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Unknown The Lost Found performer removes sets of four cards from behind back and asks whether selection is among them, once the spectator says yes the card is located, estimation of position of card
Related to 1897 New Era Card Tricks 71
Charles Lang Neil Bibliography of Conjuring and Kindred Arts nineteen pages, with prices and estimation on prices
1902 The Modern Conjurer 393
Ben-Zur Unglaublich, aber wahr! deck shuffled, spectator cuts anywhere and remembers bottom card and replaces top half, performer removes sets of four cards from behind back and asks whether selection is among them, once the spectator says yes the card is located, estimation of packet thickness
Related to July 1904 Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 4 No. 7) 106
T. Nelson Downs Fourth Method spectator peeks at a card in his own hands and it is found, estimation and stack, "the bungling and unobserving performer will meet his Waterloo in this experiment"
1909 The Art of Magic 152
Laurie Ireland Thought Reading Extraordinary spectator cuts to any card, performer reads mind from distance, estimation & memorized deck
1931 Ireland Writes a Book 18
Theodore Annemann Another Sympathetic Mystery two decks, spectator selects card from one, performer finds duplicate in other deck, stacked, estimation, fishing
Related to 1934 SH-H-H--! It's A Secret 26
Tommy Tucker The Card Miracle - Certain: 1. Tucker's Version spectator cuts anywhere and remembers bottom card, estimation, card is on top or in pocket in this handling
Related to 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 37
Percy Abbott 2. Abbott's version. "The Certain Card Trick." spectator cuts anywhere and remembers bottom card, estimation, dealing out in packets and asking in which one it is
Variations 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 37
T. Nelson Downs 3. The Nelson Downs Original. spectator cuts anywhere and remembers bottom card, estimation, card is on top or in pocket in this handling
Related to 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 38
Ben Erens Superlative Speller estimation to follow position, maneuvering selection to approximately 12
1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 45
Unknown You Selected the - estimation
1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 46
Theodore Annemann Another Sympathetic Mystery two decks, spectator selects card from one, performer finds duplicate in other deck, stacked, estimation, fishing
Related to 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 214
Unknown A Matter of Debit and Credit "I have as many cards as you have, and enough....", magician twice divines correct number of cut off cards
Variations 1938 Greater Magic 157
Unknown A Cutting Discovery found by cutting to it, thumbnail estimation
Related toVariations 1940 Expert Card Technique 114
Louis Zingone The Zingone Thumbnail Gauge cutting off packet of known number
Related to 1940 Expert Card Technique 114
Eddie Joseph Cutting the Pack named number of cards cut off, estimation and false count
1941 How Gamblers Win 10
Warren Wiersbe In My Estimation ... performer cuts off same amount of cards as spectator
Related to 1946 Mental Cases With Cards 6
Warren Wiersbe Miracle Peek spectator cuts anywhere and remembers card, estimation, fishing, stack
1946 Mental Cases With Cards 27
Edward Marlo Throw in Location thumb riffle estimation to 19/20th position , two methods
Related to 1955 The New Phoenix 301-348 (Issue 329) 125
Edward Marlo First Method forced estimation, fishing
Related toVariations
  • A.M. (Unknown, 2017)
1956 Fingertip Control 5
Russell "Rusduck" Duck Middle Deal all cards above are pushed over, estimation or edge marked
1957 The Cardiste (Issue 3) 5
Edward Marlo Faro Fooler #8 using mechanical estimation
1958 Faro Notes 56
Dai Vernon Look up spectator spreads through deck and thinks of one
Related toVariations 1959 Inner Secrets of Card Magic 75
Edward Marlo Estimation Faro bringing cards together with faro shuffle, not 100%
1961 The Multiple Shift 30
Edward Marlo Marlo's Subtle Shift two methods, placing cards in same place one by one with jog or estimation
Related to 1961 The Multiple Shift 33
Edward Marlo Estimation Placement left thumb breaks deck at estimated place
1961 The Multiple Shift 34
Edward Marlo Estimation credit information and definitions
1962 Estimation 1
Edward Marlo The Comparison Method comparing two packets, cited as Mechanical Estimation, but it's rather visual
1962 Estimation 2
Edward Marlo Mechanical Estimation Effects as a location or spelling effect
1962 Estimation 10
Edward Marlo The Magic Card a Four-spot is used to find selection, estimation
