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Unknown A Poker Player's Picnic no-touch, little bit of dealing involvedRelated toVariationsAlso published here The Royal Road to Card Magic 16
Paul LePaul A Flourish And A Pass deck spreads itself between handsRelated toVariations The Card Magic of Le Paul 35
Dai Vernon The Trick that cannot be explained Related toVariations More Inner Secrets of Card Magic 76
Larry Jennings Larreverse Variations Ultimate Secrets of Card Magic 59
John Benzais Benzais' Spin-Out Variations The Best of Benzais 39
Roy Walton The Happy Wanderers three cards in the middle, two travel to top and bottom, then cards are found in the middle again with one card reversedVariations The Devil's Playthings 39
Roy Walton A Switch in Time four red cards and four blacks cards, swap one, two, three cards around, always remain separate, as a climax the packets transposeRelated to Tale Twisters 1
Father Cyprian Swindle Cut Aces Aces lost and cut to by magicianRelated toVariations The Elegant Card Magic of Father Cyprian 10
Robert Walker, David Solomon Dunbury Sandwich wrong card captured, sandwich cards transform and find selectionVariations Hierophant (Issue The Last Hierophant) 63
Larry Jennings The Searchers Variations The Collected Almanac (Vol. 2, No. 17 & 18) 172
Larry Jennings Collectors V - Distributraction Related to The Classic Magic of Larry Jennings 213
Larry Jennings Optical Add-On Related toVariations The Classic Magic of Larry Jennings 4
Tommy Wonder, Bob Stencel Deja ReVurse first selection reverses itself again and again, is torn and changes to second selectionInspired byRelated toAlso published here The New York Magic Symposium - Collection 5 37
Gary Ouellet Three-Second Wonder crossing hands when turning over top cards, inspiration according to "JawDroppers!"Inspired byRelated toVariationsAlso published here Apocalypse Vol. 6-10 (Vol. 10, No. 4) 1335
John Bannon Trick Shot Production producing eight ball from card caseVariationsAlso published here Without 8
Brother John Hamman Stun-Sational card splits in three miniature card, another card visibly grows to normal size, prediction presentationVariations The Secrets of Brother John Hamman 138
John Bannon Play It Straight (Triumph) ordered suit reversed & distributed as finaleRelated toVariations Impossibilia 1
Harry Lorayne Flip Force three forces based on discrepancies when splitting at the stop-pointRelated to
  • "May the Force be With You" (Cooking with Lee Asher, 1999)
Variations
Trend Setters 206
Jack Birnman Dragnet queens are tossed in deck, they split up and sandwich two selections, Birnman's original sleights replaced with standard sleightsVariations Card Finesse II 222
Philip T. Goldstein, Alfonso, Roberto Giobbi The Royal Acrobats Twisting the Kings, who then trap a selected cardRelated toVariations Card College - Volume 2 324
Simon Aronson Head Over Heels Head Over Heels move, control card to second from the top, and reversed, see following pages for applicationsInspired by
  • "Whispering Henry" (Roy Walton, Five Times Five Scotland, 1998)
Variations
Try the Impossible 95
Tyler Wilson Updog three cards produced one by one from sandwich, those cards becomes sandwich with original sandwich cardsRelated toVariationsAlso published here Bich Circa '99 21
Harapan Ong The Buckle Replacement distributing culled cards one by one, double sandwich application in two parts of spreadRelated to Close Culls 60
Harapan Ong The Cull Tap Reversal Aces face-up distributed, suddenly face-down on top of deck Close Culls 64
Harapan Ong, Larry Jennings Cull in the Search Team keeping Jennings' wrong-card finaleInspired by Close Culls 71
Harapan Ong The Princess Card Trick Revisited thought-of-card vanishes from packet, reappears in sandwich in deck Close Culls 77
Harapan Ong Switchsand card in pocket transposes with sandwich card in center of deck Close Culls 81
Harapan Ong Scattered Sandwich aces reversed in center, split up to sandwich two selectionsInspired by Close Culls 86
Harapan Ong Indicated Replacements Ace to Three inserted by spectator, Ace is one card away from first selection, Two is two cards away, ...Inspired by
  • "Third Degree" (Phil Goldstein, Focus)
Related to
Close Culls 90
Harapan Ong, Larry Jennings The Buckle-llectors kings distribute, then assemble around three selectionsRelated to Close Culls 93
Harapan Ong Utterly Mental Reverse Inspired by Close Culls 98
Harapan Ong Variation "Mental Reverse" variation with four Aces on top of deck which change into the four cards the spectator did not think of Close Culls 101
