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Dr. Jacob Daley The "Ad Lib" Spelling two cards spelled to
Inspired by
  • Larry Grey effect, marketed in Sphinx
Related toVariationsAlso published here
1936
The Jinx (Issue Summer Extra 1936)
138
Martin Gardner Gardner's Card Speller answer to three questions is spelled, spectator can lie, still the card shows up at the end
Related toVariations 1937 3
Martin Gardner Gardner's Immovable Cigarette cigarette is gripped through handkerchief which can be moved with motionless cigarette, topological
Also published here 1937 15
Sam Leo Horowitz A Psychological Discovery two-pile-stop trick with Eight/Nine alternating set-up
Related toVariationsAlso published here 1938 549
Paul Rosini A Great Location Trick subtle key card location
Related toVariationsAlso published here 1938 570
Martin Gardner Preposterous
Variations Jan. 1938
The Jinx (Issue 40)
268
Martin Gardner Through the Hank whole deck penetrates handkerchief except selection
Variations 1938
The Jinx (Issue Winter Extra 1937/38)
271
Martin Gardner Newspell
1938
The Jinx (Issue Winter Extra 1937/38)
272
Martin Gardner Synthetic Seconds two selections travel together, presented as second deal demonstration, stooge
Related to 1938
The Jinx (Issue Winter Extra 1937/38)
272
Martin Gardner Cigarette vs Beer lit cigarette is balanced on bottle and moves up and down within, thread
1938
The Jinx (Issue Winter Extra 1937/38)
273
Martin Gardner That Quaint Joker routine in which thirteen values are spelt and spectator gets joker all the time
1938
The Jinx (Issue Winter Extra 1937/38)
273
Martin Gardner Card Minded spectator divines card from other spectator
1938
The Jinx (Issue Winter Extra 1937/38)
274
Martin Gardner Red/Black Overhand Shuffle
1938
The Jinx (Issue Winter Extra 1937/38)
274
Martin Gardner Red/Black Riffle Shuffle
1938
The Jinx (Issue Winter Extra 1937/38)
274
Martin Gardner Color Trouble head of paper match changes color
Also published here 1938
The Jinx (Issue Winter Extra 1937/38)
275
Martin Gardner Draw Poker Plus
1938
The Jinx (Issue Winter Extra 1937/38)
275
Martin Gardner A Smart Cigarette lit cigarette through handkerchief
Variations 1938
The Jinx (Issue Winter Extra 1937/38)
276
Martin Gardner An Easy Lesson
Related toVariationsAlso published here 1938
The Jinx (Issue Winter Extra 1937/38)
276
Martin Gardner Three Piles
Related to 1938
The Jinx (Issue Winter Extra 1937/38)
277
Martin Gardner The Houdini Pen
1938
The Jinx (Issue Winter Extra 1937/38)
278
Martin Gardner Pocket to Cuff marked dime travels from pocket to trouser cuff
1938
The Jinx (Issue Winter Extra 1937/38)
278
Martin Gardner Fountain Pen Gone pen vanishes from handkerchief
1938
The Jinx (Issue Winter Extra 1937/38)
278
Walter B. Gibson Date Sense numbers on calendar are added, matrix force
Related toVariationsAlso published here Feb. 1938
The Jinx (Issue 41)
279
Martin Gardner Power! selection turns over, then transposes with duplicate from odd-backed deck
Feb. 1938
The Jinx (Issue 41)
280
Martin Gardner The ----- of -- Trick
Inspired by 1938
The Jinx (Issue Summer Extra 1938)
323
Theodore Annemann Jordan Plus Gardiner Gardner
Inspired by 1938
The Jinx (Issue Summer Extra 1938)
326
Martin Gardner Watchistry spectator calculates number from hours on watch, divined by performer
Variations Dec. 1938
The Jinx (Issue 51)
357
Separating the Colors slop shuffle
Related to 1940 115
Theodore Annemann (reviewer) 12 Tricks With A Borrowed Deck by Martin Gardner Feb. 1940
The Jinx (Issue 81)
524
Martin Gardner Preface
1940 3
Martin Gardner Improved Topsy-Turvy Deck up to three selections, with slop shuffle followed by a riffle shuffle
Related to 1940 4
Martin Gardner Face to Face Fantasy halves placed face-to-face right itself except selection, repeat with second selection
Related to 1940 7
Martin Gardner Pad Spread Principle spreading deck lightly with reversed cards so they don't show, then with more force so they appear
Related to 1940 7
Martin Gardner Double Climax Speller performer spells to wrong card which is there, then spectator to right card which is reversed
Related to 1940 10
Martin Gardner Double Lift Reverse straightforward
1940 11
Martin Gardner Never-Miss Stop Effect two-pile-stop trick with Tens/Jacks alternating set-up
Related to 1940 12
Martin Gardner Big Casino Count Down one of nine cards thought of, Ten-spot stabbed reversed in deck by performer, it locates selection
1940 13
Martin Gardner Six of Spades Count Down one of seventeen cards thought of, Six-spot stabbed reversed in deck by performer, it locates selection
1940 14
Martin Gardner Two Piles and Subtract spectator remembers a card and its position, two piles made and card eventually found
Inspired by 1940 15
Martin Gardner Do As I Do two selections match with top card of each other's deck
VariationsAlso published here 1940 17
Martin Gardner Eye-Pop Routine two selections reverse in the center, then travel back to top, pseudo duplicates
Related to 1940 18
Martin Gardner Sympathetic Decks unknown card sandwiched in red-backed deck with red Aces, red Aces also placed together reversed in blue deck, duplicate appears between Aces in blue deck
1940 19
Martin Gardner Plunger Glimpse sandwiched card secretly pushed out at the back via plunger principle
