Written by Bruce Elliott

Work of Various

200 pages (Hardcover), published by Louis Tannen

Language: English

(249 entries)


Creators Title Comments & References Issue Page Categories
King Stevenson Clipped x-ray eyes, seeing through cards and card on the face is divined 101 405
King Stevenson Cigarette Shiner paper clip in cigarette 101 405
Bruce Elliott 142857 with the feature of fractions of seven, see page 412 and 416 for more ideas (Clyde F. Cairy and unknown) 101 406
R. M. Jamison Thumble! short routine with jumbo thimbles 101 407
James G. Thompson Jr. Homing Eagle marked half dollar and english penny change places, with handkerchief 101 407
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Hardin Jr., Audley Walsh, Jay Marshall 101 408
Bruce Elliott (reviewer) At the Table by George Snyder 101 408
Roger Barkann Follow the Leaders routine with red/black effects
- prediction of red / black relationship (Phoenix No. 1)
- Out of this World (not explained)
- Follow the Leader (not explained)
- Slop Shuffle Color Separation
Related to 102 409
L. Vosburgh Lyons Discus Chinese compass, arrows on circle point always in same directionRelated to 102 410
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Alexander, Nelmar, The Magic Wand, Paul Morris, Jay Marshall, Hardeen Jr., Bobby Bakter, Greer Marechal 102 412
Orson Welles The Town Skryer thought of card is revealed by another spectator while looking into a glass of waterRelated to 103 413
Unknown Reversed Fan to force a card, credited to DunningerRelated to 103 414
John Hamilton Hamilton's Pointer with Aviator design 103 414
Cyril Marriott Facsimile content from billet is reproduced on a slate 103 415
Cyril Marriott Billet Switch with Hat 103 415
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Fu Manchu, John Hamilton, Abracadabra, a riddle by Warner Perry, Richard Himber 103 416
Harvey P. Graham Gut Fold center is stolen later with waxed match, instead of a circle he draws a tic tac toe cluster 104 417
Ronald B. Edwards For the Future two decks, prediction is written on face of a card, free choice 104 419
C. L. Boarde 1001st Location card revelation, spectator does the crimp 104 419
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Sachs, Fleming, Melbourne Christopher, Chet Miller, King Stevenson, Ace Gorham 104 420
Milbourne Christopher Color Code coding colorsInspired by 105 421
James G. Thompson Jr. Thompson's Discontented Card 105 422
Samuel Berland Pinched pieces are broken of from a half dollar, last piece transforms into a quarter 105 423
Art Lyle Aces Up card is selected, deck dealt in three piles and on top are the other cards of the same value 105 423
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Paul Fleming, John Hamilton, Jean Hugard, Magicana, magazine tricks and salable tricks 105 424
John Scarne Mystery B. C: Pickups picking up coins, which are flat on the tableRelated to 106 425
John Scarne Slam It! coin is slapped on the table several times and then vanishes, sound is made with hand 106 426
Joseph Dunninger Coin in Bottle Convincer for the sound 106 426
John Scarne Reverse English coin rolls away and back into the hand 106 427
John Scarne The Eagle Speaks coin whispers the position, where the selection is in the deck, then the coin vanishes and appears above the selectionVariations 106 427
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Le Magicien, Ralph Read, Wilbur Kattner, Burling Hull, Hen Fetsch 106 428
James F. Herpick Inner Tube handkerchief with tube, to produce and vanish coins and small objects 107 429
James F. Herpick Coin Transposition with two "Inner Tube" handkerchiefs 107 430
Cyril Marriott Affinities thought of card and unknown selection in envelope are predicted, with mental masterpiece card case and Pop-Eyed Popper cardsRelated to 107 431
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Bat, Paul Felming, Jules Dhotel, H. P. Graham 107 432
C. Steffenson Sherlock Holmes' Card Trick fingerprint appears on selection 107 432
Al Valenti A Top Palm one handed top palm, with ring finger action 107 432
