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Theodore Annemann The Card Unharmed business card in envelope is cut but unharmed, see page 172 for improvement by Monty Crowe 1935 The Jinx 1-50 (Issue 11) 56
Sid Lorraine Magical Business Card quick transformation effect as card is given out 1939 The Jinx 51-100 (Issue 63) 444
Ellis Stanyon Personalities In Flight four business cards borrowed and placed on handkerchief corners, penetration underneath cover one by one 1939 The Jinx 51-100 (Issue 69) 474
Tom Sellers An Old Trick Simplified three spectator select a color disc and an amount of business cards, all is divined 1939 Scots Magic 20
Tom Bowyer "My Card, Sir!" double blank card changes into business card 1941 The Jinx 101-151 (Issue 131) 752
Verne Chesbro & James G. Thompson Jr. Popper Upper match on business card covered by matchbook, penetrates it twice, match vanishes in the end see also "Strike One" (James G. Thompson Jr. & Verne Chesbro & William H. McCaffrey & Gerald Kosky, 1956),
varied by "Penta-Match" (Stewart Judah, 1975)
1943 The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 43) 176
Theodore Annemann The Card Unharmed business card in envelope is cut but unharmed 1943 Full Deck of Impromptu Card Tricks 21
Steve Eskow The Card Slates business card with prediction appears between two playing cards 1945 The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 76) 309
Tom Fitzgerald Calling Card torn and restores business card, card is from spectator 1945 The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 87) 353
C. L. Boarde Vest Pocket Seance seance program with a stack of business cards, coin appears, living and dead test, writing appears 1946 The Phoenix 101-150 (Issue 110) 441
Unknown A Capitol Problem three business cards and an envelope, hole in card for glimpse 1948 The Fine Art of Magic 204
Bob Sommerfeld Dead Letters on business cards, cards are not touched again, using assistant 1948 The Phoenix 151-200 (Issue 154) 620
John Scarne Scarne's Predicto Business card with prediction placed randomly in deck, predicts which two cards it is placed in between 1950 Scarne on Card Tricks 18
John Scarne & Bill Simon Double Prediction Basic routine with Business Card Prophecy move, predict where business card is placed see also "Business Card Prophesy" (Bill Simon, 1952) 1950 Scarne on Card Tricks 105
Alex Elmsley Elmsley's Puncture! hole moved on business card see also "Puncture!" (Alex Elmsley, 1991) 1950 The Phoenix 201 - 250 (Issue 213) 850
U. F. Grant & Bob Somerfeld Impromptome with borrowed business card as a bookmark inspired by "Magazine Test" (Milbourne Christopher, 1954) 1951 Mind Reader's Digest 7
Bill Pugley Bill Pugley's Sight! peek method with index cards, stack with a hole 1951 The Phoenix 201 - 250 (Issue 240) 960
Stewart James Money Paper paper disc penetrates a stack of four pennies and ends up inside a business card, nickel & penny set 1952 Modern Coin Magic 237
Bill Simon Business Card Prophesy two cards predicted on business card, cards which are next to it after pushed in the deck see also "Double Prediction" (John Scarne & Bill Simon, 1950),
"Simon Prophecy Move" (Bill Simon, 1997),
"Left-Handed Prophet" (Karl Fulves, 2004),
"Sum Card Prophet" (Karl Fulves, 2004),
"Name-O-Prophecy" (Karl Fulves, 2004),
"Playing Card Prophecy" (Karl Fulves, 2004),
"Able To Match" (Karl Fulves, 2004)
1952 Effective Card Magic 32
Gerald Kosky Tricky Mentalist without Cards twenty signed cards are returned later to correct persons, Gibson's Super Memory with business cards, see p. 1177 for corrections inspired by "Improved Super Memory" (Walter B. Gibson, 1937) 1953 The Phoenix 251 - 300 (Issue 292) 1168
Francis Carlyle Carlyle's Card printing of a business card also published as "Carlyle's Card" (Francis Carlyle, 1943) 1953 Classic Secrets of Magic 50
Harlan Tarbell Tarbell Travelling Sticker sticker disappears from blank card and reappears on spectator's business card in envelope 1954 / 27 Tarbell Course in Magic - Volume 6 136
Gene Grant Image-Ray (A Message Reading Idea) with business cards and an envelope, secret reading method 1955 Phantini's Lost Book of Mental Secrets 3
James G. Thompson Jr. Two Minds Get Together several things written on business cards are divined by performer, living and dead test 1956 Top Secrets of Magic 37