1940 19
Martin Gardner Sandwiched Card Glimpse with center card outjogged
1940 20
Martin Gardner Simple Sandwich Load with a double lift
1940 20
Martin Gardner Vanishing and Reappearing Card spectator cuts deck and remembers card, halves placed face-to-face, selection vanishes (cards shown one by one) and reappears
VariationsAlso published here 1940 20
Martin Gardner Improved Lie Speller with two cards
Inspired by
  • Martin Gardner's version in "Here's More Magic" (Joe Berg)
Related toVariations
1940 22
Bob Hummer Face Up Prediction spectator and performer turn cards over in the deck, number of reversed cards is predicted
Related toVariationsAlso published here 1940 4
Martin Gardner Pen Kink borrowed pen is placed away and then produced again
Also published here 1941
The Jinx (Issue 132)
759
Martin Gardner Introduction
1941 3
Martin Gardner Four Piles and a Dollar Bill spectator deals pile into four piles, the values on top form the year on the bill
1941 6
Martin Gardner Lighting a Match Twice multiple methods
1941 8
Martin Gardner Color Changing Heads
Also published here 1941 9
Martin Gardner Japanese Paper Bird bird fold that flaps its wings, application with flash paper and coin appearing from bird or traveling in bird
Inspired by
  • "Houdini's Paper Magic" (p. 117)
Related to
  • "Scientific Recreations" (Tissandier, 1881, French work)
1941 11
Martin Gardner The Vanishing Salt Shaker covered with napkin, optional transformation into pepper shaker instead of vanish
1941 18
Martin Gardner Introduction
1941 2
Chefalo Chefalo's Vanishing Knot double knot vanish
Related to 1941 ca. 30
Martin Gardner, Edward Marlo Gardner-Marlo Poker Routine
Related toVariations 1942 28
Edward Marlo, Martin Gardner Casanova Card Trick two at a time production of Queens when two halves are rubbed face to face
Related toVariations 1942 5
Martin Gardner Introduction
1942 3
Martin Gardner The Unconfused Joker Joker put reversed above a selection, Joker moved to different position but selection is still found underneath
1942 6
Naming the Card Cut performer announces that he can immediately name any card cut to, deck secretly reversed under cover card
Variations 1942 10
Martin Gardner Use Your Head spectator shuffles packet, remembers bottom card ans spells it, packet pressed against performer's forehead where selection sticks
1942 10
Martin Gardner The Surprised Gambler bottom deal demo, Aces in second phase
1942 11
Martin Gardner, Bob Hummer Paper Clip Discovery chosen cards found to be paper clipped together with a message on them
Also published here 1942 12
Martin Gardner Vanish and Spell card vanishes and is found via spelling from the top
Related to 1942 14
Martin Gardner Card Vanish Sequence Hide-Out Principle, deck shown in sections, card to vanish is reversed
Related to 1942 14
Martin Gardner Deck Through Handkerchief first selection rises from handkerchief-wrapped deck, whole deck penetrates handkerchief except second selection
Inspired by 1942 16
Martin Gardner The Swizzle Stick Cipher distorted writing can be read through glass stick
1942 19
Martin Gardner A New False Cut straight swivel cut to table as false cut
1942 21
Martin Gardner Fan Glimpse card ends up angle-jogged after square up
1942 23
Martin Gardner A Face to Face Routine
Related to 1942 24
Martin Gardner For the Man in Uniform back of selection changes to picture of uniformed man, performed for soldier
1942 27
Martin Gardner A Curious Card Vanish card vanishes from under handkerchief and reappears reversed in deck
1942 28
Martin Gardner Card Through Handkerchief single card penetrates handkerchief
1942 31
Martin Gardner X-Ray Touch deck cut and top card touched with first finger, then it is named, repeated
Related to 1942 32
Martin Gardner Are You Psychic? performer and spectator each write down three words from a list of ten words, they match
Also published here 1943
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1943)
13
Martin Gardner An Easy Lesson
Also published here 1943 38
Martin Gardner Draw Poker Plus
1943 57
Martin Gardner Preposterous
1943 63
Martin Gardner Newspell
1943 65
Martin Gardner Card Minded spectator divines card from other spectator
1943 69
Martin Gardner Red/Black Overhand Shuffle
1943 69
Jean Hugard The Balanced Deck deck balanced on hand
Related to Aug. 1944 66
Jerry Sorensen That's the Way They're Done four cards are found, one with Martin Gardner's "Lie Detector Test"
1945 33
Martin Gardner Spread, Shuffle, Spread one to ten cards are removed from a spread and replaced in the other half, after a shuffle all cards are found, sharp/round index divided deck
1945 89
Martin Gardner Pop Through Cigarette cigarette through handkerchief
1945 166
James G. Thompson Jr. Biographical Sketches of Contributors
  • Theo. Annemann
  • Charles Arbuthnot
  • George E. Arrowsmith
  • Roger Barkann
  • Sylvan Barnet
  • Joseph L. Barnett
  • Raymond L. Beebe
  • Eugene Bernstein
  • J. B. Bobo
  • John N. Booth
  • Tom Bowyer
  • Vynn Boyar
  • Joan Brandon
  • Fred Braue
  • John Braun
  • Lu Brent
  • R. C. Buff
  • Clyde F. Cairy
  • Loring Campbell
  • Jack Chanin
  • Frank Chapman
  • Forest V. Chesbro
  • Milbourne Christopher
  • Eddie Clever
  • Stanley Collins
  • Mystic Craig
  • Thomas J. Crawford
  • John J. Crimmins, JR.
