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Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Charles T. Jordan Coluria No. 25, thirty-two-deck of cards is cut and dealt into six piles, two remaining cards pocketed, colors of top cards code bottom cards and cards in pocket, done out-of-room
Variations 1919/1920 68
Mahendra The Miracle Divination - The Problem of the Three Coins three coins are pocketed by three spectators, performer divines them
Variations 1938 128
Edward Marlo Tilted Aces "Seventeenth Effect", Aces placed into center come to top, no cuts, see p. 1 for credit information
Variations 1962 25
R. Sid Spocane II Serpent Silk borrowed white handkerchief transposes with colored handkerchief in spectator's pocket, see p. 874 for credit information in MUM by Persi Diaconis
Oct. 1966 62
Persi Diaconis, Bob Bergheim, Howard Cross, Robert Eagle, Murry Graham Etcetera "R. Sid Spocane II"
Dec. 1966 71
Persi Diaconis Les Cartes Diaconis "Chapter Fourteen"
Variations 1967 89
Peter Kane Single Shot card shoots out of incomplete faro deck, card gun
Related toVariations 1967 12
Match Layout Puzzle shown to Martin Gardner by Persi Diaconis
Also published here July 1968
Ibidem (Issue 33)
Harvey Rosenthal Cavorting Aces "The effect that follows is highly endorsed by both Charlie Miller and Persi Diaconis."
1969 142
Edward Marlo Added Note short 1958-dated description of the "Les Cartes Diaconis" plot without mentioning Diaconis
Related to Winter 1969
Hierophant (Issue 2)
Edward Marlo, Persi Diaconis Credit Information on the Benzais' Cop credited to Persi Diaconis here
1970 142
Persi Diaconis Die Kartenpistole card shoots out of incomplete faro deck, card gun
Related toAlso published here
  • in "Zauberkunst" 1970, Nr.2.
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 32 No. 4)
Jerry K. Hartman Four-as-Four Count end-grip, hides bottom card of four, “relative of the Elmsley and Veeser counts”
Related toAlso published here 1972 67
Edward Marlo First Objective culling procedure for red/black separation, including several credits and sources for other approaches, for a Persi Diaconis credit claim by Karl Fulves see page 212 of Epilogue
1973 3
Persi Diaconis Diaconis Card Vanish several cards one by one with double backer, no details, only mentioned
Related to 1975 159
Karl Fulves Going.... Aces vanish one at a time on deck, credit information, Ace-vanish idea with double backer by Vosburgh
Related toVariations May 1975 959
Karl Fulves Babel final issue, list of pseudonyms, Joseph K. Schmidt, Persi Diaconis anagram R. Sid Spokane II and pseudonym George Henbeck (Heubeck), Roy Walton = Gene Lawton, J. W. Sarles
Oct. 1975 1055
Persi Diaconis Diaconis Business Card reproduction
Interlocutor (Issue 15)
Jerry K. Hartman Flatfoot, Floozie and the Boy-Boy Hotel Mystery
Inspired byAlso published here 1978 61
Reinhard Müller Eine Doppelrückenkarte kann Karten Austauschen und damit verbunden zum Verschwinden bringen using a double backer to switch or vanish cards
  • Grundhandlungen
  • Anwendung 1 der Situation 3
  • Anwendung 2 der Situation 3
  • Anwendung 3
  • Anwendung 4
Related to Mar. 1978
Intermagic (Vol. 5 No. 1)
Fred Robinson Oasis on Ken Brooke, Frank Farrow, Johnny Paul, Piet Forton, Gordon Bruce, Ricky Jay, Persi Diaconis, Bobby Bernard, Bob Read
Aug. 1979
Pabular (Vol. 5 No. 8)
Karl Fulves Fooled Again on Pete Biro's credit claims about Persi Diaconis's inventions
Related to 1979
Interlocutor (Issue 36)
Jeff Busby Interesting Sidelight dealing stay stack into any number of piles retains stay stack, with tables how to pick up the piles for up to five piles
  • General Rules For Pick Ups
  • Added Notes
Related to 1980 14
Harry Lorayne Sid R. Spocane II mini bio, Persi Diaconis
1982 131
Persi Diaconis Anti-Faro Generalization up-down-jog procedure with two, three, four cards at a time as mixing procedure
1982 134
Edward Marlo Less Cards Marlo no extra Card
Inspired by 1983 108
Persi Diaconis Anti-Faro Generalization up-down-jog procedure with two, three, four cards at a time, no credit, for credit information see reference
Related to 1990 58
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 1990 123
Persi Diaconis Avoiding Grip Shifting handling tip (now standard)
1991 51
Persi Diaconis Beyond Hummer four cards, selection is only one reversed after some procedure
Also published here 1993 74
Persi Diaconis, Roberto Giobbi, Harry Lorayne The Red-Black Location free chosen card is found in a flash
Inspired by
  • Persi Diaconis trick from foreword of "Revelations"
1995 113
Persi Diaconis The Persi Diaconis Presentation for Tilted Aces four Aces come to top all at once
Inspired by 1995
Arcane (Issue 14)
Jon Racherbaumer The Jabberwock Way essay on the Hotel Mystery or Motel Mystery (four Kings and two Queens), as inspired by Persi Diaconis, see also p. 87
Related to Winter 1996 16
Nick Trost Tenkai Poker Deal Cards shuffled face up/down, poker hands are dealt, only magician gets face down cards (plot credited to Persi Diaconis, routine inspired by Ricky Jay's routine on Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women)
1997 108
Persi Diaconis, James Swain Persi's Collectors faro
Related to 1999 105
Persi Diaconis Beyond Hummer Variation on Basic Hummer
