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Unknown To name any Number of Cards in succession without Seeing them cards named one by one with deck behind backs, two methods 1876 Modern Magic 70
Unknown The Cards having been freely shuffled, and cut into three or four heaps, to name the top card of each heap 1876 Modern Magic 108
Unknown The Cards having been freely Shuffled and Cut into three or four Heaps, to Name the Top Card of each Heap one ahead 1889 Tricks with Cards 127
Unknown Das Lesen mit den Fingerspitzen deck behind back, performer names one card after the other, two handlings 1896 Der moderne Kartenkünstler 42
Unknown Nennen zweier Karten deck cut in two piles, performer names top two cards 1896 Der moderne Kartenkünstler 43
Unknown Das magische Trio one card palmed from the start 1896 Der moderne Kartenkünstler 107
David Devant & T. Nelson Downs The Magician's Will Power with one-way deck improvement by Downs 1909 The Art of Magic 176
Theodore Annemann The Lady and the Gentleman two card prediction with billet index see also "Lady and Gentleman" (Theodore Annemann, 1940) 1934 SH-H-H--! It's A Secret 40
Unknown The Three Heaps spectator cuts deck in three piles, three top cards are divined, repeat 1935 Mental Magic with Cards 10
Theodore Annemann & Al Baker The Master Mind two decks, three cards are predicted 1935 Complete One Man Mental and Psychic Routine 16
Theodore Annemann & Al Baker A Version of the Al Baker Three Billet Trick three cards that are selected (one thought-of) and written on a billet are divined, stacked deck 1936 The Jinx 1-50 (Issue 19) 108
Unknown Cards of Chance 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 21
Charles T. Jordan Hummer Detection one-way backs that must not be set in one direction 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 159
Theodore Annemann Two Card Slate Prophecy two cards divined and written on slates, stacked deck and forcing deck 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 348
Unknown Reading the Cards reading cards with fingertips, 2 simple one-ahead methods 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 361
Theodore Annemann Lady and Gentleman two card prediction with billet index inspired by "Two Souls with but a single Thought" (Al Baker, 1920s),
see also "The Lady and the Gentleman" (Theodore Annemann, 1934)
1940 The Jinx 51-100 (Issue 82) 529
Jack Vosburgh Double Edged Sword of Might two card prediction, one-ahead, mirage deck 1940 The Jinx 101-151 (Issue 122) 713
Edward Marlo & John Scarne Marlo's Think A Card three thought-of cards are predicted on billets, one ahead, based on John Scarne's "Think a Card" see also "Miracle Do As I Do" (Warren Wiersbe, 1946) 1941 Early Marlo (Section "Amazing, Isn't It?") 26
Theodore Annemann Card Voice three spectators pocket cards, a snoopy card tells them to performer, based on Jordan's "The Sagacious Joker" 1941 The Jinx 101-151 (Issue 148) 825
Edward Marlo Overhearing the Spectator use of this psychological ruse 1945 Future Reverse 4
Bruce Elliott Change! Thought! Coincidence! card selected, thought of and unseen are all predicted on three different colored cardboards 1945 Miracles in Mentalism and Psychic Experimentation 38
Warren Wiersbe Miracle Do As I Do inspired by "Marlo's Think A Card" (Edward Marlo & John Scarne, 1941),
see also "Blind Date" (Edward Marlo, 1972),
varied by "One Pack Triple Do" (Frederick Braue, 1973),
"The Third Dimension" (Nick Trost, 1997)
1946 Mental Cases With Cards 4
George G. Kaplan The Calcutta Mystery (First Version) two card prediction written with different colored pencils, one ahead inspired by "The Bombay Mystery" (George Kaplan, marketed),
varied by "Oh Calcutta" (John Bannon, 1990)
1948 The Fine Art of Magic 148
George G. Kaplan The Calcutta Mystery (Second Version) without the colored pencils, but with spectators initials, one ahead 1948 The Fine Art of Magic 152
Frederick Braue Triple Do three cards from 2 deck match, removed by performer and spectator 1948 Show Stoppers with Cards 12
Roger Barkann Parallels two decks, two predictions placed in books, as well as selections of spectator also published as "Parallels" (Roger Barkann, 1956) 1948 The Phoenix 151-200 (Issue 151) 606
John Scarne Calling the Cards Shuffled deck spread face down on table, performer able to divine identity of freely selected cards with X-ray vision 1950 Scarne on Card Tricks 9
