Written by Wesley James

Work of Tom Gagnon

202 pages (Hardcover), published by avanT-Garde Magic
Illustrated with drawings by Tom Gagnon.
Language: English

(72 entries)


Creators Title Comments & References Page Categories
Tom Gagnon Acknowledgements iii
Tom Gagnon Preface v
Randy Wakeman Foreword vi
Wesley James Introduction vii
Wesley James How to read this book - Academia - The Craft of Magic
- Knowledge - Assumption
- Credit - Creation in Magic
Tom Gagnon Gagnon Spread Pass tabled spread, forward and backward action, Draw Shift related
- Controlling the Location
Variations 1
Tom Gagnon Slide Draw Shift deck is not picked up 9
Tom Gagnon Faroed Spread Pass with deck in Incomplete Faro Condition
- Two Card Control
Inspired by 11
Tom Gagnon Ribbon Spread Double Cut transfer cut onto table combined with Gagnon Spread PassInspired by 15
Tom Gagnon Half Pass One using tabled ribbon spread cover, application in which peeked-at card turns over 17
Tom Gagnon Color Scheme deck spread face-down on table, when spread again the back color has changed 20
Tom Gagnon Cavorting Classic using tabled passes 23
Tom Gagnon Versatile Spread Control bottom card rides under cards when spread on table
- Basic Technique
- Multi-Card Technique
- Practice Exercise
- Reciprocal Blind
Also published here 32
Tom Gagnon Key Card Placements using the Versatile Spread Control
- Submarine Key Card
- Drop Shot Key Card (inspired by Vernon reference)
Inspired byRelated to 40
Tom Gagnon Red & Blue Double Leaper with the Versatile Spread Control, deck with half red and half blue cards, red selection travels to blue part and vice versaAlso published here 44
Tom Gagnon Subterranean Stab with the Versatile Spread Control 51
Tom Gagnon Wow - that's Different biddle trick handling, using Versatile Spread ControlInspired by
  • "Wow" (Richard Bruce, Hugard's Magic Monthly, Sep. 1951)
Tom Gagnon Gagnon-Biddle Card Vanish handling of Biddle steal 56
Tom Gagnon Double Miracle card thought of from a group, another card selected, one card spelled to and the other found at named number, using Versatile Spread Control 58
Tom Gagnon Gagnon's Instant Spell selection spelled to in tabled spread, using Versatile Spread ControlAlso published here 60
Tom Gagnon Ultimate Spread Force spectator divides tabled spread at any point, bottom card of top half forced, using Versatile Spread ControlInspired by 62
Tom Gagnon Edge Crimp relatively sharp crimp along the edge, with ruler 62
Tom Gagnon Miracle Spread Force touched card in tabled spread apparently stays under spectator's finger, using Versatile Spread ControlInspired by
  • "Miracle Spread" (Ed Marlo, Ibidem #20)
Tom Gagnon Inverse Spread Force using Versatile Spread ControlInspired byVariations 68
Tom Gagnon Immaculate Spread Force using Versatile Spread ControlInspired by 70
Tom Gagnon Self-inflicted Spread Force using Versatile Spread ControlAlso published here 72
Tom Gagnon Gagnon Spread Control center card rides under cards when spread on table
- Insertion Jog
- Side Steal Jog
- The Control
VariationsAlso published here 76
Unknown Insertion Jog 77
Tom Gagnon Top Card Cover GSC Gagnon Spread Control to second position 87
Tom Gagnon Bottom Card Cover GSC Gagnon Spread Control to small position from bottom 88
Tom Gagnon Ribbon Spread Multiple Shift - Angle Load
- Lift Load
Inspired by 90
Tom Gagnon Spread Extraction Move Gagnon Spread Control to top 95
Tom Gagnon Pinkie Finger Load Gagnon Spread Control to top 97
Tom Gagnon Slide Maneuver Gagnon Spread Control to top 99
Tom Gagnon Pam Sandwich using Gagnon Spread Control and Top Card Cover Slide Maneuver 101
Tom Gagnon Technicolor Elevator odd-backed, using Gagnon Spread Control, split-back cardInspired by
