Card Counting / Clocking
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Unknown Der Gedächtniskünstler card taken out, spectator reads off remaining cards, performer names missing card, clocking mod 10 but with only 32 cards 1896 Der moderne Kartenkünstler 100
Charles T. Jordan The Assistance Card Trick follow up to last trick, card is selected and put in pocket, performer goes through the cards once and knows the missing one, clocking mod 13 1921 The Four Full Hands (Section "Four Full Hands of Card Tricks") 11
Charles T. Jordan The Pair Detection spectator removes a pair from a packet, performer finds out which cards, card counting, Parallel Principle precursor see also "Displaceable U" (Karl Fulves, 2005),
"Reckoning With Jordan" (Charles T. Jordan & Karl Fulves, 2005)
1921 The Four Full Hands (Section "Four Full Hands of Card Tricks") 14
Victor Farelli Arithmetical Magic Magician divines selected card by going through rest of deck. Then tries again with part of the deck but fails, with a surprise four of a kind production kicker ending 1936 "Lend Me Your Pack" 22
Frank Lane Easy Card Discovery selection found via card counting 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 181
Unknown Assistance Card Trick card counting location 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 182
Charles T. Jordan The Magi's Detection card counting to divine missing selection, keeping track of values and also suits see also "An Amazing Memory" (J. W. Sarles & John Scarne, 1982) 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 183
Charles T. Jordan The Pair Detection spectator removes a pair from a packet, performer finds out which cards, card counting, Parallel Principle precursor 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 198
George G. Kaplan Modern Long Distance Mind Reading card put from one half into the other is located, clocking 1938 Greater Magic 286
Unknown Concluding Observations 1938 Greater Magic 909
Theodore Annemann A Mental Headache card counting, two columns suit and value
varied by "Half a Headache" (Ken Beale, 1982) 1939 The Incorporated Strange Secrets 18
Charles Hopkins 43 - The "220 Count". Counting all the pips, sum up to 220 (ignore picture cards) see also "Hopkin's 220 System" (Charles Hopkins, 1982) 1940 "Outs" Precautions and Challenges 60
Russell "Rusduck" Duck Ribbon Spread card is hdden, spectator and performer remove a card each from the face up deck, when all cards are removed the missing card is named, as Rusduck varied by "Time Sharing" (Karl Fulves, 1982) 1945 The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 77) 314
Charles T. Jordan The Memory Test Spectator removes card from previously "memorized" packet of 26 cards, performer able to tell which card was removed 1950 Scarne on Card Tricks 46
Robert A. Nelson Mental Card Elimination one card is removed, 51 cards are shown once to spectator and he names missing card, method for value and suit 1961 Still More Miracles in Mentalism 12
Harry Lorayne The Epitome Location Introduction
- Basic Principle
- Reasoning and Logic
- Calculations
- Endings
- Presentations
1976 The Epitome Location 6
Harry Lorayne Stalemate two cards removed, magician divines both 1976 The Epitome Location 16
Harry Lorayne Poker Face finding mate of freely removed card by looking at dealt poker hands 1976 The Epitome Location 17
Harry Lorayne Twice as Fast counting only one color 1976 The Epitome Location 21
Harry Lorayne Another Way one-way deck to find out color 1976 The Epitome Location 24
Harry Lorayne Completely Impromptu Half at a Time strategy for faster deal-through, 50% of the time 1976 The Epitome Location 24
Harry Lorayne Triple Mate one removed and 2 thought-of cards found see also "Triathlon" (Pit Hartling, 1998) 1976 The Epitome Location 25
