Effects

 

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A


 

  • ACAAN
    A
    Card At Any Number. A card is thought of by the spectator and a number then the card and number are said aloud and a deck is shown and the card called for is at the exact number that was called out.To correct a messy deck by lifting the deck to the fingertips and turning the deck by turning the wrist of one hand while grabbing the deck with the other hand.  Doing this action a couple of times until the deck is square.  Usually done to subtly show that there are no steps or breaks being held.
  • Ace Assembly
    4 Aces disappear or are mixed throughout the deck and they reappear, assembling together.
  • Acrobatic Card
    A gaffed card that will automatically flip over by itself.
  • All Backs Routine (Dai Vernon)
    A deck of cards or a packet of cards, that are all backs or turn to all backs and then revert back to normal faces and backs and even blank faces.
  • Ambitious Card Routine
    A card is selected, can be signed, the card keeps appearing on top of the deck no matter where it is buried in the deck.
    It can also appear on the bottom of the deck, change into other cards and even end up in the card case.

B


 

  • Brain Wave Deck
    A deck of cards that lets a performer ask a spectator to think of and name any card and the deck is spread out, face down, to show that there is only one card face up and it is the thought of and called out card and it has a different back than the rest of the deck.

C


 

  • Card On The Ceiling
    With a spectators chosen and signed card lost in the deck, the performer throws the entire deck all the way up to the ceiling and the chosen card ends up stuck to the ceiling or tacked with a pin.  the deck can be wrapped in paper, rubber bands, in the case or just a loose deck.
  • Card To Wallet
    A spectators chosen and signed is card lost in the deck and ends up in the performers wallet.
  • Card Warp Roy Walton
    Two cards are used both are folded in half one horizontally and one vertically.  The vertically folded card is placed inside the horizontally folded card, both card are showing backs, as the vertically folded card is slid back and forth, the spectators can see the card actually turn face up and is slides back and forth, it is turning face up and face down.
  • Cards Across
    The idea is that two spectators have the same amount of cards and the cards are put in their own pockets or sat on or in envelopes etc., and the magician makes a certain number of cards travel from one spectators packet of cards and end up in the other spectators packet.  There are countless ways and methods to perform the effect.
  • Chicago Opener
    A chosen card, lost in the deck ends up having a totally different back than the deck, the odd back card is tabled and a different spectator chooses a card, as if the performer is going to do a different effect and then the odd backed card that has been on the table has changed to the second spectators card. There are many different takes on this effect and one that is very similar is “Red Hot Mama”.
  • Clock Effect
    A card is chosen by way of a spectator cutting off a small packet of card or dealing down to a desired amount of cards and the deck is dealt to the table, twelve cards in a circle, just like the face of a clock and the amount of cards dealt or cut off in the beginning is the spectators “hour” and the chosen card is at that exact hour denoted by the cards.
  • The Collectors (Sandwich Effect)
    Spectators choose 3 cards, usually by cutting the deck. The magician shows four kings and tables them and leaves them there. Now the three spectators cards are distributed and lost through the deck. Now the three selected cards are found sandwiched in-between each of the previously tabled Kings.  Credited to Roy Walton, who called it “The Collectors” in “Abracadabra” 1969

D


 

  • Dream Card
    A card is chosen, sealed in an envelope and placed the spectators pocket.  Now a second card is peeked at and noted and  The deck is spread and the second card has disappeared from the deck and is found in the original sealed envelope.

E


 

  • Everywhere And Nowhere – Hofzinser
    A card is selected, the card is replaced in the deck and the deck is shuffled.  3 chances to find the card; top card is not the selected card and it is placed to the table.  A second try , the bottom card, it is not the selection and is placed on the table next to the first one.  A card is out jogged from the center and it is incorrect and is tabled next to the other wrong cards.  The tabled cards change into the selection one by one and then back to the wrong cards and the selected card keeps reappearing throughout the deck, everywhere, and then it seems to be nowhere and lastly the selected card is found in your pocket.

F


 

  • Face Up Location
    A card is chosen, lost in the pack.  a second card is chosen and placed face up in the middle of the deck.  The deck is shuffled and spread, face down and as the face up card is seen you stop, ask for the name of the first card selected and the deck is handed to the spectator and the two cards are right next to each other in the middle of the pack.
  • Fingerprint Trick
    A card is found by the supposed spectators fingerprint on the card.

