118 entries in Cards / Gaffed Cards & Decks / Cards / Gag Cards
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
T. Page Wright Blow Transformation spectator blows on card, face now blank and pips are on back
1933 17
T. Page Wright Magicians' Gag funny message on card, force gag
1933 21
Franklin M. Chapman A Gag Five of Clubs selected, Six of Clubs produced from pocket (with obvious palming, sucker), but one spot is missing when full card is shown
1936 7
Jean Hugard, Frederick Braue A Fantastic Spell spectator spells out blank card, nude card and other funny cards
1942 9
Jean Hugard, Frederick Braue The Delayed Bombshell message on card "So sorry. We all make mistakes. It's the next card."
1942 10
U. F. Grant Thirteen of Diamonds forcing Thirteen of Diamonds and Fourteen of Spades on two spectators and then making fun of them
Oct. 1948 8
Walter Behm 1 Karte + 1 Idee "Der höfliche König", king moves up from card to say goodbye
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 9 No. 4)
U. F. Grant Ten and Five of Diamonds gag with Fifteen of Diamonds
May 1949 10
U. F. Grant Another 15 Diamonds Gag gag with Fifteen of Diamonds, calculation
May 1949 10
U. F. Grant How Many Spots Five of Diamonds forced, Nine of Diamonds produced, then shown that four spots have been torn off
June/July 1949 10
Don Alan A "Long" Card Trick gag, long card rises from cased deck, then miniature card appears, puns
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1950)
John Platt Which Is Which? card under spectator's hand transposes with card in performer's hand, but under spectator's hand shows up a card with a gag message instead
1952 41
Yellowstone Fourteen Effects with the Fourteen of Clubs
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1954)
Bill Hendricks Ten Knights in a Card Room gag card with a five miniature cards on them of a full house, performer wins with this one card only
  • 2nd Presentation
1956 7
Norman Houghton OWOOOooo-o-o-o! routine with "wolf pack" (erotic images), spectator repeatedly selects the Joker in different ways, spectator names card which is taken out and given to spectator, performer takes named card out of his pocket and spectator has Joker again, another card is selected and given to the spectator in an envelope as souvenir (it's normal when he looks)
Dec. 1957
Ibidem (Issue 12)
P. Howard Lyons Stripper Trick picking-off-the-pip ends with cards from "wolf pack" (erotic images) with line "Now I'll take everything off"
Dec. 1957
Ibidem (Issue 12)
Bobby Bernard Miko Prediction die to get a number, 3 1/2 card gag
1958 4
Matt Schulien Find the Five Five is chosen, performer removes a Seven partially out of pocket which is then seen to be torn off to represent a Five
1959 57
Karrell Fox C-Thru Card window in card with clear plastic layer for word gag
1960 10
Karrell Fox Spotz Four of Hearts selected, Five of Hearts found but one Heart is cut out
1960 10
Karrell Fox Komical Cards: A "Marxed" Card picture of Groucho Marx on back of card for verbal gag, originally from New Phoenix
Related to 1960 16
Karrell Fox The "Blushing" King King with a red face for gag
1960 16
Karrell Fox It's a "Scorcher" lit match held under deck to expand selection, instead it comes out with edges burnt
1960 16
Karrell Fox It's Done with Mirrors mirror on card, "you selected a queen"
1960 19
Don Tanner Simple Matter of Addition Eight and Six of Spades change into Fourteen of Spades inside card box
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1962)
Jack Yeager Crazy Cards pips on card are disordered
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1963-64)
Heinz "Durox" Rüegg Die Gag-Karte long gag card, with rising miniature as kicker
Related to 1964
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 25 No. 1&2)
Tom Batchelor The Number and Value of the Cards cards add up to fourteen, using the Fourteen of Spades card
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1967-68)
E. Leslie May One Over the Eight gag with 15 of Diamonds, spectator apparently drunk
1969 49
Tom Batchelor The Second Discovery of America gag card with map of America on one side and miniature of selection on other side
1971 25
Tom Batchelor The Progression of Strangers routine with several gag cards, tree of hearts
1971 50
Billy McComb Extension to "Miko" gag prediction with Three-and-a-half of Clubs, Fourteen of Spades and mis-spotted die that does not add up to seven on all sides
1972 17
