128 entries in Cards / Principles / Stacked Deck Stuff / Cyclical / Tetradistic
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Friedrich W. Conradi-Horster Die Kartenwage performer names number of cards in cut-off pile, with patter
1896 87
Friedrich W. Conradi-Horster Neueste Methode, Karte zu erraten Stebbins type stack with 32 cards
1896 92
Die künstliche Reihenfolge der Karten simple cyclical stack, divination of chosen card
Mar. 1896
Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 1 No. 7)
S. W. Erdnase Tricks with the Prearranged Deck Eight Kings - set up explained with methods to calculate cards and their positions (applicable for any cyclic stack)
Related toVariations 1902 179
Theodore Annemann One in Fourteen deck is cut, card remembered and shuffled among thirteen other cards, selection is found
1931 13
Orville Wayne Meyer Your Card! selection is divined via two cards behind back (suit, value), cyclical stack, see page 99 for improvement by Meyer
Nov. 1934
The Jinx (Issue 2)
Theodore Annemann Fair and Square suit rotation stack
Related to 1934 24
Theodore Annemann Fair and Square suit rotation stack
Related to 1937 203
Excello Card Discovery suit rotation stack
Related to 1937 231
H. Adrian Smith A Method for a Set-up Deck mental aid to keep track of suits while dealing for cyclical stacks
1938 908
Eine neue Art, eine Karte zu lokalisieren method to find a selected card, using full stack
Also published here
  • "Magikeren" January 1939.
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 1 No. 2)
H. Adrian Smith A Method For A Set-up Deck finger count for suits in a tetradistic stack
1940 17
Gaston "Gasbor" Borgeaud Quelques remarques sur l'emploi du jeu de cartes rangé en chapelet (suite) stack deck, cards and positions can be calculated of 36 cards, for Swiss "Jass" game
Related to May 1942
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 4 No. 5)
Gaston "Gasbor" Borgeaud Quelques remarques sur l'emploi du jeu de cartes rangé en chapelet (suite et fin) stack deck, cards and positions can be calculated of 36 cards, for Swiss "Jass" game, second part
Related to June 1942
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 4 No. 6)
The Hungry Jackass overview of stack
Related to 1944 45
To Know Which Card Has Been Selected cutting deck at selection and then sighting bottom card
1944 48
John Mulholland To Know By Sound Which Card Is Missing From the Deck spectator doesn’t see card, magician riffles deck to his ear and divines card, same method as p. 48
1944 49
John Mulholland To Know How Many Cards Are Taken From the Deck cards taken in a group, cut deck at location of removal and sight top and bottom cards, magician says number of cards drawn and names each one
1944 50
John Mulholland The Fortune Telling Cards deck is cut into three piles and top cards are set aside face down, packets are turned face up and magician gives a “reading” based on the bottom cards, then divines the three cards
1944 51
John Mulholland A Current Prophecy spectator counts down to named number, card arrived at matches prediction, stack, crib card
1944 53
John Mulholland Dealing the Winning Hand spectator chooses either Bridge or Poker and magician can deal himself a winning hand (Bridge), or himself and spectator a winning hand (Poker)
1944 56
Further Tricks knowing the position of any named card in deck, using mental arithmetic or crib card
1944 57
John Mulholland Combined Tricks begin with Hungry Jackass stack, deal into two piles to go into “Red/Black Location”, see references
Related to 1944 135
Howard A. Adams Uncanny Coincidence after odd calculation, four cards are located which match total
Nov. 1946 265
Toni Koynini The Last Card free selection, then three more cards arrived at after dealing deck into three piles, all match and consists of four-of-a-kind
1951 19
Percy James Coincidence and Four Kings deck dealt in four packets, and packets cut by spectator, value is used to count to card which turn out to be the four Kings
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 13 No. 6)
Peter Kane Tetradism
  • (1) Matching the Cards with freely chosen card
  • (2) all four-of-a-kinds produced
Variations 1967 19
James G. Thompson Jr. Cards & Pellets - Some Early Original Routines three cards written on billets divined, four methods and some further references and ideas
Also published here July 1968 192
Edward Marlo Time For Si Stebbins
1971 16
Edward Marlo Time Zones two selections
1971 16
Robert (Bob) Hess The 13th Card prediction under magazine matches thirteenth card after free spectator cut
Variations July 1972 552
Gene Finnell Base 4 System "Card Sorting and Set Ups"
sorting shuffled deck into new deck order, four possible positions during run-through
  • New Deck Order ("New Deck Order in 3 Sorts")
  • Numerical Order Stack
  • Random Number - Ordered Suit
  • Numerical Order - Random Suit
  • Si Stebbins
