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John R. Boyko Strike Three and Out Variation card found by counting down three times to apparently random values
Inspired by
  • "Strike Three and Out!" (Bob Longe, The Invisible Deck, 1948, p. 9)
Related toVariationsAlso published here
Oct. 1950
The Phoenix (Issue 214)
Stewart James James's Miracle No. 72, two numbers from one to ten, chosen values lie at reversed chosen numbers
Related toVariations 1950 132
Stewart James So Nero spectator loses Jacks and deals out four hands to find them again, no-touch, story presentation, with spelling strategy to force one of four piles
Inspired byVariations Apr. 1956
Ibidem (Issue 5)
Royal Vale Heath Number Challenge two-digit number divided by three, left-over named to performer who then works out the number
Related to
  • "Zangbar Zackelback" (Wallace Lee, Genii, June 1958, p. 364)
Dec. 1957
Ibidem (Issue 12)
Roy Walton Lesson In Larceny ten card packet, spectator deals cards from top or bottom and gets a straight, performer aces
Related toVariationsAlso published here July 1966 47
Karl Fulves Oracle packet cut off and reduced to one card via reverse faros, this card predicted
Related toVariationsAlso published here Nov. 1970 374
Lin Searles Moracle packet cut off and reduced to one card via reverse faros, this card predicted and four Aces on top of discard piles, see also p. 486 for comment by Charles Hudson
Inspired byRelated toVariations July 1971 430
Mel Bennett, Fred Becker Etcetera
Aug. 1973 648
Kurt A. Christoff Petals around the Rose roll of five dice is assigned a value, the puzzle is to find the rule, originally from "Mathematics Teacher"
Related toVariations 1979
Interlocutor (Issue 39)
Coasters betting game with Ace through Seven or seven numbered coaster
Variations 1981 47
L. Vosburgh Lyons Fidget Digits No. 57, puzzle with digits from 1 to 8 with kicker
Related to 1983 78
Martin Gardner Crazy Calendar No. 73, calendar force with matrix principle
Inspired byRelated to 1983 94
Karl Fulves Interspace nine-card packet, spectator turns a pair over anywhere, performer places card between them behind back
Variations 1989 41
Mel Bennett Interspace Insert nine-card packet, spectator turns a pair over anywhere, performer places card between them behind back and names this card, with additional solution by Karl Fulves
Inspired by 1993
Rigmarole (Issue 3)
Mel Bennett Blackjack four named years are added, total used to deal four piles, when turned over the bottom cards are two blackjacks
Related to 1993
Rigmarole (Issue 5)
Philip T. Goldstein Quoth The Maven comments on various things, see references, with Frank Thomposon anecdote and his "Master Deck" demonstration
Related to 1993
Verbatim (Issue 8)
Karl Fulves Day One date chosen by choosing some face-up and face-down cards from grid layout, looked up in diary, card noted there predicted, tapestry
Variations 1994 35
Karl Fulves Pile-Up six-card pyramid layout, top card switch consecutively downwards to base, total of bottom row predicted "with reasonable accuracy", inspired by Drop Case carnival con game
Variations 1994 124
Mel Bennett What Happened To Eve? palindrome comes out on calculator, numbers letters correlation
Inspired by
  • "Flip Flop Number Prediction" (D. Altman, MUM, Oct. 1983)
Rigmarole (Issue 7)
Mel Bennett Card 37 number force for 37 with calculator
Inspired by
  • "Letter for a Stranger" (Stewart James)
Rigmarole (Issue 8)
Mel Bennett Junk Bonds forcing one pile out of a few, for Ace assembly, using spelling
Inspired by 1994
Rigmarole (Issue 9)
Mel Bennett Three Card Tricks six-card pyramid layout, folding, number nine can be forced
  • Cheaper By The Dozen (forcing twelve)
  • At The Strike of 10 (ten-card pyramid, forced 25)
Inspired byAlso published here 1994
Verbatim (Issue 10)
Mel Bennett, Karl Fulves Petals & Roots more on the dice puzzle
Related to 1994
Verbatim (Issue 10)
Mel Bennett S.P.A.T. letters associated with numbers, credit information