Bob "Hardell" Ecklund Lie Detector in Person with three people, memories are written down 1958 The Cardiste (Issue 9) 11
William P. Miesel Vacation Time imaginary trip 1958 The Cardiste (Issue 10) 10
Dr. Spencer Thornton Direction of Thought business cards with ESP symbols on one side are put on the table, spectator draws symbols on other side, they match perfectly 1958 Thornton's Secrets of Mental Magic 5
Tony Corinda Visiting Card Gimmick numbers printed on business card, spectator thinks of one, that on was crossed by performer 1960 Publicity Stunts 382
Fredric Kolb Business Card Telepathy symbols drawn on business cards, selected one is divined 1961 Still More Miracles in Mentalism 15
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 Just (Business) Cards - Spirit Writes name of selection appears on business card 1962 Close-up Card Magic 261
Harry Lorayne Flash Printing printing business card 1962 Close-up Card Magic 262
Sid Lorraine Snap! rubber band around folded business card, both cut but rubber band remains intact, should be called "Snappy" see also comment on p. 52,
"Babel" (Karl Fulves, 1966)
1966 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 1 No. 10) 49
Paul Curry Probability Zero ten business cards are numbered from one to ten on one side and the cards shuffled and turned over, spectator selects cards and the numbers from one to ten are written on the other side, they match see also p. 133 for reference 1967 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 2 No. 10) 113
Sid Lorraine Blowing Your Own Horn writing on business card changes from "musician" to "magician" 1967 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 2 No. 10) 117
Sid Lorraine & Ed Morrisey & George Blake & Burling Hull Etcetera business card idea by Burling Hull 1967 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 2 No. 11) 122
E. Deffenbaugh Flash Business Card printing business cards with flash paper 1969 The Art of Close-Up Magic - Volume 2 93
Ed Schuman Sightless Sight several business card on table, one turned over by spectator, divined by performer, tactical marking 1972 Tarbell Course in Magic - Volume 7 37
Stewart Judah Penta-Match match on business card covered by matchbook, penetrates it inspired by "Popper Upper" (Verne Chesbro & James G. Thompson Jr., 1943) 1975 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 10 No. 10th Folio (Part Two)) 853
Carl Herron Marksman Extraordinary with business card, two signed selections 1976 Pabular (Vol. 2 No. 8) 245
Philip T. Goldstein Desire spectators write destinations on a business card, five write a place where they have been and one a place he desires to go, all cards are correctly attributed and the last, desired place is named without looking at it, see also Larry Becker's "Sneak Thief" see also "An Auspicious Occasion" (Eric Mead, 2006),
varied by "The Oneiromancer's Index" (Jared Kopf, 2016)
1976 The Blue Book of Mentalism 4
Philip T. Goldstein Burnt Offerings assistant reads ashes of a burnt business card and reveals a chosen ESP symbol 1976 The Blue Book of Mentalism 7
Philip T. Goldstein The Spirit Is Willing (to Write) spirit writing on signed business card, glorpy 1976 The Blue Book of Mentalism 16
Paul Harris Flash Fold initialed business card to match box, folded see also "Wheel of Fortune" (Alexander de Cova, 1991) 1976 The Magic of Paul Harris 62
Harvey Rosenthal Mental Marvel number written on business card put in wallet, number is divined 1976 Close-Up Sampler - Part 2 9
Harry G. Franke Surprise Wild Card last card changes to business card 1977 Wildcard Miracles 97
Harry Eng Pain Hand is slammed down onto pin that is stuck in business card 1977 SuperMagic 107
Paul Harris Final Thoughts for "Cardboard Connection"
- Signed Connection
- Card Saver
- Business Cards
- Little Link
also published as "Final Thoughts" (Paul Harris, 1996) 1977 Cardboard Connection 27
Ken Krenzel Ken Krenzel's Version business card is at once stapled to selection inspired by "Staple and Stab" (Paul Harris & Looy Simonoff, 1978) 1978 Apocalypse Vol. 1-5 (Vol. 1 No. 7) 80
Karl Fulves & Kim Iles & Mel Stover & Howard Lyons Hyper Card various ideas with the Hypercard see also "Hyper Card" (Martin Gardner, 1975),
