146 entries in Cards / Effect Themes / Penetration / Ambitious Card Theme / Routines
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C. Vogel Die Karte als Streber "Die Kartenschule von Carl Willmann"
top card pushed in center, shown back on top, repeated multiple times, top change
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 4 No. 7) 99
Jack Merlin The Pass as a Trick no passes, to fool those familiar with passes, ambitious card plot Merlin's Master Manipulations 6
Jack Merlin Here There and Everywhere ambitious card, then stop trick, twice the card is at the stopped position Merlin's Master Miracles 15
Ralph W. Hull Hull's "Eye Popper" "Eye-Openers" 4
Tom Sellers On the Top four phases Card Tricks That Work 5
Lin Searles An Amusing Reversal ambitious card, then chosen card turns over, double backerRelated to The Jinx 1-50 (Issue Summer Extra 1936) 134
Theodore Annemann The Ambitious Card end stripper deckAlso published here Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 282
Jess E. Mills The Super Eye Popper ambitious type routine with duplicate (king of clubs with one spade pip) The Jinx 1-50 (Issue Winter Extra 1936/37) 181
Dai Vernon, Sam Leo Horowitz, Arthur Finley The Ambitious Card with double backerRelated to Greater Magic 481
Unknown The Omnipresent Eight Expert Card Technique 287
Laurie Ireland Deuces and Trays sucker ambitious twice, deuces shown as threes and transform in threes when spectator protests Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1940) 15
Arthur H. Buckley The Ambitious Card Experiment No. 23 Card Control 177
James G. Thompson Jr. Thompson's Discontented Card The Phoenix 101-150 (Issue 105) 422
Bert Allerton Pump Room Phantasy two Aces appear on top and bottomRelated to Stars of Magic (Vol. 3 No. 1) 39
Unknown Ambitious Card including push-through sequence The Royal Road to Card Magic 147
Dai Vernon Ambitious Card Stars of Magic (Vol. 5 No. 2) 76
Edward Marlo Ambitious Card Routine roughed duplicate Unknown 11
Bill Simon The Ambitious Card cards travel from center to the top and back to the center Effective Card Magic 66
Bill Simon The Thought-Of Ace thought of ace (or all aces) rise to top Effective Card Magic 109
Dai Vernon The Unambitious Card card travels down from top one card at a time, for magicians The Phoenix 251 — 300 (Issue 253) 1010
Bruce Elliott, Dai Vernon The Ambitious Card! last phase in spectator's hands (Vernon)Related to Classic Secrets of Magic 160
Cy Endfield The Ambitious Card Cy Endfield's Entertaining Card Magic - Part III 5
J. B. Bobo The Traveling Joker one black card placed among 26 red cards always ends up on top, then card travels from packet to packet Top Secrets of Magic 22
Bert Allerton The Eye Popper The Close-Up Magician 24
Russell "Rusduck" Duck Ambitious 52 cards come to the top in order, mates are always on the bottom The Cardiste (Issue 6) 15
Max Malini Card Jumps to Top single phase Ambitious Card The Magic of Charles Earle Miller 55
Harry Lorayne Lorayne's Ambitious Card Routine Close-up Card Magic 51
Frank Garcia The Apex Ace Aces vanish on pack, Ace of Spades comes to top three times, aces reappear face upRelated toVariations Close-up Card Magic 88
Edward Marlo Ambitious Routine The K. M. Move 7
Nate Leipzig Leipzig's Opener card comes to the bottom of the deck several times, then penetrates performer's handVariations Dai Vernon's Tribute to Nate Leipzig 156
Aldini Roughly Ambitious Ambitious Card routine with packet of twenty cards Roughingly Yours 7
Mike Rogers Still Avid color changing back kicker Kabbala - Volume 1 (Vol. 1 No. 2) 10
Edward Marlo They're All Alike ambitious type routine shown, people think they're all the same, but they're all blank Kabbala - Volume 1 (Vol. 1 No. 8) 62
James G. Thompson Jr. The Ambitious Card short routine with Braue Pop-Up Card finish The Living End 12
Neal Elias Ambitious Get Ready "Get Ready For Braue After Zingone" (see next trick)Inspired by The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 7 No. 3) 477
Jack Avis Topsy Turvy triumph with ambitious phases and four-of-a-kind kicker Epilogue (Issue 18) 163
Frederick Braue Ambitious Variation The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 8 No. 7) 626
Edward Marlo Ambitious Card Routine roughed duplicate Early Marlo (Issue Oddity & Other Miracles) 128
Olof Jonsson, Al Mann Levitation chosen card appears on top of the deck after spectator shuffled the deck, psy presentation The Third Ecstasy 32
