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Jack Merlin The Pass as a Trick no passes, to fool those familiar with passes, ambitious card plot 1927/28 Merlin's Master Manipulations 6
Jack Merlin Here There and Everywhere ambitious card, then stop trick, twice the card is at the stopped position 1927/28 Merlin's Master Miracles 15
Tom Sellers On the Top four phases 1934 Card Tricks That Work 5
Lin Searles An Amusing Reversal ambitious card, then chosen card turns over, double backer see also "Impossible Location" (Lin Searles, 1973) 1936 The Jinx 1-50 (Section "Summer Extra 1936") 134
Theodore Annemann The Ambitious Card end stripper deck 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 282
Jess E. Mills The Super Eye Popper ambitious type routine with duplicate (king of clubs with one spade pip) 1937 The Jinx 1-50 (Section "Winter Extra 1936/37") 181
Dai Vernon & Sam Leo Horowitz & Arthur Finley The Ambitious Card with double backer see also "Kannibal Kards - Phase Four" (Karl Fulves, 1975) 1938 Greater Magic 481
Unknown The Omnipresent Eight 1940 Expert Card Technique 287
Laurie Ireland Deuces and Trays sucker ambitious twice, deuces shown as threes and transform in threes when spectator protests 1940 Ireland's Yearbooks (Section "Yearbook 1940") 15
Arthur H. Buckley The Ambitious Card Experiment No. 23 1946 Card Control 177
James G. Thompson Jr. Thompson's Discontented Card 1946 The Phoenix 101-150 (Issue 105) 422
Bert Allerton Pump Room Phantasy two Aces appear on top and bottom 1947 Stars of Magic (Vol. 3 No. 1) 39
Unknown Ambitious Card including push-through sequence 1948 The Royal Road to Card Magic 147
Dai Vernon Ambitious Card 1949 Stars of Magic (Vol. 5 No. 2) 76
Edward Marlo Ambitious Card Routine roughed duplicate 1951 Unknown 11
Bill Simon The Ambitious Card cards travel from center to the top and back to the center 1952 Effective Card Magic 66
Bill Simon The Thought-Of Ace thought of ace (or all aces) rise to top 1952 Effective Card Magic 109
Dai Vernon The Unambitious Card card travels down from top one card at a time, for magicians 1952 The Phoenix 251 - 300 (Issue 253) 1010
Bruce Elliott & Dai Vernon The Ambitious Card! last phase in spectator's hands (Vernon) see also "Thoughts on Ambitious Card Finale" (Roberto Giobbi & Dai Vernon, 2016) 1953 Classic Secrets of Magic 160
Cy Endfield The Ambitious Card 1955 Cy Endfield's Entertaining Card Magic - Part III 5
J. B. Bobo The Traveling Joker one black card placed among 26 red cards always ends up on top, then card travels from packet to packet 1956 Top Secrets of Magic 22
Bert Allerton The Eye Popper 1958 The Close-Up Magician 24
Russell "Rusduck" Duck Ambitious 52 cards come to the top in order, mates are always on the bottom 1958 The Cardiste (Issue 6) 15
Max Malini Card Jumps to Top single phase Ambitious Card 1961 The Magic of Charles Earle Miller 55
Harry Lorayne Lorayne's Ambitious Card Routine 1962 Close-up Card Magic 51
Frank Garcia The Apex Ace aces vanish on pack, Ace of Spades comes to top 3 times, aces reappear face up 1962 Close-up Card Magic 88
Edward Marlo Ambitious Routine 1962 The K. M. Move 7
Nate Leipzig Leipzig's Opener card comes to the bottom of the deck several times, then penetrates performer's hand varied by "Leipzig-Skinner Surprise" (John Carney & Nate Leipzig & Michael Skinner, 2002) 1963 Dai Vernon's Tribute to Nate Leipzig 156
Aldini Roughly Ambitious Ambitious Card routine with packet of twenty cards 1969 Roughingly Yours 7