G


 

  • Get Thee Behind Me, Satan
    Spectator shuffles deck, cuts the deck into 2 piles, he selects on to use.  He looks through the packet and selects a card and notes it.  The two halves are placed together and the spectator places the deck behind their back.  The are instructed to take a card, turn it over and place it into the middle of the deck, they bring the deck out from behind their back and the cards are spread to find that the reversed card is right above their selected cared.

H


 

  • Homing Card
    A certain card keeps re-appearing in the deck, in a packet of cards or in pocket/wallet.

I


 

  • Inseparable Aces
    The four Aces are obviously dispersed through the deck and after a round of dealing, the Aces are back together again.

J


  • Jacks Or Better (Martin A.Nash)
    A complete routine consisting of “Cut To The Aces” plot, Nash’s version of “Dr. Daley’s Last Trick” & a poker dealing effect with “Center” Dealing demonstrations.

K


  • Kannibal Cards (Cannibal)
    Basic premise is that you have 4 “Kannibal cards”, usually the 4 kings and any number of regular or “missionary” cards are inserted in between them. One at a time, the cards seem to disappear.  The kings are held at the ends (Biddle Style) and held horizontal to the floor, a small break is between the middle of them as though the 4 cards were bridged in opposite directions and the short ends of the deck are slightly squeezed together to create a fake chewing pair of lips as seen by the audience.

L


 

  • Lie Detector
    The chosen card is found by having the spectator lie or tell the truth about the cards he is shown, one of which is his chosen card, unknown to the magician.

M


 

  • Magnatized Card(s)
    The effect is that the magician has his hand on the table and a large number of cards replaced under the magician’s hand, so they can almost all be seen like a peacocks plumage.  The Magician lifts his handoff of the table and the cards magically stay attached to his hands.  At command they fall from his hand without and sticky stuff.

N

  • Nomenclature (Joseph Dunninger)
    A shuffled deck, by spectator, the spectator is to secretly count a small packet of cards off of the deck, these are pocketed openly by the spectator. The spectator now counts down to the exact number of cards in his pocket, looks at the counted to card, puts the newly counted packet back onto of the deck 3 other spectators call out first names of people, these are spelled out, dealt a card for each letter of each name and when all is said and done the top card of the deck six turned over and is seen to be the original spectators card.

O


 

  • Open Prediction
    Credited To Paul Curry, The magician “Openly” writes a prediction of a card to be chosen and then shows the prediction to the spectator before any cards are chosen in any manner.  The spectator then is told to shuffle and deal cards face up, stud style, on the table and he is to deal one card of his liking face down and to continue dealing cards face up on those cards until the deck is exhausted.  The card matches the open prediction.
  • Out Of This World
    The cards keep separating into red and black card groupings, usually done somewhat in the spectators hands.

P

  • Princess Card Trick
    A packet of cards are shown to a spectator and they are told to memorize one of the cards.  The magician now takes one of the cards away and hides it  and the remaining cards are shown to the spectator and they confirm that their card is no longer in within the packet of cards.

Q


 

  • Quadruple Coincidence (George Starke)
    A “You Do As I Do” plot that happens 3 timesharing the effect under pretty tight conditions.

R


 

  • Rising Card(s)
    A chosen card is place d back in the pack and lost in the deck and is usually placed in a glass type object, but it can be placed back in the card case etc., and the chosen card is seen to rise right out of the pack by itself.

S


 

  • Sandwich Effect (The Collectors)
    Spectators chooses a card, the magician shows two indifferent cards and tables them and leaves them there. Now the spectators card is distributed and lost through out the deck. and lastly, the selected card is found sandwiched in-between both of the previously tabled Cards.  Credited to Roy Walton, who called it “The Collectors” in “Abracadabra” 1969.
  • Sam The Bellhop (Moe and Sam)
    This is a story effect with a deck of cards.  In essence, a card or a few cards are turned up along side an unfolding story.  As a story is being told that correlates to the names or nick names or values of the cards, they are turned up stud style.
  • Six Card Repeat
    Magician shows six cards plainly and singly to the audience and as he goes to do the trick, he counts the cards as he is explaining the effect that is going to happen and he has seven cards.  He very obviously throws one card away to the ground and the same thing happens over and over and over again until he has only one card or puts the six cards away and states he can not remember the effect or something along those lines.
  • Story Effects
    These are effects where the Magician shuffles and cuts while talking then basically turns over the cards-face up, one at a time while telling a story that correlates with the showing of the faces of the cards. (See Sam The Bell Hop)

