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S. W. Erdnase To Hold the Location of Cut while Dealing delaying a shift or similar action 1902 The Expert at the Card Table 94
Sam Leo Horowitz Holding the Break After a Spectator Peeks at a Card 1938 Greater Magic 205
Tom Sellers Transforming Break into Step 1939 The Jinx 51-100 (Section "Summer Extra 1939") 414
Unknown Establishing a Break from a Bridge 1940 Expert Card Technique 124
Unknown Third Finger Flesh Break 1940 Expert Card Technique 94
Unknown Transfer of Thumb-Count Break to little finger 1940 Expert Card Technique 125
Unknown Enlarging a Break uncredited, possibly claimed by Braue in Notebooks, see reference see also "Braue Crimp Control" (Frederick Braue, 1985),
"Enlarging a Break" (Dai Vernon, 1987),
"A Subtle Getready for the Depth Illusion" (Larry Jennings, 1997)
1940 Expert Card Technique 125
Cardini Cardini´s Location maintaining break while springing the cards, see also page 208 1946 Card Control 51
Unknown Spread and Break Control getting in Overhand Shuffle Position 1948 The Royal Road to Card Magic 122
Paul LePaul Holding Back two cards while dribbling the cards 1949 The Card Magic of Le Paul 74
Paul LePaul Riffling while holding the break 1949 The Card Magic of Le Paul 47
Dai Vernon Insertion of the Cards alternative to diagonal insertion, getting a break underneath out-jogged card see also "Insertion Break" (Edward Marlo, 1953),
"In Lieu of the Diagonal Push-In" (Dai Vernon, 2010)
1950 Expert Card Technique 464
Edward Marlo A Bit of Handling flexing the deck while holding a break 1952 Control Systems 8
Edward Marlo Insertion Break getting break underneath outjogged card see also "Insertion of the Cards" (Dai Vernon, 1950) 1953 The Cardician 139
Cy Endfield 3. The Greek Break after-peek context 1955 Cy Endfield's Entertaining Card Magic - Part II 23
Cy Endfield Handling the Pack. 1. The Riffle after-peek context 1955 Cy Endfield's Entertaining Card Magic - Part II 22
Edward Marlo Picking up a Break by moving hand down instead of cards up 1958 The Magic Seven 5
Edward Marlo Table Edge Break Concealment to conceal break when held with right thumb in end grip 1958 The Magic Seven 13
Dr. James William Elliott Dr. Elliot's Favorite Break Control little finger eccentric position, as delay for pass 1967 Ultimate Secrets of Card Magic 174
Dai Vernon Adaption of the Greek Break for Card Stabbing Variation of the Greek Break 1967 Ultimate Secrets of Card Magic 137
Dai Vernon Transferring the Break to Greek Break 1967 Ultimate Secrets of Card Magic 134
Unknown Book Break 1968 Expert Card Conjuring 109
Edward Marlo Side Finger-Flesh Grip deck placed into right hand fingertips, yet flesh break retained 1970 Advanced Fingertip Control 1
Edward Marlo Side Flesh Break applied to Both Hands 1970 Advanced Fingertip Control 3
Edward Marlo Observations on Chapter One new vs. old decks for Side Flesh Break Grip 1970 Advanced Fingertip Control 5
Edward Marlo Further Suggestions using Definite Fingertip Peek Controls 1970 Advanced Fingertip Control 34
S. W. Erdnase & Edward Marlo Erdnase Break obtaining the break from fourth finger break 1970 Advanced Fingertip Control 77
Edward Marlo Square Up Action with an Erdnase Break 1970 Advanced Fingertip Control 78
Edward Marlo Control from Erdnase Break seven methods to control a card marked off by Erdnase break 1970 Advanced Fingertip Control 78
Art Altman The Altman Trap dated 1956 1970 Advanced Fingertip Control 147
Edward Marlo Bottom Break for Riffle Shuffling 1972 The Shank Shuffle 64
Edward Marlo A Digression end tapping break pick-up, three methods 1972 The Shank Shuffle 72
Dai Vernon Pivot into Overhand Position pivoting the break 1972 The Shank Shuffle 57
Unknown One-Handed Step Break 1973 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 8 No. 5) 610
Lin Searles Reverse Autobreak auto-break from 1957 letter inspired by "The Lift Get-Ready" (Dai Vernon, 1940) 1973 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 8 No. 8th Folio) 667
Karl Fulves Heel Break Insertion riffling to heel break 1975 Methods with Cards - Part 2 86
Tenkai Ishida Book Break 1975 Methods with Cards - Part 3 172
Unknown Top Card Break establishing a break under the top card, from "Elliott's Last Legacy" according to page 215 1975 Methods with Cards - Part 3 210
