127 entries in Cards / Principles / Equivoque
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Magician's Choice one of four
1786 150
Fourth Method equivoque procedure
1876 45
Equivoque one out of four
1889 112
Card from Changing Card-box to Deck two cards chosen and put in box, apparently named one travels back to deck
1890 123
Das Wiederfinden zweier Karten matrix-layout, magician's choice of two cards
Related to 1896 50
Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser Prof. Hofzinser's Geheimnis "Die isolierte Karte", spectator locates card via matrix-layout of deck on table and magician's choice
Related to 1896 51
Friedrich W. Conradi-Horster Gezwungene Wahl magician's choice from 32 cards and layout on table
Related to 1896 121
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli Weissagen wider Willen card written on billet and put in envelope, another empty envelope closed, spectator divines selection (via multiple-step equivoque), card travels from deck into this envelope
Also published here May 1898
Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 3 No. 11)
172
Arthur Toskana Magician's Choice one of three cards
Feb. 1900
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 6 No. 2)
20
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli Weissagen wider Willen card written down, another spectator divines it via equivoque, it vanishes from deck and appears in envelope
Also published here Nov. 1901
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 7 No. 11)
164
Carl Willmann Das Kartenrätsel four selections shuffled back, deck delt into piles of four cards each, all selections are in chosen pile
Mar. 1904
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 10 No. 3)
36
Three Object Equivoque
1909 148
Prophecy Down-to-Date dealing and equivoque
1909 178
Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser Gezwungene Wahl magician's choice to force a suit
1910 38
Laurie Ireland They Do It Themselves Card Trick dubious method
1931 8
Theodore Annemann, Walter B. Gibson An Improvement A La Carte any card forced with multiple layouts and equivoque
Related to May 1935
The Jinx (Issue 8)
30
Victor Farelli Loo Lung or The Chinese Coin magician locates two cards by a lot of dealing and equivoque to eliminate piles, with a bit of gambling theme (Euchre and Loo Lung)
1936 44
Elimination Extraordinary no-touch elimination process, card marked on back (one-way)
1937 155
Theodore Annemann Volition four selections in envelopes, spectators choose their own card, equivoque
VariationsAlso published here 1940
The Jinx (Issue 95)
589
Theodore Annemann Simple Force bold
1940
The Jinx (Issue 113)
670
Jonny Eine Karte sympathisiert spectator finds other spectator's selection by dealing deck into two piles and eliminating one, repeated until one card remains
Sep. 1942
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 4 No. 9)
2
Jean Hugard Forcing the Choice of one of Four Packets several approaches to the magician's choice
Apr. 1944
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 1 No. 11)
47
John Mulholland III. Spectator Locates Card three piles, selection appears on bottom of chosen pile, one-way backs, equivoque
1944 18
Theodore Annemann Volition four selections in envelopes, spectators choose their own card, equivoque
Also published here 1944 274
Conjurors' Choice one of four
1948 121
Magician's Choice one out of three
1950 15
Harry Houdini, Stewart Judah The Last Two Cards No. 112, two-card version of the Tantalizer
Related to 1950 216
Edward Marlo Magician's Choice one out of six
1953 20
Walter Behm Es ist immer die zwölfte! automatic placement and crosses made with cards, equivoque elimination
1954
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 15 No. 3)
186
Rolf Andra Ihr Wunsch ist mir Befehl... several cards are chosen all of named suit
1955
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 16 No. 2)
284
Harry Lorayne Force Prediction equivoque out of about twelve cards
1962 100
Edward Marlo Magician's Choice for Three Objects
1968 88
Equivoque asking spectator to choose “red” or “black”, does not change outcome
1970 17
Jerry K. Hartman Glide Substitute also offers a trick for context, four cards are removed from deck, none are the selection, the one that spectator chooses changes into selection
Inspired by
  • "Card Eliminator" (Blackstone’s Card Tricks, p. 89)
1971 2
Jerry K. Hartman Color Over pair of Aces travel from one half of deck to other, spectator “chooses” which pair should go, equivoque
1972 51
George Blake Red or Black Force forcing one of the colors, "for me"
Mar. 1974 714
Victor Farelli Coin Toss Card Force forcing one card out of three, see p. 863 for credit information by Jack Potter
Related to
  • "Magic Wand" No. 206, June-sept 1945, p. 68
Aug. 1974 777
D) having force card marked on back, e.g. one-way deck
1975 38
Edward Marlo Forcing one of four
Related to 1976 27
Roger Smith Two-Way Out forcing top card of one of two piles
1977 5
Bob Farmer You Can Lead a Gift Horse to Water But You Can't Look in its Mouth different way to end the previous tricks, with only the selection
