Svengali Deck
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Jack Merlin Mechanical Forcing Packs one way forcing deck, three way forcing deck, svengali pack, Evans Brown Triple-Force Pack 1927/28 Merlin's Master Manipulations 23
Louis Lam It Pays to Advertise "Advertising stunts every magician must use", playing card with business information on front is forced via Svengali Deck 1935 Would You Believe It? 19
Jean Hugard The Svengali Deck introduction and history 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 245
Unknown Various Methods of Handling the Pack 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 245
Unknown Simple Effects 1. selection is divined, svengali deck 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 246
Unknown Simple Effects 2. svengali deck 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 247
Unknown Simple Effects 3. svengali deck 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 247
Unknown Simple Effects 4. svengali deck 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 247
Unknown Simple Effects 5. svengali deck as a force 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 247
Unknown The Three Heaps deck cut in heaps, top card jumps around, svengali deck 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 249
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
Unknown Any Heap svengali deck 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 249
Unknown Reversed Card svengali deck 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 249
Unknown The Unseen Card spectator pockets unseen card, later selection is this pocketed card, svengali deck 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 250
Unknown Think of a Card a selection travels next to another thought-of card, svengali deck 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 250
Unknown Card Stabbing svengali deck 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 250
Unknown Svengali Prediction force cards are switched out during trick 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 250
Charles T. Jordan The Mystery Problem position of selection is predicted, svengali deck with different finish on force cards, ending clean with switch-out 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 251
Unknown The Cards and the Dice card located via number on die, svengali deck 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 252
Unknown Svengali Clairvoyance blindfolded assistant says stop to find selection, svengali deck 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 252
Unknown The Prize Winner two decks, one is a svengali deck 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 252
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
Ralph W. Hull Mirage Deck deck changes in duplicates of selection, svengali/mirage deck 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 253
Ralph W. Hull The Eye Popper svengali/mirage deck 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 254
Unknown Svengali Mindreading svengali deck 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 254
Lu Brent The Siamese Svengali Pack 26 glued pairs 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 254
Unknown Svengali Force a bit complicated, svengali deck 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 255
Unknown With a Svengali Deck spectator pushed toothpick in side of deck and thus pushes out selection 1938 Greater Magic 403
Burling Hull The Svengali Deck handling tips and getting into it from divided svengali deck 1938 Greater Magic 430
Unknown A Subtle Detection svengali deck, spectator finds his own card, ending clean 1938 Greater Magic 431
Unknown The Lady's Ring svengali deck, spectator finds his own card 1938 Greater Magic 432
Unknown The Spectator Makes a Prediction svengali deck, selection at any number by spectator 1938 Greater Magic 432
Al Baker A Prediction svengali deck 1938 Greater Magic 433
Al Saal The Perfect Stop Trick svengali deck, cards put from one hat to another hat one by one until spectator stops varied by "Note on "The Perfect Stop Trick"" (Sam Leo Horowitz, 1994) 1938 Greater Magic 435
Unknown Another "Stop" Trick svengali deck 1938 Greater Magic 436
Unknown A Blindfold Detection svengali deck, spectator deals cards and performer calls stop while blindfolded 1938 Greater Magic 437
Harrison Give a Number! featuring weird throw switch, mention of Svengali deck method see also "Simplex Card Transposition" (Edward Marlo & Jean Hugard, 1976) 1938 The Jinx 1-50 (Issue 41) 283
Stephen Simpson Criss-Cross performer and spectator each write down card and number from 1-26, when counted down in two halves it matches, option to end clean by switching the half with duplicates 1939 The Jinx 51-100 (Issue 53) 377
James G. Thompson Jr. Utility Routine Svengali deck with the different cards stacked, ends clean, bridge deal finale 1939 The Jinx 51-100 (Issue 63) 443
Orville Wayne Meyer Phoned Thots mirage deck 1939 The Jinx 51-100 (Issue 70) 478
Ronald B. Edwards Bi-Mentalism card is pushed in a deck, named card is found next to it, two versions: 1. Stack and nail writer, 2. Svengali 1945 My Best 80
Burling Hull Svengali Deck 1945 / 27 Tarbell Course in Magic - Volume 4 245
Dr. Ford Rogers Glued Svengali Deck pairs glued together, for tossed out deck 1945 / 27 Tarbell Course in Magic - Volume 4 245
Harlan Tarbell The Telepathic Deck pairs glued together in centre, for tossed out deck 1945 / 27 Tarbell Course in Magic - Volume 4 245
Patrick Page Beyond the Veil cut-to card is spelled out in second deck and produces same card varied by "Shuffled Speller" (Philip T. Goldstein & Patrick Page, 1984) 1959 Card Tricks 316
Gerald Kosky En Rapport Psychic Thought deck with names of famous people, selected name is found on named number and was predicted earlier 1961 Still More Miracles in Mentalism 54
