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Lorne de Blois Lazybones card reverses itself and is then spelled out to find second selection, short card, see "Fan Letter" for credit information
Related to 1937 65
Peter Warlock Satan's Scissors red and white tissue paper transforms into cut-out image of chosen card
Related to June 1939
The Jinx (Issue 57)
405
Norman Houghton Humoring the Hobbyist two selections are lost in the deck, three cards and center card is reversed packet cut into the center and performer holds it behind back, when placed on table two selections are found next to reversed card
Sep. 1948 464
Norman Houghton A Study in Frustration humorous presentation, spectator has to chose 51 cards from the deck, deck turns blank
Related to Nov. 1948 477
Norman Houghton Deck Switch pocket
Nov. 1948 478
Paul LePaul Deceptive Perception five red-backed cards and one blue-backed card change into five blue-backed cards and one red-backed card
Related toVariations 1949 135
Norman Houghton Perverse Penetration deck in case wrapped in handkerchief, deck and cards except selection penetrate handkerchief
1950
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1950)
36
Norman Houghton Laundry on the Line two silks knotted on rope, chosen one penetrates knot
1950
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1950)
37
Frank Joglar Backstage on Norman Houghton, Kajar, Gali Gali, The Marvello's, Don Lawton, Dick DuBois, John McArdle, Burling Hull, Lucille & Eddie Roberts, Jean Hugard, Sorcar, Piddingtons, Fogel and more
  • Coming Events
  • TV Trickery
  • Education
  • What Happened Department
  • Mentalists
  • News and Notes
  • Oblivion
  • Recommended
May 1950
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 7 No. 12)
660
Bill Bowman Clipped clipped, two paperclips on folded bill link, see p. 56 for variation with three clips
Related toVariationsAlso published here June 1954
The New Phoenix (Issue 310)
38
George Coon Winding the Pack gag
Related toAlso published here 1955
The New Phoenix (Issue 324)
106
Norman Houghton Norman's Nonsense
  • Winding up the pack (credited to Karrell Fox)
  • sandpaper gag
Related to 1955
The New Phoenix (Issue 330)
130
Norman Houghton Toss Ya! coin production after coin toss with invisible coin
Oct. 1955
The New Phoenix (Issue 331)
134
Norman Houghton The Evanescent Coin coin vanish under handkerchief
Oct. 1955
The New Phoenix (Issue 331)
134
Norman Houghton Baffling the Brethren card control, springing the cards, bridge
Oct. 1955
The New Phoenix (Issue 331)
134
Norman Houghton How to Torture your Audience "a primer for sadists", gag article
Dec. 1955
The New Phoenix (Issue 334)
145
Norman Houghton Colour Blind "Color Blind", four red-backed cards and one blue-backed card change into four blue-backed cards and one red-backed card
Inspired by June 1955
Ibidem (Issue 1)
8
Norman Houghton Flushtration Count with packet, "old principle of repeatedly showing the back of the same card"
June 1955
Ibidem (Issue 1)
9
P. Howard Lyons, Tom Ransom, Norman Houghton Divination of Two Mentally Chosen Cards two selections made from two halves with "counting pile and remember card at that position" procedure
Inspired byVariations Nov. 1955
Ibidem (Issue 4)
5
Stewart James An Addition and a Teaser
Inspired byRelated to Nov. 1955
Ibidem (Issue 4)
6
Tom Ransom Brown Study two spectators cut off a small pile, shuffle and remember the bottom card, all replaced and done with the performer's back turned, cards are found
Inspired byRelated to Apr. 1956
Ibidem (Issue 5)
5
Norman Houghton Stranger of Another Colour "Stranger of Another Color", blue-backed card fuses to the face of a red-backed selection, no signatures
Related toVariations Apr. 1956
Ibidem (Issue 5)
19
Norman Houghton HiLo a blue-backed King is placed low in red-backed deck, a blue-backed Three high, they transpose within the deck
