144 entries in Cards / Effect Themes / Topological Effects / Miscellaneous
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Albert Fellows, Stanley Collins Bottled Sunshine longer routine, tissue paper bursts into in fire, hole is burnt in a playing card with a reading-glass, three candles catch alight, third candle begins to melt
Deceptive Conceptions in Magic 90
Unknown The Broadway Rise - A New Impromptu Rising Card Effect rises at right angle
Card Manipulations (Issue 3) 51
Theodore Annemann Highly Improbable torn card put in handkerchief, joker in card case, torn card reappears stapled together with joker except one piece
The Jinx 101-151 (Issue 145) 811
J.C. Whyley Elusive Lady with three cards, see p. 781 for credit information by Sid Lorraine
Related toVariationsAlso published here The Phoenix 151-200 (Issue 193) 770
Bert Allerton New Papel Blanco blank card is signed, face of a card appears on its back, then blank card vanishes
The Phoenix 201 — 250 (Issue 241) 963
Dr. Ben B. Braude It's the Humidity pips fall of from aces, leaving blank cards
The Phoenix 251 — 300 (Issue 253) 1012
Bill Derman Short Division Seven in Diamonds put in envelope and cut in two, in one half is half a Three of Diamonds, in the other Four of Diamonds, the two selections, see also p. 388
The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 4 No. 2nd Folio) 226
Karl Fulves Five Into Four Five of diamonds is cut in fourth and puzzled together so a center section is missing, face changes to Four of diamonds
Related toVariations The Book of Numbers 42
Karl Fulves Matter Through Matter slits in cards openly shown, they pass through each other
Inspired byRelated to Methods with Cards — Part 2 105
Karl Fulves Torn And Quartered signed card torn in half is restored after some topological stunts with another openly slitted card, half slit remains
Methods with Cards — Part 2 112
Unknown Cannibal Climax cards with cut out centers
Kabbala — Volume 3 (Vol. 3 No. 10) 135
Ken Krenzel Ken Krenzel's Version business card is at once stapled to selection
Inspired by Apocalypse Vol. 1-5 (Vol. 1 No. 7) 80
Paul Harris Pen-Ultimate* card clipped on pen is covered and then impaled on pen
Las Vegas Close-Up 1
Paul Harris Absorption card placed on case is "absorbed" by case (i.e. vanishes)
Las Vegas Close-Up 42
Paul Harris Cardician's Blendo Four and Six melt together to a Ten spot
VariationsAlso published here Las Vegas Close-Up 136
Karl Fulves Op-Trik optical illusion with Tally-Ho Circle Back, card flicked an center apparently does not move
Related to The Chronicles (Issue 5) 1109
Karl Fulves Notes hypercard constructed from double facer with attached back piece
  • Elastrik
  • Oddments
Inspired by The Chronicles (Issue 11) 1173
Paul Harris Side-Winder card repeatedly appears perpendicular in deck
Close-up Entertainer 10
Karl Fulves Mate Two two cards torn in half, spectator takes two halves of one card, yet they do not match
The Chronicles (Issue 13) 1194
Karl Fulves Center Fold joker placed into deck behind back, then two selections made, half the joker (which is suddenly torn) found besides each card
Also published here The Chronicles (Issue 17) 1234
Mitsunobu Matsuyama Paradox geometrical puzzle with a playing card that makes a full card face-down, but a piece is left over when assembled face-up
  • The Turnover Tactic
  • Business Card Variation
  • Reference File
Variations The Chronicles (Issue 18) 1235
Karl Fulves Another Link old topological puzzle in which three parts must be linked, credit information on no-gaff linking cards
Related to Interlocutor (Issue 36) 142
Jerry K. Hartman Elastic Ace card chosen von miniature deck, four regular-sized Aces shown and tabled face down, when selection is brought together with Ace of same suit, the Ace becomes the miniature card and vice versa
Inspired by Elastic Ace 1
Jerry K. Hartman In Staple Condition business card becomes stapled to selection
Inspired by Apocalypse Vol. 1-5 (Vol. 3 No. 1) 293
Roy Walton Detective Story packet has more sides than it should
Pabular (Vol. 6 No. 1) 786
Karl Fulves The Optical Trap sandwiched card is suddenly no longer between other cards when three-card-spread is turned over, see also Cervon Monte
Related toVariations Color Quik 8
Karl Fulves The Moving Pip pip missing on card that is cut in pieces, when re-arranged pip moved