King Stevenson Card on Light Bulb electric light bulb, cards are sprung against the light bulb and the silhouette of the card appears on it 107 432
Alan Barnert Phoney person on telephone knows card three times, three different methodsRelated toAlso published here 108 433
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Paul Duke, Al Baker, Dell O'Dell, Dr. Belanger, Alan Barnert, Braue, Orson Welles in the show "Around the World" 108 436
Bruce Elliott No Time Lost back in time presentation, a match is broken in a handkerchief, the other matches are ignited in the box, then everything is back to normal, the match used to ignite the other matches burns a second time 109 437
Harvey P. Graham Slate Plate slate effects using a dinner plate, brief explanation of a living and dead routine, appearance of a writing and a design duplication 109 438
Russell "Rusduck" Duck 32 selection process with square layoutVariations 109 439
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on the Pop Up Tie, R. C. Buff, Jay Marshall, John Booth, Audley Walsh 109 440
Mike Shulman Blindfold Idea blindfold with Band-Aids 109 440
C. L. Boarde Vest Pocket Seance seance program with a stack of business cards, coin appears, living and dead test, writing appears 110 441
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on R. C. Buff, Paul Palfrey, Joe Ovette 110 444
Unknown Card in Wallet 110 444
Don Medley Ring A Bell spectator thinks of a card in the fan, then he writes this card among four other cards, card is divined 111 445
The Great Fataque Shock Absorber as Fataque Sanders, vanishing cane treatment so it can be thrown and used for juggling without breaking 111 446
Fred Fletcher Cherry Red Blues same card from red and blue deck are exchanged and put reversed in the other deck, then they travel back to the original pack, red-blue double backer 111 447
John Hamilton All Wet moves and subtleties for coin in bottle 111 447
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Leo Rullman and Stuart Robson, Sorcerer's Serpent 111 448
Russell "Rusduck" Duck Utilitarian move to reposition a card in the deck, while counting cards from hand to hand 112 449
John Hamilton Faro two cards 112 450
John Hamilton Placement placing a card at twenty-sixth position with milk shuffle procedure 112 450
Herb Runge Face Down several times a card is selected and found, spelling, stopped at and with "next card I turn over, will be your card" gag 112 451
Unknown Bottom Card Glimpse pointing on a card on the table 112 451
Bruce Elliott The Back Room 112 452
Bruce Elliott (reviewer) Stars of Magic by Louis Tannen 112 452
Hen Fetsch Spirit Bumps ghost in handkerchief with Pop Up Tie 112 452
R. M. Jamison Ykcowrebbj effect with mirror and the reflection of words 113 453
John Hamilton Bill-Et 113 454
Herb Runge Shorty performer knows how many cards are in spectator's pocket 113 454
Jay Marshall, Russell Swann Half Soled shoes appear on table under handkerchief 113 455
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Bill Gresham, Orson Welles, Richard Himber, Erdnase, Paul Fleming, Jay Marshall 113 456
Ronald B. Edwards Box Fight Prediction with bill tube 113 456
Greer Marechal Jr. Purse Pastry cake in the hat with spectator's purse 114 457
James F. Herpick Safety Wallet wallet gag, noise like opening a safe 114 458
Bert Easley My Key loading a bag with hotel key or money 114 459
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Walter Gibson's "Bunco Book", L. Vosburgh Lyons, Oscar Weigle, Jack Hughes, Dai Vernon, Bob Reinhart 114 460
William Lindsay Gresham Nightmare Allez torn and restored tarot card, with menetekel deck and a way to copy the signature 115 461
Bill Becher Brain Buster with Brema's bill tube, sealed in envelope 115 463
Carl Hunkins Four Ace Routine four aces are put into the deck, four indifferent cards change places with aces 115 463
Dai Vernon Multiple Shift 115 463
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Dai Vernon's lecture, Richard Himber, Frank Taylor 115 464
Franklin V. Taylor, Joseph Dunninger Black Magic with playing cards and slit in book 116 465