Apr. 1956
Ibidem (Issue 5)
20
Mel Stover, Tom Ransom, Norman Houghton Puzzle: Cubes arranging five objects to make a cube
Related to July 1956
Ibidem (Issue 6)
14
Norman Houghton Movable Marker stab force handling, card stabbed in deck, break at force card slightly below center
Variations Sep. 1956
Ibidem (Issue 7)
12
Mel Stover, Tom Ransom, Norman Houghton Puzzle Solutions: Cubes
Related to Sep. 1956
Ibidem (Issue 7)
15
Norman Houghton Suggestion Box suggesting the trick title "Psi Stebbins", challenge to come up with a trick
Variations Sep. 1956
Ibidem (Issue 7)
23
Norman Houghton Puzzle Solution: Cubes
Related to Dec. 1956
Ibidem (Issue 8)
13
Norman Houghton Poor Mixers 3&3, spectator mixed cards and they separate, repeat
Variations Mar. 1957
Ibidem (Issue 9)
18
P. Howard Lyons Athlete's Fool spectator stabs Joker in deck and remembers card above it which is cut to bottom, Joker whispers card to performer, deck dropped on Joker, Joker rises to top and whispers top card
Inspired by June 1957
Ibidem (Issue 10)
6
Norman Houghton The Compleat Angler word play in which cut-out paper angles are found in deck when talking about new angles
June 1957
Ibidem (Issue 10)
18
Norman Houghton Shears invisible scissor is used to cut off two strips from a piece of paper, sight gag, two applications:
  • design of chosen card is cut from newspaper
  • ribbon in change bag is cut invisibly into as many pieces are the spectator chooses
Related to Sep. 1957
Ibidem (Issue 11)
4
Norman Houghton Bubble Spectacle performer blows at lens of his glasses, stream of bubbles shoots out
Sep. 1957
Ibidem (Issue 11)
5
P. Howard Lyons Psi Stebbins - Method I spectator cuts off a packet, remembers the bottom card and shuffles the whole packet, then reads out all the cards and performer names selections, spectator shuffles packet, remembers new bottom card, puts packet on deck and reads off cards, performer stops at selection
Inspired byRelated toVariations Sep. 1957
Ibidem (Issue 11)
6
Jack Avis Tip for "Shears" invisible scissor sight gag
Related to Dec. 1957
Ibidem (Issue 12)
4
Norman Houghton OWOOOooo-o-o-o! routine with "wolf pack" (erotic images), spectator repeatedly selects the Joker in different ways, spectator names card which is taken out and given to spectator, performer takes named card out of his pocket and spectator has Joker again, another card is selected and given to the spectator in an envelope as souvenir (it's normal when he looks)
Dec. 1957
Ibidem (Issue 12)
17
Norman Houghton The Run Under the Fan force card starts near the top under a break
Dec. 1957
Ibidem (Issue 12)
19
Norman Houghton Production of Palmed Card from the Shirt Pocket only thumb and first finger enter pocket
Related to Dec. 1957
Ibidem (Issue 12)
19
Ronald B. Edwards No Two Ways 2&2, presented as a puzzle in which the cards cannot be put in an alternating order from the faces and the backs simultaneously
Variations Mar. 1958
Ibidem (Issue 13)
11
Norman Houghton Two Little Houghtons intro, two stripper deck tricks from "Entertainment Novelties"
Mar. 1958
Ibidem (Issue 13)
18
Norman Houghton The Shower of Aces Aces lost in deck, deck held under handkerchief, Aces drop out and onto table
Mar. 1958
Ibidem (Issue 13)
18
Norman Houghton Honest Weight performer cuts deck into three piles, performer tells number of cards in chosen packet by weight
Mar. 1958
Ibidem (Issue 13)
18
Norman Houghton Hollow Mockery green silk changes into egg, then red silk is pulled from egg, magician's gag
Mar. 1958
Ibidem (Issue 13)
19
Norman Houghton No Two Ways (Second Way) 2&2, presented as a puzzle in which the cards cannot be put in an alternating order from the faces and the backs simultaneously
  • Third Way
Inspired by Sep. 1958
Ibidem (Issue 14)
8
Norman Houghton Angle Buckle for buckle count, buckling with left thumb at left edge
Sep. 1958
Ibidem (Issue 14)
