63 entries in Cards / Effect Themes / Gambling / Red/Black & Matching Games
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Karl Fulves The Rue Morgue Problem cards riffle shuffled by spectators and dealt in pairs to players, they remove red or black poker chips according to red-black distribution, chip values and cards added, the total is 28 and predicted
1968 Riffle Shuffle Set-Ups 54
Karl Fulves The Compleat Gamester proposition bets
  • Birthday Bet (see p. 292 for Mel Stover comment)
  • Red And Black (Martin Gardner)
  • License Plate Poker
  • Ace-Deuce-Jack Variations
  • Black And White
  • Coin Swindles
  • 3-Card Poker
  • Odds On Favorite (Omega Bet, card pushed in reversed and pairs dealt off)
Related toVariations July 1969 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 4 No. 9) 272
Martin Gardner The Compleat Gamester Addition red-black betting game with eight cards
Inspired by Mar. 1970 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 5 No. 5) 324
Paul Swinford The Match Game spectator looses always
1971 More Faro Fantasy 40
Karl Fulves Odds on Favorite betting game in which a reversed card is part of a same-colored pair or not
Related toVariations 1973 Riffle Shuffle Set-Ups 79
Karl Fulves Ghost Of A Chance selection disappears from hat, betting theme, two methods
1973 Packet Switches (Part Two) 75
Edward Marlo, Karl Fulves Pointed Up Wager proposition plot (problem by Fulves): one black card in a packet of red cards, spectator cuts to single black card, six methods
1974 The Unexpected Card Book 102
Robert Connelly "Say Red" betting game whether next card is red
Jan. 1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9 No. 3) 702
Peter Kane, Gus Southall Gil's Game spectator cannot win in red-black game in which he has to select groups of one color
Related to
  • New Pentagram, June 1970
1975 A Further Card Session with Peter Kane 4
Nick Trost Color Match-up Spectator able to colors of ten pairs of cards
1976 Subtle Card Magic: Part One 10
Martin Gardner The Red-Black Swindle two red and two black cards under table, one brought out, proposition bet about the next card matching
1977 The Magic Book 168
Roy Walton It's a Set Up several cards dealt in hands of five, performer is able to guess if cards are red or black from chosen hand
1979 That Certain Something... 8
Karl Fulves Impromptu Faro Box red black betting game
1983 A History of the Brainwave Principle 29
Karl Fulves Why You Can't Win No. 43, deck riffle shuffled and dealt into four piles, top cards turned over by player simultaneously and red-black outcome used for betting game
1984 More Self-Working Card Tricks 55
Karl Fulves The Omega Bet No. 73, card pushed face-up in center and deck dealt in pairs, pair with face-up card matches or not, multiple phases
Related toVariations 1984 More Self-Working Card Tricks 107
Karl Fulves The Diagonal Relationship after riffle shuffle spectator takes pairs, turns one over and guesses color of other card, performer is always right
1986 Color Capture 2
Dai Vernon The Third Color spectator looses, double deal
Related to 1988 The Vernon Chronicles — Volume 2 180
Karl Fulves Guess Again explanation of the principle at work, with variation in which five cards are put into five packets, packets dealt in pairs and color matches are found
Related to 1993 Verbatim (Issue 5) 43
Steve Beam Gentleman's Bet bet, red / black or pairs, performer wins always, gilbreath
Variations 1993 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks 7
John Riggs Unbeatable red / black or pairs, performer wins bet all the time, is able to let spectator win on his demand, gilbreath
1993 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks 9
Steve Beam Color Vision performer always guesses color of cards correctly
Related toVariationsAlso published here 1993 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks 11
Karl Fulves Guess Again eight cards are placed outjogged into tabled spread, cards dealt in pairs, color matches with outjogged cards
Related toAlso published here 1993 Rigmarole (Issue 5) 55
Steve Beam Color Vision performer always guesses color of cards correctly
Also published here 1993 Magic with No Entertainment Value II 14
Karl Fulves Red Square guessing color of next card, spectator has chance score, performer all correct
1994 Crooked Tales 51
Simon Aronson Point Spread red/black game in several phases played by two spectators, performer predicts difference between number of red and black cards, repeat, shuffle-bored finale
1995 Simply Simon 3
Bob Driebeek Das Tarot-Spiel three spectator select a suit from a Tarot deck and then cards are turned over, depending on the same suits and the rules each spectator can win round, winner is predicted
1996 Aenigmas Rätsel 53
Nick Trost The Penney Paradox sucker bet
Related to
  • "Penney-Ante" (Walter Penney, The Journal of Recreational Mathematics, Oct 1969)
  • "On the Paradoxical Situations that Arise from Nontransitive Relations" (Martin Gardner, Scientific American, Oct 1974)
  • Trine (Lewis Jones, 2002)
1997 The Card Magic of Nick Trost 89
Steve Beam Color Vision performer always guesses color of cards correctly
Also published here 1997 Sound Effects 18
Nick Trost Odd Man Wins! Presentation by Mack Picknick
Variations 1997 The Card Magic of Nick Trost 93
Nick Trost, Al Thatcher The Omega Bet - Updated Multiple prediction of whether selected cards matched color, last phase uses Gilbreath
Inspired byRelated toVariations 1997 The Card Magic of Nick Trost 96
Karl Fulves Charlie Cheats No. 10, number of reds and blacks in packet determine who wins, two phases
