Matching the Cards
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Unknown To Change Four Cards, drawn haphazard, and placed on the table, into Cards of the same Value as a Single Card subsequently chosen by one of the Spectators optional forcing pack 1876 Modern Magic 102
Unknown Silas and the Slickers rhyming patter, ballad by Elmer Applegit varied by "The Legend of Silas Greene" (Jack Carpenter & Steve Ehlers, 2017) 1939 More Card Manipulations (Issue 2) 26
Jean Hugard & Art Lyle Magician vs Gambler patter story and simplified handling of Hugard's trick from his Annual 1939 The Jinx 51-100 (Section "Winter Extra 1938/39") 369
Jean Hugard & Frederick Braue The Busted Bobtail four royal flush cards produced, then 5th has wrong suit, rest is transformed 1941 The Stripper Deck 15
Arthur H. Buckley A Difficult Routine Experiment No. 17 - presented differently with four forced selections (aces) 1946 Card Control 168
Arthur H. Buckley The Ladies and the Deuces Experiment No. 21 - with cards to pockets climax 1946 Card Control 174
Edward Marlo The Good Magician see also "Cut the Kings" (Frank Garcia, 1972) 1947 Marlo In Spades 44
Unknown Fours of a Kind dunbury delusion presentation 1948 The Royal Road to Card Magic 213
Bruce Elliott Aces??? magician vs. gambler, doing all the moves but getting all four aces, magician's joke 1948 The Phoenix 101-150 (Issue 148) 595
Joe Berg Magician Makes Good unusual presentation 1948/27 Tarbell Course in Magic - Volume 5 126
Dr. Jacob Daley & Paul LePaul The Bashful Queens Three Queens on the table change to indifferent cards. All four Queens are found in four different pockets see also "The Five of Diamonds" (Jerry Sadowitz, 1984),
"Gambler's Kings To Magician's Pockets" (Larry Jennings, 2005)
1949 The Card Magic of Le Paul 179
Edward Marlo Cardician Makes Good double duke 1951 Ed Marlo's Lecture Notes 5
Edward Marlo Cardician Makes Good 1953 The Cardician 119
Cy Endfield Gambler Out-Gambled varied by "Tribute to the Card Stars" (Lewis Ganson, 1977) 1955 Cy Endfield's Entertaining Card Magic - Part III 38
Dai Vernon Matching the Cards 1959 Inner Secrets of Card Magic 22
Nate Leipzig The Matching Up Trick or Comedy of Errors 1963 Dai Vernon's Tribute to Nate Leipzig 167
Harry Lorayne Magician vs. Gambler cards to pocket finale see also "A Message From Garcia" (Frank Garcia, 1980),
varied by "Fifty-Percent Solution" (Al Smith, 1984)
1964 Personal Secrets 27
Edward Marlo Alternation using an eight card faro control to set-up for a Matching the Cards type routine 1964 Faro Controlled Miracles 29
Al Leech The Better Magician 1965 Super Card Man Stuff 55
Larry Jennings Monarch's Quartette varied by "Metamorphosis" (Larry Jennings & Roberto Giobbi, 1995) 1967 Ultimate Secrets of Card Magic 83
Larry Jennings Monarch's Quartette - plus 1967 Ultimate Secrets of Card Magic 85
Larry Jennings The Changing of the Guard three cards are changed to match ace of spades see also "Royally Wild" (John C. Wagner, 1987) 1967 Ultimate Secrets of Card Magic 75
Peter Kane Royal Flush Flash kings change into royal flush see also "The Miracle Worker Returns" (Peter Kane & Frank Garcia, 1980),
"Four Card and Deck Display" (Peter Kane, 1981)
1967 A Card Session with Peter Kane 2
Peter Kane Tetradism (1) Matching the Cards with freely chosen card
(2) all four-of-a-kinds produced
1967 A Card Session with Peter Kane 19
Edward Marlo Perplexing "Cardician Makes Good" 1972 Million Dollar Card Secrets 20
Jeff Altman Three Happenings similar in effect, top and bottom cards of piles fit 1972 Tarbell Course in Magic - Volume 7 377
Derek Dingle Gambler's Triumph matching the cards / triumph combo 1972 Epilogue (Section "15 (Part 2)") 131
Father Cyprian Two Gamblers v.s. One Magician transforms in Royel Flush as kicker, mistake presentation lost 1973 Super Subtle Card Miracles 81
Harry Lorayne Quick Matching the Cards 1973 Rim Shots 100
Edward Marlo "No Palm Climax" - 1964 cards to pocket climax 1975 Marlo's Magazine Volume 1 209