Inspired by
  • Lee Sallows idea in Word Ways, Feb. 1990
Verbatim (Issue 10)
Mel Bennett Half Now calculation, then psalm in bible found according to number, prediction from only vertical lines is complete to the word
Inspired by
  • "The Count of Monte Carlo" (Stewart James in Print, p. 716)
Underworld (Issue 1)
Mel Bennett An 8-Cylinder Deal forcing the number eight
1995 14
Mel Bennett Millennium Minus 5 properties of the number 1995
1996 67
Milton Kort Seven Come Eleven
  • "Dot Com - Tricks and stunts with numbers"
solution to Hull problem "Make 11 out of four 7s"
Inspired byRelated to 1997 165
Martin Gardner The K Diaries spectator chooses word, counts forward according to the number of letters a few times, final word predicted, Kruskal principle
Related toVariations 1998
Underworld (Issue 8)
Mel Bennett K-Plus spelling instead of counting, Kruskal Principle with words
Inspired by 1998
Underworld (Issue 9)
Karl Fulves Would I Lie To You? three piles, performer selects card from center pile and makes statements, spectator take cards from lie or truth pile, values added, selection arrived at
Related to 1998
Underworld (Issue 9)
Mel Bennett Quiz Whiz
  • "Dot Com - Tricks and stunts with numbers"
getting as close to 100 as possible
1998 204
Mel Bennett More Sevens
  • "Dot Com - Tricks and stunts with numbers"
making numbers from four sevens
Related to 1998 249
Mel Bennett Y2K Blackjack four years added, four piles dealt according to sum, they make out two blackjack hands
Related to 1998 277
Karl Fulves, Mel Bennett A Card Force
  • "Dot Com - Tricks and stunts with numbers"
Ace through Nine in row on table, some cards eliminated, rest added, total divided by six and counted from either end, variations on this force
Related to 1998 286
Felix Greenfield Colorific matching effect with color cards, from early 60s
Related to 1999
The Fine Print (Issue 10)
Karl Fulves Informant further comments and credit information on the referenced items, instruction games, Stephen Minch comment on "Remote Control"/"Western Union Trick"
Related to 1999
The Fine Print (Issue 10)
Mel Bennett Date Certain
  • "Dot Com - Tricks and stunts with numbers"
on calendar some days are circled and a calculation made, predicted
The Fine Print (Issue 10)
Karl Fulves The Horse Right Here "Three Tricks"
unusual race setting, cards in circle, outcome predicted, Ramasee Principle
Variations 1999 21
Peter Duffie Heavyweight seven card packet, spectator ends up with previously announced "heaviest" card despite some spelling and mixing
Inspired by
  • "Status Quo Principle" (Marty Kane)
Dec. 1999
Genii (Vol. 62 No. 12)
Mel Bennett Horse Of The Same Color unusual race setting, cards with five different backs in circle, outcome predicted, Ramasee Principle
Inspired by 2000 74
Howard A. Adams Predicnic ESP deck, piles made according to values of three coins, selection found with match in the end
VariationsAlso published here 2000 86
Mel Bennett Thrifty Aces values of four coins used to count down to four Aces
Inspired byRelated to 2000 87
Mel Bennett Coasters winning strategy for betting game with Ace through Seven or seven numbered coaster
Inspired by 2000
Charlatan (Issue 2)
Mel Bennett Hopscotch puzzle/game in which coins have to be moved on a layout
Inspired by
  • Martin Gardner article in Parade Magazine, May 23, 1999
Related to
Charlatan (Issue 4)
Mel Bennett A Perfect Strike No. 72, ten-card layout folded and some values added to force a number
Also published here 2001 111
Mel Bennett, Stewart James The Blackjack Player No. 75, four years added and piles dealt according to sum, two blackjack hands on top
Related to 2001 114
Mel Bennett The Honeymooners Queens mates by spelling names from deck
2001 135
Karl Fulves Database further comments and credit information on the referenced items
Related to 2001 163
Tony Bartolotta Nothing Just Happens two cards chosen by two people from two decks before the show and signed on the back, in the show they are compared and found identical
