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Unknown Das bezauberte Messer spectator stabs knife into shuffled deck, performer names card, bottom card slipped into position 1896 Der moderne Kartenk√ľnstler 28
John Northern Hilliard The Transfixed Pack deck wrapped in paper, knife thrust between selections, two methods, for credit information see Parrish reference varied by "The Card Stabbing Trick" (Robert Parrish, 1995) 1909 The Art of Magic 52
Unknown Divination Supreme out-of hand selection, one-way back 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 139
Unknown Cutting the Pack with a Knife svengali deck 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 249
Unknown The Wrapped Pack with knife, svengali deck see also "Give It a Stab" (Roberto Giobbi, 2010) 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 249
H. Adrian Smith It's in the Bag - Effect No. 4 spectator places reversed card between two selections, performer really blindfolded, short card 1938 Greater Magic 466
Billy O'Connor Two Card Discovery card stabbed in deck by spectator next to two selections, short card 1938 Greater Magic 469
Frederick Braue The Score Card Scores ad card used to stab next to selection 1940 More Card Manipulations (Issue 3) 46
Dr. Jacob Daley Two Cards in Fear two spectators stab two knives in deck wrapped in newspaper see also "Two Blades" (Bill Simon, 1948),
varied by "Stableau" (Thomas Alan Waters, 1987)
1940 The Jinx 51-100 (Issue 85) 543
The Great Merlini* Behind the Eight Ball Effect #1: Top card changes into selection
Effect #2: Another selection comes to top
Effect #3: selection is stabbed to with another card
Effect #4: Magic Thrust
Effect #5: spectator seals card in envelope (glimpsed with alcohol)
1940 The Jinx 101-151 (Issue 114) 673
Jean Hugard & Frederick Braue Dig with a Spade performer pushes card next to selection for real, stripper deck 1941 The Stripper Deck 19
Unknown The Two Card Stab spectator stabs with knife 1943 / 27 Tarbell Course in Magic - Volume 3 269
Unknown The X-Ray Knife spectator stabs knife into deck see also "Garcia's Grand" (Frank Garcia, 1947) 1943 / 27 Tarbell Course in Magic - Volume 3 274
Unknown The Magnetic Knife spectator stabs knife in pack 1943 / 27 Tarbell Course in Magic - Volume 3 277
Louis Tannen Simplified Stabbing Trick spectator stabs knife into pack 1943 / 27 Tarbell Course in Magic - Volume 3 279
Russel Walsh The Flash Card Stab deck wrapped in flash paper 1943 / 27 Tarbell Course in Magic - Volume 3 282
Unknown The End Stab 1943 / 27 Tarbell Course in Magic - Volume 3 289
George Boston Boston's Stabbed Card stripper deck 1943 / 27 Tarbell Course in Magic - Volume 3 291
Frank Kelly Double Double prediction of two cards on double blank card, card is inserted in the deck next to the predicted one's see also "The Back Room" (Bruce Elliott, 1944) 1944 The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 63) 256
Edward Marlo Simplex Card Stabbing two selections with wrapped deck and knife 1945 Early Marlo (Section "Oddity & Other Miracles") 82
Edward Marlo V. Double Lift A. From the Peek
B. Key Card
C. Imperfection
D. One Hand
1947 Marlo In Spades 37
Frank Garcia Garcia's Grand two cards are found, with napkin and knife, reinvention of "The X-Ray Knife", see also p. 515 see also "The X-Ray Knife" (1943 / 27) 1947 The Phoenix 101-150 (Issue 127) 509
Nate Leipzig Card Stab 1952 Nate Leipzig's Card Stab 7
Nate Leipzig & Victor Farelli Using a "Key" Card Leipzig Card Stab with short card 1952 Nate Leipzig's Card Stab 19
Edward Marlo Two Card Stab deck wrapped in newspaper, knife 1952 Control Systems 103
Edward Marlo The Stabber stabbing into run of spades, value then is used to count to selection 1952 Control Systems 109
Bill Simon Card Affinity someone names a suit and another spectator names a value, mostly two knives, one finds correct value and the other the suit see also "Card Stabbing Trick" (Bert Allerton, 1958) 1952 Effective Card Magic 51
Bill Simon The F.B.I. Card stabbing the deck with a card, finding the selection above, with second deal 1952 Effective Card Magic 87
William Larsen Peek Stab with napkin 1952 The Phoenix 251 - 300 (Issue 260) 1038
Al Leech Wild Deuces deuces lost and found (Last Word on Card, 1952) 1952 / 2004 A Last Look at Leech 21
