191 entries in Cards / Principles / Key Card Principles / Key Card Placements
  
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Unknown Tricks with Long Cards simple location of a card, either by using long card as key or by forcing long card Tricks with Cards 41
Unknown Die rätselhafte Harmonie spectator choses same card as other spectator, key card Der moderne Kartenkünstler 102
Unknown Eine Karte am Geruch erkennen locating a card because of its smell, key card Der moderne Kartenkünstler 102
Unknown Third Method bottom card placed next to selection via reverse spread cull (perhaps, unclear) The Art of Magic 42
Charles T. Jordan Placement Control cards returned to spread with known distance, brought together under key with dealing procedure The Four Full Hands (Issue Four Full Hands of Card Tricks) 7
Oswald Rae A Remarkable Coincidence spectator cuts deck in three piles, remembers a card and cuts it back, second spectator locates card, two key cards Sub Rosa 14
Unknown Center Pull-Out Key Card Placement Farelli's Card Magic - Part Two 84
Tom Sellers Steps unusual selection procedure Card Tricks That Work 3
Tom Sellers Lift a Few spectator cuts cards and replaced, performer divines number of cards, 2 key cards come from sleeve Card Tricks That Work 8
Unknown The Key Card Principle - An Example of Presentation Variations Mental Magic with Cards 9
Unknown Sighting a Card in the Middle of the Deck 1. Ruffling the Pack for Return of Card
2. The Push Through
3. Charlier Pass Move
4. Palming Half the Deck
5. Turning Index Corner in Fan of Cards
6. Index of Card Above Chosen Card
7. Sighting Card After Spectator Peeks at Index
8. Sighting Any Card Called For
Card Manipulations (Issue 5) 141
Victor Farelli Push selection procedure that sets a key card Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 22
Unknown Detected by Fingerprints behind the back key placement Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 84
Unknown A Count Down Mystery with out-of-hand key card placement Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 87
Tom Sellers The One-Way Key Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 165
Charles T. Jordan Cagliostro's Vision complicated key card placement with dealing Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 201
Theodore Annemann Locatrik location with two keys and two outs, Gemini Twins precursor The Jinx 1-50 (Issue 39) 262
Tom Sellers Another Push Location key next to free selection Greater Magic 36
Unknown The Slip Location placing key under spread next to selection Greater Magic 38
Unknown The Bottom Card Location featuring several key card placements and strategies:
Joker Discard to Locate Key
Face-Dwon Ribbon-Spread Key Placement
Face-Up Ribbon Spread Key Placement
Deal-Down Key Placement
Distant Key Card
Cardcase Load of Key Card
Greater Magic 90
Unknown A Joker Trick Greater Magic 240
Unknown A Miracle Discovery hands off key card placement Greater Magic 246
Al Baker Nufind two key cards The Jinx 1-50 (Issue 44) 299
Louis Lam Pusho packet pushed (poke) from center as selection procedure Be Deceived 23
Oscar Weigle Nu-Locato key card placement after peek Do That Again! 39
Theodore Annemann The Simplex Hindu Location simple, key card placement The Jinx 51-100 (Issue 56) 399
Orville Wayne Meyer The "Last Word" Location two key cards, multiple out procedure in placing one of the keys More Card Manipulations (Issue 2) 43
Theodore Annemann Nail Nick Key Control The Jinx 51-100 (Issue Winter Extra 1938/39) 368
Unknown Setting a Key Card Expert Card Technique 116
Herb Runge Gemini Twins Placement The Jinx 51-100 (Issue 83) 535
Unknown Slip Shuffle Key Placement The Jinx 101-151 (Issue 114) 673
Charles Arbuthnot Double Key Location The Jinx 101-151 (Issue 116) 688
G. W. Hunter Backhanded reprinted from The Magic Wand, card sticks to back of hand, key card location The Jinx 101-151 (Issue 110) 660
Henry Christ The Perfect Card Location setting double back key cardRelated to Prepared Cards and Accessories 8
Eugenia Braue The Miracle Divination ungaffed methodInspired byRelated to Tricks and Sleights 14
Charles Nyquist, James G. Thompson Jr. Key Card Placement The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 32) 133
Clyde Cairy Ode to The Jinx three piles, one card from one pile selected and packet counted, card is found in performer's pocket The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 47) 193
