108 entries in Cards / Principles / Locator Cards / Pencil Dot or similar Marks
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Hocus Pocus Junior Conveyance of Cards and Dice mentioning card tricks and principles without details
  • divided cards
  • advantage dice by cutting off a strip
  • "nipping" (punch?), corner crimp, dots
1634 The Art of Legerdemain Discovered 51
Theodore Annemann The Mind in Retrospect
1934 SH-H-H--! It's A Secret 16
Theodore Annemann A Couple of Cards Get Together two selections come together on top despite the spectator's overhand shuffle
Related to 1934 SH-H-H--! It's A Secret 20
Theodore Annemann A Couple of Cards Get Together two selections come together on top despite the spectator's overhand shuffle, pencil dot card
Related to 1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 82
Glenn G. Gravatt Mental Vision four cards chosen and divined, pencil dot card
1937 Encyclopedia of Card Tricks 82
Gerald Kosky Ziska Improved number of moved cards & selection are divined by value of a card, set-up, marked locator
Inspired byRelated to 1940 More Card Manipulations (Issue 3) 40
Martin Gardner Preposterous
1943 Full Deck of Impromptu Card Tricks 63
Edward Marlo In Lieu of Pencil daub on borrowed deck as alternative to pencil dotted key card
1945 Tricks with Daub 9
Royal Vale Heath "Magic Square" Magic card selection in combination with magic square, total of square indicates position in the rest of the deck
Feb. 1945 Hugard's Magic Monthly — Volumes I, II, III and IV (Vol. 2 No. 9) 103
H. Levenson Amazing Coincidence two rows of eight cards, selection is found in the named column
1946 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1946) 4
J. B. Bobo The Isolated Key corner dotted card in center as reference
1947 Watch This One! 32
Unknown The Pencil Dot mark for the corner-short
1948 The Fine Art of Magic 6
Ken Krenzel, Don Costello Miracle named card turns over
1949 The Phoenix 151-200 (Issue 169) 678
William Ruesskamp 15 to 30
1949 The Phoenix 151-200 (Issue 175) 700
Aage Darling Vibrato performer is blindfolded, thought of card is found
1953 I'll Read Your Mind 9
Lu Brent Unbelievable Coincidence Spectator and magician each think of a card and write it down, each pull out a card from the deck, turns out they find each other's card
1956 Fifteen Star Card Effects 5
Lu Brent Autographic Minds Spectator and magician each select and sign a card, lost in the deck, later manage to find each other's signed card
1956 Fifteen Star Card Effects 8
Ned Rutledge, James G. Thompson Jr. Mental Scales spectator deals amount of cards on the table, stops and remembers next card, performer cuts same amount and locates selection
1967 Between Two Minds 7
Henry Christ, James G. Thompson Jr. The 203rd Force continued on p. 198
Related to July 1968 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 3 No. 9) 194
J. B. Bobo Triple Threat Card dotted, corner short, edge marked
Related to
  • Genii, Aug. 1947, p. 368
July 1968 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 3 No. 9) 194
Jerry L. Christensen "Mind Mirror" Resilvered
Inspired by 1971 The Compleat Magick — Volume I (Issue 19) 93
Edward G. Brown The Performer Draws a Card from the Pack Held by a Spectator
1973 The Card Magic of Edward G. Brown 194
Carl Newton Inspiration from the French two cards selected from ten-card packet, cards in row on card stand and a piece of tissue in front of each, tissue touched with cigarette, bright flashes at selections
Related to Mar. 1973 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 8 No. 5) 603
North Bigbee Depth - Perception jumbo ESP cards, matching
1973 The Compleat Magick — Volume I (Issue 86) 429
Unknown D) having force card marked on back, e.g. one-way deck
1975 New and Novel Knowledge 38
Glenn G. Gravatt Secret Back Mark dot on top card as something is written on another card jogged on top of that card
1976 Self-Working Card Tricks 20
Punx Der Mann mit dem goldenen Arm presentation for Vernon's Cutting the Aces, only production
