Written by Mike Helmer

2017-2020
Work of Various

293 pages (Paperback), published by Selfpublished
Illustrated with drawings by Catalin Cantea, A. Ibelin.
Language: English

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Jon Racherbaumer, Hideo Kato Hands Off Reverse card is selected and lost behind back, placed into card case, magician divines card, card is found reversed in the deck. (submitted on June 25, 1971)
Related toAlso published here Vol. 1 No. 1 (Summer #1) 1
Ryan Plunkett The "Eh, Fuck it" Ace Interlude Magician loses three Aces in the deck, remaining Ace multiplies into four Aces
Vol. 1 No. 1 (Summer #1) 3
Peter Pellikaan Kings Over Queens Four Kings of Clubs change places with four Queen of Diamonds, they then mix together, and the Queens change back color
Vol. 1 No. 1 (Summer #1) 7
Brother John Hamman Two-As-Four Count
Vol. 1 No. 1 (Summer #1) 7
Chris Mayhew Caandy Card at any number, card created by combining value and suit of two cards
Inspired by
  • "The Spell of Mystery" (Stewart James, 1929)
Vol. 1 No. 1 (Summer #1) 9
Mike Helmer Inklings & Elucidations
Vol. 1 No. 1 (Summer #1) 14
Mike Helmer Credits & Acknowledgements
Vol. 1 No. 1 (Summer #1) 15
Michael Kras The Kras Change Card placed face up and outjogged in deck changes with a flick
Related to Vol. 1 No. 2 (Autumn #1) 16
Michael Kras The Weakness Magician can slide coin around on table, but spectator unable to slide coin on table surface
Inspired by Vol. 1 No. 2 (Autumn #1) 18
Michael Kras (In)version Card turns over in deck magically
Related to Vol. 1 No. 2 (Autumn #1) 19
Michael Kras Stranger Exchange Playing card transposes with a coin previously placed in card case
Inspired by Vol. 1 No. 2 (Autumn #1) 21
Unknown Card to Case Extraction
Vol. 1 No. 2 (Autumn #1) 24
Michael Kras Biography
Vol. 1 No. 2 (Autumn #1) 25
Michael Kras Credits & Acknowledgements
Vol. 1 No. 2 (Autumn #1) 25
Gary Plants Mentally Count On it Spectator thinks of a number, counts down and looks at card. Magician cuts out exact number of cards as the thought of number, then produces selection
Inspired byAlso published here Vol. 1 No. 3 (Winter #1) 26
Stephen Hobbs False Swing Cut Double Lift Control Top control
Inspired by Vol. 1 No. 3 (Winter #1) 29
Peter Pellikaan Variation Aces Two Four Aces turn face up by one one, then turn into four Ace of Spades, then become Aces with odd backs
Vol. 1 No. 3 (Winter #1) 31
Steve Beam Elimineight Card "randomly" generated from down under deal made to vanish, appear in card case
Inspired byRelated toAlso published here Vol. 1 No. 3 (Winter #1) 34
Jon Racherbaumer Sandwich Drop Sleight Switch card using sandwich
Vol. 1 No. 3 (Winter #1) 38
Mike Helmer Inklings & Elucidations
Related to Vol. 1 No. 3 (Winter #1) 39
William Goodwin Two-Step Two Queens distribute in deck magically to find two selections, then come together to sandwich last selection
Inspired byRelated to
  • "Step by Step" (Precursor, Oct. 2003)
Vol. 1 No. 4 (Spring #1) 41
Miika Pelkonen Auto Sandwich Two cards appear between two advertisement cards in the deck
Related to Vol. 1 No. 4 (Spring #1) 42
Allan Hagen Take Five Indicator card appears between Jokers, count down to find selection, Jokers transform into other two mates
Inspired byRelated to Vol. 1 No. 4 (Spring #1) 44
Michael Kras Everything but Olives Sandwich
Vol. 1 No. 4 (Spring #1) 47
Mathieu Bich 3rd Hand Sandwich Jokers placed on top and bottom of deck, when pulled away, card appear between them
Vol. 1 No. 4 (Spring #1) 50
Mike Helmer Inklings & Elucidations some printings have 2017 by accident, see reference
Related to Vol. 1 No. 4 (Spring #1) 54
Mike Helmer Credits & Acknowledgements
Vol. 1 No. 4 (Spring #1) 55
Ryan Plunkett Muck Off magician demonstrates switching card on table for card in sleeve, has spectator try it too, then produce Royal Flush from spectator's sleeve
Inspired byAlso published here Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer #2) 56
Unknown Rub a Dub Vanish
Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer #2) 57
Morris Loewy Loewy Palm
Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer #2) 58
Ryan Plunkett Bottom Placement Addition bottom card of deck in right-hand End Grip added to packet in dealing position
Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer #2) 60
Shannon Clark Back to the Beginning Card chosen and lost, deck becomes all backs, then restore except for selection which is now inside out (Hofzinser card), then it restores
Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer #2) 66
Kevin Kelly Klondike Kelly Card selected and lost via Klondike shuffle, found at position indicated by number of cards spectator cut off previously
Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer #2) 71
Unknown Klondike Shuffle
Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer #2) 72
Paul Cummins A No Case Change Four Queens transpose with selection
Inspired by
  • "A Case For Change" (J.K. Hartman, Card Dupery)
Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer #2) 73
Tyler Wilson Prone to Die Safely Three selections made. Sucker effect in which performer stabs Joker next to selection (which can be seen on face). Then Joker visually rises to land next to selection. Joker then transforms into second selection, and then the third selection is found sandwiched by two Jokers.