Henry Bihari, Jerry Mentzer Comedy Elevator Aces with three gag cards with messages/pictures on them, rattle bar, battery powered buzzer, four duplicate Aces, tiny screwdriver
1975 47
Gerald Kosky Card Gag card is seen attached to wrong card, both add up to value of selection
1975 43
The 3½ of Clubs No. 56, ungaffed with Three of Clubs and half dollar
Related to 1976 86
Karrell Fox Almost, Complete Coverage gag in which the selection is the only card missing in 52-on-1 card/policy card
1976 81
Roy Johnson Fifty Fifty card stopped at is predicted in different ways
  • Mark 1 (jumbo card in envelope)
  • Mark 2 (52-on-1 card with actual prediction on back)
  • Mark 3 (black Two of Hearts)
1977 47
Karl Fulves Dial A Deck Dept "gag" with phone dial on back design
Interlocutor (Issue 37)
Al Leech Crooked Card card changes to a crooked card
1980 38
Fred Lowe Die Teleskopkarte spectator selects Eight of Hearts, Ace prediction is pulled long until there are eight pips, gag card
Aug. 1980
Intermagic (Vol. 7 No. 2)
Roy Johnson Der Kartenwanderung-Klimax one spectator has another spectator select cards that travel across, duplicates, with envelopes
  • Die Extra Spezialität (with gag cards)
Also published here
  • Feature 3, 1979
1980 29
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
Oct. 1981
Spell-Binder (Vol. 1 No. 6)
John Fells, Ramon Varela Three Into One Won't Go three Ace of Clubs shown, faces and backs change (using a three-on-one gag card), adapted from Ramon Varela (Misdirection magazine, 1964)
Jan. 1982
Pabular (Vol. 7 No. 1)
John Brown Eject card that looks like the cassette recorder, pressing buttons to change something in the deck, presentation for ambitious card, rising card and other
Spell-Binder (Vol. 2 No. Special #1 (Summer))
Comedy Five of Clubs Seven of Clubs cut off so that only five pips show
1982 12
Stephen Tucker Mr. Universal thoughts on Universal Card plot, with printed gag cards (13 of spades, 3 1/2)
July 1983
Spell-Binder (Vol. 3 No. 27)
Reinhard Müller Die "Wundersamen" Karten three cards vanish (two of them gag value cards) in an odd-backed packet and reappear in another packet in sandwich configuration, jumbo cards
Inspired by 1984 8
Peter Kane Almost Triumphant incomplete face-up/face-down shuffle, halves stripped apart, selection is sticking out and seen to be five inches long when pulled out
Also published here 1984 ca. 3
Peter Kane Rising Higher selection rises from deck, then is pulled out and seen to be extra-long card
1984 ca. 5
Martin Lewis The Very Odd Card Various transformations with packet of cards, end with "odd" card with messed up pips
Inspired by 1985 101
Karrell Fox, Mickey Ostaski A "Hare-Raising" Illusion male picture card chosen, when it is eventually found, it has grown a beard
1986 135
Paul Swinford Poker Spectacular poker deal with cyberdeck which is stacked with sorting rod, incorporates gag cards Fourteen and Fifteen of Spades
1986 17
Don Hendrix Tidal Wave using 52 on one jumbo card with post it on back with prediction of chosen card
Feb. 1987
Magick (Issue 385)
Sid Lorraine An American Expression "Two Tricks"
blank card with credit card print
The Chronicles (Issue 34)
Peps Zoller Kartendrucken am Stammtisch card printing routine with humorous presentation and gag cards (Fifteen of Diamonds, Three and a Half of Clubs, Fifty-Two on One)
Oct. 1989
Intermagic (Vol. 15 No. 1)
Roy Johnson Double Oscar two routines with the card duck
Inspired by
  • Tricks of a Trouper, Jack Ledair
Also published here
1989 14
Peter Kane Almost Triumphant incomplete face-up/face-down shuffle, halves stripped apart, selection is sticking out and seen to be five inches long when pulled out
Also published here 1992 15
Roy Johnson Doppel-Oskar two routines with the card duck
Inspired by
  • Tricks of a Trouper, Jack Ledair
Also published here
June 1992
Intermagic (Vol. 17 No. 1)
Bob King Seeing is Believing performer blindfolded for full routine
Phase I: a card pocketed and another selected
Phase II: selection found at named small number
Phase III: two more cards divined, using 52-on-One and 3-1/2 gag cards
Phase IV: four Aces dealt in poker round
Phase V: pocketed card named
1993 22
John Scarne, Karl Fulves Spell Purple spelling red, black, suits with packet, ending with "purple" written on a card, see also p. 47
VariationsAlso published here 1993
Rigmarole (Issue 2)
Ron Rennick Shades sun glasses put on table as prediction, card chosen by counting black cards in one pile and counting down in another pile, it is the King of Spades with stuck-on sun glasses
Rigmarole (Issue 3)
Karl Fulves Miko credit information on the 3,5 of Clubs trick