Also published here 1987/1988 11
Magician's Choice 1 out of 4
1988 146
Tony Andruzzi In a Mirror Darkly thoughts on the magician's choice
  • Powerful Force
  • Timing is Everything
  • Weakness Intensified
  • Mirror Image
  • An Effect
  • Continuity of Instructions
  • Practice to Unterstand
Oct. 1988
Magick (Issue 411)
2055
Eugene Burger The Devil´s Deck both sides of deck are freely shown
Inspired byRelated toVariations 1989 125
Father Cyprian "If I Were a Psychic" spectator chooses a four with longer elimination process, performer cuts one half into three piles, face cards don't match but bottom cards are mates of selection
1989 32
Gary Ouellet The Equivoque four card stars are formed
1990 164
Ken Brooke Equivoque four items
Jan. 1991
Intermagic (Vol. 16 No. 1)
13
Randy Tanner Elimination Prediction deck dealt into four piles, one chosen, some more dealing and choosing until one card remains, predicted
Also published here 1993 65
Vicente Canuto El Control Verbal Equivoque with two, three and four objects
  • 1.- Elección Entre Dos Objetos
  • 2.- Para Tres Objetos
  • 3.- Para Cuatro Objetos
1993 112
Chuck Smith Imagination card forced only with equivoque
Related to 1994 9
Paul Gertner Magician's Choice one of four cards on table in square
1994 100
Bob Farmer No-Skill Psychological Ten Card Deal
Also published here May 1995
Magic (Vol. 4 No. 9)
61
Theodore Annemann, Max Maven Magician's Choice one out of three objects
1996 440
James Swain Four-Card Equivoque forcing the Queen of Hearts
1996 33
Ken Krenzel, Kenton Knepper, Larry Becker Fired Up equivoque selection process, single prediction card in case, approach to Kenton Knepper's "Kolossal Killer"
Inspired by 1997 200
Nick Trost, Stewart Judah O-Aces Red backed and blue backed Aces, predict selected Ace/color of back (presentation by Stewart Judah), includes ideas by Stewart Judah (double envelopes) and Tom Hubbard (Himber wallet)
Related to 1997 127
Andrew Mayne A-Wave B'Wave, ungaffed, with named values, risky
1998 66
Ellis Stanyon The Pack "Cut" into Four Heaps No. 16, spectator eliminates piles and cards until selection remains
1999 26
Ellis Stanyon The Chosen Card, Shuffled into the Pack, Discovered by Anyone No. 19, equivoque
1999 212
Randy Tanner Elimination Prediction Deck dealt into four piles, one chosen, some more dealing and choosing until one card remains, predicted
Also published here 1999 12
Jerry Mentzer Two Keys Two key cards peeked, deck can be riffle shuffled and one of the key cards can still be used. A bit of fishing possibly needed. Can be used as a force of one of two cards using a bit of equivoque.
1999 17
Marc Paul, Andy Stone, Anthony Owen Killer Kombustion one card in envelope, approach to Kenton Knepper's "Kolossal Killer"
Inspired by 2000 113
Lewis Jones Matchmaker card is constructed, prediction in form of a playing card is on the table
Inspired by
  • Stephen Tucker's "Doubly Impossible"
2000 143
Steve Beam Forked Fan Force ending with two cards, one eliminated verbally
Related toAlso published here 2000 223
Helge Thun Die freie Wahl two black Kings, one suit is forced
Also published here 2000 8
Harry Lorayne Magician's Choice one out of five
2001 342
Harry Lorayne To An Extreme magician's choice for one out of ten
2001 345
Steve Beam Forked Fan Force ending with two cards, one eliminated verbally
Also published here 2001 19
R. Paul Wilson Equivoque Handling four one of four cards
2002 5
Conjuror's Choice Procedure three items
2003 1126
Alain Nu The Gypsy selection is shuffled back into the deck, performer tries to guess card and places four cards on the table, selection is found by spectator
2003 21
Ron Bauer The Principle of the Equivoque
2005 14
Chuck Smith Smith's 52-Object Equivoque
Related to Nov. 2005
Antinomy (Vol. 1 No. 4)
10
Paolo Cavalli E-Wave dated 2001, ungaffed B'Wave
Related to 2005 10
Dean Dill Ace Packet Equivoque
Also published here
  • "Aces in their Faces", Bob Kohler, 1997
Aug. 2006
Antinomy (Vol. 2 No. 3)
22
The Old Gray Model standard method
  • Spelling Ending
  • Elaborate Ending (equivoque to let spectator locate his selection in layout)
2007 14
Dave Forrest Invisible Opener chosen card is predicted (reversed, on top, under cellophane...), outs for Two through Nine of Hearts, verbal range force
2007 15
Trevor Lewis Body Parts cards with names of body parts, selection matches prediction
2009 38
John Guastaferro Equivoque Force for a suit
2010 39
Harry Lorayne SOTM "Spur Of The Moment"
five four-card packets on table, one chosen by spectator, they are the Aces
Related to 2011 124
Steve Beam Forked Fan Force ending with two cards, one eliminated verbally
Also published here 2011 30
Liam Montier, John Bannon B'rainiac named Ace is reversed in dollar-wrapped four-card packet, other three blank and named Ace odd-backed, then blank cards change to other Aces with rainbow backs
Also published here 2011 6
Roberto Giobbi Verbal Range Force
2012 13
Dani DaOrtiz Some Thoughts About the Magician's Choice
  • DaOrtiz a la Carte!