Mike Rogers Still Avid color changing back kicker 1971 Kabbala - Volume 1 (Vol. 1 No. 2) 10
Edward Marlo They're All Alike ambitious type routine shown, people think they're all the same, but they're all blank 1972 Kabbala - Volume 1 (Vol. 1 No. 8) 62
Neal Elias Ambitious Get Ready "Get Ready For Braue After Zingone" (see next trick) inspired by "Surprise Reverse" (Louis Zingone, 1972) 1972 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 7 No. 3) 477
Jack Avis Topsy Turvy triumph with ambitious phases and four-of-a-kind kicker 1973 Epilogue (Issue 18) 163
Frederick Braue Ambitious Variation 1973 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 8 No. 7) 626
Edward Marlo Ambitious Card Routine roughed duplicate 1976 Early Marlo (Section "Oddity & Other Miracles") 128
Paul Harris Solid Deception varied by "Rock Around" (Stephen Tucker, 1984),
"The Omni Deck" (Danny Korem & Jerry Andrus, 1985)
1976 Paul Harris Reveals Some Of His Most Intimate Secrets 1
Olof Jonsson & Al Mann Levitation chosen card appears on top of the deck after spectator shuffled the deck, psy presentation 1976 The Third Ecstasy 32
Harvey Rosenthal Ambitious Delight several phases 1976 Close-Up Sampler - Part 2 4
Martin A. Nash Queens Uprageous see p. 447 for additional crediting 1977 Any Second Now 197
Jerry Mentzer Ambitious Red Back color changing backs kicker 1977 Card Cavalcade Four 76
Dai Vernon Single Ambition three phases see also "Ultra-ambitious" (2000) 1977 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 10 No. Close-Up Folio #7) 989
Jerry Mentzer Ambitious Red Back color changing backs kicker of ambitious card 1979 Card Cavalcade Finale 21
Jerry Mentzer Ambitious Card 1979 Card Cavalcade Finale 28
Harry Lorayne Lorayne's Invisible Pass Routine first single cards come to top, then all aces (presented as invisible pass demonstration) varied by "Passed Ambitions" (Joel Givens, 1996) 1979 Quantum Leaps 116
Juan Tamariz & Fred Robinson The Tamariz Ambitious Double see also "Double Ambitious" (Juan Tamariz, 1989 / 91) 1979 Pabular (Vol. 5 No. 12) 776
Jim Ryan Misdirection and Manipulation 1981 Jim Ryan Close-Up: Sensational Stunners 15
Karl Fulves Half Ambitious 1981 Milennium Aces 57
Michael Ammar Yeast Card ambitious card with card to match book finale, folded 1983 Encore III 24
Stephen Tucker Rock Around Ambitious card, but deck is then revealed to be wrapped in rubberbands around all the edges (Paul Harris's Solid Deception ending, with rubberbands) inspired by "Solid Deception" (Paul Harris, 1976) 1984 The Card-Mad-gic of Stephen Tucker 17
Unknown Routine routine outline:
- Surprise Spell
- Card turns over
- Ambitious
- Rub a Dub Dub
see also "Surprise Spelling" (Bert Allerton, 1958),
"Double Speller" (Martin Gardner, 1992)
1985 The Fred Braue Notebooks (Issue 5) 18
Daryl Martinez The Routine famous long FISM Routine 1985/87 Daryl's Ambitious Card Omnibus 1
Larry Jennings 7-Up 1986 The Classic Magic of Larry Jennings 56
Jay Sankey Hotfoot ambitious sequence with signed card, then with 2nd card, fusion see also "A Short Fuse" (Jay Sankey, 2003) 1986 Sankey Panky 76
Ben Harris Killer Ambitious Multi phase Ambitious card routine 1986 Killer Klose-Up 42
Randy Wakeman R.W. Ambitious Card Routine 1987 Special Effects 30
Edward Marlo Marlo Ambitious Card Routine 1987 Special Effects 63
John Carney Etherial Pack joker shows up again and again instead of selection, deck vanishes except selection 1987 Lecture Notes Collection (Section "Carney Up Close") 6