Related to 1993
Verbatim (Issue 5)
William P. Miesel Spell Green spelling red, black, suits with packet, ending with "green" written on a card as well as a rainbow car
Inspired by 1993
Verbatim (Issue 6)
Justin Higham Carta Mundi Wallet Routine Aces between spectators palms, signed selection added, Joker put in wallet, miniature selection appears on Joker, then selection travels into wallet, for Basil Horwitz or Himber wallet
Related to 1993 4
Aldo Colombini Mini & Maxi two card prediction with jumbo Five of Hearts that has a part cut off to predict both the Five and Three
1994 82
Aldo Colombini The Card That Gets Confused odd-backed card changes into three selections one by one, then becomes a gag card with various pips printed all over the face
Inspired by 1994 149
Chester Morris Comedy Cards to Pocket Seven of Spades with bottom two pips cut off, Seven and Five of Spades forced for two-phase routine
1996 4
Frederick Braue Scrambled Thoughtwaves spectator thinks of his selection, yet a blank card, then scrambled up card and then card with image of girl show up
Inspired by
  • Clayton Rawson plot
1996 7
Frederick Braue Who, Me? blank card with message by murderer is found between aces in deck, story presentation
Inspired by 1996 9
Fourteen of Spades
1996 21
The Random Card character "Charlie Random" on blank card, is next to selection
1996 21
Miko specially printed card that is not described in text
1996 22
"Senator" Clarke Crandall Pip Pip blank card instead of Four of Spades produced, four single Spade pips removed from pocket
1996 23
Eddie Tullock The Four and One Half Trick prediction is half the value of selection 4 1/2 card gag, in trade show style
Related to 1996 25
Karl Fulves The Brooklyn Card Trick "tree of hearts"
1997 118
Shedoo Reve, Elrae Sekao Party Pooper gag, card with king sitting on toilet, royal flush, names are anagrams of Ed Voorhees and Earle Oakes
1997 1279
Ermintrude - The Mind-Reading Joker! Joker first says "I've no idea", then hold mini card of selection
1997 132
Simon Lovell The World's Only Blue-Backed Double-Faced Card! gag
  • Bonus Magicians-Only Gag Number One
  • Bonus Magicians-Only Gag Number Two
1997 149
Dean Dill In Case of Emergency card tabled, then any card named, "52-on-1" card produced from pocket, then tabled card shown as named card
1997 37
John Platt Rätsel gefällig? - 1. blackjack gag with Fifteen of Diamonds
Intermagic (Vol. 22 No. 1)
Lew R. Brooks Bughouse Blackjack Fourteen of Spades climax
  • Combined Handling (combining routine with Bughouse Poker)
Related to
  • Blackjack idea in "36 Tricks with FA-KO Cards"
1998 24
Doug Conn ESJoker odd-backed Joker pushed in deck, cards on either side divined and actually written in talk-bubble on Joker
Related to 1999 15
Gary Freed Test Conditions card cut to, prediction is 51-on-1 gag, with actual selection on the back
Related to 1999 133
Shaun Robison Ace-O-Rama! Aces produced, after twisting card appears within, repeat with 52-on-1 gag card, deck is now blank
2000 95
Don Alan Big Deal card prediction with jumbo card, second phase with 3 1/2 gag card
VariationsAlso published here 2000 63
Edward Marlo, Don Alan Tweaking Marlo's Twee card trick based on a pun, picture with tree and three hearts,
2000 179
Don Alan, Eddie Fields Blackjacked! humorous Blackjack routine, spectator wears glasses to see marked cards, ends with a Blackjack formed by a Fourteen and a Seven
2000 181
Ton Onosaka Backstabber II King of Hearts stabbed into deck by spectator, both cards are predicted on the back of the card in fun design
Inspired by
  • "Backstabber" (Ton Onosaka, marketed)
May 2000
Genii (Vol. 63 No. 5)
Don Alan Big Deal card prediction with jumbo card, second phase with 3 1/2 gag card
Also published here May/June 2000
The Magic Menu (Vol. 10 No. 59)
Docc Hilford A Face in the Crowd 52 on one card in wallet, named card reversed in deck, with different back, with variation
Related to
  • Bob McAllister's "Bare Faced"
2002 14
Docc Hilford Mikosan Miko prediction, without dice, 3 1/2 of Clubs with variation
Related to 2002 28
Eric Mead 52 on 1 to One fifty-two on one gag, then named card is actually predicted
Also published here 2003 13
Steve Beam Counterweight multi-phase routine, ending with 51 on 1 card gag
Also published here 2004 61
Frank Truong One Less center pip of a Three picked up with a Joker, leaving behind a Two and a pip drawn on the back of the Joker
Also published here Feb. 2004
Magic (Vol. 13 No. 6)
Joseph K. Schmidt Computer Virus Killer "A Novel Revelation of Two Thought Cards"