Al Baker Nufind two key cards Full Deck of Impromptu Card Tricks 33
Jean Hugard More Card Magic (Continued) key card placement with overhand shuffle Hugard's Magic Monthly - Volumes I, II, III and IV (Vol. 2, No. 6) 80
Edward Marlo The Force tell-free force, re-selection, key card in case of missed force Tricks with Daub 10
Warren Wiersbe Divination Supreme cards shuffled face-up face-down in process by spectatorInspired by Mental Cases With Cards 17
Edward Marlo Crimp Placement out of hands Marlo In Spades 41
J. B. Bobo Milk Shuffle Key Placement card replaced during overhand shuffle Watch This One! 34
J. B. Bobo Telepathic Miracle key card placed next to thought-of cardRelated to Watch This One! 40
R. M. Jamison 57 two times performer knows where selection is, when spectator turns up cards and names them The Phoenix 101-150 (Issue 125) 502
Unknown The Key Undercut see also applications The Royal Road to Card Magic 69
Unknown Sliding Key Card under-spread placement The Royal Road to Card Magic 80
Jack Yeager Glorifying Your Magic 1. Califaction of Handkerchiefs (silks in dove pan merge together)
2. How to spell trust? (oddity on coin)
3. Key Card Placement (Charlier Pass)
4. 20th Century Silks idea
5. Zombie Idea (floating flower pot)
6. Comedy bits with a stooge
7. Miser's Dream Shower (with handkerchief)
8. Thumb Tip Idea (with scotch tape)
9. Thimble color change
10. The cotton bunny (cotton bunny to real one, dove pan)
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1948) 12
Unknown Sure Way to Find a Chosen Card Basic key card location of selection Tricks and Stunts With Playing Cards 30
Unknown The Great "Stop!" Trick Tricks and Stunts With Playing Cards 33
Unknown The Mahatma Marvel Card Trick Location with spectator dealing and distant key card Tricks and Stunts With Playing Cards 35
Carmine Laino Behind the Back Card Trick No. 6, "A favorite trick of magician Carmine Laino", deck cut behind performer's back, card remembered at bottom of cut portion, performer divines identity Scarne on Card Tricks 17
Unknown You Do as I Do No. 13, Standard Do As I do effect with two decks, spectator / performer selects same card coincidentallyRelated to Scarne on Card Tricks 27
Al Baker, Dr. Ben B. Braude You Do as I Do (Using one pack of cards) No. 14, Do As I Do, performer picks out spectator's card, asks spectator to take out similar card and is able to divine it Scarne on Card Tricks 29
John Scarne The Four Packs No. 20, Spectator deals deck into four piles, remembers the top card of each pile, assemble the deck, performer divines the four cards Scarne on Card Tricks 40
John Scarne The Betting Card Trick No. 42, "The next card I turn over will be your card" sucker gag Scarne on Card Tricks 75
Theodore Annemann Locatrix No. 58, Divine card behind back Scarne on Card Tricks 104
Edward Marlo Placing the Key Cards placing key card next to peeked at cards with cutting sequences
A. Placing Key Card by Step Control
B. Placing Key Card Using Cut Control
C. Placing of Key Card using Shuffle Control
D. Placing of Key Card by Use of Side Steal Control
Control Systems 71
Dai Vernon Emotional Reaction key cardRelated to Inner Secrets of Card Magic 7
Unknown Center Cut Key Card Placement Marlo Meets His Match 5
James Steranko No-Touch Key Placement spectator selects and replaces card while performer has his back turned Steranko on Cards 50
Edward Marlo Sixth Method out-of-hand key card placement Estimation 30
Edward Marlo Key - Faro Aces setting aces as keys for a multiple controlRelated to Faro Controlled Miracles 8
Milton Kort Three Static Solutions three solutionsInspired by The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 1, No. 6) 30
Dai Vernon Key Card Placement running cutRelated to Ultimate Secrets of Card Magic 159
Dai Vernon Key Card Location spread Ultimate Secrets of Card Magic 166
Unknown Peek Key Card Placement key placed next to peeked at card Deck-Sterity 23
Unknown Basic Move 1 poke key card placement The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 3, No. 8) 183
Unknown Basic Move 4 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 3, No. 8) 183
Karl Fulves The Partial Faro selection procedure with faros that places a key card next to selection Faro & Riffle Technique (Issue First Supplement) 53
