55 entries in Mental Magic / Principles / Fishing
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Oswald Rae Psycho-Analysis performer divines card and thought-of name of a spectator by holding his wrist, then spectator divines thought of card from the performer and decided upon by another spectator
1928 77
Dr. Stanley Jaks Pinned ripped page from magazine is pinned, word is divined, see p. 762 for ideas by Al Baker
Related toAlso published here Sep. 1949
The Phoenix (Issue 185)
George B. Anderson Palmistry Versus Mindreading playing "Twenty Questions" to get answer, with palm reading
1949 13
The Amazing Maurice License Plate Numbers cards with license plate numbers and states, one is selected and performer divines ten digit number and state
1961 25
C. L. Boarde Pumping on fishing, words and letters
1978 13
C. L. Boarde Statistics - Variation A several numbers added, ranging force, list
1978 97
C. L. Boarde Statistics - Variation B several numbers added, ranging force, list
1978 99
Thomas Alan Waters Two-Way Fishing between two astrological signs, stoping sentence and waiting for reaction
Related to 1982
Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Grymwyr)
Al Mann Tr-Id board with different designs in different colors, three person select one and draw the design on a board, performer divines designs and colors
Inspired byRelated to 1982 1
Thomas Alan Waters RoTarot tarot card is selected and divined
Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Psychl)
Karl Fulves Taking No For An Answer explanation of the (progressive) anagram principle
1983 6
Sam Schwartz Ars Magna improved fishing for basic anagram principle
1983 8
Karl Fulves Short Circuiting fishing variation in the "Incredi Test #1"
  • Group Doubling
Inspired by 1983 47
Karl Fulves Jo-Anagrams using anagram principle in divination of mental effect in which one of four girls on postcards is divined or a playing card
1983 52
Karl Fulves The Silent R fishing variation
Inspired by 1983 53
Karl Fulves The Q Test spectator in another room with list of words and thinks of one, written on slate, repeated several times, not 100%, some words are easily visualized and others are not, concept fishing
1983 55
Al Mann Random House Mystery dictionary book test over the phone, word from a sentence is selected and looked at in the dictionary, fishing
1984 15
Jack Yates Choice twelve objects are put in a bag, two spectators select one each, performer divines both, then from all objects are removed and replaced in the bag, the last one was predicted
1986 10
Jack Yates P&S System six geometrical signs in envelopes, divination of selected, back turned in selection process, also possible with word groups
1986 28
Philip T. Goldstein Monaural spectator thinks of name in address book which the performer divines
1989 14
Edward Bagshawe, Sam Schwartz, Karl Fulves Metalogic No. 77, four coins, each represents a president, one chosen and divined
1989 106
Philip T. Goldstein Concept Fishing
1991 10
Anthony Lindan Psychic Compatibility as Anthony linden, number divination
1993 892
Philip T. Goldstein Shufflegram
  • First Avenue (with fishing)
  • Second Avenue (where spectator looks at a word in a dictionary as tell)
Inspired by
  • "Webster Had A Word For It" (Stewart James, Linking Ring)
1994 38
Ted Lesley Symbolico deck with symbols, chosen one is divined, Koran type with pumping feature
1994 121
Alan Nguyen The Natural Anagram Principle narrowing down to a specific word that was thought of from a group of words (on a page)
Variations 1995
Labyrinth (Issue 4)
Bob Farmer Efficient Fishing
  • Overview: Two Fishing Rods
    • Binary Fishing
    • Majority Fishing
  • The Magic Combination
    • Combo Fishing
  • The Nguyen Anagram Revisited
    • Analysis
    • Conclusion
Inspired by 1995
Labyrinth (Issue 5)
Leo Boudreau Picture Show three people select postcard, divined by performer
Inspired by 1996
Syzygy (Vol. 2 No. 15)
Jas Jakutsch The "Nod Technique", Body Language and Speed of Response brief, on fishing
Related to 1999 14
Jas Jakutsch "Understandable Mistakes" brief, fishing letters while doing a progressive anagram
1999 14
Jas Jakutsch Negative Cast Statements (NCS) question which can be interpreted in two ways, no + are you?
