107 entries in Cards / Principles / Key Card / Key Card Principles
  
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Unknown Shuffling Deck with Key Card
1876 Modern Magic 65
Unknown Shuffling with Key Card "very small risk of the two cards being parted"
1889 Tricks with Cards 41
Unknown with the aid of a wide card
  • Third Method
wide card as key card
1889 Tricks with Cards 69
James J. Moren With the Mind's Eye No. 8, dressed-up key card location, blindfolded
1919/1920 Thirty Card Mysteries 35
Charles T. Jordan Placement via Key Card deck dealt into piles, key which was next to selection is at same position as selection in different piles
1921 The Four Full Hands (Issue Four Full Hands of Down to the Minute Magical Effects) 25
Eric F. Impey Tone Control four piles, two key cards on top, selection lost and found apparently via spectator's voice during him reading off all cards
1931 Try This One 6
Unknown Reversed Cards as Indicator No. 3 of "Substitutes for the Pass", secretly reversed card as key card, oops control
1935 Card Manipulations (Issue 4) 93
Unknown Tricks with Assistant as the Medium two methods, medium divines cards or finds selections, culling key cards together
1935 Mental Magic with Cards 21
Unknown New Card Discovery two key cards, spectator shuffles briefly
1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 32
Jean Hugard Oops Control Variation reversed key card that is accidentally discovered
1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 49
Unknown Sleeve Addition key cards are added behind the back from sleeve
1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 92
U. F. Grant A Count Down Discovery one-way backs
1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 153
Tom Sellers The One-Way Key
1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 165
U. F. Grant Reversed Key Card The "Whoops!" Control
VariationsAlso published here 1938 Greater Magic 81
Unknown Double-Backed Key Card
1938 Greater Magic 83
Unknown The Bottom Card Location featuring several key card placements and strategies:
Joker Discard to Locate Key
Face-Dwon Ribbon-Spread Key Placement
Face-Up Ribbon Spread Key Placement
Deal-Down Key Placement
Distant Key Card
Cardcase Load of Key Card
1938 Greater Magic 90
Unknown The Top and Bottom Location having two key cards
1938 Greater Magic 96
Unknown The New Pack Location key card tricks using new pack order
1938 Greater Magic 99
Theodore Annemann Nail Nick Key Control
1939 The Jinx 51-100 (Issue Winter Extra 1938/39) 368
Unknown The Twenty-Sixth Location remote key
1940 Expert Card Technique 398
Herb Runge A Thought Ahead Tantalizer
Related to 1940 The Jinx 101-151 (Issue 102) 618
Unknown A Reversed Card as a Key Card
1941 The Stripper Deck 7
Jean Hugard, Frederick Braue The Stripper Key
1941 The Stripper Deck 23
Theodore Annemann Locatrix selection is located behind back
1943 Full Deck of Impromptu Card Tricks 5
Edward Marlo The Spectator Cuts daubed key card
1945 Tricks with Daub 5
Edward Marlo Daub Co-incidence daubed instead of glimpsed key card
1945 Tricks with Daub 7
Edward Marlo In Lieu of Pencil daub on borrowed deck as alternative to pencil dotted key card
1945 Tricks with Daub 9
George McAthy My Best Trick clever
1945 My Best 99
James G. Thompson Jr. Out of These Hands
1945 My Best 115
Bob Hummer Thot-Ography spectator remembers card and its position from top ten cards, Klondike shuffle, marked key card with needle scratch, see Collected Secrets for more references
Also published here 1945 Thotography 1
J. B. Bobo A New Key Card single rough-smooth pair
1947 Watch This One! 31
Charles T. Jordan A New Card Discovery key above and below selection and riffle shuffle, added in 1947 reprint (instead of "Just a Square of Paper")
1947 The Four Full Hands (Issue Four Full Hands of Down to the Minute Magical Effects) 38
James Auer Three Linked Discoveries location of three thought of cards
1947 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1947) 22
Unknown Remote Key
1948 The Royal Road to Card Magic 73
U. F. Grant Oops False Shuffle reversed card to key the bottom of deck after only-cuts-overhand-shuffle
Jan. 1949 Grant's Inner Circle Magazine (Vol. 1 No. 4) 10
Eddie Joseph The Principle Defined getting a selection to any position, with key card
1949 Premonition and The Blind Magician Does a Trick 11
Eddie Joseph The Forerunner slop shuffle triumph to set a key card a certain position for later
1951 More Dumbfounders with Cards 4
Chan Canasta A Miracle Discovery three piles are made and under impossible conditions selection is found, using three key cards
Related toVariations 1953 A Miracle Discovery 1
Mark J. Grenier Face down Discovery deck dealt in four piles, card found in face down pile
1961 The New Phoenix 351-400 (Issue 357) 256
Harry Lorayne This is Mind-Reading? two key cards, spectator shuffles, out of hands selection
