written circa 1929
1991
Written by T. Page Wright
Work of T. Page Wright
335 pages (Hardcover), published by Daniel's Den Publication
Illustrated with drawings by Bonnie Nelson
Language: English
213 entries
Cover photograph
Creators Title Comments & References Page AA Categories
John A. Daniel Dedication
5
T. Page Wright Preface
7
Bascom Jones Foreword
11
John A. Daniel Acknowledgements
17
T. Page Wright Chapter 1 - Cigarette Magic intro
25
T. Page Wright Cigarette Routine manipulation routine consisting of following moves
  • General Comments
27
T. Page Wright Move Number One lit cigarette vanishes and reappears via thumb-push rise
27
T. Page Wright Move Number Two lit cigarette penetrates knee via false transfer
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T. Page Wright Move Number Three lit cigarette, vanish with change-over
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T. Page Wright Move Number Four lit cigarette
33
T. Page Wright Move Number Five lit cigarette
35
T. Page Wright Move Number Six lit cigarette, double change over
35
T. Page Wright Move Number Seven lit cigarette
38
T. Page Wright Move Number Eight lit cigarette, cigarette held behind other hand so both palms show empty
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T. Page Wright Move Number Nine lit cigarette
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T. Page Wright Move Number Ten lit cigarette
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Victor J. Peacock Move Number Eleven lit cigarette through silk
Also published here
  • Magic Wand Quarterly, Mar/May 1925
43
T. Page Wright A Surprising Cigarette Impromptu lit cigarette vanishes and is produced from elbow, then it is really thrown away and another lit cigarette produced from elbow
46
William Larsen, T. Page Wright The L. W. Card in Cigarette with torn corner, switch under spread of cards
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T. Page Wright Chapter 2 - Thimble Magic intro
50
T. Page Wright Aunt Martha's Thimble manipulation routine consisting of following moves, red and white thimble and handkerchief
Inspired by
  • article by Leslie Guest, Sphinx, Dec. 1925
51
T. Page Wright Move Number One thimble pushed in hand vanishes, then reappears
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T. Page Wright Move Number Two vanish and reproduction
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T. Page Wright Move Number Three
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T. Page Wright Move Number Four vanish with double change over
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T. Page Wright Move Number Five thimble through handkerchief
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T. Page Wright Move Number Six
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T. Page Wright Move Number Seven
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T. Page Wright Move Number Eight with ditch
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T. Page Wright The Penetrative Thimble thimble through trousers, hand and handkerchief
  • Move Number Nine (trousers)
  • Move Number Ten (hand)
  • Move Number Eleven (handkerchief)
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T. Page Wright Thimble Thimblerig manipulations with one thimble, ending with production of eight thimbles
  • Move Number Twelve
  • Move Number Thirteen
  • Move Number Fourteen
  • Move Number Fifteen
  • Move Number Sixteen
  • Move Number Seventeen
  • Move Number Eighteen
64
T. Page Wright Chapter 3 - Modern Card Sleights intro
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T. Page Wright The Pass comments
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T. Page Wright Behind Back Pass card replaced behind back, turning around as cover for pass
Also published here 74
T. Page Wright An Invisible Standard Pass deeper in hand, third finger in break
74
T. Page Wright The Invisible Palm Pass top half palmed in right hand and brought to bottom
75
T. Page Wright The Kick-Out Pass bottom half clipped with right fingers and brought to top
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T. Page Wright The Jumping Jacks Cavorting Aces combined with Leipzig's Slap Aces
Inspired by 77
T. Page Wright The Page Pass left thumb presses down to pivot lower half upwards
Related to 80
T. Page Wright Bringing Any Card to Top with one-handed pass and riffling face-up deck, also with stack, as routine in which named card comes to top under handkerchief cover
82
T. Page Wright The Fan and Pass control sequence to cover one-handed pass
83
T. Page Wright Card Control
83
Floyd G. Thayer The Visible Cut-Pass swivel cut as control
Also published here 84
Unknown The Bottom Slip center card slipped to bottom
86
T. Page Wright The Fan Break fan bent open for spectator to see a card, bridge break used for riffle shuffle split
87
T. Page Wright The Knock-In Pass Substitute card apparently knocked into deck with packet in right hand, actually stolen under packet
Related to 87
William Larsen, T. Page Wright The L. W. Diagonal Side Steal
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T. Page Wright False Shuffles and Cuts
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William Larsen, T. Page Wright The L. W. False Shuffle one half pushed over the other, fan cover
90
Jack McMillen Incomplete Shuffle Subtlety starting a Zarrow type shuffle with secret incomplete shuffle (cards sticking out randomly), spectator can do and feel final square up
