush
1992 99
Edward Marlo Card Stack Demo Kings openly stacked, Tens and Aces end up also, faro and overhand stacking, correction for reference
Related toAlso published here June 1992
The Olram File (Issue 12)
9
Karl Fulves Don't Ask repeat poker deal for two players, spectator wins and loses in final round
Related to 1992 5
Alex Elmsley The Tale of the Old Timer cutting to fourJacks, then Queens, then Kings, then dealing out all Jacks to Aces
1994 449
Guy Hollingworth Reset Routine ends in New Pack Order
Also published here 1994 154
Simon Aronson Poker Routines d), routining the previous effects
Also published here 1994 123
Claude Rix Propriétés du chapelet modèle methods to go from Claude Rix stack into Vernon's Poker Demonstration, a spelling routine, a sucker trick and Guy Lammertyn's oil and water
  • Adaption de la routine de Dai Vernon
  • Routine de cartes épelées
  • L'erreur réparée
  • La routine de l'huile et l'eau de Guy Lammertyn
Inspired by 1995 15
Doug Edwards Deal Easy performer deals himself good hand each successive round:
  • he receives four Tens
  • he receives Royal Flush
  • deals Four-of-a-Kind to any chosen hand, but beats it by dealing himself four Aces
  • deals Royal Flush to any chosen hand, but beats it with "Five-of-a-Kind" (four Threes and a Two, i. e. "wild")
Inspired by 1995
Labyrinth (Issue 3)
13
Guy Hollingworth A Square Deal known as "Reset", ends in New Pack Order
1996 33
Gary Plants "Killer" Poker-Deal Demo color changing deck climax
June 1996
Apocalypse (Vol. 19 No. 6)
2662
Edward Marlo Card Stack Demo Kings openly stacked, Tens and Aces end up also, faro and overhand stacking, correction from reference
  • Triple Faro Control
Related to 1996
Facsimile (Issue 4)
42
Harry Riser The Poker Lesson twelve-card set-up
  • The First Lesson: overhand stack
  • The Second Lesson: talking about holding out, several good hands dealt
  • The Third Lesson: Royal flush controlled to top
Related to 1996 86
Lou Gallo Poker Dilemma three phases, four Nines cut to, three-handed game dealt with good hands, then five-handed game
1996 104
Nick Trost, Al Thatcher Crooked Dealing Pseudo gambling demo for seconds, bottoms and centers
Inspired by 1997 228
Doug Edwards Poker Deal Extraordinaire You get winning hand multiple times, keep getting better and better
Inspired by 1997 117
David Solomon Second Power Poker & Lead-In Aces travel to top, odd-backed Aces stacked in deck, transform into Royal Flush (that now has odd backs) and others get good hands (Power Poker originally Talisman 1/11)
Also published here 1997 210
Lew R. Brooks The LRB Stacking Demo overhand stacking demo, others get good hands
1998 31
Lew R. Brooks Poetry Poker "(A Love Story with Cards)"
1998 34
Guy Hollingworth A Gambling Routine ends in New Deck Order, for an idea see also p. 28 of Behr reference
Related toAlso published here 1999 181
Edward Marlo Stacking Attack Kings openly stacked, Tens and Aces end up also, faro and overhand stacking, correction from reference
Related toAlso published here Jan. 1999
Magic (Vol. 8 No. 5)
83
Peter McLanachan The Wee Cheatin' Bar Steward gambling routine demoing riffle stacking, bottom dealing, switching
Jan. 2002
Ego (Vol. 1 No. 8)
14
Roberto Giobbi, Frank Travers, Dai Vernon Fantasist at the Card Table draw poker, stud poker, blackjack, bridge
Related to 2003 1285
