93 entries in Cards / Effect Themes / Spelling / Through Suit or Values
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
The "Spelling" Trick spelling every value in a thirteen-card packet
1889 75
The "Spelling" Trick from thirteen-card packet every value from Ace to King is spelled out
1890 31
Charles T. Jordan, T. Nelson Downs The Spelling Fool! No. 9, spelling to suits and through values
1920 19
Ralph W. Hull, Leo Levi A Surprising Solitaire all cards laid out according to system, generating some stack that is used to spell out all values, all thirteen values spelled out have 52 letters
1932 18
Tom Sellers The Persistent Joker Ace through Ten are spelled, spectator always gets Joker
1934 7
Ralph W. Hull Hull's "Joker" Spelling Trick No. 4, thirteen card packet, values are spelt out one by one, but when spectator tries it, he always gets the joker
  • A Variation
Also published here 1935 5
Knock-Out Spelling Trick No. 26, riffle shuffle, Hearts and Diamonds are removed, one suit is turned up one by one and each card spelled out from the other suit
1935 27
Jean Hugard Spelling Trick spelling trick with thirteen cards of a suit and story
1937 41
Charles T. Jordan Improved Chevalier deck shuffled twice, named suit removed, all values spelt out
1937 56
The Shuffled Spelling Bee deck shuffled twice, named suit removed, all values spelt out
1937 57
Ralph W. Hull The Joker Spelling Routine thirteen card packet, values are spelt out one by one, but when spectator tries it, he always gets the joker
Also published here 1937 59
Variation of Joker Spelling thirteen card packet, values are spelt out one by one, but when spectator tries it, he always gets the joker
1937 59
Tom Sellers The Joker Speller ten card packet, values are spelt out one by one, but when spectator tries it, he always gets the joker
Variations 1937 60
Jack Gwynne Gwynne's Speller every value is spelled out from full deck, stack
Related toVariations 1937 61
Val Evans, Franz Christensen An Invitation to Lunch...with Beer picture cards with images are spelled out with story, always beer image shows up
Inspired by
  • Christensen's "Spell Hound" (Nov. 1936 Genii)
Variations
Aug. 1937
The Jinx (Issue 35)
238
Charles T. Jordan Spelling a Number of Cards after a Genuine Shuffle: Charles T. Jordan's Method two riffle shuffles, named suit is sorted out and all values spelled to
1938 319
Martin Gardner That Quaint Joker routine in which thirteen values are spelt and spectator gets joker all the time
1938
The Jinx (Issue Winter Extra 1937/38)
273
Paul Rosini A Futile Lesson in Magic spelling lesson with thirteen cards, see page 650 for missing set-up
Related to 1940
The Jinx (Issue 105)
631
Harry Bertall Les Cartes épelées packet of eight cards, spelling each value to locate matching card
Apr. 1941 2
John Mulholland Magic Spelling three spelling-themed tricks:
  • I. Selection is spelled to
  • II. Values of entire suit spelled to in order
  • III. All court cards spelled to
1944 29
John Mulholland Magic Spelling - I deck is shuffled, magician sets selection in position to be spelled to
1944 29
Magic Spelling - II all cards of a suit are removed from deck in a packet and each is spelled to in sequential order
1944 32
Magic Spelling - III similar to above, all court cards are removed from deck in a packet and each is spelled to in Jack-Queen-King order by suits
1944 34
Royal Vale Heath One In Millions! ten named cards, their order recorded, performer arranges them so that they can be spelled out in original order
Variations 1945 138
Max Katz Formula for any Spelling Trick spelling through the values of a suit, spectator gets it wrong, how to arrive at the formula
Variations Oct. 1945 156
George H. Pittman Can You Spell? spectator always gets a Nine, then a Joker when a Nine should show up
Nov. 1945 169
Jean Hugard The Automatic Deck and Opening Routine complete routine, deck rises from case, then cards are riffle shuffled twice, Hearts are removes and story told matching the cards, then second suit is removed and performer turns over same card spectator, as climax cards are spelled and turned over in an other suit, interlocking chains principle

  • I. The Rising Deck
The Automatic Deck - Routine
  • II. A Card Fairy Tale
  • III. Matching Cards
  • IV. Spelling Extraordinary
Apr. 1946
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 3 No. 11)
209
Bill Salisbury Spelling Card Trick With Duplicate Queens spelling all values, spectator always gets a Queen
1946 45
Spelling Bee Spell Ace, Two, Three... by moving cards to bottom of the packet one by one, each time getting the Ace, Two and so on
1949 22
Royal Vale Heath, John Scarne Heath's Master Speller No. 15, Ace to king packet arranged, random card cut to, value spelled repeatedly to get Ace to King in sequence
1950 31
Jack Chanin, John McArdle, John Weiss, Al Flosso The Spelling Bee No. 65, Packet of Ace to King, if spell correctly you get the card, if incorrect spelling you get indifferent card
Related to 1950 118
John Scarne Scarne's Red and Black Speller No. 102, performer locates red and black cards in packet by spelling its colour
Related to 1950 194
George Karger The Uninvited Joker No. 128, performer spells to cards, but when the spectator tries, he always ends up with the joker
Related toVariations 1950 247
John Scarne General Arnold's Master Speller No. 141, magician spells to all the spades cards.
