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Unknown A Poker Player's Picnic no-touch, little bit of dealing involved
Related toVariationsAlso published here The Royal Road to Card Magic 16
Paul LePaul A Flourish And A Pass deck spreads itself between hands
Related 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 reversed
Variations 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 transpose
Related toVariations Tale Twisters 1
Father Cyprian Swindle Cut Aces Aces lost and cut to by magician
Related toVariations The Elegant Card Magic of Father Cyprian 10
Robert Walker, David Solomon Dunbury Sandwich wrong card captured, sandwich cards transform and find selection
Variations Hierophant (Issue The Last Hierophant) 63
Larry Jennings The Searchers
Variations The Collected Almanac (Vol. 2 No. 17 & 18) 172
Martin Lewis Martin's Computer Cards Nine special "computer" cards used as lie detector and divines identity of card
Variations Martin's Miracles 105
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 selection
Inspired 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 case
VariationsAlso published here Without 8
Brother John Hamman Stun-Sational card splits in three miniature card, another card visibly grows to normal size, prediction presentation
Variations The Secrets of Brother John Hamman 138
Harry Lorayne Flip Force three forces based on discrepancies when splitting at the stop-point
Related to
  • "May the Force be With You" (Cooking with Lee Asher, 1999)
Trend Setters 206
John Bannon Play It Straight (Triumph) ordered suit reversed & distributed as finale
Related toVariations Impossibilia 1
Simon Aronson Simon-Eyes two cards thought of with counting procedure, both cards divined with "No No's Fishing"
  • Reality
  • The Problem
  • No No's Fishing
  • The Simon-Eyes Arrangement
  • The Selection Procedure
  • Fishing in the Simon-Eyes Pack
  • Fishing for the Values
  • Fishing for the Suits
  • The Faro Restacking Simon-Eyes Pack
Related toVariations The Aronson Approach 123
Philip T. Goldstein Overture black Aces sandwich reversed red Aces, they transpose
VariationsAlso published here
  • "Overture" in "Genii" March, 1981. P. 158.
Focus 3
Philip T. Goldstein Third Degree Ace to Three on top of deck instantly distribute, Ace is one card away from first selection, Two is two cards away, ...
VariationsAlso published here
  • "3rd Degree" in "New Tops" August, 1980. P. 43.
Focus 21
Philip T. Goldstein Jumping Bean Aces three cards on leader ace, other cards become kings
VariationsAlso published here Focus 35
Alex Elmsley Snap Swap one under hand, one reversed in deck
Variations The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley — Volume 1 291
Jack Birnman Dragnet queens are tossed in deck, they split up and sandwich two selections, Birnman's original sleights replaced with standard sleights
Variations Card Finesse II 222
Philip T. Goldstein, Alfonso, Roberto Giobbi The Royal Acrobats Twisting the Kings, who then trap a selected card
Related 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 applications
Inspired byRelated toVariationsAlso published here Try the Impossible 95
Tyler Wilson Updog three cards produced one by one from sandwich, those cards becomes sandwich with original sandwich cards
Related toVariationsAlso published here Bich Circa '99 21
Kevin Ho Turducken progressive sandwich in which a string of sandwiches is produced, in the end sandwich with miniature cards shows up
Related toVariations Stupid Horrible Immature Tricks 1
Chris Mayhew Kim Card Ashian selection made, sandwich cards removed one of which is the selection by apparent mistake, corrected
Inspired byRelated to The EH Team 15
Harapan Ong Introduction
Close Culls 6
Harapan Ong The Cavorted Aces aces in center, two travel to top and bottom, cavorting aces
Inspired by Close Culls 19
Harapan Ong Cull the Police! jacks face-up at different position come to top, burglars
Variations Close Culls 23
Harapan Ong, William Eston Full Deck Oil & Water 4&4, deck finale
Inspired by
  • "Easy Oil" (William Eston, Magic, Oct. 2003, p. 84)
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 transpose
Inspired 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 The Buckle Replacement distributing culled cards one by one, double sandwich application in two parts of spread
Related 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 finale
Inspired 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 selections
Inspired 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 byRelated to Close Culls 90
Harapan Ong, Larry Jennings The Buckle-llectors kings distribute, then assemble around three selections
Related 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 cover
Related 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
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 trick
Also published here Some Assembly Required 27
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 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 again
Related 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 trick
Also published here Wabi-Sabi 41
Harapan Ong Creating Magic essay on originality and creating tricks
Daily Dose 39
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 it
Inspired 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 bottom
Inspired by Principia 43
Harapan Ong, Michał Kociołek Michalevator with seven cards, transposition climax
Related 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 deck
Inspired by 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 intro
Inspired by Principia 67
Harapan Ong Sudden Surprise Sandwich two pairs of Aces appear reversed in deck, sandwiching two selections
Inspired 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 top
