100 entries in Cards / Effect Themes / Penetration / Ambitious Card Theme / Small Packet Sequences & "Ambitious Classic"
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Leon M. Dick Boy Meets Girl four queens and four jacks
1949 The Phoenix 151-200 (Issue 188) 753
Arthur Setterington Joe Smith - Magician seven cards, Ace of Spades comes several times to the top and then changes places with card in the pocket
1968 The Joe Smith Mysteries 3
Verne Chesbro, Larry West Jumping Jack Rabbit Card Jack of Hearts travels from bottom to top of packet multiple times, all shown to be Jokers
1968 Tricks You Can Count On 11
Tony Kardyro T.K.'s Ambitious Card Supreme three cards, card reversed in the end
1969 The Cardiste (Issue 13) 9
Aldini Roughly Ambitious Ambitious Card routine with packet of twenty cards
1969 Roughingly Yours 7
Robert (Bob) Hess Spirit Aces black aces rise to top of four-Ace-packet repeatedly, a black ace travels from pocket back to aces, then red aces to pocket
Winter 1970 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 6 No. 4th Folio) 378
Roy Walton Below Zero visual small packet elevator
Inspired by
  • Bob Ostin's "Submarine Card"
VariationsAlso published here
1971 Cardboard Charades 44
Jerry K. Hartman On the Up and Up Aces packet, two times the red Aces travel from below black Aces to above, for finale one red Ace comes to top and spectator makes second one come up, letter to Karl Fulves dated 1/25/71
VariationsAlso published here 1971 Odd Lifts 7
Karl Fulves Double Up using four aces, this is actually page 36A
Related to 1973 Packet Switches (Part One) 36
Roy Walton The Ambitious Ghost ambitious sequence with Ace through Four, one of them changes to selection
Inspired byVariationsAlso published here 1973 Card Script 26
Jerry Mentzer, Derek Dingle Ambitious Ace-Two-Three-Four-Five
1974 Card Cavalcade II 155
Gray Leese Uprising order of four cards changes
1974 Epilogue (Issue 20) 187
William Zavis Up Down & Around routine, ace to four of spades and five red cards, spades penetrate, reverse and one changes place with a red card
Dec. 1974 Pabular (Vol. 1 No. 4) 42
Roy Walton Runaround small packet multiple ambition, Aces appear, Joker transposes with four Queens
Also published here 1975 Card Cavalcade 3 60
Jerry K. Hartman Up, Up & Away
Inspired byAlso published here 1975 Epilogue (Issue Special No 1) 238
Karl Fulves Up, Up & Away credit information for Ambitous Classic type routines
1975 Epilogue (Issue Special No 1) 243
Ken Krenzel, Roy Walton, Bob Ostin Light & Heavy Card odd-backed card sinks in a small packet, faces transform
1975 Epilogue (Issue Special No 2) 247
Larry Jennings An Ambitious Classic two methods
Variations 1975 Epilogue (Issue Special No 3 (Part 2)) 269
Karl Fulves 2-Card Ambitious two cards used for ambitious card routine in which bottom card travels to top, then shown that neither is the card
1975 Methods with Cards — Part 1 49
Karl Fulves Ambitious Lady queen rises to top of two-card packet
1975 Methods with Cards — Part 2 100
Karl Fulves Paper-Clip Variation queen rises to top of two-card packet, other card changes
1975 Methods with Cards — Part 2 101
Roy Walton Die Ehrgeizigen ambitious sequence with Ace through Four, one of them changes to selection
Also published here Nov. 1975 Intermagic (Vol. 3 No. 1&2) 10
Martin A. Nash Limited Ambitions see p. 447 for additional crediting
1977 Any Second Now 207
Philip T. Goldstein Very Good Hand five cards shown as Ace of Spades, then royal flush in hearts
Also published here 1977 Card Cavalcade Four 107
Allan Ackerman Variance Variant with transformation kicker
Related toVariations 1978 Here's My Card 90
John C. Wagner Ace-Two-Three-Four
1978 7 Secrets 42
Bob Farmer Cabungle alternate handling, with application for packet ambitious card sequence
Inspired by Jan. 1978 Pabular (Vol. 4 No. 5) 511
Philip T. Goldstein Very Good Hand card rises several time, all alike, royal flush as a kicker
Also published here 1978 Notions 3
Roger Smith Repeating Elevator #1 with Ace through Five
Related to 1978 The Ultimate Card Book No. 4 7
Roger Smith Repeating Elevator #2 with Ace through Five, handling variation
1978 The Ultimate Card Book No. 4 8
Karl Fulves Blind Ambition one card penetrates another
1979 Shape Changers 34
Nick Trost Ace to Five - The Easy Method last card changes color
Also published here 1979 Impromptu Card Magic 3
Roger Smith The Elevator Five with Ace through Five
Related to 1980 The Smith Notes! 6
Al Smith Gambit small packet ambitious card routine with Ace through Four, all change to Aces as climax
Inspired by
  • "Ace Opener" (Wayne Dobson, Third Notes)
1980 Cards On Demand 39