Inspired byRelated to 1977 Setzt Euch zu meinen Füssen... 63
Erhard Liebenow The Card In the Center Liebenow's card peeling
Related to 1978 Liebenow On Cards 7
Daryl Martinez Double-Dazzling Triumph two selections, deck shuffled face up into face down, two cards are reversed, indicator cards to find selections, then deck is separated into red and black cards
Variations 1979 Double-Dazzling Triumph 1
Larry Becker PSI-Stebbins shuffled deck, packet of card is divined and last card predicted, jumbo cards
Inspired by
  • Ken de Courcy's and Billy McComb's "Cabaret Card Divination"
Related to
1979 The Best of Larry Becker's World of Super Mentalism Book II 7
Jack Vosburgh Scrambled Thoughts No. 11, Ace, Two and Three held by three spectators, two spectators exchange cards with back turned, performer knows which
1979 Self-Working Mental Magic 16
Bill Coomer Card-X prediction of multiple cards
1979 The Compleat Magick — Volume III (Issue 245) 1222
Dai Vernon, Bob Hummer Escape of the Jack signed black jack in pocket changes places with sandwiched black jack on table
1980 Bob Hummer's Collected Secrets 13
Mike Hilburger No Skill Four Ace Assembly spectator shuffles cards with deck and when sixteen cards dealt again, aces on bottom
1982 Fork Full of Appetizers 21
Christian Scherer Unmöglich selection in deck, four aces, named one turns into selection and ace is found in card case
1982 Card News '82 90
Hans E. Trixer Everyplace with all blank faces kicker
1984 Fork Full of Appetizers - Book 2 59
Jan Torell Meine Standard-Forcier-Methode
1984 Rund um den Zaubertisch 12
Karl Fulves On the Lam No. 57, number prediction on card gives position of later selection
Inspired by 1984 More Self-Working Card Tricks 82
Harry Houdini Houdini's Secret No. 64, from Houdini's notebooks, two cards selected by counting to numbers, both predicted, one-ahead
1984 More Self-Working Card Tricks 94
Stephen Tucker The Chase forcing subtlety for forcing deck, removing pencil-dotted indifferent cards from spread
1984 Spell-Binder (Vol. 3 No. 35) 680
Unknown Key Cards pencil marks, or reversed card in one-way deck
1985 The Fred Braue Notebooks (Issue 1) 9
Daryl Martinez Out of this Hemisphere twenty-card packet version, spectator puts one color on table and other color to bottom, red cards marked
  • The Cards (replacing marks with stripper, one-way or crimp)
  • Totally Impromptu
1989 Out of this Hemisphere 1
Robert E. Neale The Hanging No. 57, one spectator is murderer, chosen with cards, noose tied from rope, it tightens only at guilty spectator
1990 Self-Working Rope Magic 120
Alex Elmsley Weight with small packet, marked key card
Related to 1991 The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley — Volume 1 366
Karrell Fox A Couple of Card Miracles
  • The Perfect Miracle (performer deals blindfolded through deck, stops at selection)
  • Pulse-Stop (performer holds spectator's wrist while going over spread to find selection)
Also published here 1991 Goodies 67
Unknown A Good Card Trick marked key card
1993 Tarbell Course in Magic — Volume 8 89
Richard Bartram, Jr. Point of Thought two decks, performer removes card with arrow on back which points on selection in other deck, when card is turned over it is the same card, with Pop-Eyed Eye-Popper deck
1993 Mystification 41
Eddie Fechter Eddie's Stop performer stops spectator while dealing, next card is selection
1993 Fechter 51
Stephen Bargatze This and That funny presentation, words on cards "nothing", "something", "it", "this" and "that"
1995 The Trapdoor — Volume Three (Issue 58) 1113
Karl Fulves Two By Four shuffled deck, performer shuffles and cuts three piles, then names bottom cards, then new bottom cards are Aces
1996 Blocking Off 62
Nick Trost Miracle Match Up similar to Gemini Mates in plot, two methods
Inspired by
  • "Prospero" (Peter Warlock, The Magigram, February 1980)
1997 The Card Magic of Nick Trost 177
Nick Trost Showdown three phase Ten Card Poker Deal routine, last phase is stud poker. Includes Tom Hubbard's handling at the end.