Luis H. Trueba El Tahúr Precavido gambling routine, cutting to the Kings, dealing Kings in one hand and Aces in other, all the red cards appear togehter as well as the black cards in order
2003 107
Manuel Cuesta, Juan Tamariz Back-to-Back Deals - After Dai Vernon's Formula
  • Climax with a Surprise
  • Climax for Technicians (Tamariz)
Inspired by 2004 60
Juan Tamariz A Gambling Demonstration
  • Apparent Demonstration of Cheating at Cards
  • 1. Marked Cards
  • 2. Glimpsing
  • 3. Estimation
  • 4. Rapid Counting
  • 5. Any Game, any Hand
2004 231
Harry Riser Ace Controlled to the Nines card control with Ace of Spades shown, then two good hands dealt - Nines and Royal flush, faro
2006 130
Jack Avis Poker Demonstration re-deal stack
Inspired by 2006 119
Denis Behr A Gambling Demonstration Aces produced, named royal flush dealt, new pack order
Variations 2007 62
Jack Parker, Tomas Blomberg Rump Shaker Performer deals four Aces to himself twice, then gives everyone great hands in the third round, leaving the best hand (straight flush) for himself
Inspired by 2007 81
Stewart James The Robot Deck Stack that allows you to do seven routines in a row

Mental Spell, Straight Poker, Stud Poker, Blackjack, Bridge, Scrambled Spelling Bee, Prophetic Card Discovery
2007 53
Stewart James The Clincher Spelling to thought of cards with a poker theme
Also published here
  • typewritten instructions, Aug 1947
2007 71
Stewart James The Secret Partner Poker routine, with a story
Also published here
  • Typewritten instructions, Feb 14 1979
2007 167
Allan Slaight The Eclectic Deck stack for seventeen effects
  • 1. one of five cards thought of and located
  • 2. card location
  • 3. face-up deal stopped, value used to count to selection
  • 4. spelling to thought-of card
  • 5. open prediction
  • 6. card from packet to pocket
  • 7. two-card transposition
  • 8. card from hand to pocket
  • 9. Aces stacked, then Royal Flush dealt
  • 10. five good hands dealt
  • 11. blackjack demo with rubber-banded deck
  • 12. bridge demo with all Spades
  • 13. three-way transposition
  • 14. two selections reverse
  • 15. card chosen, spelled to and some matching cards found
  • 16. Ace assembly (not explained)
  • 17. Mind Mirror challenge location
  • Final Thoughts
  • Closing Credits (credits for all effects)
Also published here
  • Ibidem #32, July 1967
2008 36
Allan Slaight Build Down progressive poker deal with ten card poker deal finale
Also published here 2008 50
Allan Slaight Aces Loaded Aces, then royal flush, two faros
Also published here 2008 70
David Solomon, Jeff Siegfried Jamesway Poker reverse faro mixing, good hands are the result, two phases
Inspired by
  • "The Jamesway Poker Deal" (Stewart James, Linking Ring, Feb. 1948)
Also published here
2009 17
Roberto Giobbi Daley's Variation of Jack Merlin's Gambler's Exposé Routine
  • First Phase (Daley's Notebooks #248)
  • Second Phase
  • Third Phase
  • Fourth Phase (Daley's Notebooks #358)
  • Fifth Phase (Daley's Notebooks #224)
  • Sixth Phase (Daley's Notebooks #232)
Inspired byRelated toVariations Nov. 2009
Genii (Vol. 72 No. 11)
64
Woody Aragón Blessed Poker
Inspired byRelated toAlso published here 2011 189
Nick Trost Diminishing Poker Deal progressive poker deal with ten card poker deal finale
Inspired by 2011 695
Michael Skinner The Hay-Dai Stack mental speller, leads to Vernon Poker Demonstration
Inspired by
  • Henry Hay's "The Mental Selection Speller" in "The Amateur Magician's Handbook", p. 120.