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William Larsen, T. Page Wright The L. W. False Cut four packets are kind of "faro shuffled", flourishy, false version preserves top and bottom stocks
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T. Page Wright The Force with outs
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T. Page Wright Spectator Chooses Same Card Again
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T. Page Wright The One-Handed Riffle Force slip
Related to 96
Judson S. Brown The J. B. Fan Force one-hand fan, bottom card then slid to other side, with variation in which the second-from-bottom card is slid over
Also published here 97
Jack McMillen The Spring Force cards sprung on table until spectator says stop, palm, for credit see page 8
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T. Page Wright Fan Force from the Top fan held up, faces towards spectator
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Jack McMillen The Improved Knife Force break, for credit see page 8
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Unknown Greek Break base of thumb
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T. Page Wright The Riffle Force break
100
T. Page Wright The Card Case Force top few cards are taken and hidden under case that is held in right hand while spectator shuffles, then added back
  • as a force
  • as a hold out for a set-up
  • to add duplicates or gaffs
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T. Page Wright The "Nerve" Force handing cards to spectators, bold
Related to 103
T. Page Wright Other Method of Forcing listing some sleights from the upcoming tricks that can be used as forces
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T. Page Wright The Change distinction between color change and switch
105
T. Page Wright Top Change for a Number of Cards right-hand packet slid into thumb break from left of deck
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T. Page Wright Thought-Of Cards Across two spectators get six cards each, packet switch application, also in spectator's pocket instead of into packet between his hands
107
T. Page Wright Slap Addition palm slapped onto packet on spectator's palm as demonstration
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Jack McMillen, T. Page Wright The McMillen Change face card of right-hand half is pushed into left-hand half, switched for dummy card, two handlings, also as Tunnel effect
109
T. Page Wright Leaper to Number card travels from one packet to another at named number
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T. Page Wright A Throw-Out Change throwing card as cover for top change
112
Judson S. Brown A One-Hand Top Change same as Allerton Change, for Brown credit see page 8
Related toAlso published here 112
T. Page Wright Two Card Transposition can be performed one-handed
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T. Page Wright Color Changes
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T. Page Wright Color Change with Wrists Held spectator holds wrists of performer, performer can also stand behind spectator
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T. Page Wright Color Change Steal choreography
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T. Page Wright A Rising Change single card changes when pushed through hand, unload before tabling deck, variation with a double without deck
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T. Page Wright The New Bottom Change double taken off face and replaced, bottom card of double palmed in right hand in preparation for color change
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T. Page Wright The Goblet Color Change back card stolen in some kind of master palm with fingers clipping it, only with deck or with deck in glass
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T. Page Wright The Pivot Color Change right palm shown empty before change, palmed card already replaced but change not shown yet
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T. Page Wright A Simple Double Color Change face card changes twice
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William Larsen, T. Page Wright The L. W. Double Color Change face card changes twice, right hand passes over deck twice without hesitation
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Unknown A Close-Up Color Change four cards shown, one of them changes
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Stanley Collins Collins Aces Packet False Count
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T. Page Wright New Collins Aces Packet False Count from dealing position
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T. Page Wright The Glimpse intro
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T. Page Wright Top Card Glimpse - Number 1 deck held from above, face shown to audience, back card slightly buckled
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T. Page Wright Reading the Cards naming one card after the other from the back
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Unknown Top Card Glimpse - Number 2 wrist turn and top card pushed slightly off
Also published here
  • Sachs's Sleight of Hand
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T. Page Wright Card Location spectator cuts off top half, looks at bottom card and replaces, key glimpse