Ronald B. Edwards Side by Side two spectator's cards are found next to each other 116 466
Ronald B. Edwards Silver Vanish sticky tape 116 466
Dr. William E. Belanger No Rubber Cement three methods for clippo without rubber cement 116 467
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Mike Bornstein, Karrel Fox, Stuart Jules, Martin Gardner, Burling Hull 116 468
Mike Bornstein Zombino as Kolma, floating ball, thumb tip with wire and ballRelated to 117 469
Frederick Mosteller Ambiguous numbers are selected by throwing dice 117 470
Russell "Rusduck" Duck The Gambler five people build a poker hand, after the cards are apparently mixed and the deck cut, all get the same cards again in the next round 117 471
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Silent Mora, Joe Karson, The Great Virgil, Sid Lorraine, Walter Floyd, Bill Grasham, Arnold Grubin, Jamison, J. G. Thompson, L. Vosburgh Lyons 117 472
Harvey P. Graham Fanzee The Kick Fan 118 473
Frederick Mosteller Thesis named number appears on burnt matchRelated to 118 475
Ronald B. Edwards Remainder? card is selected and the value used to calculate a result which is predicted 118 475
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Farelli, Jay Marshall, Si Stebbins, Brunel White, W. C. Fields, Russell Swann, Richard Himber, Wilfred Jonson 118 476
Stuart P. Cramer Mortmain book test, word is written by a puppet hand, which moves on its own, threadAlso published here 119 477
James G. Thompson Jr. Hoiman the Spirick comedy presentation for spirit buzzer, spirit bell, rapping hand etc. 119 479
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Bill Larsen, Cecil Lyle, card fans 119 480
Paul Curry New View deck in new deck order, spectator has the deck behind the back and puts one card reversed in the middle of the deck, exactly in orderVariations 120 481
Herb Runge Among Friends routineInspired by 120 482
Floyd Jones Key or Coin? key and coin change places 120 483
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Dai Vernon, Bill Larsen, E. B. Moore, Greer Marechal, Roy Benson 120 484
Unknown Match Puzzle 120 484
Greer Marechal Jr. 500 Ltd. three digits are named to form a number, ruse to break it down to four possibilitiesAlso published here 121 485
John Hamilton Top It card is controlled from middle to top 121 487
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Paul Fleming, Paul Curry, L. Vosburgh Lyons, Bill Grace, Richard Himber 121 488
Harvey P. Graham Idea for Cards Across with torn cardRelated to 121 488
Harvey P. Graham Idea for Swallowing Needles with strawRelated to 121 488
L. Vosburgh Lyons Inhale This! with benzedrine inhaler, spectator drops amount of different colored candies in the inhaler and performer knows how many from each color 122 489
Herb Runge Duo Inspired by 122 491
Bruce Elliott One Hand Cop with whispering queens and reversing card to illustrate the move 123 493
Paul Curry Curry Favors 123 496
Paul Curry Cigarette Switch Related to 123 496
Paul Curry Linked two ropes hanging on performer's shoulder link, see also ring & tape sequence in "Sefalaljia"Related toVariations 123 496
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Peter Warlock, Jay Marshall 123 496
Clayton Rawson Strip Tease undressing a man's vest without taking off the jacket, then removing someone's tie and shirt, stooge 124 497
Ronald B. Edwards Predic-2 see correction on p. 506 124 498
Howard A. Adams Interstices piece of glass is put in envelope and pierced with pencil and knife, stays unharmed 124 499
Paul Curry Curry Favors 124 500
Paul Curry One Down card is inserted face up in the pack behind spectator's back and divinedRelated to 124 500
Bruce Elliott The Back Room 124 500
Dr. Stanley Jaks In the Ring spectator sees selection from an other spectator in a finger ringRelated toVariationsAlso published here 125 501
R. M. Jamison 57 two times performer knows where selection is, when spectator turns up cards and names them 125 502