Karl Fulves Part Two introduction, on clocking the deck, casting out 13 or 10 1979 The Shamrock Code / The Parallel Principle 23
Karl Fulves Clocking The Deck simplified calculations 1979 The Shamrock Code / The Parallel Principle 24
Karl Fulves The Rundown spectator removes card and performer divines it, basic clocking application 1979 The Shamrock Code / The Parallel Principle 25
Karl Fulves Ambiguous Totals problem solving in deck clocking 1979 The Shamrock Code / The Parallel Principle 27
Karl Fulves Suppressed Fives another simplification for clocking 1979 The Shamrock Code / The Parallel Principle 28
Karl Fulves The Deuce Subtracted removing or ignoring a two so that deck totals to zero see also "Deuce Notes" (Karl Fulves, 1980) 1979 The Shamrock Code / The Parallel Principle 29
Karl Fulves The Parallel Principle clocking with deck split into two packets see also "From Ken Beale" (Ken Beale, 1979),
"Zero Equals Zero" (Karl Fulves, 1980)
1979 The Shamrock Code / The Parallel Principle 30
Karl Fulves The Parallel Locator two piles, spectator moves card from packet to the other, performer divines it by looking through the pile it came from 1979 The Shamrock Code / The Parallel Principle 30
Karl Fulves Matchlock divining two cards via card counting 1979 The Shamrock Code / The Parallel Principle 33
Karl Fulves Expanded Sum clocking & faro 1979 The Shamrock Code / The Parallel Principle 35
Karl Fulves Future Key two cards found 1979 The Shamrock Code / The Parallel Principle 36
Karl Fulves Blocking clocking used with only a known section in middle of deck see also "Fractional Counts" (Karl Fulves, 2005),
"Blockhead" (Karl Fulves, 2005)
1979 The Shamrock Code / The Parallel Principle 39
Karl Fulves Blocking With The Faro spectator removes card from shuffled deck, partial clocking, dated to 1960 1979 The Shamrock Code / The Parallel Principle 41
Karl Fulves Leverage two cards divined, confederate needed that can clock see also "Parallel Lines" (Karl Fulves, 1980) 1979 The Shamrock Code / The Parallel Principle 43
Karl Fulves Fooling The Confederate deck shuffled face-up/face-down, two cards selected, using code and confederate & card counting 1979 The Shamrock Code / The Parallel Principle 45
Karl Fulves Parallax fair conditions, apparently not all cards are seen to count them see also "Parallex II" (Karl Fulves, 1982) 1979 The Shamrock Code / The Parallel Principle 47
Karl Fulves Suggested Reading for card counting 1979 The Shamrock Code / The Parallel Principle 48
Karl Fulves Not By The Book introduction and credit information on clocking the deck mod 10 1980 Parallel Lines 1
Karl Fulves Clock Arithmetic how to clock the deck 1980 Parallel Lines 4
Karl Fulves Zero Equals Zero why the Parallel Principle always works see also "The Parallel Principle" (Karl Fulves, 1979) 1980 Parallel Lines 6
Karl Fulves Deuce Notes removing or ignoring a two so that deck totals to zero, further notes see also "The Deuce Subtracted" (Karl Fulves, 1979) 1980 Parallel Lines 7
Karl Fulves The Packets Adjusted parallel principle in practice 1980 Parallel Lines 8
Karl Fulves Parallel Lines "Leverage" over phone, medium is called and divines spectator's and performer's card, parallel principle, see also p. 17 see also "Leverage" (Karl Fulves, 1979) 1980 Parallel Lines 9
Karl Fulves The Advantage Gained packet trick as pretense to reduce the number of cards in clocking tricks 1980 Parallel Lines 16
Karl Fulves The Ad note on previous trick "Parallel Lines" 1980 Parallel Lines 17
Karl Fulves The King Speaks "Parallel Lines" with suit coding via a King of wanted suit 1980 Parallel Lines 19
Karl Fulves Parity Check "Parallel Lines" with color coding 1980 Parallel Lines 21
Karl Fulves The General Suit Code clocking the deck for value and suit 1980 Parallel Lines 23
