Written by Nick Trost

Work of Nick Trost

332 pages (Hardcover), published by L&L Publishing
Illustrated with drawings by Joseph K. Schmidt.
Language: English

(212 entries)


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William P. Miesel Introduction 13
Nick Trost Foreword 15
Nick Trost The Observation Test Related to
  • "Red and Blue (Improved)" (Bob Lotz, in Rufus Steele's The Last Word on Cards, 1952)
Edward Marlo Displaying all the Cards as Identical Using Swing Cuts 17
Nick Trost Seven Card Count Variation of Six Card Repeat (credit information, first appeared in The Linking Ring, February 1955)Related toVariations 19
Walter Rollins, Brother John Hamman, Bob Longe Rollins-Hamman-Longe Routine Inspired byRelated to
  • "One Too Many" (Bob Longe, 101 Amazing Card Tricks, 1993)
Also published here
Nick Trost Double Pinochle with an Elevator Finish Inspired by
  • "Knock-Out Aces" (Ted Biet, Genii, June 1982)
Nick Trost Rising Crime Display 23
Nick Trost The Five-Ace Poker Hand Variations 25
Nick Trost Generic Deck Version Variation on "The Five-Ace Poker Hand" with blank cardsInspired by 27
Nick Trost Red or Black - Which? small packetInspired byRelated toVariations 28
Nick Trost, Tom Hubbard The Ultimate Version Variation on "Red or Black - Which?"Inspired by 30
Nick Trost Weight Guess Spectator pockets cards, magician divines how many, breather at twenty-sixRelated toVariations 32
Mike Rogers Mike Roger's Version Variation of "Weight Guess" with cards face upInspired by 33
Tom Hubbard Tom Hubbard's Version Variation of "Weight Guess", also with cards face up, but no initial countingInspired byVariations 34
Nick Trost Double Turnover Coincidence Two spectators cut to black Queens, which is previously predicted by written prediction 37
Nick Trost Reversed Coincidence with one deck Magician and spectator each has half a deck, they exchange one card and place reversed in each half, revealed to be mates 38
Ed Balducci Cut Deeper Force 38
Nick Trost Do as I Do with Two Cards Magician and spectator freely exchange two cards each, turn out to be four QueensInspired by 39
Nick Trost Card in Pocket Coincidence Prediction card placed in pocket, spectator selects card by counting down to named number, card in pocket shown to be matesAlso published here 40
Nick Trost Ten-In-A-Row Double Coincidence Inspired by 41
Nick Trost Swindle Suits based on "The Tarot Speaks" marketed by Arthur EmersonRelated to 43
Paul Curry Swindle Switch 45
Nick Trost Courtship Kings placed on top of Queens and squeezed, instantly dealt off in pairsVariations 47
Nick Trost, Stewart Judah Matched Picture Cards Related toVariationsAlso published here 49
Al Smith Al Smith's Version Variation of "Matched Picture Cards" without deckInspired by 50
Norman Houghton Norman Houghton's First Version Variation of "Matched Picture Cards" also without deckInspired by 52
Norman Houghton Norman Houghton's Second Version Variation of "Matched Picture Cards" also without deck tooInspired by 53
Tom Hubbard Tom Hubbard's Version Visual variation of "Matched Picture Cards"Inspired by 54
Paul Swinford Paul Swinford's Routine Combination of original and Tom Hubbard's "Matched Picture Cards"Inspired by 56
Nick Trost The Gathering of the Court Cards Three packets of J-Q-K, assemble to three J, three Q and three KRelated toAlso published here 57
Nick Trost Like with Like Version "The Gathering of the Court Cards" with hotel storyRelated to 58
Nick Trost J-Q-K Climax Version Reverse effect of "The Gathering of the Court Cards"Related to 60
Charles Hudson Charles Hudson's Version Variation of "The Gathering of the Court Cards"Related to 61
Nick Trost Royal Rendevouz Follow the Leader type of routine, with Ambitious Ending 63