Nate Leipzig Reverso 1963 Dai Vernon's Tribute to Nate Leipzig 173
Alan Shaxon Once Again!!! selection is found at named number, then at stopped position, then wrong card turns into selection and finally the balloon stand 1970 My Kind of Magic 25
Edward Marlo Wild Card Routine "An extended wild card routine to take it out of the ordinary", using standard set also published as "Unexpected Wild Card" (Edward Marlo, 1992) 1974 The Unexpected Card Book 58
Edward Marlo Did you ever see the ----? using gaffed decks 1976 Marlo's Magazine Volume 2 319
Stewart Judah & Tom Bowyer Stewart Judah's Svengali Deck Routine 1976 Subtle Card Magic: Part One 26
Al Mann Panoramas of Thought six cards are written on a pad by different spectators, three spectator select a card, three of the written cards are chosen, they correspond with the selections 1978 The Tesseract 5
Karl Fulves Mechanical Cards notes on the history of, among others,
- Princess Card Trick
- Mene Tekel Deck
- Svengali
- Monte Cristo Cards
- Ever Ready Forcing Pack
- Brainwave
1982 Hocus Poker 29
Bobby Bernard The Sands of the Pharaoh Deck dealt one by one until hourglass runs out, stops at selection 1982 The Coin and Card Magic of Bobby Bernard 109
Denis MacKenzie Houdini and the Svengali with a bell 1982 Fork Full of Appetizers 26
Mike Bornstein Svengali Prediction svengali deck 1985 Best of Friends - Volume II 155
Tom Bowyer Svengali Routine selection made, card divined, then it turns over, then appears at named number and at randomly spelled card, spectator stabs next to it 1985 The Fred Braue Notebooks (Issue 4) 28
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
Thomas Alan Waters Staboo finding selected tarot card 1987 Mind, Myth & Magick (Section "T.A.R.O.T.") 784
Frederick Braue Mental Routine outline, unclear what exactly happens 1992 The Fred Braue Notebooks (Issue 6) 20
Edward Marlo Unexpected Wild Card also published as "Wild Card Routine" (Edward Marlo, 1974) 1992 The Wild Card Kit 71
Bob Gill On making the Trilby Deck Joe Stuthard's Trilby Deck, end-stripper & svengali combo, sanding instead of cutting 1993 New Sorcerer (Vol. 1 No. 5) 5
Ken Brooke The Ken Brooke Routine with Joe Stuthard's Trilby Deck - Part Two edited reprint from Brooke's magazine "Routine" (1950), Triumph with End Strippers, two selections (one only thought of) from two piles end up next to each other 1993 New Sorcerer (Vol. 1 No. 5) 12
Ken Brooke The Ken Brooke Routine with Joe Stuthard's Trilby Deck - Part Three edited reprint from Brooke's magazine "Routine" (1950), card to top, jumps from packet to packet, all cards shown alike, ends clean 1993 New Sorcerer (Vol. 1 No. 5) 16
John Northern Hilliard Coincidence svengali deck 1994 More Greater Magic 1208
Dominique Duvivier Duvivier Omnibus Wallet Combination of Balducci (Kaps) Wallet and Himber Wallet, with other features. Routine described: Selected card and credit card placed in different wallet compartments, they change places. Card is then replaced in deck and travels to wallet, followed by three other mates traveling to wallet see also "Quicker Than My Shadow" (Dominique Duvivier, 1996) 1996 Magie Duvivier 61
Peter Duffie An Interesting Use of That Principle Two cards, two piles, same position + prediction kicker 1997 Effortless Card Magic 44
Milton Kort Svengali of the Phone Lines Card selected, random person called on phone names selection, then spectator names any number, card appears at number (first published in New Pentagram, vol. 1, no. 1, 1969) 1999 Kort 115
Christoph Borer Das Svengali-Spiel - Das Svengali-Spiel (general comments)
- Das Forcieren einer Karte (forcing a card, spectator shuffles deck)
also published as "Svengali" (Christoph Borer, 2006) 2002 Anam Cara auf Zirkeltour 2002 10
Al Baker A Prediction svengali deck 2003 The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Section "Contributions") 507
Christoph Borer Svengali - Das Svengali-Spiel (general comments)
- Das Forcieren einer Karte (forcing a card, spectator shuffles deck)
also published as "Das Svengali-Spiel" (Christoph Borer, 2002) 2006 Compilation 83
Christoph Borer Giant Count reinvention of "Dr. Jaks Kartenbluff", selected card is shuffled into the deck and cards put in inside jacket pocket, small number is named and on that position performer produces a jumbo card which has the same value as the selection, using a Svengali deck see also Dr. Jaks' "Dr. Jaks Kartenbluff" in Charly Eperny's "Das Stanley-Jaks Buch", 1961. P.126,
"Giant Count" (Christoph Borer, 1989),
"Giant Count" (Christoph Borer, 1991),
"Giant Count" (Christoph Borer, 2007),
also published as "Giant Count" (Christoph Borer, 1988)
2006 Compilation 84
Christoph Borer Der Messerstecher wrapped in newspaper 2006 Compilation 85
Christoph Borer Svengali Die Svengali Force (spectator shuffles Svengali deck and cuts to force card) 2007 Der Stoff aus dem die Wunder sind 37
Christoph Borer Ein Wunder mit Spielkarten two selection, first is revealed by tearing a paper napkin into shape of card, then napkin is burnt and ashes on arm to reveal second selection 2007 Die Geisterschrift 22
Unknown Svengali Shuffle to false shuffle a Svengali Deck 2008 Subtle Card Creations - Volume 1 288
Roberto Giobbi Give It a Stab stabbing effect with Svengali Deck see also "The Wrapped Pack" (1937) 2010 Secret Agenda (Section "Mar 17") 86
Tom Stone Well-Timed Miracle card at number determined by stop watch is predicted 2011 Maelstrom 202
Roberto Giobbi The Real Pseudo Deck Switch selection predicted, apparently done with switch for one-way deck in which shuffled deck is switch for real 2013 The Art of Switching Decks 95
Unknown Made-to-measure Magic - The Problem deck spread on table, length named and measure, card at that position is selection, posed as problem varied by "Made-to-measure Magic - A Solution" (Roberto Giobbi, 2016) 2016 Hidden Agenda (Section "May 31") 155