1973 20
Gene Finnell Prophesy card selected, two cards produced with value and suit of selection (composite card), then three cards found with those cards, the three mates of the selection
1973 29
Gene Finnell Trapped selection made, three cards of matching value are trapped with two faros
1973 30
Gene Finnell Cards Of Prophesy (actually unnumbered page between 30 and 31)
card removed, odd-backed card put in deck, faros, cards of same value and suit end up next to odd-backed card (composite)
1973 31
Gene Finnell Twins 32-card packet cut, top card put aside, down/under deal with rest, a match
1973 56
Gene Finnell Make Up two selection cut into deck, faro, cards on either side have same value and suit (composite)
1973 75
James G. Thompson Jr. Einige Frühe Originalroutinen three cards written on billets divined, four methods and some further references and ideas
Also published here Oct. 1973
Intermagic (Vol. 1 No. 2)
M. D. Overholser The 13th Plus 13 prediction in pocket matches thirteenth card after free spectator cut
Inspired by June 1975 975
E. Leslie May Tri-Mental three ESP cards selected from a deck, divined
Magick (Issue 121)
Gerald Kosky E.S.P. cards placed inside envelopes are divined
1975 166
Eight Kings & Furry Kitten two cyclical mnemonics
1978 1137
Stephen Minch Quatrain four ESP cards are predicted, spectator deals and stops
Also published here 1978
Magick (Issue 215)
Kathi DeFrancis, Steve Aldrich Mind Touch blindfolded medium divines cards
Magick (Issue 234)
Jules Lenier Dark Touch ESP-deck, three cards in different pockets, performer finds duplicates of unseen selections
Magick (Issue 247)
Bob Ostin Relativity spectator divides his packet in red and black and in suits, performer locates selection
Inspired by
  • Stewart James' "The Problem of the Missing Clue" in "The Linking Ring" Vol. 58, Nr. 10. 1978, P. 85.
Sep. 1979
The Talon (Issue 5)
Jeff Busby Cyclical Stack <-> Stay Stack
1980 21
Stephen Minch Quatrain four ESP cards are predicted, spectator deals and stops
Also published here 1980 24
Stephen Minch Pentapody performer finds all five duplicate ESP cards from face down spread, matching selection
1980 27
Bob Cantoni Alpha Wrap prediction of letters from ABC deck
Magick (Issue 260)
Al Smith Stebbinside unknown card pocketed by spectator, another card is sandwiched via faro, it's the mate
Inspired by
  • "Si Stebbins Hits The Trail" (Al Smith, Abra)
1980 3
Ken Beale A Clock Trick rotating stack application, card in clock layout chosen by value of card chosen from rest
Variations 1982 31
Karl Fulves SRR + Stebbins missing card named by looking only through half the shuffled deck
1982 41
Peter Kane Mister-ee Five by Five one suit added to a deck to make a 65-card deck, selection matches coincidence when two piles are turned up in unison, faro, constant stack
Inspired byVariations 1982 7
Peter Kane Son of Tetradism mates of selected card are at the same position in three packets
Inspired byVariationsAlso published here
  • one of Martin Breese's Magicassettes
1982 71
Stewart James Half Open Omen number prediction with cards using cyclical stack (Si Stebbins, Eight Kings), featuring comedy patter "Heinz Across the Sea"
Arcane (Issue 10)
Philip T. Goldstein Rosareveal two cut to cards predict a chosen card, reverse-faro
1984 3
René Lavand My Rosary several ideas with a stacked deck, production of named cards, card switch in pocket and dealing into four suits
Also published here 1988 77
Simon Aronson Oh Pity Me Location clocking with half deck of cyclical stack
  • The Half Deck Principle
  • The Basic Procedure
  • Handling Tips
  • Combinations
1990 75
The Centrifuge Principle dealing a cyclical stack, see also following applications
Related to 1991 3
Stewart James Constant Stack Principle
1991 3
William Larsen, T. Page Wright The L. W. Super-Detection spectator removes card from anywhere, performer removes two cards that stand for value and suit of selection, also with two cards or with spectator locating the cards in his pocket
1991 196
T. Page Wright The Triple Surprise Speller card freely chosen, then spelled to, at the end a card of same value, suit and card itself show up
1991 224
Doug Edwards No Chances using cyclical stack
Apr. 1993
Apocalypse (Vol. 16 No. 4)
René Lavand More Rosary Effects production of named cards, card switch in pocket and dealing into four suits
Also published here 1993 156
Alex Elmsley The Constant Stack
Related to 1994 309
Doug Edwards Houdini Casts a Spell cyclical stack
Feb. 1997
Apocalypse (Vol. 20 No. 2)
Nick Trost Blind-Sight Gilbreath principle, shuffle two decks together
Variations 1997 162
Peter Duffie The Short Deck Baffler Challenge location, card freely selected and shuffled, magician finds it
1997 82
Alex Elmsley No-Calc two cards are located, two numbers written down and cards found at that position
Also published here 1997 3