Jack Potter 3 Jacks Every Time three jacks are laid alternated with indifferent cards and come to the top, as a prelude to "3 Jack & a Pat" by WeisbeckerRelated toAlso published here 125 503
Paul Curry Curry Favors 125 504
Paul Curry Two Minutes from Now spectator thinks stop at his selection when performer names the cards, position is predicted too 125 504
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Dai Vernon 125 504
Paul Curry Curry Favors 126 505
Paul Curry Do As I Do Related toVariations 126 505
E. H. Borden Horses - A Number Quickie illogic puzzle, dividing horses under three sonsRelated to 126 506
Bruce Elliott Static borrowed bill sticks to other bill, static electricity presentation, gaffed 126 507
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Jay Marshall, Dr. Stanley Jaks, Clayton Rawson, Milbourne Christopher, Richard Himber 126 508
Frank Garcia Garcia's Grand two cards are found, with napkin and knife, reinvention of "The X-Ray Knife", see also p. 515Related to 127 509
Frank Garcia Halvies pass as false cut 127 510
Frank Garcia, Dai Vernon Quick Silver continuous coin production, with coin roll, based on a Vernon idea 127 511
Frank Garcia H2O lit cigarette is dunk into glass of water and then rolled between the hands, transformation into rolled wet bill 127 511
Paul Curry Curry Favors on the Indian rope mystery 127 512
Paul Curry On and Off two ribbon rings threaded through a nut and lowered into a hat, under a handkerchief the selected ribbon penetrates the nutRelated to 127 512
Bruce Elliott The Back Room 127 512
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Dai Vernon, Walter Gibson, Bill Woodfield, Cy Endfield, Dr. Stanley Jaks, Richard Himber, H. P. Graham, Ben Braude 128 513
Bruce Elliott Misdirection for Rabbit-From-The-Hat with false finger 128 514
Bruce Elliott Anagram's Awful Aid letters in ABC deck are turned over according to selected words 128 515
Bill Woodfield Attaboy, Jr. 128 516
Phil Weisbecker, Ed Mishell Cosmic Comics with magnets 128 516
Dai Vernon 123 Related toVariations 129 517
Clayton Rawson Everyone Take A Card six or more people select a card 129 519
Paul Curry Curry Favors on Touch and variations of it 129 520
Paul Curry Ripping, Eh, What! while tearing the envelopes open, used for Annemann's Pseudo PsychometryAlso published here 129 520
Paul Curry Thar She Blows! presentation idea for revealing a cardAlso published here 129 520
Bruce Elliott The Back Room 129 520
Robert Fairthorne The Malkin voodoo effect, two paper dolls are rolled up and pinched with a needle, at the same placesRelated toVariationsAlso published here 130 521
George Armstrong Miracle - Impromptu Book Test with borrowed book and borrowed deck of playing cards 130 522
Paul Curry Curry Favors 130 524
Paul Curry The Perfect Miracle Related toAlso published here 130 524
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Al Wheately, Paul Curry, Bill Larsen, Vernon, Felix Greenfield 130 524
Dr. Ben B. Braude Tally Ho! spectator write numbers on a pad, under a handkerchief performer feels the numbers and names the total, see also p. 540 131 525
George Sands Gone! signed card travels from case held by spectator to performer's pocket 131 527
Bruce Elliott Changeable three cards, queen in center turns over 131 527
Paul Curry Curry Favors 131 528
Paul Curry The Whispering Jokers card is removed, all card named and removed one named instead of joker, selection is namedRelated toVariations 131 528
Bruce Elliott The Back Room 131 528
Louis Tannen Flash Flower match to flower routine 132 529
Louis Tannen No Shoes! producing shoes from a box, everybody recognizes that performer did not wear shoes before 132 529
Louis Tannen Canny Cane! opening, table with cane and hat, gloves are thrown in the air and they come down with small parachutes, then the cain is put into the hat, where it vanishesRelated to 132 529
Louis Tannen, Mac MacDonald Just a Thumb Tip how MacDonald performed the vanishing cigarette with one arm and handling tips for the thumb tip 132 530
Louis Tannen Straight Through! thimble through handkerchief 132 530