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T. Page Wright Riffle Location riffling through cards in face-up dealing position with left thumb to find a card
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T. Page Wright Top Card Glimpse - Number 3 during riffle shuffle, in the hands or tables, glimpse during split, not end of shuffle
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Judson S. Brown The Fan Glimpse inner corner bent upwards for glimpse, as key placement, credit see page 8
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Judson S. Brown An Improved Tip-Over Transformation bottom card of top half shown before and after change, seemingly making it impossible, for credit see page 8
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T. Page Wright A False Count from end grip, reverse biddle steal
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T. Page Wright A Written Revelation with a deck of cards, while removing cards
Related to 133
T. Page Wright Chapter 4 - Ornamental Sleights with Cards
135
T. Page Wright Fancy Cuts one-handed cut as gag when offering the deck to spectator for a cut
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T. Page Wright A Three-Way Cut
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T. Page Wright A One-Handed Three-Way Cut
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T. Page Wright A Six-Way Cut
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T. Page Wright An Eight-Way Cut
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Unknown The Card on the Arm two variations
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T. Page Wright The Card From The Knee card produced from knee with empty hand, handed over behind leg, as gag location
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T. Page Wright One-Handed Deal see endnote
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T. Page Wright The Card Fan intro
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Unknown The One-Handed Fan wide
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Unknown The Pressure Fan also as reverse fan and for printing a blank deck
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Judson S. Brown Reverse Triumph cards shown all one way, then suddenly every other card is reversed, reverse fan to hide alternating condition
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Louis Haley A Reverse Palm Sleight cards in back palm, performer turns around to show both sides of hands, pure bluff as hands turn with body
148
T. Page Wright Production of Cards at the Finger Tips continuous production of single cards with back of hand towards audience
  • First Method
  • Second Method (hand shown both sides after each production, block shown as one card)
Related to 148
T. Page Wright The Production of Card Fans Routine
  • Fan of Cards from Body
  • Cards through Knee Without Palming
  • Cards through Knee by Back Palm
  • Fan from Elbow
  • Fans of Cards from Air
  • A Vanish and Production
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Unknown A Vanish and Production packet vanishes, false transfer
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T. Page Wright The Diminishing and Enlarging Cards with credit information and historical comments, for enlarging part a stripper deck with alternating orientation is used
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T. Page Wright Chapter 5 - The Riffle Count intro
162
T. Page Wright A Cut at Any Number using thumb count (with right hand shielding the count) and several finesses like pre-established breaks, mis-hearing and so on
162
T. Page Wright An Instant Cut at Any Number spectator cuts off cards and counts them, replaces them, then performer cuts off same number
Related to 165
T. Page Wright Cut at Any Number cutting to thought-of number, false count
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T. Page Wright Cut With a Coin coin tossed up and caught in deck at named position, or next to selection
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Jack McMillen A Cut at Any Number Throughout the Deck cutting to any named number up to fifty-two, for credit see page 8
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T. Page Wright A Card to Any Number selected card to any (smaller) number, using secret slip cut and thumb count, or double count strategy
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William Larsen The Riffle-Slip top card slipped into center, as passive sleight, as force to bring top card to named number
Also published here 168
T. Page Wright Ambitious Card Sequence top changes
170
Jack McMillen A Card Reversed at Any Number creative half pass use, for credit see page 8
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Unknown Half Pass brief
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T. Page Wright Chapter 6 - Non-Sleight of Hand Card Mysteries intro
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T. Page Wright The Back-of-the-Deck Detection card located by looking at backs, finger print presentation, selection behind back, reversed key card
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T. Page Wright Adding the Pips deck cut in three piles by spectator, performer puts out a few cards from center packet that add up to number of cards in outer piles
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T. Page Wright A Lesson in Magic spectator has another spectator select and replace a card, performer names it