Related to
2012 243
Jason Ladanye Best for Last every poker hand from a ranking list produced
2013 217
Justin Higham Performer Fiddles While Spectator Burns three phase routine, faro
2014 33
Gabi Pareras 5° Escaleras de Color four Aces controlled in one poker hand, four complete bridge hands as climax
2014 43
Benjamin Earl Less is More Gambling Demonstration false gambling demonstration of ace location, false dealing, stacking, shuffle tracking, card mucking and four of a kind climax
2015 10
Allan Slaight Build Down poker routine that ends with necessary ten cards
Also published here 2015 25
Joshua Jay 242 2.0
  • Phase One: Blackjack
  • Phase Two: 242 Poker
  • Phase Three: Three Handed Poker
Inspired byAlso published here 2015 294
Benjamin Earl The Resourceful Professional gambling routine
1. Shuffle Location/Culling
2. False Dealing
3. Stacking
4. Card Mucking/Switching
5. Shuffle Tracking
6. Four-of-a-Kind Location
Variations 2017 110
Matt Baker Poker Lesson three-phase routine with Aronson stack, bottom deal demo
Also published here Sep. 2017
Genii (Vol. 80 No. 9)
64
Patrick G. Redford Partner Poker partner gets winning hand, two phases, back to Redford stack
  • Completely Restoring the Stack
  • Further Thoughts & Variations
  • A Faro Shuffle Variation
  • Variations that Destroy Half of the Stack
  • With a Full House Instead
2017 108
Johnny Thompson The Gambler's Ballad gambling demonstration with Matching the Card finale, magician vs. gambler theme, rhyming patter
2018 27
Jason Ladanye Power Play two effects, from shuffled deck, first sets up second
  • card divined by apparently reading tells, many cards removed and selection found from those
  • demonstration of different false deals (bottom, second, greek, center), culminating in five four-of-a-kinds
Inspired by
  • "The Ultimate False Deal" (Jack Carpenter, All In, DVD)
  • "Johnny Mnemonic" (Andrew Wimhurst, The Card Artistry of Andrew Wimhurst, 2001, video)
Related to
2018 287
David Solomon, Jeff Siegfried Jamesway Poker reverse faro mixing, good hands are the result, two phases
Also published here 2018 55
Tom Gagnon Vernon-Gagnon Poker Demonstration adding a color-changing deck phase during ribbon-spreading the deck face-down as fake cooler deck switch
Inspired byRelated to 2019 4
Steve Reynolds Loose Ends: Synergistic Poker combination poker routine
Inspired by 2019
Output (Issue 5)
16
Steve Forte Slug, Transfer, Ace Stack, Cooler Ace control, followed by deal of good hands for everyone
2020 919
Matt Baker Poker Lesson three-phase routine with Aronson stack, bottom deal demo
Also published here 2020 18
Steve Reynolds On Marlo's Gambling Routine with stack, faro
  • Phase One: Poker, Rummy, Pinochle
  • Phase Two: Blackjack
  • Phase Three: Sucker Hand
  • Phase Four: The Bridge Deal
Inspired by 2020
Output (Issue 6)
1
Justin Higham Quicksilver "Six or seven (or more) fours of a kind and other poker hands are produced from a genuinely shuffled deck."
  • Phase One (Eight-Card Spread-Separation Cull)
  • Phase Two (Prefigured Full House Poker Deal)
  • Phase Three (Improvised)
  • Phase Four (Impromptu Illogical Prefiguration / Unimpaired Prefiguration)
  • Phase Five (Alternative for the Streamlined Overhand Cull-Stack)
  • Phase Six (Improvised, 100% Production)
  • End Notes
  • Credits
  • Final Thoughts
Related to 2021 20
Bedros "Spidey" Akkelian Blast From the Past ambitious card routine that ends with double-blank deck
Also published here
  • MAGIC, Aug. 2007
2022 643
Joshua Jay 242 2.0
  • Phase One, Blackjack
  • Phase Two, 242 Poker
  • Phase Three, Fifteen Card Poker
Inspired byAlso published here 2022 795
David Ben The Principles of Deception Aces lost face up, center deal demonstration
  • Notes on The Principles of Deception
Inspired by 2022 10
Juan Tamariz Grand Poker Demonstration "Vernon Formula Plus"
  • I. Blackjack
  • II. Four Kings
  • III. Four Aces
  • V. The Vernon Poker Demonstration - The Formula
  • The Icing on the Cake: Total Color Separation
Inspired by 2022 34