Harapan Ong, Troy Hooser Slipstream Packet Switch Close Culls 101
Harapan Ong A Convincing Card Fold into quarters with Convincing Control coverRelated to Close Culls 107
Harapan Ong Cull-our Change face-up card dropped from middle of spread to table, visual change Close Culls 114
Harapan Ong Special Thanks Close Culls 117
Chris Mayhew Kim Card Ashian selection made, sandwich cards removed one of which is the selection by apparent mistake, correctedInspired byRelated to The EH Team 15
Kevin Ho Turducken progressive sandwich in which a string of sandwiches is produced, in the end sandwich with miniature cards shows upRelated toVariations Stupid Horrible Immature Tricks 1
Harapan Ong Introduction Close Culls 6
Harapan Ong The Cavorted Aces aces in center, two travel to top and bottom, cavorting acesInspired by Close Culls 19
Harapan Ong Cull the Police! jacks face-up at different position come to top, burglars Close Culls 23
Harapan Ong, William Eston Full Deck Oil & Water 4&4, deck finaleInspired by
  • "Easy Oil & Water" (William Eston, Magic Magazine Sept. 2003)
Close Culls 30
Harapan Ong Two Heads are Better than One three selections lost, two Kings face-up together, they separate next to two selections, then come together to sandwich third selection Close Culls 35
Harapan Ong Slap Me Silly two four-of-a-kind, one distributed face-up, the other on top, they transposeInspired by
  • "Slap Exchange" (Bill Goodwin, At the Expense of Grey Matter, 1989)
Related to
  • "All Over the (Dis)Place" (Andi Gladwin, EGO)
Close Culls 42
Harapan Ong, Edward Marlo Modified ATFUS Close Culls 43
Harapan Ong The Delayed Cull Close Culls 51
Harapan Ong The Cull Switch card placed in sandwich in spread is switched Close Culls 57
Harapan Ong Thinking Like a Physicist 1) We Make Approximations
2) We Copy When We Can
3) We search for beauty
Also published here Quarterly (Issue 3 (Summer 2015)) 43
Harapan Ong Foreword Some Assembly Required 6
Harapan Ong, Ryan Plunkett Stock Lines Stock Lines: Ad lib game for magicians, made into structured routine that dictates the card trickAlso published here Some Assembly Required 27
Harapan Ong Preface: What is Wabi-Sabi? Wabi-Sabi 7
Harapan Ong Daley Revision streamlined handling Wabi-Sabi 8
Harapan Ong All Hail the Great Leader Four red cards and four black cards keep remaining separate despite being mixed (follow the leader), when placed together they mix, when placed back with their leaders they separate againRelated to Wabi-Sabi 14
Harapan Ong, Takanobu Ishida The Famous Eight-Card Mystery Self-working trick, card is cut to and remembered, packet is shuffled and dealt, ends with finding card and also the four Eights Wabi-Sabi 22
Harapan Ong MixUnMix Three red cards and three black cards visually mix and then unmix with a wave Wabi-Sabi 26
Harapan Ong Alternative Facts Wrong card taken out of spread is changed into spectator's selection as a surprise Wabi-Sabi 30
Harapan Ong SpreadShot Transposition Flashy two card transposition, in which card is spun into the air from a spread, transforming and transposing with the other card Wabi-Sabi 35
Harapan Ong SpreadShot Spinning a card from a spread into the air, causing it to flip over in the process and land on the spread Wabi-Sabi 36
Harapan Ong You'll Float Too Visual Oil and Water routine, cards separate during a dribble Wabi-Sabi 38
Harapan Ong Stock Lines Stock Lines: Ad lib game for magicians, made into structured routine that dictates the card trickAlso published here Wabi-Sabi 41
Harapan Ong Creating Magic essay on originality and creating tricks Daily Dose 39
Harapan Ong The Incomplete Strip-Out Stripping cards out from a tapered deck with an unsquared deck

- Shuffle stacking sandwich demo: shuffling selection between two Jokers
- Full deck red-black separation
- Oil and Water: Spectator separates the colors themselves
A New Angle 151
Harapan Ong Play It Crooked Inspired by Principia 74
Harapan Ong Twisting Morph Kings turn face-down one by one, then change to Aces Principia 80
Harapan Ong Three Degrees of Separation Ace to Three on top of deck instantly distribute, Ace is one card away from first selection, Two is two cards away, ...Inspired by
  • "Third Degree" (Phil Goldstein, Focus, 1990)
Related to
Principia 85
Harapan Ong Direct Triple Prediction three cards touched by spectator during in-the-hands spread, all predicted immediately before they are touchedAlso published here
  • Genii, Dec. 2016, p. 56
Principia 89
Larry Jennings, Harapan Ong Optical Add-On handling for single cardInspired by Principia 90