1950 271
Charles T. Jordan Spelling the Spades Packet of Ace to King of Spades, spell Ace to King one after another, originally titled The Improved Chevalier Card Trick
Related to 1956 23
Max Katz Counting the Cards spelling through a deck from ace to king
1957 21
Russell "Rusduck" Duck Full Deck Speller spelling all cards in the deck
Mar. 1958
The Cardiste (Issue 6)
8
Jack McKenty Drunk Up picture cards with images of drinks are spelled out with story, instead of beer water comes up, "drunk" as final gag
Inspired by June 1960
Ibidem (Issue 21)
5
Verne Chesbro Spelling The Colors "black" and "red" is spelled alternately with four reds and four blacks and cards of that color turn up, various methods, as oil & water interlude
Related to 1963 27
Theodore Annemann The Card Trick with New Deck from "Annemann's $50 Manuscript" (ca. 1932)
suit removed, all values spelled out
Dec. 1967 147
Edward G. Brown, Paul Rosini A Futile Lesson in Open Spelling Ace to Ten are spelt out from packet one by one
Related to 1968 75
Jules Lenier Try It Again Ace through King packet, each value spelled to, spectator always gets Joker, last card blank
1970 2
Bill Logan Perfect Packet Spell spectator removes a couple of number cards, performer arranges them instantly so they spell out in wanted order one by one
Variations Dec. 1972 576
Sympathetic Spell No. 512, interlocking chains, two suits removed, spelling effect not clear
1972 143
Edward G. Brown The Spelling Trick Ace to Ten are spelled to, several times a Seven turns up instead of the card, last card turns into Seven again as a surprise after it was discarded
Related toVariations 1973 24
North Bigbee Cast a Mis-Spell Jumbo ESP cards, all symbols spelled
1974
Magick (Issue 110)
549
Jochen Zmeck Buchstabieren picture cards are spelled out with story, always "Falsch" shows up
Related to 1979 19
Roy Walton Chain Lightning four packets shuffled and combined, every suit spelled out and last card is of that suit, packets themselves are all from another suit in each case
Variations 1981 215
Eddie Clever, Franz Christensen Buchstabier-Zauber picture cards are spelled out with story, always "Dummer August" shows up
Related toAlso published here
  • Christensen's "Spell Hound" (Genii, Nov. 1936)
Jan. 1984
Intermagic (Vol. 10 No. 3 & 4)
134
Paul Swinford Spellout deck sorted with sorting rod, all four-of-a-kinds together, spelling through deck with every value
1986 28
Peter Wilker, Olaf Spell Immer dieses Bier picture image cards are spelled out with story, always beer image shows up
Inspired by 1986 1
Pat Conway Auto Spell spelling through a packet of one suit with spectator
1987 55
David Williamson He Who Spelt It, Dealt It spectator succeeds whereas magician fails
Inspired byRelated toVariationsAlso published here 1989 54
Karl Fulves The Magic Spell spelling through Ace through Seven in packet
1989 20
Jerry K. Hartman Oddspell performer spells to cards, but when the spectator tries, he always ends up with the joker
Inspired by 1991 561
Al Leech Comedy Speller spectator always gets Joker
1992 24
Steve Beam Bottoming Out all values are spelled, selection is found at last letter of last value, sucker element
Related toVariations 1993 17
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)
18
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)
58
Jerry K. Hartman Odd End two packets shuffled, two suits spelled out and last card is of that suit, packets themselves are all from another suit in both cases
Inspired byAlso published here Apr. 1993
Profile (Issue 13)
1
Peter Duffie Chain of Events four packets shuffled and combined, every suit spelled out and last card is of that suit
Inspired by 1993 21
Peter Duffie Those Enigmatic Royals
  • Phase One (based on Card Puzzle)
  • Phase Two (based on Happy Families, court cards mixed and the suits unite again via spelling)
Inspired byVariations 1994 206
John Scarne, Karl Fulves Spell Purple No. 42, red or black spelled and a card of that color comes up, finished with purple and purple is written on the card, or it is inked in purple
Also published here 1995 82
Claude Rix Le Joker têtu with two spectators, one is able to spell values other is not
1995 133
Jerry K. Hartman Odd End two packets shuffled, two suits spelled out and last card is of that suit, packets themselves are all from another suit in both cases