Also published here 1999 39
Jon Racherbaumer On the Slant
  • Shocked and Amazed (James Taylor)
  • Good Gossip (Robert F. Goodman, Aaron Ben-Ze'ev)
randomizing a deck with riffle shuffles, Persi Diaconis
Mar. 2003
Genii (Vol. 66 No. 3)
Gazzo Macee The Luck of the Streets How Gazzo met Persi Diaconis, story about how Persi came to own Vernon's cups
2004 9
Dominique Duvivier Persi De D three selections are lost, three random cards are shown to each spectator which eventually transform into selections
Inspired by 2004 124
Simon Aronson, Ramón Riobóo The Three Hours three cards are divined
Inspired byRelated toVariationsAlso published here 2004 65
Luke Jermay So Old It's New
  • The New Mind
prediction on performer's back, credit information
Inspired by
  • Peter Pit & Persi Diaconis effect, Genii July 1981
Sep. 2007
Genii (Vol. 70 No. 9)
Peter Pit, Persi Diaconis The Card on the Back card appears on performer's back
Also published here
  • Genii, July 1981
Nov. 2007
Genii (Vol. 70 No. 11)
Karl Fulves (reviewer) Math + Magic by Persi Diaconis (written by Ron Graham) 2011
Prolix (Issue 9)
Richard Kaufman Genii Speaks Bil Baird, Ricky Jay, Persi Diaconis, Jay Sankey
Related to Aug. 2011
Genii (Vol. 74 No. 8)
Richard Kaufman (reviewer) Magical Mathematics by Persi Diaconis (written by Ron Graham)
Aug. 2011
Genii (Vol. 74 No. 8)
Jamy Ian Swiss (reviewer) Magical Mathematics: The Mathematical Ideas That Animate Great Magic Trick by Persi Diaconis (written by Ron Graham) Sep. 2011
Genii (Vol. 74 No. 9)
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham Preface
2012 xi
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham Mathematics in the Air Chapter intro that describes the CATO Principle and the mathematics behind it, along with tricks
Related to 2012 1
Charles Hudson Baby Hummer Used to demonstrate the CATO principle, uses four cards
Related toVariations 2012 1
Bob Hummer Hummer's Ten Card Mystery Original use of the CATO Principle, based on the 18 Card Mystery in the original manuscript, magician can name how many face up cards there are after mixing it up
Related toAlso published here
  • "18 Card Mystery" (Bob Hummer, Face-up / Face-down Mysteries, 1942)
2012 4
Steve Freeman Royal Hummer Cards are mixed face up and face down haphazardly, later all cards are face down except a royal flush
Variations 2012 8
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham Back to Magic End of chapter, describes Steve's own variation on Steve Freeman's handling of Royal Hummer
Inspired by 2012 15
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham In Cycles chapter intro
2012 17
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham The Magic of De Bruijn Sequences Deck tossed out, deck is freely cut and five cards are selected, magician correctly divines them all, also describes the mathematics behind De Bruijn sequences
Inspired byVariations 2012 18
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham Going Further Describes extra variations on the basic De Bruijn sequence trick, with some history behind the use of this principle in magic
Inspired by 2012 25
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham Is This Stuff Actually Good For Anything? Chapter on uses of De Bruijn sequences outside of magic
2012 30
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham Universal Cycles chapter intro
2012 47
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham Universal Cycles Again Deck tossed out, deck is freely cut and five cards are selected, magician correctly divines them all
2012 55
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham From the Gilbreath Principle to the Mandelbrot Set chapter intro
2012 61
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham The Gilbreath Principle Describes the intricate mathematics of the Gilbreath Principle
2012 61
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham, Ronald A. Wohl (Ravelli), Herb Zarrow Gilbreath's Second Principle Spectator shuffles the cards, deals out five hands, one of the hands is a good hand, but the hand of the imaginary partner gets a straight flush, uses ideas from Herb Zarrow and Ron Wohl
Related to
  • "U-shuffle Poker" (David Ben, Zarrow, A Lifetime of Magic)
2012 66
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham The Mandelbrot Set Mathematics of the Mandelbrot Set and its link to Gilbreath
2012 72
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham Neat Shuffles chapter intro about perfect faro shuffles
2012 84
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham A Mind-Reading Computer Packet of twelve cards, go through various dealing and shuffling procedures, create a pair of matching mates
2012 85
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham A Look Inside Perfect Shuffles Describes the mathematics of perfect faro shuffles, how to stack the deck using in and out shuffles
2012 92
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham A Look Inside Monge and Milk Shuffles Describes the principles of Monge and Milk shuffles
2012 96
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham A Look Inside Down-and-Under Shuffles Describes the Down and Under Deal
2012 98