Don England Down the Elevator and Up the Ladder all cards transform
Inspired by 1981 Don England's T.K.O.'s (Issue Clubs) 32
Roy Walton Below Zero visual small packet elevator
Also published here 1981 The Complete Walton — Volume 1 93
Roy Walton The Ambitious Ghost ambitious sequence with Ace through Four, one of them changes to selection
Also published here 1981 The Complete Walton — Volume 1 125
Derek Dingle Too Many Cards with ambitious card phases
Related to 1982 The Complete Works of Derek Dingle 106
Jerry K. Hartman Bi-Way Ace travels up and down in four-card packet, further credits see page 55
VariationsAlso published here 1982 The Collected Almanac (Vol. 1 No. 3) 17
Jean-Jacques Sanvert Moving Up black Aces keep juming to top in four Ace packet, two methods
Inspired byRelated toVariations 1982 Best of Friends 485
Philip T. Goldstein Con-Sequence credit information, color changing back kicker
Inspired byAlso published here 1982 shuffled lecture 1
Phillip Young What Floor Please? Ace, Two and Three packet ambitious card, then Two and Three change into a Five and ace changes color
1982 Fingers don't Entertain, People Do 21
Philip T. Goldstein Very Good Hand Ace of Spades rises several time, all alike, royal flush as a kicker
Also published here 1982 Packet Tricks 8
Jon Racherbaumer Any-Floor Elevator small packet ambitious routine with change to kings kicker
Inspired by 1983 The New York Magic Symposium — Collection 2 76
Ron Ferris The Magic "Six"
Dec. 1983 Apocalypse (Vol. 6 No. 12) 856
Philip T. Goldstein Chromavator elevator packet version, color-changing back kicker
Also published here 1983 MajorMinor 8
Philip T. Goldstein Chromated combining preceding Chromavator and Chromatwist
VariationsAlso published here 1983 MajorMinor 10
Philip T. Goldstein Chromatose combining preceding Chromavator and Chromatwist
Also published here 1983 MajorMinor 11
David Britland Fourlorn last card vanishes
Inspired byVariations 1983 Cardopolis (Issue 1) 22
Roxy Ambitious Blacks small packet variation using 4 reds and blacks
May 1985 Apocalypse (Vol. 8 No. 5) 1066
Philip T. Goldstein Sub-Scription signed joker travels up and down in 4-card-packet, double backers
1985 Best of Friends — Volume II 437
Ben Harris The Two Card Illusion - Osmosis two cards, one penetrates the other, then both change
1985 Out Of His Mind! 37
Daryl Martinez, Edward G. Brown Thin Ambitions with three card packet
Inspired by 1985/87 Daryl's Ambitious Card Omnibus 24
Daryl Martinez The Ubiquitous Card small packet is shown all alike
1985/87 Daryl's Ambitious Card Omnibus 94
Larry Jennings Ambitious Classic five cards
Related to 1986 The Classic Magic of Larry Jennings 95
Larry Jennings Ambitious Classic Variation four cards
1986 The Classic Magic of Larry Jennings 136
Richard Vollmer Aw Gee! four aces, red aces penetrate to the top over and over again
Aug. 1987 Apocalypse (Vol. 10 No. 8) 1386
Roy Walton Runaround small packet multiple ambition, Aces appear, Joker transposes with four Queens
Also published here 1988 The Complete Walton — Volume 2 166
Karl Fulves Cast of Characters four jokers, small packet ambitious, change into kings
1989 Quick Card Tricks 34
Bruce Cervon A Matter of Psychology apparently original version of "Ambitious Classic"
1990 Ultra Cervon 22
Philip T. Goldstein Con-Sequence color changing back kicker
Inspired byAlso published here 1990 Focus 106
Philip T. Goldstein Chromavator elevator packet version, color-changing back kicker
Also published here 1990 Focus 108
Philip T. Goldstein Chromated combining preceding Chromavator and Chromatwist
Also published here 1990 Focus 111
Philip T. Goldstein Chromatose combining preceding Chromavator and Chromatwist
Also published here 1990 Focus 112
Michael Powers Varying Variance Variant small packet ambitious card with four kings and a two, as a kicker the cards change to four twos and a King
Inspired by 1990 Top Secret Stuff 54
John Carney Sanverted red aces come to top multiple times, then Daley's Last
Inspired byVariations 1991 Carneycopia 229
Jerry K. Hartman Bi-Way Ace travels up and down in four-card packet
Also published here 1991 Card Craft 290
Jerry K. Hartman On the Up and Up Aces packet, two times the red Aces travel from below black Aces to above, for finale one red Ace comes to top and spectator makes second one come up, sleight variation from routine published earlier
Also published here 1991 Card Craft 292
Jerry K. Hartman Up, Up, Up, and Away
Also published here 1991 Card Craft 293
Jerry K. Hartman Horse of a Different Color cards penetrate packet of Jokers, Jokers end up to all have stickers on the pack
Inspired by 1991 Card Craft 606
