Distant Key Card
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Unknown Third Method spectators remember cards and their positions 1876 Modern Magic 44
Charles T. Jordan The Nifty Key 1921 The Four Full Hands (Section "Four Full Hands of Card Tricks") 15
Jack Merlin The Spread cards spread on the table, card is selected, returned and eventually found varied by "The Ribbonspread" (Frederick Braue, 1985) 1927/28 Merlin's Master Miracles 20
Tom Sellers A Deceptive Card Trick 1931 Sellers' Secrets 9
Theodore Annemann Whichever You Please 1931 The Book Without A Name 16
William Larsen Cut in Detection estimated floating key card 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 39
Unknown The Card and Number 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 88
Charles T. Jordan The Nifty Key 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 91
Charles T. Jordan Demon's Detection two key cards, out of hand selection procedure 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 94
Dai Vernon Dai Vernon Subtlety distant crimped key card 1938 Greater Magic 52
Theodore Annemann Sixth Method. (Crimp and table spread) crimped distant key 1938 Greater Magic 55
Unknown The Bottom Card Location featuring several key card placements and strategies:
Joker Discard to Locate Key
Face-Dwon Ribbon-Spread Key Placement
Face-Up Ribbon Spread Key Placement
Deal-Down Key Placement
Distant Key Card
Cardcase Load of Key Card
1938 Greater Magic 90
Unknown The Top Card Location key card starts on top 1938 Greater Magic 95
Paul Rosini A Great Location Trick subtle key card location see also "Your Number - Your Card" (Paul Rosini, 1994) 1938 Greater Magic 570
Martin Gardner Three Piles see also "The ----- of -- Trick" (Martin Gardner, 1938) 1938 The Jinx 1-50 (Section "Winter Extra 1937/38") 277
Unknown The Twenty-Sixth Location remote key 1940 Expert Card Technique 398
Audley Walsh The Mystic Twelve cards pocketed and another remembered, performer divines position of selection and number of cards in pocket, reverse-count force varied by "The Mystic Twelve Recall" (Audley Walsh & Jon Racherbaumer, 1971),
"Field's Zodiac Card Miracle" (Audley Walsh & Eddie Fields, 1976)
1940 The Jinx 51-100 (Issue 82) 531
Allan Howell Foretold selection with numbers and dealing procedure predicted 1940 The Jinx 51-100 (Issue 89) 559
Charlie Miller & Jack McMillen The Triple Discovery three cards, 26th key varied by "Key to the Draw" (Ron Bauer, 1997) 1941 More Card Manipulations (Issue 4) 29
Jean Hugard & Frederick Braue Phenomenal touched card found, distant key card 1941 The Stripper Deck 18
Bruce Elliott Middle Maze two card location, center key card inspired by "The Twenty-Sixth Location" (1940) 1941 The Jinx 101-151 (Issue 143) 804
Henry Christ & Jean Hugard & Frederick Braue The Perfect Card Location - Impromptu Method see footnote 1942 Prepared Cards and Accessories 9
Edward Marlo Just Another Miracle distant daubed key card 1945 Tricks with Daub 5
Capt. Jones Screwey Card Location 1945 Miracles in Mentalism and Psychic Experimentation 35
Warren Wiersbe Packet Prediction cards cut off top and bottom to show no key cards are in use see also "Sixth Fooler" (Edward Marlo & Warren Wiersbe, 1958),
varied by "Psykick" (Karl Fulves, 1988),
"Psykick II" (Karl Fulves, 1989)
1946 Mental Cases With Cards 3
Warren Wiersbe In My Estimation ... performer cuts off same amount of cards as spectator see also "Weight Guess" (Nick Trost, 1997) 1946 Mental Cases With Cards 6
Warren Wiersbe Superstitious Mentalism four key cards 13 apart 1946 Mental Cases With Cards 14
J. B. Bobo The Isolated Key corner dotted card in center as reference 1947 Watch This One! 32
Unknown The Twenty-Sixth Card remote key 1948 The Royal Road to Card Magic 73
Unknown A Meeting of the Minds remote key, alomst challenge 1948 The Royal Road to Card Magic 74
Unknown Remote Key 1948 The Royal Road to Card Magic 73
George G. Kaplan New Card Affinity using distant key card to count to spectator's card 1948 The Fine Art of Magic 65