  • Paul J. Curry
  • Del Monte
  • Harry Dobrin
  • Ronald B. Edwards
  • Bruce Elliot
  • Professor El-Tab
  • Dr. E. G. Ervin
  • Dr. Henry Ridgely Evans
  • Val Evans
  • "Hen" Fetsch
  • Thomas B. Fitzgerald
  • Dariel Fitzkee
  • Sid Fleischman
  • Joseph Harman Fries
  • Martin Gardner
  • Teral Garrett
  • Walter B. Gibson
  • Arnold L. Grubin
  • Nelson C. Hahne
  • Hathaway
  • Royal V. Heath
  • Charles H. Hopkins
  • Jean Hugard
  • Mark Jacobs
  • R. M. Jamison
  • F. H. Jeudevine
  • Maurice Kains
  • George G. Kaplan
  • George Karger
  • Joseph A. Karson
  • Wilbur Kattner
  • Gerald Lynton Kaufman
  • Howard B. Kayton, M.D.
  • The Great Kolar
  • Gerald Kosky
  • Abril Lamarque
  • William W. Larsen
  • Sid Lorraine
  • Art Lyle
  • L. Vosburgh Lyons
  • Richard F. Madden
  • Greer Marechal, JR.
  • George McAthy
  • William H. McCaffrey
  • Jack McMillen
  • Harry Mendoza
  • Orville Meyer
  • John W. Mifflin
  • Chester Morris
  • Paul Morris
  • Frederick Mosteller
  • Robert A. Nelson
  • C. A. George Newmann
  • Grady S. Nicholson
  • Dr. Cecil E. Nixon
  • Charles Walter Nyquist
  • Dell O'Dell
  • Tom Osborne
  • George Harrison Pittman
  • Julien J. Proskauer
  • Clayton Rawson
  • Ralph W. Read
  • Dolf Rudin
  • Herb Rungie
  • Ned Rutledge
  • James J. Sanders
  • Lucille Pierce Saxon
  • Sigmar - The Magician
  • Jerry Sorensen
  • Willard S. Smith
  • George Starke
  • Dr. Raymond V. Stone, SR. (RAMO)
  • Harlan Tarbell
  • DR. Franklin Taylor
  • J. G. Thompson, JR.
  • Jack F. Trebel
  • M. Van Reese
  • Jack Vosburgh
  • Audley Valentine Walsh
  • Peter Warlock
  • Herman L. Weber
  • Bob Weill
  • William H. Wilson
  • Tommy Windsor
  • Howard H. Wise
  • Ed. Wolff
  • Michael F. Zens
1945 347
Martin Gardner The Flying Cigar Band "An Intriguing Table Interlude", from one finger to another finger of the same hand
July 1945 131
Martin Gardner, Neal Elias Vanishing Card from deck
1946 4
Warren Wiersbe, Martin Gardner Think-A-Card - Wiersbe Version
1946 18
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Mike Bornstein, Karrel Fox, Stuart Jules, Martin Gardner, Burling Hull
Dec. 1946
The Phoenix (Issue 116)
468
Frederick Braue Roundabout on John Mulholland, Roy Benson, Martin Gardner, Carl Jones, Orson Welles, Frakson, Cardini, George Karger, George Starke, Bert Allerton, the Mesmerized Glasses and more
Sep. 1946 252
Bob Hummer Hummer's 18 Card Mystery spectator takes eighteen cards and turns over the top two cards and cuts the pile, that step is repeated as often as he likes, then the performer takes the cards behind his back and divines the amount of reversed cards, see Collected Secrets for links to variations
VariationsAlso published here 1946 1
Frederick Braue Roundabout with Fred Braue on Bert Allerton, Lyle Laughlin, Martin Gardner, Cardini, Dante, The Five-Best Poll (cards), Don Medley, Stanley Collins, Stewart James, Neal Elias, Jack Crimmins, Don Lawton, Bert Fenn, Paul Morris, Frederick Carter and more
Mar. 1947
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 4 No. 10)
304
Frederick Braue Roundabout with Fred Braue on Martin Gardner, Stewart James, Erdnase, Art Lyle, Walter Gibson, Max Holden, Ben Braude, Stanley Collins, The Five-Best Poll, Bob Stull, Lloyd Jones, Eddie Clever, Milbourne Christopher, Elwin Shaw and more
Apr. 1947
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 4 No. 11)
311
A Poker Player's Picnic no-touch, little bit of dealing involved
Related toVariationsAlso published here 1948 16
Edward Marlo, Martin Gardner A Poker Puzzle
Related to 1948 129
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Kruger and Starke, Dr. Jaks, Martin Gardner, Roy Benson, Paul Draylin, Hal Haber, Bill Simon
Sep. 1948
The Phoenix (Issue 160)
645
Martin Gardner Hand to Hand two card location, similar to Hofzinser's two card catch, deck half face up, half face down
Also published here Nov. 1948
The Phoenix (Issue 163)
655
Martin Gardner Die-Vination two dice, sum divintion
Nov. 1948
The Phoenix (Issue 164)
658
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Jay Marshall, Robert Harbin, Martin Gardner
Nov. 1948
The Phoenix (Issue 164)
659
Martin Gardner Coat Penetration
  • Impromptu Methods
  • Cigarette Version
Oct. 1948 475
Martin Gardner, Bob Hummer Under the Table spectator takes eighteen cards and turns over the top two cards and cuts the pile, that step is repeated as often as he likes, then the performer takes the cards behind his back and divines the amount of reversed cards, cards are separated into red and blacks as climax
  • Turn Every Other Card
Inspired by Nov. 1948 484
Martin Gardner Simplified Mnemonics spectator removes various cards with different values, performer going through the deck once and names missing values
  • Variation
Related to Nov. 1948 485
Martin Gardner Scissors Sorcery two different colored light bulbs throw different colored shadows, Christmas theme
Dec. 1948 495
Martin Gardner The Magic Knot knot tied in rope, ends held by spectator, scissors threaded
Dec. 1948 495
Martin Gardner Chefalo Knot with scissors threaded
