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Unknown A Baffling Spell card put on table is used to spell to second selection 1933 Card Manipulations (Issue 2) 29
Tom Sellers The Cute Speller using packet with cards that spell with same number of letters 1934 Card Tricks That Work 20
Unknown Mental Spelling progressive spelling set-up 1935 Mental Magic with Cards 17
Bob Hummer The Puzzling Speller progressive set-up 1936 The Jinx 1-50 (Section "Winter Extra 1935/36") 83
Jean Hugard System for Arranging Cards for Any Spelling Combination explained with the effect in which every value in a suit is spelled out 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 41
Unknown A Single Speller four piles of thirteen to place card 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 45
Arthur H. Buckley Spell It spelling every card with 11 letters except for 4 exceptions, card is placed at position 11 by simply picking up a break while spreading for selection 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 46
Unknown Impromptu Speller system for spelling every card with thirteen letters 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 46
Charles T. Jordan Wizard Spelling Master two banks that spell with 9 resp. 12 card each 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 47
Unknown Thought Spelling progressive set-up, three spectators 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 53
Charles T. Jordan Spelling Any Card Called For full deck stack varied by "Shock Spell" (Father Cyprian, 1983) 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 56
Frank Squires & Lloyd E. Jones Frank Squires' Speller answers to questions about selection are spelt out, selection shows up varied by "Frank Squires Speller" (Frederick Braue, 1985) 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 61
Theodore Annemann Spell It Yourself two decks, progressive set-up, out of hand selection procedure 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 62
Charles T. Jordan Incomprehendo stacked, one-way backs 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 165
Henry Christ Spell Me! thought-of card, progressive set-up see also "Spell Detector" (Henry Christ, 1988),
varied by "The New Spell Me" (Henry Christ, 1937)
1937 The Jinx 1-50 (Issue 30) 195
Robert Parrish The Version used by Robert Parrish as previous routine but setting a selection in spelling position 1937 You'd be Surprised 41
Unknown Placing Selection at Spelling Position spread or thumb count 1938 Greater Magic 310
Theodore Annemann Magic versus Mentalism thought of card is spelled to from 2 decks, progressive spelling set-up 1939 The Jinx 51-100 (Issue 52) 363
Alphonso Much Thought three thought-of cards found by spelling, two decks, progressive spelling set-up 1939 The Jinx 51-100 (Section "Winter Extra 1938/39") 367
Unknown Multi-Spelling Trick "The repeat Spelling of Mentally Selected Cards" 1940 Expert Card Technique 347
Herb Runge Pick Up 1940 The Jinx 101-151 (Issue 121) 707
Unknown Spelling Any Card with 13 Letters 1941 The Stripper Deck 22
Jack Vosburgh Automaton Spell using one-way backs 1941 The Jinx 101-151 (Issue 130) 748
Edward Marlo 3. As a Speller Replacement replacing under Twelve Cards for Spelling 1945 Off the Top 4
Unknown Thought Stealer progressive set up 1948 The Royal Road to Card Magic 23
John Hamilton Of the Phoenix 1949 The Phoenix 151-200 (Issue 177) 710
Royal Vale Heath & John Scarne Heath's Master Speller Ace to king packet arranged, random card cut to, value spelled repeatedly to get Ace to King in sequence 1950 Scarne on Card Tricks 31
Cardini Cardini's Mind Reading Card Trick Uses six duplicates 1950 Scarne on Card Tricks 33
Royal Vale Heath Tap Tap Tap selection and five other cards are put in envelopes, performer taps the envelopes and spectator mentally spells his card, when he stops the performer his hand is on the correct envelope 1950 The Phoenix 201 - 250 (Issue 201) 802
Bill Simon The Locator Three of Clubs spectator thrusts a known card into a card spread of 28 cards and his selection is found 1952 Effective Card Magic 152
Max Katz Counting the Cards spelling through a deck from ace to king 1957 26 Originals 21
Edward Marlo C. Spelling out an Unknown Card second deal 1959 Seconds, Centers, Bottoms 137