Faucett Ross Card Act Description of routine of card tricks

- Cards Up the Sleeve
- Matching the Cards
- Leipzig Four Ace Trick
- Changing card under foot
- Twenty Card Transposition
1975 Magic With Faucett Ross 200
Herbert Milton Rendition of Matching the Cards 1975 Magic With Faucett Ross 201
Edward Marlo In Place of Double Lifts - Fourth Effect 1976 Marlo's Magazine Volume 2 268
Edward Marlo In Place of Double Lifts - Third Effect 1976 Marlo's Magazine Volume 2 266
Edward Marlo The Sting Gambler vs. Magician, no palm cards to pockets climax 1976 Kabbala - Volume 3 (Vol. 3 No. 12) 150
Philip T. Goldstein Fingertip Poker 1976 Classic Tackler 5
Alan Shaxon My Favourite Card Trick magician vs. gambler theme, then wrong cards appear in wallet 1976 Practical Sorcery 16
Larry Jennings Nowhere and Everywhere again 1977 Larry Jennings on Card & Coin Handling 38
Martin A. Nash In His Cuts Triumph/Magician vs. Gambler - combo 1977 Any Second Now 262
Martin A. Nash Title Bout Gambler vs. Magician theme, see p. 449 for additional crediting 1977 Any Second Now 257
Lewis Ganson Introduction 1977 Matching the Cards 4
Dai Vernon Matching the Cards 1977 Matching the Cards 6
Dai Vernon Note Travelers as follow-up for Matching the Cards 1977 Matching the Cards 9
Nate Leipzig Comedy of Errors "wrong" cards dropped on floor, where they then change to match selection 1977 Matching the Cards 10
Herbert Milton Rendition of Matching the Cards 1977 Matching the Cards 12
Faucett Ross The Faucett Ross Version 1977 Matching the Cards 13
Faucett Ross Impromptu Matching two four-of-a-kinds, pair exchanged, they transpose back, then ready for Matching the Cards 1977 Matching the Cards 15
Fred Lowe Matched Poker Deal done with royal flushs instead of quartets 1977 Matching the Cards 16
Lewis Ganson Tribute to the Card Stars three or even four four-of-a-kinds show up inspired by "Salute to Vernon" (Al Koran, The Wizard, Aug. 1949),
"Gambler Out-Gambled" (Cy Endfield, 1955)
1977 Matching the Cards 22
Karl Fulves Sidelines credit information on the following plots
- Magician Makes Good
- The Travelers
1977 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 10 No. Close-Up Folio #9) 1020
Christian Scherer Dreifache Überraschung three matching cards turnover in deck 1978 Eine Handvoll Kartenkunststücke 69
Unknown How to deliver out four aces, and convert them into four knaves. four times glide, Richard Kaufman's transcription of Reginald Scot's card section 1979 CardMagic 62
John Mendoza Cardician Makes Good & Triumph Combination 1979 Close-up Presentations 60
Dr. Jacob Daley & Frank Garcia "Doc" Daley's Masterpiece: The Gambler and the Magician 1980 Exclusive Card Secrets 50
Al Smith & Peter Kane Seconds Out mates of selected card are at the same position in three packets, based on Peter Kane's "Son Of Tetradism" 1980 Pabular (Vol. 6 No. 2) 803
Derek Dingle & Yasuo Kiga a la Kiga three cards change to make four of a kind, two handlings 1982 The Complete Works of Derek Dingle 5
Derek Dingle CutOff 1982 The Complete Works of Derek Dingle 27
Fantomas Three After One free choice, full deck set up in four of a kinds 1982 Apocalypse Vol. 1-5 (Vol. 5 No. 12) 716
Frank Garcia Matching the Cards Sequence 1982 The Close-up Magic of Frank Garcia - Part I 25
Steve Beam Don't Blow It 1982 The Changing of the Cards 20
Christian Scherer Vier Damen cards are produced to divine selection, transform into mates 1982 Seminarheft 31
Al Smith Fifty-Percent Solution performer tries to cut four queens, finds three then an ace, then queens are transformed into aces and queens found reversed in deck, in case and in wallet inspired by "Magician vs. Gambler" (Harry Lorayne, 1964) 1984 The Best of Close-Up Magic 166
Joe Riding Irish Calculator 1984 Fork Full of Appetizers - Book 2 88
Louis Falanga Third Routine magician vs. gambler theme 1985 Lake Tahoe Card Magic 41
Earl Wheeler Sucker Four Ace assembly with Kings, last one is an ace, kings change to aces to match (1937) 1985 The Fred Braue Notebooks (Issue 2) 4
