392 entries in Cards / Principles / Theory & Essays
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Professor Hoffmann Concealing the Cause
1876 69
Professor Hoffmann Chapter VI. Card Tricks Without Apparatus, and Chiefly Dependent Upon Sleight of Hand
  • Advice to the Neophyte
  • The Conjurer's "Patter"
1889 99
Professor Hoffmann Chapter VII. Card tricks with Apparatus, or requiring Special Cards introduction
1889 136
Erklärungen zu den vorstehenden Kunststücken explanations to all fifteen tricks
1895 108
Carl Willmann Die Kartenschule "Die Kartenschule von Carl Willmann"
introduction to Willmann's plan to write a card college in the magazine and comments on card magic
July 1895
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 1 No. 7)
Carl Willmann Die Kartenschule "Die Kartenschule von Carl Willmann"
more comments on writing a card college
  • Zur Einleitung
Aug. 1895
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 1 No. 8)
Friedrich W. Conradi-Horster Die Kartenschule introduction to start of a card college series
Sep. 1895
Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 1 No. 1)
August Roterberg On Display of Skill
1897 31
S. W. Erdnase Confederacy
Related to 1902 19
S. W. Erdnase Primary Accomplishments false shuffling and cutting
Related to 1902 21
S. W. Erdnase Uniformity of Action
Related to 1902 22
S. W. Erdnase Display of Ability
Related to 1902 23
S. W. Erdnase Greatest Single Accomplishment bottom dealing
Related to 1902 23
S. W. Erdnase The Player without an Ally
Related to 1902 109
S. W. Erdnase Card Tricks
1902 171
Carl Willmann Briefkasten answering letters, storing rubber articles, on red backs vs. blue backs (reds are better according to Carl Willmann), Diva Dicka
Feb. 1902
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 8 No. 2)
Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser Die drei Kräfte "Vorträge von J. N. Hofzinser"
patter for longer card sequence
Apr. 1902
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 8 No. 4)
Friedrich W. Conradi-Horster Top Three Card Sleights pass, palm, top change
May 1904
Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 4 No. 5)
T. Nelson Downs Flourishes and Fancy Sleights with Cards comments and what cards to use
  • The Cards
1909 17
John Northern Hilliard Card Tricks involving Sleight of Hand
1909 52
Ottokar Fischer Anleitung zur Vorführung guidelines for the performance, what cards are used, gaffs
1910 1
Charles T. Jordan On Routining performing tricks in which the previous trick sets up the next
The Four Full Hands (Issue Four Full Hands of Card Tricks)
Victor Farelli Five Points Some tips on card magic and how to study the book
1936 10
Victor Farelli Almost in Confidence How should cards be handled while seated at the card table
1936 32
The Perpetual Almanac or Gentleman Soldier's Prayer Book story
1937 374
The Master of the Playing Cards brief history & information about playing cards
Related to 1938 1
John Northern Hilliard Cards. The Best Kind to Use
1938 164
John Northern Hilliard A Few Words Anent the Joker uses of joker in pack
1938 241
John Northern Hilliard Card Tricks with Apparatus and in Combination with Other Objects some observations
1938 499
Charles Hopkins 1 - Card correctly identified, but slips out of control. Use of peeks, cut / pass to re-establish control.
1940 19
Charles Hopkins 2 - Identification correct, but placement for climax is wrong. For counting / spelling tricks (double/triple lifts, pilot card technique)
Related to 1940 19
Charles Hopkins 3 - Incorrect identification of selection card.
1940 20
Charles Hopkins 4 - Card lost before identification.
1940 21
Charles Hopkins 5 - The selector forgets what his card was.
1940 21
Charles Hopkins 6 - When they refuse to tell. How to deal with "You are doing the trick... you tell me!"
1940 23
Charles Hopkins 7 - For the extreme "hold out". Extreme cases where audience will not name their selected card
1940 23
Charles Hopkins 12 - To meet an absolute refusal to tell. Using the 220 Count method
Related to 1940 26
16 - The "Crimp" as a Locator. Uses for corner crimp
1940 31
Charles Hopkins 22 - Out-in-the-open changes. Using top/bottom changes, or double lifts
1940 38
Charles Hopkins 24 - Using "locators" for "outs". Use of short cards, scraped/nicked edges
1940 39
Charles Hopkins Methods For Counting And Spelling Effects How to deal with errors in counting/spelling tricks
1940 39
26 - New start from wrong turn-up. An out if the card turned up at the end of count/spell is wrong
1940 41
Charles Hopkins 27 - The "220 Count" as an "out". Mentions the 220 Count
Related to 1940 42
Charles Hopkins 28 - In performer's pocket.
1940 43
Charles Hopkins 29 - Pocket index. Mentions pocket index gimmick in Jinx magazine, No. 82, p. 528, Pocket Prophecies.
Related to 1940 43
Charles Hopkins 30 - Card in wallet.
1940 44
Charles Hopkins 33 - When force is missed.
1940 46
Charles Hopkins 34 - Confusion as to suit and values.
1940 47
Charles Hopkins 35 - Spectator's mind a complete blank.
1940 48
Charles Hopkins 36 - Controlled returns.