Karl Fulves Kings Encoded further strategies when clocking the deck for value and suit 1980 Parallel Lines 24
Karl Fulves Real World Considerations medium uses calculator to simplify math 1980 Parallel Lines 26
Karl Fulves Quint four cards removed by spectator, fifth one by performer, any card selected, other four read over phone, medium names selection 1980 Parallel Lines 28
Karl Fulves Name-O-Quint spectator pockets any card, then any three cards, performer adds 4th card, those are read to medium in any order who then names pocketed card 1980 Parallel Lines 31
Karl Fulves Five Card Stud four cards code fifth one see also "Study in Stud" (Russell "Rusduck" Duck, 1957) 1980 Parallel Lines 32
Karl Fulves Fill The Blank three cards removed by spectator, fourth by performer, fifth by spectator and signed, read off to medium in any order which names the fifth card 1980 Parallel Lines 33
Karl Fulves Selectrik four cards outjogged by spectator, one by performer, any card is turned over, assistant comes in the room and names selected card 1980 Parallel Lines 34
Karl Fulves Cubic Coding any five cards removed by spectator, then one chosen, other four cards read to medium over phone which names selection 1980 Parallel Lines 35
Roy G. Vasquez The Mid Count new clocking approach with one-way deck and looking at center pips 1980 Parallel Lines 37
Roy G. Vasquez A Mid-Count Trick 1980 Parallel Lines 39
Karl Fulves Add To 10 Principle credit information 1980 Interlocutor (Issue 41) 164
John Cornelius & Frank Garcia The Memory Expert Outdone finding missing card with card counting 1982 The Close-up Magic of Frank Garcia - Part I 22
Karl Fulves Card Counting introduction and credit information 1982 Card Counting 1
Unknown To Tell The Card Drawn from Kunard's "Book of Card Tricks" (1888), mod 13 1982 Card Counting 3
Unknown To Name a Card Drawn from a Piquet Pack from Kunard's "Book of Card Tricks" (1888), mod 10 1982 Card Counting 3
Karl Fulves Indexed Poker spectator removes any straight flush, performer names it after looking through deck 1982 Card Counting 4
Karl Fulves Digital Version spectator removes any straight flush, performer names it after looking through deck, optional edge-mark helps 1982 Card Counting 5
T. Nelson Downs & Charles T. Jordan Subtraction Technique calculation help in clocking 1982 Card Counting 8
Charles Hopkins Hopkin's 220 System any number card thought-of see also "43 - The "220 Count"." (Charles Hopkins, 1940) 1982 Card Counting 8
Karl Fulves Time Sharing strategy to buy time for head work in card counting inspired by "Ribbon Spread" (Russell "Rusduck" Duck, 1945) 1982 Card Counting 9
Karl Fulves 3-Handed Clock strategy to buy time for head work in card counting by playing a made-up 3-handed game 1982 Card Counting 11
Karl Fulves Parallex II fair conditions, apparently not all cards are seen to count them, "Parallax II" misspelled see also "Parallax" (Karl Fulves, 1979) 1982 Card Counting 12
Karl Fulves Commitment cards apparently memorized, spectator exchanged two cards and those are found 1982 Card Counting 15
J. W. Sarles & John Scarne An Amazing Memory card removed from half a deck is divined
- Not The Method
- How It's Done
inspired by a trick from "Scarne on Card Tricks",
see also "The Magi's Detection" (Charles T. Jordan, 1937),
varied by "Outcast" (Karl Fulves, 2005)
1982 Card Counting 16
Karl Fulves Three Packet Memory card removed from a third of the deck is named 1982 Card Counting 22
Ken Beale Half a Headache card removed from half the deck is divined, then with other half, cards laid out on table in pattern that does card counting, also suit, parallel principle, reprinted from Ibidem inspired by "A Mental Headache" (Theodore Annemann, 1939),
see also Ibidem #2,
"What's-the-Value Solitaire" (Dai Vernon, 1989)