Unknown Overhand Shuffle Key Placement Hierophant (Issue 3) 142
Edward Marlo Key Card Throw-Offs peek control with key card Advanced Fingertip Control 37
Edward Marlo Double Key Card Throw-Off peeked cards, two methods Advanced Fingertip Control 38
Harvey Rosenthal The Center Cut center block pass false cut, credit information, as key placement for peeked at cardRelated to Epilogue (Issue 12) 93
Karl Fulves The Non-Slip Cut - Basic Technique spectator removes block from center, a card is held back there The Book of Numbers 25
Karl Fulves Chance? Fate? two card location, key card The Book of Numbers 31
Edward Marlo, Henry Christ Marlo on the Christ Force as key card placement, five variationsRelated to Hierophant (Issue 5-6) 283
Roy Walton Ten Paces to the Right selection ten cards away from face-up Ten spot, faro (see page 8 for non-faro suggestion by J. Stewart Smith), see page 16 for correctionInspired by Kabbala - Volume 1 (Vol. 1, No. 1) 4
Edward Marlo Placement Control crimp, basically tabled version of Vernon's PlacementInspired by Kabbala - Volume 1 (Vol. 1, No. 2) 13
Dr. Jacob Daley Peek Key Control setting key next to peeked card Million Dollar Card Secrets 107
John Quine Quine's Key Placement Variations Card Cavalcade 104
Karl Fulves Notes On The Handling - 4. key card placement from riffle shuffle cull Riffle Shuffle Technique - Preliminary Notes on Part Two 53
Harry Lorayne Improvisation Location placing two key cards Rim Shots 113
Edward Marlo On the Subject of the Christ Force setting to 2 key cards Kabbala - Volume 2 (Vol. 2, No. 6) 48
Edward Marlo Camouflage Control - The No Slip Cut "Basic Technique" and "Controlled Cut", procedures with center cuts and distant key cards The Unexpected Card Book 144
Paul Curry Turn of the Century Related toVariationsAlso published here Paul Curry Presents 57
Edward Marlo Obvious Suggestion using Secret Incomplete Faro Condition Marlo's Magazine Volume 1 307
Unknown Hindu Shuffle Placement The Magic of Francis Carlyle 11
Francis Carlyle Mental Selection of a Card single card divnination The Magic of Francis Carlyle 67
Ken Krenzel Impromptu R. S. Peek Deck secret incomplete faro condition Marlo's Magazine Volume 2 299
Eddie Fields P-O-P Peek Related toVariations The Artful Dodges of Eddie Fields 48
Ken Krenzel Invisible Transfer Placement The Card Classics of Ken Krenzel 60
Edward Marlo Marlo's Peek Deck The Card Classics of Ken Krenzel 128
Michael Ammar Kick Key glimpsing peeked-at card Apocalypse Vol. 1-5 (Vol. 2, No. 7) 220
Karl Fulves, Herb Runge Gemini Twins Placement Related to Impromptu Opener 2
Frank Garcia Slip Cut Key Placement after Peek Exclusive Card Secrets 38
Unknown Impossible Two Ace Location gemini twins with overhand shuffle instead of dealing to find two cards Exclusive Card Miracles 31
Andrew Galloway Key Card Handling Diverting Card Magic 28
Unknown Hindu Shuffle Key Placement Encore I 19
Stephen Minch Contact performer finds selected ESP card, one way key card Mind Novas 31
Edward Marlo Christ-Crossed Clairvoyance two cards named after Christ-Force type procedure, double backer Kabbala - Volume 2 (Vol. 2, No. 9) 71
Dai Vernon Running Cut Placement Best of Friends 180
Terry LaGerould Fanta-Spread key card placement after domino spread turnover Best of Friends 141
Edward Marlo Dribble Glimpse bold Marlo's Magazine Volume 5 312
Roberto Giobbi Spread Key Card Placement The Cardmanship of Roberto Giobbi 5
Dai Vernon Running Card Key Placement Diverting Kreations 9
Mike Bornstein On Target featuring a key card cutting placement Best of Friends - Volume II 151
Edward Marlo Slip Cut Key Placement after Peek Lake Tahoe Card Magic 43
Edward Marlo Marlo Running Cut Sequence Pabular (Vol. 8, No. 10) 1291
Frederick Braue FB Card Control riffle force with break or key card placement The Fred Braue Notebooks (Issue 1) 29
Frederick Braue The Sliding Key - Braue Handling with pressure fan The Fred Braue Notebooks (Issue 3) 22
Unknown Sliding Key Control with fan The Fred Braue Notebooks (Issue 3) 22
Unknown Use for Short Card count-down placement, spectator shuffles The Fred Braue Notebooks (Issue 1) 5
Larry Jennings Placement Cut cut that places top card next to selection, alternative to slip cut, in the hands The Cardwright 30
Roberto Giobbi Hindu Shuffle Placement Magical Arts Journal (Vol. 2, No. 7&8 Arcane) 7