Inspired by Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer #2) 75
Ken Krenzel Mechanical Reverse while squaring in-the-hands spread
Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer #2) 76
Dan Fleshman Marked / Invisible Two decks, spectator deals through one deck face up, leaving one card face down. Face down card matches reversed card in the other deck, inspired by trick from Todd Lamanske
Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer #2) 80
Michael Breggar Cra-Ker-Jack Dice used to choose cards by four spectators, magician deals down that number to find matching mates, then produce four Aces
Inspired by Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer #2) 82
Terry LaGerould Countdown Force
Related to Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer #2) 84
Gary Plants Team Work Card found at position equal to sum of values of four random cards, improvisation
Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer #2) 85
Jean-Jacques Sanvert Minimalistic Aces Ace Assembly / Jazz Aces type of trick, Aces placed with three Kings keep changing into Kings, then later change back into Aces
Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer #2) 86
Larry Jennings TNT Bottom Deal
Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer #2) 86
Edward Marlo Olram Count
Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer #2) 87
Giacomo Bigliardi Lies Lie Detection effect, magician detects lies to divine card, has ambigram kicker
Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer #2) 92
R. Paul Wilson Undone Delusion Dunbury Delusion, card vanishes from the packet and appears after counting down, inspired by Fred Robinson
Inspired by Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer #2) 95
Brother John Hamman Countback
Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer #2) 96
Oliver Meech Four for Two Two Jokers rise through packet of four Kings, then asymmetric transposition happens, four Kings end up in different pockets
Inspired by
  • "Ambitious Interchange" (John Carey, Me, My Cards & I)
Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer #2) 97
David Williamson Call Stop Aces Magician deals, spectator calls stop at four different places, magician deals the card down cleanly each time. Four cards are the Aces
Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer #2) 99
Neal Elias, David Williamson Swing Cut Multiple Shift Variation
Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer #2) 99
Darwin Ortiz Squaring Subtlety Squaring the deck with index finger while catching a break above or below injog
Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer #2) 101
Unknown Third Deal
Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer #2) 102
Fritz Alkemade Royalty in the B(r)o(n)x Card placed between red Kings and placed in card box. Card appears and disappears between black Kings, goes back into card box
Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer #2) 103
Unknown Box Steal Secretly steal cards out while apparently placing packet of cards in box
Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer #2) 103
Michael Breggar 52! Repeatedly count and deal cards based on the card stopped at, magician predicts the final card
Inspired by Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer #2) 105
Perseus Arkomanis Faces of Man Joker transforms into three selections before returning as a Joker
Related to Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer #2) 107
Syd Segal Untouched Re-touched Card is on the table, spectator makes two piles, one top card for the value the other for the suit, produce four of a kind as a kicker
Inspired byRelated to Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer #2) 110
Peter Pellikaan Conraad Four Jacks of Hearts, small packet Triumph, then change into four Aces
Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer #2) 115
Brother John Hamman Two as Four Count
Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer #2) 116
Peter Pellikaan Pelli Spread
Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer #2) 117
Nathan Colwell Henweigh Three cards produced one by one from sandwich, those cards becomes sandwich with original sandwich cards
Inspired by Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer #2) 120
Steve Reynolds Ace x Ace Handling 3 Two Jacks placed in different parts of deck, move to find selection
Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer #2) 124
Mike Helmer Credits & Acknowledgements
Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer #2) 127
Mike Helmer Inklings & Elucidations
Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer #2) 135
Miguel Ángel Gea Gestalt four coins covered by four cards on table, magician takes them out one by one magically
Vol. 2 No. 2 (Winter #2) 136
Michael Rubinstein The Rubinstein Turnover apparently show both sides of coin, actually hide one side by showing same side twice
Vol. 2 No. 2 (Winter #2) 139
Josh Janousky Billuminati magician can divine which Federal Reserve printed the bill despite bill being folded up
Vol. 2 No. 2 (Winter #2) 140