Harvey Rosenthal Ambitious Delight several phases Close-Up Sampler — Part 2 4
Paul Harris Solid Deception VariationsAlso published here Paul Harris Reveals Some Of His Most Intimate Secrets 1
Martin A. Nash Queens Uprageous see p. 447 for additional crediting Any Second Now 197
Jerry Mentzer Ambitious Red Back color changing backs kicker Card Cavalcade Four 76
Dai Vernon Single Ambition three phasesRelated to The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 10 No. Close-Up Folio #7) 989
Theodore Annemann Die Ehrgeizige Karte (ambitious card) using End-Stripper DeckAlso published here Einfach Wunderbar — Wunderbar Einfach 115
Jerry Mentzer Ambitious Card Card Cavalcade Finale 28
Jerry Mentzer Ambitious Red Back color changing backs kicker of ambitious card Card Cavalcade Finale 21
Harry Lorayne Lorayne's Invisible Pass Routine first single cards come to top, then all aces (presented as invisible pass demonstration)Variations Quantum Leaps 116
Juan Tamariz, Fred Robinson The Tamariz Ambitious Double Related to Pabular (Vol. 5 No. 12) 776
Jim Ryan Misdirection and Manipulation Jim Ryan Close-Up: Sensational Stunners 15
Karl Fulves Half Ambitious Milennium Aces 57
Jackie McClements Ambition Accomplished as John McClements, two Aces are produced, Ambitious Card phase with both cards, then selection appears sandwiched between AcesRelated to Spell-Binder (Vol. 2 No. 18) 344
Michael Ammar Yeast Card ambitious card with card to match book finale, folded Encore III 24
Stephen Tucker Rock Around Ambitious card, but deck is then revealed to be wrapped in rubberbands around all the edges (Paul Harris's Solid Deception ending, with rubberbands)Inspired by The Card-Mad-gic of Stephen Tucker 17
Unknown Routine routine outline:
- Surprise Spell
- Card turns over
- Ambitious
- Rub a Dub Dub
Related to The Fred Braue Notebooks (Issue 5) 18
David Britland Room at the Top "Nobody does it better, except the spectator!"
Ambitious Card with King, other Kings show up and then change to Aces
Equinox 46
Daryl Martinez The Routine famous long FISM Routine Daryl's Ambitious Card Omnibus 1
Larry Jennings 7-Up The Classic Magic of Larry Jennings 56
Jay Sankey Hotfoot ambitious sequence with signed card, then with second card, fusionRelated to Sankey Panky 76
Ben Harris Killer Ambitious Multi phase Ambitious card routine Killer Klose-Up 42
Randy Wakeman R.W. Ambitious Card Routine Special Effects 30
Edward Marlo Marlo Ambitious Card Routine Special Effects 63
John Carney Etherial Pack joker shows up again and again instead of selection, deck vanishes except selection Lecture Notes Collection (Issue Carney Up Close) 6
Steve Draun Midnight Ambitious Card very few multiple lifts, to pocket climaxAlso published here The Magic of Steve Draun 1
Peter Duffie Envelope Prediction after Ambitious Card sequence, an odd-backed card in an envelope turns out to be signed selectionRelated to
  • "Black Envelope" (Bob Kohler)
Inspirations 13
Thomas Hierling C.C. Ambitious Card "color changing ambitious card", ambitious card changes back color as finale New Wave Close-Up 19
Karl Fulves Point of Conversion Ace of Diamonds put in center, it comes to top with the Two of Diamonds underneath which is tabled, repeated and Ace brings Three to Five to top as well, then Ace of Spades is on top and the tabled Diamonds change to Royal Flush cards Secret Session — Part Two 31
Edward Marlo Tip - Ambitious Bit #5 little routine Marlo's Magazine Volume 6 134
José Carroll Torn Ambition ambitious card has a corner torn off, is torn and restored at the end (minus corner)Related to 52 Lovers 65
Juan Tamariz The Ambitious Card The Magic Way 46
Karrell Fox An Ambitious Commercial blank card with company name for ambitious card, trade shows My Latest Book 125
Christoph Borer Thought Rise thought of card ends up on top of the deckAlso published here Seminarheft 4
Sam Leo Horowitz Ambitious Card Sequence duplicates The Vernon Chronicles - Volume 3 xvii
Jerry Sadowitz Ambitious Spots card travels to top twice, then one pip at a time (2 -> 3 -> 4 ->...) Cards on the Table 57
Jerry Sadowitz Ambitious Spots 11 second method, card travels to top twice, then one pip at a time (2 -> 3 -> 4 ->...) Cards on the Table 60
John Bannon Ambitchin' ambitious card routine with wallet finale Avant Carde I 7
Juan Tamariz Double Ambitious full routine with two ambitious cardsInspired by Sonata 119
Gary Kurtz Hypothetical Possibilities ambitious card, signature vanishes and reappears, walletVariations Unexplainable Acts 11