  • The Importance of the Question
  • The Spectator Anticipates
  • Movement Toward the Background
  • Ambiguity to Afford Alternatives
  • Forcing Decisions
  • Sentence Construction
  • Offering Two Choices and Placing Greater Emphasis on One of Them
  • The Only Option Among Many
  • The Logic of the Sentence
  • Question on a Secondary Layer
  • Direct Request, Final Ambiguity
  • Forcing by Making Use of Expectations or Assumptions
Also published here Sep. 2012
Genii (Vol. 75 No. 9)
24
Tyler Wilson Lazy Eye Force red or black color force
2012 46
Jim Steinmeyer Equivoque: The Cardless Cantico verbal force of Nine of Clubs
Related toAlso published here 2013 8
Jim Steinmeyer Equivoque: The Full Deck Fandango verbal force of Seven of Clubs with deck using spelling
Also published here 2013 12
Jim Steinmeyer Equivoque: The Tin Can Phone nine of Hearts forced, using cans with string
2013 14
Jim Steinmeyer Dances with Equivoque
  • Conjuring
intro
Aug. 2013
Genii (Vol. 76 No. 8)
42
Jim Steinmeyer The Cardless Cantico verbal force of Nine of Clubs
Also published here Aug. 2013
Genii (Vol. 76 No. 8)
42
Jim Steinmeyer The Full Deck Fandango verbal force of Seven of Clubs with deck using spelling
Also published here Aug. 2013
Genii (Vol. 76 No. 8)
44
Liam Montier, John Bannon B'rainiac named Ace is reversed in dollar-wrapped four-card packet, other three blank and named Ace odd-backed, then blank cards change to other Aces with rainbow backs
Also published here 2013 197
Patrick G. Redford Five Card Equivoque see also p. 76
2014 73
Jim Steinmeyer The Cardless Cantico verbal force of Nine of Clubs or Six of Clubs
Also published here 2014 13
Bob Farmer Done Deal III: Pairs performer is blindfolded
  • Equivoque Selecting the Hands
Also published here 2015 227
Jim Steinmeyer The "Passing Fancy" Deck verbal force of Nine of Clubs or Six of Clubs
Also published here 2015 7
Fredric Payne, Juan Tamariz May the Force be With You bold idea to force one of three cards, giving them characteristics , asking for a characteristic and then claiming that the force card is the chosen one
Related to
  • "The Impressionable Joker" (Fredric Payne, Simply Wizard, Goodliffe, p. 77)
2016
Hidden Agenda (Issue Sep 15)
266
Andy (The Jerx) The Magician's Role as Moral Arbiter Instructions for an equivoque effect using cards, that uses the book as a prediction (choose you own adventure type of effect).