Nick Trost A Cardman's Puzzle Four packets of J-Q-K, assemble to four J, four Q and four KVariations
  • "Meeting" (Aldo Colombini, What's Up Deck?, 1995)
Frederick Braue Braue Addition 64
Nick Trost Four-Ace Vanish and Recovery Four Aces vanish from deck, and appear back face up in the middle of the deckInspired by
  • "Record" (Andre Robert, The Magigram, April 1979)
Frederick Braue Braue Addition 67
Nick Trost Spectator Finds the Aces Spectator selects two cards from spread, the two cards adjacent to each selection shown to be AcesInspired by 68
Frederick Braue Braue Reversal 68
Bill Simon Simon Prophecy Force 69
Nick Trost Aces From Nowhere two methods 70
Unknown Cross Cut Force 71
Nick Trost Triumph Ace Opener Four Ace TriumphRelated to
  • "Flip-Flop Triumph" (Jon Racherbaumer, Lecture Notes, 1982)
Unknown Cross Cut Force 72
Tenkai Ishida Optical Revolve 72
Daryl Martinez Triumph Cutting Display Variation 73
Nick Trost, Stewart Judah Second Method Different method for "Triumph Ace Opener", first appeared in The New Tops, May 1981 (First part of method credited to Stewart Judah)Inspired by
  • "Ace Opener for Experts" (Stewart Judah, The Magic World of Stewart Judah, 1966)
Related to
Sid Lorraine Slop Shuffle 74
Nick Trost Four Ace Disclosure Also published here 75
Daryl Martinez Triumph Cutting Display 75
Nick Trost Ace Stop Related to 76
Nick Trost Double Discovery Spectator finds four Kings and four Aces (Principle originator unknown in, but possibly from "A Prediction", Ralph W. Hull, 1932)Inspired by
  • "Fair Cuts - Double Force" (Unknown, Rufus Steele's 52 Amazing Card Tricks, 1949)
  • Prediction (Unknown, 1937)
Nick Trost Peek-A-Boo Aces Pointer Principle to tell which Ace was selectedRelated to 79
Nick Trost Flapjack Aces Three Aces turn over at once 80
Nick Trost, Shigeo Takagi Topsy Turvy Aces Handling by Shigeo Takagi, performed on Card and Coin Magic (1989) 81
Tenkai Ishida Optical Revolve 82
Nick Trost Observation Test with Aces Black Aces change to red Aces, black Aces shown to have vanished and then reappears on faced halves 83
Nick Trost False Deal Deluxe Pseudo false dealing demo 87
Nick Trost Bottoms, Seconds and Centers Demo Pseudo demo (with duplicate card) 88
Nick Trost The Penney Paradox sucker betRelated to
  • "Penney-Ante" (Walter Penney, The Journal of Recreational Mathematics, Oct 1969)
  • "On the Paradoxical Situations that Arise from Nontransitive Relations" (Martin Gardner, Scientific American, Oct 1974)
  • Trine (Lewis Jones, 2002)
Nick Trost Handsome Bridge Hand Dealing perfect bridge hand from shuffled deck, with stud poker demo to set it up 92
Nick Trost Odd Man Wins! Presentation by Mack PicknickVariations 93
Nick Trost, Al Thatcher The Omega Bet - Updated Multiple prediction of whether selected cards matched color, last phase uses GilbreathInspired byRelated to 96
Nick Trost, Stewart Judah Horse Race Ace as horses, run a miniature racetrack, uses matchesInspired by
  • "Derby" (Tony Koynini, 1952)
Related to
  • "Horse Race" (John Scarne, Scarne on Cards, 1949)
Nick Trost Second Method Alternative method for "Horse Race" using Gilbreath Principle, first appeared in "Gambling Tricks with Cards, Part Two" (1975) 102
Nick Trost, Al Thatcher, Tom Hubbard Automatic Poker - A Different Handling Uses packet of eleven cards masquerading as tenInspired by 106
Nick Trost Tenkai Poker Deal Cards shuffled face up/down, poker hands are dealt, only magician gets face down cards (plot credited to Persi Diaconis, routine inspired by Ricky Jay's routine on Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women) 108