Don Tanner & Dr. Stanley Jaks Don Tanner's 4 Items - miniature deck from sealed cigarette pack
- selection rises from cigarette pack
- card stabbing, wrapped in paper
- tie gag
1953 The Phoenix 251 - 300 (Issue 276) 1102
Mark Fitzgerald Sword Play with plastic sword from drinks 1953 The Phoenix 251 - 300 (Issue 281) 1124
Dr. Ben B. Braude Simplex Card Stab 1953 The Phoenix 251 - 300 (Issue 293) 1173
Edward Marlo Card Stab 1957 Side Steal 54
Edward Marlo For the Purist spectator stabs 1957 Side Steal 56
Nate Leipzig & Dai Vernon Nate Leipzig's Card Stab 1957 The Dai Vernon Book of Magic 143
Charles Hudson Sorcerer's Seven performer talks about the number seven, spectator puts a card in the deck, cards next to it equals seven, variation where all four cards are stabbed into the deck (Rusduck), see credits in No. 8 see also "Research Division" (Russell "Rusduck" Duck & Stewart James, 1958) 1957 The Cardiste (Issue 3) 9
Edward Marlo Faro Fooler #8 using mechanical estimation 1958 Faro Notes 56
Bert Allerton Card Stabbing Trick any named card see also "Card Affinity" (Bill Simon, 1952),
varied by "The Card Stab" (Michael Close & Bert Allerton, 1996)
1958 The Close-Up Magician 36
Hans E. Trixer (9) Card Stab any card is named, and the pack stabbed at that card 1958 Blindfolds & X-Ray Eyes 155
Charlie Miller Fifteen Card Trick Routine - 3 stabbing between to cards in wrapped deck, stabbing by spectator suggested 1961 The Magic of Charles Earle Miller 10
Cardini Fifteen Card Trick Routine - 8 spectator locates card by stabbing joker in pack 1961 The Magic of Charles Earle Miller 19
Unknown Card Stabbing wrapped in newspaper 1961 The Magic of Charles Earle Miller 51
Edward Marlo Mental Stab performer places spot card next to thought-of card 1962 Estimation 55
Edward Marlo Super Mental Stab thought-of card is always above a face up indicator 1962 Estimation 57
Edward Marlo Miracle Card Stab Location estimation 1962 Estimation 59
Edward Marlo Marlo's Favorite Out inspired by "Miracle Card Stab Location" (Edward Marlo, 1962) 1962 Estimation 60
Edward Marlo & Bert Allerton Marlo Miracle "Stop" Stab deck wrapped in paper, estimation 1962 Estimation 65
Harry Lorayne Stab-Two between two selections, estimation 1962 Close-up Card Magic 39
Francis Carlyle & Harry Lorayne Personally Yours three cards are located by stabbing business card in deck one by one 1962 Close-up Card Magic 125
Harry Lorayne Reverse Location spectator finds two selections via stabbing in fan 1962 Close-up Card Magic 179
Nate Leipzig Card Stabbing two selections, with newspaper 1963 Dai Vernon's Tribute to Nate Leipzig 54
Al Koran Encore Card Stab stacked, estimation varied by "Der Stich im Dunkeln" (Alexander de Cova & Patrick Page & Al Koran, 2011) 1967 Al Koran's Professional Presentations 57
Lu Brent Card Stab Outdone with knife, card split in two sheets see also "Arrow-Split-Arrow" (Paul Harris, 1996) 1967 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 2 No. 12) 128
Paul Swinford The Joker is Wild not really tossed..., two selections 1968 Faro Fantasy 16
Paul Swinford The Cabalistic Pair not tossed, Joker is found between 2 chosen cards after faro shuffles, CCCC 1968 Epilogue (Issue 4) 25
Paul Swinford The Cabalistic Pair not tossed, Joker is found between 2 chosen cards after faro shuffles, CCCC 1971 More Faro Fantasy 59
Sid Marshall Super Stab with small dagger in squared deck, using faro placement 1971 Hierophant (Section "5-6") 289
Carl Sten & Arnold Furst Once in a Knife Time knife stabbed into pack from back, penetrates cards until selection 1971 Expert Card Chicanery 62
Frank Garcia & Bert Allerton Miracle Stab stabbing any card called for, stacked 1972 Million Dollar Card Secrets 73
Frank Garcia Once In a Knife-Time spectator stabs 1972 Million Dollar Card Secrets 77
Karl Fulves Notes On The Handling - 5. 1973 Riffle Shuffle Technique - Preliminary Notes on Part Two 53
Dick Zimmerman Impromptu Card Stab with a telescoping pen 1973 Creative Magic 10
Roy Walton Color Flite a card from red and blue deck are chosen, jokers pushed in deck of other color, they're supposed to be next to selections, but change in actual selections inspired by "A Card in Hand" (Theodore Annemann, 1940) 1973 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 8 No. 8) 632
