Written by Stephen Minch

1994
Work of Alex Elmsley

495 pages (Hardcover), published by L&L Publishing
Illustrated with drawings by Amado Narvaez.
Language: English

(194 entries)

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Alex Elmsley The Tower Bridge Cut Charlier cut in both hands
7
Alex Elmsley Little-Finger Spinner out of right-hand end grip
11
Alex Elmsley The Multiplying Aces roll-down between the fingers
Also published here 13
Alex Elmsley The Rosette roll down with five coins
Related to 19
Alex Elmsley Two-Ball Roll rolling two balls between fingers of both hands
22
Alex Elmsley The Fan Prediction touched card matches with prediction
Also published here 29
Alex Elmsley Angle Jog Switch as cards are fanned
30
Alex Elmsley Hidebound Forecast card with different back design is found in wallet as prediction, card-to-wallet method with ungaffed wallet
Related to 33
Alex Elmsley The Mexican Prediction free selection is predicted with two cards (value and suit)
Related to 37
Alex Elmsley Face Your Brothers three selections are placed face-up in deck, face to face with mates
Variations 39
Alex Elmsley Cull Feeding to feed cards next to reversed cards while spreading
40
Alex Elmsley A Delicate Balance freely removed selection's color is named repeatedly, edge-mark in center
45
Alex Elmsley It's a Small World ten card version
Related to 48
Alex Elmsley Halfway to Heaven not all cards
51
Alex Elmsley Verbum Sapienti dictionary booktest with multiple spectators
Also published here 53
Alex Elmsley Open Intruder unknown odd-backed card is found with open prediction procedure from face
Variations 56
Jack Avis Avis Spread Switch credit information
Inspired by 58
Alex Elmsley Brownwaves II two cards are selected with the "card at position of cut-off number"-procedure, performer stops spectator
Variations 60
Alex Elmsley Cutting at 26 multiple methods
60
Alex Elmsley Faro Check with credit information
61
Alex Elmsley Brownwaves III two cards are selected with the "card at position of cut-off number"-procedure, then named
Related to 64
Alex Elmsley Counting while Spreading brief
64
Unknown Cut Glimpse in the hands
66
Alex Elmsley Multiple Mind Reading spectators receive some cards, shuffle and think of top one, combined packet is given back
Variations 67
Alex Elmsley Double-Cross selection and mate are thought of, groups displayed, matrixing principle
69
Alex Elmsley Like a Rolling Bone forcing the number four with an ungaffed die
73
Alex Elmsley Failure number is thought of and card at this position in shuffled deck, performer divines both (most of the time)
Also published here 76
Bill Simon Covered Side Steal
78
Alex Elmsley Auto-Prediction three cards are predicted written on another playing card
Variations 80
Alex Elmsley Divina-Sign packet of eight cards with designs, three chosen by dealing procedure, divined
83
Alex Elmsley A Card from Cagliostro packet of eight postcards with cities, three chosen by dealing procedure, predicted as postcard message
85
Alex Elmsley Aussi-Mental three cards selected through dealing process out of performer's hand, named by performer
87
Alex Elmsley Animal, Vegetable and Mineral pack of children's picture cards, three selections made and divined
Variations 89
Alex Elmsley The Octal Pencil Liar's Matrix, spectator selects number column and reads out print color lying on one of them
93
Alex Elmsley Verbum Veritas Liar's Matrix, spectator selects word column and reads out print color lying on one of them
97
Alex Elmsley Pack of Lies Liar's Matrix, spectator selects card column and reads out their colors, lying on one of them, different methods:
  • Mnemonic Method
  • Marked Deck Method
  • Unmarked Deck Method
  • Lewry's Platform Presentation
100
Louis Nikola, Alex Elmsley Card Mnemonics
101
Colin Lewry, Alex Elmsley Lewry's Platform Presentation
Inspired by 105
Alex Elmsley Still Taking Three sandwiched card vanishes, reappears in half the deck face up, three methods
Inspired by 109
Alex Elmsley ATFUS Precursor
110
Alex Elmsley Pseudo Duplicate see next pages
111
Alex Elmsley Bottom Slip Cut
114
Stephen Minch ATFUS Credit Information
116
Alex Elmsley Point of Departure from sandwich to pocket
Related toVariations 118
Alex Elmsley Economy Class Departure without double facer