9
Norman Houghton Two Faces of Eve four blank cards shown, two pictures of women appear with humorous presentation
Inspired by
  • Paul Estee packet trick
Mar. 1959
Ibidem (Issue 16)
19
Arthur Hastings Two For The Show two selections are peeked at, one turns over, other is counted to, see "Fan Letter" for credit information
Inspired byRelated to July 1959
Ibidem (Issue 17)
6
Ken Beale Apartheid 3&3, one extra, with handling variation by P. Howard Lyons
Inspired by July 1959
Ibidem (Issue 17)
14
Norman Houghton Norm Houghton on phobias
Oct. 1959
Ibidem (Issue 18)
30
Norman Houghton A Fan Letter
Related to June 1960
Ibidem (Issue 21)
12
Norman Houghton Clip Climax two paperclips on folded bill link, stream of paper clips appears as climax, romantic story presentation
Inspired by June 1960
Ibidem (Issue 21)
13
Nick Trost Nick's Push-Thru Card Tunnel (tunnel change plot) without gaffs
VariationsAlso published here Dec. 1961
The New Phoenix (Issue 364)
285
Norman Houghton "Other Magicians..." a satire, selection is not found
1964
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1963-64)
57
Charlie Miller A Novel Location card selected face-up with fun presentation
Related to
  • p. 133 for related idea by Norman Houghton
Sep. 1967 123
Norman Houghton, Johnnie Geddes, Scotty McGregor, David Harrell Etcetera
Nov. 1967 133
Norman Houghton Hole Card card suddenly has a hole, stud poker presentation
Variations Jan. 1968 153
Ned Rutledge Ho-Ho-Hole Card card suddenly has a hole, stud poker presentation
Inspired by Apr. 1968 173
Art Spring Matched Cards top and bottom cards are initialed, they fuse into one after deck has been cut, see p. 308 for reference
Related toVariations Aug. 1969 278
Norman Houghton Ultimate stack with apparent miss
Inspired by July 1970
Epilogue (Issue 9)
71
David Moore Ultimate Erdnase Royal Flush face-up in deck, overhand stacked, with surprise, Magician vs. Gambler theme, see also p. 332 and p. 337
Variations Mar. 1970 328
Norman Houghton Hyper Silk silk through wand, see also p. 679 for references
VariationsAlso published here Jan. 1972 482
J. W. Sarles Notes on Hyper Silk, also with ring
Inspired by Jan. 1972 482
Norman Houghton Money Count Gag gag when getting money in bank
Also published here Feb. 1972 484
Edward G. Brown The Two Pile Trick two selections made from two halves with "counting pile and remember card at that position" procedure
Related toVariationsAlso published here 1973 74
Norman Houghton, Gordon Bruce Card to Pocket trouser pocket, without credit
1975 112
Norman Houghton Melt-Through Ring Off
Also published here
  • "Abracadabra" #1000
1975 20
Norman Houghton How To De-Rope a Ring
1975 21
Norman Houghton, J. W. Sarles Norman Houghton's Hypertuch silk through wand
  • Tuch und Ring
Also published here Mar. 1977
Intermagic (Vol. 4 No. 2)
82
Norman Houghton Ein Zauberer mit Mut gag when getting money in bank
Also published here 1977
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 38 No. 1)
7
Norman Houghton Thirty-Two using automatic placement principle
Related to July 1979
Apocalypse (Vol. 2 No. 7)
225
Norman Houghton Trinity three cards alike
Related toVariations Sep. 1980
Apocalypse (Vol. 3 No. 9)
389
Norman Houghton Lazy Man's Invisible Pass handling of the classic pass, also as cover pass
June 1982
Apocalypse (Vol. 5 No. 6)
646
Norman Houghton Love Match spectator and performer shuffle envelopes and pair them up, inside are names of celebrity pairs, they match
1982 65
Norman Houghton The Palms-Up Switch Shuttle Pass Handling, credit correction on page 95
Mar. 1983 61
Edward Marlo Dribble Free Force multiple dribble control, same position forced
Related toVariations 1984 311
Norman Houghton Phase Zwei ring is thrown on rope, move
Also published here
  • Stewart James' "Abbott's Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks - Vol. 3" P. 207. 1980.