1999 15
Bruce Martyn Think Psychic word from a lose page is selected and divined
Syzygy (Vol. 4 No. 18)
Karl Fulves Either-Or how binary principles are used in fishing and coding
Related to 2005 8
Karl Fulves Penny Machines illustration of "Either-Or" article
Related to 2005 99
Chuck Hickok Essay #11: Thoughts on Branching Anagrams
2005 92
Max Maven Exploring the Zone book test routine for Todd Karr's "The Da Vinci Zone", uses "The Da Vinci Code" and extractable cue sheets in pens
  • Introduction
  • The Basic Effect
  • The Basic Method (credit information)
  • How to Gain Access to the Information
  • Additional Information
  • Viewing the Cue Sheet
  • Presentation
  • A Thought-Reading Sequence
  • Other Approaches
  • The Conceptual Approach (concept fishing)
  • The Short Word Problem
  • With More Than One Book
  • Other Applications
  • Closing Thoughts
2006 1
Dani DaOrtiz Fishing
  • DaOrtiz a la Carte!

  • The Way It's Usually Done
  • Eliminating the Sensation of Fishing
  • Let the Fishing Begin
  • Elimination Based on Location
  • Elimination Based on Characteristics
Also published here June 2013
Genii (Vol. 76 No. 6)
Michael Weber, Tim Trono Key Tag Divination spectator thinks of a city listed on the back of an airline promotional key tag, the country of that city is divined
Inspired byRelated toVariations Apr. 2013
Real Secrets (Vol. 2 No. 13)
Michael Weber, Tim Trono Membership Divination Card spectator thinks of a city listed on the back of an airline membership card, the country of that city is divined
(PDF bonus effect)
Inspired by Apr. 2013
Real Secrets (Vol. 2 No. 13)
Michael Weber, Tim Trono Airline Membership Card Bonus tip on fishing
(PDF bonus effect)
Apr. 2013
Real Secrets (Vol. 2 No. 13)
Dr. Stanley Jaks Pinned ripped page from magazine is pinned, word is divined
Also published here 2014 203
Colin McLeod Additional Thoughts spectators write differente pieces of information on a piece of paper, other spectator selects one and information is divined
Inspired by
  • Banachek's "Q&A Pad"
  • Docc Hilford's "Questa"
  • Jeromey Finley's "In the Madhouse"
2014 116
Michael Weber, Tim Trono Mindreader of the Month word from magazine divined, really only from subscription card held inside magazine
Oct. 2014
Real Secrets (Vol. 3 No. 31)
Michael Weber Contimental - Weber Notes on fishing and progressive/branching anagrams
  • The Informational Transition
  • The Letter Recovery
Inspired by 2015 8
Christoph Borer Tarot Deap Out deep sea deck with tarot cards, tossed out deck
2016 114
Paul Vigil Unwilling Participants how to handle them during fishing sequences
2017 220
殷欣 (Sion) 暧昧 (Ambiguous) Magician correctly divines spectator's birthdate and astrological sign, propless
Related to 2017 12
殷欣 (Sion) 背叛 (Betrayal) Spectator imagines three different coins, places one in pocket, the other two in each hand. Magician divines the specific positions of all three imaginary coins while also detecting if spectator is lying or telling the truth (propless)
2017 31
殷欣 (Sion) 馒头羊 Magician correctly divines thought of item from a list of items by the magician
2017 76
Bob Farmer Majority Fishing credit information
Related to 2017 91
Jim Steinmeyer The Read Letter
  • Conjuring
spectators think of a word in a line of a recited poem, then of a letter in that, the letters are divined
Also published here June 2017
Genii (Vol. 80 No. 6)
Jim Steinmeyer The Read Letter spectators think of a word in a line of a recited poem, then of a letter in that, the letters are divined
Also published here 2017 7
Michael Weber, Tim Trono SiteSeer spectator thinks of a city listed on the back of a plastic card, the country of that city is divined
Related to 2020 1
Michael Weber, Tim Trono Backhanded conceptual fishing to get the exact object in some cases in Mental Pictionary
2023 7
Michael Murray Trilogy three spectator chose words from list, after association gamed words are divined, last word is even predicted, using the Combine Harvester Technique
Inspired by
  • Bill Goldman's "Mental Yarn"
2023 36