Jose Carroll Torn Ambition ambitious card has a corner torn off, is torn and restored at the end (minus corner) 1988 52 Lovers 65
Edward Marlo Tip - Ambitious Bit #5 little routine 1988 Marlo's Magazine Volume 6 134
Juan Tamariz The Ambitious Card 1988 The Magic Way 46
Christoph Borer Thought Rise thought of card ends up on top of the deck also published as "Thought Rise" (Christoph Borer, 2006) 1988 Seminarheft 4
Sam Leo Horowitz Ambitious Card Sequence duplicates 1989 The Vernon Chronicles - Volume 3 xvii
Jerry Sadowitz Ambitious Spots card travels to top twice, then one pip at a time (2 -> 3 -> 4 ->...) 1989 Cards on the Table 57
Jerry Sadowitz Ambitious Spots 11 2nd method, card travels to top twice, then one pip at a time (2 -> 3 -> 4 ->...) 1989 Cards on the Table 60
John Bannon Ambitchin' ambitious card routine with wallet finale 1989 Avant Carde I 7
Juan Tamariz Double Ambitious full routine with 2 ambitious cards inspired by "The Tamariz Ambitious Double" (Juan Tamariz & Fred Robinson, 1979) 1989 / 91 Sonata 119
Gary Kurtz Hypothetical Possibilities ambitious card, signature vanishes and reappears, wallet varied by "Hypothetical Possibilities" (Gary Kurtz, 1992) 1990 Unexplainable Acts 11
Gary Kurtz Wishful Thinking effect combination 1990 Unexplainable Acts 25
Ken Simmons A Wallet Routine routine with ambitious card, transposition with one card in wallet, card to wallet, Bendix Bombshell, 2 duplicates 1990 Finally! 3
Alex Elmsley Ambitious Stranger ambitious card has different back, in the end deck changes color 1991 The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley - Volume 1 299
John Carney Ethereal Pack joker shows up again and again instead of selection, deck vanishes except selection 1991 Carneycopia 43
Carlos Schoenrich Under the Spectator's Control "control theme" 1992 Apocalypse Vol. 11-15 (Vol. 15 No. 6) 2086
Gary Kurtz Hypothetical Possibilities ambitious card, signature vanishes and reappears, wallet, revised handling inspired by "Hypothetical Possibilities" (Gary Kurtz, 1990) 1992 Prinzipien in der Praxis 7
Steve Draun Midnight Ambitious Card very few multiple lifts, to pocket climax 1993 Secrets Draun from Underground 110
Paul Gertner The Card in the Candy Box 1994 Steel and Silver 131
Doug Edwards Tabled Ambitious 1995 Apocalypse Vol. 16-20 (Vol. 18 No. 2) 2463
Joe Rindfleisch Overly Ambitious Ace 1995 Apocalypse Vol. 16-20 (Vol. 18 No. 5) 2499
Martin Gardner Quad Rise using tilt 1995 Arcane (Issue 14) 202
John Riggs Ambitious Card with Blank Deck 1995 The Magic of John Riggs 31
Paul Cummins The Trick that never happened only small part ambitious card 1996 from a shuffled deck in use... Part One 7
Steve Rogers & Paul Cummins Blushing Ambition color changing back kicker 1996 Apocalypse Vol. 16-20 (Vol. 19 No. 8) 2684
Unknown The Ambitious Card 1996 Card College - Volume 2 337
Paul Harris Solid Deception short ambitious card sequence, deck is glued to single solid block climax 1996 The Art of Astonishment - Book 1 (Section "Paul Harris Reveals some of his most Int...") 107
Michael Kaminskas Case Closed blue backed ambitious card, then signed card is found in red deck which is in new deck order and card's back changes to red too 1996 Miracle Material 43
Karl Fulves Parallel Time two decks, red-backed JS on face of blue-backed deck, spectator inserts JS in center behind her back but it's back on face, repeated with other deck, repeated but it now jumps back to other deck, "ambitions card done with the deck in the spectator's hands" 1997 The Vampire Papers 94
