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Judson S. Brown A Super-Reverse Problem any card called for reverses itself, invisible deck with waxed pairs 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 335
Dai Vernon Brain Wave Deck brainwave 1938 The Jinx 1-50 (Issue 49) 341
Al Baker Effect 1 roughed 1939 The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Section "Effects 1, 2, and 3") 497
John J. Crimmins Jr. I'll Read Your Mind one is a brainwave/invisible deck 1940 The Jinx 101-151 (Issue 117) 691
Verne Chesbro & James G. Thompson Jr. Copy Cat! one Si Stebbins, the other brainwave/invisible deck see also "Do as I Did" (Darwin Ortiz, 1988) 1940 The Jinx 101-151 (Issue 117) 691
Dai Vernon 58 - "Brain Wave Deck" 1940 "Outs" Precautions and Challenges 73
Hen Fetsch Destined Dart dart thrown on dartboard, where several cards are displayed, spectator throws the dart and hit card is found in an other deck reversed 1943 The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 40) 165
Bruce Elliott Odds On spectator guesses picture in buddha papers, color of handkerchief in a bag, which card is reversed in the deck, and which number is written on a paper, in a locket 1946 The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 99) 400
J. B. Bobo The Invisible Deck classic Invisible Deck 1947 Watch This One! 51
Bruce Elliott Anagram's Awful Aid letters in ABC deck are turned over according to selected words 1947 The Phoenix 101-150 (Issue 128) 515
Hen Fetsch & Cy Keller Mind Your Future! two decks, selection is divined and predicted 1952 The Phoenix 251 - 300 (Issue 261) 1044
Eric Mason (5) Misdirectional Womentalism card, number and city are predicted with beautiful assistant and bra-trick 1959 Two Person Telepathy 266
Lewis Ganson Brainwave by Telephone performing idea for the brainwave deck 1960 Magic of the Mind 50
Hans E. Trixer Telephone Brainwave invisible deck over phone 1960 Magic of the Mind 56
Robert A. Nelson A Mental Do As I Do 1961 Still More Miracles in Mentalism 10
Robert A. Nelson Brain Waves Deluxe "I knew you would select this card" written on back of named card 1961 Still More Miracles in Mentalism 15
Edward Marlo Thoughts on Blind Choice two selections from one deck match two reversed prediction cards in second deck, four methods with different gaffed decks (Ultra Mental Deck, deck with 26 different cards duplicated, Audley Walsh's Dream Deck / Koran Deck) inspired by Jack Avis' "Blind Choice" (GEN June 1964) 1964 Faro Controlled Miracles 67
James G. Thompson Jr. A Dark Secret same card is reversed in the deck, spirits turned cards over in the dark 1967 Between Two Minds 47
Tony Kardyro Turnabout Supreme any card turned over, predicted in second deck, "secretly same deck" 1969 HEX! 90
Karl Fulves Brainwave Principle credit information 1969 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 4 No. 5) 246
Alan Shaxon A Super Brainwave Pack invisible deck with odd back kicker, backs can be shown, two decks 1970 My Kind of Magic 48
Gene Lawton Ultra Reverse deck pocketed, spectator removes card, when deck is spread, its mate is reversed 1970 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 5 No. 6) 331
Mel Brown Brain-Stack free selection, duplicate reversed in other deck 1971 Expert Card Chicanery 51
Robert (Bob) Hess* Joker Mental odd-backed joker placed next to mate of named card, joker transforms into named card varied by "Joker, Jr." (Francis Haxton, 1971) 1971 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 6 No. 6) 416
Dai Vernon & Sam Leo Horowitz Mental Control red-backed card cut into blue deck, spectator names correct one, originally marketed in the 1930s, see also p. 504 for further information (Ed Marlo's Phantom Deck) 1971 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 6 No. 5th Folio) 449
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
Karl Fulves Mind Wave cards are shuffled, rough and smooth ultra-mental deck 1974 Close-Up Mental Magic 53
Philip T. Goldstein Tephramantic Brainwave card written on a piece of paper and burnt, ashes rubbed on an envelope and the name of the card appears, inside the envelope is a deck with the chosen card reversed, wax swami 1976 The Blue Book of Mentalism 8
Alan Shaxon The Nudist Brainwave Deck named card is the only card in the deck with a face 1976 Practical Sorcery 7
Karl Fulves Straight-Deck Brainwave named card has different back color, different approaches:
- Optica deck
- 104 thin cards in roughed pairs
- chemical backs
- gaffed mat
see also "Launch Pad" (Karl Fulves, 1975) 1976 Interlocutor (Issue 8) 29
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
George B. Anderson The Pendulum and a Magic Shop Deck two cards are reversed in the deck and found with pendulum, first by performer, second by spectator 1980 The Magic Pendulum 21
Karl Fulves Mind Control handling variation of gaffed deck 1981 Side Steal 17
Juan Tamariz & Verne Chesbro & James G. Thompson Jr. Mental Blockbuster Prediction two packs, magician reverses card in one, then spectator in other deck, they match, repeat, Brainwave & Multeffect Cards 1982 Pabular (Vol. 7 No. 3) 1006
Juan Tamariz Brainwave Deck Handling 1982 Pabular (Vol. 7 No. 3) 1007