1940 53
Charles Hopkins 37 - Use of "Locators". Short cards, nicked edges, scraped edges, crimps
1940 54
Charles Hopkins 44 - Pre-Arrangements.
1940 61
Charles Hopkins 48 - Secret reflectors.
1940 66
Charles Hopkins 49 - Wide and narrow decks.
1940 67
Charles Hopkins 50 - The indexed pocket deck again. Mentions 1939 Summer issue of The Jinx
1940 67
Charles Hopkins Special Decks On Taps
1940 73
Jean Hugard Card Magic general comments
Sep. 1944 68
R. M. Jamison The Fair Sex and the Magician card tricks for women
July 1945 134
Jean Hugard Card Magic article intro
Sep. 1945 150
Jean Hugard Card Magic article intro
Nov. 1945 167
Paul Curry Thar She Blows! presentation idea for revealing a card
Also published here July 1947
The Phoenix (Issue 129)
Frederick Braue Roundabout with Fred Braue on the five best card tricks poll
  • Card Transits
  • Coincidences
  • Predictions
  • Telepathy or Mind Reading
  • Reverses
  • Changes
  • Spellers
  • Transpositions
  • A Show of Skill
June 1947 327
Arthur H. Buckley Foreword to the Chapter Three - Card Magic
1948 139
Dariel Fitzkee Chapter One on good and bad tricks
1948 11
Dariel Fitzkee Chapter Two list of the different types of basic card effects possible
1948 18
Dariel Fitzkee Chapter Three on becoming an expert in card magic
1948 26
Dariel Fitzkee Chapter Four sixteen basic sleights/skill in card magic
1948 30
Dariel Fitzkee Chapter Five on card technique, subtleties versus sleights
1948 37
Dariel Fitzkee Chapter Six on performing card tricks, Elsa Maxwell, entertainment
1948 42
Sam Leo Horowitz A Matter of Miracles "complete your effect with no moves, then you have a miracle"
1949 4
Al Baker Mental Card Tricks chapter intro
Also published here 1949 88
Al Baker Cartomancy, or The Meaning of the Cards in a Deck
Also published here 1949 113
Bill Simon Handling
1952 20
Bill Simon Unprepared Cards
1952 20
Bill Simon Poker Cards vs. Bridge Cards
1952 24
Bill Simon Shuffles and Cuts
1952 175
Lewis Ganson Some Observations on Card Manipulation
1954 226
Edward Marlo Vanishing Aces Theory
Related to 1956
The New Phoenix (Issue 338)
Jerry Andrus Random Notes
  • On Illustrations and Angles
  • On Who Invented What
  • On Self-Confidence
  • On Practice
  • On a Display of Skill
  • On Trick Cards, Yes or No
  • On Too Many Sleights and Not Enough Tricks
  • On Take-a-Card Tricks
  • A Note on Materials
1956 7
James Steranko Chapter Seven - Cues on Cards "a few little touches that will aid in gaining a finer card technique"
  • Cue on Cards (what cards to use?)
  • On Routines
  • On Confidence
  • On Skill
  • Capsule Cues
1960 47
Sam Randlett Dirty Deck Routine having tricks that can be done with any deck
Related to May 1960
Ibidem (Issue 20)
Lin Searles All the Sad Young Card Men "un unpopular history of modern card magic"
Oct. 1960
Ibidem (Issue 22)
Charlie Miller Card Tricks comment
1961 66
Charlie Miller Intrigue Tricks
1967 21
David Bendix, Jon Racherbaumer The Satiricon
  • Cardmanship
  • Footnote to Ferris
  • Mirabile Dictu (joke description)
  • Excerpt from a Dialogue Overheard at a Convention (Racherbaumer)
Fall 1969
Hierophant (Issue 1)
David Bendix, Jon Racherbaumer The Satiricon
  • Lester Overton: Tragic Hero (Bendix)
  • Excerpt from the Adventures of Harry Inane (Racherbaumer)
Winter 1969
Hierophant (Issue 2)
Jon Racherbaumer Estimations
  • Albert Goshman: Boob on the Tube?