Dec. 1948 495
Martin Gardner Cut and Restored scissors threaded under handkerchief
Dec. 1948 495
Martin Gardner Prepared Version scissors threaded, scissors with slit
Dec. 1948 495
Martin Gardner "Pop Up" Cigarette cigarette through handkerchief
1948/27 52
Martin Gardner Immovable Cigarette cigarette is gripped through handkerchief which can be moved with motionless cigarette, topological
Also published here 1948/27 53
Martin Gardner Card Through the Handkerchief no palming, deck in case
1948/27 84
Red-Black Shuffle no credit given, "shown to me by Downs"
Variations 1949 170
Al Leech, Edward Marlo, Martin Gardner Elusive Jacks
Inspired byRelated to 1949 12
Dai Vernon, Paul Curry, Martin Gardner, John Scarne, Audley Walsh Ten Card Deal jonah card
Related toAlso published here Jan. 1949
The Phoenix (Issue 168)
672
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Jimmy Herpick, Fred Keating, Max Katz, Martin Gardner
Jan. 1949
The Phoenix (Issue 169)
679
Martin Gardner, Edward Marlo, Bert Allerton Ten Card Deal P.S. further ideas on the ten card poker deal
Related toAlso published here Feb. 1949
The Phoenix (Issue 170)
681
John Murray Take Ten finale for ten card poker deal, all cards are put in separated envelopes
Related toAlso published here June 1949
The Phoenix (Issue 180)
719
Martin Gardner Beery salt spilled in beer rises to top, see also p. 758
Oct. 1949
The Phoenix (Issue 188)
754
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Martin Gardner, Erdnase, Al Baker, The Great Jasper, Clayton Rawson
Nov. 1949
The Phoenix (Issue 190)
762
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Martin Gardner, Bert Allerton, Bob Hummer
Dec. 1949
The Phoenix (Issue 192)
769
Martin Gardner The Plunger Principle
Jan. 1949 505
Martin Gardner The Saliva Plunger deck held with handkerchief over hand
Related to Jan. 1949 505
Martin Gardner The Subway Trick four cards are pushed in the deck and three cards emerge from other side, repeated until selection remains
Related to Jan. 1949 505
Martin Gardner Reversed Subway four cards are pushed in the deck and three cards emerge from other side, repeated until selection remains reversed
Related to Feb. 1949 513
Martin Gardner Dollar Bill Folds
  • Mazuma Fish
  • Mazuma Midget
  • Mazuma Mushroom
Feb. 1949 515
Martin Gardner Topsy Turvy Deck marking spot in center for easier reversal of top half, slop shuffle triumph
Mar. 1949
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 6 No. 10)
525
Martin Gardner Center Deal fake center deal, four Aces
Related to Mar. 1949
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 6 No. 10)
525
Martin Gardner Flexible Hands
Apr. 1949
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 6 No. 11)
535
Martin Gardner Finger Stunts removing the thumb, with ideas by Paul Stadelman, Emil Jarrow and Bill Simon
Apr. 1949
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 6 No. 11)
545
Stewart Judah, Martin Gardner, Milbourne Christopher Flash Paper Pellet Switch switching paper ball for flash paper ball, with ideas by Milbourne Christopher
May 1949
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 6 No. 12)
545
Martin Gardner Floating Weanie floating sausage illusion, optical illusion with fingers
May 1949
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 6 No. 12)
545
Martin Gardner Dead Finger odd sensation, holding hand with spectator and touching finger
May 1949
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 6 No. 12)
545
John J. Crimmins Jr. (reviewer) Over the Coffee Cups by Martin Gardner June 1949 554
Martin Gardner Notes on the I.B.M. Convention on George Jason, LePaul, Jack Kodell, Okito, Fanita Lasswell
  • Slydini's Table Work
  • Schocke's Ace Trick
  • Allerton's Wrist Watch
  • Senator Crandall's Card
Variations June 1949 555
Martin Gardner, Morris Fox, Bob Nelson Two Pinkie Tricks shrinking and removing fourth finger
  • Trick Number One
  • Trick Number Two
Related to July 1949 565
Bert Allerton, Martin Gardner Bert Allerton's Crazy Cards transposition of two cards
  • Repeat
  • False Explanation
Related toVariationsAlso published here Aug. 1949 575
Herb Runge Allerton's Wrist Watch Trick note on Allerton routine
Inspired by Aug. 1949 576
Frank Joglar Backstage on Dr. Jaks, Dante, Slydini, Martin Gardner, Clayton Rawson, Tom Osborne
  • Notes and News
  • Tips on Trickery
  • Have You Heard
  • Strictly Personal
  • TV Topics
  • Time for Revival
  • Random Jottings
Sep. 1949 582
Martin Gardner, Jay Marshall Stunts with Paper
  • Paper Bunnies (by Jay Marshall, based on Al Baker's Ring Around Rosie)
  • Paper Movies
  • Cardboard Snapper
Inspired by Sep. 1949 585
Martin Gardner Jump Out Card shooting bottom card when deck is cut
Oct. 1949 595
Martin Gardner Break Control selection is outjogged, break made before card is pushed in under card below selection
Oct. 1949 595
Martin Gardner Yakity-Yak Gags ideas and lines for the wind-up teeth by Johnny Paul, Senator Crandall, Karrell Fox, Joe Berg, Frank Garcia, Bill Simon, Dick Himber
Nov. 1949 605
Martin Gardner The Afghan Bands
  • Muslin Version
  • Effect No. 1
