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Unknown Red or Black deck of all black cards becomes all red, face-up face-down alternating cards as impromptu rough-smooth principle 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 231
Ralph W. Hull The Mirage Principle svengali pack with rough-smooth principle and cards are short and also narrow 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 253
E. L. Whitford Red or Black cards are shown all red or black, or all blue backed, then red backed, also rough smooth, end stripper deck 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 281
Unknown Magnetic Mental Control odd-backed card placed in deck is found by spectator from faces, rough-smooth 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 287
Ralph W. Hull The Fourteen Deck set-up to force the number 14 that can be shuffled, rough-smooth 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 299
Judson S. Brown A Super-Reverse Problem any card called for reverses itself, invisible deck with waxed pairs 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 335
Unknown Diachylon Thought Control named card has different back, rough smooth 1938 Greater Magic 497
Unknown The Rough and Smooth Principle 1938 Greater Magic 530
Ralph W. Hull The Pop-Eyed Eye-Popper construction of deck followed by four applications see also "Affinities" (Cyril Marriott, 1946) 1938 Greater Magic 531
Ralph W. Hull The Magnetic Mental Control using 2 decks, spectator names odd-backed card, using red-blue backed rough-smooth deck 1938 Greater Magic 533
Dai Vernon Brain Wave Deck brainwave 1938 The Jinx 1-50 (Issue 49) 341
Orville Wayne Meyer Phoned Thots mirage deck 1939 The Jinx 51-100 (Issue 70) 478
Theodore Annemann The Roughened Card Formulae 1939 The Jinx 51-100 (Issue 71) 482
Jack Vosburgh Double Edged Sword of Might two card prediction, one-ahead, mirage deck 1940 The Jinx 101-151 (Issue 122) 713
Al Baker A Super-Superprediction person names card which magician has transfered to another deck, roughed 1941 The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Section "Magical Ways and Means") 216
Frederick Mosteller Encore! spelling to the thought of card, gaffed deck, count-spell inspired by "Bravo!" (Frederick Mosteller, 1943),
varied by "Bravo Encore Reprise" (Frederick Braue, 1944),
"Helensburg Speller" (Roy Walton, 1968),
"another encore" (Alex Elmsley & Frederick Mosteller, 1976),
also published as "Encore" (Frederick Mosteller & Frederick Braue & Orville Wayne Meyer, 1945)
1944 The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 58) 236
Frederick Braue Bravo Encore Reprise count-spell inspired by "Encore!" (Frederick Mosteller, 1944) 1944 The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 69) 280
Orville Wayne Meyer Predictopack 1945 My Best 101
Frederick Mosteller & Frederick Braue & Orville Wayne Meyer Encore Spelling to the thought of card, gaffed deck, 3 versions, count-spell see also "Encore!" (Frederick Mosteller, 1944) 1945 My Best 103
James G. Thompson Jr. Thompson's Discontented Card 1946 The Phoenix 101-150 (Issue 105) 422
Cyril Marriott Affinities thought of card and unknown selection in envelope are predicted, with mental masterpiece card case and Pop-Eyed Popper cards see also "Annemann's Mental Masterpiece" (Theodore Annemann, 1935),
"The Pop-Eyed Eye-Popper" (Ralph W. Hull, 1938)
1946 The Phoenix 101-150 (Issue 107) 431
Al Baker Prediction Trick gaffed, prediction written on Joker 1948 The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Section "Card Trio") 501
Tan Hock Chuan R. & S. Master Pack deck shuffled, when card is removed the performer instantly knows it, rough-smooth pairs in Si Stebbins arrangement 1948 Rough & Smooth Possibilities 7
Tan Hock Chuan R. & S. Memory Supreme gaffed method inspired by "A Unique Mental Problem" (H. Adrian Smith, 1938) 1948 Rough & Smooth Possibilities 9
Tan Hock Chuan R. & S. Book Test page selected with rough-smooth deck 1948 Rough & Smooth Possibilities 10
Tan Hock Chuan & Edward Bagshawe R. & S. Optica Deck deck shown, then it changes back color and all cards are alike, partial rough-smooth inspired by "Optica Deck" by Edward Bagshawe 1948 Rough & Smooth Possibilities 12