Gary Kurtz Wishful Thinking effect combination Unexplainable Acts 25
Ken Simmons A Wallet Routine routine with ambitious card, transposition with one card in wallet, card to wallet, Bendix Bombshell, two duplicates Finally! 3
Gary Ouellet The Ambitios Card general remarks and tips Close Up Illusions 183
Alex Elmsley Ambitious Stranger ambitious card has different back, in the end deck changes colorVariations The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley — Volume 1 299
John Carney Ethereal Pack joker shows up again and again instead of selection, deck vanishes except selection Carneycopia 43
Carlos Schoenrich Under the Spectator's Control "control theme" Apocalypse Vol. 11-15 (Vol. 15 No. 6) 2086
Gary Kurtz Hypothetical Possibilities ambitious card, signature vanishes and reappears, wallet, revised handlingInspired by Prinzipien in der Praxis 7
Steve Draun Midnight Ambitious Card very few multiple lifts, to pocket climaxAlso published here Secrets Draun from Underground 110
Paul Gertner The Card in the Candy Box Steel and Silver 131
Doug Edwards Tabled Ambitious Apocalypse Vol. 16-20 (Vol. 18 No. 2) 2463
Joe Rindfleisch Overly Ambitious Ace Apocalypse Vol. 16-20 (Vol. 18 No. 5) 2499
Martin Gardner Quad Rise using tilt Arcane (Issue 14) 202
John Riggs Ambitious Card with Blank Deck Variations The Magic of John Riggs 31
Karl Fulves Top Flight "An Impromptu Card Paradox"
card selected via riffle procedure in center of deck, then top card is shown to be selection, presented as a card being in two places at same time, repeated
Related to The Fine Print (Issue 2) 29
Paul Cummins The Trick that never happened only small part ambitious cardInspired by from a shuffled deck in use... Part One 7
Steve Rogers, Paul Cummins Blushing Ambition color changing back kicker Apocalypse Vol. 16-20 (Vol. 19 No. 8) 2684
Unknown The Ambitious Card Card College - Volume 2 337
Paul Harris Solid Deception short ambitious card sequence, deck is glued to single solid block climaxAlso published here The Art of Astonishment — Book 1 (Issue Paul Harris Reveals some of his most Int...) 107
Michael Kaminskas Case Closed blue backed ambitious card, then signed card is found in red deck which is in new deck order and card's back changes to red too Miracle Material 43
Karl Fulves Parallel Time two decks, red-backed JS on face of blue-backed deck, spectator inserts JS in center behind her back but it's back on face, repeated with other deck, repeated but it now jumps back to other deck, "ambitions card done with the deck in the spectator's hands" The Vampire Papers 94
Peter Duffie Thinking and Sinking Two Jokers penetrate and sink to bottom of two packets, selections are found on top of each packet Effortless Card Magic 98
Simon Lovell Sambitious Card Simon Says! 168
Richard Bartram, Jr. Drawing a Blank ambitious card with signed card from a double blank deck, named card appears on back of selectionInspired by Trephine 23
Steve Mayhew, Toby Wessel Dolores in a Meadow ambitious card, in the end hole deck are double backers Impressing Jodie Foster 3
Milton Kort Second Banana Ambitious Card effect with odd-colored card (card rises to second from top repeatedly), climax with deck changing to duplicates of selection, and selection becoming Joker (first published in Genii, vol. 32, no. 4, Dec 1967)Related to
  • "Milt Kort's Card Trick" (Milt Kort, Teral Garrett's Psycho-gizmo, no. 39, Aug 1964)
  • "Ambitious-like" (Milt Kort, Off-color Card Tricks, 1970)
Kort 55
Joshua Jay The Remote Control Ambitious Card routine with remote control presentation, ends with card appearing folded in battery compartment Magic Atlas 139
Ellis Stanyon Trying to Lose a Card No. 21, ambitious card routine, presentation about trying to lose the card and failing Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 266
Unknown Ultra-ambitious Related to Card College — Volume 4 1005
Steve Bedwell Ambitious Card Sequence using thick card Thick Schtick! 13
Wesley James An Ambitious Undertaking thoughts on the plot
- Iterations
- Pace
- Departures
Ambitious Undertaking 3
Daryl X-tal Backstage ambitious card with card with missing corner, card to pocket and eventually card to plastic pass holder Concertos for Pasteboard 223
Wesley James My Ambitious Card Routine wallet finale Ambitious Undertaking 9
Justin Hanes Ambitious Card introduction and comments Action 3
Tony Bartolotta Synchro Thot do-as-I-do ambitious card, spectator's card rises to top of performer's half and vice versa Latter Day Secrets (Issue 2) 38