Nick Trost, Ken Beale Ten-Card Poker Deal - Trost Routine Three phases, second phase is Ken Beale's idea 109
Tenkai Ishida Optical Revolve 109
Nick Trost, Stewart Judah Eighteen-Card Poker Uses concept of a morphing Jonah card that changes every phase (presentation by Stewart Judah)Related to
  • "Psych-Out" (Bruce Bernstein, 1985)
  • "The Cincinnati Kid Poker Game" (Tony Binarelli, Gary Ouellet's The Magic of Tony Binarelli, 1991)
Nick Trost High-Card Poker Deal Poker deal from packet of high cards, spectators receive Ace-high straights, performer gets winning four of a kind, uses Gilbreath principle 113
Nick Trost Calling the Hands Inspired by 115
Nick Trost Psychic Poker similar to previous "Calling the Hands" 117
Charlier Charlier Shuffle 117
Nick Trost Spectator's Card Trick Related to 119
Nick Trost Kissed and Divined (Improved) Two card prediction using faced halves (original idea by Richard Himber)Inspired by 120
Nick Trost A Premonition two prediction cards match selection by value and suit separatelyVariations
  • "Blind Chance" (Bob Longe, World's Greatest Card Tricks, 1996)
Nick Trost Predicting One of Six Cards Moving counter on row of cardsInspired by
  • "See No Evil - Hear No Evil" (Clyde Cairy & Peter Tappan, The New Tops, 1967)
Nick Trost Seven Card Draw Prediction predicted number of red/black cards selected, taking cards from top and bottom 123
Nick Trost Double Poker Hand Prediction Comes from Bill Miesel's notes, performed in 1968 124
Nick Trost Cards and Dice Prediction Pair of dice used, includes presentation idea by Mack Picknick 125
Nick Trost, Stewart Judah O-Aces Red backed and blue backed Aces, predict selected Ace/color of back (presentation by Stewart Judah), includes ideas by Stewart Judah (double envelopes) and Tom Hubbard (Himber wallet)Related to 127
Nick Trost Time Will Tell Clock trickAlso published here 131
Nick Trost M-U-M Miracle Inspired by
  • "Thought-O-Card" (G. P. Appaduri, M-U-M, March 1971)
Nick Trost Significator Five-Spot Face up Five, five cards down is selection, produce four Aces 134
Nick Trost X Marks the Spot Selection turns up the same time as a marked cardRelated toVariations 135
Nick Trost Lost and Found 136
Nick Trost Subtle Location with the Gilbreath Principle 137
Nick Trost The Lone Stranger Card located by being in bank of opposite colorsAlso published here 138
Nick Trost Double Revelation with Cards and Dice Pair of dice to locate card, and prediction of numbers on diceInspired by
  • "Dice Will Tell" (Oscar Weigle Jr., The Dragon, December 1940)
  • "Dice Will Tell" (Oscar Weigle Jr., Scarne on Card Tricks, 1950)
Nick Trost Double Shock! Two spectators find each other's cardInspired by 141
Nick Trost The Eliminator Uses gaffed dice (mispotted) to locate card in one of six piles, credit info for plot given to publication in Nouvelles Recreations, Physiques et Mathematiques (Gilles-Edme Guyot, 1740)Inspired by 142
Unknown Cross Cut Force 142
Bill Simon Simon Prophecy Force Al Thatcher's version 142
George Sands, Mitsunobu Matsuyama "Lucky 13" Force Using a fair dice to force bottom card of seven card packet, by eliminating cards at rolled number repeatedly, independently discovered by Mitsunobu Matsuyama 144
Nick Trost Nick's Push-Thru Card Tunnel (tunnel change plot) without gaffs, includes history information for tunnel change plotInspired byRelated toVariationsAlso published here 145
Johnny Thompson, Stewart Judah Thompson-Judah Version Variation on "Nick's Push-Thru"Inspired by 147
Nick Trost Lineup Gilbreath Principle, arrange face up/down cards in same order (Bob King variation first published as "Order Please" in manuscript Magician Foolers, p. 5, 1989)Variations 149