Doug Edwards Houdini Casts A Spell Spell "Harry Houdini" a few times to divine selected card placed in pocket (suit then number)
1997 25
Karl Fulves Eraser Stack "Unsolved Mysteries"
stack cut, seven cards dealt out, next card turned over, if red all red cards are eliminated and so on, same with next cards and suit and odd/even, last card predicted, posed as a problem
1997 148
Alex Elmsley No-Calc two cards are located, two numbers written down and cards found at that position
Also published here 1998 54
Patrick Page, Ken De Courcy Tricks with a Stacked ESP Deck on the stack and handling it
1999 17
Patrick Page, Ken De Courcy One in Six ESP divination of one card
1999 18
Patrick Page, Ken De Courcy Three Faces three people cut a packet of an ESP deck, all cards are divined
1999 19
Patrick Page, Ken De Courcy The Power of Money spectator places coins on piles, ESP cards match
1999 21
Patrick Page, Ken De Courcy A Cute Intro spelling all ESP cards and turning them over
1999 22
Ellis Stanyon To Deal Yourself All the Trumps No. 10, stack
1999 88
Ellis Stanyon To Pick Out Any One or More Values No. 12, "The gathering of the Clans", quartets come together after dealing thirteen piles
1999 89
Ellis Stanyon The Greek Cross No. 19, thirteen four-card packets made, one selected, found after redistribution and another deal
1999 92
Ellis Stanyon To Produce Any Card No. 23, after dealing into thirteen heaps all heaps have one quartet
1999 94
Pascal de Clermont Impression divination of three Tarot cards, performer draws cards
Syzygy (Vol. 4 No. 17)
Karl Fulves The Dark Force
Inspired by 2000 175
Steve Beam Strike Three mates are found
Inspired by 2000 206
Harry Lorayne Unique Peek #5 naming card selected from incomplete faro peek, or finding it or its mate
2001 179
Harry Lorayne What A M-E-S! "Memory Estimation Sleight-of-hand"
shuffled deck, card removed (force), divined after dealing deck into four piles, one of each value in each pile, memory demonstrations, all four-of-a-kinds together, faro
Inspired by
  • "Mexican Solitaire" (Ed Marlo, Ibidem)
Related toVariations
2001 631
Tom Frame Blind-Sided spectator choses card behind back, performer does the same, the cards match, single-deck method
Inspired by Sep. 2001
Ego (Vol. 1 No. 4)
Lewis Jones, Jack Avis Remote view - the sequel two consecutive challenge locations
Inspired by
  • "Remove View" (Lewis Jones, Cardiograms)
2002 55
Jack Avis, Lewis Jones Double take unknown card removed, another card chosen and placed aside, second card divined by turning over some cards in the deck of same suit, value, ... then the three mates of removed card turn over
Related to 2002 71
Lewis Jones Up and Down Double cards are shuffled face down into face up, spectator removes a face up card and performer a face-down card with same value
Inspired by 2002 133
Steve Beam Bullet-Ridden with Black Jack and Poker theme
Related to 2002 168
Roberto Giobbi Book Test on using of playing cards to force a number
Nov. 2003
Genii (Vol. 66 No. 11)
Dan Harlan Soulmates spectator cuts deck and removes top card, thirteen cards used to locate a card with the same value and suit with spectator
2003 107
Steven Youell Setting The Combination Vernon's Aces with Free Cut Principle and stack to get packets of right size
2004 32
Karl Fulves Displaceable U deck cut in half, both halves shuffled, spectator removes some cards of named suit and places them in box, another one from other half under box, last one is named
Related to 2005 11
Robin Robertson 8 Kings Combo random looking stack making use of Combo system, starting with cyclical stack
2005 62
Patrick Dessi Le C-PAP: Notions de Base, Principes et Contruction special stack, cyclical in colors but not in values
2009 23
Woody Aragón Routined Spelling multiple phase spelling trick:
  • a freely chosen color
  • a freely chosen suit
  • a freely chosen card by spelling its name
  • a freely chosen card by progressively revealing the suit and the value from spelling
2011 113
Patrick Page Other Revelations on divining cards, finding the mate of the chosen card
Related to 2011 85
Justin Higham Eight-Kings Topper
2011 39
Allan Ackerman, S. W. Erdnase Thirty Minute Memorized Deck calculating positions in cyclical stack
Inspired by 2012 17
Allan Ackerman Bonus Cull card named, two shuffles performed, named card on top and rest of deck now in four-of-a-kinds
2012 19
Philip T. Goldstein Spelling the Future think Stop, then card is spelled and leads to a card which performer has predicted
2012 111
Obie O'Brien The Matching Color Mates spectator cuts to a card, performer finds mate
2012 213
Tom Gagnon Lessinout Culls Stebbins culling a four-of-a-kind from a stack
2013 112
Gabi Pareras Coincidencia Total three phases, solution with just one deck
Inspired byRelated to 2014 34
Max Maven Lie-Decker Despite the deck lying, the magician uses it to determine the color and value of the selection, and to locate the selection.