Related to 1962 Close-up Card Magic 86
Victor "Astor" Jamnitzky Die Lange Karte als "Lesezeichen" key card in deck with whole deck corner-shorted
1967 (ca.) The Astor-Deck 7
Unknown Basic Move 2 pretense to glimpse selection next to key card
June 1968 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 3 No. 8) 183
Alan Keith Prelude "Circus Card Trick" to set up key cards
Inspired by 1969 Expert Card Mysteries 136
Gene Nielsen The Wish Upon a Tarot only using Major Arcana
1972 The Compleat Magick - Volume 1 (Issue 46) 227
Frank Garcia Reversed Card Idea Oops-Control
1973 Super Subtle Card Miracles 108
Gerald Kosky Yore Finder two key cards and optional fishing, credit correction on page 65
Related to 1973 Kabbala — Volume 2 (Vol. 2 No. 5) 39
Gene Finnell Flip Cut - 2 center section cut out and reversed, key glimpsed, then a faro brings previous center card next to key
1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 34
Sam Schwartz Thot Echo two card location, straight set-up, see also p. 758 for comment by Marvin Johnson
Also published here Mar. 1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9 No. 5) 715
Jeff Busby 2nd Thot spectator remembers card and its position from top ten cards, Klondike shuffle
Inspired byRelated to June 1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9 No. 8) 746
U. F. Grant B) using reversed one-way back card as key card
1975 New and Novel Knowledge 36
Roger Smith The IF Cover Up Control #1 key card placed in break in originally lower half of IF peek, faro brings it next to selection
Inspired byRelated to 1975 The Faro Sorcery Trilogy — Number 1 2
Nick Trost Weighing the Cards
Variations 1976 Subtle Card Magic: Part Two 19
Cy Endfield, Fred Robinson A Cy Endfield Location two key cards on two halves, spectator shuffles them together
Variations 1977 Pabular (Vol. 3 No. 5) 351
Harry Lorayne Key Cards about key cards, with seven applications and placements
1977 The Magic Book 152
Sam Schwartz Thought Echo two card location, straight set-up
Also published here 1977 The Magic Book 131
Hannes Höller Klassische Prinzipien und Griffe mit Strippern Die Leitkarte (using the Stripper Cards as key cards)
1978 Einfach Wunderbar - Wunderbar Einfach 32
Karl Fulves Future Key two cards found
1979 The Shamrock Code / The Parallel Principle 36
Karl Fulves St. Regis Sleight II half stack used to key position of selection made from incomplete riffle shuffled deck
1979 Riffle Shuffle Control 2
Jerry K. Hartman Dup-licates
1979 The Chronicles (Issue 19) 1250
Unknown Graphite Match Box Daub daub on key card
Related to 1980 Bob Hummer's Collected Secrets 12
Bob Hummer Thotograhy spectator remembers card and its position from top ten cards, Klondike shuffle, marked key card with needle scratch
VariationsAlso published here 1980 Bob Hummer's Collected Secrets 25
"Magic" Christian Stelzel The Key-Card
1982 Stripper / Konische Karten 2
Unknown Bottom Card Locator simple key card location
1982 Simple yet Effective Tricks with Cards 21
Unknown Top and Bottom Card Locator two keys and the spectator can shuffle briefly
1982 Simple yet Effective Tricks with Cards 22
Edward Marlo Crimp Control seven methods to control selection with crimped deck, also key card handlings
1984 Marlo's Magazine Volume 5 223
Unknown To Reverse a Card for a Marker KM Move type reversal to reverse bottom card during overhand shuffle, face-up key card (1937)
1985 The Fred Braue Notebooks (Issue 2) 17
Unknown The Floating Key "This is a control which without question is the best of all methods of controlling a chosen card.", key card which is both narrow and short and punched
1985 The Fred Braue Notebooks (Issue 3) 21
Edward Marlo Marked Control marked deck, key card
1988 Marlo's Magazine Volume 6 168
Christoph Borer Thought Rise thought of card ends up on top of the deck
Also published here 1988 Seminarheft 4
Edward Marlo Setting Key Card at 26 spectator shuffles deck
1991 The Olram File (Issue 3) 9
Gary Kurtz Two Heads Are Better Than One a friend locates a card, stooged with some simple instructions
1992 Prinzipien in der Praxis 21
Roy Walton Doppelganger spectator counts to any position and remembers next card, card found and position divined
Inspired byVariations 1992 Profile (Issue 7) 5
Karl Norman Follow-Up Routine Spectator selects a card, shuffles it back into the deck, selection ends up on top
1995 40 Years at the Forks 29
Unknown Control in a Hand-to-Hand-Spread "Location, Identification and Control with a Key Cards"
1995 Card College - Volume 1 142
Unknown Tabled Ribbon Spread Control with a key card
1995 Card College — Volume 1 143
Sam Schwartz Thot Echo two card location, straight set-up
Related toVariationsAlso published here 1995 Card College — Volume 1 149
Sveroni Der letzte Kartentrick spectator remembers a card at his thought of number and cuts the deck, performer tries to cut the deck that the card is back at the same position, card is then found in performer's pocket