Dai Vernon A Match Made in Cincinnati performing Matching the Cards with a new deck, includes cutting to any named value 1987 The Vernon Chronicles - Volume 1 139
Randy Wakeman Cardician Makes Better back and forth transformation, inspired by Marlo's "Cardician Maked Good" (TOPS) 1987 Special Effects 6
Randy Wakeman I Like Nice Things quartet changes into royal flush as kicker, three methods 1987 Special Effects 12
Karl Fulves Eventual Ace Cutting spectator cuts to Ten, then to a Jack and first Ten becomes Jack, then to a Queen and first two cards become Queens, and so on, posed as problem varied by "The Ace-Man Cometh" (John Bannon, 1991) 1988 Interlocutor (Issue 47) 187
Jim Molinari Why Take Chances? varied by "Apocalypse Variations Or Additions" (Aldo Colombini, 1994) 1989 Apocalypse Vol. 11-15 (Vol. 12 No. 12) 1724
Dai Vernon Matching the Cards Forerunner 1989 The Vernon Chronicles - Volume 3 xii
Dai Vernon Matching the Cards Forerunner II 1989 The Vernon Chronicles - Volume 3 xvi
Brother John Hamman Three Guesses unseen card placed aside, spectator chooses three wrong cards, performer names card and three cards change to mates 1989 The Secrets of Brother John Hamman 72
Stephen Tucker Masters of Disguise 1991 Apocalypse Vol. 11-15 (Vol. 14 No. 4) 1909
John Bannon The Ace-Man Cometh matching the cards with transformation after every phase inspired by "Eventual Ace Cutting" (Karl Fulves, 1988) 1991 Smoke and Mirrors 92
Edward Marlo Gambler Versus Olram 1991 The Olram File (Issue 6) 11
Edward Marlo Easy Packet Switch covered Tent Vanish switch, here as matching trick 1993 The Olram File (Issue 14) 11
Aldo Colombini Apocalypse Variations Or Additions inspired by "Why Take Chances?" (Jim Molinari, 1989) 1994 Apocalypse Vol. 16-20 (Vol. 17 No. 4) 2349
Paul Gertner The Four Kings spectator does not find card but four indifferent ones, change into four-of-a-kind 1994 Steel and Silver 96
Darwin Ortiz The Showdown quite strong 1995 Cardshark 128
Larry Jennings Monarchs' Quartette - Version One
- Version Two
1997 Jennings '67 22
Nick Trost Trost on "Matching the Cards" Four jacks change to Aces, with blank deck ending inspired by "Herbert Milton's Rendition of Matching the Cards" (Lewis Ganson, Matching the Cards, 1977),
see also "Correcting a Mistake" (Hatton & Plate, Magician's Tricks: How They Are Done, 1910)
1997 The Card Magic of Nick Trost 184
Aaron Fisher Four by Four spectator selects one of four cards, the other three change into the quartet 2002 The Paper Engine 63
David Regal The Mystery Card chosen card completes four of a kind 2002 Constant Fooling 1 103
Karl Fulves Further Notes on "Magician Makes Good" and Mac McDonald's $100 Ace Routine 2002 Hofzinser's Card Tricks 66
Larry Jennings Magician Makes Good 2005 Up In Smoke 7
Christoph Borer Matching the Himber Card matching the cards, first three cards found in wallet, Himber Wallet also published as Matching the Himber Card in "ANAM CARA" 2006 Compilation 75
Bruce Cervon My King Trick 2007 Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks - Volume 1 53
Gerald Deutsch Force Some 2007 Best of Friends - Volume III 289
Darwin Ortiz Twelve the Hard Way twelve cards from one suit produced to match selection, mistake, transformation in different suit, inspired by Benjamin Earl's "Full Suit Production" 2012 Lessons in Card Mastery 99
Tony Chang Queens Gambit removed card is "divined" by analyzing 4 indifferent cards twice, then four of a kind transformation climax 2013 I Was Kidnapped 17
Jason Ladanye The Quick Change Artist 2013 Confident Deceptions 17
Roberto Giobbi A Comedy of Errors queens change into other matching set, queens from different pockets, standup staging with glasses 2016 Standup Card Magic 144
Benjamin Earl Stem Cell framing routine differently to get different experiences with same handling, four cards shown one by one and tabled, they change into four aces, possible presentations:
- Stem Cell Monte
- Stem Cell Magician vs. Gambler
- Stem Cell Sleight of Hand
2017 Less is More 103