65 entries in Cards / Gaffed Cards & Decks / Deck / Rough and Smooth Decks / Two Back Colors
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Ralph W. Hull Magnetic Mental Control odd-backed card placed in deck is found by spectator from faces, rough-smooth
Also published here 1937 287
Ralph W. Hull The Magnetic Mental Control using two decks, spectator names odd-backed card, using red-blue backed rough-smooth deck
Also published here 1938 533
Eddie Joseph Peculiar Passage two roughed red/blue menetekel decks, thought of or chosen card(s) transposes between red and blue decks, four methods
1942 73
Tan Hock Chuan, Edward Bagshawe R. & S. Optica Deck deck shown, then it changes back color and all cards are alike, partial rough-smooth
Inspired byRelated to 1948 12
Edward Marlo R.R.B.M.T. "Roughed Red/Blue Mene Tekel"
card named from deck, an odd-backed prediction is produced from pocket, card case or wallet (or elsewhere)
Variations Dec. 1959
Ibidem (Issue 19)
9
Edward Marlo R.R.B.M.T. Handling with Wallet & Coins card chosen from deck, spectator covers any coin with it, an odd-backed prediction is produced from wallet and coin is predicted on rolled-up cigarette paper
Inspired by Dec. 1959
Ibidem (Issue 19)
11
Edward Marlo The Named Transposition named card travels from one deck to another, roughed deck, and roughed red/blue menetekel
Also published here Dec. 1959
Ibidem (Issue 19)
16
Edward Marlo The Named Reverse named card removed from blue deck, same card then shown reversed in red deck, roughed red/blue menetekel
Also published here Dec. 1959
Ibidem (Issue 19)
16
Edward Marlo Technicolor Thought named card is only odd-backed card, it is shown to have transposed with the duplicate in a deck with another back color, roughed red/blue menetekel
Dec. 1959
Ibidem (Issue 19)
20
Edward Marlo Paging a Stranger red and blue deck, any card named, it is removed from one deck, when other deck is counted that card is seen missing and the removed card has a different back
Inspired byRelated to
  • "Stranger in Paradise" (Peter Warlock, marketed 1955)
Also published here
Dec. 1959
Ibidem (Issue 19)
29
Edward Marlo Double Out named card is either missing or odd-backed
Related toAlso published here Dec. 1959
Ibidem (Issue 19)
30
Edward Marlo The New Touch Predictions rough/smooth methods for Touch
  • 1st Method (red/blue roughed deck)
  • 2nd Method (one back color)
  • 3rd Method (Ultramental deck)
Dec. 1959
Ibidem (Issue 19)
36
Edward Marlo The Spectator Coincidence physical selection matches mental (named from face-up spread) selection, using "Double Face Mente Tekel in red and blue cards", suggesting an SBS deck as well in intro
Inspired byVariations Dec. 1959
Ibidem (Issue 19)
38
Edward Marlo Type of Prediction odd-backed prediction in pocket, using "Double Face Mente Tekel in red and blue cards"
Inspired by Dec. 1959
Ibidem (Issue 19)
45
Wim Cloostermann Geheime Kräfte performer signs unknown card from red deck on back and puts it into blue deck, spectator choses face-up card and signs it on face, it is the odd-backed signed card
Also published here
  • Magische Welt
1962 18
Ralph W. Hull Die magnetische Kartenkontrolle using two decks, spectator names odd-backed card, using red-blue backed rough-smooth deck
Also published here 1962 19
Jochen Zmeck Non Plus Ultra "Mein Verwandlungsspiel"
deck shown normal, then all cards are alike and back changes as well, then back, partial rough-smooth
Related to 1962 11
Jochen Zmeck Schwarz-Rot black cards with blue backs put in one case, red cars with red back in another, they transpose, partial rough-smooth
1962 12
Ralph W. Hull Trigon II three cards are selected from a deck and put in three glasses, a spectator then takes three cards from another deck that are put with the first cards, when the pairs are turned over, they match, partial rough-smooth red-blue menetekel
Variations 1962 21
Edward Marlo Roughed Oddity named card is only odd-backed card
1964
Early Marlo (Issue Oddity & Other Miracles)
65