Fritz Alkemade D.A.R.C. fuse two "half" (sawn in half) coins into one whole coin
Vol. 2 No. 2 (Winter #2) 141
J. B. Bobo Bobo Switch
Vol. 2 No. 2 (Winter #2) 141
Dan Fleshman Rollover Half Dollars card flipped over (rolled over) on table, produce four coins under card one by one
Vol. 2 No. 2 (Winter #2) 142
Tyler Wilson Copy Silver silver coin sandwiched between two copper coins changes visually into copper
Related to Vol. 2 No. 2 (Winter #2) 144
Jeff Prace Split Winnings scratch card is scratched, shown to be a losing card, magician then restores it
Vol. 2 No. 2 (Winter #2) 147
David Neighbors Covert Coins Across coins across with four coins, end with one of the coins travel to under the purse
Vol. 2 No. 2 (Winter #2) 149
David Neighbors The Neighbors Back Palm
Vol. 2 No. 2 (Winter #2) 149
David Neighbors Mask Move drop shell on coin
Vol. 2 No. 2 (Winter #2) 150
David Neighbors, Han Ping Chien Han Ping Chien Variant
Vol. 2 No. 2 (Winter #2) 153
David Neighbors Heel Clip Variant
Vol. 2 No. 2 (Winter #2) 153
Tenkai Ishida Tenkai Pennies Move
Vol. 2 No. 2 (Winter #2) 155
Mike Helmer Polar penny changes places with the center portion of a toonie (Canadian coin)
Related to Vol. 2 No. 2 (Winter #2) 157
Tyler Wilson Sprained Uncle produce coin from behind the ear, spectator can see a coin in the magician's hand but when produced, it is a different coin!
Related to Vol. 2 No. 2 (Winter #2) 162
Dan Fleshman, Jim Surprise Surprise! Reverse Matrix Again
Vol. 2 No. 2 (Winter #2) 164
Samuel Varg, Jon Allen The Double Peek Warped Coin Routine coin bends when held by spectator's hands, includes nice subtlety by Jon Allen where spectator can peek at the coin to check it has bent yet
Vol. 2 No. 2 (Winter #2) 168
Fritz Alkemade Moneyball bill travelling effect, end with bills fusing into a single bill of twice the value
Vol. 2 No. 2 (Winter #2) 170
Mike Helmer Credits & Acknowledgements
Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer #2) 173
Mike Helmer Inklings & Elucidations
Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer #2) 179
Pit Hartling PitPockets
Vol. 2 No. Spring Equinox (Special Preview)
Unknown Inside Pocket Steal Back card apparently placed in inside pocket, stolen back onto packet in other hand
Vol. 2 No. Spring Equinox (Special Preview)
Unknown Inside Pocket Extraction card apparently removed from inside pocket, actually from packet in other hand
Vol. 2 No. Spring Equinox (Special Preview)
Gary Plants Thanks to Harry, Johnny & Derek three random cards change into duplicates of selection and back, selection found in center of deck
Inspired byRelated to Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 1 (Spring #2) 180
Larry Jennings Open Control card is out-jogged
Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 1 (Spring #2) 180
Pit Hartling PitPockets
Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 1 (Spring #2) 184
Pit Hartling Biddle Palm palming cards during counting them off into the left hand
Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 1 (Spring #2) 184
Unknown Inside Pocket Steal Back card apparently placed in inside pocket, stolen back onto packet in other hand
Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 1 (Spring #2) 185
Unknown Inside Pocket Extraction card apparently removed from inside pocket, actually from packet in other hand
Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 1 (Spring #2) 188
Tony Chang The Mystery Touched You Where? a card appears between sandwich cards and vanishes again, it is then found to be card that has been placed under spectator's hand previously
Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 1 (Spring #2) 190
Tony Chang End Grip Double Turnover
Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 1 (Spring #2) 191
Jean-Claude Pagès Count Lap
Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 1 (Spring #2) 192
Allan Ackerman HP Multiple Shift "Hidden Packet", with fan displacement
Inspired by Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 1 (Spring #2) 194
Allan Ackerman HP Double Brainwave ungaffed, "Hidden Packet"
Inspired by
  • "Double Brainwave" (Ed Marlo, Ibidem #25)
Related to
Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 1 (Spring #2) 198
Unknown Rotating Break thumb break maintained as deck is pivoted over
Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 1 (Spring #2) 199
Danny Goldsmith The Autumn Vanish coin openly dropped on right fingers, stolen/dropped back
Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 1 (Spring #2) 202
Henok Negash Luck vs Skill spectator cuts to four random cards which the performer changes into Aces one by one, then the spectator does cut to the Aces
Inspired by Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 1 (Spring #2) 203
Henok Negash Rotary Reverse Variation
Related to Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 1 (Spring #2) 204
Henok Negash The Seesaw Control four cards placed into deck at once, apparently in different positions, bluff spacing
Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 1 (Spring #2) 207
