97 entries in Cards / Effect Themes / Spelling / Lie Detector (with spelling)
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Martin Gardner Improved Lie Speller with two cards
Inspired by
  • Martin Gardner's version in "Here's More Magic" (Joe Berg)
12 Tricks with a Borrowed Deck 22
Jerry Sorensen That's the Way They're Done four cards are found, one with Martin Gardner's "Lie Detector Test"
My Best 33
Jack Avis, Larry Jennings To Lie Or Tell The Truth see also p. 840 for idea by Cushing Strout
Related to
  • p. 179 for further references
VariationsAlso published here
The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 3 No. 7) 175
Bruce Cervon Perfect Speller
Variations The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 4 No. 2) 227
Jon Racherbaumer Notes on the Lie Speller credit information, see also page 162 for comment by Cervon & Jennings
Hierophant (Issue 2) 57
Allan Slaight Repeat Perfect Speller simplified
Inspired by The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 4 No. 8) 264
Martin Gardner Repeat Lie Speller see p. 289 for reference
The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 4 No. 12) 288
Roy Walton The Inconsistent Liar
Variations The Devil's Playthings 53
Aldini Lie Detector Deck
Roughingly Yours 12
Simon Aronson "Lie Detector" Speller
Hierophant (Issue 4) 173
Jon Racherbaumer Liars Fortune
Hierophant (Issue 5-6) 298
Jack Avis Four Tricks: Random Speller
Epilogue (Issue 24) 225
Nick Trost Automatic Lie Speller Lie Detector with verification
Also published here Subtle Card Magic: Part Two 12
Karl Fulves Perfect Speller spelling random things
Inspired by Interlocutor (Issue 27) 106
Jerry K. Hartman To Spell the Truth Lie speller, inspired by Martin Gardner
Loose Ends 41
Karl Fulves Riffle Shuffle Control Placement for Perfect Speller
Inspired byRelated to Interlocutor (Issue 23) 89
Martin A. Nash Unkown Speller's Central four card set-up
Sleight Unseen 415
Bruce Cervon The Perfect Speller credit information on Lie Speller
Riffle Shuffle Control 14
Harvey Rosenthal HR's Speller Lie Speller with two selections
Inspired by Riffle Shuffle Control 18
Bruce Cervon, Karl Fulves R/S Plus P/S Riffle Shuffle Control plus Perfect Speller, placement of card
Related to Riffle Shuffle Control 18
Karl Fulves Speller Note brief note on Cervon's "Perfect Speller"
Related to Riffle Shuffle Control 20
Andrew Galloway The Fib Finder
Diverting Card Magic 39
Allan Slaight Continued combined with Stud Poker and Lie-Speller
Inspired by Apocalypse Vol. 1-5 (Vol. 5 No. 5) 633
Bob King Programmed Lie Detector full deck
Best of Friends 263
Philip T. Goldstein Manhattan Transfer lie speller with automatic control, credit information for Lie Spelling
Inspired by 12/12 5
Stephen Tucker Who's the dirty rascal? Lie detector effect, spectator spells "red/black" etc., finds selection at the end of the spelling, but rest of the deck is revealed to be blank
The Card-Mad-gic of Stephen Tucker 2
Jack Avis To Lie or Tell the Truth No. 12, impromptu
More Self-Working Card Tricks 16
Philip T. Goldstein Manhattan Transfer lie speller with automatic control, credit information for Lie Spelling
Inspired by Lechter Notes 1
Martin Lewis Martin's Computer Cards Nine special "computer" cards used as lie detector and divines identity of card
Variations Martin's Miracles 105
John C. Wagner Simplex Lie Speller six card set-up
The Commercial Magic of J.C. Wagner 138
Bruce Cervon Perfect Speller featuring Cervon's lie detector strategie
The Cervon File 29
Stewart James 3 Little Words
  • Two Pile Lie Speller: The Roots
  • Two Pile Lie Speller: The Trick
Related to The Chronicles (Issue 32) 1379
Harry Lorayne Simple Lie Detector faro
Trend Setters 140
Bruce Cervon Lie Speller brief
The Aronson Approach 28
Nick Trost Psi Stebbins Lie Speller
Cardfixes 169
Alex Elmsley Liars' Club with spelling, setting up in front of spectators
The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley — Volume 1 284
Allan Slaight I Cannot Spell A Lie
Also published here The Trapdoor — Volume Two (Issue 45) 806
Marty Kane The Best Lie Detector faro
Variations Apocalypse Vol. 16-20 (Vol. 16 No. 2) 2173
David Neighbors Who's Lying? - Second Handling lie speller