  • Last Word on the Fields' Book
  • 13 Ways of Looking at Criticism
  • An Open Letter to Nick Trost
  • Vernon, Gibson, and Sharpe
Winter 1969
Hierophant (Issue 2)
Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser Card Problems translated by Bob Woodward
1. Choice Of Color
2. Changing Ace
3. Card To Pocket
4. The Secret King Of Spades
5. The Five Changing Cards
for corrected translation see reference
Variations July 1970
Epilogue (Issue 9)
Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser Card Problems translation by Bob Woodward, corrected by Reinhard Müller
1. Choice Of Color
2. Changing Aces
3. Card To Cigar-Case
4. The Secret King Of Spades
5. The Five Changing Cards
6. Carte Blanche (The Blank Card)
7. The Magic Ring
8. Strange Coincidence
9. Card and Bank-Note
10. Card And Handkerchief
Related to Nov. 1970
Epilogue (Issue 10)
David Bendix, Jerry Printz The Satiricon
  • La Fleury, Pagan Cardicienne
  • Dove Droppings from all Over
  • Ask the Millwright
Spring 1970
Hierophant (Issue 3)
Gaston "Gasbor" Borgeaud Fantaisies au sujet du jeu de cartes connections between playing cards, calendar and the alphabet
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 31 No. 5)
Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser Card Problems 11. Card And Watch
12. The Magic Separation
13. The Flower Puzzle
14. The Toss Of The Cards
15. Rubezahl
16. The Visiting Card
17. The Game Of The Lansquenets
18. The Mysterious Card
Related toVariations Mar. 1971
Epilogue (Issue 11)
David Bendix, Jon Racherbaumer The Satiricon
  • Further Cardmanship - part two
  • Publisher's Postscript: A Riposte Rather than a Rip-off
Fall-Spring 1971
Hierophant (Issue 5-6)
Philip T. Goldstein "Card Tricks for People Who Don't Do Card Tricks ...and Some for Those Who Do!" on (un)importance of method vs effect, sleight-of-hand vs gimmick, four basic elements of method:
  • 1. Natural Law Disguised
  • 2. Secret Activity
  • 3. Secretly Prepared Materials
  • 4. Psychology
1974 1
Philip T. Goldstein On Pick-a-Card Tricks
1974 2
Faucett Ross Some Great Card Classics Faucett describes his favorite card classics
1975 194
Peter Kane Memory Jogger associating every playing card with a trick to remember one's repertoire
Variations 1975 2
Jerry Andrus General Comments
  • Magic, Misdirection and Complexicology
  • Duplicate What You Pretend
  • Secret Maneuvers
  • Does It Look Suspicious
  • Practice
  • Card Control
  • Sleightly Chronological
  • Percepts
  • Personal Predjudices
  • How To Use This Book
  • Illustrations and Angles
  • Misc. Remarks
  • Extra Curricular Comments
1976 13
Al Mann A Tractate on Fabulous Card Effects for the Mentalist
  • The Pros and Cons
  • Do's and Don'ts
1976 1
David Berglas Card Magic general remarks on cards and magic
1976 33
Eddie Fields, Mike Schwartz Spectator Won't Tell if spectator doesn't want to name card
1976 36
Bill Tarr About Cards
  • Types of Shuffles
  • Self-Working Card Tricks
1976 20
Karl Fulves Fail/Safing The Experts how to practice something for fooling experts with it, example sleeving
1977 16
Harry Lorayne Sleight-of-Hand Effects and Routines story about selectivity
1977 87
Karl Fulves 4 - Card Magic
1977 61
Karl Fulves Concluding Observations on card tricks
1977 79
Karl Fulves A word about small packet tricks
1978 43
Karl Fulves How To Invent Card Stuff Trick Brain type lists
Interlocutor (Issue 22)
Roger Smith A Simple Routine suggested routine of previous tricks with Ace through Five of a suit with simple switch in pocket
1978 10
Richard Kaufman Introduction chapter intro to Stand-up Card Magic
1979 142
Karl Fulves The Gambler's Third Lesson introduction, On presenting Gambling Material
1979 1
Karl Fulves Mind Reading with Cards chapter intro
1979 16
Karl Fulves Miracles with Cards chapter intro
1979 90
Simon Aronson 3. Memorizing the Aronson Stack tips and mnemonic system for the Aronson stack
Also published here 1979 16
Steve Beam, Don Morris Basic Sleights outs for screwed up sleights
  • Double Lift
  • False Shuffle
  • Forcing
  • Palming
1979 7
Father Cyprian The Poetry of Magic Theory on what makes card magic entertaining: Interest, Clarity, Spectator involvement
1979 13
Father Cyprian The Poetry of Magic
  • Interest
  • Clarity
  • Involvement of the Spectator
1980 78
Andrew Galloway Misdirection as Applied to Card Magic
1980 7
Ken De Courcy Another Fallacy on women and card tricks
1980 15
Ken De Courcy Visibility on handling card in stand up
1980 39
Ken De Courcy Climax how to show a card at the climax of a trick
1980 45
Ken De Courcy Pre-set Portability about cards being easy to carry around
1980 48
Ken De Courcy The Borrowed Pack working with borrowed cards
1980 53
Ken De Courcy Novelty using unusual cards
1980 55
Richard Kaufman In Addition on pass and gaffs
1981 164
Karl Fulves Establishing Shots enhancing the initial conditions
1981 16
Karl Fulves Pass Partout system of notation
1981 50
Gary Ouellet The Switch Syndrome
1981 25
Jon Racherbaumer Technical Touches
1982 64
Stephen Minch In Praise of the Lowly Flourish essay
1982 5