"Hypercard" (Karl Fulves, 1979),
varied by "Notes" (Karl Fulves, 1978)
1978 The Chronicles (Issue 1) 1067
Philip T. Goldstein Intimate Spirit spirit writing appears on business card, signed on both sides by spectator 1979 Pabular (Vol. 5 No. 4) 667
Thomas Alan Waters Flipsight I with Himber Wallet 1979 Mind, Myth & Magick (Section "New Thoughts For Old") 16
Thomas Alan Waters Flipsight II with I.D. Case model of Himber Wallet 1979 Mind, Myth & Magick (Section "New Thoughts For Old") 18
Mitsunobu Matsuyama Paradox geometrical puzzle with a playing card that makes a full card face-down, but a piece is left over when assembled face-up
- The Turnover Tactic
- Business Card Variation
- Reference File
varied by "Powerdox" (Karl Fulves, 1980),
"Inflation Bite" (Jon Charles & Mitsunobu Matsuyama, 1984),
"From Jim Snapp" (Jim Snapp, 1988)
1979 The Chronicles (Issue 18) 1235
Jerry K. Hartman In Staple Condition business card becomes stapled to selection inspired by "Ken Krenzel's Version" (Ken Krenzel, 1978) 1980 Apocalypse Vol. 1-5 (Vol. 3 No. 1) 293
Arthur Setterington Sandwich Escape saturation of a bill between two stapled business cards 1980 Pabular (Vol. 6 No. 11) 942
Bruce Bernstein A Bruce Bernstein Pendulum Routine spectator signs a business card and tears it up, the pieces are mixed with other torn pieces of business cards, he finds his parts with a pendulum, pieces put in envelope inspired by "The Crystal Locket" (Dr. Stanley Jaks, 1959),
"Bird of a Feather" (Tony Corinda, 1959)
1980 The Magic Pendulum 16
Thomas Alan Waters MuTwo ten spectators write initials and a word on half of a business card, Mutus Nomen, start for a reading 1981 Mind, Myth & Magick (Section "Omnimancy") 106
Thomas Alan Waters IndexRay spectator writes word and initials on folded card, start for a reading 1981 Mind, Myth & Magick (Section "Omnimancy") 108
Thomas Alan Waters Quantum with business cards and the Quantimental stand 1981 Mind, Myth & Magick (Section "Psychometry") 141
Martin Gardner Five Sided Business Card multi-pip card routine 1981 The Chronicles (Issue 30) 1355
Edward Marlo A Commercial Tip wild card with business cards 1982 Marlo's Unforgetable Wild Card 18
Eric Mason & Barrie Richardson "Pen-Ultimate" x drawn on a business card and card shuffled with other cards, spectator locates the card 1982 A Boon for All Seasons 42
Al Mann Instant Mindreading secretary-wallet as a peek wallet 1982 Of Gifts and Talents 12
Philip T. Goldstein Odd Monte three business cards used 1983 MajorMinor 12
Thomas Alan Waters Riffle No. 1 1983 Mind, Myth & Magick (Section "Mindscript 1: The Book Test") 353
Harry Lorayne Spots New?! initials on business card move and multiply 1984 Apocalypse Vol. 6-10 (Vol. 7 No. 6) 925
Steve Beam The Human Printing Press printing of a business card, also business card gag, variation of paddle move inspired by "Carlyle's Card" (Francis Carlyle, 1943),
see also "The Trapdoor Issue #3" (Steve Beam, 2011)
1984 The Trapdoor - Volume One (Issue 3) 47
Michael Rubinstein Business Card Production printing routine with business card wallet 1985 Apocalypse Vol. 6-10 (Vol. 8 No. 8) 1093
Robert Bengel Signatures Attract business card finds selection, prediction on business card 1985 Best of Friends - Volume II 131
Greg Eanes Business Cardfusion two business cards signed by spectator and performer, both torn, only one restored with both signatures, out to lunch 1987 Magical Arts Journal (Vol. 1 No. 5&6) 1
Steve Beam Business Cards torn and restored business card from spectator, lot of gags and presentational ideas 1987 The Trapdoor - Volume One (Issue 19) 317
Larry Jennings Hofzinser's Business Card Problem selection visible changes place with borrowed business card in Mullica Wallet 1988 The Cardwright 192
Larry Jennings Hofzinser Sans Wallet business card in pocket changes place with selection 1988 The Cardwright 196
Al Mann Scorpio's Curve words written on business card, card is then destroyed and words divined 1988 Scorpio's Curve 1
Stan Alexander The Echoing Walls method to read writings on folded business card, while tearing it 1988 Scorpio's Curve 3
Al Mann Thot-Coveret variation on Stan Alexander's version 1988 Scorpio's Curve 4
Al Mann Salem's Bridge reading method for business cards, slit 1988 Scorpio's Curve 5