Related to 2002
Discoverie (Issue 7)
Jerry K. Hartman, Bob Ostin, Mel Bennett, Chris King, Bob Graham, Rob Wood, Dr. Edi Brum, Leonard Cohen Letters on Tony Bartolotta
Related to 2003 290
Rob Wood Watch Test pulling stem out only one click
Related to 2003 306
Hideo Kato Multiple Down Under
VariationsAlso published here Jan. 2003
Magic (Vol. 12 No. 5)
Sam Schwartz, Karl Fulves Remains To Be Seen spectator cuts off some cards, remembers bottom card and puts pile in card case, after some calculation instructions the performer knows card and number of cards in case, Kraitchik
Related to 2004 363
Mel Bennett Jailbird Jack number card total to the same number repeatedly in a puzzling way, puzzle adapted to playing cards
Discoverie (Issue 9)
Mel Bennett Metamorphosis layout puzzle with coins
2005 425
Mel Bennett RSC Discovery
  • Riffle Shuffle Control (KF)
  • The First Revelation
  • The Second Revelation
one card found in pocket, the other with counting
Inspired by 2006
Prolix (Issue 1)
Mel Bennett Easy As Abc calculator option for simplifying task to spectators in division tricks
Inspired by
  • Number Challenge (Royal Vale Heath, 1957)
  • "Zangbar Zackelback" (Wallace Lee, Genii, June 1958, p. 364)
  • "Zackelback's Problem" (John F. Pooley, Genii, Oct. 1958, p. 46)
Related to
Prolix (Issue 2)
Mel Bennett Familiar Spirit deck cut into three piles by spectator, selection found with spelling some phrases
Related to 2008
Prolix (Issue 4)
Mel Bennett Spend and Save multiple-down-under thing with thirty-two card packet
Inspired by 2008
Prolix (Issue 5)
Mel Bennett Follow The Money two decks, four coins, four cards chosen from one deck, cards counted according to coin values, chosen cards match cards in other deck when turned over in unison
Prolix (Issue 5)
Mel Bennett Funny Valentine selection shuffled in deck, cut into three piles, performer indicates a pile and some phrases are spelled which lead to selection
Inspired by
  • "Lowdown Triple Dealing" principle (Colm Mulcahy, Focus, Nov. 2004)
Related to
Prolix (Issue 6)
Mel Bennett Nothing Test numbers chosen and put in calculator, divided by numbers chosen from deck of cards, remainder given out in money, it is zero three times
Prolix (Issue 7)
Karl Fulves Devil's Deal performer and spectator each name a card and a number, Gemini Placement by counting to those numbers, for corrections see reference
Related toVariations 2010
Prolix (Issue 8)
Mel Bennett The Inverse Function Deck presentation for "James's Miracle", two numbers from one to ten, chosen values lie at reversed chosen numbers
Inspired byRelated to
  • "Coincidence of Two Numbers and a Prediction" (Nick Trost, The New Tops, July 1975)
Prolix (Issue 8)
Joe Berg A Mindreader's Dream four boxes with a coin in each, exchanged according to instructions, performer then reveals contents of each box
Variations 2011
Xtra Credit (Issue 9)
Mel Bennett Mel Bennett Notes using four coins with different dates on four cards instead
Inspired by 2011
Xtra Credit (Issue 9)
Karl Fulves Mel Bennett Issue intro
Xtra Credit (Issue 10)
Mel Bennett Royacle "A Royal Reunion"
Inspired by 2011
Xtra Credit (Issue 10)
Mel Bennett Alliance "A Forceful Routine"
number prediction on clock, tie gag
Xtra Credit (Issue 10)
Mel Bennett The Force Methods number forces
  • 1. using number cards (Magigram, Amazing Trelba)
  • 2. "Newspaper Prediction" (Martin Gardner, Magic, August 2005, also Ibidem?)
  • 3. 4x4 matrix
  • 4. magic square
Related to 2011
Xtra Credit (Issue 10)
Mel Bennett The Devil His Due same trick with more free choice
Inspired by 2011
Xtra Credit (Issue 10)
Mel Bennett Taking The Fifth "Two by Mel Bennett"
two selections from nine-card packet, both selections found
Inspired by 2012
Prolix (Issue 10)
Mel Bennett World's Worst Card Trick "Two by Mel Bennett"
two selections found with Fulves's Riffle Shuffle Control, spelling a phrase with fixed number of letters
Prolix (Issue 10)