Related to Curioser 9
Ben Harris Blendsation card blendo between sandwich cards
Inspired by For Close-Up Magicians' Eyes Only! 38
Stephen Tucker Abort selection vanishes with a big bang and four parts appear on the back of the four aces, see also p. 269
Spell-Binder (Vol. 1 No. 5) 89
Peter Duffie Half & Half two spectators select a card, in each half of the deck a card reverses, since both chose the same card, turned over cards are half of the selection
Spell-Binder (Vol. 1 No. 6) 103
Ben Harris Dimensional Relativity signed cards turns inside-out so that it has blistered rough surfaces on the outside and when peeled apart the signed surfaces show up again, deck also changes color for some reason
VariationsAlso published here Dimensional Relativity 3
Hippie Torrales TH Spinning Wheel optical illusion with Tally-Ho back
Apocalypse Vol. 1-5 (Vol. 5 No. 1) 587
Nick Pudar Fold-er-ol folded card in case, unfolded card outside box, the folds transpose
Best of Friends 280
Andrew Pargeter Card-Trek two cards pushed through "tunnel" formed by 2 other cards transpose, slit
Pabular (Vol. 7 No. 6) 1050
Daryl Martinez Half and Half two smaller playing cards folded, half of them changes places resulting in "misprinted" cards
Something for Everyone 2
Terri Rogers Marvellous idea for Tucker's Jigsaw, unsolvable puzzle, four pieces of a card
Spell-Binder (Vol. 2 No. Special #2 (Xmas)) 10
Steve Beam Card Compression four aces compressed into two twos, into a four, then card vanishes
Also published here Fingers don't Entertain, People Do 35
Bobby Bernard Blankety Blank pips of selection travel to pocket, deck is blank
Spell-Binder (Vol. 2 No. 13) 242
Roger Curzon, Les Johnson Penetrating Pips pips from a card vanish in two steps and appear on back of the card
Spell-Binder (Vol. 2 No. Special #1 (Summer)) 10
Alex East Hamman Out-Sexed two cards, picture of nude lady on back of one card, travels to other card
Inspired by Spell-Binder (Vol. 2 No. 18) 348
Paul Sorrentino, Mark Lefler Tearable tear in card moves from long side to short side
Apocalypse Vol. 6-10 (Vol. 6 No. 4) 757
Paul Harris Bee Bop Blendo
A Close-Up Kinda Guy 13
Robert E. Neale Streamlined Trapdoor simplified design
Inspired by Trapdoor Card 9
Karl Fulves Easy Unlink simple topological unlinking
Trapdoor Card 11
Daniel Kalanowski Looking Glass two variations, selections is reflected on top of the deck
Spell-Binder (Vol. 3 No. 26) 509
Hal Meyers Laser Splice toy space gun used to cut/splice selection in half
Inspired by
  • Jim Lee's "Karate Card"
Off the Wall 2
Robert E. Neale Submarine Card spectator holds card frame with center torn out, its orientation changes while spectator closes his eyes
Variations Trapdoor Card 3
Karl Fulves Stepping Thru A Playing Card presentation for Neale's effect
Inspired by Trapdoor Card 5
Karl Fulves Double Talk presentation for Neale's effect, apparently delaying it
Inspired by Trapdoor Card 5
Robert E. Neale The Trapdoor spectator holds card with trapdoor with hole cut-out, it is entangled in seemingly impossible way while spectator closes eyes
Variations Trapdoor Card 6
Karl Fulves Sand Trap ideas posed as a problem:
  • small packet counted, quarter card appears within packet, on next count half card, and so on until full card
  • also in reverse as vanish
  • cannibals
  • quarters assemble and restore
  • progressive unprinting (Sam Schwartz)
Bob Ostin's New Submarine Card 39
Ben Harris Prime-Hole-Card card torn in half, restores (bluff), then center torn out, rest torn into four pieces which become eight pieces
  • Part One. The Torn and Restored Sequence
  • Part Two. The Shatter Climax
Prime Hole Card 3
Doug Bennett Triple Whammy joker has torn corner off, finds selection, now joker is intact and selection has corner torn off
The New York Magic Symposium - Collection 3 81
Father Cyprian Card in Hand card drops folded in spectator's hand
Arcane (Issue 12) 170
Father Cyprian Psychokinetic Card card apparently folds itself on spectators palm
Arcane (Issue 12) 170
Karl Fulves Topological Card Tricks chapter intro
More Self-Working Card Tricks 70
David Britland April - The First Effect a spot card is pushed visibly through Queen of Spades, which is examined before and after
A Lady Through and Through 1
David Britland June - The Second Effect two cards with narrow open slits, signed chosen card sandwiched and penetrated with other card