1995 Typisch Sveroni 28
Unknown Group Shuffle deck shuffled in groups, yet key cards at position ten, twenty, thirty and forty retained
1995 Self-Working Close-up Card Magic 23
Karl Fulves, Bob King The Memory Expert No. 16, number thought of, card at this position remembered, cut, performer memorizes deck, new position of selection named and card at original position as well
1995 Self-Working Close-up Card Magic 27
Simon Aronson Floating Key Principle
1995 Simply Simon 159
Karl Fulves Random Stop glimpsing selection next to key card during riffle shuffle
1996 Blocking Off 22
Peter Duffie Sivakey Center Double Lift used to obtain key card
1996 With Cards 13
Peter Duffie 3 and 1 Location four keys on top, spectator starts by dealing four hands
1997 N.D.E. — A Near Deck Experience 10
Dick Koornwinder The Koornwinder Card Control key card with glue dots, reprinted from 1972, how to cut to it and how to control a selection with it
Also published here 1998 The Koornwinder Kar & The Koornwinder Card Control 10
Ellis Stanyon A Subtle Deal to Find the Chosen Card No. 34, excuse to spread through deck and glimpse card next to key
1999 Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 50
Ellis Stanyon The "Key" Card Forcing and Self-shifting Pack No. 20, having a piece of metal around one end of a card (similar to paper clip) as key card
  • The "Waterfall" Shuffle (with the key card)
  • Dispensing with the "Key"
  • "Bridging"
  • To Force any Two Cards (performer cuts apparently randomly)
Related to 1999 Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 203
Ellis Stanyon Description of the Pack No. 1
1999 Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 213
Ellis Stanyon Two Chosen Cards Found Together No. 17, using the long card as key
1999 Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 221
Karl Fulves Supplementary Note table spread force with pencil dotted card, using it a key otherwise
Inspired by 1999 Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 271
Al Baker Out On Location Card chosen and lost freely. Magician asks for value of card, then card is successfully located. Multiple key card type of trick.
1999 Cunning Card Miracles 11
Jerry Mentzer Two Keys
  • As a Locator
  • As a Force (one of two)
2000 Card File Two 53
Nick Trost, Mike Rogers Heavyweight No. 5, performer cuts off same number of cards as spectator
Inspired by 2001 New Self-Working Card Tricks 7
Karl Fulves Jack Finds Your Card No. 27, deck cut into two piles, spectator shuffles two together and remembers top card which is put in other pile, performer looks through shuffled pile, two key cards
2001 New Self-Working Card Tricks 42
Chan Canasta Effect three piles are made and under impossible conditions selection is found, from Fred Taylor's notes
Related to 2001 Chan Canasta — A Remarkable Man — Volume Two 24
Jack Avis, Lewis Jones Impossible spectator shuffles after replacement, selection between two key cards
2002 Ahead of the Pack 85
Steve Beam Piling On multiple key cards
2004 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 5 99
William Goldman Winged Key stripper card as key card
2005 My Week with a Stripper 11
Christoph Borer Thought Rise thought of card ends up on top of the deck
Also published here 2006 Compilation 89
Jack Avis A Dotty Location location with four distributed marked key cards
2006 Rara Avis 48
Ben Train The Trinity Concept control concept for three cards with partial set-up, multiple presentations
Related to 2012 Anteater Consortium 28
Shane Cobalt A Trick for Chuck a Jack at top and bottom of two halves, riffle shuffle retains a Jack at top and bottom
Inspired by
  • Charles Jordan
2013 (ca.) A Trick for Chuck 2
Ricky Smith Some Applications on using the punch as key card and for various poker deals, punch as pure marking system
2017 Threeve 63
Xiaobo Zhou 浮动关键牌 (Floating Key) Discussion on floating keys and a principle to locate cards, called the X-27 principle
Related to 2018 Enthusiasm 10
Xiaobo Zhou 降落伞/JLS 找牌系统 (Parachute Card Location) JLS: Jazz Location System. Describes a system used to locate cards and perform The Trick That Cannot Be Explained

1. Dead Cut to the Selection
2. Name the Position of the Selection
3. Impromptu 1-20 ACAAN
2018 Enthusiasm 43
Yves Carbonnier Contrôle de Quatre Cartes au Mélange Français key card placement of four cards, overhand shuffle
2019 Grand Livre de Cartomagie 96
Ryan Schlutz Cut-Shuffle-Cut sequence to keep a key card next to a selection during in-the-hands riffle shuffle and cut sequence
2020 False Anchors 112
Ryan Schlutz Other Ways to User the GAP Principle
  • Borrowed Deck Handling - Key Card
  • Borrowed Deck Handling - Multiple Key Cards
  • Borrowed Deck Handling - Multiple Key - Mental Selection
2020 False Anchors 122