Effects that are simply too hard to explain
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U. F. Grant The Funny Deck card travels back from pocket, leaving behind a blank card, double facer 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 130
Newon Hall Hypnosthesia three spectators see a card even though that one is apparently removed 1938 The Jinx 1-50 (Section "Summer Extra 1938") 325
Eddie Clever Encore Voodoo card is put in envelope with ribbon band and hidden by spectator, light out, performer suddenly has card and mutilates it, when spectator retrieves card it has same appearance, dressed up Chinese Laundry Ticket see also "Voodoo" (Arthur Monroe, 1937) 1938 The Jinx 51-100 (Issue 51) 358
John Scarne The Love Birds Performer/spectator select a card and lose in different parts of deck, later cards turn up next to each other 1950 Scarne on Card Tricks 72
William H. McCaffrey & Dai Vernon Vernon - McCaffery Name Effect unclear effect description 1961 The Magic of Charles Earle Miller 72
Paul Curry The Case of the Missing Hat cards with magicians and with hats, story trick see also "The Case of the Missing Hat" (Paul Curry, 2001),
"Spanish Curry" (Ramón Riobóo, 2015)
1965 Magician's Magic 248
Roy Walton Stepping Stones solution for a problem posed by Fulves, several variations 1969 The Devil's Playthings 21
Karl Fulves Eerie Row four cards, duplicate of one of them is touched to packet and leaves "image" behind, repeated see also "Generation" (Karl Fulves, 1976),
varied by "The Starting Four" (Karl Fulves, 1989)
1973 Packet Switches (Part Two) 111
Paul Harris Heart Burn corner of card stroken on match-book, ignites and burns 1981 Close-up Fantasies Finalé 99
Stephen Tucker Revealed Two Jokers and Ace of Spades: Ace of Spades alternates between pointing at spectator and magician, then Joker also keeps changing orientation, then all three cards change to Ace of Spades 1984 The Card-Mad-gic of Stephen Tucker 37
Paul Harris Wonder Woman cards laid out on table in figure configuration, fortune telling presentation 1984 Close-up Seductions 147
Martin Lewis The Stampede Second Random card is chosen and placed aside as prediction. A stamp is placed on the top of another deck. As cards are dealt, stamp stays in place (second deal), until stamp suddenly sticks to one card. Both cards match. 1985 Martin's Miracles 45
Bruce Cervon Readers cards are apparently marked, but all the same 1988 The Cervon File 223
Dai Vernon Tour Through the Outback one of ten is named, process of elimination produces same card 1988 The Vernon Chronicles - Volume 2 182
Kuniyasu Fujiwara The Joker Takes A Ride king on joker vanishes bit by bit leaving a hole and is found next to selection 1992 Five Times Five - Japan 72
Hiroyuki Sakai The Perfect Assistant two signed selections, joker is torn in half face down, in wallet two half cards appear, each half selection, the halfs on the table of the former joker match, gaffed 1992 Five Times Five - Japan 95
David Regal Check Your Card, Sir? claim check reappears stuck on spectator's card 1995 Apocalypse Vol. 16-20 (Vol. 18 No. 4) 2490
Paul Harris Heartburn corner of card stroken on match-book, ignites and burns 1996 The Art of Astonishment - Book 3 (Section "Close-up Fantasies Finale") 65
Harry Eng & Paul Harris The Cube cube is constructed out of six (folded) cards, one separate card vanishes and reappears as part of the cube 1996 The Art of Astonishment - Book 3 (Section "Misc. Pieces of Paul") 281
Dupre Didier Vicious Circle torn paper circle vanishes when ignited and appears on selected card, then its ignited again and selection has a hole in it, paper is found restored with the missing center pip on it 1996 The Minotaur (Vol. 8 No. 3) 12
Karl Fulves Mirrors Never Lie card vanishes from packet but remains visible in mirror, card with mirror surface see also "Reflection" (Father Cyprian, 1988),
"The Card in the Mirror of the Mind" (Roberto Giobbi, 2012)
1997 The Vampire Chronicles 63
Thomas Fraps & Helge Thun Instant Camera Card deck is used as an instant camera card, blank card (picture) turns into selected card 1998 The Book 48
Lee Asher The Magic Finger Box of Death finger is bent in folded card 1999 Lé Asher 6
Thomas Waldeck Pentium Card 52 routine with computer presentation, floppy disk 2000 Concertos for Pasteboard 195
Don England Contrast! two Cards change, change size, back color.. 2001 Don England's Paradox 63
Paul Curry The Case of the Missing Hat cards with magicians and with hats, story trick see also "The Case of the Missing Hat" (Paul Curry, 1965) 2001 Paul Curry's Worlds Beyond 327
David Regal The Card that could not be found seriously silly routine... 2002 Constant Fooling 2 54
Arthur Trace & Eugene Burger 180 A packet of cards turn over magically, then turn back over to prove that the magician is flipping the room upside down. The center card of the packet then changes, and the magician's spectacles are found upside down too, first published in Genii (April 2006) 2006 It's All Relative 8
Dominic Twose Unreliable Witness two people remember the card at a given number, but they remember different cards, one is produced from pocket 2007 Best of Friends - Volume III 36
Steve Beam & Martin Gardner The Ace-Two-Three Trick three sets of A-2-3 used for mathematical puzzle thing, inspired by Gardner's "Ace-Two-Three Trick" (Ibidem #6) 2010 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks - Volume 8 74
Steve Beam Bambi Revisited The padlock in the back design of a selected card unlocks after a key mysteriously rotates (and a zipper mysteriously slides open). inspired by "The Key" (Dr. Stanley Jaks, 1952),
see also "Fly Down" (Dave Brumble, Magic--The Vanishing Art by Steve Beam, 1979)
2015 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks - Volume 10 36
Harapan Ong & Ryan Plunkett Stock Lines Stock Lines: Ad lib game for magicians, made into structured routine that dictates the card trick 2016 Some Assembly Required 27
Andy (The Jerx) Will You Let Me Into Your Dream? Your bizarre dream comes true with a spectator, the whole routine lasts over FIVE DAYS 2016 The Jerx 191