Bobby Bernard Just a Thought on the "Charlie Chaplin Shuffle" How Bobby uses a false shuffle done by Charlie Chaplin in The Gold Rush, same thinking as Ron "Ravelli" Wohl
Related to 1982 84
Ross Bertram Little Things Mark the Professional
1983 249
Ross Bertram It Pays Off
1983 251
Stephen Minch Bibliography of Other Blindfold Card Acts
1984 27
Rudolf Braunmüller Unmoderne Kartenmagie intro to self-working card tricks collection
Jan. 1984
Intermagic (Vol. 10 No. 3 & 4)
Robert Orben Verhaltensregeln für Zuschauer von Kartenkünstlern
Nov. 1984
Intermagic (Vol. 11 No. 2)
Frederick Braue Effective Card Routine list of effects for stand-up without requiring selection
1985 21
Charlie Miller Audience Tricks Nominated by Charles Miller see following tricks, also tricks nominated by Senor Maldo
1985 28
Roberto Giobbi Deck External and Deck Internal Effects differentiation
1987 74
Jamy Ian Swiss On Routining, Descriptive Scripts, and Card Tricks
Also published here 1987 38
Darwin Ortiz Introductory Comments chapter intro for "Card Table Artifice"
1988 17
Darwin Ortiz Introductory Comments chapter intro for "Legerdemain"
1988 80
Jamy Ian Swiss Price Tags leaving price tag on card case
Mar. 1988
Magical Arts Journal (Vol. 2 No. 2)
Ray Grismer Gambling Expose vs. Gambling Demonstration
1988 5
Jon Racherbaumer In Spades "A Clean, Well-Lighted Close-up Pad", fiction
Dec. 1990 11
Gary Ouellet Close Up Hint lotion for better grip
1990 56
Gary Ouellet, Walter E. Cummings Close Up Hint On the Preparation of Playing Cards, using soap
Variations 1990 138
Jon Racherbaumer In Spades - Perhaps it was a dream? fiction
June 1991 16
Jon Racherbaumer No Access rants
Aug. 1991 9
Jon Racherbaumer Cosmic Cardman's Handback poetry
Aug. 1991 16
Eugene Burger Are Card Tricks Card Magic
Also published here 1991 29
T. Page Wright Chapter 6 - Non-Sleight of Hand Card Mysteries intro
1991 172
T. Page Wright Chapter 13 - Mental Effects with Cards on mentalism
1991 276
T. Page Wright Chapter 14 - Card Effects for Stage intro
1991 298
Al Smith Almost Faking It "Yet Another Opinionated Discourse"
comments on gambling demos
1991 12
Al Smith Don't Get Lost in the Shuffle more comments on gambling demos and technique
1991 13
Jon Racherbaumer On the Ace Assembly Plot & Open Travelers general comments, credit information, disagreements with Karl Fulves, Open Travelers credit discussion
Related to Mar. 1991
Swipe (Issue 1)
Jon Racherbaumer Leftover Popover Hangovers on the "flourish disclosure", credit information on pop-out productions
May 1991
Swipe (Issue 2)
Stephen Hobbs A Note on Credits and Sleights
1992 v
Jack Carpenter, Stephen Hobbs Thoughts on Card Cheating An Essay with Examples
1992 141
Jon Racherbaumer In Spades rants
Apr. 1992
The Olram File (Issue 11)
Frederick Braue On Practicing Sleights
1992 14
Gary Kurtz Third Example: The order in which you have three cards chosen and revealed
1992 6
Steve Dusheck, James M. Klein Card Magic interview with Dusheck about card magic
1992 146
Richard Kaufman Inner-Workings on whether women like card tricks
July 1992
Magic (Vol. 1 No. 11)
Edward Marlo Retro-Look session notes by Marlo
The Olram File (Issue 15)
Edward Marlo, John Scarne Scarne Review Marlo's comments on John Scarne's appearance on the "Jack Paar Show" (July 1961)
The Olram File (Issue 15)
Jon Racherbaumer In Spades comments about sessioning
The Olram File (Issue 16)
Al Smith A Musing "Some thoughts on cards", on card magic & practicing
Jan. 1993
New Sorcerer (Vol. 1 No. 4)
Vicente Canuto La presentación en la magia on presenting a trick, using key card and different ways of revealing card as an example
  • Localización de una carta elegida
    • 1.- Esconder el secreto
    • 2.- Hacer interesante el experimento
  • A) Las huellas dactilares
  • B) Usted no sabe mentir
  • C) Apuesta
  • D) Otros
1993 37
John Northern Hilliard First Draft: The Master of the Playing Cards
Related to 1994 1116
Karl Fulves Rome and Juliet Theme making drawing over two cards, presentation idea
1994 46
Gary Ouellet Fine Tuning using a camera to practice
1994 90
Roger Crosthwaite Completing the Circle commentary on the upcoming seven-phase card act
  • Phase One: Beginning the Act (Set-Up, Building Rapport)
  • Phase Two: Reading the Mind
  • Phase Three: Finding the Foursome
  • Phase Four: Caressing the Cards
  • Phase Five: Dealing with Desire
  • Phase Six: Making the Magic
  • Phase Seven: Ending with Style
Related to 1994 1
Christian M. Thurnes Das Signieren von Karten on signing cards and using stickers
  • Das ökonomische Signieren von Karten
Nov. 1994
Intermagic (Vol. 19 No. 1)
Simon Aronson 3. Memorizing the Aronson Stack tips and mnemonic system for the Aronson stack
Also published here 1994 129
Larry Jennings Jennings on Practice
Related to Sep. 1994
Magic (Vol. 4 No. 1)
Roberto Giobbi The Art of Performing Magic with Cards
  • A Personal Note
  • How to Get the Most from this Book
  • The Best Way to Learn from this Book
  • A Comment on the Illustrations
  • On the Terminology
  • Thinking Beyond What is Immediately Required
  • Art and Expression in the Handling of Cards
  • How Much Theory is Necessary?