Inspired by
  • "Submarine Card" (Bob Ostin)
A Lady Through and Through 6
Unknown Moving Parts No. 51, four cards torn and then laid out face-up and face-down, halves that do not match suddenly match, cards interlocked with slits before tearing
More Self-Working Card Tricks 71
Richard Kaufman Starfish King torn into four pieces, the pieces change to full-sized cards, four duplicates of original King, then they change into different Kings
Inspired by
  • "Regeneration" (Paul Harris & Daryl, Brainstorm in the Bahamas)
Abstract 4
Bob McAllister The Fastest Trick in the Universe folded card turns itself inside out
Related toVariations Apocalypse Vol. 6-10 (Vol. 8 No. 11) 1129
Nick Pudar Perspective picture of joker gets smaller and bigger on card
Best of Friends - Volume II 253
Larry Jennings The Close-Up Illusion three cards, one penetrates one of the the others visually, slit in card
Lake Tahoe Card Magic 70
Unknown Reaching through a Playing Card No. 29
Self-Working Paper Magic 54
Unknown The Other Genius Test No. 34, card frame and other pieces have to be taken apart, puzzle
Self-Working Paper Magic 59
Robert E. Neale The Trapdoor No. 63, card frame turns inside out while spectator is holding it
Self-Working Paper Magic 112
Martin Lewis The Kings Cut Out Figure of King of Diamonds disappears, leaving a card with a hole. King appears stuck on Queen of Diamonds
Martin's Miracles 59
Ben Harris Instant Fold #1 card folds itself into quarters in a flash
Out Of His Mind! 59
Steve Beam Card Compression four aces compressed into two twos, into a four, then card vanishes
Related toAlso published here The Trapdoor - Volume One (Issue 9) 151
Frederick Braue The Tunnel deck in Charlie cut position with two packets, card slid through the opening reverses
The Fred Braue Notebooks (Issue 1) 5
Terri Rogers Star Gate two cards glued back to back crosswise with hole in center, after some folding they are face to face
  • The Effect
  • The Method
  • The Handling
  • Presentation
  • Construction
  • Finally...
Inspired by Star Gate 3
Ben Harris Instant Fold #2 card folds itself into quarters in a flash
Inspired by Out Of His Mind! 62
Eric DeCamps The Inverted Card short ambitious card sequence, card turned inside out and split, using blank-faced and blank-backed card
Inspired by The Magic of Eric DeCamps 22
Masao Atsukawa Fair Exchange two jigsaw puzzles fit face down but not face up
The New York Magic Symposium — Collection 5 90
Richard Kaufman Transparent Lies in effect a large hole in card case disappears with divination presentation
The New York Magic Symposium — Collection 5 27
Gaëtan Bloom Impossible Is Not French Card balances on edge, torn card balances on torn edge
Variations Gaetan Bloom 86 8
David Britland Parallax card reverses while spectator holds it, with cut
Inspired byRelated toVariations The New Talon (Vol. 1 No. 1) 14
David Regal On Your Mark drawn X comes off card, leaves hole
Star Quality — The Magic of David Regal 166
David Regal Mirror Image transposition of two torn pieces folded
Variations Star Quality — The Magic of David Regal 186
Ken Krenzel Slowed Up card turns inside out, only one card
Apocalypse Vol. 6-10 (Vol. 10 No. 1) 1297
Meir Yedid Test Tube Alchemy face of rolled card travels to other card, signed backs, rolled up in tubes
Meir Yedid's Card Animations 43
Gordon Bruce Gordon Bruce on Parallax coin vanishes and returns in trapdoor of card
Inspired by The New Talon (Vol. 1 No. 3) 46
Eric Mason Eric Mason on Parallax name of thought of card appears on paper combined with Parallax
Inspired by The New Talon (Vol. 1 No. 3) 71
Mike Gancia Mike Gancia on Parallax card in envelope
Inspired by The New Talon (Vol. 1 No. 3) 80
Karl Fulves Backup card appears at right angles between two sandwich cards
Related to Secret Session — Part One 7
Karl Fulves Rough House three cards in case, two more put in, then those two come out cut up in pieces, story presentation
Related to
  • Richard Himber's "Surprise Stab"
Quick Card Tricks 9
Karl Fulves Staple Condition odd-backed card pushed halfway into deck, stapler moved over deck, card stapled to selection
Related to Kaleidoscope 35
Martin Gardner MG Trio #3 orientation of head on QS and KH used for monte type guessing game, turning on vertical or horizontal axis ("The principle behind this trick has floated around a while.")
