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Jean Hugard & Frederick Braue The Three of Spades writing appears on face of selection 1942 Prepared Cards and Accessories 14
Malcolm Davison Finding the Lady is Easy three signed blank cards, two are found by performer and third one turns out to be the blank card held by spectator since the beginning 1960 Magic of the Mind 76
Roy Walton Transposition of a Signature Variation different colored back 1969 The Devil's Playthings 60
Karl Fulves Trans-Script two signatures change position on odd-backed cards, with odd-backed duplicates, faro, see also Addenda on page 60 see also "Insto-Transpo Slates" (Peter Warlock, The Magic Circular, Sept. 1954),
"Signature Transpo Credit Information" (Karl Fulves, 1987)
1970 Faro & Riffle Technique (Section "First Supplement") 58
Roy Walton They Match initials on different card come together on one card inspired by "Matched Cards" (Art Spring*, 1969) 1970 Epilogue (Issue 9) 71
Edward Marlo Signature Transposition cards signed on face (!), signatures transpose, three methods see also "The De-Materializing Coin" (Roland Hurley, 1971),
varied by "The Sentimental Swiss Signature Switch" (Peter Kane & Edward Marlo, 1975)
1970 Hierophant (Issue 3) 113
Frank Garcia Wild Cards performer's signature multiplies 1972 Million Dollar Card Secrets 25
Peter Kane Signature Transposition two cards signed on back by 2 people, signatures transpose varied by "M.I.M.C." (Peter Duffie, 1997) 1972 Card Cavalcade 5
Dr. Jacob Daley Quick Bet spectator initials back of high card, performer of low card, signatures transpose 1972 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 7 No. 7) 520
Francis J. Baker* Alpha Card Act - First Trick (spectator choses card from one deck, performer from another, they match)
- Second Trick (spectator initials card on back, performer the Three of Hearts on face, but later the Nine of Hearts is initialed on face and on back)
- Third Trick (two cards reversed in two decks match)
1973 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 8 No. 8) 629
Tony Bartolotta Half Transpo queen side of normal card transposes with blank side of double blank card 1973 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 8 No. 11) 654
Edward Marlo No Future Plus two selections with different back are placed underneath a magazine, the become one card 1974 The Unexpected Card Book 200
Edward Marlo Impromptu Signature Transpo see also "Back & Forth" (Edward Marlo & Jon Racherbaumer, 1976) 1974 The Unexpected Card Book 248
Emil Loew & Karl Fulves Other Applications of the "Educated Envelope" see also "Educated Envelope" (Emil Loew, 1974) 1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9 No. 9) 754
Peter Kane & Edward Marlo The Sentimental Swiss Signature Switch two cards signed on stickers on face by spectators, signatures transpose inspired by "Signature Transposition" (Edward Marlo, 1970) 1975 A Further Card Session with Peter Kane 24
Edward Marlo & Jon Racherbaumer Back & Forth with signed stickers on backs inspired by "Impromptu Signature Transpo" (Edward Marlo, 1974) 1976 Kabbala - Volume 3 (Vol. 3 No. 8) 110
Karl Fulves (4) Ships That Pass spectator mails a card to you and you on the same day a card to him, when envelopes are opened, the cards have transposed
- Variation A: cards are the same card
- Variation B: full decks are mailed with one reversed card
- Variation C: spectator mails a card to himself and it changes to another or has now performers signature
posed as problems
1976 Interlocutor (Issue 13) 49
Karl Fulves Celestial Navigation red-backed and boxed card is selected from blue deck see also "Celestial Navigation" (Karl Fulves, 1978) 1977 Packet Switches (Part Four) 237
Jim Hooper Your Autograph, Please sentence appears on blank card 1977 Pabular (Vol. 3 No. 11) 437
Karl Fulves The Drop Point card selected from blue-backed deck, red-backed duplicate in other deck found, it then has signature, sleeving 1977 Impromptu Holdouts 6