  • The Path of the Master
1995 1
Roberto Giobbi A Brief History of Playing Cards
Related to 1995 5
Roberto Giobbi Instruments and Tools The Hands
  • Hand Care
The Playing Cards
  • Card Decks
  • Card Size
  • The Finish
  • Face and Back Designs
  • The Card Case
  • Treating the Cards
  • General Remarks
The Close-up Pad
  • Pad Size
  • Material
  • Color
1995 8
Chad Long Quick Thoughts... restaurant work, tips, unintentional glimpse
1995 20
Karl Fulves Practice Is Perfect on practicing
1995 2
Karl Fulves What This Is Not pseudo/fake vs. real methods, brief explanation of stacking with transfer cuts
1995 2
Karl Fulves Prelude music analogy
1995 107
Karl Fulves Tricks with Cards chapter intro
1995 1
Oliver Erens Neue Karten-Terminologie humorous article on terminology in card magic
Also published here
  • Magische Welt, 1991
1995 44
Eugene Burger 9. Are Card Tricks Card Magic?
  • What is a "Good" Card Trick?
  • The Awareness of "Moves" Murders Magic
  • Can a Spectator Restate the Effect?
  • The Adventures of the Props
  • Card Tricks and Card Magic
Also published here 1995 127
Roberto Giobbi Outs for Disasters and Disturbances
  • Disasters
  • Disturbances from the Audience
  • Conclusion
  • Recommended Reading
1996 461
The Study of Card Conjuring Choosing Material, Studying, Training Techniques
1996 476
Roberto Giobbi The Study of Card Conjuring
  • Choosing, Sifting and Collecting Material
  • Studying a Card Trick
  • General Remarks
  • Accessories
  • Training Techniques
  • Concluding Remarks
  • Recommended Reading
Related to 1996 476
Tommy Wonder Counting Cards, Unnatural Rhythms and Other Problems
  • When Counting is Better
  • Not Always the Best Solution
1996 97
Michael Close On Sleights
  • It Starts with a Letter
  • The Big Question
1996 59
Tom Stone Pipedream NO. 2: Backstage with a Cardician presentation idea
1996 38
Karl Fulves Scarne's Secret intro about Scarne's riffle culling and on the nature of riffle shuffle work with analogies
1996 1
Karl Fulves Gambler's Den chapter intro, on gambling demonstrations
1996 174
Jan Isenbart Weltbester Kartentrick
Also published here 1996 77
Ken Krenzel Primordia Rerum: Magical Magic essay on hands-off magic
1997 vii
Roger Crosthwaite Pebbles and Aces "A brief study of vertical and lateral thinking in the development of the Four Ace Assembly"
1997 45
Adrian "Ramblar" Guerra Scene Card Magic chapter intro and description of act
1997 3
John Moehring Cards, Cards, Cards on Juliana Chen's card manipulations
Sep. 1997
Magic (Vol. 7 No. 1)
Roberto Giobbi Words for Enthusiasts
  • An Enticement to the Introduction
  • Contents
  • What Is in These Books?
  • The Principle of Reading Satisfaction
  • Principles Rather than Techniques
  • The Study
  • Trust
  • Intellect, Intuition and Inspiration in Practice
  • The Sensuality of Card Magic
  • Gestalt
  • What Else?
  • The Prop as Instrument
  • Simplicity
  • Selecting the Right Trick
  • The Iceberg
  • The Secret
1998 495
Jeff Busby Chapter 11: Gambling Demos and Shuffles intro on gambling demonstrations in general
1998 97
Chris Hampton A Few Words About Deck Management when doing strolling magic
Nov./Dec. 1998
The Magic Menu (Vol. 9 No. 50)
David Regal Hailing the Great Discrepancy
1999 46
David Regal The Oddity
1999 57
David Regal Diamonds in the Rough on rough-smooth
1999 233
Roger Crosthwaite The Evolution of Think-a-Card "A lecture given by Fr Roger Crosthwaite at The Magic Circle Collectors' Day, 25 May 1996"
credit and historical information
  • 1. Scot's "Discoverie"
  • 2. Goldston's Quarterly
  • 3. The Berglas Effect
1999 23
Jerry Mentzer Comments Regarding Self Working Card Tricks
1999 1
Barrie Richardson Chapter VII: Mental Card Effects chapter intro
1999 195
Fredric P. Lamazor On Finger Moistening
1999 1
Roberto Giobbi The Structure of Magic
Related toAlso published here 2000 1057
Barry Price Introduction essay on palming
2000 iii
Jan Isenbart The World's Greatest Card Trick
Also published here 2000 77
Jerry Mentzer Memory Jogger associating playing cards with a trick to remember one's repertoire
Inspired by 2000 58
Paul Curry A Card Revelation Tip pretending to find the wrong card
Also published here 2001 273
Dan Buck, Dave Buck Epilogue "The Psychology of Flourishes"
2001 55
Eugene Burger "Can You Tell Me The Best Card Tricks?"