Variations Prototype 20
Robert E. Neale Heads Turn orientation of head on picture cards
Inspired by Prototype 22
Scott Robinson The Toy two folded cards penetrate
VariationsAlso published here The Trapdoor — Volume Two (Issue 30) 535
Ken Krenzel Soft Cards two cards that are face to face are suddenly back to back, gaffed
Inspired by Close-up Impact! 3
Ben Harris Dimensional Relativity reprint of effect, card reversed on both sides is placed reversed in deck, rest of deck changes back color, then selection turns "inside out" and becomes kind of a double blank card with both signed sides inside
Also published here Mad Fax and other Mysteries 76
Henry Pettit All Keyed Up hotel key card ends up attached to selection, deck as hotel with 52 rooms
The Trapdoor — Volume Two (Issue 39) 714
George McBride Blending Bullets Four and Six spot become Ten spot in sandwich
Inspired by Profile (Issue 5) 5
Scott Robinson The Toy two folded cards penetrate
Also published here Semi-Automatic Card Tricks 109
Karl Fulves Packed taking long cards from a normal case, posed as problem
Inspired by Verbatim (Issue 5) 40
Aldo Colombini Apache two cards stuck together and are peeled apart again
Apocalypse Vol. 16-20 (Vol. 17 No. 4) 2348
Angelo Carbone Tight Squeeze red-backed deck is "merged" into blue deck, it's still one deck but red-blue alternating, optional rough-smooth, using Humbug
Humbug 13
Bob McAllister, Christian Scherer The Fastest Trick in the Universe variation, using bill
Inspired by Falschgeld-Test 7
Joe Rindfleisch The One-Handed Zigzag zig-zag finger with playing card, first finger
Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 2 148
Joe Rindfleisch The Illusion Card zig-zag finger with playing card, first finger and thumb, four phases, eventually card is restored
Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 2 143
Paul Harris Absorption card placed on case is "absorbed" by case (i.e. vanishes)
The Art of Astonishment - Book 1 (Issue Las Vegas Close-Up) 175
Paul Harris Cardician's Blendo Four and Six melt together to a Ten spot
Also published here The Art of Astonishment — Book 1 (Issue Las Vegas Close-Up) 205
Paul Harris Side-Winder card repeatedly appears perpendicular in deck
The Art of Astonishment - Book 2 (Issue Close-up Entertainer) 157
Paul Harris Membrane spectator selects card with mark on back, mark on back is transfered onto card case
The Art of Astonishment — Book 3 (Issue New Stuff) 41
James Swain Fortune Telling Cards three "fortune telling" cards change into one selection, blendo
Miracles with Cards 90
Peter Duffie Jagged Edge half of a card vanishes and reappears stapled to another signed card
Inspired by Method in Effect 5
Peter Duffie The 25% Solution corner of selection vanishes and appears stapled onto another card
Inspired by Method in Effect 6
Karl Fulves Stapled 3-Card Catch sandwich is stapled together after Müller's "Three-Card Catch", posed as problem
The Vampire Chronicles 91
Karl Fulves Stake Out sandwich stapled but only center card is stapled
The Vampire Papers 114
Karl Fulves The Convert four cards all become bite marks
The Vampire Chronicles 61
Karl Fulves Optikal Illusion three-card fan, in mirror only two cards are seen but simultaneously three from back
The Vampire Papers 97
Richard Bartram, Jr. Orapgami card is folded quickly, as an effect, snap change variation
Trephine 163
Richard Bartram, Jr. Tearable card snapped is torn into pieces, as an effect, snap change variation
Trephine 164
Peter Duffie, Gene Maze Double-Stuck Prediction of two selections in the form of jumbo cards (weird twisting revelation), found to be stapled together, and the actual selections are also stapled together
Inspired by Effortless Card Magic 99
Lee Asher The Magic Finger Box of Death finger is bent in folded card
Lé Asher 6
David Regal I've Got Your Number Claim check vanishes, reappears stapled on selected card
Close-Up & Personal 120
David Regal Pasteboard Massacre Magician cuts the deck literally in half to find selection, saws deck in half using a playing card
Close-Up & Personal 242
David Stone Surprise Index signed card lost in deck, spectator choses three random card and puts coin on one, it is the wrong card, on other side of coin a card index is shown, it matches selection, wrong card changes into selection with matching corner missing
Related toAlso published here Mietek — Lecture Notes 30