Edward Marlo Before the Pass to avoid anticipation of the sleight, casual handling 1976 Marlo's Magazine Volume 2 59
Harvey Rosenthal The Pop-Up Move top card break or under small number see also "Pressure Break" (Larry Jennings, 1988),
"Splay Grip" (Wesley James, 2004)
1977 Packet Switches (Part Three) 184
Dai Vernon Vernon Glide with Tenkai Step Turnover 1977 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 10 No. Close-Up Folio #8) 1008
Dai Vernon Double Cut Break Handling double cutting with jog, then deck turned over and break retained see also "Band o'Notes [D]" (Dai Vernon, 2004) 1977 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 10 No. Close-Up Folio #8) 1010
Ken Krenzel Spread transforming break into crimp, table spread 1978 The Card Classics of Ken Krenzel 137
Edward Marlo Book Break with two breaks 1980 Marlo's Magazine Volume 4 85
Daryl Martinez & Harvey Rosenthal Pop-Up Move with credit information on page 91 1980 Secrets of a "Puerto Rican Gambler" 92
Father Cyprian Two Handed One Handed Cut cutting to reversed card 1980 The Elegant Card Magic of Father Cyprian 20
Unknown Book Break 1981 Cardworks 53
Don England Inserting a Card into a Break 1981 Don England's T.K.O.'s (Section "Clubs") 20
Unknown Marking a Card in a Spread break to step, different pattern in the spread see also "Marking a Position in a Card Spread" (Bill Simon, 1952) 1981 The Commercial Card Magic of Roger Crosthwaite 18
Art Altman The Altman Trap 1982 The Complete Works of Derek Dingle 40
Fred Lowe The Ghost Break alternative for pinky break 1982 Card Finesse 48
Edward Marlo Book Break keeping break while turning deck over 1982 The Complete Works of Derek Dingle 206
Edward Marlo Pinky Count to Move Break tranferring the card upwards 1982 For Your Entertainment Pleasure 46
Edward Marlo Book Break 1982 Best of Friends 181
Unknown Partial Charlier Cut to get break at reversed card 1982 Best of Friends 202
Edward Marlo Pivot-Jog Turnover book break, Tenkai's? 1982 Card Finesse 70
Edward Marlo Book Break 1983 The Collected Almanac (Vol. 2 No. 16) 148
Edward Marlo Bottom Break to Riffle Shuffle Break transferring break into riffle shuffle position 1983 The Card Puzzle 24
Edward Marlo Dribble Control with Break 1984 Marlo's Magazine Volume 5 312
Daryl Martinez & Harvey Rosenthal Pop-Up Move 1985 The Collected Almanac (Vol. 3 No. 25,26&27) 251
Edward Marlo Pivot-Jog Turnover pivot spread, book break, also with multiple breaks 1985 Best of Friends - Volume II 381
Ben Harris Peek Finesse featuring a break display 1985 Best of Friends - Volume II 491
Unknown Veeser Concept from Erdnase Break 1985 Korem without Limits 159
Unknown Another Location getting small jog and then break as top half is replaced see also "Back Breaker" (Dai Vernon, 1989) 1985 The Fred Braue Notebooks (Issue 1) 23
Dai Vernon & Max Malini Peek Control holding break as deck is balanced on fingers, then step fan (1939) see also "The Wheel Location" (1940) 1985 The Fred Braue Notebooks (Issue 2) 29
Charlie Miller Additional Miller Notes - holding break while tapping on table
- nailnick and estimate distance from key
- "Vernon's 7 card, 7 piles trick."
(1940)
1985 The Fred Braue Notebooks (Issue 3) 1
Frederick Braue Braue Crimp Control featuring "enlarging a break", also with short card (see following item) see also "Enlarging a Break" (1940) 1985 The Fred Braue Notebooks (Issue 3) 20
Daryl Martinez & Harvey Rosenthal The Pop-Up Move one handed method for top card break, credit information 1985/87 Daryl's Ambitious Card Omnibus 19
Larry Jennings The Immaculate Insertion achieving very squared condition 1986 The Classic Magic of Larry Jennings 27
Lin Searles Auto Break 1986 The Classic Magic of Larry Jennings 214
Larry Jennings Retaining Break While Deck is turned Over used for setting up for double lift 1986 The Classic Magic of Larry Jennings 57
Lin Searles Auto-Break 1986 The Classic Magic of Larry Jennings 163
Dr. James William Elliott Breaking at the Injog 1987 The Vernon Chronicles - Volume 1 12
Dai Vernon Enlarging a Break see also "Enlarging a Break" (1940) 1987 The Vernon Chronicles - Volume 1 10
Dai Vernon Rotating the Break 1987 The Vernon Chronicles - Volume 1 15
Art Altman The Altman Trap 1988 Darwin Ortiz at the Card Table 111
Bruce Cervon Running Cut While Holding a Break 1988 The Cervon File 191
Larry Jennings Pressure Break see also "The Pop-Up Move" (Harvey Rosenthal, 1977) 1988 The Cardwright 112