Related to 1962 Estimation 11
Edward Marlo "Think I'll Stop Here" using Vernon's ending procedure from OOSOOM as a multiple out for estimation location
Related to 1962 Estimation 12
Edward Marlo "Chosen Card Count Down" value of free selection is used to find fair selection, estimation
1962 Estimation 13
Edward Marlo Reversed Card Out multiple out for estimation location
Also published here 1962 Estimation 15
Edward Marlo Natural Estimation comments
1962 Estimation 15
Edward Marlo Side Riffle Estimation left thumb riffles down to same spot
Related to 1962 Estimation 16
Edward Marlo Side Riffle Estimation Effect card is thrown next to selection
1962 Estimation 16
Edward Marlo Pull Down Estimation left thumb pulls down to same spot
1962 Estimation 17
Edward Marlo Pull Down Estimation Effect magician's card is placed next to selection
1962 Estimation 17
Edward Marlo Back End Riffle Estimation also on the table, tossed-next-to-selection effect
Related to 1962 Estimation 18
Edward Marlo The Cut Estimate cutting off the same number of card, tabled or in-the-hands, Ace cutting application
Variations 1962 Estimation 19
Edward Marlo Fingertip Riffle Peek Estimation "Forced Estimation"
Related toVariations 1962 Estimation 20
Edward Marlo The Sudden Stop fingertip peek control, "Forced Estimation"
1962 Estimation 21
Edward Marlo The Fan Spread Estimate spread count estimation between the hands
1962 Estimation 22
Edward Marlo Estimation Demonstration or Practice several packets, number of cards is estimated
1962 Estimation 23
Edward Marlo Packet Estimation performer announces position of card, estimation
1962 Estimation 24
Edward Marlo Key Card Plus Estimation:
First Method
Second Method
Third Method
combining estimation with a distant key
1962 Estimation 24
Edward Marlo Fourth Method two card location, estimation and key card
1962 Estimation 28
Edward Marlo Seventh Method crimp with estimation-out
1962 Estimation 30
Unknown Natural Air Pocket Principle squared deck is often cut at the same spot because of natural air pockets
Related to 1962 Estimation 31
Edward Marlo Tenth Method real overhand shuffle after fingertip peek estimation
1962 Estimation 32
Edward Marlo Estimation and the Glimpse concept: selection glimpsed, position estimated
1962 Estimation 34
Edward Marlo Color Eliminator Effect no question asked, estimation
1962 Estimation 36
Edward Marlo Fingertip Location fingertip peeked at card is located, estimation and key
1962 Estimation 42
Edward Marlo Triple Estimation Peek two methods (three key cards and one key card)
1962 Estimation 42
Edward Marlo Miracle Estimation Peek psychological stop trick and estimation
1962 Estimation 45
Edward Marlo A Three Locator set-up and multiple out, estimation
1962 Estimation 46
Edward Marlo 15-K-11 Speller fingertip peeked at card is spelled to, estimation and key card
1962 Estimation 47
Edward Marlo Miracle Card Stab Location estimation
1962 Estimation 59
Edward Marlo, Bert Allerton Marlo Miracle "Stop" Stab deck wrapped in paper, estimation
1962 Estimation 65
Harry Lorayne Stab-Two between two selections, deck wrapped in paper, estimation
Also published here 1962 Close-up Card Magic 39
Harry Lorayne Stop! estimation of place spectator cuts to
Related to 1962 Close-up Card Magic 64
Edward Marlo Marlo Miracle Aces classic faro Ace cutting ("estimation aces"), last Ace found at named number
Related toVariationsAlso published here 1964 Faro Controlled Miracles 44
Bob Veeser Acetimation estimation presentation, nail nicked Ace
1964 Faro Controlled Miracles 49
Bill Simon Acetimation estimation presentation, faro setting
1964 Faro Controlled Miracles 51
Edward Marlo Acetimation estimation presentation, faro setting, aces on bottom of packets
1964 Faro Controlled Miracles 52
Al Koran Encore Card Stab stacked, estimation, apparently by Patrick Page, see "Magic Page by Page" for credits
Related toVariations 1967 Al Koran's Professional Presentations 57
Jon Racherbaumer Estimations
  • Albert Goshman: Boob on the Tube?
  • Last Word on the Fields' Book
  • 13 Ways of Looking at Criticism
  • An Open Letter to Nick Trost
  • Vernon, Gibson, and Sharpe
1969 Hierophant (Issue 2) 84
William Alstrand, Harry Lorayne Super Location first packets of seven cards are cut to as estimation demo, then challenge location
Inspired by
  • "A Card Trick for Experts" (William Alstrand, Hugard's Magic Monthly)
1971 Reputation-Makers 32
Robert Walker Toss-Timated card tossed in in deck, value there used to count to selection
Inspired by 1973 Kabbala — Volume 2 (Vol. 2 No. 7) 54
Gene Finnell Centering placing a selection so that it is half the deck away from a key card
1. By Estimation
2. By an "over and under" shuffle
3. variation
4. variation of 2.