T


 

  •  Three Card Monte
    A supposed street hustler game that incorporates 3 cards usually 2 insignificant cards, like two jokers or two nines, spades and clubs etc. and a very obvious card as in the Queen of Hearts these cards are shown and then shuffled about on the table and the spectator is to guess where the Queen is.  The game is of course jilted in the magicians favor and it is usually shown for fun with a little patter line, story and a few amusing ticks.
  • Triumph (Dai Vernon)
    The plot is a card is chosen, lost in the deck, the deck is cut in half and one half is turned upside down and the other half remains face down.  The two halves are then table riffle shuffled into each other, there are a few showy proves (See Daryl’s Triumph Display, Martin A. Nash Video) to really sell just how mixed up the deck is, lots of cards face down and face up.  A mystic wave of the hand, a cast of a shadow and the deck is immediately ribbon spread on the table to show all of the cards are face down except for one card, the chosen card.
  • Twisting The Aces (Dai Vernon) Stars Of Magic
    Basically, the four aces are shown to the audience, placed face down into the hands and after very open twist of the packet of aces, one ace is seen to have turned face up. the same thing happens to each ace until all of the aces are face up.

U


 

  • Up and Down (Dai Vernon)
    A deck is uncased & the joker is tabled. A spectator shuffles the deck & deals out 20 cards face down to the table.  Magician then places 2 cards face down in front of 2 spectators.  The spectators remember 2 cards from these 20 then the Magician does a reverse Faro faces toward the spectators & they let the magician know if the elected cards are “UP or Down”, more cutting & shuffling & then the 20 cards are dived equally into 2 piles of 10 cards each.  The spectators turn up the original cards tabled by the magician in the beginning, they count down to the number indicated and their selected cards are at the exact number positions.

V


 

  • Vernon’s Three-Card Assembly (Dai Vernon Carmen D’Amico)
    A Gathering type of effect where the deck is shuffled & cut by a spectator & the Magician takes back the deck looks through it for 3 queens, tables the 3 queens face up and then turns them face down.  Now, 3 indifferent cards are tabled to the right of the original pack, also turned face down. The deck is now tabled between the original packet (on the left) and the indifferent packet (on the right) and now the cards are placed back onto the top of the deck – alternating one at a time from each packet and at the end, the top 3 cards are the 3 queens.

W


 

  •  Wild Card
    The plot is that you have seemingly 8 cards of the same value, let us say eight of spades and one card of a different value, let us call it the Queen of Hearts.  One by one all of the eight of spades turn into the Queen of Hearts, the wild card.

X


 

  • X-Ray Deck
    A deck full of possibilities but the simplex effect is that the Magician cut the deck and gives half of it to the spectator.  The spectator now picks any card they would like from their packet and places it in the middle of the Magicians half of the deck the Magician turns his packet face up and takes the bottom card and does a “Whispering Queen” effect by placing the queen to his ear and the queen tells him the spectators card and then this effect is repeated with a different card.

Y


 

  •  You Do As I Do
    Any effect where the spectator does what you do and follows your actions with a full deck or half a deck or even two small packets.  Usually after all is said and done, you both arrive at the same card or a card and its mate i.e. to 5 of Hearts and the 5 of Diamonds, The Queen of Clubs and The Queen of Spades.

Z


 

  • Zig-Zag Card
    The effect is the same as the Zig-Zag Lady, Zig-Zag Soda, Zig-Zag Cigarette, Zig-Zag Pencil, Zig-Zag  Rope etc.  A card is selected and placed in simple card frame and then the card is Zig-Zagged (just like the big illusion) the middle third is slid to the right and the top and bottom thirds are slid to the left, the thirds are slid back to the center and the card is removed from the frame unharmed and in one complete piece.

 

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