75 entries in Cards / Effect Themes / Red Black / Separation / by Magician / Sense of Touch (or other)
  
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Unknown To Distinguish the Court Cards by Touch preparing by "bending" edges slightly upwards with knife
1876 Modern Magic 69
Unknown Rouge et noir No. 19, bridge crimp to tell whether a card is red or black
1895 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
1896 Der moderne Kartenkünstler 110
Unknown Das Kartensortieren performer sorts the shuffled into number and court cards without looking at the faces, using the principle that picture cards have more ink on them that (in those days) clings to the card underneath, impromptu rough-smooth
Nov. 1897 Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 3 No. 5) 65
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
1927/28 Merlin at the Card Table 2
Theodore Annemann Red or Black?
Related to 1934 SH-H-H--! It's A Secret 14
Theodore Annemann Red or Black one-way backs
Related to 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 161
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, see Collected Secrets for variations
VariationsAlso published here 1940 Half-A-Dozen Hummers 3
Nate Leipzig From the Pen of Leipzig two shuffled decks are covered with handkerchiefs, performer removes a card with each hand, they match
1940 Chap's Scrapbook (Vol. 2 No. 7) 1
Edward Marlo Sense of Touch crimp
1945 The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 78) 317
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 cards, see Collected Secrets for links to variations
Also published here 1946 Face Up Face Down Mysteries 1
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
Also published here 1946 Face Up Face Down Mysteries 2
Bob Hummer The Lonely Card CATO routine, cards turned face up, performer takes packet behind back and reverses all cards except selection
VariationsAlso published here 1946 Face Up Face Down Mysteries 2
John Scarne Separating Red and Black Cards No. 18, Performer separates face up/down packet into reds and blacks
1950 Scarne on Card Tricks 38
George Schindler Sealed Penetration deck is sealed and put in spectator's pocket, performer fishes card out very fast
Related to 1951 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)
1951 Toni Koynini's Card Miracles 12
Edward Marlo Sense of Touch crimp
1953 The Cardician 4
Dai Vernon Colour Separation four red and black cards are separated behind the back, crimp
1959 Inner Secrets of Card Magic 14
Edward Marlo Color Eliminator color reflects on back of other card or nail polish on fingertip
Related to 1962 Estimation 35
Victor "Astor" Jamnitzky Die Roten und die Schwarzen red and black separation by touch, whole deck corner-shorted
1967 (ca.) The Astor-Deck 5
Robert Page All But One CATO red black separation routine, p. 241 for further reference
Related to Aug. 1968 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 3 No. 10) 197
Paul Swinford Opus Thirteen Gilbreath Principle & Faro Shuffle, new deck order
1968 Faro Fantasy 37
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 toVariations Nov. 1969 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. 411
Related to Dec. 1970 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 6 No. 2) 389
Karl Fulves Technicolor Thought
Related to 1971 The Book of Numbers 12
Karl Fulves Technicolor Thought divided deck location, then set-up for "No Mirror"
Related to 1971 The Book of Numbers — Supplementary Notes 16
Karl Fulves Technicolor Shuffle cutting to red cards, secret strip out condition
1971 The Book of Numbers — Supplementary Notes 19
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
May 1971 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 6 No. 7) 419
Edward Marlo Color Sense seeing with fingertips, red / black, shuffled deck in case, reflection on card case
Related to 1975 The Compleat Magick — Volume II (Issue 121) 602
Ted Karmilovich Red & Black performer separates red and black cards
1978 The Compleat Magick — Volume III (Issue 221) 1102
Karl Fulves 5-4 spectator turns cards over from a packet of 18 cards, behind back performer splits packet and knows relation of face-down and face-up cards in each half
Related toAlso published here Sep. 1979 The Talon (Issue 5) 61
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 cards
Related toVariationsAlso published here 1980 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
Also published here 1980 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 selection
Related toVariationsAlso published here 1980 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
Also published here 1980 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)
Related toVariationsAlso published here 1980 Bob Hummer's Collected Secrets 9
Edward Marlo (A) Red Black Sensing mexican joe crimp
1984 Marlo's Magazine Volume 5 215
Stephen Minch Color Separation No. 8, performer separates colors by touch, punch, performer genuinely blindfolded