1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 40
Edward Marlo Bona Fide Practice Method Estimation and Punch Deal
Related to 1974 The Ten Hand Poker Stack 175
Edward Marlo A Three Packet Estimation multiple card control via estimation, spelling application mentioned
1974 The Unexpected Card Book 238
Eddie Fechter, Edward Marlo The Estimation Peek
Related toAlso published here 1974 Card Cavalcade II 169
Karl Fulves Spellblind using Stevens Control, estimation speller
1975 Riffle Shuffle Technique - Part Two 107
John F. Mendoza Impossible Poker Demonstration aces cut to in named order, shuffled back and cut to again (Estimation Aces), roll-over production with Royal Flushes, ten handed deal first with aces, then two royal flushes (Marlo-Gardner principle), optional color changing deck kicker
Inspired by 1978 The Book of John 7
Martin A. Nash All Challenges Met real thing, estimation, riffle cull
1979 Sleight Unseen 436
Harry Lorayne Straight On spectator cuts anywhere, magician names card, some cards set in center, estimation as out, Vernon's?!
1979 Quantum Leaps 162
Edward Marlo Reversed Card Out multiple out for estimation location
Also published here 1979 Inside Outs 9
André Robert Tele "Vision" using estimation
Variations Apr. 1980 Apocalypse Vol. 1-5 (Vol. 3 No. 4) 335
Edward Marlo, Martin A. Nash Marlo Miracle Aces classic faro ace cutting ("estimation aces"), last ace found at named number
Inspired by 1980 Colors on the March 4
Gene "Phantini" Grant Estimation "A Matter of Debit and Credit" with blank cards, Larry Becker's "Ghost Image" Deck
Inspired by 1981 Phantini's Incredible Mental Secrets Volume Two 40
Paul Harris Bad Estimate performer "accidently" does bad estimation about where the selection lies
Also published here 1983 A Close-Up Kinda Guy 32
Edward Marlo Indeterminate Pseudo Stack estimation one riffle shuffle stack with second deal and injogged cards
1984 Marlo's Magazine Volume 5 18
Edward Marlo Pseudo Ten Hand Poker Stack estimation one riffle shuffle stack with second deal and injogged cards
Related to 1984 Marlo's Magazine Volume 5 18
Edward Marlo Sneaking In Mexican Joe putting crimp in cards while performing packet estimation effect
1984 Marlo's Magazine Volume 5 213
Edward Marlo Infallible Estimation Spell fingertip peek and cut, selection spelled to
1984 Marlo's Magazine Volume 5 236
Edward Marlo Estimation Palm tip for 11th method on page 244
1984 Marlo's Magazine Volume 5 284
Edward Marlo Top Palm "Estimation Approach Palming"
1984 Marlo's Magazine Volume 5 254
Unknown Out of Possession Location visual estimation and stack with multiple out
Inspired by 1985 The Fred Braue Notebooks (Issue 1) 23
Jeff Busby (reviewer) Escorial 86: Estimation by Reinhard Müller 1987 Epoptica (Issue 8) 440
John C. Wagner Estimation #1 spectator thinks of card in ribbon spread deck
1987 The Commercial Magic of J.C. Wagner 97
John C. Wagner, Dai Vernon Estimation #2
Inspired by 1987 The Commercial Magic of J.C. Wagner 99
John C. Wagner Non-Gaffed Ultra Mental as an out for estimation effects
1987 The Commercial Magic of J.C. Wagner 105
John C. Wagner The Wagnerian Miracle spectator cuts anywhere and remembers bottom card, performer names position, estimation
1987 The Commercial Magic of J.C. Wagner 109
Harry Riser Estimation Help jogged corner short
1987 The Vernon Chronicles — Volume 1 7
Darwin Ortiz The Estimation Routine number of cards determined by feel
Variations 1988 Darwin Ortiz at the Card Table 45
Edward Marlo Infallible Packet Estimation spectator cuts 3 packets
1988 Marlo's Magazine Volume 6 159
Jerry Sadowitz Pre-determined Estimation using five-card-packet, the spectator cuts only in two possible places, following three routines are using it
Related toAlso published here 1989 Cards on the Table 84
Jerry Sadowitz Basic Discovery for Pre-determined Estimation, method to find one of two cards - a two-way-out
1989 Cards on the Table 85
Jerry Sadowitz Wilder using Pre-determined Estimation
1989 Cards on the Table 86
Jerry Sadowitz Tears in Rain using Pre-determined Estimation
Variations 1989 Cards on the Table 88
Unknown Finger Nail Estimation
1990 Trend Setters 27
Harry Lorayne Quick Estimation position of selection is apparently followed and then cut to
1990 Trend Setters 179
Edward Marlo The Olram Poke three methods inspired by Ginsburg Poke
  • First Method
  • Second Method
  • Third Method - "Estimation Poke" (spelling)
Inspired by 1991 The Olram File (Issue 9) 5
Edward Marlo How's That?