Nick Trost Believe It or Not! mixed cards become ordered and ordered cards become mixed (improved method from original, published in The Linking Ring, February 1955)Inspired byAlso published here 150
Nick Trost What's In A Name? Spell spectator's name to locate card (credit info for plot origin)Related toAlso published here 153
Nick Trost This Is Your Card - With a Punch Spelling location with five cards, produce four AcesInspired by
  • "This Is Your Card" (George Coon, Rufus Steele's 50 Tricks, 1946)
Nick Trost Automatic Lie Speller Lie Detector with verificationRelated to
  • "Gardner's Card Speller" (Joe Berg, Here's New Magic, 1937)
VariationsAlso published here
Nick Trost Kings Royale Two decks, four cards selected from each, all turn out to be KingsInspired by 159
Nick Trost Intuition Two reversed selections match / same position in decksInspired by
  • "The Invisible Influence Principle" (Eddie Joseph, The Invisible Influence, 1951)
Also published here
Nick Trost Blind-Sight Gilbreath principle, shuffle two decks together 162
Nick Trost Ambitious Ace, Deuce, Trey Inspired by 167
Nick Trost Elevator Cards - Trost Version Four Jumping Jacks with storyInspired by
  • "Penetration" (Ed Marlo, The Sphinx, June 1948)
Nick Trost The Olram Elevator Variations 170
Edward Marlo Olram Subtlety 170
Jack Watson Jack Watson's variations Two variations in handling of Nick Trost's The Olram Elevator, first appeared in The New Tops, December 1979Inspired by 171
Nick Trost Trost on Reset Easy handling with clean finishInspired by
  • "Re-Set" (Paul Harris, Supermagic, 1977)
  • "A/K/A Reset" (John Bannon, Mirage, 1986)
Nick Trost, U. F. Grant Three Chances in 26 Updated handling of "One Chance in 26" (Nick Trost, The New Tops, May 1965) with Gilbreath and two more selectionsInspired by 175
Nick Trost Miracle Match Up similar to Gemini Mates in plot, two methodsInspired by
  • "Prospero" (Peter Warlock, The Magigram, February 1980)
Nick Trost Duo Brainwave no rough/smoothInspired by
  • "Ultra Brainwave Deck" (Patrick Page, Abracadabra, May 1982)
Nick Trost Dingle's "Royal Triumph" - Trost Version Four kings with odd backs will change into four selectionsInspired by 182
Ed Balducci Cut Deeper Force 182
Tenkai Ishida Optical Revolve 183
Nick Trost Trost on "Matching the Cards" Four jacks change to Aces, with blank deck endingInspired by
  • "Herbert Milton's Rendition of Matching the Cards" (Lewis Ganson, Matching the Cards, 1977)
Related to
  • "Correcting a Mistake" (Hatton & Plate, Magician's Tricks: How They Are Done, 1910)
Nick Trost The Tic-Tac-Toe Divination Deck of 'X's and 'O's, match order of 'X's and 'O's. 185
Nick Trost, Earle Oakes Technicolor Change First appeared in Precursor X by Bill Miesel, 1986.Inspired by
  • trick performed by Father Paul Zipfel for 1966 IBM Convention Close Up Competition in Indianapolis
Unknown Hindu Shuffle Display 187
Unknown The Ten-to-Twenty Force 188
Nick Trost Nick's Stranger in Paradise Spectator thinks of any card and is removed from blue back deck, previously pocketed red deck is found to be missing the thought of card, tabled card is revealed to be it, first published in The New Tops, November 1968Related to
  • "Thought Anticipated" (Dave Campbell, The Gen, April 1959)
  • "Premonition Outdone" (Stan Lobenstern, 1968)
Nick Trost Mini Match two chosen mini cards match paper clipped predictions of normal sized cards 190
U. F. Grant Grant Switch Switch mini cards that are paper clipped on opposite sides of poker sized card, in the action of revealing the faces 191
Nick Trost A Clean-Cut Coincidence Spectator coincidentally selects mates, which is predicted by performerInspired byVariations
  • "Double Influence" (Tom Mosier, The Linking Ring, May 1995)