  • Our Magical Art
Also published here Apr. 2001
Genii (Vol. 64 No. 4)
Darwin Ortiz Showing or Hiding Skill
2002 211
John Carney The Classic Pass and Other Myths
  • Our Man Erdnase
  • The Big Picture
  • Focus, Misdirection, and Punctuation
Related to 2002 232
Ron Bauer Sleight-of-Hand with Cards
2002 1
David Berglas The Berglas Effect
  • Any Card at Any Number
  • Jazz Magic
  • A Foundation For Miracles
  • The Bridge
  • Expect the Unexpected
  • The Psychology of Numbers
  • On Stage
  • Pointing the Effect
  • A Different Presentation
  • Sheer Devilment
  • An Interlude
  • In Conclusion
2002 527
Jamy Ian Swiss On Routining, Descriptive Scripts, And Card Tricks
Also published here 2002 33
Al Baker Mental Card Tricks chapter intro
Also published here 2003
The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Issue Mental Magic)
Al Baker Cartomancy, or The Meaning of the Cards in a Deck
Also published here 2003
The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Issue Mental Magic)
Roberto Giobbi Lines and Bits: Humorous and Practical
  • General Considerations on the Use of Jokes and Lines
  • Humor for Various Situations
2003 1385
Roberto Giobbi Die Struktur der Zauberkunst
  • Die magische Pyramide
  • Das System
  • Der intellektuelle und der emotionale Effekt
  • Der magische Eisberg
Also published here 2003 24
Joshua Jay Personalized Playing Cards
  • Talk About Tricks
Also published here Mar. 2003
Magic (Vol. 12 No. 7)
Joshua Jay In Defense of Card Magic
  • Talk About Tricks
Related toAlso published here July 2003
Magic (Vol. 12 No. 11)
David Acer Confessions of a Road Warrior #12: Five Card Mental Farce
Also published here 2004 345
Wesley James Anthropomorphization of Playing Cards
2004 105
Wesley James Mental Magic chapter introduction
2004 409
Wesley James Why Not? chapter intro, on using gaffs
2004 445
Wesley James Breaking In the Cards
2004 475
Grace Ann Morgan The Foundation of ProActive Control mostly about handling mistakes and confidence
  • The Cause of Fear & Loathing
  • Step One: Introspection
2004 47
Grace Ann Morgan ProActive Strategies mostly about handling mistakes and confidence
  • Emotional
  • Mental
  • Mental Floss
2004 51
Grace Ann Morgan Fail-Safe Guidelines avoiding mistakes
  • Rule #1
  • Rule #2
  • Rule #3
  • Rule #4
2004 55
Steve Beam To Memorize or Not to Memorize on the question of memorized decks
2004 72
Ron Frost Warning! Some thoughts on the Classic Force
2004 11
Kostya Kimlat Magic with Cards on performing card magic
2004 7
Kostya Kimlat Flourishing Away: Combining Skill with Style on flourishes and magic
2004 17
Barrie Richardson Chapter VII: Card Deceptions chapter intro
2005 207
Barrie Richardson Chapter X: Aha! Think of a Card chapter intro
2005 321
"Magic" Christian Stelzel The Sleights, Effects, and Routines lists of things that Hofzinser used or invented, with short descriptions
  • Sleights
  • Gimmicked Cards
  • Gimmicks
  • Tricks with Unprepared Cards
  • Tricks with Prepared Cards
  • Tricks with Prepared Decks
  • Card Tricks in Connection with Other Gimmicks
  • Titles of Other Card Tricks Performed by Hofzinser
  • The Hofzinser Card Problems
  • Other Card Tricks Credited to Hofzinser
Nov. 2005
Genii (Vol. 68 No. 11)
Jack Avis Spectator learns a Trick patter intro for a trick
2006 177
Jack Avis My List of Best Trouble-Free "Workers"
2006 200
Roberto Giobbi The Genii Session list of forty-five methodological concepts of card magic
Jan. 2006
Genii (Vol. 69 No. 1)
Roberto Giobbi List of Basic Effects of Card Magic
  • The Genii Session
list of twenty-seven effects
July 2006
Genii (Vol. 69 No. 7)
Roberto Giobbi The Great Themes, Effects, and Tricks in Card Magic, Part One
  • The Genii Session
list of fifty effect themes, see "Monthly Inquisition" for credit corrections
Related to Sep. 2006
Genii (Vol. 69 No. 9)
Roberto Giobbi The Great Themes, Effects, and Tricks in Card Magic, Part Two
  • Robert Giobbi
further fifty-six effect themes
Related to Nov. 2006
Genii (Vol. 69 No. 11)
Jon Racherbaumer Of Diverse Petie Juggling Knacks: Mulling Over Moves The Artful Ledger
  • A Move Is a Move Is a Move: Slouching Toward a Definition
  • And Then?