Related to 1992 The Olram File (Issue 12) 16
Eddie Fechter Estimation Peek
Also published here 1993 Fechter 255
Richard Himber Knife Stab Estimation
1994 The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley — Volume 2 440
Stephen Minch Mechanical Estimation some credit information
1994 The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley — Volume 2 440
John Northern Hilliard, Unknown Card Locations and Detection three methods, estimation
1994 More Greater Magic 1244
Roger Crosthwaite The Kilburn Cut estimation cut to locate a card à la Marlo
1994 Roger's Thesaurus 13
Roger Crosthwaite Rapid Thumb Count rhythmic
Related to 1994 Roger's Thesaurus 109
Peter Duffie Thoughts on the Bottom Estimation & Bottom Deal
Variations 1995 Duffie's Card Compulsions 232
Karl Fulves Riffle Stab stabbing a card in deck while riffling it on table with other hand, real estimation, see page 97 for more comments
Inspired by 1995 Setting Up Exercises 43
Tom Ladshaw Bestimation
1995 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 2 158
Steve Bedwell The "It Doesn't Matter" Estimation Aces
Inspired by 1995 ca. Parked Card and Other Manoeuvres 5
Paul Harris Bad Estimate performer "accidently" does bad estimation about where the selection lies
Also published here 1996 The Art of Astonishment — Book 3 (Issue Close-up Kinda Guy) 125
Dai Vernon The Cutting Edge estimation principle for estimating difference of two piles
1996 Classic Sampler 80
Michael Close On the Memorized Deck
  • Which Stack?
  • Learning the Stack
  • The Open Index
  • Estimation
  • False Shuffles
  • Deck Switches
1996 Workers Number 5 122
Michael Close Myopia two cards, estimation, inspired by Aronson's "Simon Eyes", memorized deck
1996 Workers Number 5 134
Michael Close First Finger Estimation finger of left hand estimates thickness of packet it holds
1996 Workers Number 5 135
Nick Trost Weight Guess Spectator pockets cards, magician divines how many, breather at twenty-six
Related toVariations 1997 The Card Magic of Nick Trost 32
Frederick Braue Braue Nikola Fish estimation and fishing
1997 The Fred Braue Notebooks (Issue 8) 16
Larry Jennings The Cut Ruse two handlings, same as Sadowitz item from reference
Related to 1997 Jennings '67 82
Doug Edwards Estimation Proof Cut to number of cards chosen by spectator multiple times, also able to cut to Ace
1997 Doug Edwards Packs a Wallop! 163
Roberto Giobbi Estimation Introduction
2000 Card College — Volume 4 877
Roberto Giobbi Visual Estimation advice on practicing
2000 Card College — Volume 4 879
Dai Vernon Fingernail Estimation magician cuts to the four Aces, previously buried by a spectator, credit information
Related to 2000 Card College — Volume 4 883
Roberto Giobbi Impossibility estimation
Related to 2000 Card College — Volume 4 889
Warren Stephens Fake Estimation spectator cuts off packet, top card of bottom section named, presented as estimation
2000 Card File Two 52
David Malek The Cutting Demo number up to fifteen named and performer cuts off that many cards, repeated, pinky count
Inspired by 2001 Rebel without a Pause 53
Harry Lorayne What A M-E-S! "Memory Estimation Sleight-of-hand"
shuffled deck, card removed (force), divined after dealing deck into four piles, one of each value in each pile, memory demonstrations, all four-of-a-kinds together, faro
Inspired by
  • "Mexican Solitaire" (Ed Marlo, Ibidem)
Related toVariations
2001 Personal Collection 631
Peter Duffie, Robin Robertson Principle of Nine adding digits and subtracting from original number always is a multiple of nine
  • The basic estimation principle
  • The Count-Back Force
  • The Less-counting principle
2003 Card Conspiracy — Vol. 2 79
Harry Riser Shuffle Estimation estimated seventeenth placement during overhand shuffle, a Three used to locate selection
Also published here
  • MUM, May 1990
2006 Secrets of an Escamoteur 81
Harry Riser S.W.Estimation "Self-Working Estimation", restricted estimation, managed estimation
spectator cuts to a card and remembers it in half the deck, Three value used to locate selection
Also published here
  • MUM, July 1996