Related toVariationsAlso published here 1997 The Card Magic of Nick Trost 216
Nick Trost Twenty-Deck Poker Deal Poker with twenty cards
Related to
  • "The Hokey-Poker Deck" (Jim Lucier, The New Tops, March 1978)
1997 The Card Magic of Nick Trost 245
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"
1997 The Vampire Papers 94
Ron Bauer Key to the Draw three cards, twenty-six key
Inspired by 1997 L.I.N.T. — Pocket Stuff for Close-Up Magicians 20
Ron Bauer Devilish Trickery
1997 L.I.N.T. — Pocket Stuff for Close-Up Magicians 133
Frank Csuri Double Back Think double lift on deck
1997 The Fred Braue Notebooks (Issue 8) 15
Doug Canning Marked Up Masterpiece faro and twenty-six key
1997 The Trapdoor — Volume Three (Issue 63) 1245
Karl Fulves Time & Dice "Three tricks"
Ace through Six, spectator switches two cards and turns all over according to dice roll, divined
1998 Underworld (Issue 7) 97
Karl Fulves Supplementary Note table spread force with pencil dotted card, using it a key otherwise
Inspired by 1999 Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 271
Glenn G. Gravatt Mental Vision Divine four cards, standard key card location using pencil dot instead
1999 Cunning Card Miracles 8
Unknown Two Selections Just a standard key card location with pencil dots, to reveal two cards
1999 Cunning Card Miracles 10
Karrell Fox Foxy "The Perfect Miracle" performer deals blindfolded through deck, stops at selection
Also published here 2000 Card File Two 163
William Alstrand, Karl Fulves Fooling the Experts No. 14, procedure with cuts and deals in which spectator forces a card on himself
2001 New Self-Working Card Tricks 23
Unknown Cloned Thoughts No. 15, spectator and performer chose same card after each other, free selection from small packet, weird procedure
2001 New Self-Working Card Tricks 24
Karl Fulves Tea-Time Mystery No. 52, two cards from two decks are divined and then transpose
2001 New Self-Working Card Tricks 77
Tony Bartolotta, Martin Gardner Synchronism No. 56
Related to 2001 New Self-Working Card Tricks 83
Karl Fulves Calculated Cut No. 5, two selections located, small packet cut off and card at that position remembered
Inspired by 2001 My Best Self-Working Card Tricks 11
Karl Fulves, Gene Finnell Choices No. 11, two cards removed, one put back without looking and one remembered, performer finds both, Klondike shuffle
2001 My Best Self-Working Card Tricks 23
Unknown The New Deal No. 17, jonah
2001 My Best Self-Working Card Tricks 35
Karl Fulves Stop or Else! No. 24, "Stop or else" written on Joker
2001 My Best Self-Working Card Tricks 49
Karl Fulves, Howard A. Adams Metal with Memory No. 25, three coins arranged and cards dealt according to their value, three Aces are found
2001 My Best Self-Working Card Tricks 51
Karl Fulves, William P. Miesel Cutting the Aces No. 26
2001 My Best Self-Working Card Tricks 53
Karl Fulves, Bob Hummer Scrambled Stud No. 27, spectator remembers card and its position in ten-card packet, two hands dealt but selection and its mate face-down
2001 My Best Self-Working Card Tricks 56
Ron Bauer Chick Trick wind-up toy chicken finds selections, credit information
Inspired by
  • "The Hoppy" (Ron Bauer, New Tops, March 1982)
2002 Chick Trick 1
Doug Canning Dealer's Choice sone card location
2002 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 4 154
Tony Bartolotta The Real Difference spectator removes two cards and selects a card, two differences of card values calculated to count down to selection
Related to 2003 Off The Books (Issue 4) 50
Glenn G. Gravatt Pencil Dotting a Card during previous trick while writing a prediction
2003 Off The Books (Issue 4) 50
Ron Bauer Second Finger Top Deal jacks shuffled into deck, yet shown on top, then dealt to partner as fake false dealing demo
Inspired by
  • "I Won't Play Cards With Him" (Bill Larson, Sr.)