1982 Card Counting 27
Karl Fulves The Parallel Principle shuffled deck split in two halves, performer and spectator remove card and put it in other half, divined in illogical way with both selections being the same 1982 Card Counting 33
Karl Fulves Telephone Puzzler impractical card counting over the phone see also "Telephone Puzzler" (Karl Fulves, 2005) 1982 Card Counting 37
Satya Ranjan Roy Novel Memory Trick with Cards non-mod card counting with negative numbers, for value and suit simultaneously, reprinted from Stanyon's, with "Notes by Karl Fulves" see also "27. Another Method" (Stanyon's Magic, Vol. 13 No. 4, Jan. 1913, p. 30) 1982 Card Counting 40
Karl Fulves SRR + Stebbins missing card named by looking only through half the shuffled deck 1982 Card Counting 41
Karl Fulves Indian Poker spectator removes any card and a four-of-a-kind from shuffled deck, performer removes mate of first card, renamed "Roy-al Poker" in 2005 edition 1982 Card Counting 44
Karl Fulves Chaser card that spectator removes from half a deck is apparently predicted 1982 Card Counting 47
Karl Fulves And Counting further thoughts on card counting, also with non-card items like divining date on removed coin from pile 1982 Card Counting 48
Ken Beale A Clock Trick rotating stack application, card in clock layout chosen by value of card chosen from rest varied by "Ten-Hour Day" (Karl Fulves & Ken Beale, 2005) 1982 Card Counting 31
Karl Fulves Pointer Cards & Clocking Ideas see also "Future Ghost" (Alan Brown*, 1970) 1982 Card Counting 48
Karl Fulves One-Deck Card Trick two halfs, performer moves card to spectator's half and vice versa, after looking through spectator's packet performer names selection, parallel principle 1982 Six Impromptu Card Tricks 12
Satya Ranjan Roy Another Method non-mod card counting with negative numbers with suit see also "27. Another Method" (Stanyon's Magic, Vol. 13 No. 4, Jan. 1913, p. 30) 1982 Six Impromptu Card Tricks 12
Edward Marlo Scratched Deck as a Reader card counting application 1984 Marlo's Magazine Volume 5 12
Greg Miller Thinking Man's Do As I Do using card counting (Parallel Principle) 1984 Apocalypse Vol. 6-10 (Vol. 7 No. 8) 957
Thomas Alan Waters Carousell three card divination, with clocking version 1985 Mind, Myth & Magick (Section "Mystyx") 701
Edward Marlo Four Ways To Go one card removed, two thought of, are found, one ahead, clocking see also "Double Thought" (Edward Marlo, 1953),
"Logical Double Thought, Plus One" (Edward Marlo, 1991)
1988 Marlo's Magazine Volume 6 175
Unknown Epitome Location 1988 Marlo's Magazine Volume 6 176
Dai Vernon What's-the-Value Solitaire see also "Half a Headache" (Ken Beale, 1982) 1989 The Vernon Chronicles - Volume 3 215
Karl Fulves Speed Counts clocking with stacked deck, posed as problem 1994 Crooked Tales 98
Pit Hartling Triathlon three card challenge location, sophisticated inspired by "Triple Mate" (Harry Lorayne, 1976) 1998 Das kleine grüne Heft 24
Harry Lorayne Epitome Location 1998 Das kleine grüne Heft 28
Karl Fulves Combo & Card Counting brief mention 1998 Combo 54
Karl Fulves High Speed Card Counting tying riffle shuffle set-ups to card counting 2004 When Psychics Play Poker 29
Karl Fulves Still Missing spectator riffle shuffles deck, deals about twelve cards in a pile and removes one, performer divines card by looking at remainder of pile 2004 When Psychics Play Poker 29
Karl Fulves Unsolved two cards exchanged from different decks, using card counting to finde out which, posed as problem 2004 When Psychics Play Poker 30
Karl Fulves Quicker Count spectator riffle shuffles deck, deals two 10-card piles, moves a card from pile to pile and gives either pile to performer who divines card 2004 When Psychics Play Poker 31