Peter Duffie Thinking and Sinking Two Jokers penetrate and sink to bottom of two packets, selections are found on top of each packet 1997 Effortless Card Magic 98
Steve Mayhew & Toby Wessel Dolores in a Meadow ambitious card, in the end hole deck are double backers 1999 Impressing Jodie Foster 3
Milton Kort Second Banana Ambitious Card effect with odd-colored card (card rises to second from top repeatedly), climax with deck changing to duplicates of selection, and selection becoming Joker (first published in Genii, vol. 32, no. 4, Dec 1967) see also "Ambitious-like" (Milt Kort, Off-color Card Tricks, 1970),
"Milt Kort's Card Trick" (Milt Kort, Teral Garrett's Psycho-gizmo, no. 39, Aug 1964)
1999 Kort 55
Joshua Jay The Remote Control Ambitious Card routine with remote control presentation, ends with card appearing folded in battery compartment 1999 Magic Atlas 139
Unknown Ultra-ambitious see also "Single Ambition" (Dai Vernon, 1977) 2000 Card College - Volume 4 1005
Daryl X-tal Backstage ambitious card with card with missing corner , card to pocket and eventually card to plastic pass holder 2000 Concertos for Pasteboard 223
Steve Bedwell Ambitious Card Sequence using thick card 2000 Thick Schtick! 13
Wesley James An Ambitious Undertaking thoughts on the plot
- Iterations
- Pace
- Departures
2000 Ambitious Undertaking 3
Wesley James My Ambitious Card Routine wallet finale 2000 Ambitious Undertaking 9
Gordon Bean The Standing Challenge spectator mentally selects if the card will rise to the top or the bottom inspired by "The Challenge" (Dai Vernon, 1957),
varied by "The Standing Demonstration" (Steve Mayhew & Gordon Bean, 2011)
2002 The Paper Engine 114
Darwin Ortiz Darwin's Ambitious Card 2002 Scams & Fantasies with Cards 148
Wesley James My Ambitious Card Routine "final", wallet finale 2004 Enchantments 170
Christoph Borer Thought Rise thought of card ends up on top of the deck also published as "Thought Rise" (Christoph Borer, 1988) 2006 Compilation 89
Jack Parker Double Barrelled Shotgun Jack of Hearts keeps jumping to the top. Then, deck is spread and four Jacks are face up in the deck. see also "The Overworked Card" (Roy Walton, 1969) 2007 52 Memories 98
Nick Trost & Larry Pringle Ambitious Deuce Sandwich sandwich-ambitious card combo 2008 Subtle Card Creations - Volume 1 146
Fred Robinson Ambitious Card - Snap, Crackle and Pop four phases 2009 The Magic of Fred Robinson 230
Roberto Giobbi Ambitious Problem plot problem, ambitious phase with three piles, ace production climax 2010 Secret Agenda (Section "Aug 10") 239
Steve Mayhew & Gordon Bean The Standing Demonstration card comes to top, instead of to bottom the deck reverses inspired by "The Standing Challenge" (Gordon Bean, 2002) 2011 Full Frontal Mayhew 11
Steve Mayhew Look at Me, Look at Me selection jumps to top, middle, bottom as desired, then Aces are produced 2011 Full Frontal Mayhew 18
Jason Ladanye Ladanye's Ambitious Card four-of-a-kind production finale, for alternate ending see page 59 2013 Confident Deceptions 45
Agustin Tash Pet Trick Ambitious Card routine with pet dog drawn on card 2015 The Saturday Morning Session 47
Benjamin Earl Memento card signed on both sides, card jumps around, one signature changes into performer's name inspired by "Backlash" (Paul Harris, 1996) 2016 Eye Candy 12
Frank Shields Ambitious Card Routine avoiding too many double lifts, from Genii, April 1948 2017 Facsimile (Issue 6) 9