139 entries in Cards / Principles / Shiner
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
To Name Cards without Seeing them
1890 30
Mit verbundenen Augen sämtliche Karten eines Spieles zu nennen No. 33, blindfolded, cards held to forehead are named
1895 39
Die magische Sehkraft cards given to blindfolded performer are named by him
1896 36
Die magische Sehkraft performer blindfolded, spectators hand him cards which he holds to his forehead and divines, palmed mirror
May 1896
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 2 No. 5)
Der Kartenseher face cards of deck named one after the other, finger ring as shiner
Oct. 1896
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 2 No. 10)
Second Method cards named without seeing them
1909 165
Louis Nikola To Name The Pack In Order, Without Looking At It, Either From The Bottom or From The Top Deck shuffled halfway through
1927 39
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli Eine mysteriöse Bildübertragung cards held on forehead are divined
1927 104
L.E. Duncanson With Sight Unseen divining cards behind back, small mirror between legs
Also published here Feb. 1935
The Jinx (Issue 5)
The Mirror Principle
1935 28
Theodore Annemann The Mirror Reflector peeking a drawing on a slate while covering it with a handkerchief
1935 20
Wm. Hewitt Coincidence spectator shuffles deck and cuts to a card, same card is removed by performer from another deck, card shiner
1935 11
Coincidence Again card with mirror foil on the corner to glimpse spectator's selection
1937 74
Reading Cards, Mirror Methods
1937 364
Another Method
1937 364
John Northern Hilliard Experiment in Mind Reading key and shiner
1938 92
Jardine Ellis Reducing Mirror
1938 93
Dr. Edward G. Ervin An Invisible Card Shiner painting lacquer nail polish on hand
Related to June 1938
The Jinx (Issue 45)
Shiners tip
1940 411
Charles Hopkins 48 - Secret reflectors.
1940 66
Theodore Annemann Time to Shine new deck opened, shuffled, put back, performer knows cards in order, whole in case and shiner
The Jinx (Issue 123)
Dr. William Weyeneth Un truc a faire avec les myopes seeing reflection of card in spectator's glasses
July 1942
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 4 No. 7)
Dr. Edward G. Ervin Worth Knowing An Invisible Card Shiner, painting lacquer nail polish on hand
1943 16
Milbourne Christopher, Bob Hummer Under Cover ideas with a matchbook, as an ambush for a list, for a shiner, to pick up daub, picking up a coin
Also published here Feb. 1944
The Phoenix (Issue 53)
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Tommy Dowd, Audley Wals, rings as shiner, ethics, Paul Rosini, Max Holden, Stuart Robson
May 1944
The Phoenix (Issue 61)
L.E. Duncanson With Sight Unseen divining cards behind back, small mirror between legs
Also published here 1944 258
Jean Marc Bujard L'Ongle chrome metallic thumb nail as shiner
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 7 No. 1&2)
King Stevenson Clipped x-ray eyes, seeing through cards and card on the face is divined
Feb. 1946
The Phoenix (Issue 101)
King Stevenson Cigarette Shiner paper clip in cigarette
Feb. 1946
The Phoenix (Issue 101)
R. M. Jamison Specks in Specs glasses of spectator as mirror, drawing on slate duplicated, or bottom card of deck known after spectator's shuffle
Jan. 1946 185
Milbourne Christopher The Card Reflected card with same value and one with same suit as selection is removed, mirror on card as shiner
Oct. 1946 256
Conny Steffensen Magische Lektionen / Leçons magiques brief explanations of various techniques to control a card, followed by french translation
  • "Mappen"-Karte
  • Nagelmarkierung
  • Markierung mit der Stecknadel
  • "Brücke" am Ende des Spieles
  • Ein Ersatz für die lange Karte
  • Staniol auf der Rückseite der Karte
  • Auffinden der Schlüsselkarte durch den Index
Related to 1946
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 8 No. 2)
Conny Steffensen Magische Lektionen / Leçons magiques brief explanations of various techniques to control a card, followed by french translation
  • Reflektor
  • Sehen des Indexes an der gewählten Karte
  • Wo im Spiele befindet sich die Karte?
  • Abzählen von der untersten Karte
  • Die X-Strahlen Karte
  • Die berührte Karte
  • Auffinden einer Karte mit Hilfe von Wachs
  • Wie verfährt man, um mit dem Spiele zu rauschen?