Karl Fulves An Infinity Of Footnotes application of the Stevens Control with crimps (1), edge marks (2), stabbing (3), as a cull (7), and more 1975 Riffle Shuffle Technique - Part Two 108
Jon Racherbaumer The Stabbing Myth card is stabbed between two selections by spectator 1975 Hierophant (Section "7 Resurrection Issue") 41
Arthur Finley Two Card Discovery Indifferent card stabbed into deck to find two selections 1975 Magic With Faucett Ross 213
E. Leslie May Spotting the Spot card stab with paper-knife, the card found is blank and the value is now on the paper-knife 1976 Pabular (Vol. 2 No. 5) 208
Bernard Bilis Joker Finder Joker inserted into deck, inserted in between two selections 1976 Close Up, French Style 20
Karl Fulves Card Problems - (1) deck wrapped in newspaper, card stabbed with knife, rest of deck vanishes, posed as problem 1976 Interlocutor (Issue 10) 38
Gaetan Bloom Occamitis card is found with the aid of a razor blade 1977 Pabular (Vol. 3 No. 5) 356
Ken Krenzel The Finger Stab finger stabs in pack 1978 The Card Classics of Ken Krenzel 49
Bruce Ikefugi Lightning Stab Change indifferent card is stabbed in deck face up and at that moment changes into selection, lapping 1979 Apocalypse Vol. 1-5 (Vol. 2 No. 8) 234
Tim Wenk Stabbing Locator card is pushed next to selection by performer 1979 Quantum Leaps 62
Richard Kaufman Flotation Stab card stabbed between two selections 1979 CardMagic 113
Greg Miller The Humble/Arrogant Card Trick stabbed indifferent card changes to selection, variation: stabbed card transposes with card above it 1980 Apocalypse Vol. 1-5 (Vol. 3 No. 8) 381
Simon Aronson Ad-Jacent advertisement card is used to stab between selections 1980 Hierophant (Section "The Last Hierophant") 51
Allan Ackerman Ultra Sucker Insertion Ace of spades changes into selection with stabbing-presentation 1982 Best of Friends 180
Thomas Alan Waters Pointalism a knife is stabbed in tarot book and one in a tarot deck, page describes card 1982 Mind, Myth & Magick (Section "Grymwyr") 274
Larry Becker Grand Opening while deck is in case, crimp 1983 Apocalypse Vol. 6-10 (Vol. 6 No. 6) 791
Jerry Sadowitz Prone to Live Dangerously sucker effect in which performer stabs card next to selection which can be seen on face see also "More Dangerous" (Paul Hallas & Jerry Sadowitz & Theodore Annemann, 1983) 1983 Pabular (Vol. 7 No. 9) 1100
Paul Hallas & Jerry Sadowitz & Theodore Annemann More Dangerous inspired by "Prone to Live Dangerously" (Jerry Sadowitz, 1983) 1983 Pabular (Vol. 8 No. 2) 1181
Robert Gardner Stab-ility using double deal from center and impromptu double backer 1984 Apocalypse Vol. 6-10 (Vol. 7 No. 3) 897
Ken Krenzel Variation on Stab-ility see Afterthoughts 1984 Apocalypse Vol. 6-10 (Vol. 7 No. 3) 897
Jerry Sadowitz Prone to Live Dangerously performer places ace of spades next to selection, sucker effect 1984 Cards Hit 6
Thomas Alan Waters Pierception with box, thought of card 1984 Mind, Myth & Magick (Section "Cardiact") 527
Dick Koornwinder Smart Scissors card stabbing with a pair of scissors 1985 Apocalypse Vol. 6-10 (Vol. 8 No. 11) 1132
Robert Bengel Signatures Attract business card finds selection, prediction on business card 1985 Best of Friends - Volume II 131
Steve Beam Double Prophecy two cards stabbed in the deck, value is used two find two selections, see p. 160 for corrections see also "The Trapdoor Issue #8" (Steve Beam, 2011) 1985 The Trapdoor - Volume One (Issue 8) 132
Rolland Hamblen Card Location Ten Card Location routine
1. Say Stop
2. Spell Out
3. Spring Location
4. Stabbed Card
5. The fifth card
6. Stabbed Cards
7. Card through handkerchief
8. - 10. catch from shower
1985 The Fred Braue Notebooks (Issue 1) 17
Larry Jennings Fan-Stab-Stic spectator stabs in fan 1986 The Classic Magic of Larry Jennings 195
Jay Sankey Split Ends selection is stabbed and its cardboard layers split, then restored 1986 Sankey Panky 64
Randy Wakeman Teflon Card Stab paper wrapped deck, slick card 1987 Special Effects 21
Thomas Alan Waters Stableau with tarot cards, two spectators stab two knives in deck, signed cards inspired by "Two Cards in Fear" (Dr. Jacob Daley, 1940) 1987 Mind, Myth & Magick (Section "T.A.R.O.T.") 782
Lamont Ream The Double Card Stab with knife in wrapped deck, no crimps 1988 Magical Arts Journal (Vol. 2 No. 2) 14