Roberto Giobbi The Dribble Key Card Replacement Magical Arts Journal (Vol. 2, No. 7&8 Arcane) 9
Roberto Giobbi A Stooge against his will Magical Arts Journal (Vol. 2, No. 7&8 Arcane) 11
Gary Kurtz The Hofzinser Cull Placement Continuations and Departures 22
Dai Vernon The Vernon Placement running cut Continuations and Departures 23
Harry Lorayne Convincing key card location Trend Setters 68
Ronald A. Wohl (Ravelli), Unknown Double Key Card Setting including Marlo's Ruse Cull to set key cards in place The Olram File (Issue 8) 14
Edward Marlo The Olram Poke three methods inspired by Ginsburg Poke
- First Method
- Second Method
- Third Method - "Estimation Poke" (spelling)
Inspired by The Olram File (Issue 9) 5
Unknown Hindu Shuffle Key Placement The Magic of Michael Ammar 149
Larry West Cut-Up amount of cut cards is divined and card changes into selection The Minotaur (Vol. 3, No. 4) 8
Edward Marlo Drop Cut Control placing key next to peeked at card during running cut The Olram File (Issue 11) 3
Stewart James Nullifactor Move The Olram File (Issue 12) 1
Gary Kurtz Nach Hofzinser (Cull-Methode) key placement handling Prinzipien in der Praxis 22
Dai Vernon Leitkartenkontrolle nach Dai Vernon running cut key placement Prinzipien in der Praxis 23
Bob King Impossible Location spectator cuts deck into three piles, remembers top card of any pile and loses it The Breather 4
Dai Vernon イモーショナルリアクション (Emotional Reaction) Larry Jennings's Card Technique 115
Alex Elmsley A Woven and Cut Case penelope-procedure (pile cut off, counted, card at that position is selection), key is placed next to selection via faro The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley - Volume 2 325
Sam Leo Horowitz Horowitz Key Card Move double backer is placed next to selection in out-of-hands selection procedure More Greater Magic 1105
Horace Goldin, John Northern Hilliard "How It Is Done", or "The Indeceptive Deception", or "One For The Wise Ones" sucker key card placement to throw off magicians More Greater Magic 1207
Unknown The Key Card in a Hand-to-hand Spread Card College - Volume 1 137
Unknown Key Card in a Ribbon-Spread Card College - Volume 1 138
Unknown Glimpse and Placement from dribble Card College - Volume 1 140
Juan Tamariz, Moe Seidenstein, Jimmy Grippo A Phenomenal Memory performer apparently remembers a whole spread and thus identifies a chosen card that has been moved from its position Card College - Volume 1 145
Unknown Placing a Key Card with the Hindu Shuffle Card College - Volume 1 157
Unknown Key-Card Placement with the Lift Shuffle Card College - Volume 2 258
Karl Fulves Gemini Twins Key Placement out of hands Blocking Off 92
Unknown Cut Deeper Force Key Placement 13 Prophets 10
John Scarne Overhand Shuffle Control three cards, key, see also p. 196 for variation Blocking Off 193
Edward Marlo Marlo on the Christ Force second variation, key placementAlso published here Facsimile (Issue 4) 10
Steven Youell Bikes Peek key card placement, in the handsRelated to The Trapdoor - Volume Three (Issue 61) 1180
Tom Craven Keeper of the Keys Inspired by The Minotaur (Vol. 8, No. 3) 5
Unknown Setting Multiple Key Cards two methods Card College - Volume 3 511
Dai Vernon Emotional Reaction clever and subtle use of a keycard in a challenge situation Card College - Volume 3 564
Tom Gagnon Key Card Placement with the Versatile Spread Control The Trapdoor - Volume Three (Issue 67) 1371
Tom Gagnon Key Card Placement #2 with the Versatile Spread Control The Trapdoor - Volume Three (Issue 67) 1372
Tom Gagnon Key Card Placement #3 with the Versatile Spread Control The Trapdoor - Volume Three (Issue 67) 1372
Tom Gagnon Key Card Placement #4 with the Versatile Spread Control The Trapdoor - Volume Three (Issue 67) 1372
Harry Levine Waiting to Exhale (Controlling the Breather) placing breather card over selection The Trapdoor - Volume Three (Issue 69) 1432
Simon Aronson Key Card Variation Uses key card in Random Tandem Try the Impossible 36
Jerry K. Hartman Northern Light impossible location followed by 51 Faces NorthInspired by Penumbra (Issue 3) 15
Al Baker Nufind two key cards The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Issue Magazines) 613
Al Baker Card Force using Short Card not a force but a placement of short card as key The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Issue Notebooks) 688