1984 Eyeless in Gaza 21
Dai Vernon A Sticky Solution sticky edges
1988 The Vernon Chronicles — Volume 2 207
Dai Vernon It's a Snap snap crimp
1988 The Vernon Chronicles — Volume 2 210
Dai Vernon Vernon On Gilbreath
1988 The Vernon Chronicles — Volume 2 212
Dai Vernon Commanding the Colors shuffled deck is cut into piles, named color on top of each
1988 The Vernon Chronicles — Volume 2 192
Bob Hummer Infallible
Also published here 1989 Easy-to-Do Card Tricks for Children 12
Simon Aronson Color Feeling behind back, deck switch
1990 The Aronson Approach 91
Reinhard Müller Pre-World discussing precursors of OOTW and color guessing, credit information
Related to 1995 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
1995 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 2 53
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)
1996 The Feints and Temps of Harry Riser 144
Ellis Stanyon To Distinguish the Colour of the Cards Under a Handkerchief No. 18, bridge
1999 Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 43
Ellis Stanyon To Distinguish Court Cards by Touch No. 35, blurred edges with knife
1999 Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 50
Ellis Stanyon To Distinguish Red from Black Cards by Their Backs No. 36, bridge
1999 Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 50
Lewis Jones Red Alert One deck is dealt in four hands, colors of one hand can be divined
2000 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 3 160
Bob Taylor The "S" Shuffle setting bridge during riffle shuffle with one half bridged opposite to other half, red-black divination application
2000 Gambling Notes 18
Roy Walton Roy Walton Presentation after two cards are selected from a packet, performer separates the colors and gets two wrong - the selections
Inspired by 2000 New Inspirations 9
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
2001 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 colors
Inspired by 2001 Latter Day Secrets (Issue 5) 160
Unknown Color by Touch No. 66, small packet shuffled face-up/face-down, performer names number of reds and blacks and sorts them
2001 New Self-Working Card Tricks 100
Karl Fulves The Rule For Red different handling than CATO, switching two cards
Inspired by 2002 Latter Day Secrets (Issue 7) 262
Pit Hartling Colour Sense feeling colors through table, packet of thirteen cards
Related toVariations 2003 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
2003 Off The Books (Issue 6) 99
Steve Beam GPS Stack mathematical stack, knowing amount of cut cards
  • Weighing the Cards
2004 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 5 229
Barrie Richardson Synergistic Memory Demonstration first phase is "HIP ESP" (color sequence called off), then a number is named and performer names card at that position (faced deck)
Inspired by 2005 Act Two 308
Reinhard Müller Mixed Cards and Feelings sixteen cards are cut into two piles and spectator turns the same amount of cards over in each pile, performer takes cards behind back, turns some cards over and tells how many cards are reversed
Related to 2006 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 6 58
Herb Zarrow Insight a trick Zarrow invented for a blind magician, magician matches shuffled red / black order of a pile
2006 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 7 177
Asi Wind Red & Black after one riffle shuffle, some cards are dealt and the colors divined by performer
Also published here 2007 Chapter One 9
Michael Alec Sparkle performer deals borrowed deck into two piles, colors (almost) separated, nail polish shiner at innser surface of fingernail
2010 Prolix (Issue 8) 523
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
2010 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)
2010 Prolix (Issue 8) 502
Michael Weber Power to the Performer performer separates colors
2015 Red Black 2.0 15
John Wilson Outer This World performer divines color of top thirteen cards of shuffled deck
Inspired by 2016 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 card
Also published here 2016 (ca.) Pseudo 1
Chris Rawlins A Bonus (Pseudo Memory) three phase memory demonstration, first red black, then suits, then naming missing card
Also published here 2017 The Event, 2017 63
Ondřej Pšenička Motion Memory Magician able to deal and separate red and black cards with face down cards
2017 The Secret of the Butterflies 74
Ryan Schlutz Strange Gift spectator gives twelve cards to performer, he knows number of red cards and sorts them under table
Inspired by
  • "Buckle Up" (No. 105 in "Scarne on Card Tricks", 1950)
Also published here
2017 False Anchors — Volume One 14
Asi Wind True Colors after one riffle shuffle, some cards are dealt and the colors divined by performer
Related toAlso published here 2018 Repertoire 37
Ryan Schlutz Strange Gift spectator gives twelve cards to performer, he knows number of red cards and sorts them under table
Also published here 2020 False Anchors 14