George G. Kaplan The Captain Kidd Card (First Version) using a distant key card and a "natural" 1948 The Fine Art of Magic 101
Roy Walton ABC 1949 The Phoenix 151-200 (Issue 188) 752
Unknown Hit The Deck Weird card location with key card 1949 Tricks and Stunts With Playing Cards 35
Unknown The Mahatma Marvel Card Trick Location with spectator dealing and distant key card 1949 Tricks and Stunts With Playing Cards 35
Max Holden Mind Control Locate with key card 1950 Scarne on Card Tricks 77
Dr. Ben B. Braude Braude's Mental Card Trick 1950 Scarne on Card Tricks 91
Edward Marlo "Half Plus One" bringing a key card next to a certain card with faro shuffle 1958 The Faro Shuffle 30
Edward Marlo It's Mathematical stay stack principle applied to memorized deck, two effects 1958 Faro Notes 40
Edward Marlo Alternative Procedures stay stack principle applied to memorized deck, see previous item 1958 Faro Notes 43
Charlie Miller Fifteen Card Trick Routine - 14 1961 The Magic of Charles Earle Miller 24
Charlie Miller & Dai Vernon Variation of Vernon's Spread Trick 1961 The Magic of Charles Earle Miller 35
Charlie Miller Behind Back Location 1961 The Magic of Charles Earle Miller 59
Edward Marlo Key Card Plus Estimation:
First Method
Second Method
Third Method
combining estimation with a distant key 1962 Estimation 24
Harry Lorayne Impossibility distant key card in spread 1962 Close-up Card Magic 67
Roy Walton Dead Easy Location four key cards inspired by Larry Jennings problem 1967 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 2 No. 4) 79
Karl Fulves Spread Correction determining position of key cards in the deck after a riffle shuffle see also "Double Indemnity" (Karl Fulves, 1968),
varied by "Spread Correction" (Edward Marlo, 1969),
"Remember This" (Karl Fulves, 1994)
1968 Epilogue (Issue 3) 20
Karl Fulves The Floating Locator determining position of key cards in the deck after a riffle shuffle with full deck stack varied by "Miracle Revelation" (Ken Krenzel, 1973) 1968 Epilogue (Issue 3) 21
Jack Avis An Ace Locator aces distributed as key cards see also p. 179 for further references 1968 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 3 No. 7) 180
Alan Keith Prelude "Circus Card Trick" to set up key cards inspired by "Circus Card Trick" (1948) 1969 Expert Card Mysteries 136
Francis J. Baker* Stop Trick blank card with "STOP!" appears at same number in one heap as selection in other heap 1970 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 6 No. 4th Folio) 378
Karl Fulves A Telephone Mystery medium is called and names selection when order of deck is read out, distant key 1971 The Book of Numbers 5
Karl Fulves The Non-Slip Cut - Basic Technique spectator removes block from center, a card is held back there 1971 The Book of Numbers 25
Karl Fulves Controlled Cut controlling card 26 apart from a key, non-slip cut 1971 The Book of Numbers 26
Karl Fulves Ace-Dice-Ace position of selection is found via mathematical procedure involving dice, non-slip cut 1971 The Book of Numbers 27
Karl Fulves Chance? Fate? two card location, key card 1971 The Book of Numbers 31
George Blake Oracle Jr. "Oracle" as location instead of prediction, packet cut off and reduced to one card via reverse faros inspired by "Oracle" (Karl Fulves, 1970) 1971 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 6 No. 5) 412
Audley Walsh & Jon Racherbaumer The Mystic Twelve Recall cards pocketed and another remembered, performer divines position of selection and number of cards in pocket, reverse-count force inspired by "The Mystic Twelve" (Audley Walsh, 1940) 1971 On the Clock Effect 5
Alex Elmsley & Roy Walton Expansion Notes: As A Coincidence procedure to control 2 peeked cards 26 apart, effect application in which 2 selection appear at same position in 2 halves 1972 Epilogue (Issue 14) 113
Alex Elmsley & Roy Walton As A Single Card Discovery Expansion Notes, faro and 26 key 1972 Epilogue (Issue 14) 113