Michael Close The Pothole Trick hole travels from business card to business card 1990 Workers Number 1 27
Jay Sankey A Business Transaction card stapled to business card changes into selection, two methods 1990 100% Sankey 62
Steve Beam Carded business is suspended on other business card 1990 The Trapdoor - Volume Two (Issue 35) 635
Alex Elmsley Puncture! hole moved on business card see also "Elmsley's Puncture!" (Alex Elmsley, 1950) 1991 The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley - Volume 1 149
Michael Close The El Cheepo Magic Club signed business card to matchbox (folded) 1991 Workers Number 2 14
Tomo Maeda The Angle of the Hypothesis line on business card "bends", gimmick varied by "Urigami" (Michael Weber & Tomo Maeda, 2008) 1991 Square One 53
Anthony Lindan Forget to Remember business cards threaded on chain, one marked by spectator turns over 1991 The Minotaur (Vol. 3 No. 1) 1
Steve Beam The Spinners pirouette flourish, several ideas, see also p. 920 for an idea by Bob Bengal
- The Wind Up
- Tired
- Business Cards I
- Business Cards II
see also "Whirl Flourish" (1992) 1992 The Trapdoor - Volume Two (Issue 46) 834
Gary Kurtz The Bold Load signed card or spectator's business card is placed in one pocket, then instantly taken out of wallet in other pocket 1992 Prinzipien in der Praxis 33
Anthony Lindan Speck-Ulation dots on back of business cards change into name 1992 The Minotaur (Vol. 4 No. 2) 6
Anthony Lindan Rainbow Writing named color is written on business card, then writing has same color by extracting one of the primary colors of the black ink and transfer it to another business card 1993 The Minotaur (Vol. 5 No. 2) 1
Daryl Emergency Change with business cards 1993 The Minotaur (Vol. 5 No. 2) 3
John Riggs ESP 2000 six business cards are numbered from one to six on one side and the cards shuffled and turned over, spectator selects cards and the numbers from one to six are written on the other side, they match inspired by Ormond McGill's "ESP Guessing Game",
see also "ESP Guessing Game 2000" (John Riggs, 1995),
"Probability Zero" (Paul Curry, 2001)
1994 The Trapdoor - Volume Three (Issue 51) 922
Philip T. Goldstein Changeling named number is predicted with the exact amount of coins under business card 1995 Connotes 4
John Riggs Self-Working Rising Business Card loop 1995 The Magic of John Riggs 13
Richard Paddon In the Pink off-beat prediction of a selected color, ink of pen reveals message when drawn on business card inspired by Paul Hallas' "2.5 Star Variation" in "The Table-Hopper's Source Book",
see also Larry Becker's "Laser Gazer" in "Stunners"
1995 The Minotaur (Vol. 7 No. 3) 9
Anthony Lindan Positive I.D. blank card is put in name badge plastic and performer's name appear, at the same time spectator choses one of several business cards and it's the performer's one 1995 The Minotaur (Vol. 7 No. 4) 1
Dan Harlan Birthday Surprise business card with a birthday cake and a burning candle drawn on it, spectator blows and drawing changes to a half-burnt and blown out candle 1995 The Minotaur (Vol. 7 No. 4) 8
Tommy Wonder & Paul LePaul & Edward Victor Winged Signatures "cards through newspaper" done with signed business cards and close-up mat, card to envelope climax 1996 The Books of Wonder - Volume 2 80
Paul Harris Flash-Fold initialed business card to match box, folded 1996 The Art of Astonishment - Book 1 (Section "The Magic of Paul Harris") 87
Harry Eng Pain business card on table, pin/needle is stuck through card into table, hand is slammed straight down on pin and penetrates hand 1996 The Art of Astonishment - Book 1 (Section "Super Magic") 135
Paul Harris & Eric Mead Skin Job one layer of a business card penetrates book to chosen page 1996 The Art of Astonishment - Book 2 (Section "New Stuff") 61
Paul Harris Final Thoughts for "Cardboard Connection"
- Signed Connection
- Card Saver
- Business Cards
- Little Link
also published as "Final Thoughts" (Paul Harris, 1977) 1996 The Art of Astonishment - Book 2 (Section "Connections") 75
Paul Harris Window of Opportunity signed business card, three card monte type with three envelopes, card ends up in envelope 1996 The Art of Astonishment - Book 3 (Section "New Stuff") 17