  • Effect No. 2
Dec. 1949 615
Martin Gardner Introduction
1949
Martin Gardner Five Nine King card chosen, three piles arranged as in Poker Player's Picnic, on top of the piles are then the mates that match the selection
Related to 1949 11
Charles "Chic" Schoke Chic's Parlay bet about the order of the Aces as they show up when dealing through the deck after riffle shuffles
Related to 1949 41
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Frank Garcia, Puzzle by Charlie Arbuthnot, Dunninger, Carlo Menotti, Fred Keating, Martin Gardner, Bill Simon, Jean Hugard, Robert Harbin, Art Lyle, Frank Joglar
Feb. 1950
The Phoenix (Issue 196)
785
Martin Gardner, Bill Simon It's A Natural with matches, seven outs
VariationsAlso published here Mar. 1950
The Phoenix (Issue 199)
796
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Russell Swann, Cy Endfield, Dr. Stanley Jaks, Martin Gardner, Dai Vernon, Lee Noble, Richard Himber
Aprs 1950
The Phoenix (Issue 200)
801
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Fred Keating, Wally Dean, Ballantine, Cy Endfield, Martin Gardner, George Schindler
Apr. 1950
The Phoenix (Issue 201)
805
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Scarne, John Hamilton idea for the newspaper tear, Martin Gardner, George Karger, Max Andrews
May 1950
The Phoenix (Issue 203)
813
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Vernon, Martin Gardner, Mike Bornstein
Aug. 1950
The Phoenix (Issue 210)
841
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Harry Blackstone, Martin Gardner, Dr. Jaks, Audley Walsh, Bobby Baxter, gag by Bob Hummer
Sep. 1950
The Phoenix (Issue 212)
849
Bruce Elliott, Martin Gardner The Back Room anecdotes left out of Martin Gardner's "Argosy" article, on John Mulholland, Paul Fleming, Rudy Miller, Milbourne Christopher, Blackstone, Paul Stadelman, Carl Ballantine, Roy Benson, Dr. Jaks, Norman Jensen
Also published here Nov. 1950
The Phoenix (Issue 216)
865
Martin Gardner, Bill Simon It's a Natural No. 11, Spectator tears out matches from matchbook, performer uses number of matches to select card from seven-card packet, which is correctly predicted
VariationsAlso published here 1950 23
Cardini, Dai Vernon, Nate Leipzig, Francis Carlyle, Martin Gardner, John Scarne The Initials Will Tell No. 38, Initials of chosen card appears on spectator's palm (sugar + pencil)
1950 68
Martin Gardner Five Nine King No. 94, card is freely selected, and its mates are found by cutting the deck.
Related toVariations 1950 176
John Scarne Scarne's Lie Speller No. 96
Related toVariations 1950 182
Martin Gardner, Johnny Albenice, Bert Feinson Cross Suits No. 99, two cards reverse in the center, then travel back to the top
Related to 1950 189
Martin Gardner Gardner's Sympathetic Cards No. 111, Two-deck Do-as-I-Do
1950 214
Martin Gardner The Impossible Location No. 129
1950 249
George Schindler, Bob Condon The Mishap Poker Deal No. 134
Inspired byAlso published here 1950 259
Frank Joglar Backstage on Vincent O'Toole, R. Marcelliee, Emile Clifton, Bob Hummer, Monica Lewis, Russ Swann, Dick DuBois, Al Monroe, Kuda Bux, Walter Gibson, Jimmy Jimae, Bill Brema, Paul Rosini, Martin Gardner,
  • Magazine Test
  • Hummer News
  • Video Trickery
  • Munroe's Miscelleany
  • Who Remembers?
  • Open House
  • More TV Topcis
  • Bill Brema
  • Paul Rosini
  • Gardner Gum Baffler
Jan. 1950 620
Martin Gardner A Novel Discovery producing a card which matches value and one which matches suit, then actual selection, method of secretly cutting the deck when removing a card
Jan. 1950 623
Joe Berg, Martin Gardner The Joe Berg Knot
Also published here Feb. 1950 630
Martin Gardner Allerton's Crazy Card Variation
Related to Apr. 1950
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 7 No. 11)
651
Martin Gardner, Hubert Lambert Criss Cross Do-As-I-Do two selections match with top card of each other's deck
  • Lambert's Improvement
  • Additional Improvement
Inspired by May 1950
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 7 No. 12)
665
Martin Gardner The Red-Black Shuffle
  • Overhand Red-Black Shuffles
  • Hindu Red-Black Shuffles
June 1950 674
Martin Gardner Red-Black Riffle Shuffles
  • The Center Pull Out
  • The Center Lever Out
  • Cutting Colors
  • Naming Colors
July 1950 679
Martin Gardner, Dai Vernon, Edward Marlo More Red-Black Riffle Shuffles
  • Marlo's Red-Black Shuffle
  • Step Version or Marlo Shuffle
  • Use of Bridge
  • Cut Flourish Version
Aug. 1950 689
Martin Gardner Red-Black Riffle Shuffles-Conclusion
  • The Fred Black Shuffle
  • Step Version of Fred Black Shuffle
  • Three-Cut Shuffle
Inspired by Sep. 1950 699
Hideout Principle showing that no Aces are in rest of deck while deck is shown in sections
Related to 1950 2
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on George Kaplan, Milbourne Christopher, Martin Gardner, Mike Millet, Bill Simon, Dr. Jaks, Francis Carlyle, Faucett Ross, Dai Vernon, John Boyko, Sid Lorraine, Leo Rullman, Keith Clark, Fu Manchu
Apr. 1951
The Phoenix (Issue 226)
905