Karl Fulves Mechanical Cards notes on the history of, among others,
- Princess Card Trick
- Mene Tekel Deck
- Svengali
- Monte Cristo Cards
- Ever Ready Forcing Pack
- Brainwave
1982 Hocus Poker 29
Thomas Alan Waters Automaticard spectator turns a card over behind his back, a second spectator is blindfolded and by automatic writing on a slate divines the card 1982 Mind, Myth & Magick (Section "Deckalogue") 214
Thomas Alan Waters Twinkey named card is shuffled face up in the deck, same card is reversed in second pack and the card above the reversed card is the same as well as in the shuffled pack 1982 Mind, Myth & Magick (Section "Deckalogue") 216
Thomas Alan Waters Namewave 1983 Mind, Myth & Magick (Section "Psychl") 487
Allan Slaight Third Wave two phase routine, Menetekel Deck, Ultra Mental Deck see also "Tidal Wave" (Harry Lorayne & Ken Krenzel, 1983) 1984 Apocalypse Vol. 6-10 (Vol. 7 No. 12) 1002
Thomas Alan Waters Cardblanche off-beat prediction of a birthdate, on a blank card, brainwave 1984 Mind, Myth & Magick (Section "Thynk") 609
Thomas Alan Waters Turnary three packets, three spectators select a card in different ways, packets contain deck of cards with selections reversed, different methods inspired by Peter Warlock's "Double Double" in "Pentagram" Vol. 13, No. 5. 1959- P. 35.,
see also "Annemann's Mental Masterpiece" (Theodore Annemann, 1935)
1985 Mind, Myth & Magick (Section "Mystyx") 696
Robert D. Michaels & David Ben & Michael Close & Bob Farmer & Michael Weber Invisible Triumph rough smooth, for credit information see reference see also "Invisible Triumph" (David Ben & Michael Weber & Michael Close & Bob Farmer, 2003) 1986 Apocalypse Vol. 6-10 (Vol. 9 No. 5) 1207
Thomas Alan Waters & Dr. Stanley Jaks Trumpwave brainwave deck with tarot cards 1987 Mind, Myth & Magick (Section "T.A.R.O.T.") 788
Darwin Ortiz Do as I Did two packs see also "Copy Cat!" (Verne Chesbro & James G. Thompson Jr., 1940),
"Ultra-Mental Deck Routine Handling" (Ken Simmons, 1990)
1988 Darwin Ortiz at the Card Table 140
Eugene Burger The DevilĀ“s Deck both sides of deck are freely shown 1989 The Experience of Magic 125
Ken Simmons Ultra-Mental Deck Routine Handling three spectators stop during deal and deal a card face-down, same cards are reversed in second deck see also "I'll Go First" (Simon Aronson, Card Ideas of Simon Aronson),
"Do as I Did" (Darwin Ortiz, 1988)
1990 Finally! 26
Ken Simmons My Favorite Sandwich random card changes into named card between jokers, Invisible Deck 1990 Finally! 28
Steve Beam Brained a card peeked, one remembered from looking at the fan, third one thought of, one by one performer reverses cards behind his back, see also p. 578 for ideas by Harry Levine 1990 The Trapdoor - Volume Two (Issue 32) 561
James Swain Mental Miracle triumph with thought of card sighted from spread, gaffed inspired by "Mental Triumph" (Derek Dingle, 1972),
varied by "A Hull of a Triumph" (Stephen Kradolfer, 1993)
1992 Don't Blink 43
Frederick Braue Mental Routine outline, unclear what exactly happens 1992 The Fred Braue Notebooks (Issue 6) 20
Thomas Alan Waters Kystic named card has a kiss on the back, first published in "Magick" No. 411, 1988 1993 Mind, Myth & Magick (Section "Magazine Miscellanea") 452
Thomas Alan Waters Ultratest twelve zodiac cards, card with the sign of the spectator is turned over and the back is colored matching a chart in which quarter of the month she is born, first published in "New Invocation" No. 47, 1988 1993 Mind, Myth & Magick (Section "Magazine Miscellanea") 463
Stephen Kradolfer A Hull of a Triumph thought of card inspired by "Mental Miracle" (James Swain, 1992) 1993 The Trapdoor - Volume Two (Issue 48) 867
Dan Garrett The Brainwave Connection routine and presentation for Brainwave Deck 1993 The Minotaur (Vol. 5 No. 2) 5
Philip T. Goldstein Twoltra two cards chosen from face-up/face-down shuffled deck, predicted in second deck 1994 Thabbatical 90
Steve Bedwell Shake, Shuffle, and Twist invisible deck / Triumph combo also published as "Shake Shuffle and Twist" (Steve Bedwell, 1998 ca.) 1996 The Trapdoor - Volume Three (Issue 61) 1174
Steve Bedwell Shake Shuffle and Twist invisible deck / Triumph combo also published as "Shake, Shuffle, and Twist" (Steve Bedwell, 1996) 1998 ca. Flexing and Twisting 3
David Ben & Michael Weber & Michael Close & Bob Farmer Invisible Triumph rough smooth 2003 Tricks 90
Bill Abbott Invisible Origins Revealed credit information on the "Invisible Deck" presentation by Eddie Fields see also "Wanted - A Card Routine Without Cards!" (Theodore Annemann, 1935) 2008 Cocktail Card Magic 21
Bill Abbott & Ross Bertram EZ Action Ultra-Mental Deck rough smooth preparation method 2008 Cabaret Card Magic 17
Roberto Giobbi Behind-the-Back Switch with presentational ploys
- Here's Your Card!
- The Visible Invisible Deck
- Demonstration
varied by "The Pocket-to-Pocket Switch" (Roberto Giobbi, 2013),
also published as "Behind the Back Deck Switch" (Steve Beam, 1990)
2013 The Art of Switching Decks 33
Andy (The Jerx) Dream Weavers Brainwave effect dressed up as magician meeting spectator in their dreams - red card found reversed in blue deck sealed in envelope, and vice versa 2016 The Jerx 109