  • Maximum Metamorphose
Aug. 2006
Antinomy (Vol. 2 No. 3)
Roberto Giobbi The Presentation of Sleightless Card Tricks
2006 xiii
Karl Fulves Definition of "Move"
2007 58
Asi Wind Dishonesty what to do when the spectator lies about his card, Haunted Deck as example
2007 7
Roberto Giobbi A Brief Updated History of Playing Cards
  • The Genii Session
Related to Dec. 2007
Genii (Vol. 70 No. 12)
Tom Stone Size Matters Idea
  • padding
idea of placing three different-sized decks on the table as an opening move
2007 14
Bill Abbott The Art of Cocktail Magic performing in cocktail situations
2008 7
Bill Abbott Cards on Stage
  • My Approach
  • The Islands
  • Selection of Material
  • The Environment
  • Originality
  • It is not what you do, but how you do it.
  • Stories
  • Transitions & Down Time
  • "A Regular Pack Of Cards"
  • Instant Applause
  • Opening with The Question
  • Closing
2008 7
Hector Chadwick Playing Cards in Mentalism A short dissertation on the justification of their use.
2008 81
Karl Fulves The Red & The Blue political patter theme suggestion for two-deck tricks
Prolix (Issue 4)
Dai Vernon "Covertly" and Reading Erdnase Closely
Related to Aug. 2008
Genii (Vol. 71 No. 8)
Carl Montada Gedanken über die Benutzung von Spielkarten im Bereich der Mentalmagie on using playing cards in mentalism
2008 18
Roberto Giobbi The ldeal Composition of o Program of Card Magic
  • Structure of a Program
  • Categories of Phenomena
  • Management and Examples of Programs
  • Conclusion
2008 131
Benjamin Earl The Big Question bordered or non-bordered cards
Jan. 2009
Gambit (Issue 1)
Benjamin Earl The Rub of the Green on the presentation of gambling demonstrations
Jan. 2009
Gambit (Issue 1)
Eugene Burger 9. Are Card Tricks Card Magic?
  • What is a "Good" Card Trick?
  • The Awareness of "Moves" Murders Magic
  • Can a Spectator Restate the Effect?
  • The Adventures of the Props
  • Card Tricks and Card Magic
Also published here 2009 127
Ramón Riobóo The Difficult, the Improbable, and the Impossible essay
2010 252
Roberto Giobbi List of Operating Principles in Card Magic
Secret Agenda (Issue Jan 18)
Roberto Giobbi The Card Expert card plots
Secret Agenda (Issue May 12)
Benjamin Earl Out of Touch - Out of Date "Ramblings on Card Stuff", opinion
Related to Oct. 2010
Gambit (Issue 2)
Benjamin Earl Spell This S...H...I...T... "Ramblings on Card Stuff", opinion
Oct. 2010
Gambit (Issue 2)
Jack "Juicy" Broad You Don't Know Jack on gambling
Oct. 2010
Gambit (Issue 2)
Christoph Borer 2. Was ist eine psychologische Force?
Related to 2010 1
Justin Higham Appendix: Fifty-Two Characteristics of a Regular Playing-Card
2010 70
Tony Cabral Groucho & Me on the performance of gambling material
2011 9
Justin Higham Psychological Theory Behind The Mind-Reader's Dream
2011 35
Justin Higham The KOSBE System article on improvisation in card magic in twelve chapters, KOSBE = Knowledge Of Sleights and Basic Effects
Related to 2011 1
David Berglas Invisible Control
2011 30
David Berglas The Berglas Approach to Card Magic
2011 31
David Berglas He Never Touched the Deck
2011 44
David Berglas Zen in a Pack of Cards
2011 46
David Berglas Introduction general thoughts on "Think a Card"
2011 50
Roberto Giobbi Thoughts on Controls long essay on controlling selections, p. 43-117
2012 43
Jay A. Olson Pick a Card, Not Any Card statistical observations
  • Best and Worst Cards for Various Tasks
Aug. 2012
Genii (Vol. 75 No. 8)
Miguel Ángel Gea Miguel Aparicio versus Charles Bertram comparison of Bertram's and Aparicio's Ace Assemblies
Related to 2012
El Manuscrito (Vol. 5 No. 19)
Roberto Giobbi Delayed Performance tip on structure
2013 21
Ben Seward The Choice Tips and advice on how to increase success rate of "think of a card"
2013 43
Luis Granados Cartomagia para Niños on card magic for children
El Manuscrito (Vol. 6 No. 24)
Michael Vincent A Study of a Classical Plot discussion of Travelers and the evolution of this routine
2013 7
Jon Armstrong Take a Card disguising pick-a-card tricks
2013 5
Dan Buck, Dave Buck Magic or Real idea of suggesting skill as modus operandi instead of magic
2014 41
Justin Higham Improvisation Through Ignorance - The KOSBE System in Action
Related to 2014 27
Simon Aronson P.U.R.E. Surprise On the element of surprise in magic, uses Twisting effects as example, PURE = Planned Unanticipated Relevance Ending
2014 89
Helder Guimarães The Other Side of Playing Cards using playing cards for magic
Related to 2015 29
Helder Guimarães A Few Lies You Should Know facts and pseudo-facts about playing cards
2015 59
Dave Buck, Elliott Terral In Pursuit of Aesthetic Beauty
  • Composition
  • Shibumi
  • Conclusion
  • Suggested Reading
Summer 2016
Quarterly (Issue 4)
Pit Hartling On free choices
2016 148
Joseph Barry Seal of Approval color of USPCC seal gives place of production
Feb. 2016
Operandi (Issue 1)
Roberto Giobbi Intriguing Object dressed-up folded card
Hidden Agenda (Issue Jan 21)
Roberto Giobbi 500* Decks a Year presentational idea
Hidden Agenda (Issue Jan 22)
Roberto Giobbi The Deck That Remembers idea for a plot
Hidden Agenda (Issue Mar 6)
Roberto Giobbi A Knot in a Handkerchief tying a deck into a handkerchief, what now?
