40 entries in Cards / Sleights / Estimation / Mechanical Estimation
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Stuart P. Cramer Les Cartes par Hasard card thought of from the middle while riffled, multiple out after dealing into four piles
Inspired by 1937
The Jinx (Issue Winter Extra 1936/37)
Louis Zingone The Zingone Thumbnail Gauge cutting off packet of known number
Related toVariations 1940 114
Stuart P. Cramer Les Cartes Par Hasard card thought of from the middle while riffled, multiple out after dealing into four piles
1943 17
The Practical Sharpers using finger nail gauge to position cards in gambling
1946 116
Edward Marlo Nail Gauge Placement
1947 29
Frederick Braue Nail Cutting
Inspired by 1948 8
Bert Allerton, Frederick Braue Casual Nail Cutting
1948 9
Edward Marlo The Nail Gauge Spell
1953 77
Bert Allerton Nail Count using length of nail to cut off certain amount of cards
1958 37
Edward Marlo Mechanical Estimation intro
1962 2
Edward Marlo First Method: The Comparison Method comparing two packets, cited as Mechanical Estimation, but it's rather visual
Related to 1962 2
Edward Marlo Second Method: The Automatic Gauge Method on hard surface
1962 3
Edward Marlo Variation of Automatic Gauge deck in longitudinal configuration
1962 4
Edward Marlo Third Method: The Nail Gauge to find out how many cards a spectator cut off, running nail gauge cuts with the rest
Inspired by 1962 6
Edward Marlo Nail Gauge Variation left first finger's nail, packet pushed inwards and out the back
1962 7
Edward Marlo Fourth Method: Marlo's Favorite finding out how many cards a spectator cut off by cutting remainder in half and counting those
1962 8
Edward Marlo Key Card Plus Estimation: Third Method in demonstration nail gauge cut performer notes key near top, then spectator cuts anywhere, remembers bottom card, and cuts packet a few times, optionally with three key cards
1962 26
Thumbnail Gauge
Related to 1962 11
Karl Fulves Ace Cutting performer cuts to the four Aces after losing them
Inspired by 1971 1
Thumbnail Measuring
Related to 1972 144
Joseph K. Schmidt Actually Cutting the Aces nailgauge
Related to 1975 82
Louis Zingone Zingone Thumbnail Gauge
1975 83
Frederick Braue Tens at 10, 20, 37, 47 cutting to Tens in Nikola stack with Thumbnail Gauge (1941)
Inspired by 1985 29
Frederick Braue Prearranged Pack Idea placing card at required number
Inspired by 1985 29
Jerry Sadowitz Pre-determined Estimation using five-card-packet, the spectator cuts only in two possible places, following three routines are using it
Related toVariationsAlso published here 1989 84
Finger Nail Estimation
1990 27
Edward Marlo The Olram Poke three methods
  • First Method
  • Second Method
  • Third Method - "Estimation Poke" (spelling)
Inspired by Sep. 1991 5
Alex Elmsley, Richard Himber Cold Steel knife is stabbed between two selections
Variations 1994 440
Richard Himber Knife Stab Estimation
1994 440
Stephen Minch Mechanical Estimation some credit information
1994 440
Michael Close First Finger Estimation finger of left hand estimates thickness of packet it holds
1996 135
Christian Chelman Blind Sighted card approximately in center, then dealt into six heaps
Related to 1996 11
Larry Jennings The Cut Ruse two handlings, same as Sadowitz item from reference
Related to 1997 82
Bob King Transfixion pocket knife is stabbed next to peeked-at card
Inspired by 1998 16
Fredric P. Lamazor Twist Follow-Ons/Amenities
Related to 1999 51
Dai Vernon Fingernail Estimation magician cuts to the four Aces, previously buried by a spectator, credit information
Related to 2000 883
Joe Berg Estimate behind the back estimate thickness of packet behind back
2007 55
Darwin Ortiz Pinky Estimation
2012 180
Jerry Sadowitz Pre-determined Estimation
Also published here 2019 12
Tom Gagnon Estickmation Aces deck separated with pool cue each time
Inspired byVariations 2019 438