2006 Secrets of an Escamoteur 83
Gary Plants, Darwin Ortiz Pseudo Estimation performer cuts off specific number of cards
2006 Designing Miracles 57
Edward Marlo Marlo Aces like Marlo Estimation Aces
2007 Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks — Volume 1 7
Dai Vernon The Weight Guesser Magician knows position of spectators card, estimation
2007 Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks — Volume 1 45
Joe Berg Find it! spectator thinks of a card, estimation and sprectator reaction
2007 Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks — Volume 1 55
Unknown Ha! estimation and improvisation
2007 Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks — Volume 1 55
Alain Nu Estimation Potentate Spectator says stop at any page, then says stop anywhere as performer moves finger around book page, remembers word, magician divines word (impromptu book test)
2008 Word Work II 9
Roberto Giobbi To Practice Estimation
2010 Secret Agenda (Issue Nov 2) 326
Patrick Page The Estimated Cut cut estimation with the Si Stebbins, tips
2011 Magic Page by Page 108
Darwin Ortiz Pinky Estimation
2012 Lessons in Card Mastery 180
Will Houstoun Guestimation
Inspired by 2012 Seventeen Secrets 23
Ron Graham, Persi Diaconis How Many Magic Tricks Are There? Mathematical estimation of the number of magic tricks in common usage
2012 Magical Mathematics 114
John Born Seeking the Bridge (The Bridging Principle) Divine three cards selected via riffle peek, provides different methods

Technique 1: with peek
Technique 2: with force
Technique 3: no peek, no force
Technique 4: estimation
Variations 2012 Seeking the Bridge 23
Justin Higham Estimation Kicker (semi-improvised effect) Uses natural air pocket location
Related to 2014 The 75% Production and The Trick With No Method 24
Harry Lorayne Less Of A M-E-S! "Memory Estimation Sleight-of-hand"
shuffled deck, card removed (force), divined after dealing deck into four piles, one of each value in each pile, memory demonstrations, with non-faro ending
Inspired byRelated toAlso published here
  • Genii, December 2011
2015 JawDroppers! 64
Harry Lorayne (B)Estimation Aces non-faro handling
2015 JawDroppers! 80
Roberto Giobbi Incredible Estimation story about a man who can name number of letters in a sentence
2016 Hidden Agenda (Issue Apr 30) 124
Ramón Riobóo Predestimation prediction of a playing card, suit and value written on two billets
2018 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 11 134
Harry Lorayne Stab-Two between two selections, deck wrapped in paper, estimation
Also published here 2018 And Finally! 53
Matt Baker Card College
  • First phase: magician can accurately estimate the number of cards in a packet cut off by spectator
  • Second phase: magician can accurately estimate the number of cards in a packet cut off by spectator and hidden in pocket, after cards have been shuffled
  • Third phase: magician can name every card in a packet previously placed inside the card box, unseen
Inspired by
  • "Blind Estimation" (Luis Otero, Cartificios, DVD)
2019 The Buena Vista Shuffle Club 21
Allan Ackerman, Tony Picasso, Fenik Your Lucky Day spectator names a card, cutting estimation by spectator, he eventually cuts to his named card, then a four packet monte routine is done and the matching three-of-a-kind show up
Inspired by
  • "Cardboard Keyboard" (Terry LaGerould, Pasteboard Presentations II, 2001)
2019 Card Theater 104
Jerry Sadowitz Pre-determined Estimation
Also published here 2019 Plots & Methods 12
Tom Gagnon Ribbon Spread Cut Estimation ribbon spreading stopped after estimated number of cards
Inspired by 2019 Gagnon Unfiltered 10
Steve Forte estimation dead-cut, cutting off a packet from tabled deck with an Ace at its face
2020 Gambling Sleight Of Hand — Volume 2 758
Steve Forte Riffle Shuffle Estimation Aces advanced handling with legitimate riffle shuffles before cutting to an Ace
2020 Gambling Sleight Of Hand — Volume 2 780
Steve Forte Breakless Center Deal dealing one from a slug of cards, estimation and block push-off
2020 Gambling Sleight Of Hand — Volume 2 941