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Martin Gardner, Richard Himber, Clayton Rawson, Dr. Elliott, Wallace Dibble, Audley Walsh, Bill Simon
Apr. 1951
The Phoenix (Issue 227)
909
Martin Gardner Spectacular name of card appears on lenses of glasses when breathing on them
July 1951
The Phoenix (Issue 234)
937
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Cy Endfield, Jay Marshall, Roy Benson, Dr. Braude, Max Katz, Martin Gardner, Audley Walsh, Hen Fetsch, Cardini, Charlie Miller, Dai Vernon, T. Nelson Downs
Aug. 1951
The Phoenix (Issue 235)
941
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Ivan Sanderson, Audley Walsh, Magicol, Dr. Jaks, Norman Jensen, Martin Gardner, Jay Marshall, Al Cohn, Lee Noble
Aug. 1951
The Phoenix (Issue 236)
945
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Martin Gardner, Matt Schulien, Don Alan and his set, Clark Crandall
Sep. 1951
The Phoenix (Issue 238)
953
Martin Gardner, Bill Simon Similar Twins cards are shuffled face down into face up, spectator removes two face up cards and performer two face down card, same value
Variations Nov. 1951
The Phoenix (Issue 241)
962
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Francis Carlyle, Dr. Jaks, Martin Gardner, Bob Orben, Frank Garcia, Lee Noble, Bill Simon
Nov. 1951
The Phoenix (Issue 243)
973
Dai Vernon, Dr. Stanley Jaks, Bill Simon, Martin Gardner, Norman Jensen, Bruce Elliott The Ruler force with ruler with name of cards, ruler is balanced on two fingers and fingers brought together until fingers meet, see also p. 981 for ideas by John Hamilton
Variations Dec. 1951
The Phoenix (Issue 244)
974
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Martin Gardner, Gershon Legman, John Thursday, Harry Opel, Jack Chanin
Dec. 1951
The Phoenix (Issue 244)
977
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Don Castello, Gen Grant, Audley Walsh, Martin Gardner, Frank Joglar, Fred Keating, Jay Marshall, Al Baker, Norman Jensen, Lou Tannen
Dec. 1951
The Phoenix (Issue 245)
978
Martin Gardner, Charles "Chic" Schoke Easy Aces Aces in the deck stay in the same order after spectator riffle shuffled the deck three times
Related to Feb. 1952
The Phoenix (Issue 249)
997
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Will De Sieve, Jay Marshall, Leslie Barrie, Friday Night Sodality, Frank Joglar, Martin Gardner, Bill Larsen, Lou Tannen
Apr. 1952
The Phoenix (Issue 252)
1009
Martin Gardner Where Does the Easter Bunny Go? puzzle
Apr. 1952
The Phoenix (Issue 252)
1009
Martin Gardner Cubism sugar cubes travel from one hand to the other and back
May 1952
The Phoenix (Issue 254)
1016
Martin Gardner Fir You! making a christmas tree from paper
Related to Dec. 1952
The Phoenix (Issue 271)
1082
Martin Gardner Introduction
1952 8
Bill Simon The Middle Deal mock center deal
Related to 1952 86
Bill Simon, Martin Gardner Similar Twins cards are shuffled face down into face up, spectator removes two face up cards and performer two face down card, same value
1952 151
Bruce Elliott The Back Room reprint of chapter 25 of Martin Gardner's "In the Name of Science"
Jan. 1953
The Phoenix (Issue 272)
1089
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on the Friday Night Sodality, Frank Garcia, Tommy Vanderschmidt, Martin Gardner, Bob Somerfeld, Audley Walsh, Jim Reneaux
Feb. 1953
The Phoenix (Issue 275)
1101
Martin Gardner Poker Problem open drawing of cards, solution on p. 1104
Related to Feb. 1953
The Phoenix (Issue 275)
1101
Bruce Elliott The Back Room solution to Martin Gardner's problem from issue 275, Friday Night Sodality, Orville Meyer, Arthur Buckley, Chic Schoke, Paul LePaul, Lou Tannen
Mar. 1953
The Phoenix (Issue 276)
1104
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Dai Vernon, Gerald Kosky, Friday Night Sodality, Martin Gardner, Peter Warlock
July 1953
The Phoenix (Issue 285)
1141
Bruce Elliott The Back Room mon Peter Warlock, Max Katz, Norman Jensen, Martin Gardner
Nov. 1953
The Phoenix (Issue 293)
1173
Martin Gardner Mity Match two paper match routines, vanishing / appearing spots on match
  • Multiplying Spots
  • Diminishing Spots
May 1954
The New Phoenix (Issue 307)
25
Jay Marshall The Birdcage on Martin Gardner, Victor Jory, Fred Keating, Howard Brooks, John Thornton, Val Andrews, Stewart James, The Impromptu Trixter
Sep. 1954
The New Phoenix (Issue 316)
69
Jay Marshall The Birdcage on Herb Rungie, Martin Gardner, The Wizard, Dr. Stanley Jaks
Oct. 1954
The New Phoenix (Issue 318)
81
Jay Marshall The Bird Cage on Houdini, Howard Brooks, Carl Ballantine, Dr. Stanley Jaks, Martin Gardner, Francis Carlyle, Woodfield's Magicana, Lloyd Chambers
Nov. 1954
The New Phoenix (Issue 321)
91
Martin Gardner Airing the Deck deck is aired and held in proper angle to simulate full deck
Nov. 1954
The New Phoenix (Issue 321)
92
Jay Marshall The Birdcage on Horace Bennett, Houdini, Grant's Inner Circle Magazine, Martin Gardner, Dr. Stanley Jaks, Bill Griffiths, Mello Jones
Dec. 1955
The New Phoenix (Issue 322)
97
Jay Marshall Back Talk on the history of The New Phoenix, The Osirian, Dante's death, Martin Gardner, Robert Parrish
1955
The New Phoenix (Issue 329)
127