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T. Page Wright Chapter 7 - Card Effects Requiring Prearrangement
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T. Page Wright Odd Prophecies spectator inserts knife, cards above knife counted, it is predicted by performer or spectator if that number will be odd or even
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T. Page Wright A Quick Detection spectator counts to any card in top half, replaces, riffle shuffles one time, interlocking chains, odd-even
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Unknown Divided Deck Shuffle with break between halves
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T. Page Wright The Red and the Black card selected, deck shuffled and returned, deck shown shuffled, then top half shown from one color except selection
183
T. Page Wright The Triple Coincidence three cards chosen freely, deck put in pocket, performer finds the three mates by touch, last one found by spectator (hopefully)
184
T. Page Wright The Business Man five cards lost, performer names all selections, humorous presentation
186
T. Page Wright The Master Poker Deal poker hand chosen, four hands dealt, all hands are of the chosen type and consecutive stronger, presentation either as skill to justify that only performer shuffles or with deck switch
188
T. Page Wright How Many Hands? two-handed Royal Flush deal, then any number of players from three to six are chosen, performer gets Ace-high Straight and others good hands
191
T. Page Wright Color Seeks Color packet of red and black cards, red card chosen and put amongst black cards, it vanishes from there and travels back
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T. Page Wright From Deck to Deck selection travels into another deck at any number
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William Larsen, T. Page Wright The L. W. Super-Detection spectator removes card from anywhere, performer removes two cards that stand for value and suit of selection, also with two cards or with spectator locating the cards in his pocket
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Unknown Bicycle Rider Back One Way at least 1929
198
T. Page Wright The Shuffle-In Detection card chosen behind back and shuffled back by spectator, performer riffles through deck three times and names color, suit and value, interlocking chains
199
T. Page Wright Chapter 8 - The Reversed Card chapter intro
201
Unknown Cut Reverse KM type action
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Unknown Palm Reverse card palmed out from center and deck placed on top
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Louis Haley The Haley Reversed Card faced deck
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Jack McMillen A Quick Reverse demonstration phase
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Jack McMillen Push-In Change from pack in illustration, unclear
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T. Page Wright Take Your Turn two cards reverse one by one
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T. Page Wright A Reverse Routine
  • The Double Reverse
  • The Longitudinal Reverse (Tunnel)
  • The Whole Deck Reverse (faced deck, suddenly is backed deck)
207
T. Page Wright A Giant Card Reverse tunnel effect with seven jumbo cards
211
T. Page Wright Chapter 9 - The Spelling Card intro on spelling
  • consecutive spelling principle
  • placement by thumb count cull
  • placement by overhand shuffle
217
T. Page Wright A Simple Spelling Problem selection is spelled to
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T. Page Wright Nail Scratch spectator draws out selection from in-the-hands spread
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Jack McMillen Instant Speller spectator stabs to a card with a knife, that card is spelled to without further manipulation
220
T. Page Wright A Surprise Spelling Trick card chosen and buried in small packet, then spelled to in rest of deck
Also published here 221
T. Page Wright A Novelty Spelling Mystery selection lost, "Ace" spelled into one pile, "Spades" into another, then Ace of Spades shown, first pile are other three Aces and second pile all Spades
223
T. Page Wright The Triple Surprise Speller card freely chosen, then spelled to, at the end a card of same value, suit and card itself show up
224
T. Page Wright The Miracle Spelling Deck card selected out of hands and deck pocketed, performer reaches into pocket and takes out cards one by one spelling the selection and finds it, repeat with the spectator spelling the card out of the performer's pocket
227
T. Page Wright Chapter 10 - Humorous Card Effects
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T. Page Wright A Card Climax card lost and performer hold deck behind back, spectator names small number and performer brings cards out one by one, jumbo card of selection at named position
Related toAlso published here 231
T. Page Wright, William Larsen The Error Aces Ace packet held, Ace of Spades pocketed, one of the remaining cards is still the Ace of Spades, repeated until only Ace of Spades remains
Related to 232
T. Page Wright, William Larsen Two Card Switch one card switched for the other, end grip
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T. Page Wright A Mistake, But... selection tabled face down, performer removes two card for value and suit which fit after apparent mistake