Inspired 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
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 byRelated to Principia 85
Harapan Ong Direct Triple Prediction three cards touched by spectator during in-the-hands spread, all predicted immediately before they are touched
Also published here
  • Genii, Dec. 2016, p. 56
Principia 89
Larry Jennings, Harapan Ong Optical Add-On handling for single card
Inspired 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 sized
Inspired by Principia 95
Harapan Ong Oops selection made, sandwich cards removed one of which is the selection by apparent mistake, corrected with visual transformation
Inspired byRelated to Principia 100
Harapan Ong Three Chances three duplicates of selection produced from red Jacks, those three cards become red Jacks with sandwiched selection
Inspired 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 selection
Inspired 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 bottom
Related 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 them
Related to Principia 130
Harapan Ong The Infinity Reversal reversed card is apparently turned back over in in-the-hands spread
Inspired 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 productions
Inspired 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 Jokers
Related to Principia 162
Harapan Ong King's Overture black Kings sandwich red Kings, they transpose, with second visual phase
Inspired by Principia 166
Harapan Ong On the Alfonso-Giobbi Twisting Sequence section intro
Inspired by Principia 169
Harapan Ong Cascading Twist Kings turn over one by one, then all at once two times
Inspired byRelated to
  • "Acrobatic Cards" (Tricks You Can Count On, Chesbro & West, 1968, p. 20)
Principia 169
Harapan Ong Plot Twist transformation kicker
Inspired 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, "trick that cannot be explained" application
Principia 183
Harapan Ong Checkmate chess figure appears behind card on hand
Inspired 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 cards
Related 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 ( "trick that cannot be explained")
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, "trick that cannot be explained"
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 produced
Related 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 Zipper Zarrow bold table spread bluff
Beyond the Z 77
Harapan Ong Introduction
A Stack to Forget 3
Harapan Ong Memorized Decks: Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is a memorized deck?
  • Why should I learn a memorized deck?
  • Is it really that useful?
  • How do you memorize a deck of cards?
  • Which memorized deck should I learn?
A Stack to Forget 4
Harapan Ong Memorizing a Deck Chapter introduction
A Stack to Forget 13
Harapan Ong A Stack to Forget The stack itself
Related to A Stack to Forget 15
Harapan Ong Tip #1: Use a deck of cards to help you memorize.
A Stack to Forget 16
Harapan Ong Tip #2: Don't bite off more than you can chew.
A Stack to Forget 18
Harapan Ong Tip #3: Use mini games to test your own memorization.
  • The Mixer Fixer
  • The Number Namer
  • The Imagination Indoctrination
  • The Faster Pass-ter Master
A Stack to Forget 20
Harapan Ong Features Chapter introduction
A Stack to Forget 25
Harapan Ong Bits and Pieces Smaller features of A Stack to Forget, including a small sandwich trick, spelling bank etc.
Related to A Stack to Forget 27
Harapan Ong A Short Word on Gambling Routines Why the stack has no gambling routines built in
Related to A Stack to Forget 34
Harapan Ong Going Both Ways Triumph routine, Nine of Hearts is revealed which is then used to find all four Aces
A Stack to Forget 35
Harapan Ong, Joshua Jay Plunger Lie Detector Lie detector effect using Plunger Principle
A Stack to Forget 39
Harapan Ong Four Choices Spectator makes a series of choices, locates four Aces
A Stack to Forget 42
Alex Elmsley, Harapan Ong Snap Swap Minor handling variation for the original Elmsley trick, two card transposition
Inspired by A Stack to Forget 45
Simon Aronson, Ramón Riobóo, Harapan Ong, Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham The Three Hours Three spectators each think of a card, magician divines each card without making any wrong statements
Inspired by
  • "The Three Hours" (Aronson & Riobóo, Mnemonica, p. 65)
Related to
A Stack to Forget 48
Harapan Ong Matching the Cards classic effect
A Stack to Forget 53
Harapan Ong Same Data, Different Conclusions Two cards selected. Three cards used to divine color, suit and value of first selection. Those three cards then change into the mates of second selection.
A Stack to Forget 57
Harapan Ong Spelling On spelling tricks
A Stack to Forget 62
Harapan Ong You Can't Handle the Truth Lie detector, spelling
Inspired by A Stack to Forget 66
Harapan Ong Prediction à la Kruskal
Inspired by
  • "Prediction à la Kruskal" (Arenillas, Mnemonica, p. 68)
A Stack to Forget 70
Harapan Ong Old School, New School Spelling to divine the first card's suit and value, then find all the mates to the second selection
A Stack to Forget 72
Harapan Ong One Final Note
A Stack to Forget 74
Harapan Ong Recommended Reading Books to check out on memorized deck magic
A Stack to Forget 75
Harapan Ong Spelling Chain 1 spelling to suit, then value, then selection itself
A Stack to Forget 63
Harapan Ong Spelling Chain 2 spelling to peeked-at card
A Stack to Forget 64
Tom Gagnon Burglar's Big Break Out Jacks put into deck reversed one by one and then travel to Joker with paper clip on it, using Gagnon Spread Control, handkerchief as cover in last phase
Inspired by Gagnon Unfiltered 100
Harapan Ong Travellator four Aces, three cards put on each, one by one the the Aces travel to top of their packets, last Ace travels to card case
Magic for BLM 179