Karl Fulves Celestial Navigation odd-backed prediction card is signed on back and put in wallet, selection from another deck turns out to be same card see also "Celestial Navigation" (Karl Fulves, 1977) 1978 Coe Norton's Omega Wallet 4
Russ Burns Signature Transpo card signed on both sides, one signature travels to another card 1979 Card Cavalcade Finale 101
Karl Fulves Redexpress signed card changes back color, backs transpose 1979 Teleportation Notes 8
Karl Fulves The Trip Back signature travels onto another card 1979 Teleportation Notes 12
Jim Lee The Flying Signature from one back to another varied by "The Flying Signature Variation" (Jerry K. Hartman, 1982),
"Flying Signature Explored" (J. C. Doty, 1982)
1980 Apocalypse Vol. 1-5 (Vol. 3 No. 3) 317
Karl Fulves Color Quik 2&2, reds and blacks mixed in fan condition, when fan is turned over colors have unmixed, visual, multiple phases, selected card appears as finale and signature on it changes into mirror writing 1980 Color Quik 9
Paul Harris Sliding Ink initials are transfered from card to card 1980 Close-up Fantasies - Book I 79
Derek Dingle Post It! signature on Post It! Note travels from card to card see also "Pre-Posted" (Philip T. Goldstein, 1983) 1982 The Complete Works of Derek Dingle 164
J. C. Doty Flying Signature Explored inspired by "The Flying Signature" (Jim Lee, 1980) 1982 Apocalypse Vol. 1-5 (Vol. 5 No. 4) 619
Jerry K. Hartman The Flying Signature Variation from one back to another inspired by "The Flying Signature" (Jim Lee, 1980) 1982 The Collected Almanac (Vol. 1 No. 2) 15
Christian Scherer The Invisible Signature signature on face of card disappears and reappears 1983 Apocalypse Vol. 6-10 (Vol. 6 No. 1) 728
Jay Sankey Forgery an X is transfered from card to card... 1983 The Collected Almanac (Vol. 1 No. 5&6) 43
Sam Leo Horowitz & June Horowitz & Trevor Lewis Double Trouble weird effect 1983 Bertram on Sleight of Hand 240
Paul Harris Hi There Baby Cakes performer's name and phone number are written on two cards, one writing travels onto other card (on same side) 1983 A Close-Up Kinda Guy 22
Jon Racherbaumer Autograph Round two backs signed, both signatures travel on same back 1984 The Collected Almanac (Vol. 2 No. Summer Extra) 217
Earl Nelson The Flying Signature odd-backed card turns out to be same as signed selection, then signature appears on it see also "Signa-Flite" (William P. Miesel, 1984),
"The Flying Signature, No Palm Method" (Frank Simon, 1984)
1984 West Coast Quarterly (Vol. 1 No. 1) 56
Frank Simon The Flying Signature, No Palm Method odd-backed card turns out to be same as signed selection, then signature appears on it see also "The Flying Signature" (Earl Nelson, 1984) 1984 West Coast Quarterly (Vol. 1 No. 1) 64
William P. Miesel Signa-Flite odd-backed card turns out to be same as signed selection, then signature appears on it, simplified variation inspired by "The Flying Signature" (Earl Nelson, 1984) 1984 West Coast Quarterly (Vol. 1 No. 2) 41
Paul Harris Fan Dance spectator's initials on small piece of cardboard, it moves up and down a fan and vanishes, initials appear on selection 1984 Close-up Seductions 50
William P. Miesel Twice under the Shot card under shot glass changes into signed selection, card is put back under glass then a second card is selected and signed on the back, signatures turn out to be on same card inspired by "Card Under Glass" (Derek Dingle, 1982) 1984 Fork Full of Appetizers - Book 2 40
Jay Sankey Bit By Bit half the signature comes to top, then full signature, visual 1985 The New York Magic Symposium - Collection 4 58
Ben Harris Signed Blendex odd-backed card finds signed selection, then becomes signed selection 1985 Best of Friends - Volume II 484
Danny Korem Signa-Wild Reset Reset in which one four-of-a-kind is signed on back by performer, then signatures transpose on other quartet 1985 Korem without Limits 156
Jay Sankey Forgery an X is transfered from card to card 1986 Sankey Panky 20