Paul Harris Rumpled Splitskin two business cards are laid on top of each other and the layers penetrate to form an impossible object 1996 The Art of Astonishment - Book 3 (Section "New Stuff") 29
Paul Curry & Paul Harris The Break-Room Boredom Buster business cards torn in half, coincidence effect 1996 The Art of Astonishment - Book 3 (Section "Secrets of the Astonishing Executive") 259
Paul Harris The Instant Incomplete I.Q. Test (a revised classic) self working effect with business card (one secret double facer) and an instruction sheet 1996 The Art of Astonishment - Book 3 (Section "Secrets of the Astonishing Executive") 265
Michael Skinner For Lovers Only business card to wallet presentation 1996 Classic Sampler 27
Philip T. Goldstein Changeling named number is predicted with the exact amount of coins under business card 1996 Desert Seminar Notes 5
Dan Harlan Business Sense several names in a category are called out by the spectator's and noted on business cards, chosen one is predicted in envelope inspired by Jim G. Thompson, Jr. & Eddie Clever's "Aforesaid" in "The Linking Ring", June 1947 1996 The Minotaur (Vol. 8 No. 3) 10
Chad Long Sloppy Business slop shuffle triumph with business cards 1997 More Stuff... 3
Philip T. Goldstein Pierced 'ere one of four business cards 1998 The Looking Glass (Issue 4) 154
Unknown Company on the Rise business card rises out of deck, then selection(s), weight type deck required 1998 The Rising Card Book 41
Richard Osterlind On Handing out Business Cards 1999 Dynamic Mysteries 44
Paul Curry Probability Zero ten business cards are numbered from one to ten on one side and the cards shuffled and turned over, spectator selects cards and the numbers from one to ten are written on the other side, they match, first in "Sealed Miracles 1", 1944 see also "ESP 2000" (John Riggs, 1994),
"ESP Guessing Game 2000" (John Riggs, 1995)
2001 Paul Curry's Worlds Beyond 139
David Regal Magic Incorporated card appears printed on business card 2002 Constant Fooling 2 16
John Bannon Certain Insertion business card is stabbed in deck 2004 Dear Mr. Fantasy 116
David Acer Seedling Drawing of flowerpot on business card begins to bloom see also "Flipwich" (David Acer, 2004) 2004 Random Acts of Magic 261
Edward Marlo & Ron Bauer Time Machine three reds and blacks are alternated, Ace of Spades put in center of one half, the other half shuffled upside-down, all things are undone when traveled back in time inspired by "Time Machine" (Ed Marlo, Ibidem #7) 2004 Time Machine 2
Ron Bauer Sidebar three way to double-turnover the top two of three cards, here with business cards
A. Block Push-Off
B. Single Buckle
C. Elmsley Count
2004 Time Machine 10
Unknown Use Your Own Business Cards? 2004 Time Machine 19
Eric Mead Peek-a-Book information written on business card and placed in book is secretly read 2006 Tangled Web 203
Oliver Meech Correctional Facility... the business card version Magician writes the wrong date on a business card, changes it to the right date 2009 The Plot Thickens 16
Oliver Meech Unwritten Spectator signs on business card with pen, but signature disappears and pen cap becomes stuck on pen 2009 The Plot Thickens 60
Oliver Meech Final Signature Spectator selects only business card that is not already written on 2009 The Plot Thickens 70
Dani DaOrtiz Cards are my Business selection from small packet is found, presentation with short messages written on business cards 2010 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks - Volume 8 59
Ronald A. Wohl (Ravelli) Draw Advantage putting a crimp into a business card so it does not stick to other cards, prize winning tool at trade shows 2010 Secret Agenda (Section "June 4") 166
Roberto Giobbi Business Card Ideas tips on handing out business cards 2010 Secret Agenda (Section "Oct 12") 304
Oliver Meech Cartoon Camera Business card acts as camera, takes picture to reveal spectator's card 2010 Plot Twists 14
Oliver Meech Trampolining Ball bounces on drawing of trampoline on business card - doesn't bounce when picture is a broken trampoline 2010 Plot Twists 66
Oliver Meech Handy Ring Transposition Business card transposition in spectator's hands, one of the cards is folded into a ring 2010 Plot Twists 70
Dan Buck & Dave Buck Ad Copy blendo, spectator ends up with business card 2014 Card Men 27