122
Alex Elmsley ATFUS Variation
123
Alex Elmsley Rollover Switch as reversed card is put on table
123
Alex Elmsley Prayer Vanish
126
Alex Elmsley The Fiddle with the Biddle in the Middle card appears between sandwiched cards in deck, then vanishes from sandwich and reappears face-up in deck
129
Unknown Push-In Change
130
Alex Elmsley The Red and the Blue two decks change place except for two selections in them
VariationsAlso published here 131
Alex Elmsley The Shy Chameleon triumph routine in which backs are not seen to delay color changing deck effect
136
Alex Elmsley Turn-About Card card visually turns over when snapped
140
Tony Kardyro, Elmer Biddle Kardyro-Biddle Steal Sequence
141
Cy Endfield "Hofzinser" Top Change
141
Alex Elmsley A Small Revelation four miniature cards are glued together in stepped formation, one of them turns over
144
Alex Elmsley Fool's Mate joker as cupid and method
Variations 149
Alex Elmsley Jubilee
Variations 153
Neal Elias, Bert Fenn Bottom Reverse deck turned over above cards
153
Edward Marlo Pull-Down Cut
155
Alex Elmsley Plunger Shift for two cards
159
Alex Elmsley Separating the Men from the Boys kings and jacks alternated, queens change place with jacks
161
Alex Elmsley A Problem with Duplicate Identities two cards are put on table, two selections are shown to be the same, then table cards are turned over and are unchanged
166
Alex Elmsley The Imp of the Inverse card vanishes from pack, was never there, pseudo duplicate
168
Edward Marlo 9 as 6
168
Alex Elmsley Sum Talk of Alexander value of selection is used to deal to another selection and so on through the deck, sum of all values equates a number from beginning
171
Alex Elmsley Switchy-Coo card a chosen number is reversed, then changes to previous selection
175
Alex Elmsley Half Packed one half is put in pocket, other half vanishes, selection reappears
178
Paul LePaul, Alex Elmsley Bluff Pass
179
Alex Elmsley Second Link two selections, named number corresponds to distance between those cards
Related to 183
Alex Elmsley Counting while Spreading brief
183
Alex Elmsley Diamond Cut Diamond Ace to Ten of diamonds in order, selection transposes with named value
Variations 186
Alex Elmsley Signing Off performer names card an position, then all cards have performer's signature
189
Alex Elmsley Signature Piece signature travels from red backed to blue backed deck
192
Unknown Hindu Shuffle Force
194
Alex Elmsley Shakedown
Related to 197
Alex Elmsley Pocketpick visible card in breatpocket turns out to be later selection
207
Unknown LTP Steal of bottom card in right hand
208
Alex Elmsley Breast Pocket Switch card in LTP for card openly in breast pocket
Related to 209
Alex Elmsley Pockets Full of Miracles card is looked at by three people, everybody sees a different card. they all come from different pockets then
211
Alex Elmsley Finessed Riffle Force
211
Alex Elmsley, Edward Marlo Bottom Deal Switch of single card
212
Jack McMillen Card-from-Pocket Extraction from deck bluff
215
Alex Elmsley Reluctant Cards to Pocket ten cards one by one
217
Alex Elmsley 5 as 6 False Count
219
Alex Elmsley Duplicitous Cards to Pocket six cards, two duplicates, one by one
222
L'Homme Masqué One-Handed Spring Palm packet handling
224
Alex Elmsley Flight Plan four aces, one by one
228
Edward Marlo, Alex Elmsley ATFUS Variation
229
L'Homme Masqué, Alex Elmsley Two-Handed Spring Palm packet handling
230
Alex Elmsley En Voyage Ace to Three travel to pocket one by one, then all to different pockets
Variations 233
Cliff Green Double Lift Push
235
Alex Elmsley Pseudo Duplicate laying two cards face-up on table in crossed formation
236
Edward Marlo Misdirection Palm multiple cards
238
Alex Elmsley Processional four aces oujogged from deck, one by one pushed flush and removed from pocket
Variations 241
Alex Elmsley Daley Double two black aces change place with one of them in pocket, in repeat phase they turn red and black aces come from pockets
243
Alex Elmsley Between Your Palms card between spectator's palm turns out to be a later signed selection, using stranger card
VariationsAlso published here
  • Abracadabra, Vol. 13 No. 335, June 28, 1952, p. 361
246
Alex Elmsley Only Child handling of "Between Your Palms" without stranger card
250