Michael Weber, Chris Kenner Five Speed Ambitious Classic variation, double stick tape
1992 Totally Out Of Control 166
Larry Jennings, Derek Dingle, James Swain Family Circus
Inspired by 1992 Don't Blink 53
Terry LaGerould Ten-carat Diamond - No Refund Ace through Five
1992 Pasteboard Presentations 89
Aldo Colombini I'm a Joker color-changing back kicker
Also published here 1993 Card File 93
Justin Higham Ambitious Overkill last card changes twice
1993 Expansions 27
Aldo Colombini The Ace Counts Ace comes to top in four-card packet repeatedly, then changes to different card, value becomes other three cards added up
1995 What's Up Deck? 59
Aldo Colombini I Am a Joker color-changing back kicker
Also published here 1995 What's Up Deck? 61
Karl Fulves Buried Alive four card packet, bottom card rises to top
1997 The Vampire Chronicles 8
Jack Avis Ambitious Siva Takes the Count Ace to Four
Inspired by 1998 Vis à Vis 52
David Regal A Short Leap Four Kings rise from the bottom of a packet to the top, used as conclusion to any assembly sequence
1999 Close-Up & Personal 182
Ray Kosby, William Goodwin A Foregone Conclusion ambitious sequence with Ace through Four, last card vanishes from hand and is found in packet again
Inspired byVariations June 2000 Genii (Vol. 63 No. 6) 48
David Neighbors A Different Slant red Aces repeatedly come to top in Ace packet, red and black Aces transpose, all become Kings
Inspired by
  • "The Paris Slant" (Jon Racherbaumer, Inside Tracks - Lecture Notes #4)
June 2000 Onyx (Issue 11) 12
Karl Fulves Progressive Ambition "Problems"
credit information, effect variations, posed as a problem
Related to
  • The Crimp #30
2001 Latter Day Secrets (Issue 6) 209
Karl Fulves Progressive Ambition II "Problems"
effect variation of Ambitious Classic, posed as a problem
2001 Latter Day Secrets (Issue 6) 210
Wesley James Below Zero Minus One "beta", visual small packet elevator, history information
Inspired by 2004 Enchantments 49
Bob White The Ambitious Classic Revisited
Inspired byAlso published here 2005 It's a Matter of Style (2005 edition) 49
Jon Racherbaumer Believing is Seeing? black Aces keep juming to top in four Ace packet
Inspired by Aug. 2005 Antinomy (Vol. 1 No. 3) 10
Jack Avis The Hot Hand Test Ace through Five of Spades, unfinished fragment
2006 Rara Avis 76
Bob White Ambitious Classic Revisited
Also published here Mar. 2006 Genii (Vol. 69 No. 3) 26
Nick Trost Ace to Five - The Easy Method
Inspired byAlso published here 2008 Subtle Card Creations — Volume 1 140
Nick Trost Ambitious Ace to Five
Inspired by
  • "Too Many Cards" (Ron Zollweg, Lecture notes)
2008 Subtle Card Creations — Volume 1 143
Yohei Kawabata Waltz General Card effect, inspired by Quick 3 Way. Small Ambitious sequence at the start. End with selection jump to pocket
2017 Grace 21
Oliver Meech Four for Two Two Jokers rise through packet of four Kings, then asymmetric transposition happens, four Kings end up in different pockets
Inspired by
  • "Ambitious Interchange" (John Carey, Me, My Cards & I)
Oct. 2018 Elixir (Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer #2)) 97
Nobuaki Nambu Flip Flop Ambitious ambitious card using three cards
Inspired by 2018 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 11 154
Jim Steinmeyer The Ambitious Young Executive
  • Conjuring
small-packet ambitious card routine for stage, with cards in bulldog clips on a wooden rod, on which the ambitious card turns upwards ("rises")
Inspired by
  • "A Brand New Rising Cards" (Jack Hughes)
June 2018 Genii (Vol. 81 No. 6) 62
Larry Jennings Ambitious Classic Revisited credit information
2020 Mr. Jennings Takes It Easy 248
Ian Land One by One "(August 1983)", Ace through Four, diminishing twist plot: each card removed after it turns over, last card changes
Related to
  • sheet "Five Knuckle Shuffles" (Ian Land, 1984)
2021 Output (Issue 14) 17
Edward Marlo No Twist Twist diminishing twist plot: each card removed after it turns over, last card changes
  • Second Method
  • No Palming - No Lapping Method
2021 Output (Issue 14) 20
Tom Dobrowolski 4-2-1 routine using four Queens, then two Queens, then one Queen changes into selection
  • Phase One: Daley’s Last Trick
  • Phase Two: A Little Bit Ambitious
  • Phase Three: Transformation!
Mar. 2022 The Disclaimer (Vol. 1 No. 12) 319
George McBride Transmutation 2 spectator holds two black Aces, they are taken and put between two red Jacks and travel to top multiple times one by one and given back, then performer has the black Aces and spectator the red ones
Inspired by
  • "Transmutation" (George McBride, 1995, Peter Duffie's e-book "Best of Osmosis")
2022 The Glasgow File — Volume 1 21