Aldini, Glenn G. Gravatt More Thoughts Anticipated Spectator removes card from red deck, matches card taken out by magician from blue deck
Inspired by
  • "Final Selection" (Glenn. G. Gravatt)
1969 19
Aldini Harlequin Deck No. 1 Color changing deck: back changes color from red to blue and back, faces have changed from mixed colors to all red, then all black, including reversed-color suits, then back to normal
1969 27
Aldini Harlequin Deck No. 2 Color changing deck: back changes color from red to blue and back, faces have changed from mixed colors to all red, then all black, including reversed-color suits, then back to normal
1969 29
Dai Vernon, Sam Leo Horowitz Mental Control red-backed card cut into blue deck, spectator names correct one, originally marketed in the 1930s, see also p. 504 for further information (Ed Marlo's Phantom Deck)
Also published here Autumn 1971
The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 6 No. 5th Folio)
449
Edward Marlo Marlo's Phantom Deck red-blue rough-smooth deck
  • First Effect: spectator stops at only odd-backed card, Open Prediction with backs
  • Second Effect: thought of card has odd back
  • Third Effect: touched card has odd back
June 1972
Kabbala — Volume 1 (Vol. 1 No. 6)
43
Edward Marlo Double Out named card is either missing or odd-backed
Also published here June 1972
Kabbala — Volume 1 (Vol. 1 No. 6)
45
Jerry K. Hartman Rough Smooth Red-Blue Credits
July 1972
Kabbala — Volume 1 (Vol. 1 No. 7)
58
Edward Marlo Think Universal with thought-of cards, rough-smooth red-blue Menetekel Deck
Also published here 1974 68
Gerald Kosky The Dual Surprise with "this is it" written on face, and different colored back
1975 145
Edward Marlo The Mental Secret thought-of card matches card chosen from another pack, rough/smooth red/blue menetekel, and "Marlo Deck" (roughed with every other card red/blue double backer)
Related to 1976 204
Edward Marlo Think as I Think with thought of Cards, gaffed, red-blue double backer, red-blue menetekel, three approaches
1976 208
Edward Marlo think as i think card tabled, spectator think of card from other deck, they match, roughed red-blue menetekel
1976
Kabbala — Volume 3 (Vol. 3 No. 6)
84
Jon Racherbaumer Macho Matcho card placed on table, matches freely named card from other deck, roughed red-blue menetekel, red-blue double backer
Inspired by 1976 22
Edward Marlo Think Universal with thought-of cards, rough-smooth red-blue Menetekel Deck
Also published here 1976 23
Ron Wilson Second Sight spectator spreads deck in his hand, choses card with different colored back
Also published here 1978 5
Karl Fulves Fake Shuffles fake faro shuffle and fake false shuffle with gaffed red/blue decks
1981 38
Basil Horwitz Challenge Premonition performer puts card from a blue deck unseen in an envelope, spectator selects a card from a red deck and puts it in same envelope, when he looks through blue deck, that card is missing, both selected same card
Also published here 1981 22
Dai Vernon Mental Choice reprint of instructions, 1939
  • odd-backed card placed in deck, it turns out to be named card
  • freely thought-of card is reversed by performer behind back
1983 71
Thomas Alan Waters Bluecue two spectators select the same card individually, difference to Standout, second spectator choses a card face down
Inspired byRelated to 1985
Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Mystyx)
699
Basil Horwitz Premonition Plus performer puts card from a blue deck unseen in an envelope, spectator selects a card from a red deck and puts it in same envelope, when he looks through blue deck, that card is missing, both selected same card
Also published here July 1990
Intermagic (Vol. 15 No. 3)
92
Edward Marlo Commercial Method odd-backed card to wallet, rough-smooth Mene-Tekel
Inspired by Sep. 1991 3
Edward Marlo Complete Mental Secret odd-backed card is touched and tabled, any named card removed from other deck, they match, roughed red/blue menetekel, roughed red-blue double-back deck
Related to Oct. 1991
The Olram File (Issue 10)
4