Eugene Burger A Card Stab Routine the second time the spectator stabs 1989 The Experience of Magic 60
Steve Beam Have It Your Way card selected and replaced, deck is in new pack order and card put in proper position of the sequence varied by "Reopening Stab" (Steve Beam, 2015) 1991 The Trapdoor - Volume Two (Issue 41) 727
Steve Beam Opening Stab A prediction envelope inserted into a ribbon-spread pack turns out to be the only card missing from the deck and the deck turns out to be in order. The spectator inserted it in the place where the missing card should be. Ultimately, the missing card is found inside the envelope. see also "Against all Odds" (Darwin Ortiz, 1995),
"The Trapdoor Issue #41" (Steve Beam, 2011),
varied by "Reopening Stab" (Steve Beam, 2015)
1991 The Trapdoor - Volume Two (Issue 41) 728
Alex Elmsley & Richard Himber Cold Steel knife is stabbed between two selections 1994 The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley - Volume 2 440
Unknown The Card Stabbing Trick (Pack Wrapped in Paper) 1994 More Greater Magic 1213
Paul Gertner The Vanishing Card Stab wrapped in paper napkin and stabbed with knife, deck vanishes as climax 1994 Steel and Silver 103
Robert Parrish The Card Stabbing Trick rubber banded and paper wrapped deck, stabbed with knife inspired by "The Transfixed Pack" (John Northern Hilliard, 1909) 1995 Great Tricks Revisited 81
Michael Skinner A Needle in a Haystack joker placed next to thought-of card under challenge conditions, 13 extra cards behind back 1996 Classic Sampler 74
Michael Close & Bert Allerton The Card Stab stabbing to any named card, memorized deck inspired by "Card Stabbing Trick" (Bert Allerton, 1958) 1996 Workers Number 5 154
Karl Fulves Fork Lift stabbing with fork into deck 1996 Blocking Off 105
Karl Fulves Named-Card Stab shiny blade 1996 Blocking Off 148
Bert Allerton & Ken Krenzel Stabbing to Any Named Card deck wrapped in napkin 1997 Ingenuities 173
Unknown The Wrap Stab deck wrapped in newspaper or flash paper 1997 The Fred Braue Notebooks (Issue 8) 14
Bruce Cervon The L.C. Stab 1998 Hard-Boiled Mysteries 85
Bruce Cervon Son of L.C. Stab 1998 Hard-Boiled Mysteries 86
David Regal Crazy & Lazy face up stabbing variation 2002 Constant Fooling 2 50
David Regal Stabbed with extreme Prejudice 2002 Constant Fooling 2 145
Al Baker Stabbing Card Trick with second improved method 2003 The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Section "Notebooks") 739
Eric Mead Jazz Chart & Favorite Licks strategies
- Opening Gambits
- Cheating
- A Favorite Lick
- Formula Lick
- Superior Lick
- Quick Lick
- Last Dance
- Tips and Tools
inspired by "The Trick that cannot be explained" (Dai Vernon, 1960) 2006 Tangled Web 123
Christoph Borer Der Messerstecher wrapped in newspaper 2006 Compilation 85
Vanni Bossi The Surfing Card Stab card placed on ribbon spread stabs card 2007 Lecture Notes Las Vegas 2007 3
Thomas Otto Spectator Card Stab spectator stabs deck, wrapped in paper, half forcing deck 2007 Der Stoff aus dem die Wunder sind 35
Roberto Giobbi Give It a Stab stabbing effect with Svengali Deck see also "The Wrapped Pack" (1937) 2010 Secret Agenda (Section "Mar 17") 86
Alexander de Cova & Patrick Page & Al Koran Der Stich im Dunkeln mate of free selection is stabbed by performer inspired by "Encore Card Stab" (Al Koran, 1967) 2011 Seminar-Leviten 8
Darwin Ortiz Test Your Luck spectator stabs random card next to named card 2012 Lessons in Card Mastery 255
Allan Ackerman & Rafael Benatar A Cull for R. B. spectator pushes performer's favorite card in deck between two previously named cards 2012 The Cardjurer 53
Steve Beam Reopening Stab A prediction envelope inserted into a ribbon-spread pack turns out to be the only card missing from the deck and the deck turns out to be in order. The spectator inserted it in the place where the missing card should be. Ultimately, the missing card is found inside the envelope. inspired by "Opening Stab" (Steve Beam, 1991) 2015 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks - Volume 9 142
Vanni Bossi The Surfing Card Stab deck spread on table, joker placed on spread, spread turned over and joker rides along and slides into spread next to selection 2016 The Aretalogy of Vanni Bossi 93