Dai Vernon Back Breaker obtaining break under top card 1989 The Vernon Chronicles - Volume 3 37
Karl Fulves Tenkai Book Turnover Comments 1989 Kaleidoscope 45
Dai Vernon Enlarging a Break 1990 Close-up Impact! 89
Unknown Book Break 1990 Finally! 55
Harvey Rosenthal The Traveling Break break held while pack is turned over 1990 The Trapdoor - Volume Two (Issue 34) 607
Alex Elmsley Break Time - Battling the Bulge shifting left little finger break to right thumb 1991 The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley - Volume 1 92
Alex Elmsley A Bluff Hand-to-hand Transfer while maintaining a break 1991 The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley - Volume 1 92
Alex Elmsley Preparing for the Double Lift two ways to pick up a break 1991 The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley - Volume 1 94
Edward Marlo Automatic Book Break 1992 The Wild Card Kit 25
Unknown Book Turnover Break 1992 The Olram Aces - The Impossible Travellers 8
Rafael Benatar The Crocodile apparantly random insertion of card from front into greek break 1993 Three Professional Card Routines 10
Ernest Earick Post-Peek Riffle Display 1993 By Forces Unseen 73
Ernest Earick Step to Break Transfer 1993 By Forces Unseen 31
Edward Marlo No-Break Convincer apparently no break can be held 1993 The Olram File (Issue 13) 10
Unknown ブレークをなくさないターンオーバー (Maintaining a break while turning the deck over) 1993 Larry Jennings's Card Technique 128
Unknown Book Break with packet 1994 Gene Maze And The Art Of Bottom Dealing 185
Unknown Auto Break pressing on upper left corner with thumb 1995 Notes from The Summit 14
Steve Bedwell Establishing Pinky Break underneath one card 1995 ca. Siamese Signatures and Other Oddities 15
Lin Searles Auto-Break 1996 Classic Sampler 7
Lin Searles Autobreak 1997 Jennings '67 23
Lin Searles Auto Break 1998 Hard-Boiled Mysteries 10
John Carney The Dribble Break method of obtaining a break above or below a card 1998 Card College - Volume 3 529
Unknown Transferring a Break from the little Finger to the Heel of the Thumb 1998 Card College - Volume 3 532
Rafael Benatar Inserting a Card into the Break practical 1998 Card College - Volume 3 533
Edward Marlo Book Break keeping break while turning deck over 1999 21st Century Card Magic 108
Dai Vernon Gesture Break setting up for double lift 1999 Mechanical Deck 21
Dai Vernon ECT Get-Ready upwards buckling 1999 Mechanical Deck 22
Dai Vernon Enlarging a Break 1999 Mechanical Deck 28
Art Altman Altman Trap 2002 Scams & Fantasies with Cards 23
Edward Marlo Pivot-Jog Turnover book break, Tenkai's? 2002 FASDIU II 81
Tenkai Ishida Pivot Break / Book Break 2002 The Paper Engine 111
Art Altman Altman Trap 2002 Penumbra (Issue 4) 14
Rafael Benatar The Crocodile inserting a card in a break 2003 Card Fictions 70
Ernest Earick Step to Break Transfer break retained as deck is turned over 2003 Penumbra (Issue 6) 4
Tenkai Ishida Pivot Break 2003 Card College - Volume 5 1247
Harvey Rosenthal The Pop-Up Move 2004 Penumbra (Issue 8) 17
Tenkai Ishida Step Break credit information 2004 Enchantments 75
Wesley James Splay Grip small packet buckle, similar to reference see also "The Pop-Up Move" (Harvey Rosenthal, 1977) 2004 Enchantments 382
Art Altman The Altman Trap 2005 Up In Smoke 12
Larry Jennings Retaining Break While Deck is turned Over 2005 Up In Smoke 57
Harvey Rosenthal Pop-Up Move 2010 Secret Agenda (Section "June 2") 164
Eric Evans One Handed Zorro getting into Z-Break one-handed, selection reverses in center as application see also "Zorro Break / Z-break" (Ernest Earick, 1993) 2012 53 Friends 7
Unknown Break Displays 2012 Confidences 88
Roberto Giobbi Swing Cut at a Break 2012 Confidences 108
John Carney The Dribble Break see also "The Dribble Break" (John Carney, 1998) 2015 F for Fiction 13
Alex Hansford Microbreaks Work on obtaining, maintaining and recovering from very fine pinky breaks 2016 Sprezzatura 10
Dai Vernon Retrieving the Break Recovering from a fine pinky break see also "Enlarging a Break" (Dai Vernon, 1987) 2016 Sprezzatura 12
Bill Simon & Will Houstoun & Alex Hansford Control A Sidejogging a card during square up to obtain microbreak, sidejog finesse provided by Will Houstoun, cut card to the top of the deck inspired by "The Simon Card Control" (Bill Simon, 1952) 2016 Sprezzatura 13
Alex Hansford Erdnase Break from Jog 2016 Sprezzatura 17