Related to 2016 143
Andy (The Jerx) Guided Visualization Equivoque effect with cards, follow through pages in book (choose your own adventure type of effect)
Related to 2016 155
Christopher James Rose, Paul Vigil The Five-Card Force one of five cards forced
2017 163
Bob Farmer You Can Lead a Gift Horse to Water But You Can't Look in its Mouth different way to end the previous tricks, with only the selection
Also published here 2017 77
Bob Farmer Equivoque Digression restricted choice, equivoque discussion
  • Force 13 Cards
  • Force 8 Cards
  • Force 8 or 13 Cards
  • Force 26 Cards
  • Force 13 Cards
2017 61
Harry Lorayne Magician's Choice one of four
2017 77
Harry Lorayne Row Choice packets on table, spectator choses the one with Aces
Inspired by 2017 236
Harry Lorayne Magician's Choice one out of three
2018 120
Harry Lorayne Magician's Choice one of four
2020 31
Larry Jennings A Wee Equivoque selection is top or bottom card of deck, as spectator chooses
2020 77
Dani DaOrtiz Working with Small Groups of Cards
  • Issuing the order before stating your intent
  • One of four (on the table) (p. 52)
  • One of three when turning cards face up (the magician never touches the cards) (p. 54)
2021 51
Dani DaOrtiz One of four (on the table) one of four cards laid out on table is forced based on spectator naming one, two, three or four
2021 52
Dani DaOrtiz One of three when turning cards face up (the magician never touches the cards) one of three face-down cards is forced
2021 54
Dani DaOrtiz Magician’s Choice. Some ideas detailed information on the psychology, verbal strategies and nuances of equivoque and general forcing procedures and creating the illusion of freedom
  • The importance of the question
  • The spectator acts early
  • Keeping the real purpose in the background
  • Using ambiguity to normalize (p. 62)
  • Forcing choices
    • Building sentences
    • Offering two choices while highlighting one of them (Would you rather…) (p. 63)
    • One option of many
    • Sentence logic (p. 64)
    • Question in the background
    • Direct request ending with ambiguity
  • Forcing via expectations (p. 65)
Also published here 2021 61
Dani DaOrtiz Pile-gathering force spectator chooses how piles should be assembled, required pile ends up on bottom
2021 141
Eugene Burger Thought Sender both sides of deck are freely shown
  • Eugene's Printed Instructions (1994/1996)
  • Additional Thoughts
  • Thought Sender Additions (1996)
  • The Basic Script and Variations
  • Interview, 2011
Inspired byAlso published here
  • marketed 1994
2021 27
Lawrence Hass, Eugene Burger Eugene's Approach to Equivoque
  • Introduction
  • Interview
  • Eugene's Definition and Principles
    • Additional Principles
    • Some Notes on the Magician's Choice
    • Notes on Equivoque
  • Workshops
    • The Early Workshops (1985-1986)
    • The Late Workshops (Late 1990s-2017)
    • Excerpts
2021 253
Eugene Burger Two Additional Handouts
  • Performance Script for the Magician's Choice (2002)
  • Practicing Equivoque
Related to 2021 284
Edward Marlo Three-Card Equivoque
Related to 2021 11
John Bannon Con-Tourage
  • Dealing With It
four face-down cards between two Jacks, spectator eventually names a Queen and removes three of the cards, remaining card is the named Queen, others are Aces, named Queen also changes into an Ace, named Queen then appears between Jacks, ungaffed
  • Gang of Four (with selection instead of named Queen, no equivoque)
  • First Among Equals (version with one double facer)
Inspired by
  • "Entourage" (Gordon Bean, marketed)
Related to
Dec. 2022
Genii (Vol. 85 No. 12)
48
Joshua Jay The Test comment on equivoque effects
  • Doing It isn't the Same as Getting Away with It
  • Five Other Gripes
    • 1. Uhhhh.
    • 2. Meaningless movement
    • 3. Broken sentences
    • 4. Fewer Predictions, Please
    • 5. Breaking the Rules
2022 6
Joshua Jay Premise more comments on equivoque effects and "Inferno"
2022 21
Joshua Jay Scripting more comments on equivoque effects and "Inferno"
2022 26
Joshua Jay Mixing Methods more comments on equivoque effects and "Inferno"
  • Confusion vs. Confidence
2022 30
Joshua Jay Inferno equivoque-named card (range force) is predicted in match box with burn marks, optional appearing smoke, updated handling
Inspired by
  • "Inferno" (marketed 2013)
Variations
2022 37
Theodore Annemann An Improvement A La Carte equivoque force of one of five tabled cards in cross layout
Related to 2022 62
Andi Gladwin Reverse Elimination Force sections of the deck eliminated in stages until one card remains
2022 53
Matt Baker Equivoque one of three
2023 7
Helge Thun Freie Wahl two black Kings, one suit is forced
Also published here 2023 14
Jan Imhof Alternative Force verbal force of an odd or even card value
2023 38