1985 5
Gordon Bruce, Norman Houghton Pocket Palm trouser pocket, no credits
1987 5
Norman Houghton Pocket Load here credited to Carlyle
1988 116
Norman Houghton, Edward Marlo, Gordon Bruce More on Card to Pocket classic palm removal, variations from different pockets
1988 33
David Williamson 51 Cards to Pocket deck to pocket
Related toVariations 1989 77
Gerd Winkler Winkler-Switch
Related to 1989 71
Michael Powers Trinity Two-as-Four Sequence
Inspired by 1990 29
Norman Houghton KISMET Envelope
1990 4
Norman Houghton The Recognition Reflex
Related toAlso published here 1991 732
Wayne Kyzer Birth Card
Inspired byAlso published here 1991 734
Norman Houghton, Gordon Bruce Pocket Palm trouser pocket, from classic palm, here credited to Gordon Bruce
1993 124
Norman Houghton The Recognition Reflex
Also published here 1993 13
René Lavand Card from Pocket Finesse same as Gordon Bruce / Norman Houghton
1993 55
Norman Houghton, Gordon Bruce Pocket Palm credited to Bruce, trouser pocket
1994 49
Norman Houghton Kismet three-way envelope
1994 28
Norman Houghton Pocket Load trouser pocket
1995 56
Norman Houghton Sense of Touch spectator locates card under table, then it changes into selection
1995 1039
Wayne Kyzer Birth Card
Inspired byRelated toAlso published here 1995 151
Richard Vollmer, Norman Houghton LIII-Kelihood small packet is counted and card remembered at number in remainder, then 10, 9, 8 count to find card
Related toVariationsAlso published here 1995 155
Richard Vollmer Right-To-It Location faro placement
Inspired byVariations Sep. 1996
Apocalypse (Vol. 19 No. 9)
2694
Richard Vollmer Pretty Close To A Miracle
Inspired byRelated to May 1997
Apocalypse (Vol. 20 No. 5)
2793
Nick Trost, Stewart Judah Matched Picture Cards
Related toVariationsAlso published here 1997 49
Norman Houghton Norman Houghton's First Version Variation of "Matched Picture Cards" also without deck
Inspired by 1997 52
Norman Houghton Norman Houghton's Second Version Variation of "Matched Picture Cards" also without deck too
Inspired byRelated toVariations 1997 53
Brother John Hamman, Norman Houghton Flushtration Count
1997 315
Norman Houghton Pocket Load
1997 46
Norman Houghton The "Kismet"-Envelope three-way envelope
1997 10
Brother John Hamman, Norman Houghton The Flushtration Count
1998 609
Norman Houghton Bluff Multiple Shift riffle forcing consecutive cards
Related toAlso published here
  • Abracadabra, No. 1050, also Wit & Wizardry, p. 14
1998 668
Norman Houghton, Gordon Bruce Norman Houghton's Pocket Extraction trouser pocket
Related to 1998 722
Peter Duffie Alien Encounter card chosen, Ace of Spades from an odd-colored deck put in, it becomes selection
Inspired by 1998 4
Michael Close (reviewer) Wit and Wizardry: The Magic of Norm Houghton by Norman Houghton (written by Tom Ransom) June 1998
Magic (Vol. 7 No. 10)
27
Karl Fulves, Norman Houghton Do You Have ESP? No. 17, spectator selects only odd-backed card from packet
2001 27
Norman Houghton Houghton Pocket Load trousers
2002 115
Norman Houghton, Brother John Hamman Flushtration Count credit information
Nov./Dec. 2002
The Penumbra (Issue 4)
12
Norman Houghton, Sid Lorraine Instant Egg white material changes into egg, then into fried egg, then into potato chips
Also published here
  • Abracadabra, Vol. 38 No. 976, Oct. 10, 1964, p. 220
2002 206
Steve Beam Bon Voyage group of cards shown to be mixed, then later all paired up by mates
Related toVariationsAlso published here 2006 107
Norman Houghton, Brother John Hamman Flushtration Count credit information
2008 269
Richard Vollmer, Henry Christ, Martin Gardner Numerology three numbers lead to discovery of freely chosen card
Related toAlso published here 2010 88
Steve Beam The Trapdoor Issue #40 on credits for The Recognition Reflex and Point Break, handling for The World's Greatest Magician
Related to 2011 xxviii
Norman Houghton Bluff Multiple Shift riffle forcing consecutive cards
2011 14
Norman Houghton Norman Houghton's "Selective Control" King and Queen pushed sideways through deck, King turns over
Inspired by 2011 735
Norman Houghton "A New Coin Fold" to fool magicians, not classic coin fold
2012 127
Norman Houghton, Brother John Hamman Flushtration Count
2014 162
Norman Houghton, Christian Scherer Flushtration Count stand up, with jumbo cards
2014 255
Norman Houghton Kismet Envelope three-way envelope
2014 238
Norman Houghton Pocket Load here credited to Carlyle, trousers
2019 174
Steve Reynolds Mini Matching Update one deck, two halves made, after a few single matches all cards match
Inspired by 2020
Output (Issue 10)
1