Alex Elmsley & Roy Walton As A Triple Card Revelation Expansion Notes, faro and 26 key 1972 Epilogue (Issue 14) 114
Gene Finnell The 26th Card two selections are in same position in 2 halves 1972 Epilogue (Issue 14) 115
David Solomon & Steve Draun S-D Location two phase location varied by "Card Clairvoyant" (Henry Christ, 1972),
"Sunken 21" (Jack Parker, 2007)
1972 Kabbala - Volume 1 (Vol. 1 No. 8) 65
Henry Christ Card Clairvoyant improvement inspired by "S-D Location" (David Solomon & Steve Draun, 1972) 1972 Kabbala - Volume 1 (Vol. 1 No. 10) 78
Harry Lorayne The Mind Boggler any card thought of, then a dealing procedure, scratched distant key card 1973 Rim Shots 13
Karl Fulves Spread Correction determining position of key cards in the deck after a riffle shuffle 1973 Riffle Shuffle Set-Ups 21
Karl Fulves The Floating Locator determining position of key cards in the deck after a riffle shuffle with full deck stack 1973 Riffle Shuffle Set-Ups 23
Ken Krenzel Miracle Revelation inspired by "The Floating Locator" (Karl Fulves, 1968) 1973 Riffle Shuffle Set-Ups 89
Edward G. Brown The Detective Card Trick selection is at same position as face up card in other half 1973 The Card Magic of Edward G. Brown 96
Lin Searles Impromptu Miracle inspired by "Staggered" (Eddie Joseph) 1973 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 8 No. 8th Folio) 673
Edward Marlo System Controls up to 4 peeked cards, cutting procedure combined with distant key card and a faro 1974 The Unexpected Card Book 128
Edward Marlo Camouflage Control - The No Slip Cut "Basic Technique" and "Controlled Cut", procedures with center cuts and distant key cards 1974 The Unexpected Card Book 144
Edward Marlo Cam-Incidence reversed card coincides in position with freely selected card, distant reversed key card 1974 The Unexpected Card Book 145
Philip T. Goldstein Vested Power card selected by number and position, number and card found with spelling 1974 Card Tricks for People Who Don't Do Card Tricks 5
Unknown Distant Key Card Basics Richard Kaufman's transcription of Reginald Scot's card section 1979 CardMagic 60
Harry Lorayne Out Of Hand distant key, faro 1982 Best of Friends 337
Edward Marlo Faro Location three packets, 27th key 1983 The New York Magic Symposium - Collection 2 78
Richard Goldshot RG Location using 2 crimps and a faro shuffle, 26 key card, see also page 1075 1984 Apocalypse Vol. 6-10 (Vol. 7 No. 9) 967
Richard Goldshot No Looking Goody Goody two crimps, faro shuffle two selections, 26 key card, see further credits, see also page 1075 1984 Apocalypse Vol. 6-10 (Vol. 7 No. 9) 968
Richard Goldshot Deck Patrol sandwich location with some matching cards, distant key, faro 1985 Apocalypse Vol. 6-10 (Vol. 8 No. 12) 1148
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 The Ribbonspread cards spread on the table, card is selected, returned and eventually found, spread with jogged key card inspired by "The Spread" (Jack Merlin, 1927/28) 1985 The Fred Braue Notebooks (Issue 5) 7
Edward Marlo Infallible Packet Estimation spectator cuts 3 packets 1988 Marlo's Magazine Volume 6 159
Harry Lorayne "Keyn" Location key card location 1990 Trend Setters 71
Alex Elmsley Shadowed sunken key is used for selection 1991 The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley - Volume 1 337
Alex Elmsley Buried Treasure I 1 deck, distant key, fair selection process 1991 The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley - Volume 1 340
Alex Elmsley Buried Treasure II distant keys, performer stops at selection 1991 The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley - Volume 1 355
Alex Elmsley Calcolate X 2 two selections made out of performer's hands, 3 keys 1991 The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley - Volume 1 361
Edward Marlo Put A Shine On Your Mind "Ways to Ascertain the Value of a Thought-Card"
5 methods with procedures in which spectator needs to remove as many cards as the thought-of value, partial set-up, memorized deck, distant key card