Jerry Sadowitz Blunt Instrument great selection process for a multiple out ending, setting multiple key cards in the process Cut Controls 16
Gary Plants A Card Control with locator card, originally from Precursor (Sept. 1992)
- Multiple Cards
- Selected Card to a Certain Position
- Spectator Goes Past the Break
Lecture Notes - The Second Super Session 6
Unknown Simple Key Card Placement crimped key Diplopia 8
Dai Vernon Key Card Placement running cutRelated to ZauberKunstStücke - Band 2 36
Justin Higham Deal Shuffle Slop style shuffle with both hands in Mechanics grip, just pushing over packets from left to right hand. Can be used as:

- Key card placement
- Control (top or bottom)
Dexterity Manual 14
Fred Robinson Charlier Cut Swindle The Magic of Fred Robinson 70
Ken Krenzel The Vertical Slip Force spectator says stop during spreading, also as key placement Relaxed Impossibilities 17
Steve Beam Key Card Access single or multiple key placement Semi-Automatic Card Tricks - Volume 8 297
Roberto Giobbi A Force and a Location psychological spread force, key card placement out Secret Agenda (Issue Jan 25) 31
Edward Marlo Key Card Placement Related to Secret Agenda (Issue Feb 13) 52
Yves Cabernet Rendezvous setting 4 key cards to find selections, also as marriage effect Semi-Automatic Card Tricks - Volume 8 32
Roberto Giobbi Push-In inserting a card at inner end with applications:
- setting key
- next to crimp or getting break
- Diagonal Palm Shift (see also John Carney, Book of Secrets)
Secret Agenda (Issue Mar 9) 77
Roberto Giobbi, Dai Vernon An Emotional Out out for situation when spectator think of any cardRelated to Secret Agenda (Issue Mar 13) 81
Roberto Giobbi Another Key-Card Placement dribble handling Secret Agenda (Issue Aug 30) 260
Roberto Giobbi Automatic Key-Card Placement out-of-hands Secret Agenda (Issue Oct 24) 317
Roberto Giobbi The Lift Shuffle - A Study in the Polyvalence of a Sleight - Control the top stock in one shuffle
- Control top and bottom stocks in one shuffle
- Force one or several cards
- Control a selected card
- Eliminate cards that lie on top of a wanted card
- Invert the order of individual cards on top of the deck
- Invert the order of two groups on top of the deck
- Bring a card from the top to a specific number
- Key Card Placement
- Cull one or several cards to the bottom of the deck in a single overhand shuffle
- False shuffle the entire deck
Secret Agenda (Issue Jan 19) 24
Roberto Giobbi, Edward Marlo Good and Better key card placement after peekRelated to Secret Agenda (Issue Mar 23) 92
Gary Plants Key Card Placement originally from Precursor (Sept. 1992) Making the Cut 53
Gary Plants A Key Card Placement originally from Precursor (Sept. 1992)
- Multiple Cards
- Selected Card to a Certain Position
- Spectator Goes Past the Break
Lecture Notes - Honolulu Hawaii 10
Roberto Giobbi Implementing the Law of DOF with a Hindu Shuffle Confidences 55
Roberto Giobbi Implementing the Law of DOF with a Dribble Confidences 59
Roberto Giobbi Key-Card Placement with Clarity Confidences 68
Roberto Giobbi The Fan Control - The basic idea
- The Fan Control with Step
- The Fan Control with Key Card
- The Fan Control with Bridge
- The Fan Control with Daub
Confidences 99
Unknown Reverse-Spread Key-Card Placement credit information Confidences 158
Bill Abbott, Dai Vernon Impossible Killer Inspired by Seventeen Secrets - Volume 2 1
Unknown Key Card Placement with corner short Magia Demente 21
R. Paul Wilson The C.C. Center setting up for Center Deal with "The Consistent Control", as Stop Trick, Key Card Placement, Double Deal Card Men 57
Jorge "The Jack" Garcia A Think-Stop Trick Inspired byAlso published here Lecture Notes 2014 22
Jorge "The Jack" Garcia A Think and Stop Card Trick Inspired byAlso published here 7 Mysteries of Mentalism 43
Joseph Barry Charlier Shuffle Key Placement Operandi (Issue 1) 5
Roberto Giobbi Expert Key Card Placement Hidden Agenda (Issue July 3) 191
Alex Hansford Key Card + Glimpse Key card glimpse + placement using microbreakRelated to Sprezzatura 18
John Cottle Card at Date card fairly lost, appears at day of the month of birth, two handlingsInspired by Operandi (Issue 1) 12
Roberto Giobbi The One-handed Fan Force card a bit more exposed Hidden Agenda (Issue Mar 7) 71
Roberto Giobbi Cold-deck Cut Force & Key Card Placement Inspired by Hidden Agenda (Issue May 9) 133