Tan Hock Chuan R. & S. One-Way Deck partial rough-smooth 1948 Rough & Smooth Possibilities 13
Dr. Spencer Thornton Minds In Unison a city and an auto license plate are selected, they match and were predicted too 1958 Thornton's Secrets of Mental Magic 18
Edward Marlo Gaffed Method for "Double Thought", roughed Mene-Tekel Deck, two methods 1959 Marlo Meets His Match 24
Edward Marlo Roughed Oddity named card is only odd-backed card 1964 Early Marlo (Section "Oddity & Other Miracles") 65
James G. Thompson Jr. Anyone You Touch Hull's Nu-Idea Deck with prediction paper between cards 1967 Between Two Minds 22
Ace Gorham Pull Yourself Together 1969 HEX! 21
Aldini & Joe Berg Explanation of "Super Roughing" Not covering entire surface with roughing fluid, so can easily split the cards up (reprinted from "Rough Stuff" by Joe Berg and Aldini) 1969 Roughingly Yours 6
Aldini How to Apply Roughing Fluid 1969 Roughingly Yours 6
Aldini & Ronald Haines Color Affinity Out of this World 1969 Roughingly Yours 13
Aldini & Glenn G. Gravatt More Thoughts Anticipated Spectator removes card from red deck, matches card taken out by magician from blue deck inspired by "Final Selection" (Glenn. G. Gravatt) 1969 Roughingly Yours 19
Aldini The Genie Deck Uses Joe Berg Atomic Deck. Magician manages to place peeked at card next to freely thought of card (cards are never named) 1969 Roughingly Yours 22
Aldini Double-Gali Deck changes to all Four of Spades, then all Six of Clubs, then back to regular deck 1969 Roughingly Yours 23
Karl Fulves As A Vanish placing sticky card next to selection with faro, also rough-smooth method 1970 Faro & Riffle Technique (Section "First Supplement") 53
Alan Shaxon Card Mentalism for Two four people select a card and card is put in envelope, then one envelope is chosen, medium knows who's card it is and reveals it's identity 1970 My Kind of Magic 46
Gene Lawton Ultra Reverse deck pocketed, spectator removes card, when deck is spread, its mate is reversed 1970 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 5 No. 6) 331
Edward Marlo Logical Challenge Cards to Pocket ungaffed and rough-smooth version, inspired by Larry Jennings' "Challenge Cards to Pocket" (Genii May 1970) 1971 Hierophant (Section "5-6") 301
Dr. Raymond L. Beebe The Lost Trick of R.W. Hull "An Article On The Hypnotic Joker"
two spectators select face-down cards at table them, then name any cards, they match
see also "Hypnotic Joker" (Hugard's Magic Monthly, May 1962) 1971 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 6 No. 4) 400
Dai Vernon & Sam Leo Horowitz Mental Control red-backed card cut into blue deck, spectator names correct one, originally marketed in the 1930s, see also p. 504 for further information (Ed Marlo's Phantom Deck) 1971 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 6 No. 5th Folio) 449
Gerald Kosky Coincidence ?? rough smooth 1972 Card Cavalcade 63
Edward Marlo Marlo's Phantom Deck red-blue rough-smooth deck
- First Effect: spectator stops at only odd-backed card, Open Prediction with backs
- Second Effect: thought of card has odd back
- Third Effect: touched card has odd back
1972 Kabbala - Volume 1 (Vol. 1 No. 6) 43
Edward Marlo Double Out named card is either missing or odd-backed 1972 Kabbala - Volume 1 (Vol. 1 No. 6) 45
Jerry K. Hartman Rough Smooth Red-Blue Credits 1972 Kabbala - Volume 1 (Vol. 1 No. 7) 58
Edward Marlo Splitting a Thought two cards are stuck together face to face and turn out to be two thought-of cards, rough-smooth 1974 The Unexpected Card Book 49
Edward Marlo Think Universal with thought-of cards, rough-smooth red-black Menetekel Deck 1974 The Unexpected Card Book 68
Karl Fulves Think of Something prediction in form of mate in envelope, ultra-mental deck 1974 Close-Up Mental Magic 26
Sam Dalal Double Vision two cards predicted on paper slips, using ballpoint pen with pencil lead, mirage deck also published as Magigram (Rough-Smooth part, by Sam Dalal) 1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9 No. 8) 743
Robert Parrish Mental Opener spectator names number and that card is counted to face-up, number and card predicted, mirage deck, miscalling number 1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9 No. 9th Folio) 763