Bruce Elliott Dice Tip sort of two in the hand one in the pocket routine, with small dice 132 531
Paul Curry Curry Favors 132 532
Paul Curry Gutter Magic card is found on the street, destroyed and vanished, then found again at the same spot as in the beginningAlso published here 132 532
Paul Curry Think of a Card spectator cuts thought-of card to face of stacked deck and then loses itVariationsAlso published here 132 532
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Walter Gibson, Clayton Rawson, Bums - Brotherhood of Useless Magicians 132 532
Harvey P. Graham Your Song! pianist plays the songs people select, songs written on white cards 133 533
Edward Clinkscale, Eugene Taylor Gambler's Ghost name of selection appear on card fan 133 534
Clayton Rawson The Force That Couldn't Be Done 133 534
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Frakson, Dr. Stanley Jaks, Hen Fetsch, Max Katz 133 536
Peter Warlock Pieces of Slate writing appears, version without a flap, chalk can write permanent and nonpermanent 134 537
Paul Curry Curry Favors on Ed Marlo 134 540
Paul Curry Haunted Pack Variation 134 540
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on John F. Hamilton, R. C. Buff 134 540
John Scarne Rapid Transit two decks, performer matches selection then both deck change back color 135 541
Bruce Elliott No Skill gaff with a bill 135 542
Paul Curry Curry Favors 135 544
Paul Curry Miscalled Related to 135 544
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Carl Ballantine, Bill Larsen, Paul Fleming 135 544
Ronald B. Edwards Strong Man Stunt apparently tearing a phone book in two, then holding two books 135 544
John Hamilton Bloomin' Silk silk is produced and vanished several times, then it turns into a roseAlso published here 136 545
Herb Runge Formula cards are divined with a crystal ball, based on Mutus Nomen 136 546
Ronald B. Edwards Predic 222 method for calculating quicker than spectator 136 547
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on the Phoenix Prize Contest, James G. Thompson Jr, Jay Marshall 136 548
Harvey P. Graham Jersey Rope idea for cut and restored rope 136 548
Edward Marlo Flight of Time card is chosen by counting procedure, then card travels to top or to other packet 137 549
Edward Marlo Ten Years Ago aces placed reversed in pack, change to kings, aces in envelop, double facers 137 550
Edward Marlo Not Quite Sure card is selected, then all cards of same value turn over 137 550
Edward Marlo That Joker! joker thrown in hat changes to selection 137 551
Unknown Throw Change 137 551
Paul Curry Torn Center Billet Improvement Related toAlso published here 137 552
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on watching other performers and behaving at the show 137 552
Harvey P. Graham Perfection serial number, free choice of lemon, no switch of billAlso published here 138 553
Audley Walsh Sleever practical sleeving technique 138 555
Paul Curry Curry Favors on advertising and one way principleAlso published here 138 556
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Roy Benson, Ed Marlo, Blackstone, Audley Walsh, Peter Warlock, H. P. Graham 138 556
Edward Clinkscale, Eugene Taylor Billet Catching thought divination 139 557
Unknown Billet Switch 139 558
Bruce Elliott Match? match book refills 139 559
Paul Curry Curry Favors 139 560
Paul Curry Two Together spectator and performer think of a card in their half and note them on a business card, halves are put together back to back and two cards slipped of together, the noted cards are slipped of at the same timeRelated toVariations 139 560
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Dai Vernon, Kolma 139 560
Wm. T. Beadles Psychokinesis three card monte, where spectator always finds the card to prove psychokinesis 140 561
John Hamilton Heaps again spectator finds his own card, with just eight cards, sort of TantalizerInspired byVariations 140 562
James F. Herpick Camel Walk camel on cigarette pack moves 140 563
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Dai Vernon, Jack Chanin, Al Wheatley, Bert Allerton, Frank Taylor 140 564