Alex Elmsley Interrupted Top Change as card is placed right-jogged on deck
252
Alex Elmsley Incommunicado four cards are selected and produced from different spots, two spectators unknowingly have the same selection
254
Alex Elmsley Square-Up Glimpse
256
Alex Elmsley Devaluation chinese coin in handkerchief and half dollar in pocket change place, pile of half dollar appears as finale, Ken Allen's Chinatown Half set
261
Alex Elmsley Revaluation (A Reminiscense) chinese coin and four pennies, chinese coin from handkerchief to box, then pennies to box, transposition of chinese coin with four pennies
264
Alex Elmsley Magnetic Okito Box magnetic lid
265
Alex Elmsley Boston Two-Step small coin travels from handkerchief to box with half dollars, then all coins travel to handkerchief and box is empty
VariationsAlso published here 268
Alex Elmsley Box Turnover
269
Jack Chanin TV Surprise Production
271
Unknown Gravity Turnover
271
Alex Elmsley The Astral Coin Rides Again coin and two cards, coin appears, travels and penetrates table, coin threaded to card
Variations 273
Alex Elmsley Coin-Card Gaff coin is attached to card with thread
273
Alex Elmsley Milling a Coin small coin is smashed to dust between to large coins, recess in large coin
280
Alex Elmsley Sucker Silver silver to copper transformation routine with sucker explanation
282
Unknown Push Steal coin is pushed in fist and stolen back
284
Friedrich Wilhelm Frikell Frikell-Style Thumb Palm
284
Alex Elmsley The Spider's Treasury four coins are produced from empty hands, stand-up
287
Alex Elmsley Deck Preparation for Faro Shuffles sanding corners
Related to 295
Alex Elmsley Weave Corrections for Miscuts
297
Alex Elmsley Placing a Key at Twenty-sixth Position finessed methods with faro shuffle
300
Alex Elmsley The Mathematics of the Weave Shuffle long article for "mathematicians" with the following subchapters
302
Alex Elmsley Out- and In-Weaves definition of terms
303
Alex Elmsley The Odd Pack and Weave
304
Alex Elmsley Equivalent Odd Pack
304
Alex Elmsley Returning a Pack to the Same Order mathematical discussion
305
Alex Elmsley Solving the Shuffle Equation how to find out number of shuffles required to return pack to same order
306
Alex Elmsley Stack Transformations how faro shuffles affect a stack
307
Alex Elmsley Royal Flush Deal royal flush deal for any number of players, faro shuffling
308
Alex Elmsley The Constant Stack
Related to 309
Alex Elmsley The Restacking Pack stack whose value distribution is not affected by faro shuffles
Related toVariations 309
Alex Elmsley Binary Translocations 1) to bring top card to any position with faros
2) to bring card to top with 2^x cards
3) variation of 2)
Related toVariations 311
Alex Elmsley Double Control transposing top card with selection at certain position with faro shuffles
Related to 312
Alex Elmsley Penelope's Principle bringing center card to position corresponding with number of cards in cut-off pile
Related toVariations 313
Alex Elmsley Penny Wise card at position corresponding to cut-off pile is predicted, Penelope
315
Alex Elmsley Prediction by Proxy spectator removes any card, mate is found by penelope-procedure (pile cut off, counted, card at that position is selection), twenty-six-apart-stack
317
Alex Elmsley Tuppence two cards are selected with the "card at position of cut-off number"-procedure, then named
Related to 319
Unknown Bottom Card Glimpse
320
Alex Elmsley Meet Me on the Road selection is found at position of cut-off pile, penelope's principle
323
Alex Elmsley A Woven and Cut Case penelope-procedure (pile cut off, counted, card at that position is selection), key is placed next to selection via faro
325
Alex Elmsley Autopilot separation at twenty-six
326
Arthur Finley Remote Control spectator riffle shuffles after control
Related to 327
Alex Elmsley, Bill Reid Direct Link featuring Bill Reid's "Automatic Discovery", named number corresponds to distance between spectator's and performer's selection
Related to 329
Alex Elmsley The Custodial Card two cards selected, a card turns face-up between selections, twenty-six key card, faro
Inspired by 333
Alex Elmsley The Fan and Weave Controls two handlings of an ingenious control:
  • The Fan and Weave Control
  • The Fan and Weave Double Control