John Hostler Pressure Point ambitious card, then thumb and first finger melt through pack until they can grab out selection, leaving a cut-out in whole rest of deckVariations Card File Two 78
Jerry Mentzer Blank Ambition ambitious card routine with double blank deck
- The Bluff
- Really Ambitious
Related to
  • concept in "Riggs - The Magic of John Riggs" (Magic Methods)
Card File Two 154
Neal Elias An Ambitious Card Routine five phases New Card Controls 80
Darwin Ortiz Darwin's Ambitious Card Scams & Fantasies with Cards 148
Gordon Bean The Standing Challenge spectator mentally selects if the card will rise to the top or the bottomInspired byVariations The Paper Engine 114
Peter Duffie, Robin Robertson Ambitious and Overworked Inspired by Card Conspiracy — Vol. 2 55
Wesley James My Ambitious Card Routine "final", wallet finale Enchantments 170
William Duncan An Ambitious Young Man Tribute 15
Karl Fulves Final Cut deck immune to cutting, somewhat a presentation for ambitious card Latter Day Secrets (Issue 10) 420
Tyler Wilson Post Boredom Post-It note with "TOP" and spectator's initials brings selection to top repeatedly, torn and restored note with text transformation as finaleVariations Twisting To The Acers 15
Tyler Wilson Compost It Post-It note with "TOP" and spectator's initials brings selection to top repeatedly, when adding a S for "STOP" the deck vanishes except selectionInspired byAlso published here Just be Glad my Name isn't Greg 26
Christoph Borer Thought Rise thought of card ends up on top of the deckAlso published here Compilation 89
Tyler Wilson Compost-It Post-It note with "TOP" and spectator's initials brings selection to top repeatedly, when adding a S for "STOP" the deck vanishes except selectionAlso published here Dominatricks 41
Jack Parker Double Barrelled Shotgun Jack of Hearts keeps jumping to the top. Then, deck is spread and four Jacks are face up in the deck.Related to 52 Memories 98
Nick Trost, Larry Pringle Ambitious Deuce Sandwich sandwich-ambitious card combo Subtle Card Creations - Volume 1 146
Arturo de Ascanio The Ambitious Ace several phases The Magic of Ascanio — More Studies of Card Magic 193
Arturo de Ascanio Stranger Ambitious Card ambitious card has different back, in the end deck changes colorInspired by The Magic of Ascanio — More Studies of Card Magic 212
Fred Robinson Ambitious Card - Snap, Crackle and Pop four phases The Magic of Fred Robinson 230
David Solomon The Ambitious Card Related to Solomon's Notes 7
Roberto Giobbi Ambitious Problem plot problem, ambitious phase with three piles, ace production climax Secret Agenda (Issue Aug 10) 239
John Rule Top Shelf combination of Ambitious Card with a transposition finale Prolix (Issue 7) 445
Steve Mayhew, Gordon Bean The Standing Demonstration card comes to top, instead of to bottom the deck reversesInspired by Full Frontal Mayhew 11
Steve Mayhew Look at Me, Look at Me selection jumps to top, middle, bottom as desired, then Aces are produced Full Frontal Mayhew 18
Jason Ladanye Ladanye's Ambitious Card four-of-a-kind production finale, for alternate ending see page 59 Confident Deceptions 45
Agustin Tash Pet Trick Ambitious Card routine with pet dog drawn on card The Saturday Morning Session 47
Benjamin Earl Memento card signed on both sides, card jumps around, one signature changes into performer's nameInspired by Eye Candy 12
John Hostler The Rauschenberg Effect ambitious card, then Triumph and all cards become blank except selection Magnum Opossum 47
John Hostler Dim Mak (Pressure Point 2.0) ambitious card, then thumb and first finger melt through pack until they can grab out selection, leaving a cut-out in whole rest of deckInspired by Magnum Opossum 52
Frank Shields Ambitious Card Routine avoiding too many double lifts, from Genii, April 1948 Facsimile (Issue 6) 9
Johnny Thompson The Ambilipstrous Card five phases The Magic of Johnny Thompson (Issue 1) 67
Christoph Borer Die ehrgeizigen Engel ambitious card with angel deck Mentale Notizen 239
David Solomon Ambitious Card Related to Solomon's Secrets 12
Jason Ladanye Dead Center multiple phase center deal demonstration with an Ace, then a signed named card, has ambitious card feeling to it, matching values produced as finale Game Changer 169
Yves Carbonnier Dur Dur! card comes to the top, changes into blank card and is found in the deck again, repeated, then deck ends up in two glued blocksInspired by Grand Livre de Cartomagie 112