Nerve Trick (Knocking out of Hand)
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Unknown For a Person to chuse a Card, you not supposed to know what it is, and then for the Person to hold the Cards between his Finger and Thumb, to strike them all out of his Hand but the very Card he had taken. "This is called the Nerve Trick" 1784 Breslaw's Last Legacy 61
Unknown Various Modes of Disclosing a Discovered Card - First Method deck hit out of spectator's hand, "staring him in the face" 1876 Modern Magic 44
Unknown The "Nerve" Feat deck hit out of spectator's hand, "staring him in the face", see also page 42 1889 Tricks with Cards 70
Unknown Leaving Selected Card in Hand of Spectator hitting deck out of his hand 1902 The Expert at the Card Table 169
Unknown Second Method - The Test of Nerve knocking cards except selection out of spectator's grip, "staring him in the face", showing it's not on top or bottom 1909 The Art of Magic 43
Tom Sellers Take It or Leave It selection remains in spectator's grip when deck is pulled out, variation of "hitting the pack" stunt 1934 Card Tricks That Work 18
Unknown The Startler knocking deck out of spectator's hand with selection remaining, stripper deck 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 271
Arthur H. Buckley The Card Through Case Experiment No. 8 - very direct handling for Staring him in the Face 1946 Card Control 158
Unknown Strike It deck is slapped out of spectator's hand, selection remains 1946 Early Marlo (Section "Marlo's Discoveries") 51
John Scarne Hit the Deck Performer holds deck, spectator hits deck away, selection is left in performer's hand 1950 Scarne on Card Tricks 73
Dai Vernon & Paul Rosini Staring him in the face the classic "knock out of the hand" varied by "Staring-Him-in-the-Face" (Roberto Giobbi, 2013) 1961 Further Inner Secrets of Card Magic 33
Peter Kane Anent Pack Switches deck switch during out-of-hand slap see also "Staring him in the face" (Dai Vernon & Paul Rosini, 1961) 1967 A Card Session with Peter Kane 18
Chris Gosselin Knocking the Pack 1971 Expert Card Chicanery 65
Edward Marlo Marlo's Application Application of Bob Nelson's Discovery 1976 Marlo's Magazine Volume 2 263
Edward Marlo Marlo's Sure Grip for Bob Nelson's Discovery 1976 Marlo's Magazine Volume 2 264
Edward Marlo Marlo's Twin Discovery Application of Bob Nelson's Discovery 1976 Marlo's Magazine Volume 2 264
Bob Nelson Bob Nelson's Discovery cards are hit out of spectator's fingers 1976 Marlo's Magazine Volume 2 262
Carmen D'Amico D'Amico's Application on Bob Nelson's Discovery 1976 Marlo's Magazine Volume 2 263
Dai Vernon Staring him in his Face 1988 The Magic Way 57
Juan Tamariz Exactly the Same! combo with Al Koran type deck 1992 Apocalypse Vol. 11-15 (Vol. 15 No. 6) 2077
James Swain The Last Good Trick classic Staring him in the face handling 1999 21st Century Card Magic 57
Roberto Giobbi Staring-Him-in-the-Face deck switch application inspired by "Staring him in the face" (Dai Vernon & Paul Rosini, 1961) 2013 The Art of Switching Decks 146