  • Forcierung durch das "Rauschen"
  • Ein Forcierungs-Spiel
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 8 No. 3&4)
Paul Rosini Reflection using spectator's glasses as impromptu shiner
1950 22
Herb Runge C'Mon and Shine! idea and tips on the shiner
Sep. 1951
The Phoenix (Issue 238)
Herb Runge Effect #1 peeking a card
Sep. 1951
The Phoenix (Issue 238)
Herb Runge Effect #2 seeing with fingertips, name of cards
Sep. 1951
The Phoenix (Issue 238)
Herb Runge Effect #3
Sep. 1951
The Phoenix (Issue 238)
Herb Runge Effect #4 peeking a card
Sep. 1951
The Phoenix (Issue 238)
Der Künstler als Hellseher button as shiner
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 13 No. 5)
Audley Walsh Reflection manuscript on shiners
  • 1. The World Beater
  • 2.The Spy Glimmer
  • 3. The Little Slicker
  • 4. The Fade Away
  • 5. Big Way Shiner
  • 6. Holdout Glimmer
Related to 1955
The New Phoenix (Issue 325)
Tony Corinda (8) Reflectors and Shiners short routine, feeling cards with fingertips
1958 138
Dr. William Weyeneth Die mysteriöse Streichholzschachtel shiner in matchbox, picture duplication and card divination
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 21 No. 3)
Dr. Stanley Jaks Dr. Jaks Markierungstrick divination of year and name, both written down by performer and spectator on cards, with card stand, glimpse with mirror
Also published here 1961 36
Edward Marlo Color Eliminator color reflects on back of other card or nail polish on fingertip, (back-)dated "over a dozen years ago", quoted from a 1958 letter
Related to 1962 35
James Steranko Ocellus color reflects on back of other card, color separation, also in peek position to see full index reflection
Related to 1962 105
Nate Leipzig Knife Glimpse
1963 173
L. Vosburgh Lyons Triphecy II see also Phoenix p. 607 for Lyons' other method
Related to Mar. 1968 163
Dr. William Weyeneth Plusquamperfekt divination of cards from shuffled deck, seeing with fingertips type
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 29 No. 3)
Eddie Fay Fay's Gambling Methods - Peek and Deal shiner/glimmer handling
1969 19
Eddie Fay Making of a Shiner from mirror
1969 21
Pavano Omega any card divined because of mirror foil on back of joker
1969 28
Alton Sharpe Omega, Sr. any card divined because of small sticky mirror on back of card
1969 30
Jack Posetary No Mirror reading colors of cards, whet thumbnail as shiner, see also p. 411
Related to Dec. 1970 389
Tony Cole No Mirror thumbnail as impromptu shiner
Nov. 1972
Epilogue (Issue 16)
Steve Spillman Magic Mirror shiner on card case
Magick (Issue 62)
Arthur Hill Numbers Up deck of number cards, design duplication on two cards, mirror in lap
Mar. 1975 872
Edward Marlo Color Sense seeing with fingertips, red / black, shuffled deck in case, reflection on card case
Related to 1975
Magick (Issue 121)
Uriah Fuller 7. Duplicating drawings different methods
  • A. simple geometric shape force
  • B. Pencil reading
  • C. impromptu shiners
  • D. Psychological forcing
  • E. drawing duplicated in lap
  • F. drawing sealed in nest of envelopes
1975 32
Barrie Richardson Think Hot - Think Cold
Also published here Dec. 1977
Pabular (Vol. 4 No. 4)
Paul Fox Reading the Cards performer knows cards despite being blindfolded
1978 139
Bascom Jones Mind Menta shuffled deck in case, cards are divined
Magick (Issue 206)
Larry Becker Super-Vision some card in box are divined by sense of touch, spectator stops at card which is predicted in envelope
1978 111
Karl Fulves Reflections saliva on thumbnail for impromptu shiner
Inspired byRelated to 1979
The Chronicles (Issue 16)
El Duco Watch your Watch! spectator sets watch to a full hour and puts it in a paper bag, second spectator selects card with same number
1980 15
Uriah Fuller 2. Duplicating Drawings further methods, including small mirror
1980 29
Uriah Fuller 5. ESP Cards, Part I divining chosen cards: signals, reflective surfaces (eight examples), deck switch, marks, spectator divines card