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham All the Shuffles Are Related Explains how perfect faro shuffles, reverse faro shuffles, Monge shuffles, milk shuffles and down-under shuffles are related
2012 99
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham The Oldest Mathematical Entertainment? chapter intro
2012 103
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham The Miracle Divination three coins are pocketed by three spectators, performer divines them, three object divination
Inspired byRelated to 2012 105
Ron Graham Ron's $1.96 trick Miracle Divination, four coins pocketed by four spectators, performer divines them all, four object divination
Related to 2012 108
Ron Graham, Persi Diaconis How Many Magic Tricks Are There? Mathematical estimation of the number of magic tricks in common usage
2012 114
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham Magic in The Book of Changes chapter intro on the I Ching
2012 119
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham Introduction to the Book of Changes Introduction on the I Ching (Chinese divination method using patterns called hexagrams)
2012 121
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham Using the I Ching for Divination How the I Ching is used, with some mathematics
2012 122
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham Probability and the Book of Changes Mathematics of the I Ching
2012 125
A First Chinese Magic Trick I Ching trigrams can predict the Chinese character chosen by spectator, kind of design duplication
Variations 2012 128
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham A Version in English English version of the Chinese I Ching Divination trick

The First Variation: Magician predicts thought of object using letter cards, not that good
The Second Variation: Magician divines thought of object using drawn diagrams
Inspired by 2012 131
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham A Performance Piece Prediction routine involving playing cards and I Ching trigrams, involve some fortune telling and answering questions posed by audience
2012 133
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham Probability and the I Ching Mathematical aspects of I Ching
2012 136
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham What Does Up Must Come Down Chapter on mathematics of juggling
2012 137
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham Stars of Mathematical Magic
2012 153
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham Alex Elmsley About Alex Elmsley's work in mathematical magic
2012 156
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham Bob Neale About Bob Neale's work in mathematical magic
2012 160
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham, Robert E. Neale Inside-Outside Endless Chain / Pricking the Garter

  • A Fair Throw
  • A Cheating Throw
  • A Superfair Throw
2012 164
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham Henry Christ
2012 173
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham, Henry Christ The Roulette System Betting game, magician predicts the outcome of the bet, simulate roulette with red and black cards
2012 177
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham Stewart James
2012 181
Stewart James, Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham The Mysterious Number Seven Sum prediction of numbers filled in grid, uses the AAG Principle
2012 187
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham Charles Thornton Jordan About Charles Jordan's work in mathematical magic
2012 189
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham Bob Hummer About Bob Hummer's work in mathematical magic
2012 201
Bob Hummer Hummer's Three-Card Monte Spectator thinks of one of three cards and switches a few cards around, magician divines thought of card, can do with any three objects
Variations 2012 204
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham Our Contribution Variation on Hummer's Three Card Monte
Inspired by 2012 207
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham Martin Gardner About Martin Gardner's work in mathematical magic
2012 211
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham Going Further Other books to check out
2012 220
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham On Secrets
2012 225
Jason Ladanye The Gathering Aces appear and trap three selections, using faros
Inspired by 2013 101
Persi Diaconis Stay Stack Dealing Property
Related to Summer 2015
Quarterly (Issue 3)
Roberto Giobbi, Persi Diaconis Shuffle Statistics as presentational hook
Hidden Agenda (Issue July 29)
Gene Anderson The Gene Pool anecdote of performing Picto Transpo and Persi Diaconis
2016 23
David Britland A Good Guess
  • Cardolopis ("Simply Stebbins")
deck is freely cut and four cards are selected from that spot, magician correctly divines them all
Inspired by Apr. 2017
Genii (Vol. 80 No. 4)
Persi Diaconis Elmsley Counting Direction into left hand
2018 173
Persi Diaconis, Johnny Thompson End Grip Jordan Count
Related to 2018 174
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 byRelated to 2019 48
Matt Baker Gilbreath Poker Both spectator and magician deal five hands of poker from their cards, each deal a good hand to an imaginary player, leaving the best hand for themselves
Inspired byRelated to 2019 195