Harapan Ong Sandwich-ception progressive sandwich in which a string of sandwiches is produced, in the end sandwich with miniature cards shows up, center card removed and it becomes normal sizedInspired by Principia 95
Harapan Ong Oops selection made, sandwich cards removed one of which is the selection by apparent mistake, corrected with visual transformationInspired byRelated to Principia 100
Harapan Ong Three Chances three duplicates of selection produced from red Jacks, those three cards become red Jacks with sandwiched selectionInspired by Principia 103
Harapan Ong Bigger Transpo transposition between the Queens and selection, four miniature cards are found on face of original selections and Queens change into giant version of selectionInspired by
  • "Bigger Finish" (Jay Sankey, marketed product)
Principia 109
Harapan Ong Tiny Transpo three cards on case switch places with three in the hand, sucker gag beginning Principia 112
Harapan Ong Perspective one half for spectator, top cards do not match, they do when packets are exchanged, repeated, then four Aces found near top and on bottomRelated to
  • "Illusion versus Reality" (Peter Duffie, Card School, ebook, 1995)
  • "Illusion or Reality" (Vincent Hedan, Mnemosyne, ebook, 2012)
Principia 116
Harapan Ong Illogical Double Lift Handling Principia 118
Harapan Ong Faro Pharaoh apparently Ace placed next to another card as indicated by that card's value with a faro, other Aces found
I. Basic handling
II. Advanced handling
Principia 120
Harapan Ong Extensions to the Cheek to Cheek Deck section intro Principia 124
Harapan Ong Dude, You're not even Trying competition with spectator who rights half a face-up/face-down mixed deck faster, spectator's end up mixed again while performer's magically unmix Principia 124
Harapan Ong The More you Shuffle cards shuffled face-up/face-down, they become progressively straightened out during more riffle shuffles, four Aces end up reversed Principia 125
Harapan Ong Followers of Christ same Ace keeps appearing or turning over, then Aces find by cutting to themRelated to Principia 130
Harapan Ong The Infinity Reversal reversed card is apparently turned back over in in-the-hands spreadInspired by Principia 132
Harapan Ong Countdown Packet four Fours, one card removed, the remaining three cards change to Threes, repeated twice until one Ace remains Principia 137
Harapan Ong Routines with a Tabled False Cut section intro Principia 141
Harapan Ong Tabled False Cut up-the-ladder type Principia 141
Harapan Ong Rapid-fire Benzais four cards spun out during consecutive Benzais cut productionsInspired by Principia 143
Harapan Ong That Escalated Quickly deck cut, Ace on top, cut into two piles, two Twos on top, ends with ten packets with Ace through Ten Principia 144
Harapan Ong Daley Express visual Principia 153
Harapan Ong Throwaway Tricks section intro, tricks with the extra cards in the deck Principia 157
Harapan Ong Triumph in the Trash multi-phase routine in which two of four jokers are turned over and they reverse again Principia 157
Harapan Ong Blank in the Bin four Jokers become blank one by one and then change back Principia 161
Harapan Ong Remix in the Rubbish four Jokers turn face down one by one, then All Backs phase, then blank, back to JokersRelated to Principia 162
Harapan Ong King's Overture black Kings sandwich red Kings, they transpose, with second visual phaseInspired by
  • "Overture" (Phil Goldstein, Focus, 1990)
Principia 166
Harapan Ong On the Alfonso-Giobbi Twisting Dequence section introInspired by Principia 169
Harapan Ong Cascading Twist Kings turn over one by one, then all at once two timesInspired byRelated to
  • "Acrobatic Cards" (Tricks You Can Count On, Chesbro & West, 1968, p. 20)
Principia 169
Harapan Ong Plot Twist transformation kickerInspired by Principia 170
Harapan Ong Gag Packs packet tricks with four cards
- Change Back (rainbow backs finale)
- One Direction (photos as finale of boy band members)
Principia 172
Harapan Ong, Pipo Villanueva World's Smallest Colour Change sandwiched card is slightly pivoted and switched, it changes visually Principia 177
Harapan Ong Direct Ambigrams "The Law of Non-Conservation of Card Magic & Tawanokomu"
two ambigram revelations from a formula and Japanese characters, TTTCBE application
Principia 183
Harapan Ong Checkmate chess figure appears behind card on handInspired by Principia 187
Harapan Ong Have a Break, Have a Kit Kat kit kat bar appears from deck of cards Principia 190