1980 41
Al Mann The Lance from Lacus Solis four cards are chosen and impaled on two office spikes, all cards are divined, different shiner variations
1982 6
Al Mann The Iron Scuttle No. 1, steel bucket on head, deck is placed on it and performer takes and divines a card
1983 1
X-Ray Vision No. 87, shuffled deck is cut in four piles, performer names the four bottom cards
1983 24
Edward Marlo Best Punchless Deal - So Far mirror/shiner
1984 18
Basil Horwitz Reflection with wallet
Also published here Apr. 1984
Spell-Binder (Vol. 3 No. 36)
Sandy Spillman Mr. Lucky divination of some Tarot cards, Major Arcana
Aug. 1984
Magick (Issue 337)
Barrie Richardson Cosmic Mirror divination of chosen card
Jan. 1986
Magick (Issue 363)
Al Mann Bagged! blindfolded performer holds ESP cards over his head and divines them
May 1987
Magick (Issue 389)
Bjorn Hanson First Sight nail polish transforms nail into "mirror"
Apr. 1988
Apocalypse (Vol. 11 No. 4)
Jonathan Cooke Dark Mirror design divination, special shiner
June 1989
Magick (Issue 424)
Karl Fulves Mirror Peek with gambling shoe
Swindle Sheet (Issue 7)
Paul Douglas Technique of the Glim on using shiners for cheating
Swindle Sheet (Issue 9)
Karl Fulves The Office cellophane as shiner, Bridge cheating
Cheat Sheet (Issue 9)
Steve Dusheck Mate-A-Card finding the mate of a card under fair conditions in shuffled deck, featuring a card with a mirror surface hidden under a sliding panel on its back
Also published here
  • marketed in 1968
1992 57
Jon Racherbaumer Deja Vu, Too credit information on shiner usage
Mar. 1992
Swipe (Issue 4)
Edward Marlo Glim Deal sighting ahead when dealing with shiner
The Olram File (Issue 14)
Edward Marlo The Glimmer
The Olram File (Issue 14)
Knife Blade Glimpse
Related to
  • Blackstone's Secrets of Magic (Walter Gibson, p. 21)
1994 447
Jon Racherbaumer Playing the Light on using a shiner, Eddie Fay, with red-black location effect with hidden clocking
1994 14
Jon Racherbaumer In Situ Glimpse spectator cuts off packet and remembers bottom card
1994 19
Roberto Giobbi Vorbereitung und Verwendung des Clips on using a money clip as shiner
1994 (ca.) 2
Roberto Giobbi Die grundlegende Handhabung spectator stops performer during dealing for a selection, glimpsing the stopped-at card with a shiner on the table
1994 (ca.) 2
Roberto Giobbi Eine Variante spectator stops performer during dribbling for a selection, glimpsing the stopped-at card with a shiner on the table
1994 (ca.) 4
Roberto Giobbi Weitere Ideen further ideas for using a money clip as shiner
1994 (ca.) 7
Martin Gardner Literary Brilliance book/magazine cover as shiner
Arcane (Issue 14)
Basil Horwitz Reflektion with wallet
Also published here 1995
Intermagic (Vol. 19 No. 3)
Karl Fulves No Looking chapter intro, about glimpsing for card during riffle culling with shiner type things
1996 146
Karl Fulves Nail Glimpse clear nail polish
1996 147
Audley Walsh Reflection
Related to 1996 147
Karl Fulves Named-Card Stab shiny blade
1996 148
Karl Fulves Stationary Shiner attached to table edge, swing out shiner
1996 148
Karl Fulves Stationary Shiner for Shuffle Work
1996 149
Karl Fulves Glimpse via Scarne shiner glimpse with Scarne's blocking off method (p. 129)
1996 150
Burling Hull, Karl Fulves Electra-Trance Card mirror on back of joker
1996 151
Karl Fulves Concluding Notes shiners and impromptu shiners
1996 151
Bob King The Glimpse deck cut into three piles, performer names bottom card and card at named number
1996 9
Karl Fulves Shiner Gag mirror covered with tape
1998 39
Ellis Stanyon Tinfoil on the Back of the Card No. 20, reflective surface used as mirror
Variations 1999 11
Karl Fulves Supplementary Note credit information, idea of having a shiner behind stamp at bottom of stack of envelopes and glimpsing card that is put in top envelope, multiple cards put in separate envelopes, mixed and divined
Inspired byRelated to
  • Burling Hull, Sealed Mysteries, 1910
1999 12
Ellis Stanyon Reflectors No. 27, discs