Hidden Agenda (Issue Mar 8)
Roberto Giobbi The Thousand Dollar Card Trick presentational idea
Hidden Agenda (Issue Mar 24)
Roberto Giobbi Hofzinser's Glove presentational idea
Hidden Agenda (Issue Mar 26)
Roberto Giobbi To Sign Or Not To Sign
Hidden Agenda (Issue Apr 3)
Roberto Giobbi Jinxed Cards presentational idea
Hidden Agenda (Issue Apr 19)
Roberto Giobbi Decks From Around the World presentational idea
Hidden Agenda (Issue Apr 22)
Roberto Giobbi Jokers, Jokers, Jokers presentational ideas
Hidden Agenda (Issue Apr 26)
Roberto Giobbi, Karrell Fox, Jerry Andrus Card Configuration using cards to make interesting designs
Hidden Agenda (Issue May 24)
Roberto Giobbi Tube of Truth rolling a card or something else into a tube and doing something with it
Hidden Agenda (Issue May 26)
Roberto Giobbi, Walter Scott Blind Phantom dealing under newspaper
Hidden Agenda (Issue June 28)
Roberto Giobbi 52! = 8.07 x 1067 as presentational hook
Hidden Agenda (Issue July 20)
Roberto Giobbi In Search of Yourself presentational idea, The Card That Finds Itself
Hidden Agenda (Issue July 25)
Roberto Giobbi, Persi Diaconis Shuffle Statistics as presentational hook
Hidden Agenda (Issue July 29)
Roberto Giobbi Card Codes presentational idea
Hidden Agenda (Issue Aug 1)
Roberto Giobbi Nomen Est Omen names that have been given to cards (curse of Scotland), presentational idea
Hidden Agenda (Issue Aug 3)
Roberto Giobbi Nomen Est Omen Plus giving cards names, presentational idea
Hidden Agenda (Issue Aug 4)
Roberto Giobbi Timeline idea for card intro
Related to 2016
Hidden Agenda (Issue Aug 15)
Roberto Giobbi Wild Wild West presentational idea, using western-type cards
Hidden Agenda (Issue Aug 17)
Bob Farmer Back to the Future trick introduction
Hidden Agenda (Issue Sep 8)
Roberto Giobbi Missing in Action why cards could be missing in the deck
Hidden Agenda (Issue Sep 17)
Roberto Giobbi Overhandling the Cards
Hidden Agenda (Issue Oct 20)
Roberto Giobbi Isolating the Deck staging ideas
Hidden Agenda (Issue Oct 29)
Roberto Giobbi Change Plane doing selection with faces towards spectator
Hidden Agenda (Issue Nov 3)
Roberto Giobbi Cards as Objects
Hidden Agenda (Issue Nov 6)
Roberto Giobbi Guarantee Card
Hidden Agenda (Issue Nov 13)
Roberto Giobbi Card Tricks for Women list, quote from Expert Card Technique
Hidden Agenda (Issue Nov 25)
Roberto Giobbi, Jean Hugard Giving a Reason for the Use of Certain Cards
Hidden Agenda (Issue Dec 15)
Roberto Giobbi To Justify a Packet
Hidden Agenda (Issue Dec 27)
Roberto Giobbi Chapter 1: The Standup Card Conjurer
  • Rules Are Guidelines
  • The Standup Card Conjurer
  • Definition
  • Formal Elements
  • The Fascination of Standup Magic
  • History
2016 1
Roberto Giobbi Selecting Tricks
  • What Is the Effect?
  • Simple and Clear
  • Cards as Objects
  • Openers
2016 9
Roberto Giobbi, Juan Tamariz How to Make the Invisible Visible
  • Jumbo Indices, Giant Cards and Hybrids
  • Professional Card Stands
  • Improvised Card Stands
  • The Tamariz Shadow Rule
  • The Spectator Shows a Card
2016 12
Roberto Giobbi Déjà vu "Card Routines from Other Books by Roberto Giobbi That Are Suitable for Parlor and Stage"
- Card College 1-5
  • Light Trilogy
  • Confidences
  • The Art of Switching Decks
2016 267
Gary Plants Tips on Technique
  • Hand Position
  • The Grip
  • Rhythm is Everything!!
  • How to Practice
Sep. 2017
Operandi (Issue 3)
Benjamin Earl Notes
  • Removing the Aces
  • Losing the Aces
  • Finding the Aces
2017 11
Benjamin Earl Chapter Four Summary
2017 126
Benjamin Earl Real Ace Cutting: exploring realism, rhythm and nuance thoughts on cutting four Aces from a shuffled deck
  • Technical Notes
  • Performance Notes