Paul Draylin, Mike Bornstein The Impossible Television Frame! card appears in social security card case, wrapped with rubberbands 141 565
Paul Curry Curry Favors 141 568
Paul Curry Mindreading? red backed card is put into blue deck, this card is selectedRelated to 141 568
C. L. Boarde Stop Press! letter sent beforehand, never touched again 142 569
Vern Schoneck Spellbound two variations of a speller, spectator thinks of a card in the deck, performer puts cards on by one on spectator's hand, who spells his card in his mind, the last letter is his card 142 570
Harry Solomon Betcha coin appears in match box, then a losing bet is made 142 571
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Jean Hugard, Dr. Stanley Jaks, Clayton Rawson, Richard Himber, Roy Benson 142 572
Unknown Monte by "Bertram", told by Dai Vernon 143 573
Milbourne Christopher Decked Out billet switch, while taking cards out of the case 143 574
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on C. L. Boarde, Ronald Edwards 143 576
Howard A. Adams Adams Coins coin is dropped in glass under handkerchief, coin shown again then it vanishes 143 576
Dr. Stanley Jaks Go Fish cards shuffled and placed in hat, selection is fished outAlso published here 144 577
George Blake Time Will Tell with Full Hunter Pocket Watch, gaffedRelated to 144 578
Vern Schoneck Ad-O-Matic playing card is moved over ad section in newspaper, force, prediction 144 579
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on hypnotism books, Jean Hugard, George Karger 144 580
Gerald Kosky Matchaskill miraskill with matchesRelated to 145 581
Bruce Elliott The Back Room 145 584
Steve Miaco Tip on Bill in Lemon 145 584
Paul Draylin Double Lite 145 584
Cy Endfield Astounding! with Brema Tube, for prediction 146 585
Jack (?) Larkin Larkin's Throw Palm 146 586
George Blake How' the Time? 146 587
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Peter Warlock, Frank Taylor, Greer Marechal, invisible deck pantomime idea by Frank TaylorRelated to 146 588
Edward Clinkscale, Eugene Taylor The Coin of Chomo Gama coin transforms vanishes and reappears, buddha papers 147 589
Edward Clinkscale, Eugene Taylor Clear Gone! coins vanish from glass, glass belly servante 147 591
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on, the winners of the contest, Bill Larsen, Dariel Fitzkee, Clayton Rawson, Cy Endfield 147 592
Greer Marechal Jr. Clipped Psyche writing appears on paper on clipboard, flap 148 593
Bill Simon Tnuoc two selections, one is found by cutting to indicator card, second reverses in the middle of the deck 148 594
Bruce Elliott Aces??? magician vs. gambler, doing all the moves but getting all four aces, magician's joke 148 595
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Al Baker, Frank Garcia, Lou Tannen, Greer Marechal, Roger Barkann, L. Vosburgh Lyons, C. L. Boarde, Roy Benson, Dariel Fitzkee, Milbourne Chrisstopher, Jack Chanin 148 596
Edward Clinkscale, Eugene Taylor Thru the Looking Glass spectator writes something on paper and the paper is rolled into a ball, that ball is pressed into a mirror and removed again, now the writing of the spectator is backwardsRelated to 149 597
Ronald B. Edwards Dis-Illusion 149 598
John Howie Dotty Dice gaffed dice 149 599
Bruce Elliott The Back Room 149 600
Harvey P. Graham Inside Job forcing a page by putting a magazine in a paper bag and stabbing a knife somewhere in it 149 600
Harvey P. Graham Cards Across Tip Related to 149 600
Harvey P. Graham Needle Trick Tip Related to 149 600
Tom Fitzgerald Penny Anted coin slide, penetration of a match 149 600
Howard A. Adams Cheap Look into the Future flap 149 600
James G. Thompson Jr. Pocket Seance blank cards, name is divined and message appears 150 601
Bruce Elliott Slate of Mind flap that can be palmed off 150 602
Bruce Elliott Treasure Trail map is crumbled and spectator holds on to it, marked coin is put on a plate and sand is poured on top, coin travels inside the map 150 602
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Jarrow 150 604
Ed Heyl Cork Coin coin that swims 150 604