235
T. Page Wright The Repeating Card Comedy card placed at back of deck in glass repeatedly comes to front
237
Karl Germain Flash Card Change brief without credit
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T. Page Wright Chapter 11 - Novel Card Discoveries intro
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William H. McCaffrey The Repeating Card to Top
241
William H. McCaffrey Triple Lift or double, lifted at inner left corner
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Unknown Heel Break
242
T. Page Wright Another Version with short card for instant double lift
244
T. Page Wright Two Pair two Aces and Eights, one of each placed on table and on deck, then one transposes so on table are Eights and on deck Aces
246
Unknown A Three Card Monte Variation phase in which two Twos are shown one-handed with right hand with throw move, yet the third card is also a Two
Related to 248
T. Page Wright Four of a Kind faced deck, one packet placed reversed in deck before other three Aces vanish from their packets
250
William Larsen, T. Page Wright The L. W. Simplicity Four Aces Aces dropped on four packets, deck assembled, after some dealing the Aces are together again
252
T. Page Wright Chapter 12 - Advanced Card Effects intro
255
Unknown The Third Chance top two cards are shown to be not the chosen card, then top card changes into selection, spectator replaces card in reversed deck with cover card behind his back
255
Unknown Alignment Move
256
T. Page Wright A New Card Catching
258
Jack McMillen The J. M. Rising Card
259
T. Page Wright The Magnetic Card Rise card clings to finger and rises out of middle of deck
262
William Larsen, T. Page Wright The L. W. Card Through Silk
Related to 264
T. Page Wright The Deck Through the Silk gypsy switch
266
Judson S. Brown A Single Card Through Silk without deck
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William Larsen, T. Page Wright The Criminal card chosen, two black Kings pocketed, one placed back in deck, other one transposes with selection, story presentation
271
T. Page Wright Chapter 13 - Mental Effects with Cards on mentalism
276
T. Page Wright Psychological Card Problems introduction to psychological forces and things like that
  • Psychological Forces
278
T. Page Wright Psychological Number Forces seven and fifteen, usage for card divination
279
T. Page Wright Force from Ten Cards psychological, face up or down
281
T. Page Wright Psychological Color Force red, used in card work
282
Nelson Hahne Psychic Cigarette Paper cigarette paper crumbled up, number and color appear/predicted on it, either by writing or number written in named color
282
T. Page Wright Forcing One of Two or Five Cards handling for psychological force, as divination with two-way out (waiting for reaction when tabling one of the cards face up)
283
T. Page Wright Effects Produced by Following a Spectator's Line of Thought watching the eyes
  • spectator thinks of a card as they are fanned one by one
  • spectator thinks of a card in a eight-card fan
285
T. Page Wright Mental Card Effects using Physical Methods section intro
286
T. Page Wright A Cut Card Detection spectator cuts anywhere and replaces, then cuts deck some more
287
William Larsen, T. Page Wright An L. W. Mindreading Routine three-part routine, third part set up during first part
  • peeked card divined
  • Erdnase's "A Mind-Reading Trick"
  • repeat with different method
Related to 289
T. Page Wright A Simplified Five Card Problem five cards held behind performer's back, one taken by spectator an all shuffled back, selection named, performer can feel by touch which card has been taken
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William Larsen, T. Page Wright The L. W. Stop Mystery spectator thinks of any card in half the deck, all shuffled together and pocketed, spectator removes cards one by one and performer stops him at selection
Also published here 293
T. Page Wright A Free Choice Location spectator removes and card and replaces it in corner of room, it is found, out-of-hand reversal, diagonal line on edge
296
T. Page Wright Chapter 14 - Card Effects for Stage intro
298
T. Page Wright The Five Senses five cards selected and found five different way with the senses
Also published here 298
T. Page Wright Slip Count-Back faces towards spectators, card slid from right-hand side towards left, reverse cull at other side
301
T. Page Wright One-Armed Poker story presentation for stand-up, three double facers, performed one-handed
Also published here 302
Unknown One-Handed Ace Vanish
305
T. Page Wright A Couple of Bridge Hands packet of thirteen picture cards transposes with packet of number cards
305
T. Page Wright Confusion Switch two packets held close and switched
307
T. Page Wright Felix, the Felicitous Feline hand puppet helps in finding a selection and naming another one, comedy routine
307
T. Page Wright A Love Poem face card changes multiple times to accompany recited poem
311
T. Page Wright Chapter 15 - The Problem of Presentation on amateurs, presentation and practicing, doing short routines instead of single tricks, close-up presentation styles, examples of routined tricks from the book
314
T. Page Wright Gambling Demonstration deck shuffled, some cards dealt, hole cards named by performer, later Aces are dealt
318
T. Page Wright Appearing Knots
329
T. Page Wright Conclusion
333
John A. Daniel Colophon
335
Data entered by Denis Behr.