  • "Off Color Elevator" (Milt Kort & Ron Bauer, Off Color Card Tricks)
Tom Gagnon Psychic Touch cards in tabled spread touched one by one until spectator says stop, using Inverse Spread ForceInspired by 112
Tom Gagnon Remote Control Reverse ribbon spread turnover over free card underneath, using Gagnon Spread ControlAlso published here 116
Tom Gagnon Double Doodle Steal loading a card onto a card that is used to scoop up a tabled spread to make it a doubleAlso published here 119
Tom Gagnon Flying Double Lift loading a card onto a card that is used to scoop up a tabled spread to make it a double, in short tabled ambitious card sequence 121
Tom Gagnon Bunko Squad card travels from deck to between sandwich cards, using Double Doodle Steal 124
Tom Gagnon Ribbon Spread Revelation deck spread on table, close in one sweep and selection remains face-up on table, using Versatile Spread Control 127
Tom Gagnon Cop without a Beat copping card after Versatile Spread Control 128
Tom Gagnon You Must Do as I Do using Gagnon Spread ControlInspired by 131
Tom Gagnon Throwing a Slider Three Card Catch starting with tabled spread and Gagnon Spread ControlInspired by 134
Tom Gagnon Lateral Bottom Deal left hand holds packet palm down, when turned palm up the bottom card is dealt out on inner end, as deck is cut and top portion is turned over and top card apparently thumbed off
- The Grip
- The Loosening
- The False Deal
- The Simulated Push-off
- Simulating a Cut
- The Riffle
- The Cut
- Completing the Cut and Finishing the Deal
- Performance Notes
- Practice Notes
- A Psychological Bonus
Related toVariations 136
Tom Gagnon Greek Lateral Bottom Deal same with second card from bottom (or top before cut)Inspired by 144
Tom Gagnon LBD Aces "Lateral Bottom Deal", Aces lost, performer quickly cuts the tabled deck four times at the Aces 146
Carmen D'Amico Sliding Block Multiple Shift 146
Tom Gagnon Bet Your Lateral Bottom Dollar performer cuts to the Aces one by one from tabled deck, dollar bill lies on deck, using Greek Lateral Bottom Deal 148
Tom Gagnon Rhythm Aces 152
Tom Gagnon Sticky Aces cutting to Aces after spectator's shuffle à la Scarne, using cards that have half a sticky surface 155
Tom Gagnon Bluff Coincidence 158
Tom Gagnon Double Bluff Coincidence two phases 161
Tom Gagnon Laterally Stabbed using Lateral Bottom DealInspired by 165
Tom Gagnon Outward Bottom Deal card tossed forwardRelated toVariations 167
Tom Gagnon Card to Card Box card apparently tossed from inside case, actually from belowInspired by 170
Tom Gagnon Ricochet Bottom Deal top card apparently taken in End Grip and put on table, actually Outward Bottom Deal performed, here as cut forceVariations 173
Tom Gagnon Covered Ricochet Bottom Deal original bottom card added to bottom of cut-off packet via Outward Bottom DealVariations 175
Tom Gagnon Han Ping Chien BD Inspired by 177
Tom Gagnon Covered HPC Bottom Deal Inspired by 179
Tom Gagnon Bottop Force 181
Tom Gagnon Wheeler Dealer outward bottom deal handling in which card is spun face up with right hand 183
Tom Gagnon Greek Outward Bottom Deal Variations 185
Tom Gagnon Bluffing a Greek simplifiedInspired by 187
Tom Gagnon Bilateral Bottom Deal two-handed version of Lateral Bottom DealInspired byVariations 188
Tom Gagnon Scissors Take Bilateral BD Inspired by 190
Tom Gagnon Scissors Grip Bilateral BD Inspired by 192
Tom Gagnon Flexible BD Exchange as card is removed from in-the-hands spread, using Outward Bottom Deal
- Face-up Variation
Inspired by 194
Tom Gagnon Insertion spectator stabs card next to selection 196
Tom Gagnon Multi-Card Lowe Top Palm thumb flesh breakInspired by 199
Tom Gagnon Easy Breather method for making a breather crimpAlso published here 201