Related to 2015 39
Steve Beam The Lock with Two Keys Choreographed process for selecting a card that provides the magician with the key to the selected card.
2015 94
Steve Beam The PC Card Trick Compatibility test with a couple where two mates are found.
2015 103
Alex Elmsley Constant Stack
Related to 2016 243
Steve Beam The Table Spread spreading cards on the table to hide a pattern, apparently mixing
2018 238
Matt Baker Location Sensing Device Magician locates spectator's card, and vice versa
Inspired by 2019 40
Allan Ackerman The Mem Deck I Prefer "The Tetradistic Stack"
thirteen cards in random order, suits random but power stack property
Inspired by 2019 30
Allan Ackerman The Thought Algorithm "a.k.a. The Programmed Deck"
named tantalizer (or card written down), with written instructions for the spectator to follow, card positioned during Joker removal, credit information
Inspired by 2019 34
Allan Ackerman The Any Sandwich named card sandwiched with faro
  • The Easy Way
  • The Better Way (deck remains face down)
2019 53
Pepe Lirrojo A special Stay-Stack, Stay Cardozo stay-stack meets cyclical stack
2019 8
Ramón Riobóo Grand Telepathy for Five Magician divines cards taken by spectators, stacked deck
Inspired by
  • "Telepathy to Order" (Ramon Rioboo, Thinking the Impossible, p. 213)
2019 163
Greg Chapman The Faro Shuffle and the Stacked Deck short comment on quartets and Si Stebbins
2020 36
Paul Gallagher Sympathy Fantastique card cut to, cards of same value found while peeling off top and bottom cards repeatedly until one remains, then all cards end up mated
Inspired by Mar. 2021
Genii (Vol. 84 No. 3)
John Hostler Verne G.'s Con four-of-a-kind is found with some dealing and lucky numbers
July 2021
Genii (Vol. 84 No. 7)
David Britland Three Impossibilities
  • Cardopolis
three cards chosen, two are divined and for the third the performer produces a card of same value and one of same suit
Aug. 2021
Genii (Vol. 84 No. 8)
Paul Gallagher Card Detective card chosen, "card" and "detective" spelled to find cards of same suit and value
Sep. 2021
Genii (Vol. 84 No. 9)
Scott Baird Iterant Intelligence Joker stabbed into deck, suit and value of cards next to it used to make up another card which is found with "Central Intelligence" procedure, then the other possible suit/value combination is also found, faro shuffles
Inspired by Oct. 2022
The Hermit (Vol. 1 No. 10)
Tom Frame Blind-Sided spectator choses card behind back, performer does the same, the cards match
Inspired byAlso published here
  • MAGIC, Aug. 2006
2022 525
Simon Aronson Expertalk: Simon Aronson Running Without Being CHaSeD disguising the color stack pattern in stacks
Also published here
  • MAGIC, Aug. 2009
2022 882
Rafael Tubino Absolute Location card selected, mate turns over and other two of same value are found on either side, faro
Also published here
  • MAGIC, Sep. 2009
2022 888
Roberto Mansilla Ninty-One
  • Artifices
performer blindfolded, spectator cuts and takes a bunch of cards, performer divines all of them and their sum
Inspired by
  • "Card Calling" (Richard Osterlind, Breakthrough Card System - 20th Anniversary Edition, 2003)
May 2023
Genii (Vol. 86 No. 5)