Simplicity at Your Fingertips 29
Ken Simmons Who's Lying? lie speller
Inspired by
  • Automatic Speller Placement Principle (Jim Steinmeyer, The New Invocation #43)
Simplicity at Your Fingertips 28
Jon Racherbaumer Dunbury Lie Speller - Eighteen-Card Version
Inspired by Simplicity at Your Fingertips 30
Allan Slaight I Cannot Spell A Lie
Also published here Semi-Automatic Card Tricks 20
Tom Craven Super Speller not with full deck
Inspired by
  • "Remote Control" (Jim Steinmeyer, The New Invocation #43)
Semi-Automatic Card Tricks 22
Peter Duffie Fault Finding
Card Selection 28
Marty Kane Better Than Best Lie Speller simplified
Inspired by Facsimile (Issue 2) 31
Marty Kane Simplex Lie Speller
Variations Facsimile (Issue 2) 32
Marty Kane Complex Simplex Lie Speller
Facsimile (Issue 2) 32
Peter Duffie Truth Serum
Inspired by Duffie's Card Compulsions 90
Harry Lorayne Apocalypse Variations Or Additions
Inspired by Apocalypse Vol. 16-20 (Vol. 18 No. 11) 2579
Martin Gardner Hand-Held Pasteboard Prevarication Detector credit information
  • Phase One: Guessing the Selected Card
  • Phase Two: Detecting Lies
  • Phase Three: Testing for ESP
Arcane (Issue 14) 188
Edward Marlo Mental Lie
  • First Method (memorized deck)
  • Second Method (stay stack)
Inspired by Facsimile (Issue 3) 45
Doug Canning Telephone Lying spelling lie detector over the phone
Inspired by
  • "Remote Control" (Jim Steinmeyer, The New Invocation #43)
Related to
Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 2 14
Karl Fulves The Lie Detector No. 4, eleven-card packet, red or black spelled from top to bottom and next card put down, continued until one card remains which is selection
Easy Magic 5
Paul Cummins Prevarication Detection
from a shuffled deck in use... Part One 14
Michael Close The Lie Detector Lie Speller Plot, with prediction
Workers Number 5 7
Bruce Cervon The Cervon "Perfect Speller"
Workers Number 5 11
Bob King, Jim Steinmeyer, Jon Racherbaumer Tele-Mental
Also published here Five-Star Magic 23
Harry Lorayne, Jim Steinmeyer Spel(l)egant small packet
Related to Apocalypse Vol. 16-20 (Vol. 20 No. 4) 2773
Nick Trost Automatic Lie Speller Lie Detector with verification
Related to
  • "Gardner's Card Speller" (Joe Berg, Here's New Magic, 1937)
VariationsAlso published here
The Card Magic of Nick Trost 155
Peter Duffie Divided We Lie Lie Detector with two selections in two piles, kicker where selection is different color from rest of the packet
Inspired by Effortless Card Magic 48
Peter Duffie The Lie Detective Lie Detector effect with one selection, identity of cards determine if spectator is telling truth/lie (e.g. spot/court, suit)
Inspired by
  • "Forces Favourite" (Ed Ward, Abacus Vol. 3, No. 11)
Effortless Card Magic 50
Ron Bauer The Lie Detector three packets, selection is found on top of remainder, impromptu version
Inspired by L.I.N.T. — Pocket Stuff for Close-Up Magicians 1
David Solomon Steinmeyer's Nine Card Problem with Seven Cards
Inspired by
  • "Nine Card Problem" (Jim Steinmeyer, MAGIC, May 1993)
Related to
  • "Remote Control" (Jim Steinmeyer, New Invocation #43, Feb. 1988)
Solomon's Mind 19
David Solomon A Telephone Mystery telephone version
Solomon's Mind 21
Jerry K. Hartman Lied and True Steinmeyer Count Principle
The Looking Glass (Issue 4) 159
Jerry Mentzer Lie Detector Test
Card File Two 54
Bob King, Jim Steinmeyer, Jon Racherbaumer Telemental
Also published here Great Britain 2001 20
Allan Slaight Strout Fellow
Inspired by Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 3 20
Simon Aronson Truth-Sayer Lie Detector effect with Aronson (four versions)
Try the Impossible 245
David Regal Compounding A Lie nine cards from deck
  • Version One - Red-handed (odd-backed)
  • Version Two - Nothing but the Truth (other cards blank)
Constant Fooling 2 12
Marty Kane Single Decker Spell Checker
Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 4 82
Karl Fulves Could You Spell That? spelling ideas from Si Stebbins stack
  • Si Spell
  • Die Spell
  • Sly Spell
  • Lie Spell
Inspired by Latter Day Secrets (Issue 7) 260
Marty Kane The Anna Graham Scam with letters on the back to form words
Related to
  • Marty Kane's "Anna Graham's Magic Spells" in "Precursor" #76.
Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 4 83
Robin Robertson, Peter Duffie Lie Decktector four of a kind as climax, using the Matsuyama Force
Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 4 89
Cushing Strout The Gypsy Foretells Further Than Farther with credit information
Inspired byRelated toVariations Penumbra (Issue 7) 7
Steven Youell The Card Trick That Has No Explanation challenge presentation for Cervon's speller
  • The Spelling Procedure
Inspired by Weapons of Mass Destruction 5
Peter Duffie Tarradiddle answers to questions spelled from deck, correctness revealed and card as well
  • Notes by David Britland
Inspired byVariationsAlso published here
  • "Tarradiddle" (Peter Duffie, Quartet, 1986)
Subtle Miracles 68
John C. Wagner, Jim Steinmeyer Packet Lie Detector #2
Inspired by Full Metal Jacket 26
Cushing Strout Further Than That and the Lie Detector Combine Further Than That with lie detector plot

Also includes variation based on The Nine Card Problem, and Alex Elmsley's Tell Me Three Times
Inspired by On the Other Side of the Mirror 20
Jack Avis Lie or Tell the Truth
Also published here Rara Avis 88
Jack Avis Tell Me a Lie - Truth will Out "Using my Double Side Deal"
Rara Avis 92
Marty Kane Triple Lie Detector two selection are found by spelling and down-under deals, spectators can lie while spelling
Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 7 82
Justin Higham, Kevin Baker The NoBo Lie Detector "No" = Bottom
  • First Version
  • Second Version (Kevin Baker)
  • Third Version (Kevin Baker)
  • Fourth Version (Kevin Baker)
  • Fifth Version
  • Sixth Version
  • Seventh Version
  • Eighth Version (Kevin Baker)
  • Ninth Version
  • Tenth Version (Kevin Baker)
Inspired by
  • Blackstone's Modern Card Tricks, pp. 130-133
Related to
Dexterity Manual 57
Roy Walton Liar's Guide lie speller with ten-card packet to locate mate
Inspired by
  • "Guiding Light" (Discoverie #2)
Prolix (Issue 4) 214
Cushing Strout As Far As You Want To Go
Inspired byRelated to Ten Card Mysteries Anneman Would Have Loved 45
Harry Lorayne Nine To Twelve a few cards including selection taken and a series of tricks performed
  • Reverse Faro Ending
  • Spel(l)egant
  • No-Force Lorayne Force
  • Telekinesis
Related to Special Effects 98
Karl Fulves Black Diamonds lie speller variation in which answers to questions are chosen by random notes on paper
Related to Prolix (Issue 10) 673
Steve Beam Facade Version of Lewis Jones effect where questions are asked and the true or false answers are spelt/dealt into piles on the table, ultimately producing a royal flush.
Related to Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 10 72
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 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 9 39
Steve Beam Si-Decker Despite always lying, the deck provides the color, suit, and parity of the selected card, and then helps to locate it.
Inspired by Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 9 41
Marty Kane Tri-Detector After spelling the characteristics of his card (color, parity, spot or court) during which he can lie or tell the truth, he produces his card.
Variations Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 9 177
Tomas Blomberg L-I-A-R Lie Detector effect using blank-faced cards where it is written either "True" or "False". The cards are able to detect when the spectator is telling the true about a selected card, ending with the selection appearing in the packet
Variations Blomberg Laboratories 191
Gene Anderson, Dennis Loomis, Nick Trost The Lie Speller
Inspired by Gene Anderson — The Book 223
Adrian Vega, Jim Steinmeyer Código Secreto lie detector with two sets of eight cards
Area 52 55
David Solomon Reverse Count Lie-Speller
Inspired by Solomon's Secrets 135
Harapan Ong You Can't Handle the Truth Lie detector, spelling
Inspired by A Stack to Forget 66
Helder Guimarães Liar's Truth "The Consequences of Intentions"
card chosen, then spectator lies about it and this liar card is spelled to and shows up, then it changes into original selection
Inspired by Secret Language — Volume 1 230