Jay Sankey & Richard Sanders The Red Prediction signature travels onto odd-backed prediction 1986 Sankey Panky 31
Jay Sankey Clue detective story in which kings change to 2s, a back-marked card becomes signed king 1986 Sankey Panky 36
Eric Mead Signed Stunner spectator signs card on face, performer different one on back, both signatures on one card at the end 1986 Magical Arts Journal (Vol. 1 No. 4) 9
Karl Fulves Signature Transpo Credit Information odd-backed, only credit information see also "Trans-Script" (Karl Fulves, 1970) 1987 Contemporary Handkerchief Magic - Part Two 53
Edward Marlo Signature Transfer nine methods, ungaffed, stranger, duplicate, double backer, partial roughed menetekel (method 8) 1988 Marlo's Magazine Volume 6 189
Jerry Sadowitz Thanks to Hofzinser signature on back multiplies, appears on card pocketed in beginning 1989 Cards on the Table 37
David Williamson Signature Removal signature peeled off card, letralin 1989 Williamson's Wonders 79
Gary Kurtz Hypothetical Possibilities ambitious card, signature vanishes and reappears, wallet varied by "Hypothetical Possibilities" (Gary Kurtz, 1992) 1990 Unexplainable Acts 11
John Bannon Tattoo You spectator's initials are transferred from red to blue card, red/blue double backer varied by "Impromptu Tattoo You" (Allan Ackerman & John Bannon, 1996),
"Insignia" (Ryan Schlutz, 2011)
1991 Smoke and Mirrors 38
Alexander de Cova Hangman Plus stick figure on cardboard vanishes and appears on back of signed selection inspired by "Mr. Stickman" (Richard Sanders, Jay Sankey, When Creators Collide, 1987) 1992 Ein Profi packt aus... 108
Gary Kurtz Hypothetical Possibilities ambitious card, signature vanishes and reappears, wallet, revised handling inspired by "Hypothetical Possibilities" (Gary Kurtz, 1990) 1992 Prinzipien in der Praxis 7
Alex Elmsley Signature Piece signature travels from red backed to blue backed deck 1994 The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley - Volume 2 192
Karl Fulves Erdnase's Envelope signed cards, in nested envelope is odd-backed prediction which then has signature 1994 Crooked Tales 78
Karl Fulves Hofzinser's Wallet odd-backed aces from wallet placed on deck, one changes into signed selection (now odd-backed) 1994 Crooked Tales 114
Darwin Ortiz Time and Again 1995 Cardshark 86
Darwin Ortiz Darwin's Poker Deal travelling signatures 1995 Cardshark 159
Darwin Ortiz Signature Effect signature jumps from card to card varied by "Face to Face" (Henry Harrius, 2016) 1995 Cardshark 23
Peter Duffie No Two Ways About It two signatures transpose 1995 Duffie's Card Compulsions 226
Peter Duffie Changing Sides selfworking version of "No Two Ways..." 1995 Duffie's Card Compulsions 229
Jim Morrison The Magic Marker rubbing signature off and back on 1995 Apocalypse Vol. 16-20 (Vol. 18 No. 8) 2542
Darwin Ortiz Bold Fusion creating a double facer 1995 Cardshark 139
David Garrard Disappearing Ink spectator's signature disappears 1996 Apocalypse Vol. 16-20 (Vol. 19 No. 6) 2660
Stephen Tucker The Xerox Effect signature multiplies on blank cards 1996 Apocalypse Vol. 16-20 (Vol. 19 No. 8) 2683
Paul Harris Backlash card signed on both sides, spelled to, put in pocket, travels back, one signature changes into performer's name varied by "Memento" (Benjamin Earl, 2016) 1996 The Art of Astonishment - Book 1 (Section "New Stuff") 29
Paul Harris Sliding Ink initials are transfered from card to card 1996 The Art of Astonishment - Book 2 (Section "Close-up Fantasies 1 & 2") 199
Paul Harris Membrane spectator selects card with mark on back, mark on back is transfered onto card case 1996 The Art of Astonishment - Book 3 (Section "New Stuff") 41
Paul Harris Hi There Baby Cakes performer's name and phone number are written on two cards, one writing travels onto other card (on same side) 1996 The Art of Astonishment - Book 3 (Section "Close-up Kinda Guy") 105
Allan Ackerman & John Bannon Impromptu Tattoo You performer signs back of odd-backed card, spectator front of other card, signature jumps on odd-backed card inspired by "Tattoo You" (John Bannon, 1991) 1996 Al Cardpone 4
