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Unknown To make a Card stand upright by itself on the Table tin slip 1876 Modern Magic 132
Unknown Der Karten-Jongleur card balances on hat or elsewhere, thread see also "The Balanced Card" (1897) 1896 Der moderne Kartenkünstler 71
Unknown Die Kartenbrücke long spread between hands that defies gravity, hidden rubber thread see also "The Bridge of Cards" (1897) 1896 Der moderne Kartenkünstler 72
Friedrich W. Conradi-Horster Der Kartenturm severals cards placed upright on table to tower/house 1896 Der moderne Kartenkünstler 76
Unknown Magnetischer Kartenspiegel only selection adheres to mirror 1896 Der moderne Kartenkünstler 188
Unknown Karten- und Ei-Balance egg and upright card balanced on wand, card with needle inside see also "Card and Egg Balance" (1897) 1896 Der moderne Kartenkünstler 189
Unknown The Terpsichorean Card card stands upright on table, then even dances to music 1897 New Era Card Tricks 92
Unknown The Balanced Card on hat, thread see also "Der Karten-Jongleur" (1896) 1897 New Era Card Tricks 146
Unknown The Bridge of Cards long spread between hands, elastic underneath see also "Die Kartenbrücke" (1896) 1897 New Era Card Tricks 170
Unknown A Hypnotic Experiment cards adhere to each other and cling together, cards with thread preparation 1897 New Era Card Tricks 186
Unknown Card and Egg Balance impossible balancing stunt with card and egg on wand see also "Karten- und Ei-Balance" (1896) 1897 New Era Card Tricks 198
Unknown Card Balancing single card (gaffed) or deck (ungaffed) stand upright 1909 The Art of Magic 23
Unknown The Valladon Cards on Glass cards adhere to sheet of glass, spectator shoots on glass but candle goes out, performer shoots and all cards drop except selections 1909 The Art of Magic 235
Tom Sellers New Magnetic Card card adheres to pencil 1935 Quick Tricks 23
Neal Elias No Gimmick Card Spread long spread, using perpendicular card varied by "Vulcan Deck" (Karl Fulves, 2004) 1946 At the Table Tricks 18
Al Baker The Balancing Card thread 1951 The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Section "Pet Secrets") 361
Charlie Miller Two Dollars and Aces aces appear in two envelopes that contained a dollar bill before, P&L Phantastic Card Reel for long spread in air inspired by "The Homing Deuces" (Charlie Miller, 1961) 1961 The Magic of Charles Earle Miller 58
Karl Fulves Suspense card balanced between upright card case and deck, then it remains suspended (chair levitation like) when case is removed 1978 The Chronicles (Issue 7) 1134
Terry LaGerould Kinky-Pinky deck balanced upright on fingers while card rises 1979 Close-up Entertainer 66
Greg Wissmueller High Spread spread between the hands floats in the air 1980 Apocalypse Vol. 1-5 (Vol. 3 No. 10) 401
Karrell Fox Ballast balancing card on back of hand, thumb tip 1981 Apocalypse Vol. 1-5 (Vol. 4 No. 6) 493
Don England Long Spread wire gimmick 1981 Don England's T.K.O.'s (Section "Hearts") 5
Paul Harris The Vacuum Cleaner Card Case case stuck to deck 1981 Close-up Fantasies Finalé 5
Mike Bornstein Stretch Out long spread of card between the hands without visible support, rubber band 1985 Best of Friends - Volume II 544
Meir Yedid Cliff Hanger long spread of card between the hands without visible support see also "Light Spread" (Steve Beam, 1990) 1985 Best of Friends - Volume II 546
Randy Wakeman Spreading it a Little Too Thin too long spread is suspended in mid-air, based on Neal Elias idea from "At the Table", perpendicular 1985 Formula One Close-Up 11
Steve Beam Charged Cards several phases, apparently cards are charged with electric energy
1. single card rises from deck
2. half of a card stands on table on the long end
3. half of a card stands on table on the short end
4. four quarters of a card cling to the fingers
5. card spread is picked up (Jerry Andrus)
see also p. 243 for additional idea by Jim Surprise
see also "The Trapdoor Issue #10" (Steve Beam, 2011) 1985 The Trapdoor - Volume One (Issue 10) 161
Jerry Andrus Picking Up Card Spread also published as "Some Ideas With Ribbon Spreads" in Jerry Andrus' "Kurios Kards" 1973, p. 32 1985 The Trapdoor - Volume One (Issue 10) 167
Steve Beam More? card case sticks to wall 1985 The Trapdoor - Volume One (Issue 10) 168