2004 Second Finger Top Deal 2
Basil Horwitz ESP Incredible Memory Test five ESP cards are signed and put back in deck, performer reverses the cards behind back
2004 The Mental Magick of Basil Horwitz - Volume 5 36
Basil Horwitz Body Language Challenge Poker Test spectator can select cards from half the deck to build best possible poker hand, performer selects without looking and has a royal flush
2004 The Mental Magick of Basil Horwitz - Volume 5 39
Karl Fulves Flip Switch strip-out switch handling, with repeat
2006 Prolix (Issue 2) 102
Jack Avis A Dotty Location location with four distributed marked key cards
2006 Rara Avis 48
Jack Avis A Presentation
2006 Rara Avis 177
Lu Brent A Prediction Supreme TTTCBE
Also published here 2006 Designing Miracles 108
Darwin Ortiz The Trick that Takes Forever to Explain TTTCBE
Inspired by 2006 Designing Miracles 108
Stephan Kirschbaum Any Card at (almost) any Number spectator shuffles cards, half forcing deck
2007 Der Stoff aus dem die Wunder sind 45
Karl Fulves Any Two performer and spectator name cards, spectator two positions, the positions are counted to with Gemini Twins placement (!) and two Jokers, Jokers end up next to named cards
2010 Prolix (Issue 8) 508
Wolfgang Moser Wunderpunkt thoughts and techniques using a pencil dotted card
  • ...jetzt machen Sie mal einen Punkt!
  • Forcieren der Leitkarte
  • Setzen der Leitkarte
  • Kontrollieren der Leitkarte
2011 Kreationen 25
Doug Edwards Make Your Mind a Blank blank deck, spectator thinks of any card and goes through some dealing procedure, thought of card is divined
Inspired by 2013 Nukes 55
Wayne Dobson, Jerry Sadowitz Mind Ray ends with double-blank deck
Inspired by
  • "Mind Ray" (Jerry Sadowitz)
Related to
2013 More Look No Hands 14
Tomas Blomberg Svensk Voodoo one card selected and one thought-of, first found at number named by performer, second at number named by spectator
Inspired byRelated toVariations 2014 Blomberg Laboratories 256
John Lovick My Dream of Mind Reading blank deck finale, credit information
Inspired byVariations 2016 The Performance Pieces & Divertissements of the Famous Handsome Jack, etc. 115
Paul Vigil Prepare to Enter setting up for the act
  • Paraphernalia
  • Main Deck Setup
  • Pocket Management
2017 The Doors of Deception 1
Ryan Schlutz Counterpoint using group shuffle to place selection at certain position, with or without sticky tape
Also published here 2017 False Anchors — Volume Two 25
Ryan Schlutz 6 Covers 6 hands-off selection and riffle shuffle by spectator
Inspired by
  • "All Expenses Paid" (Jim Krenz)
Related toAlso published here
2017 False Anchors — Volume Two 41
Allan Hagen Locator Marks for Rider Back, Aristocrats 727, Arrco, New Fan Back
2017 Serendipity 16
Thomas Otto Joker Prediction off beat prediction, spectator selects card which is not a joker, all cards but one are jokers
2018 Mentale Notizen 110
David Solomon A Blah-Day Clock clock layout dealt at the start, blank card finale
Inspired by
  • "The Fateful Month" (Ramón Riobóo, Thinking the Impossible)
2018 Solomon's Secrets 127
Steve Beam Quadruple Stack stack to be able to produce four of a kind quickly
Inspired by
  • Martin Gardner's "Five Nine King" in "Scarne on Card Tricks" 1950.
2018 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 11 28
Joaquín Navajas, Miguel Gómez, Camilo Vázquez Forzaje ESP three methods to force an ESP card
2019 Monedas Personales Y Más 96
Helder Guimarães Open Index Handling spread and spread pass
2019 Secret Language — Volume 1 78
Ryan Plunkett Any Card At Our Numbers deck given to spectator, another deck wash-shuffled on table, spectator and performer think of a number each and count down in both decks, the cards match
Inspired by 2020 Distilled 3
Ryan Plunkett Fan Mail card predicted in envelope, fair elimination process after table wash by spectator
Inspired by 2020 Distilled 21
Ryan Schlutz Counterpoint using group shuffle to place selection at certain position, with or without sticky tape
Also published here 2020 False Anchors 57
Ryan Schlutz 6 Covers 6 hands-off selection and riffle shuffle by spectator
Also published here 2020 False Anchors 73
Ryan Schlutz Edge-Mark Pencil Dot about a special key card ant uses with it
  • Single-Card Control
  • Single Card Control Borrowed Deck
2020 False Anchors 111
Ryan Schlutz Clearly See-Through shuffled deck, spectator takes a pile from it, remembers one card and pile is replaced, card becomes invisible and reappears reversed in deck, GAP principle
  • An Alternative Way to Handle GAP Selection
2020 False Anchors 118