two spectators think cards from a five-card and six-card group, involving virus gag card
  • The History (credit information and references)
Inspired byVariations 2005 429
Eric Mead Fifty-Two on One to One fifty-two on one gag, then all cards fall off except chosen one
Also published here 2006 151
Michel Huot Miscellaneous Non-Bill Ideas for the bill switch
  • True Romance
  • Company Merger
  • Getting the Customer
  • 52 on 1
2006 309
Chris Wardle One Up! spectator cuts to card, performer takes next card, spectator looses multiple times, last card with spectator getting an Ace and performer a gag card Sixteen of Hearts
  • Alternative Presentations
2006 30
Karl Fulves Down Sizing "Unexplained"
52-on-One gag card, turned over and only black cards, turned over and only clubs, and so on until selection remains, posed as a problem
Prolix (Issue 4)
Steve Beam Counterweight multi-phase routine, ending with 51 on 1 card gag, Killer Count
Also published here 2008 61
Hiroshi Sawa Club Fourteen two cards selected, they add up to fourteen, the prediction is a King with an additional pip on a string
Dec. 2008
Genii (Vol. 71 No. 12)
Terry Hedges D'emergency Card wrong card changes to selection with help of humorous Emergency Card with message on it
Oct. 2008
Antinomy (Vol. 4 No. 2)
Joseph K. Schmidt On The Rise with horseshoe magnet drawn on a card
  • Part 1: The Magnetized Finger
  • Part 2: The Second Rise
  • Part 3: The Polar Hands
  • Part 4: The Closing Gag
Inspired byRelated to Sep. 2009
Genii (Vol. 72 No. 9)
Peter McKinnon The Blackpool Prediction named card apparently travels into card case, only gag message found inside
  • WTF!?! (case shown empty in advance)
  • BottomFeeder
Related toVariations 2012 7
David Gabbay Fair & Square unique plot, 52-on-1 card is “charged” through a square credit card reader attached to card case, selected card vanishes from the 52-on-1 and full-sized selection appears inside card case
2012 20
Steven Hamilton, Vic Allen Blank Jaks card chosen and signed, four double-blank cards, on one appears a 52-on-1 card, the signed selection on another, whole deck blank-faced then
Inspired by 2013 102
Tomas Blomberg Torn Uncut Card Sheet uncut sheet which contains all the cards of the deck, magician rearranges the pieces of the sheet to make a previously selected card disappear from it, "52 on 1 Gag"
Inspired by 2014 130
Steve Beam Longing for the Selected Card selected card apparently found in deck, it becomes longer as it is pulled out, handling for the long card created by Tom Sellers & Harold Beaumont
Inspired by
  • "Long Card Comedy" (Tom Sellers, The Magic Want Yearbook, 1948-49)
  • "Stretching a Card" (Harold Beaumont, Marketed effect, 1952)
2015 48
Steve Beam The Lower Forty-Eight four-Ace location, faces of the rest of the deck vanish and reappear on a 48-on-one single card
Inspired byRelated toAlso published here 2015 173
Max Maven Lost Horizons
  • Lost Horizons
Brainwave with hole in card, selection is the only one with hole, previously chosen by pushing a needle through a fifty-two-on-one card
Also published here
  • New Tops, Dec. 1979
Jan. 2015
Genii (Vol. 78 No. 1)
Steve Beam More Than Just a Snappy Dresser selected card vanishes and reappears printed on the Joker card, being held by the Joker
  • The Chameleon
Also published here 2016 10
Steve Beam The Lower 48 four-Ace location, faces of the rest of the deck vanish and reappear on a 48-on-one single card
Also published here 2016 13
Steve Beam Er sieht nicht nur schick aus selected card vanishes and reappears printed on the Joker card, being held by the Joker
Also published here 2016 8
Alexander de Cova 52er Gag Karte 52-on-1 card used to load signed cards into wallet by taking triple off deck
2016 231
Frank Truong One Less center pip of a Three picked up with a Joker, leaving behind a Two and a pip drawn on the back of the Joker
Also published here 2022 269
Martin Lewis Rejected duplicate of Seven of Diamonds is printed onto blank cards, but then seven Diamond-shaped white parts are found on the back of the card
Also published here
  • MAGIC, May 2005
2022 401
Vitaly Shevtsov Pointer Sandwich card appears in sandwich, it has an arrow which points toward sandwich where another card appeared - the selection
Also published here
  • MAGIC, May 2012
2022 1119
Joshua Logan, John Bodine, Brian Hart Freak Out tabled card is named card, not really but with graphic image on card that gets a reaction
Also published here
  • MAGIC, Nov. 2012
2022 1160