Related to 1997 Command Colors 17
Peter Duffie Acquiescence two spectators lay out pairs, red-black matching total predicted
1997 N.D.E. — A Near Deck Experience 1
Karl Fulves Crystal Persuasion red-black guessing game with two spectators, one gets everything right, the other according to chance
1998 Combo 36
Karl Fulves Backwards Bet No. 22, RBBR-RBBR-... set-up, performer guesses color composition of certain pairs after seeing other pairs
Related to 2001 My Best Self-Working Card Tricks 45
Karl Fulves Guess Again No. 67, eight cards pushed in deck by spectator and left out-jogged, all cards are paired with odd-colored card when cards are dealt off in pairs
Also published here 2001 New Self-Working Card Tricks 101
Lewis Jones Rack and bled starts with shuffled deck, deck set up in preliminary phase, gambling presentation
Related toVariationsAlso published here 2002 Ahead of the Pack 162
Steve Beam The Omega Particle multi-phase betting game
Related toVariations 2002 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 4 186
Lewis Jones Trine guessing game of color sequence of three consecutive cards
Related to 2002 Ahead of the Pack 117
Bob King Matching Wits spectator pushes card face-up in deck, performer knows whether paired card matches in color when cards are dealt off in pairs, repeats, then several spectators push in cards, only performer's matches, alternating set-up, "very old gambling scam"
Related to 2003 New Magician Foolers 9
David Williamson Aunt Mary's Terrible Secret three-phase red-black game combining Miraskill and Magnetic Colors
  • History
  • Credits
  • Requirements
  • Method
2003 Aunt Mary's Terrible Secret 3
Karl Fulves Bet On It deck riffle shuffled once, top twenty-six cards taken, both halves shuffled, dealt off simultaneously, performer bets that more black pairs then red pairs show up
Related to 2003 Off The Books (Issue 5) 76
David Williamson Aunt Mary's Terrible Secret three-phase red-black game combining Miraskill and Magnetic Colors
  • History
  • Credits
  • Requirements
  • Method
2003 Aunt Mary's Terrible Secret 5
Peter Duffie, Robin Robertson The Hustler cards mixed face-up/face-down, pairs brought forward from behind back, wager whether orientation of the pairs match, Aces finale, faro
Inspired by
  • face-up/face-down idea in Nick Trost's "Card Problems" (1964)
2003 Card Conspiracy — Vol. 1 90
Karl Fulves Head Start three players get a card and hold it against forehead so that only other can see it, players bet whether the own color matches one of the other players
2004 When Psychics Play Poker 10
Karl Fulves The Russian Test performer guaranteed to get better than average score in color sorting without seeing any faces at all, see also p. 104 for further notes
2005 Combo II 55
Karl Fulves Grudge Match Miraskill type bet with red-red, black-black and mixed pairs done with about half the shuffled deck, winner still known
2005 Clockwork 61
Karl Fulves The Greek's Game color of twelve cards named by magician, betting presentation, see also p. 99 for further notes
2005 Combo II 13
Karl Fulves A Trick Of Memory red-black even-money swindle
2005 Combo II 29
Lewis Jones Rack and Bled second phase with updated handling from the routine in Ahead of the Pack
Related toAlso published here 2006 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 6 90
Bernard Weller Color Injection card is turned over in packet, matching pairs win
Inspired by 2006 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 6 213
Lennart Green The $26.000 Bet bet with matching or un-matching pairs
2008 The Green Northern Lights Magic 32
Karl Fulves The Odds Get Even roulette red-black betting system illustrated with six cards
  • Bet Noir
2008 Prolix (Issue 5) 345
Lennart Green The 4 Card Bet shuffled deck dealt in four piles, bet on whether the top cards have one of each suit, four-category Gilbreath
2008 The Green Northern Lights Magic 33
Joe Anderson Color Match gilbreath
Inspired by 2010 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 8 287
Stephen Jones, Jerry K. Hartman, Robin Robertson Dubai Roulette card(s) pushed face-up in center and deck that is openly red-black alternating, dealt in pairs, pair with face-up card matches or not, five phases
Variations 2010 Prolix (Issue 7) 425
Jerry K. Hartman Ladies First two Kings and Queens pushed face-up in center and deck dealt in pairs, pair with face-up card matches color or not
Inspired by 2010 Prolix (Issue 7) 427
Karl Fulves No-Win Situation packets sorted into reds and blacks, number bet, two spectators get the same number when taking difference of red and black cards
2011 Prolix (Issue 9) 570
Pit Hartling Game of Chance color of every third card used in multiple phase gambling game
Inspired byRelated to 2016 In Order to Amaze 232
Roberto Giobbi, Bob Hummer Dollar Deal red-black betting game, bill is inserted in deck and pairs taken, color that comes with bill can be predicted
Related toAlso published here
  • Genii, Oct. 2007
2016 Hidden Agenda (Issue Apr 16) 111
John Hostler Bar Bits Triskadequadra Application #1
as bet about the suits
  • Swindle #1
  • Swindle #2
2016 Magnum Opossum 64
Lennart Green Red & Back Card Bet percentage game
2016 Hidden Agenda (Issue Nov 15) 328
John Hostler Alligator ten red and ten black cards shuffled, pairs dealt according to rules, outcome predicted and added value of chosen pair divined
Inspired by 2016 Magnum Opossum 116
Roberto Giobbi, Ramón Riobóo Card Roulette analogy between cards and roulette table
2016 Hidden Agenda (Issue Dec 2) 345