Shiner
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Unknown To Name Cards without Seeing them 1890 More Magic 30
Unknown Die magische Sehkraft cards given to blindfolded performer are named by him 1896 Der moderne Kartenkünstler 36
Unknown Second Method cards named without seeing them 1909 The Art of Magic 165
L.E. Duncanson With Sight Unseen divining cards behind back, small mirror between legs 1935 The Jinx 1-50 (Issue 5) 18
Unknown The Mirror Principle 1935 Mental Magic with Cards 28
Theodore Annemann The Mirror Reflector peeking a drawing on a slate while covering it with a handkerchief 1935 Complete One Man Mental and Psychic Routine 20
Wm. Hewitt Coincidence spectator shuffles deck and cuts to a card, same card is removed by performer from another deck, card shiner 1935 Mental Bargain Effects 11
Unknown Coincidence Again card with mirror foil on the corner to glimpse spectator's selection 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 74
Unknown Reading Cards, Mirror Methods 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 364
Unknown Another Method 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 364
Jardine Ellis Reducing Mirror 1938 Greater Magic 93
John Northern Hilliard Experiment in Mind Reading key and shiner 1938 Greater Magic 92
Dr. E. G. Ervin An Invisible Card Shiner painting lacquer nail polish on hand see also "No Mirror" (Jack Posetary*, 1970) 1938 The Jinx 1-50 (Issue 45) 309
Unknown Shiners tip 1940 Expert Card Technique 411
Charles Hopkins 48 - Secret reflectors. 1940 "Outs" Precautions and Challenges 66
Theodore Annemann Time to Shine new deck opened, shuffled, put back, performer knows cards in order, whole in case and shiner 1941 The Jinx 101-151 (Issue 123) 716
Dr. E. G. Ervin Worth Knowing An Invisible Card Shiner, painting lacquer nail polish on hand 1943 Full Deck of Impromptu Card Tricks 16
Milbourne Christopher & Bob Hunter Under Cover ideas with a matchbook, as an ambush for a list, for a shiner, to pick up daub, picking up a coin 1944 The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 53) 218
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Tommy Dowd, Audley Wals, rings as shiner, ethics, Paul Rosini, Max Holden, Stuart Robson 1944 The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 61) 251
King Stevenson Clipped x-ray eyes, seeing through cards and card on the face is divined 1946 The Phoenix 101-150 (Issue 101) 405
King Stevenson Cigarette Shiner paper clip in cigarette 1946 The Phoenix 101-150 (Issue 101) 405
Herb Runge C'Mon and Shine! idea and tips on the shiner 1951 The Phoenix 201 - 250 (Issue 238) 950
Herb Runge Effect #1 peeking a card 1951 The Phoenix 201 - 250 (Issue 238) 950
Herb Runge Effect #2 seeing with fingertips, name of cards 1951 The Phoenix 201 - 250 (Issue 238) 951
Herb Runge Effect #3 1951 The Phoenix 201 - 250 (Issue 238) 952
Herb Runge Effect #4 peeking a card 1951 The Phoenix 201 - 250 (Issue 238) 952
Tony Corinda (8) Reflectors and Shiners short routine, feeling cards with fingertips 1958 Blindfolds & X-Ray Eyes 138
Edward Marlo Color Eliminator color reflects on back of other card or nail polish on fingertip see also "Impromptu Peek Deck" (Justin Higham, 2010) 1962 Estimation 35
Nate Leipzig Knife Glimpse 1963 Dai Vernon's Tribute to Nate Leipzig 173
L. Vosburgh Lyons Triphecy II see also Phoenix p. 607 for Lyons' other method see also "Triphecy" (L. Vosburgh Lyons, 1948) 1968 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 3 No. 5) 163
Eddie Fay Fay's Gambling Methods - Peek and Deal shiner/glimmer handling 1969 Expert Card Mysteries 19
Eddie Fay Making of a Shiner from mirror 1969 Expert Card Mysteries 21
Pavano Omega any card divined because of mirror foil on back of joker 1969 Expert Card Mysteries 28
Alton Sharpe Omega, Sr. any card divined because of small sticky mirror on back of card 1969 Expert Card Mysteries 30
Jack Posetary* No Mirror reading colors of cards, whet thumbnail as shiner, see also p. 411 see also "An Invisible Card Shiner" (Dr. E. G. Ervin, 1938),