James Swain The 439 Trick named Ace vanishes from Ace packet and appears in case, four cases, under cellophane
Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 1 (Spring #2) 212
Chris Mayhew Extreme Sausage Sandwich two out-jogged prediction cards used to sandwich a named selection with sucker element, prediction cards turn out to be one value more and less than named card
Inspired by Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 1 (Spring #2) 214
Unknown Mechanical Reverse after cull
Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 1 (Spring #2) 215
Tom Gagnon Side Slip Spread Control kind of side steal to bottom during tabled ribbon spread
Also published here Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 1 (Spring #2) 219
Kostya Kimlat Back Into the Nest peanut in shell, shell vanishes, "two in the hands, one in the mouth", back reappears around peanuts
Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 1 (Spring #2) 221
Nathan Colwell Last Minute Card Control spectator cuts off a pile, shuffles, remembers a card and loses it, hopefully step is retained
Inspired by Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 1 (Spring #2) 223
Dr. James Nuzzo Finessed Gymnastic Aces faro, making sure the Aces appear one by one
Inspired by Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 1 (Spring #2) 225
Lee Asher The Touch
  • Phase One - Cutting For High Card
  • Phase Two - Blackjack
  • Phase Three - Poker - Five Card Draw
Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 2 (Spring #2) 229
John Lovick Eliminate the Negative three imaginary coins, chosen one predicted and also whether it is heads or tails up
Inspired by
  • "Proof Positive" (David Parr, Magic, Oct. 2005)
Related to
  • "Positive Negative" (Phil Goldstein, Syzygy #1, 1994)
Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 2 (Spring #2) 233
Michael Weber GPS out-of-hand selection procedure, advertising card appears at same position in one half as selection in other
Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 2 (Spring #2) 237
Gregory Wilson Stick Shift toothpick broken in half, both parts held between thumb and first finger for penetration phase, followed by restoration
Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 2 (Spring #2) 239
Andi Gladwin Surprise Stacking! two cards from named value are openly riffle stacked, other two cards are surprisingly stacked as well
Inspired by
  • "Instant Stack" (John Scarne, Charlatan #5, 2001)
Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 2 (Spring #2) 244
Jack Carpenter Crazy Eyes four Jokers and Ace of Spades shown, eventually changes into four Aces and one Joker and the backs change
Inspired by Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 2 (Spring #2) 245
Karl Fulves, Jeff Busby Omega Count five as five, hiding cards
Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 2 (Spring #2) 246
Syd Segal The Visiting Cross Eye's Grasshopper two Aces sandwiched between two Jacks each, Aces transpose, sandwich cards transpose, then two Aces and four Jacks transpose
Inspired by Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 2 (Spring #2) 252
Jack Carpenter The Protection Switch card dropped underneath a case or similar item, switched for a card from the deck
Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 2 (Spring #2) 258
Jonathan Kamm 2 For 1 Jokers two Jokers transform into two selections, visual
Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 2 (Spring #2) 260
Shannon Clark Positive ID selection lost, four cards chosen, one placed between the hands of a spectator and three on top, those three are three-of-a-kind matching the selection, performer's ID is between the hands and selection in wallet
Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 2 (Spring #2) 263
Shannon Clark NoLap Switch Variation
Inspired by Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 2 (Spring #2) 264
Bébel In the Pocket! Aces travel from center of deck to four pockets, then change to Kings, Aces back in center of deck
Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 2 (Spring #2) 268
Bébel Lighter Strip-Out Addition cards take out one by one for lighter feel
Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 2 (Spring #2) 268
Paul LePaul The Palm Reverse
Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 2 (Spring #2) 270
Bébel Non-Classic Pass
Also published here
  • Arcane #83, July 1996
Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 2 (Spring #2) 270
Bébel Covered Top Palm palming cards from under a top cover card
Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 2 (Spring #2) 271
Bébel Straddle Grip Reverse from center reversed to bottom
Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 2 (Spring #2) 275
Unknown Turnover Change break, second card slides out same orientation than the deck
Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 2 (Spring #2) 277
Mike Helmer Credits & Acknowledgements copy/paste from Conjuring Credits/Archive
Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 2 (Spring #2) 280
Mike Helmer Inklings & Elucidations
Vol. 3 No. 1 Part 2 (Spring #2) 293