1999 16
Karl Fulves Supplementary Note on reading cards in a shuffled deck, J. H. Green's shiner method, fiberoptics tube from breast pocket to behind back
1999 115
Ellis Stanyon Round Convex Mirror No. 4
  • Variations
1999 117
Ellis Stanyon Tinfoil on the Back of the Card No. 6, naming cards of shuffled deck one by one
1999 117
Ellis Stanyon Finger Ring Reflector No. 9
1999 118
Barrie Richardson Think Hot, Think Cold
Also published here 1999 222
Coffee Shiner on surface of cup of tea or coffee
2001 77
John Cornelius MoonShine Locations watch band as shiner
Related to 2001 9
Nathan Kranzo The Light on the Ceiling any card named, performer deals through face-down shuffled deck and sets aside four cards, they are the matching four-of-a-kind
June 2001
Ego (Vol. 1 No. 1)
Karl Fulves Facing Forward card placed in odd-backed deck is found from the faces, color reflection in card behind
Off The Books (Issue 6)
Karl Fulves Color, How Glimpsed color glimpsed via reflection on back of card underneath, see p. 99 for credit information
Related to 2003
Off The Books (Issue 6)
Karl Fulves Hole Card, Color Of using color reflection on card underneath
Off The Books (Issue 6)
Karl Fulves Gray Is A Color using color reflection on card underneath to get color code, short comment only
Off The Books (Issue 6)
Jack Avis Tips
2006 110
David Ben Reflected Writings chosen card divined humorously from answers to questions and scribble by spectator
Aug. 2006
Genii (Vol. 69 No. 8)
Roberto Giobbi A Built-In Shiner cards with gilded edges
Secret Agenda (Issue Nov 1)
Justin Higham Reflections on Reflectors on shiners, edited from "Secrets of Improvisational Magic"
  • French Window
  • Table Knife & Teaspoon
  • Café Table
  • Sunglasses
  • Table Sign
  • Menu-Card Holder
  • Mobile Phone
  • Wine Glass
  • Coins & Keys
  • Impromptu Peek Deck
  • Smiley-Face Cards
  • Reflector Awareness
Oct. 2010
Gambit (Issue 2)
Justin Higham Impromptu Peek Deck for Hoyle Trump Cards
Inspired by Oct. 2010
Gambit (Issue 2)
Michael Alec Sparkle performer deals borrowed deck into two piles, colors (almost) separated, nail polish shiner at innser surface of fingernail
Prolix (Issue 8)
John Born Time to Shine Three glimpses using a shiny surface on a metal watch
2012 45
Dr. Stanley Jaks "Another" Touch divination of year and name, both written down by performer and spectator on cards, with card stand, glimpse with mirror
Also published here Nov./Dec. 2012
Genii (Vol. 75 No. 11 & 12)
Justin Higham Reflected Do As I Do (semi-improvised effect) Standard effect
2014 23
Dr. Stanley Jaks Another Touch divination of year and name, both written down by performer and spectator on cards, with card stand, glimpse with mirror
Also published here 2014 95
G The Eye (天眼) Spectator stops on and finds magician's card
2014 62
Michael Weber Twin Peeks shiny cut card as shiner, or matte card under cellophane
(Real Secrets Bonus sheet)
Feb. 2015
Real Secrets (Vol. 3 No. 35)
Jon Racherbaumer Shiner Notes collection of information
  • List of Shiners Commercially Sold
  • Early Reference
  • Shiners Can Be Hidden In...
  • Potter's Index References
Facsimile (Issue 5)
Roy Baker Shiner, Shiner chrome tape
Facsimile (Issue 5)
John Cornelius John Cornelius Thoughts watch as shiner
Related to 2016
Facsimile (Issue 5)
Geno Munari Geno Munari on Shiners
Facsimile (Issue 5)
Geno Munari Reading a card from the back
Facsimile (Issue 5)
Harry Riser, Johnny Thompson Impromptu Shiner black coffee
  • Spread Key Card Glimpse
  • Riffle Key Card Glimpse
  • Dribble Key Card Glimpse
  • Peek Control
2018 113
Eugene Burger A Top-Secret Device handling of a palmed shiner, applications (spectator stops at any card, then mate is found, red/black separation)
2021 129
David Regal Dark Perception
  • Material Concessions
drawing made by spectator on business card, card selected, both put in black bag, everything divined, case with hinged shiner
Oct. 2023
Genii (Vol. 86 No. 10)