Unknown Card Clairvoyance card is cut in four packets, top card buried in each packet, four top cards are named 1951 Psychic Magic - Vol. 1 27
Edward Marlo Double Thought two cards, one freely thought of, one ahead see also "Four Ways To Go" (Edward Marlo, 1988),
"Logical Double Thought, Plus One" (Edward Marlo, 1991)
1953 The Cardician 31
Edward Marlo Double Thoughts - Single Deck two cards, one thought of, one ahead see also "Double Thought and Two Billets" (Edward Marlo, 1959),
"Double Thought - Single Deck" (Edward Marlo, 1959)
1953 The Cardician 126
Harlan Tarbell How to Win Three Horse Races forcing bank of a third of the deck, one ahead 1954/27 Tarbell Course in Magic - Volume 6 242
Roger Barkann Parallels two decks, two predictions placed in books, as well as selections of spectator also published as "Parallels" (Roger Barkann, 1948) 1956 The Best in Magic 113
Edward Marlo Matcho - Method I two decks, two spectators make a selection each, one only thought of 1959 Marlo Meets His Match 5
Edward Marlo Matcho - Method II two cards only thought of, see also page 9 for Variation 1959 Marlo Meets His Match 6
Edward Marlo Matcho - Method V peeked at and thought of card found 1959 Marlo Meets His Match 9
Edward Marlo Matcho - Method VI two cards counted to predicted 1959 Marlo Meets His Match 9
Edward Marlo Double Thought - Single Deck two cards thought of found, one ahead
- Stooge Version
- The Exchange Version
- The Key Card Version
- Memory Version
see also "Double Thoughts - Single Deck" (Edward Marlo, 1953) 1959 Marlo Meets His Match 12
Edward Marlo Matcho - Method VII two cards cut to predicted by performer 1959 Marlo Meets His Match 18
Edward Marlo Matcho - Method VIII two cards cut to predicted/matched by performer with other deck 1959 Marlo Meets His Match 20
Edward Marlo Matcho - Method IX two cards cut to predicted by performer 1959 Marlo Meets His Match 21
Edward Marlo Double Thought and Two Billets see also "Double Thoughts - Single Deck" (Edward Marlo, 1953) 1959 Marlo Meets His Match 22
Edward Marlo Gaffed Method for "Double Thought", roughed Mene-Tekel Deck, two methods 1959 Marlo Meets His Match 24
Edward Marlo Marked Matcho two decks 1959 Marlo Meets His Match 27
Edward Marlo Unmarked Matcho two decks 1959 Marlo Meets His Match 28
Edward Marlo Memory Matcho two decks, one stacked 1959 Marlo Meets His Match 29
Dr. Stanley Jaks Mental Flashes triple prediction, huge cards with numbers from 1-3 predictions are written on the back of the cards varied by "Outdone-Doutdid" (Robert Dorian, 1977) 1960 Magic of the Mind 18
Peter Warlock The Patient Telepath prediction written on big file cards, initialed by the spectators 1960 Magic of the Mind 20
Ned Rutledge Man and Woman two card prediction on two billets, clever ploy to cover one ahead 1967 Between Two Minds 20
Alton Sharpe Double Prediction Chest freely thought of and chosen card predicted, one ahead 1968 Expert Card Conjuring 73
Karl Fulves Double Up two selections from topsy-turvy deck, position and identity are predicted, riffle shuffle method 1968 Epilogue (Issue 3) 23
Theodore Annemann The Pellet Trick from "Annemann's $50 Manuscript" (ca. 1932)
(Instructions by Frank Lane), 3 spectators select and think of cards and write them on pellets, performer divines them all
1968 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 3 No. 4) 161
Al Cohn Quasi-Mental you know top card of cut deck, bold 1972 Million Dollar Card Secrets 64
Edward Marlo Impromptu X-Ray Deck four selections returned to deck, performer names them, two methods, inspired by Daley's "Electronic Vision" (Linking Ring, April 1951) 1972 Kabbala - Volume 1 (Vol. 1 No. 6) 45
E. S. Bentfrum Matching Prediction inspired by "Double Thought and Two Billets" (Edward Marlo, 1959) 1972 Kabbala - Volume 2 (Vol. 2 No. 3) 22
Karl Fulves Double Up two selections from topsy-turvy deck, position and identity are predicted, riffle shuffle method 1973 Riffle Shuffle Set-Ups 26
Frederick Braue One Pack Triple Do spectator and performer have half the deck each, three cards taken out by each, they match, two handlings inspired by "Miracle Do As I Do" (Warren Wiersbe, 1946) 1973 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 8 No. 7) 626
Sam Dalal Double Vision two cards predicted on paper slips, using ballpoint pen with pencil lead, mirage deck also published as Magigram (Rough-Smooth part, by Sam Dalal) 1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9 No. 8) 743