Henry Christ The 203rd Force / Henry Christ Force Related to 194
Nick Trost, Stewart Judah Elimination Selection appears reversed in deck after it has vanishedRelated toVariationsAlso published here 194
Nick Trost Second Version Removes double backer in "Elimination"Inspired by
  • "The Disappearing Card" (Bob Longe, 101 Amazing Card Tricks, 1993)
Related to
Nick Trost Eight-Card Brainwave VariationsAlso published here 199
Edward Marlo Olram Subtlety 200
Nick Trost Abra-Card-Abra Performer and spectator's selections match, rest of cards are JokersInspired by 201
Nick Trost, Frank Garcia, Dr. Stanley Jaks Kopy Kat Performer and spectator exchange cards from packets, shown to match, other cards are completely differentInspired by
  • "The Four Deuces" (Frank Garcia & Dr. Stanley Jaks, Scarne on Card Tricks, 1950)
Related to
Nick Trost Klip Joint Two chosen mini cards match two paper clipped prediction cards 203
U. F. Grant Grant Switch 205
Nick Trost, U. F. Grant Jumbo Two-Way Split Stewart James's trick with jumbo cards. Prediction idea by U. F. GrantInspired by
  • "Split Second" (Stewart James, The New Tops, December 1962)
Stewart Judah, Paul Swinford Half and Half Two cards are cut in half, follow the leader type of effectInspired by
  • "Miracle Mates" (Bob Bell, marketed by Mickey Hades, 1963)
Unknown Wild Card Move 210
Nick Trost Trick-Kards Four of a kind turns face down one by one, then change backs, then change suits, follow by appearance of 'X' on backsInspired by
  • "Flipped Out" (Ed Hollins, marketed by Emerson & West)
Brother John Hamman Flushtration Count 213
Dai Vernon Through the Fist Flourish 213
Alex Elmsley Elmsley Count 213
Nick Trost, Al Thatcher Flim-Flam Blank cards print, to three Tens, then change to three Aces to match previously tabled AceInspired by 213
Shigeo Takagi Takagi Turnover Count 214
Dai Vernon Through the Fist Flourish 215
Nick Trost Showdown three phase Ten Card Poker Deal routine, last phase is stud poker. Includes Tom Hubbard's handling at the end.Related toVariationsAlso published here 216
Tom Hubbard Tom Hubbard's Handling of "Showdown" Inspired byAlso published here 219
Nick Trost Nick's Expanding Cards Mini poker hand grows in size to poker-size, gimmick could have inspired Micro MacroInspired by
  • "Lohrey's Enlarging Cards" (Carl Lohrey, marketed in The Linking Ring, 1950s)
VariationsAlso published here
Brother John Hamman Flushtration Count 221
Nick Trost Maxi-Twisto Twisting the Aces with Royal Flush endingInspired by
  • "A Twist on Maxi" (Mike Gallo, Genii, August 1986)
Related to
  • "Maxi-Twist" (Roger Smith, 1976)
Alex Elmsley Elmsley Count 223
Nick Trost Gilbreath Aces Four Aces lost in deck, spectator deals through deck and locates AcesInspired by
  • an Ace opener described by Oscar Weigle Jr. (The Dragon, June 1939), credited to Steve Belchou
Nick Trost, Al Thatcher Crooked Dealing Pseudo gambling demo for seconds, bottoms and centersInspired by 228
Nick Trost, Al Thatcher, Michael F. Zens Zens-Gilbreath Poker Deal Any poker hand called forInspired byRelated to 232
Nick Trost The Perfecto Bridge Deal Variations 235
Nick Trost Straight Poker Deal Deal from shuffled deck, spectators get straight, performer get full house.Variations 236
Nick Trost Pinochle Deal Uses Pinochle deck 239
Nick Trost Pitch Deal Game called "Pitch" 242
Nick Trost Twenty-Deck Poker Deal Poker with twenty cardsRelated to
  • "The Hokey-Poker Deck" (Jim Lucier, The New Tops, March 1978)
Charlier Charlier Shuffle 246
Unknown Svengali Shuffle 247
Nick Trost Seven-Spades Bridge Deal Partner and performer get all the spadesRelated to
  • "To Deal Yourself All the Trumps" (Ellis Stanyon, Magic, 1913)