Eric Williams Forcing from Mirage Deck counting face-up 1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9 No. 9th Folio) 763
Edward Marlo The Mental Secret thought of Card matches card chosen from another pack, rough smooth menetekel see also "Complete Mental Secret" (Edward Marlo, 1991) 1975 Marlo's Magazine Volume 1 204
Edward Marlo Think as I Think with thought of Cards, gaffed, red-blue double backer, red-blue menetekel, 3 approaches 1975 Marlo's Magazine Volume 1 208
Jon Racherbaumer No Force Vanish & Recovery two cards vanish in deck and reappear, roughed deck, see also Fulves' Jumping Gemini see also "The Australian Sixes" (Ronald A. Wohl (Ravelli), 1971) 1975 Hierophant (Section "7 Resurrection Issue") 11
Scotty York & Samuel Berland Simplex Card in the Purse card is signed by performer and spectator then torn and vanished only to be rediscovered and restored in the purse 1975 Lecture 51
Arthur Hill* Numbers Up deck of number cards, design duplication on two cards, mirror in lap 1975 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 10 No. 5) 872
Edward Marlo think as i think card tabled, spectator think of card from other deck, they match, roughed red-blue menetekel 1976 Kabbala - Volume 3 (Vol. 3 No. 6) 84
Alan Shaxon Twisted Psychometry three cards change into selections, with a display board 1976 Practical Sorcery 23
Al Mann Break Through card and headline prediction, nest of envelope sent to a member of the audience by mail 1977 Break Through 1
Philip T. Goldstein Another Birthday birthday number is counted from the deck and card predicted 1978 Notions 10
Philip T. Goldstein Another Birthday birthday number is counted from the deck and card predicted 1978 A Transatlantic Lecture 4
Edward Marlo New Approach to a Revisit freely thought of card is placed on table and other card is located, using two rough and smooth decks 1979 Marlo's Magazine Volume 3 172
Jon Racherbaumer The Blue Intruder Strikes Again! spectator choses only blue card in red back, using brainwave deck 1980 Hierophant (Section "The Last Hierophant") 56
Roger Crosthwaite Partial Brainwave invisible dice, partial gaffed 1980 Pabular (Vol. 6 No. 10) 929
Karl Fulves Fake Shuffles fake faro shuffle and fake false shuffle with gaffed red/blue decks 1981 Octet 38
Basil Horwitz Challenge Premonition performer puts card from a blue deck unseen in an envelope, spectator selects a card from a red deck and puts it in same envelope, when he looks through blue deck, that card is missing, both selected same card 1981 The Mental Magick of Basil Horwitz 22
Basil Horwitz Challenge Mental Hypnotic Suggestion two spectators select a card, prediction states that second spectator has same card as first but thinks he has selected another card 1981 The Mental Magick of Basil Horwitz 32
Thomas Alan Waters Coincideck two decks, three cards from one deck are put face up at random places into other deck, next to the same cards 1982 Mind, Myth & Magick (Section "Deckalogue") 220
Thomas Alan Waters Spyhole mask prediction / revelation, word on a card is chosen and prediction is another card with holes on it, when held on a text it reveals the chosen word varied by "Spywave" (Thomas Alan Waters, 1985) 1982 Mind, Myth & Magick (Section "Octasm") 313
Bob Hirsch Killer Triumph FMO rough and smooth, see credit corrections on page 864 and variation on page 899 1983 Apocalypse Vol. 6-10 (Vol. 6 No. 6) 781
Edward Marlo Double Thought Prediction two cards predicted on other cards, rough smooth deck, five handlings 1983 Marlo's Plus Package 71
Les Scheyer Apocalypse Variations Or Additions inspired by "Killer Triumph FMO" (Bob Hirsch, 1983) 1984 Apocalypse Vol. 6-10 (Vol. 7 No. 3) 899
Thomas Alan Waters Pierception with box, thought of card 1984 Mind, Myth & Magick (Section "Cardiact") 527
Thomas Alan Waters Circlet two cards, one with female and one with male symbol, prediction of two cards for a man and a woman, written on the fitting cards 1985 Mind, Myth & Magick (Section "Mystyx") 688
Thomas Alan Waters Synchrowave two decks, same card is selected inspired by "Synchroincidence" (Thomas Alan Waters, 1979) 1985 Mind, Myth & Magick (Section "Mystyx") 691