Karl Fulves Dynamic Duo two spectators each take a card from half the deck from performer's pocket, both written on slips of paper by performer 1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9 No. 12) 817
Harry Lorayne Triple Mate one removed and 2 thought-of cards found see also "Triathlon" (Pit Hartling, 1998) 1976 The Epitome Location 25
Eddie Fields P-O-P Effect Dual card location using P-O-P Peek inspired by "P-O-P Peek" (Eddie Fields, 1976) 1976 The Artful Dodges of Eddie Fields 52
Al Mann Astral Sight deck cut in several piles, cards on bottom are named by performer 1976 The Third Ecstasy 15
Thomas Alan Waters Burning Questions questions are written on paper and put into envelopes, after the questions have been answered the envelopes are burnt in a bowl inspired by "Getting the Impression" (George B. Anderson, 1949) 1979 Mind, Myth & Magick (Section "New Thoughts For Old") 20
Ron Ferris & Harry Lorayne Firestorm Two top cards of freely cut to packets are divined, one ahead, red black separation kicker 1982 Best of Friends 513
Edward Marlo Locus-Pocus two Cards, four methods
- Locii Two
- Locii Two II
- Loci Two III
- Prediction Variation
1983 Marlo without Tears 139
Thomas Alan Waters Threesum triple prediction on selected playing cards, with Bingo chart (Stover's "irrisistible Force") inspired by Peter Warlock's "Caught Thoughts" in "Pentagram" Vol. 10, No. 6, 1956. P. 49.,
"The Irrisistible Force“ in New Phoenix #340,
"Days of Force" (Mel Stover, 1945)
1984 Mind, Myth & Magick (Section "Mynd") 557
Thomas Alan Waters Circlet two cards, one with female and one with male symbol, prediction of two cards for a man and a woman, written on the fitting cards 1985 Mind, Myth & Magick (Section "Mystyx") 688
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
Larry Jennings One Thought Behind two cards, one-ahead 1988 The Cardwright 60
Edward Marlo A Mental Combination - A Multiple Coincidence
- Impromptu Power of Thought
4 thought-of cards matched with another deck, power-of-thought with 2 decks, see page 55 (Addendum) for addition
1989 So Soon? 33
John Bannon Oh Calcutta thought of and dealt-to card are predicted, one ahead inspired by "The Calcutta Mystery (First Version)" (George G. Kaplan, 1948) 1990 Impossibilia 11
Alex Elmsley A Double Prediction two cards, progressive spelling set-up, one-ahead, 16th card principle varied by "Decision" (Jules Lenier, 1969) 1991 The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley - Volume 1 311
Edward Marlo Logical Double Thought, Plus One two cards thought of & 1 unknown card removed, all found, three methods see also "Two Thoughts and a Mate" (Simon Aronson, Aronson Approach),
"Double Thought" (Edward Marlo, 1953),
"Four Ways To Go" (Edward Marlo, 1988)
1991 The Olram File (Issue 4) 8
Terry LaGerould Spectator guesses better one ahead 1993 Apocalypse Vol. 16-20 (Vol. 16 No. 9) 2257
Alex Elmsley Future Stock two card prediction, stack, one-ahead 1994 The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley - Volume 2 398
T. Nelson Downs The Pickpocket cards of one color are put in performer's pocket who removes cards which are then divined by spectator 3 times 1994 More Greater Magic 1083
Philip T. Goldstein Boustrophedon two cards chosen behind back divined 1994 Thabbatical 79
Pit Hartling Triathlon three card challenge location, sophisticated inspired by "Triple Mate" (Harry Lorayne, 1976) 1998 Das kleine grüne Heft 24
Karl Fulves Next of Kin no extra card 2000 Lost Vampire Secrets 153
Lee Asher Fan-see meeting both of you here instant stooge, one ahead, two cards 2001 Hand Jobs 11
Al Baker Best Card Trick stacked deck, one ahead 2003 The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Section "Notebooks") 683
Al Baker Second Method of the trick before that, stacked deck 2003 The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Section "Notebooks") 684
Al Baker For Two Persons with a medium 2003 The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Section "Notebooks") 684
Al Baker Wonderful Four Cards and Pellets Mystery Si Stebbins, Svengali 2003 The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Section "Notebooks") 760
Tom Stone White Lies classic one-ahead trick with blank cards on which writing appears with ashes rubbed on 2011 Maelstrom 39
Roger Gorss & Edward Boswell & Brad Henderson Have You Got The Nerve? One ahead trick with two cards chosen 2015 The Saturday Morning Session 5
Pit Hartling Echoes three selections predicted with their mates 2016 In Order to Amaze 92