Martin Gardner Pencilvania ideas for effects with pencils, with ribbon, naming color
Dec. 1955
The New Phoenix (Issue 334)
146
Martin Gardner Hand to Hand two card location, similar to Hofzinser's two card catch, deck half face up, half face down, cards are thrown several times
Also published here 1956 112
Paul Curry, Martin Gardner, John Scarne, Dai Vernon, Audley Walsh Ten Card Deal jonah card
Also published here 1956 190
Martin Gardner Preface
1956 xi
Martin Gardner Tricks with Cards - Part One chapter intro
1956 1
Martin Gardner The Curiosities of Peirce History of mathematical card tricks, history of Charles Peirce's work
1956 2
The Missing Card method to clock the deck to find missing card
Variations 1956 10
Charles T. Jordan, Martin Gardner Jordan's Method Charles Jordan's method for clocking a deck (can be used to clock for four removed cards), with a tip from Martin Gardner to use the feet or fingers to help keep track of the suits
Inspired byRelated to 1956 11
Martin Gardner Tricks with Cards - Part Two chapter intro
1956 20
Steve Belchou Belchou's Aces Poker Player's Picnic, four Aces found via dealing and transferring cards between four piles, credited to Steve Belchou
Related to 1956 27
Don Costello, Dai Vernon, Martin Gardner The Tit-Tat-Toe Trick Packet of nine cards used to play tic-tac-toe with a spectator (face up and down cards). Finale is revealed that the result is a magic square, each row/column/diagonal adds up to fifteen
Related toVariations 1956 28
Martin Gardner Other Tricks of Interest suggested reading list
1956 31
Martin Gardner Dice intro
1956 42
Martin Gardner Magic With Common Objects Chapter Intro
1956 42
Martin Gardner Dominoes intro
1956 46
Martin Gardner Calendars intro
1956 48
Martin Gardner Calendar Memorizing Bibliography and suggested reading list for memorizing calendars
1956 50
, Eddie Joseph Tapping the Hours Spectator think of any hour on the clock, magician tap the clock at random points, eventually will end counting on the thought-of hour. Variation by Eddie Joseph using blank cards with words
Variations 1956 50
Martin Gardner Die and Watch Mystery Die is used to start counting clockwise and anticlockwise on a clock, count to thought-of number, the two hours are added together and magician can divine the number on the die
1956 51
Martin Gardner Matches intro
1956 55
Martin Gardner Coins intro
1956 59
Martin Gardner Topological Tomfoolery Chapter Intro
1956 69
Martin Gardner String and Rope intro
1956 81
Martin Gardner Clothing Chapter intro
1956 86
Martin Gardner Rubber Bands
1956 91
Martin Gardner Tricks With Special Equipment
1956 95
Martin Gardner Tap-a-drink Tapping the Hours but with names of different drinks in a clock shape
Inspired by 1956 103
Martin Gardner Tap-an-Animal Tapping the Hours but with animal names in a clock shape
Inspired by 1956 104
Martin Gardner The Riddle Card Tapping the Hours type of trick with a card with riddles
Inspired by 1956 106
Martin Gardner Geometrical Vanishes - Part 1 chapter intro
1956 114
Theodore DeLand DeLand's Paradox Geometrical Vanish of a playing card
Variations 1956 123
Martin Gardner The Vanishing Rabbit Geometrical vanish of a rabbit
Inspired by 1956 125
Martin Gardner Fibonacci Series About the mathematics behind geometrical vanishes where the area of a shape changes. Based on work by V. Schlegel, E.B. Escott and Lewis Carroll
Related to
  • V. Schlegel, Zeitschrift fur Mathematik und Physik, Vol. 24, p. 123 (1879)
  • E. B. Escott, Open Court, Vol. 21, p. 502 (1907)
Variations
1956 134
Harry Langman Langman's Version Rectangle changes in area when pieces are moved around, related to Fibonacci series
Inspired by 1956 137
Paul Curry Curry's Paradox Various geometrical vanishes of squares in rectangles and squares
Variations 1956 139
Martin Gardner Curry Triangles Geometrical vanishes with triangles
Inspired by 1956 145
Paul Curry, Martin Gardner Two-piece Squares Cut square into two pieces, rearrange to get hole
1956 153
Martin Gardner Curved and 3-D Forms Discusses the possibilities of geometrical vanishes with 3-D shapes
1956 155
Martin Gardner Magic with Pure Numbers chapter intro
1956 156
Martin Gardner The Mysteries of Seven Explains why the number nine has such weird properties
1956 168
Martin Gardner The "One Two Three" Trick three sets of Ace to Three are removed, one set put in a face-up row on table, one set put face down under those cards in the row, last three cards are distributed by spectator so they don't match the face-up cards, face-down cards either predict the placement, or each set has an Ace, Two and Three, also suggestion with other objects (different-sized cups of three colors)
Variations July 1956
Ibidem (Issue 6)
5
Martin Gardner Principles Only! divination of a picture card of which the center has been hole-punched to hang it on the wall, application idea for Dai Vernon principle (centers of all picture cards are different)
July 1956
Ibidem (Issue 6)
9
Martin Gardner Flexa Tube Puzzle flexagon-related puzzle about folding a tube inside out in a certain way
Related to Sep. 1956
Ibidem (Issue 7)
13