Inspired byAlso published here 1995 240
Peter Duffie Marraid four Kings cut to, then suits spelled to find Queens
1996 1
Harold Cataquet The "Hanging" Misspell one suit, spelling values
May 1997
Apocalypse (Vol. 20 No. 5)
2787
Richard Vollmer Spell All spelling all values and thus arriving at selection
Variations June 1997
Apocalypse (Vol. 20 No. 6)
2805
Bob White Revisiting E. G. Brown's Spelling Trick Ace to Ten are spelled to, several times a Seven turns up instead of the card, last card turns into Seven again as a surprise after it was discarded
Inspired byAlso published here 1997 26
Cy Keller Gwynne Kin every value of chosen suit is spelled out from full deck, stack, faro
Inspired by Sep. 1997
Magic (Vol. 7 No. 1)
67
William Goodwin Variation of "He Who Spelt it, Dealt it" sent in by Ray Kosby
Inspired by Winter 1998 168
Jack Avis Change in Handling spectator removes a couple of number cards to represent his phone number, performer arranges them instantly so they spell out in right order
Inspired by 1998 83
Patrick Page, Ken De Courcy A Cute Intro spelling all ESP cards and turning them over
1999 22
Sam Schwartz Chain Link four packets shuffled and combined, every suit spelled out and last card is of that suit, packets themselves are all from another suit in each case, two methods
Inspired by 1999 5
Ellis Stanyon A Spelling "B" No. 24, spelling every value through the deck
Variations 1999 94
Karl Fulves Supplementary Note selection made, spelling every value through the deck, at value of selection a Joker shows up, selection found
Inspired by 1999 95
Ellis Stanyon The Alternate Card Trick - Simple No. 2, spelling through all values in thirteen-card packet
1999 100
Cliff Ruff Open Hearted all values of one suit are spelled out from the deck, whole deck is spelled through at the end
Variations Feb. 2002
Ego (Vol. 1 No. 9)
25
Roberto Giobbi The History of Playing Cards all values are spelt out in piles, Ace through King are on top of the piles
2003 1253
Karl Fulves No Joke "Problems"
Joker always comes up when performer spells value, it is always placed aside, at the end no Joker is there, posed as a problem
2003 314
Dal Sanders Good Readers Make Good Spellers spelling routine with word cards, adult always gets "Lunch", credit information
May 2003
Magic (Vol. 12 No. 9)
76
Bob White Revisiting E. G. Brown's Spelling Trick Ace to Ten are spelled to, several times a Seven turns up instead of the card, last card turns into Seven again as a surprise after it was discarded
Also published here 2005 40
Jerry K. Hartman Heart Stops deck is shuffled and each value is spelled to, from Ace to King, and the corresponding Heart card shows up after each spell, finishing with all thirteen Hearts atop thirteen piles
Inspired by 2007 65
Karl Fulves Shark Hunt seven four-card packets, spectator exchanges some packets, cards gathered, spelled through values from deck
Inspired byVariations 2008
Prolix (Issue 4)
224
Jim Steinmeyer Negative Speller
  • Conjuring
using messages on blank cards
Inspired byAlso published here Nov. 2010
Genii (Vol. 73 No. 11)
32
David Williamson Perverse Open Spelling spectator succeeds whereas magician fails
Inspired byAlso published here 2012 279
Jim Steinmeyer Negative Speller using messages on blank cards
Also published here 2012 22
Tom Crosbie He Who Spelled It Dealt It Williamson's routine set-up included in shadow stack
Inspired by 2013 192
Jim Steinmeyer Negative Speller values spelled to in packet, spectator always gets a fun message instead of right value
Also published here 2014 29
Harry Lorayne Royal Fluscious Royal Flush used to find selection
Variations Mar. 2019
Genii (Vol. 82 No. 3)
34
David Britland Jimmy Findlay's Red Black Speller
  • Cardopolis
eight cards are mixed (four red and four black), spectator spells "red" or "black" repeatedly and thus separates the colors
Inspired by
  • "Eight Aces" (Jimmy Findlay, The Budget, Dec. 1947)
Related to
Aug. 2020
Genii (Vol. 83 No. 8)
60
Harry Lorayne Royal Location, Plus Royal Flush used to find selection, four-of-a-kind kicker
Inspired by 2020 37
David Britland Spellstack
  • Cardopolis
ten chosen cards, performer arranges them so that they can be spelled out in original order as they had been chosen
Inspired by Sep. 2023
Genii (Vol. 86 No. 9)
70