Michael Kaminskas Birthday Wishes birthday trick, selected card is signed on back, card rises to top and from deck comes birthday tune eventually happy birthday is found written on the front 1996 Miracle Material 34
Aldo Colombini Heat creating double facer and double backer 1997 Apocalypse Vol. 16-20 (Vol. 20 No. 9) 2840
Karl Fulves Cristabel card signed on back and lost, deck covered with handkerchief, movement, mark now on other card outside deck 1997 The Vampire Chronicles 45
Peter Duffie M.I.M.C. Two spectators sign two cards with different backs, the two signatures on the faces transpose inspired by "Signature Transposition" (Peter Kane, 1972) 1997 Effortless Card Magic 106
Bruce Cervon X Marks the Spot not signature, but X-mark 1998 Hard-Boiled Mysteries 36
Bruce Cervon X Marks the Spot II not signature, but X-mark, simpler for spectator 1998 Hard-Boiled Mysteries 40
Bruce Cervon X Marks the Spot III not signature, but X-mark, even simpler and commercial 1998 Hard-Boiled Mysteries 42
David Williamson Peel-Off Signature 1998 Pristine 5
Wesley James Pristine piece-by-piece restoration of signed card, then folds removed and signature peeled off
- The Force
- Acquiring the Duplicate and the Signatures
- Pre-Creasing
- The Tear
- Switching in the Duplicate
- Restoring the First Piece
- Restoring the Second Piece
- Restoring the Third (last) Piece
- Unloading the Extra Pieces
- The Pristine-ing
1998 Pristine 10
Darwin Ortiz No Way Out apparent failure in bet presentation 2002 Scams & Fantasies with Cards 66
Darwin Ortiz Ultimate Fusion creating double facer 2002 Scams & Fantasies with Cards 168
Karl Fulves Hoftwinzer signature on back of a card travels to another selection 2003 Hofzinser Notebook 24
Jay Sankey A Short Fuse Two of Clubs (signed on face) fuses with Ace of Clubs (signed on back) to form double signed Three of Clubs see also "Hotfoot" (Jay Sankey, 1986) 2003 Twenty Years Of Magic (Section "Memorable Images") 3
Simon Lovell Semi-Switched cards change places while signatures stay put, gaffed 2007 Best of Friends - Volume III 125
Peter Duffie Travel Agent Signature transfers from back of one card onto selection's back 2007 The Magician's Ltd Cookbook 64
Tyler Wilson Running Man ungaffed handling for Doc Eason's "Anniversary Waltz" 2010 Reinventing the Real 85
Tyler Wilson Oscar The Grouch deck with celebrity-names on backs, some transformations on both sides of one of those cards, back changes to named name 2010 Reinventing the Real 164
Christian Engblom The Near Perfect Circle circle appears on card, spectator cuts under table, in circle appears name of card cut to see also "Houdini's Legacy" (Paul Curry, 1974) 2010 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks - Volume 8 38
Ryan Schlutz Insignia signed card, back of magician's name tag predicts selection and then even has the signature inspired by "Tattoo You" (John Bannon, 1991) 2011 Making the Cut 81
Jason Ladanye Forging Ahead initials are moved from one ace to another ace, Out-to-Lunch 2013 Confident Deceptions 133
Patrick Lehnen InkOgnito signature is taken off the card and replaced finally the card and the deck turn into blank cards and back to a normal deck again, blank card 2013 Lecture Notes 19
Jim Abrahams & Patrick Lehnen Signatory Piece the magician's writing (phone number) travels on the back of other cards and ends up on signed selection 2013 Lecture Notes 25
Friedrich Roitzsch Catch Me If You Can spectator's signature travels from back of one card to another 2015 FFFF Lecture Notes 2015 4
Benjamin Earl Memento card signed on both sides, card jumps around, one signature changes into performer's name inspired by "Backlash" (Paul Harris, 1996) 2016 Eye Candy 12
Alex Hansford Mystery Card Card is selected and signed, odd-backed card shown to be the same card with different signature, signature then changes into spectator's signature 2016 Sprezzatura 22