Patrick Page Beyond the Veil cut-to card is spelled out in second deck and produces same card varied by "Shuffled Speller" (Philip T. Goldstein & Patrick Page, 1984) 1959 Card Tricks 316
Edward Marlo Mechanical Estimation Effects as a location or spelling effect 1962 Estimation 10
Edward Marlo Mental Spell is this Paul Rosini's? Fingertip peeked at card is spelled to, progressive spelling set-up 1962 Estimation 49
Harry Lorayne Spellbinder any selection is spelled to 1967 Deck-Sterity 17
Edward Marlo Speller Presentation thought-of spelling with progressive set-up and optional prediction (billet index) 1968 Expert Card Conjuring 86
Paul Swinford Duo Spell two mentally chosen cards spelled out, see p. 206 for references see also suggestion by Roy Walton on p. 230,
"Transpoker III" (Karl Fulves, 1986)
1968 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 3 No. 9) 194
Roy Walton Helensburg Speller spelling to any thought of card, Phoenix #98 reference given on p. 236, see also p. 254 for references inspired by "Encore!" (Frederick Mosteller, 1944) 1968 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 4 No. 2nd Folio) 221
Bruce Cervon Perfect Speller varied by "Repeat Perfect Speller" (Allan Slaight, 1969),
"Tele-Spell" (Ken Krenzel, 1969),
"Speaking of Spells" (Cushing Strout, 1974),
"Perfect Speller" (Karl Fulves, 1978),
"Riffle Shuffle Control Placement for Perfect Speller" (Karl Fulves, 1978),
"HR's Speller" (Harvey Rosenthal, 1979),
"Manhattan Transfer" (Philip T. Goldstein, 1982)
1968 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 4 No. 2) 227
Edward Marlo Flash Spelling varied by "Simon's Flash Speller" (Simon Aronson, 2001) 1971 Expert Card Chicanery 30
Bill Logan Perfect Packet Spell spectator removes a couple of number cards, performer arranges them instantly so they spell out in wanted order one by one 1972 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 8 No. 2) 576
Cushing Strout Speaking of Spells setting up for the referenced spelling tricks with location routine inspired by "Baker + Johnson Combination" (F. J. Baker, Marvin Johnson),
"Perfect Speller" (Bruce Cervon, 1968),
"Crazy Clocks" (Fred G. Taylor, 1968),
"Tri-Multaneous" (Sam Schwartz, 1970),
"Child's Play" (Karl Fulves, 1970)
1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 10 No. 2) 829
Joseph K. Schmidt JKSpell packet, progressive spelling set-up, see also p. 864 for credit information inspired by "Magic Spell" (Dai Vernon, Hugard's Magic Monthly, Oct. 1946, p. 259) 1975 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 10 No. 4) 861
Ken Krenzel The Block-Cover Pass Immediate Spell 1978 The Card Classics of Ken Krenzel 218
Bruce Cervon The Perfect Speller credit information on Lie Speller 1979 Riffle Shuffle Control 14
Karl Fulves Speller Note brief note on Cervon's "Perfect Speller" see also "Perfect Speller" (Bruce Cervon, 1968) 1979 Riffle Shuffle Control 20
Jeff Altman Short and Sweet progressive set-up 1981 Apocalypse Vol. 1-5 (Vol. 4 No. 9) 532
Derek Dingle Miracle Mental Spell to two freely thought of cards, count-spell principle see also "another encore" (Alex Elmsley & Frederick Mosteller, 1976) 1982 The Complete Works of Derek Dingle 169
Philip T. Goldstein Manhattan Transfer lie speller with automatic control, credit information for Lie Spelling inspired by "Perfect Speller" (Bruce Cervon, 1968) 1982 12/12 5
Philip T. Goldstein & Patrick Page Shuffled Speller cut-to card is spelled out in second deck and produces same card, ungaffed approach for Patrick Page's "Beyond the Veil" inspired by "Beyond the Veil" (Patrick Page, 1959) 1984 Thequal 7
Philip T. Goldstein Manhattan Transfer lie speller with automatic control, credit information for Lie Spelling inspired by "Perfect Speller" (Bruce Cervon, 1968) 1984 Lechter Notes 1
Frederick Braue Mental Telepathy Stack four spectators think of a card from a group, they're spelled out, progressive spellers (1935) 1985 The Fred Braue Notebooks (Issue 1) 1
Frederick Braue Item spelling almost any card with eleven letters 1985 The Fred Braue Notebooks (Issue 1) 1
Bruce Cervon Perfect Speller featuring Cervon's lie detector strategie 1988 The Cervon File 29
Edward Marlo & U. F. Grant Grant's Lost Card Trick spelling principle to divine any thought of card 1988 Marlo's Magazine Volume 6 299
Stewart James 3 Little Words - Two Pile Lie Speller: The Roots
- Two Pile Lie Speller: The Trick
1988 The Chronicles (Issue 32) 1379