Edward Marlo The Named Transposition named card travels from one deck to another, roughed deck, and roughed red/blue menetekel
Also published here 1992 22
Edward Marlo The Named Reverse named card removed from blue deck, same card then shown reversed in red deck, roughed red/blue menetekel
  • Simmons Note (Ken Simmons)
Also published here 1992 23
John Riggs The Falling Prediction stopped card in one deck, prediction is odd-backed card in second deck, roughed Svengali
1993 41
Gary Dudash Celebrity in Hell two decks, card removed from red deck same card is missing from blue deck, when selection is turned over it can be seen that it is only blue card in red deck
Also published here
  • Peter Warlock's "Stranger in Paradise"
July 1993
Vibrations (Vol. 16 No. 1)
13
Angelo Carbone Tight Squeeze red-backed deck is "merged" into blue deck, it's still one deck but red-blue alternating, optional rough-smooth, using Humbug
1994 13
Bob King New-Wave Prediction spectator thinks of any number card in cut-off pile and removes as many cards, odd-backed card shown in rest of deck which matches thought-of card
Related toVariations 1994 1
Karl Fulves Not Too Blue deck spread face up, card named, deck re-spread face-down, two odd-backed cards sandwich one card, it is the named card
1996
Underworld (Issue 3)
38
Sam Schwartz Any Card - Any Wallet card in face-up spread named, odd-backed duplicate predicted in wallet
Related to 1996
Underworld (Issue 4)
50
Peter Duffie Braindeath card named, a card is reversed in deck, it is not the selection but faces the selection and the selection's name is written on its back
Also published here 1996 7
Jim Steinmeyer A Case of Collusion odd-backed card leaned against glass, spectator selects any card face up, they match, odd-backed rough-smooth menetekel
Also published here Apr. 1997
Magic (Vol. 6 No. 8)
79
Peter Duffie Braindeath card named, a card is reversed in deck, it is not the selection but faces the selection and the selection's name is written on its back
Also published here Feb. 2002
Ego (Vol. 1 No. 9)
7
Dave Campbell Direct Transfer selection signed on face, odd-backed card signed on back by performer suddenly has the spectator's signed face, red/blue double backer, partial roughing
Related to 2004 341
Dave Campbell An Open Prediction red/blue double backer, partial roughing
2004 347
Dave Campbell Super Optica spectator touched card in face-up spread, it is only odd-backed, rest is shown to have change into Jokers then, partial rough-smooth
2004 355
Edward Marlo Paging a Stranger red and blue deck, any card named, it is removed from one deck, when other deck is counted that card is seen missing and the removed card has a different back
Inspired by
  • "Stranger in Paradise" (Peter Warlock, marketed 1955)
Also published here
Mar. 2008
Antinomy (Vol. 4 No. 1)
8
Edward Marlo Double Out named card is either missing or odd-backed
Also published here Mar. 2008
Antinomy (Vol. 4 No. 1)
9
Andy Nyman Kick in the Head spectator selects only odd-backed card, new presentation
Apr. 2009
Genii (Vol. 72 No. 4)
56
Karl Fulves Kreskin's Diary odd-backed card in deck, any date named, they match in diary, method guessing from Kreskin's radio performance
2011
Prolix (Issue 9)
566
Jim Steinmeyer A Case of Collusion odd-backed card leaned against glass, spectator selects any card face up, they match, odd-backed rough-smooth menetekel
Also published here 2014 5
Michael Weber, Tim Trono 23 spectator thinks of any number card in cut-off pile and removes as many cards, 23rd card in rest of deck is red-backed duplicate of selection
Inspired byRelated to 2017 3
Bob Farmer Brain Bamboozler Wave one card from red deck to blue deck
2018 12
Ryan Goh Big Brain Brainwave type of effect - spectator remove any card from the deck themselves, card shown to have an odd-back compared to the rest of the deck
2021 49
Jim Steinmeyer Monochopsis
  • Conjuring
two red-backed cards shown in blue-backed deck, two cards chosen face-up by stopping during dealing, they are the odd-backed selections
July 2022
Genii (Vol. 85 No. 7)
48