"Technicolor Thought" (Karl Fulves, 1971)
1970 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 6 No. 2) 389
Tony Cole* No Mirror thumbnail as impromptu shiner 1972 Epilogue (Issue 16) 152
Arthur Hill* Numbers Up deck of number cards, design duplication on two cards, mirror in lap 1975 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 10 No. 5) 872
Barrie Richardson Think Hot - Think Cold 1977 Pabular (Vol. 4 No. 4) 502
Paul Fox Reading the Cards performer knows cards despite being blindfolded 1978 Magic and Methods of Ross Bertram 139
Karl Fulves Reflections saliva on thumbnail for impromptu shiner inspired by "Picture Projection" (Robert Parrish, 1939),
see also Fingernail Polish Shiner, Walsh, Phoenix #325, p. 111
1979 The Chronicles (Issue 16) 1220
Al Mann The Lance from Lacus Solis four cards are chosen and impaled on two office spikes, all cards are divined, different shiner variations 1982 Of Gifts and Talents 6
Al Mann The Iron Scuttle No. 1, steel bucket on head, deck is placed on it and performer takes and divines a card 1983 101 Psychic Tests 1
Unknown X-Ray Vision No. 87, shuffled deck is cut in four piles, performer names the four bottom cards 1983 101 Psychic Tests 24
Edward Marlo Best Punchless Deal - So Far mirror/shiner 1984 Marlo's Magazine Volume 5 18
Bjorn Hanson First Sight nail polish transforms nail into "mirror" 1988 Apocalypse Vol. 11-15 (Vol. 11 No. 4) 1481
Edward Marlo Glim Deal sighting ahead when dealing with shiner 1993 The Olram File (Issue 14) 5
Edward Marlo The Glimmer 1993 The Olram File (Issue 14) 5
Unknown Knife Blade Glimpse see also Blackstone's Secrets of Magic (Walter Gibson, p. 21) 1994 The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley - Volume 2 447
Martin Gardner Literary Brilliance book/magazine cover as shiner 1995 Arcane (Issue 14) 207
Karl Fulves No Looking chapter intro, about glimpsing for card during riffle culling with shiner type things 1996 Blocking Off 146
Karl Fulves Nail Glimpse clear nail polish 1996 Blocking Off 147
Audley Walsh Reflection see also "Reflection" (Audley Walsh, New Phoenix #325) 1996 Blocking Off 147
Karl Fulves Named-Card Stab shiny blade 1996 Blocking Off 148
Karl Fulves Stationary Shiner attached to table edge, swing out shiner 1996 Blocking Off 148
Karl Fulves Stationary Shiner for Shuffle Work 1996 Blocking Off 149
Karl Fulves Glimpse via Scarne shiner glimpse with Scarne's blocking off method (p. 129) 1996 Blocking Off 150
Burling Hull & Karl Fulves Electra-Trance Card mirror on back of joker 1996 Blocking Off 151
Karl Fulves Concluding Notes shiners and impromptu shiners 1996 Blocking Off 151
Karl Fulves Shiner Gag mirror covered with tape 1998 Combo 39
Roberto Giobbi A Built-In Shiner cards with gilded edges 2010 Secret Agenda (Section "Nov 1") 325
Justin Higham Reflections on Reflectors on shiners, edited from "Secrets of Improvisational Magic"
- French Window
- Table Knife & Teaspoon
- Café Table
- Sunglasses
- Table Sign
- Menu-Card Holder
- Mobile Phone
- Wine Glass
- Coins & Keys
- Impromptu Peek Deck
- Smiley-Face Cards
- Reflector Awareness
2010 Gambit (Issue 2) 6
Justin Higham Impromptu Peek Deck for Hoyle Trump Cards inspired by "Color Eliminator" (Edward Marlo, 1962) 2010 Gambit (Issue 2) 7
Justin Higham Reflected Do As I Do (semi-improvised effect) Standard effect 2014 The 75% Production and The Trick With No Method 23
Jon Racherbaumer Shiner Notes collection of information
- List of Shiners Commercially Sold
- Early Reference
- Shiners Can Be Hidden In...
- Potter's Index References
2016 Facsimile (Issue 5) 17
Roy Baker Shiner, Shiner chrome tape 2016 Facsimile (Issue 5) 20
John Cornelius John Cornelius Thoughts watch as shiner see also "The Award Winning Magic of John Cornelius" (2001) 2016 Facsimile (Issue 5) 21
Geno Munari Geno Munari on Shiners 2016 Facsimile (Issue 5) 25
Geno Munari Reading a card from the back 2016 Facsimile (Issue 5) 28