Edward Marlo No Adjustment Spell with unknown card 1990 That's It 19
Edward Marlo I Knew That any card is spelled to (Count-Spell Principle), two methods, with credit information (Mosteller) also published as "I Knew That" (Edward Marlo, 1990),
"I Knew That" (Edward Marlo, 1993)
1990 That's It 52
Edward Marlo I Knew That any card is spelled to (Count-Spell Principle), two methods, with credit information (Mosteller) also published as "I Knew That" (Edward Marlo, 1990) 1990 Finally! 61
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
Charles Cameron Devilish Sorcery progressive spelling with word cards 1992 New Sorcerer (Vol. 1 No. 1) 12
Frederick Braue Discoveries - The Speller chapter intro 1992 The Fred Braue Notebooks (Issue 6) 21
Verall Wass Spelling Calculation spelling system, from 1953 1992 The Fred Braue Notebooks (Issue 6) 24
Edward Marlo I Knew That any card is spelled to (Count-Spell Principle), two methods, with credit information (Mosteller) also published as "I Knew That" (Edward Marlo, 1990) 1993 Simplicity at Your Fingertips 6
Unknown Speller spelling to any card at position 12 1994 The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley - Volume 2 351
Alex Elmsley Paraspell two cards, faro-version of Stewart James' "Evolution of a Dream" 1994 The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley - Volume 2 353
Paul Rosini Paul Rosini's Spelling Trick with a Mentally Chosen Card progressive set-up 1994 More Greater Magic 1205
John Northern Hilliard Hilliard's Spelling Trick with a Mentally Chosen Card progressive set-up 1994 More Greater Magic 1205
Sid Lorraine A Percentage Trick 1994 More Greater Magic 1227
Philip T. Goldstein Symbue color cards, thought of color & design spelled to, progressive speller principle 1994 Thabbatical 12
Edward Marlo Flash Speller see also "Simon's Flash Speller" (Simon Aronson, 2001) 1996 from a shuffled deck in use... Part One 17
Bruce Cervon The Cervon "Perfect Speller" 1996 Workers Number 5 11
Alan H. Jackson Mathematically Improved 1997 Apocalypse Vol. 16-20 (Vol. 20 No. 11) 2866
Allan Slaight & Steve Beam Stebbin Up -spelling color, number, mate always corresponding to the selection inspired by Allan Slaight's "Sly Stebbins" in "Semi-Automatic Card Tricks Volume 2" 1997 The Trapdoor - Volume Three (Issue 66) 1332
Edward Marlo Flash Speller 1999 21st Century Card Magic 25
Simon Aronson Double Progressive Spell Stack Integrate two "progressive" spell stacks together see also ""The T. Nelson Downs Speller"" (T. Nelson Downs, 1938) 2001 Try the Impossible 41
Simon Aronson Simon's Flash Speller System to figure out number of letters in any card's name inspired by "Flash Spelling" (Edward Marlo, 1971),
see also "Flash Speller" (Edward Marlo, 1996)
2001 Try the Impossible 131
Simon Aronson Spell It Out Spelling random card to find actual selection 2001 Try the Impossible 136
Jim Steinmeyer The King Mystery spelling values to arrive at King, Kruskal 2002 Impuzzibilities 14
Philip T. Goldstein Retinue Reuniter five cards torn (to build stack) and magically paired, Ramasee principle 2002 Redivider 35
Unknown Banked Speller 2004 Dear Mr. Fantasy 95
Paul Martin Recycling Si spelling principle in Si Stebbins 2010 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks - Volume 8 169
Benjamin Earl Spell This S...H...I...T... "Ramblings on Card Stuff", opinion 2010 Gambit (Issue 2) 13
Michael Weber Under My Spell small packet inspired by "Fruitrick" (Phil Goldstein) 2011 Knew & Improved 6
Woody Aragon The Cheerleader thought of card from a pile of cards is spelled to 2011 A Book in English 107
Woody Aragon Routined Spelling multiple phase spelling trick:
- a freely chosen color
- a freely chosen suit
- a freely chosen card by spelling its name
- a freely chosen card by progressively revealing the suit and the value from spelling
2011 A Book in English 113
Marty Kane Three-Peat Deceit Mathematical spelling routine to reveal a selection. inspired by Bottom to Top Principle (Colm Mulcahy, Mathematical Card Magic, 2013) 2015 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks - Volume 9 162
Max Maven* Vegemental six cards with vegetables, two selections made and spelt, then divined 2016 Session Notes 1
Alex Hansford A Childish Spelling Trick two selections lost and shuffled in the deck, spelled to cleanly, with demonstration spell & faro placement 2016 Sprezzatura 48