42 entries in Cards / Effect Themes / Gambling / Cutting the High Card
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Tom Sellers Cut spectator and performer each have half the deck, performer wins at cutting the high card
1931 20
Winning the Cut cutting the high card with spectator, stacked
1937 223
P. Howard Lyons High in Denmark cutting the high card with all quartets in descending order
Sep. 1957
Ibidem (Issue 11)
North Bigbee Decromancy routines for a new deck
  • cutting high card / to the Ace of Spades
  • finding selection (impromptu stripper)
Dec. 1963
The New Phoenix (Issue 385)
Art Johnston The Choice is Yours spectator choses one of three piles, bottom highest card wins ("Bankers and Brokers")
1967 144
Steve Shimm Game-Playing Machines article about simple computer programs applied to (card) games
  • Banker And Broker (cutting the high card)
  • The Tic-Tac-Toe Machine
  • Computer At The Card Table
  • The Machine As Innovator
Related to Nov. 1969
Epilogue (Issue 7)
Paul Curry A Show Of Hands cutting the high card with the spectator, the magician has the influence when he wins and loses
1974 96
Nick Trost High-Low Cutting Pack specially cut deck
1975 26
Hannes Höller Unentschieden game of high cards with only eight cards, always same value card
1978 82
Ray Grismer Hi-Lo Even Money Aces and Faces punched
1988 10
Randy Wakeman Anything I Can Do, You Can Do Better cutting high card presentation, eventually a four-of-a-kind found, Christ Force
1989 92
Karl Fulves High Stebbins
  • (A) spectator cuts packet and takes top card, performer next, high card wins
  • (B) high card wins with twelve-card packet, three cards each, performer has better odds
  • (C) high card wins variation with better odds for performer
  • (D) high card wins combined with faro shuffle to shift odds to first or second player
1991 10
Gazzo Macee A Gentlemen's Game routine about the game High Card, Aces end up in performer's pocket
Sep. 1991
The Minotaur (Vol. 3 No. 3)
Jerry K. Hartman Piker Poker spectator plays “Cut High Card” against performer and wins, performer changes spectator’s to a lower card and his own to a higher card to win
Inspired by 1995 160
Karl Fulves, John Scarne Cut For High Card
1996 175
Stanley Collins Banker & Broker three piles made, the one with the highest card on the bottom wins, spectator thinks he saw an Ace on the bottom of one, Given the Slip
Related to 2000 68
John Scarne Double Play two spectators cut deck and remember bottom card while performer's back is turned, performer shuffles, names both cards and their positions, then cuts to two Aces, risky, exploiting corner crimp property when cutting from ends or sides
Charlatan (Issue 6)
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
Bruce Bernstein Bernstein's Bet Trick that fooled Einstein, with bills, High Card presentation
Also published here 2008 1
Grace Ann Morgan +1 spectator cuts to four cards, performer cuts to one higher each, with Si Stebbins variation
Also published here 2009 12
Steve Beam One Upsmanship performer cuts one card higher than spectator, stack
Inspired by
  • "A Cut Above" (Paul Hallas, Tricks from the Overground)
2010 118
R. Paul Wilson, Chad Long Luck Versus Skill multiple phase gambling themed routine with cutting the high card culminating in a variation of "Shuffling Lesson"
Inspired by 2010 155
Tom Gagnon Bilateral Bottom Deal two-handed version of Lateral Bottom Deal
Inspired byVariationsAlso published here 2011 188
Karl Fulves Banker - Broker intro, about the game and the transfer sleight, credit information
Related to 2012
Prolix (Issue 10)
John Scarne Cheating by The Book (belly) strippers
Related to
  • Scarne On Cards
Prolix (Issue 10)
John Scarne The Banker's Secret sucker set-up for banker broker
Prolix (Issue 10)
Bruce Bernstein Bernstein's Bet Trick that fooled Einstein, with bills, High Card presentation
Also published here 2012 87
Steve Mayhew Cuts Like A Mayhew spectator gives pack a riffle shuffle, winning at cutting to high card
2014 78
R. Paul Wilson Aces Reloaded Ace cutting effect
Inspired by 2015 129
Michael Feldman Cutting High Magician always cuts to high card, spectator always to a low card
2017 110
Jason Ladanye High-Card Hustle multi-phase cutting the high card, set-up reachable via faros from new deck order, faros
2018 263
Jason Ladanye The Art of War spectator and performer each turn over cards, higher card wins, spectator loses throughout whole deck, faros
2018 325
Jan Logemann High Five two spectators cut (deeper) in two halves, four cards of same value show up, cutting the high card presentation, money prize is split in two
Inspired by
  • Aldo Colombini trick
2019 8
Patrick G. Redford ... This Means War! Cut high card, spectator keeps winning. Play game of war with spectator, magician always wins.
2019 180
Lee Asher The Touch
  • Phase One - Cutting For High Card
  • Phase Two - Blackjack
  • Phase Three - Poker - Five Card Draw
May 2020
Elixir (Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 2 (Spring #2))
Steve Forte Cutting the Aces intro
2020 746
Steve Forte deck setups all fours-of-a-kind together
2020 769
Steve Forte Two-At-A-Time Aces cutting to two Aces at once
  • two aces: v-strip
  • split, cut, carry
  • triple center-cuts
  • high-card wins
  • double dead-cuts
2020 782
Chris Rawlins One Card Poker spectator shuffles, then takes top cards, as does performer, both are Aces, other Aces found on top and reversed in center
  • Ad Card Secrets
  • Reverse Approach
Variations 2020 5
Greg Chapman Fixed Floating Key Cards in a Stacked Deck 18-35 principle
    • High Card
    • Hold'em
  • Work in the Cards
  • Other Positions
2020 30
Roger Crosthwaite More Ace-Cutting
Inspired by
  • "Loo Lung Revisited" (Roger Crosthwaite, Tribute to Farelli)
Also published here
  • MAGIC, Mar. 2006
2022 485
Grace Ann Morgan Plus One spectator cuts to four cards, performer cuts to one higher each
Also published here 2022 974