1991 The Olram File (Issue 3) 7
Edward Marlo Setting Key Card at 26 spectator shuffles deck 1991 The Olram File (Issue 3) 9
Edward Marlo & Oscar Weigle Cure for a Late Night Location edge marked card, faro 1991 The Olram File (Issue 5) 5
Edward Marlo Multiple Mental Miracle two small numbers and selections are divined, distant key 1991 The Olram File (Issue 6) 12
Karl Fulves Zodiac Sell card chosen in spectator's hands, another card turns face-up, ZODIAC is spelled to find selection 1992 Deceptive Practices 70
Alex Elmsley Placing a Key at Twenty-sixth Position finessed methods with faro shuffle 1994 The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley - Volume 2 300
Paul Rosini Your Number - Your Card see also "A Great Location Trick" (Paul Rosini, 1938) 1994 Card College - Volume 1 147
Karl Fulves Blue Moon blackjacks chosen despite random cuts and then counting to 26th card, spectator's blackjack changes back color 1994 Crooked Tales 25
Nick Trost Weight Guess Spectator pockets cards, magician divines how many, breather at 26 see also "In My Estimation ..." (Warren Wiersbe, 1946),
varied by "Tom Hubbard's Version" (Tom Hubbard, 1997),
"Mike Roger's Version" (Mike Rogers, 1997)
1997 The Card Magic of Nick Trost 32
Mike Rogers Mike Roger's Version Variation of "Weight Guess" with cards face up inspired by "Weight Guess" (Nick Trost, 1997) 1997 The Card Magic of Nick Trost 33
Nick Trost M-U-M Miracle inspired by "Thought-O-Card" (G. P. Appaduri, M-U-M, March 1971) 1997 The Card Magic of Nick Trost 132
Ron Bauer Key to the Draw three cards, 26th key inspired by "The Triple Discovery" (Charlie Miller & Jack McMillen, 1941) 1997 L.I.N.T. - Pocket Stuff for Close-Up Magicians 20
Unknown One-Twenty Six cut-deeper procedure for two selections 1997 The Fred Braue Notebooks (Issue 8) 9
Doug Canning Marked Up Masterpiece faro and 26 key 1997 The Trapdoor - Volume Three (Issue 63) 1245
John Bannon Dead Reckoning floating key 2004 Dear Mr. Fantasy 88
John Bannon Dawn Patrol floating key and faro 2004 Dear Mr. Fantasy 120
David Solomon & Steve Draun S-D Location floating key 2004 Dear Mr. Fantasy 92
Jack Parker Sunken 21 21 Card Trick Variation inspired by "S-D Location" (David Solomon & Steve Draun, 1972) 2007 52 Memories 185
Joseph Barry A Two Card Location card cut to and card thought of small pile, one's position named and other card produced from pocket 2014 Reverie 6
Steve Beam Simple Loser Choreographed process for selecting a card that provides the magician with the key to the selected card. 2015 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks - Volume 9 91
Steve Beam Good Loser Choreographed process for selecting a card that provides the magician with the key to the selected card. 2015 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks - Volume 9 92
Steve Beam Bad Winner Choreographed process for selecting a card that provides the magician with the key to the selected card. varied by "Good Loser" (Steve Beam, 2015) 2015 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks - Volume 9 93
Steve Beam Double Loser Choreographed process for selecting two cards that provide the magician with the keys to locating both. 2015 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks - Volume 9 94
Steve Beam The Lock with Two Keys Choreographed process for selecting a card that provides the magician with the key to the selected card. 2015 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks - Volume 9 94
Steve Beam Threesome Choreographed process for selecting a card that provides the magician with the key to the selected card. 2015 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks - Volume 9 96
Steve Beam Finders Keepers Choreographed process for selecting a card that provides the magician with the key to the selected card. 2015 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks - Volume 9 97
Joseph Barry Echoed three progressively fairer locations of a card inspired by "Thot Echo" (Sam Schwartz, 1994) 2016 Operandi (Issue 1) 5