Harapan Ong Flexacard tritetra-flexagon from cards, two cards can be revealed, self-animated Principia 193
Harapan Ong The Frog Prince card with frog image visually changes into a Jack of Hearts, hand-operated flap style gimmick Principia 199
Harapan Ong 2 + 2 = 4 Four value torn in half, both halves change into a Two each Principia 203
Harapan Ong 4, 3, 2, 1 hybrid flexagon to consecutively reveal four cardsRelated to
  • hybrid flexagon, Douglas Engel, Journal of Recreational Mathematics 2, 1969
Principia 205
Harapan Ong On the Fundamental Structure of Routines I: Linear structures
II: Branching structures
- Equivoque
- Multiple Outs
III: The Trick That Cannot Be Explained
IV: Conclusion
V: References
Principia 211
Harapan Ong On Apophenia and Coincidence Effects I: An anecdote (impossible vs. improbable)
II: Infusing Intention
III: Connecting random dots
IV: Another anecdote (TTTCBE)
V: References
Principia 216
Harapan Ong On Magic, Evolution and Bottom-Up Design I: Evolution and Intelligent Design
II: The Trick That Cannot Be Explained
III: Bottom-Up Design in Magic
IV: Conclusion
V: References
Principia 222
Harapan Ong Thoughts on "The Trick That Cannot Be Explained" I: Introduction
II: Favorite "Licks"
Inspired by Principia 229
Harapan Ong Naming a Number improvisational countdown force, TTTCBE Principia 231
Harapan Ong Breakless Classic Force face-up Principia 231
Harapan Ong Messy Ace Production deck cut into many tabled packets by performer, Aces producedRelated to Principia 232
Harapan Ong Count or Spell random values are counted or spelled to as the spectator wishes, leads to four Aces Principia 234
Harapan Ong Twisted Choices Kings and Aces, twisting effect with one packet, chosen suit transposes between packets Principia 238
Harapan Ong A Blind Mess card chosen from face-up/face-down and rosetta spun mess, performer cuts to it after some mixing, faro Principia 245
Harapan Ong What Magicians Can Learn From Scientists I: The Importance of Abstract Work
II: Magic
III: Conclusion
Principia 249
Harapan Ong Introduction Principia 11
Harapan Ong Thinking Like a Physicist 1) We make approximations.
2) We copy when we can.
3) We search for beauty.
Also published here Principia 13
Harapan Ong Streamlined Pocket Transposition pocketed card transposes with reversed card in deck Principia 23
Harry Lorayne, Harapan Ong Flip Force Variation deck reversed around selected card while switching itInspired by Principia 24
Harapan Ong The Card Across two tabled spreads with half the deck each, reversed card jumps from one to the other as both are flipped over simultaneously Principia 27
Harapan Ong On Producing a Four-of-a-Kind - Hadouken Production in-the-hands Principia 31
Harapan Ong Stress Production cutting to four Kings, Aces are on bottom, multiple Frank Thompson Cuts Principia 32
Harapan Ong Passport Production spectator pushed Ace in deck, other Aces produced from that position Principia 33
Harapan Ong Mark-a-Place Force Inspired by Principia 34
Harapan Ong Kaleidoscope Production tabled cutting sequence to produce a four-of-a-kind Principia 37
Harapan Ong Straight Ace four Aces produced in empty hands at once in straight line Principia 40
Harapan Ong, Donald Chung Poker Player's Picnic Plus with additional four-of-a-kind at bottomInspired by Principia 43
Harapan Ong, Michał Kociołek Michalevator with seven cards, transposition climaxRelated to
  • "Low Riser" (Cameron Francis, Let's Get Small, 2012 ebook)
Principia 45
Harapan Ong Jacob's Elevator Inversion climax Principia 50
Harapan Ong Royal Explosions tabled productions of royal flush
I. Royal Explosion One
II. Royal Explosion Two
Related to
  • "Pandemonium At The Card Table" (Dan & Dave Buck, Artifice, Ruse and Subterfuge in the Hands, 2000)
Principia 54
Harapan Ong Simple Bean Aces at once with eight cards off the top of the deckInspired by
  • "Jumping Bean Aces" (Phil Goldstein, Focus, 1990)
Principia 58
Harapan Ong Daley's Last Sandwiches selection appears sandwiched between one pair or both pairs as climax
I. Tabled Version
II. In the Hands
III. Hands and Table
Principia 61
Harapan Ong Extensions on the Aronson "Heads Over Heels" Move section introInspired by Principia 67
Harapan Ong Sudden Surprise Sandwich two pairs of Aces appear reversed in deck, sandwiching two selectionsInspired by Principia 67
Harapan Ong Head Over Heels, Face to Face two cards named in face-up spread, they end up face-to-face on topInspired by Principia 69
Harapan Ong Triumph Squared two selections Principia 71
Harapan Ong Spread Scoop-Up Turnover as half the deck is scooped up Principia 72