Thomas Alan Waters Bluecue two spectators select the same card individually, difference to Standout, second spectator choses a card face down inspired by "Standout" (Thomas Alan Waters, 1985),
see also "Cagliostro's Spectacles" ( Shaman*, 1943)
1985 Mind, Myth & Magick (Section "Mystyx") 699
Edward Marlo Transposition of Two Rough-and-Smooth Cards 1985 Mind, Myth & Magick (Section "Mystyx") 700
Karl Fulves Little Red Encore Brainwave deck is assembled with faro in front of audience 1987 Riffle Shuffle Methods 37
David Regal Peaks & Valleys "A Complete Routine For The McCombical Prediction Deck" 1987 Magical Arts Journal (Vol. 1 No. 11&12) 20
John Bannon Adjective Dancing "Fred"/"Oscar"/... version with adjectives on the back instead of names, rough smooth, including "A non-rough-smooth handling" 1990 Secret Weapons 20
Edward Marlo The Twenty-Six Cent Trick card with stamp on back is shuffled into deck, any card selected from face is the one, gaffed deck version inspired by "The One-Cent Trick" (Edward Marlo, 1991) 1991 The Olram File (Issue 8) 8
Edward Marlo Commercial Method odd-backed card to wallet, rough-smooth Mene-Tekel inspired by "The Dream Card" (Darwin Ortiz, 1988) 1991 The Olram File (Issue 9) 3
Edward Marlo Complete Mental Secret odd-backed card is touched and tabled, any named card removed from other deck, they match, roughed red/blue menetekel, roughed red-blue double-back deck, see also Ibidem #19 see also "The Mental Secret" (Edward Marlo, 1975) 1991 The Olram File (Issue 10) 4
Christoph Borer Plastic Thought named card is found to be the only card with different colored back, deck in plastic bag also published as "Cosmos" (Christoph Borer, 2000),
"Cosmos" (Christoph Borer, 2006),
"Cosmos" (Christoph Borer, 2010)
1991 Magie 3
Steve Beam Impaired named card ends up between jokers varied by "Lunch on the Go" (Scott Robinson, 1994) 1993 The Trapdoor - Volume Two (Issue 48) 871
Michael Close & Stewart James Coda Chrome rough smooth 1994 Workers Number 4 3
Angelo Carbone Tight Squeeze red-backed deck is "merged" into blue deck, it's still one deck but red-blue alternating, optional rough-smooth, using Humbug 1994 Humbug 13
Karl Fulves Full Disclosure performer deals, Mirage deck 1996 13 Prophets 11
James Swain The Blank Deck cards become blank except selection, then back to normal, Nudist deck 1996 Miracles with Cards 60
Christoph Borer Cosmos named card is found to be the only card with different colored back, deck in plastic bag also published as "Plastic Thought" (Christoph Borer, 1991),
"Cosmos" (Christoph Borer, 2006)
2000 Anam Cara 19
Christoph Borer Die Kartenlegerin chosen card has pentagram on back also published as "Kartenlegerin" (Christoph Borer, 2006) 2002 Anam Cara auf Zirkeltour 2002 14
Al Baker Jo-Baka prediction on joker, rough smooth, seventeen jokers 2003 The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Section "Instructions") 558
Christoph Borer Cosmos named card is found to be the only card with different colored back, deck in plastic bag also published as "Plastic Thought" (Christoph Borer, 1991),
"Cosmos" (Christoph Borer, 2000),
"Cosmos" (Christoph Borer, 2010)
2006 Compilation 110
Christoph Borer Kartenlegerin chosen card has pentagram on back also published as "Die Kartenlegerin" (Christoph Borer, 2002) 2006 Compilation 141
Bill Abbott & Ross Bertram EZ Action Ultra-Mental Deck rough smooth preparation method 2008 Cabaret Card Magic 17
Fred Robinson The Astrological Stop Trick rough smooth forcing pack 2009 The Magic of Fred Robinson 224
Christoph Borer Cosmos named card is found to be the only card with different colored back, deck in plastic bag see also "Cosmos" (Christoph Borer, 2000),
also published as "Plastic Thought" (Christoph Borer, 1991),
"Cosmos" (Christoph Borer, 2006)
2010 Aspekte der psychologischen Force 21
Tom Stone & Henrik Holmberg Time Operator I joker placed aside, selection transforms into joker with card identity written on it, isolated joker is selection, no signature 2011 Maelstrom 154
John Lovick The Handsome Jack Lotto presentation for McCombical Prediction inspired by "Lucky Cards" (Roy Johnson, By My Guest Plus!, 1989) 2016 The Performance Pieces & Divertissements of the Famous Ha... 11