Karl Fulves Quartered four jacks on table, selection placed under one, it magically quarters itself and one quarter is found under each, posed as problem
Lost Vampire Secrets 180
Karl Fulves Center Fold No. 39, joker placed into deck behind back, then two selections made, half the joker (which is suddenly torn) found besides each card
Also published here My Best Self-Working Card Tricks 86
David Stone Surprise Index signed card lost in deck, spectator choses three random card and puts coin on one, it is the wrong card, on other side of coin a card index is shown, it matches selection, wrong card changes into selection with matching corner missing
Related toAlso published here CocOOn 13
Gordon Bean Corner Kick indifferent card with torn-off corner transforms into selection
Inspired by
  • "Tearing up DeLand" (Jeff Sheridan, Genii March 2000)
Penumbra (Issue 2) 15
Ryan Matney Corner Kicked Again indifferent card with torn-off corner transforms into selection
Inspired by Penumbra (Issue 4) 16
Roberto Giobbi, Father Cyprian, Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser Coalaces four aces change into single selection
Card College — Volume 5 1178
Jay Sankey Voodoo Card signed and lost in deck, a white index card is folded in quarters and selected card is found folded in the deck. Then corner of selected card is burnt, and index card is found to be burnt in the corner too
Twenty Years Of Magic (Issue Amazing Tricks) 25
Scott Robinson That's Wrap climax for The Toy, card is fully gift wrapped, different methods
Inspired by Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 5 220
Peter Duffie, Robin Robertson Quarterback two selections, one pops out of deck, one quarter is missing, it is found glued to second selection
Inspired by Diamonds from Coal 29
Ronald J. Dayton Crescent City Rooftops folded card is placed on second folded card to form a house, top and bottom card transpose
Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 6 161
Rene Clement Sense-sational performer bites pieces out of selection
Best of Friends - Volume III 191
Jack Parker Cain & Cord Coin appears underneath selection in the deck. Then, card vanishes and reappears folded around the coin
52 Memories 142
Dani DaOrtiz Gag - Strongest Magician card visibly changes into torn quarters
Card Cemetery 36
Oliver Meech Act Accordingly Drawings on blank cards come to life and behave strangely (only suggestions and ideas, no actual method descriptions)
Plot Twists 32
Karl Fulves Z Character handling a z-fold wallet, selection torn in half and one half in wallet, another card torn, two halves vanished, half in wallet matches other half
Xtra Credit (Issue 8) 46
Karl Fulves The Basic Principle of monte with stuck-together cards
Prolix (Issue 9) 589
Karl Fulves The Three-Corner Card "Unexplained"
corner of selection torn off and put under case, remaining card signed on back, card put in deck so a part is protruding, prediction card with corner missing shown, it is signed on back and protruding part is now only corner which has vanished from under case, posed as a problem
Inspired by Prolix (Issue 10) 681
John Guastaferro, Tyler Wilson Fusion Alternative Presentation, blendo
Inspired by Discoveries & Deceptions 14
Dan Buck, Dave Buck Ad Copy blendo, spectator ends up with business card
Card Men 27
Helder Guimarães Extending the Luck card chosen, coin used to narrow deck down to one card, on back of coin is corner that matches selection, single card is missing this corner suddenly
Inspired byRelated to The Veriloquent 47
Tomas Blomberg Torn Uncut Card Sheet uncut sheet which contains all the cards of the deck, magician rearranges the pieces of the sheet to make a previously selected card disappear from it, "52 on 1 Gag"
Inspired by Blomberg Laboratories 130
Harapan Ong Flexacard tritetra-flexagon from cards, two cards can be revealed, self-animated
Principia 193
Harapan Ong 4, 3, 2, 1 hybrid flexagon to consecutively reveal four cards
Related to
  • hybrid flexagon, Douglas Engel, Journal of Recreational Mathematics 2, 1969
Principia 205
Joaquín Navajas La Carta que se Mantiene en Pie convincing handling for Gaeton Bloom's Standing Card
Inspired by Monedas Personales Y Más 175
Rhys "Morgan" Jones, Robert "West" Tay A Moment of Impossibility card signed and put in case with rest of deck, signature visible through hole in case, deck vanishes and reappears in jar, impossible object
Parlour Tricks 55