Nick Trost Seven-No-Trump Bridge Deal Partner and performer get no-trump hands 253
Nick Trost In-Between Deal Game called In-Between, uses poker chips 254
Unknown Svengali Shuffle 255
Nick Trost Gin Rummy Deal 257
Unknown Svengali Shuffle 259
Nick Trost Coon Can Deal Gives description and history of game 261
Nick Trost Special-Deck Blackjack-Poker Deal Blackjack and poker combined demo 265
Nick Trost Canasta Deal Related to 270
Nick Trost Uruguay Canasta Deal Related to 273
Nick Trost International Canasta Deal 274
Nick Trost, Stewart Judah The Odd Set Performer mentally influences spectator to select "odd" pile of ESP cards 278
Nick Trost The Third Dimension Performer predicts three chosen ESP symbolsInspired by 281
Lin Searles The "So-Simple" Force 281
Nick Trost ES-Pair-ity Selected pair of ESP cards to be matching, other pairs don't matchInspired by
  • "Transcendental Mate-I-tation" (J. K. Hartman, Card Craft, 1991)
Nick Trost, Stewart Judah Metaphysics Performer divines two thought of ESP symbols by producing it from pocketed deck 284
Charlier Charlier Shuffle 284
Nick Trost Sym-sational Divine three peeked symbols 285
Charlier Charlier Shuffle 285
Nick Trost Million to One ESP Five ESP cards freely selected, found to consist of unique symbols (no repeat) 286
Unknown Down-Under Deal 287
Nick Trost Geo-Metrick Spectator attempts to match performer's tabled ESP cards, all matchInspired by
  • "Reds and Blacks" (Jerry Mentzer, Card Routines Number Two, 1962)
Nick Trost, Al Thatcher Symbol Discernment Detect ESP symbols by sense of touchInspired by
  • "Suit Discernment" (Paul J. Flory, The Linking Ring, Jan 1979)
Nick Trost ESP Sixth-Thot Predict thought of symbolRelated to 292
Nick Trost ESP Janus Inspired by 294
Nick Trost Telespo Performer matches symbols, spectator fails, and then performer divines symbols from different room 297
Nick Trost Dream of the Hermit Inspired by 302
Ed Balducci Cut Deeper Force 304
Elmer Biddle Biddle Move Related to
  • "Transcendent" (Elmer Biddle, Genii, April 1947)
Frederick Braue Braue Addition 306
Frederick Braue Braue Reversal Related to
  • "The Reverses - Fourth Method" (Jean Hugard & Frederick Braue, The Royal Road to Card Magic, 1948)
Unknown, Dai Vernon Breather Crimp Related to 308
Charlier Charlier Shuffle Related to 309
Max Holden Criss-Cross Force Related to
  • "The New Knife and Selected Cards" (Max Holden, The Magical Monthly (Bagshawe), July 1925)
Ed Balducci Cut Deeper Force Related to
  • "Little Card Rise" (Hugard's Magic Monthly, Jan 1949)
  • "All Fair Coincidence" (Ed Balducci & Ken Krenzel, Hugard's Magic Monthly, November 1956)
Laurie Ireland, Dai Vernon Double Undercut Includes Stewart Judah variationRelated to 313
Alex Elmsley Elmsley Count "Ghost Count" or "Counting Four as Four"Related to
  • "The Four Card Trick" (Alex Elmsley, marketed 1959)
Brother John Hamman Flushtration Count first appeared in "Colour Blind"Related to
  • "Colour Blind" (Norman Houghton, Ibidem, June 1955)
Norman Gilbreath Gilbreath Principle Related to
  • "Magnetic Colors" (Norman Gilbreath, The Linking Ring, July 1958)
Edward Marlo, S. W. Erdnase Marnase False Cut Related to 317
Edward Marlo Olram Subtlety 318
Bob Haskell Reverse Double Undercut Related to
  • (Alton Sharpe, Expert Card Conjuring, 1976)
Arthur Finley Riffle Force 320
Si Stebbins Si Stebbins Setup Syrian card manipulator Selim Cid taught Si Stebbins a version of the setup in 1895. Popularised by Howard Thurston in Howard Thurston's Card Tricks, 1901. 321
Bill Simon Simon Prophecy Move Related to 322
Unknown Svengali Shuffle 324
Unknown Swing Cut 324
Tenkai Ishida Tenkai Move Optical RevolveRelated to 325
Nick Trost Sources List of trick sources 327