Karl Fulves Scatter Suit way to accelerate card counting 2004 When Psychics Play Poker 31
Karl Fulves Noah Count pectator riffle shuffles deck, deals a pile and moves two cards from rest into pile which is shuffled and handed to performer who divines both cards 2004 When Psychics Play Poker 32
Karl Fulves Three Way finding three chosen cards with card counting, single riffle shuffle 2004 When Psychics Play Poker 33
Karl Fulves Regarding the Presentation of Card Counting Tricks 2004 When Psychics Play Poker 33
Karl Fulves Counteract riffle shuffle, spectator deals ten cards and remembers next, repeated, second pile shuffled and performer divines both after looking through it 2004 When Psychics Play Poker 37
Karl Fulves Counterpoint 1 two card location after riffle shuffle and dealing packets, card clocking and stack 2004 When Psychics Play Poker 38
Karl Fulves Blockhead card removed from a secretly pre-clocked block is divined see also "Blocking" (Karl Fulves, 1979) 2005 Card Counting (2005 edition) 16
Karl Fulves Outcast card moved from one third of deck into another is found with (apparently) memory work, clocking and partial red-black separation inspired by "An Amazing Memory" (J. W. Sarles & John Scarne, 1982) 2005 Card Counting (2005 edition) 28
Karl Fulves & Ken Beale Ten-Hour Day card chosen in clock-layout with mathematical method, second card removed from rest of deck, both cards are divined inspired by "A Clock Trick" (Ken Beale, 1982) 2005 Card Counting (2005 edition) 40
Karl Fulves Telephone Puzzler expanded text from 1982 edition see also "Telephone Puzzler" (Karl Fulves, 1982) 2005 Card Counting (2005 edition) 47
Karl Fulves And Counting further commentary on card counting ideas 2005 Card Counting (2005 edition) 61
Karl Fulves Red-Black Relationship & Clocking red cards in one half clock to same total as black cards in other half, no application, full stack 2005 Card Counting (2005 edition) 62
Karl Fulves Apex Note another full deck stack method to find out which card is missing from half a deck 2005 Card Counting (2005 edition) 63
Karl Fulves Introduction 2005 Clockwork 3
Karl Fulves Kid Stuff finding missing card in small packet, for practicing see also "Count Of Cards" (Fulves, Charlatan #8) 2005 Clockwork 5
Karl Fulves Tri-Out spectator choses large number by chosen seven or eight spot cards, it is predicted that it is divisible by three, and it is, for practicing card counting 2005 Clockwork 6
Karl Fulves Counterfeat spectator removes any card from shuffled deck, performer removes full house and bets that spectator cannot beat him with straight flush that includes his card see also "Counterfeit" (Karl Fulves, 2005) 2005 Clockwork 9
Charles T. Jordan & Karl Fulves Reckoning With Jordan commented reprint of "The Pair Detection", spectator removes a pair from a packet, performer finds out which cards, Parallel Principle see also "The Pair Detection" (Charles T. Jordan, 1921) 2005 Clockwork 10
Karl Fulves Displaceable U deck cut in half, both halves shuffled, spectator removes some cards of named suit and places them in box, another one from other half under box, last one is named see also "The Pair Detection" (Charles T. Jordan, 1921) 2005 Clockwork 11
Karl Fulves Yo, Adrian two spectators take a card from half the deck and place it in the other, both divined, one is a confederate 2005 Clockwork 13
Karl Fulves Calling Ms. Modulo two poker hands, performer and spectator each decide on a hole card, medium tells hole card after hearing other four cards inspired by "Telephone Stud" (Wallace Lee, Math Miracles, 1950),
see also "Telephone Stud" (Karl Fulves, 2005)
2005 Clockwork 15
Karl Fulves Domain Theory teaser for next section 2005 Clockwork 20
Karl Fulves Fractional Counts clocking used with only a known section in middle of deck see also "Blocking" (Karl Fulves, 1979) 2005 Clockwork 21