Related toVariations 335
Alex Elmsley Brainweave ungaffed handling of Brainwave
Related toVariationsAlso published here 338
Alex Elmsley Faro Fan
Variations 341
Alex Elmsley The Obedient Faro shuffling a card to any position up to twenty with two shuffles, for magicians
346
Alex Elmsley Spell by the Numbers automatic placement
349
Stephen Minch Automatic Placement - Credit Information
349
Unknown Speller spelling to any card at position twelve
351
Alex Elmsley Paraspell two cards, faro-version of Stewart James' "Evolution of a Dream"
353
Alex Elmsley Collinspell collins aces with spelling finale, setting cards with a faro, featuring interesting vanishes
357
Alex Elmsley Arab Roto-Pack using faros for various placements
Also published here 365
Alex Elmsley What a Party! adding faro principles
369
Alex Elmsley Late Night Location stay stack with duplicates
Variations 372
Alex Elmsley Auto-Discovery two cards are used to divine a very free selection that's pocketed by spectator, stacked
374
Alex Elmsley The Elmsley Rising Card rubber gimmick, faro placement
Related to 376
Alex Elmsley Faro Placement to control selection between two cards
379
Alex Elmsley Faro Placement to control selection between two cards
381
Alex Elmsley Computer Dating removed selection is mated under fair conditions, stay stack
385
Russell "Rusduck" Duck, Alex Elmsley Stay Stack credit information
385
Alex Elmsley Empty and Full removed selection is mated under fair conditions, stay stack
387
Alex Elmsley Wedded Ambitions free selection, mate rises to top, stay stack
389
Alex Elmsley Topsy-Turvy Stay-Stack (A Problem) topsy-turvy stay stack with two decks
Related to 391
Alex Elmsley Parity Failure some cards from 5x5 cards layout are turned over according to rules, condition is called out and on one card is lied
Also published here 392
Alex Elmsley Tell Me Three Times three cards chosen and called out, on one of them is lied, stack
Variations 396
Alex Elmsley Future Stock two card prediction, stack, one-ahead
398
Alex Elmsley, Charles Sanders Peirce Through Darkest Peirce cards are dealt out multiple times to mix them, yet they are mated, relation to Sympathetic Cards
401
Alex Elmsley Card Position Formula After Dealing calculating position of any card in a packet of any size, after dealing cards out
404
Alex Elmsley Blind Stud cards are cut and dealt out, things about hands are revealed with back turned, gray code to base 4
406
Stephen Minch Gray Code some credit information
406
Alex Elmsley Mental Boxer six cards are divined after cards are mixed face-up face-down, gray code
410
Alex Elmsley Kingfisher four cards are divined, gray code
414
Alex Elmsley Pursuit of Thought four cards are divined, gray code
419
Alex Elmsley Fate's Datebook part of "The Dazzle Act" (starting on page 425 until the end of the book), using a improvisational type of selection procedure
Related toVariations 433
Dai Vernon Top and Bottom Glimpse
435
Unknown Cross-Cut Force
435
Alex Elmsley, Richard Himber Cold Steel knife is stabbed between two selections
Variations 440
Richard Himber Knife Stab Estimation
440
Stephen Minch Mechanical Estimation some credit information
440
Alex Elmsley Fan and Weave Control to any Position extension with two cards
Inspired by 442
Unknown Knife Blade Glimpse
Related to
  • Blackstone's Secrets of Magic (Walter Gibson, p. 21)
447
Alex Elmsley The Tale of the Old Timer cutting to fourJacks, then Queens, then Kings, then dealing out all Jacks to Aces
449
Alex Elmsley Pocket Deck Switch with description of psychology
450
Herb Zarrow, Dai Vernon Zarrow Shuffle
453
Frank Garcia Affas-Gaffas False Cut
455
Alex Elmsley Dazzle packet with jokers, backs change color multiple times
Related toVariations 463
Alex Elmsley Everchange Count Variation
Inspired by 464
Alex Elmsley Half Pass with small packet
465
Alex Elmsley Tour de Force five card location with flourishy production and call-back productions referring to previous routines
471
Alex Elmsley Multiple Hindu Shuffle Control
471
Unknown One-Handed Center Card Production
473
Alex Elmsley Outjogged Erdnase Transformation
474
M. Jules Dhotel Pop-Up Card Flourish
476
Audley Walsh Long Distance Spinner
477
Dai Vernon, Alex Elmsley Vernon Flourish Deal both-handed as production
478