Martin Gardner Puzzle: Smith's Dilemma number puzzle in which the word "smith" is coded into digits
Sep. 1956
Ibidem (Issue 7)
21
Martin Gardner Cigar Vanish
1957 96
Jay Marshall BackTalk on magic magazines, Martin Gardner, Erdnase, Hugh R. Johnston, F. B. Sterling, Tarbell Testimonial, Don Alan, Lee LeRoi, Jim Sherman, Carl Jones, Phoebe Baker, Fred Allen
Jan. 1957
The New Phoenix (Issue 340)
176
Tom Ransom Flexa-Tube Solution
Related to Mar. 1957
Ibidem (Issue 9)
12
Martin Gardner Looped!!! spectator draws intersecting curve on floor, pair of mates placed on each intersection, cards picked up according to rules, packet cut, top and bottom cards remembered and exchanged and later divined, exploiting topological curve properties
June 1957
Ibidem (Issue 10)
9
P. Howard Lyons Martin Gardner Force Book comment that Martin Gardner's "Mathematics, Magic And Mystery" is a force book
Dec. 1957
Ibidem (Issue 12)
20
Bert Allerton Surprise Spelling
Related to 1958 30
Martin Gardner Two Puzzles
  • arranging seven cigarettes so they all touch
  • arranging four matches into a square that becomes smaller and smaller
Related to Mar. 1958
Ibidem (Issue 13)
5
Martin Gardner Puzzle Solution: Seven Cigarettes arranging seven cigarettes so they all touch
Related to Dec. 1958
Ibidem (Issue 15)
11
Dai Vernon The Bent Corner Prediction spectator names number up to 52, card there is predicted by performer
Related toVariations 1959 12
Al Leech Routine Royal
Related toVariations 1959 18
Martin Gardner Ein paar Streichhölzer instruction game with matches, three piles, center pile ends up with named number
1959
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 20 No. 2)
799
Martin Gardner Ein eigenartiger Schnurtrick as "Gardener", string is knotted to a loop and spectator places it on the table and builds a special form, sides are covered with paper so it's unclear which parts are inside the loop and which outside, performer returns and places pins at several places which are all outside the loop
1959
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 20 No. 3)
835
Martin Gardner Piano Mover piano card trick, one double lift
Related to Mar. 1959
Ibidem (Issue 16)
8
Martin Gardner Puzzle Solution: Matches arranging four matches into a square that becomes smaller and smaller
Related to Mar. 1959
Ibidem (Issue 16)
10
P. Howard Lyons Ring Off
Related to Mar. 1959
Ibidem (Issue 16)
20
Martin Gardner Hummering Off
  • Second Version
Related to Oct. 1959
Ibidem (Issue 18)
3
Martin Gardner Odd! Monty Hall discussion, bet with three cards
Variations Oct. 1959
Ibidem (Issue 18)
3
Martin Gardner Glass House both hands hold a glass and set it down reversed, really only one glass is turned over, two applications:
  • 1. old three-glass trick parity puzzle
  • 2. parity puzzle with six glasses
Oct. 1959
Ibidem (Issue 18)
4
Martin Gardner Cardless but Glassy Hummer-inspired trick with rows of six glasses, some up some down
Oct. 1959
Ibidem (Issue 18)
4
Martin Gardner Lull's Ars concentric movable circles with effect and prop categories to generate trick ideas, Trick Brain, "The Ars Magic Inventorium"
Inspired by
  • Ramon Lull, medieval Spanish mystic around 1300
Oct. 1959
Ibidem (Issue 18)
5
Martin Gardner Brewer's Gold ideas using Ken Beale's two ring and cord principle
Related to Oct. 1959
Ibidem (Issue 18)
5
Martin Gardner Pop Up Cube cryptic, perhaps production cube
Oct. 1959
Ibidem (Issue 18)
6
Martin Gardner, Fred Kaps Capp's Cubes pencil line on sugar cube so two cubes look like three, "Kap's Cubes"
Variations Oct. 1959
Ibidem (Issue 18)
7
Martin Gardner Stick Up bar bet with bent paper clip and paper match, creator unknown
Oct. 1959
Ibidem (Issue 18)
7
P. Howard Lyons Stuff Page
  • proposition bet in which spectator writes nine different numbers on nine cards and turns them up one at a time, performer calls stop before the highest number is turned up
  • 5x5 magic squares
Related to Oct. 1959
Ibidem (Issue 18)
18
U. F. Grant Lilly - Levi knife in paper cup, knife is held and cup remains suspended
Related to Nov. 1960
The New Phoenix (Issue 351)
231
Martin Gardner Last August ring on cut-open rubber band moves left or right, can locate a selection that way
May 1960
Ibidem (Issue 20)
16
Mel Stover, Leo Moser, P. Howard Lyons, Martin Gardner A Short Shot proposition bet in which spectator writes nine different numbers on nine cards and turns them up one at a time, performer calls stop before the highest number is turned up
Related to May 1960
Ibidem (Issue 20)
19
Mel Stover Remarks on Martin Gardner's Math, Magic and Mystery Japanese printing
June 1960
Ibidem (Issue 21)
16
Paul Marcus More Natural Spectator tears out matches from matchbook, performer uses number of matches to select card from seven-card packet, which is correctly predicted
Inspired by Aug. 1961
The New Phoenix (Issue 360)
268
Martin Gardner Brain Popper spectator writes "yes" or "no" on a card to predict whether an event will take place, logic paradox
Related to Mar. 1961
Ibidem (Issue 23)
23
Lin Searles Query: Logic Windows Cards comment on Martin Gardner's Logic Machines
Dec. 1961