Karl Fulves Mix Up adding partial false shuffles to previous trick 2005 Clockwork 22
Karl Fulves Stopped Clock spectator and performer remove a card, shuffled back in, performer deals and stops at both cards, domain theory 2005 Clockwork 23
Karl Fulves Third Degree two thirds are clocked, one, two or three selections can be removed or returned to different section and found 2005 Clockwork 24
Karl Fulves Suit Solution in Clocking card removed, performer removes four-of-a-kind of same value but originally removed card vanishes as it cannot be there 2005 Clockwork 25
Karl Fulves From Concentrate clocking only one color or other property 2005 Clockwork 26
Karl Fulves Mind's i two piles, two spectators each remove a card and put it in other pile, performer knows both after looking through one of the piles, also over phone 2005 Clockwork 27
Karl Fulves Rite Minded card moved from one half to the other, then deck assembled and card found, fast clocking 2005 Clockwork 29
Karl Fulves Pre-Existing Memory red and black card moved from one half to other, both found, partial clocking 2005 Clockwork 30
Karl Fulves Eminent Domain strategy in which red cards in bottom half are clocked, and black cards in top half, card moved from half to half can be identified, see also p. 73 2005 Clockwork 32
Karl Fulves Strongest Suit two cards reversed are identified via "eminent domain" card counting 2005 Clockwork 33
Karl Fulves Thot By Proxy spectator removed queen and any card from same suit, they're divined 2005 Clockwork 35
Karl Fulves Max Moe see also p. 67 2005 Clockwork 36
Karl Fulves Clockwork on card counting with "mechanical assistance" 2005 Clockwork 38
Karl Fulves Line of Sight edge marks on twelve cards combined with card counting 2005 Clockwork 38
Karl Fulves Unique Sums set-up so that two cards removed from a certain part still produce unique clocking value 2005 Clockwork 42
Karl Fulves Lettra Set two missing cards found with clocking and faro-shuffled set-up 2005 Clockwork 43
Karl Fulves 13 O'Clock two cards chosen with cutting procedure are found inspired by "Eyes of the Gods" (John Hamilton, 1970) 2005 Clockwork 56
Karl Fulves Modulus Operandi how to practice card counting mod different bases 2005 Clockwork 59
Karl Fulves Grudge Match Miraskill type bet with red-red, black-black and mixed pairs done with about half the shuffled deck, winner still known 2005 Clockwork 61
Karl Fulves Cold Case card removed from pile to pile and located, only clocked total of one half known in advance 2005 Clockwork 63
Karl Fulves Moe By Phone and further references for the plot 2005 Clockwork 67
Karl Fulves Pictorials clocking other things than the values
- Mid Count
- Corner & Curves
- Line Count (ESP)
- Lines And Curves
2005 Clockwork 69
Karl Fulves Royal Flush Clock spectator removes any Royal Flush card, performer quickly goes through deck and removes card from same Royal Flush 2005 Clockwork 70
Karl Fulves Double Card Count two cards removed, still found with card counting 2005 Clockwork 72
Karl Fulves Further References list of card counting tricks in Karl Fulves's output 2005 Clockwork 74
Karl Fulves Counter Intelligence clocking location with partially divided deck 2005 Combo II 33
Pit Hartling Memory Maven card removed and peeked at in shuffled deck, performer looks through cards and names missing card as well as position of second selection inspired by Max Maven effect,
varied by "Memory Maven Variation" (Pit Hartling & Denis Behr, 2017)
2017 Quarterly (Section "5 (Winter 2017)") 25
Pit Hartling & Denis Behr Memory Maven Variation method variation of Pit Hartling's effect inspired by "Pseudo Memory #2" (Harry Lorayne, 1965),
"Memory Maven" (Pit Hartling, 2017)
2017 Quarterly (Section "5 (Winter 2017)") 28