John Riggs Airspread card spread in hands, one hand lets go, spread suspends in air, ungaffed 1985 The Trapdoor - Volume One (Issue 12) 199
Steve Beam Airspread II gimmick version 1985 The Trapdoor - Volume One (Issue 12) 200
Hippie Torrales The Leaning Tower of Pasteboards card only supported on one side "floats" on hand see also "Hippie Torrales' Magnetic Spinner - Krenzel Variation" (Ken Krenzel & Hippie Torrales, 1987) 1987 Apocalypse Vol. 6-10 (Vol. 10 No. 2) 1309
Ken Krenzel Incredible Full Deck Levitation paper clip gimmick 1987 Incredible Full Deck Levitation 1
Ken Krenzel The "Cases" Deck Levitation deck in case floats at hand 1987 Incredible Full Deck Levitation 6
Ken Krenzel Purist Non-Clip Variations ungaffed version inspired by "Incredible Full Deck Levitation" (Ken Krenzel, 1987) 1987 Incredible Full Deck Levitation 11
Ken Krenzel A Gimmicked Incredible Levitation alternative inspired by "Incredible Full Deck Levitation" (Ken Krenzel, 1987) 1987 Incredible Full Deck Levitation 14
Ken Krenzel & Hippie Torrales Hippie Torrales' Magnetic Spinner - Krenzel Variation deck floats on finger and moves see also "The Leaning Tower of Pasteboards" (Hippie Torrales, 1987) 1987 Incredible Full Deck Levitation 15
Ken Krenzel 180° Magnetic Spin deck floats on finger and moves 1987 Incredible Full Deck Levitation 17
Steve Beam Airlift deck is balanced on fingertips, various methods see also "Auto Suspension" (Dan Harlan, 1991) 1990 The Trapdoor - Volume Two (Issue 35) 619
Steve Beam Power Pack half of deck balanced on other half varied by "Powering Up" (Ken Krenzel, 1991) 1990 The Trapdoor - Volume Two (Issue 35) 622
Scott Robinson Fan Flight half of deck balanced on other half, which is fanned 1990 The Trapdoor - Volume Two (Issue 35) 623
Steve Beam Light Spread long spread of card between the hands without visible support see also "Cliff Hanger" (Meir Yedid, 1985) 1990 The Trapdoor - Volume Two (Issue 35) 633
Steve Beam Carded business is suspended on other business card 1990 The Trapdoor - Volume Two (Issue 35) 635
John Riggs Back to Business card on hand 1990 The Trapdoor - Volume Two (Issue 35) 639
Ken Krenzel Powering Up inspired by "Power Pack" (Steve Beam, 1990) 1991 The Trapdoor - Volume Two (Issue 36) 654
Ken Krenzel Floating Deck deck on fingertips, in Leftovers 1991 The Trapdoor - Volume Two (Issue 40) 736
Dan Harlan Auto Suspension deck of cards suspends on hand see also "Airlift" (Steve Beam, 1990) 1991 The Minotaur (Vol. 3 No. 2) 8
Robert Parrish Do the Spirits Return? rapping hand answers questions, rising cards with the hand, card stands upright inspired by "The Hand of Cagliostro" (1897),
see also "The Talking Hand" (1890)
1995 Great Tricks Revisited 25
Terry LaGerould Kinky Pinky deck balanced upright on fingers while card rises 1996 The Art of Astonishment - Book 2 (Section "Close-up Entertainer") 153
Patrick Snowden Tensegrity display construction with two cards and a pencil, impossible object, using thread and gaffed card 1996 The Art of Astonishment - Book 2 (Section "Astonishing Friends") 295
Joel Givens Lean Time deck stands upright on palm 1996 The Trapdoor - Volume Three (Issue 60) 1155
Unknown Sticky Cards card sticks to wall, spectator cannot duplicate, static electricity 1997 The Fred Braue Notebooks (Issue 8) 25
Lee Asher Erect Aces four aces stand upright on table also published as "Put Your Treys in the Upright Position" (Lee Asher, 2001) 1997 The Trapdoor - Volume Three (Issue 65) 1299
Unknown The Magnetic Rise card sticks to handkerchief and is risen out of deck 1998 The Rising Card Book 9
Lee Asher Put Your Treys in the Upright Position "Erect Aces", four 3s stand upright on table also published as "Erect Aces" (Lee Asher, 1997) 2001 Close Cover Before Striking 9
Karl Fulves Vulcan Deck rubber band around deck vanishes, then long spread between hand is made inspired by "No Gimmick Card Spread" (Neal Elias, 1946) 2004 Under Tension 81
Karl Fulves Magnetic Mix-Up two rubber banded halves on top of each other, bottom one is lifted when top one is lifted 2004 Under Tension 90
Nico Scholl Tapped Deck is sucked back into card case while magician tries to remove it. see also "Lube Job" (Steve Beam, 1993) 2015 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks - Volume 10 20