120 entries in Mental Magic / Effects / Coincidence
  
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Edward Bagshawe The Circle of Coincidence five different-colored silks are put in envelopes and attached to a star stand, five color cards are shuffled and matched up with the silks, tray to switch cards
1924 Exclusive Problems in Magic 11
Theodore Annemann The New Nile Divination a spectator thinks of a two digit number, random numbers are added, the sum match with the thought of number
1935 Complete One Man Mental and Psychic Routine 10
Theodore Annemann Pencil Reading method and two routines, divination of a calculation and spectator and performer always write the same number down
Related to 1935 Complete One Man Mental and Psychic Routine 23
Henry Christ Fatal Number coincidence with name list and name cards, slate writing
1938 The Jinx 1-50 (Issue 47) 334
Walter B. Gibson Clip Color four different colored cards are cut into different amount of pieces and sealed in envelopes, chosen color is spelled and found
Also published here 1942 The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 2) 7
Richard Lindahl Psychic Match Mystery card is selected which has the same value as the amount of secretly moved matches
1945 Miracles in Mentalism and Psychic Experimentation 9
Bruce Elliott Odds On spectator guesses picture in buddha papers, color of handkerchief in a bag, which card is reversed in the deck, and which number is written on a paper, in a locket
1946 The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 99) 400
Robert Fairthorne The Malkin voodoo effect, two paper dolls are rolled up and pinched with a needle, at the same places
Related toVariationsAlso published here 1947 The Phoenix 101-150 (Issue 130) 521
Bruce Elliott Fate male and female names are selected, one by sliding a paperclip on a list, second by rolling the dice, the names match and represent a famous pair from history
Related toVariations 1949 The Phoenix 151-200 (Issue 177) 708
Dr. Stanley Jaks You Cross As I Cross spectator and performer make a cross on a page in a book with the same title, it's the same page
Also published here 1951 The Phoenix 201 — 250 (Issue 245) 979
Aage Darling Figura spectator draws one of four symbols, the same as another spectator selected before
1953 I'll Read Your Mind 36
Howard A. Adams Fate Again male and female names are selected, the names match and represent a famous pair from history
Inspired by 1955 The New Phoenix 301-348 (Issue 332) 138
Walter B. Gibson Clip Color four different colored cards are cut into different amount of pieces and sealed in envelopes, chosen color is spelled and found
Also published here 1956 The Best in Magic 200
Robert Fairthorne The Malkin voodoo effect, two paper dolls are rolled up and pinched with a needle, at the same places
Also published here 1956 The Best in Magic 215
Tony Corinda No. 7. A Card Trick unknown card is marked with initials of the spectator, who finds that card by coincidence
1958 The Swami Gimmick 19
Tony Corinda No. 17. Any Date of the Year two calendars, spectator and performer mark the same date
1958 The Swami Gimmick 22
Theodore Annemann (2) Strange Coincidence spectator and performer always write the same numbers, one behind
Related to 1958 Pencil, Lip, Sound, Touch and Muscle Reading 34
Punx Great Minds Think Alike one spectator reveals the thought of another, writing with finger nail on white paper for second spectator
1959 Billets 192
Al Koran Inexplicable spectator writes city on a billet and a clipped with a bulldog clip, several more billets are introduced, when touched with a cigarette they vanish, except one on which the same city is noted as on the spectator's billet
1959 Billets 195
Tony Corinda The Missing Link book on the table, bowl with billets, one is selected and is found to be a corner the missing corner of the book
1959 Book Tests 219
Tony Corinda Corinda's Incredible Slate Test alphabet cards are shuffled and put on a board under two elastic bands, word is predicted
Related to 1959 Card Tricks 309
Dr. Spencer Thornton Coincimental performer and spectator select cards from a deck with alphabet cards, they both have the same letters and form the same word
1959 Card Tricks 330
U. F. Grant A Date with a Coin coin is selected, when top four cards are dealt, numbers match the date of the coin
1959 More Miracles in Mentalism 30
James Auer Mental Blocks spectator and performer put different colored cubes in a tube, same order, both blindfolded
1961 Still More Miracles in Mentalism 48
Gerald Kosky En Rapport Psychic Thought deck with names of famous people, selected name is found on named number and was predicted earlier
1961 Still More Miracles in Mentalism 54
Dr. Stanley Jaks Sie machen das, was ich auch machen werde spectator and performer make a cross on a page in a book with the same title, it's the same page
Also published here 1961 Dr. Stanley-Jaks und seine Geheimnisse 38
Eddie Clever Influence of Evil five ESP symbols on slate, one spectator rubs out four of them behind back, another selects ESP card from deck, they match
Related to
  • p. 35 for suggestion by Peter Warlock
Jan. 1966 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 1 No. 3) 13
Paul Curry Probability Zero ten business cards are numbered from one to ten on one side and the cards shuffled and turned over, spectator selects cards and the numbers from one to ten are written on the other side, they match
Related to
  • p. 133 for reference
Also published here
Aug. 1967 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 2 No. 10) 113
Ned Rutledge Singin' in the Brain people summing songs in their heads, performer divines them, spectators write songs down, as a climax two people think of same song
1967 Between Two Minds 55
J. W. Sarles Not Without Sorcery performer and spectator write a color with chosen crayon, they match, moving part and hole in prediction pad, see also p. 270 for ESP version by Jules Conway
Related to Apr. 1969 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 4 No. 6) 249
Alan Shaxon By Popular Request! MC trick, spectator can decide who comes next, and what they have to do, forcing the program of the evening
1970 My Kind of Magic 68
Don Nielsen, Karl Fulves Colorvision Revisited two color vision sets, three-phase matching routine
July 1970 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 5 No. 9) 349
Lady Valerie, Gene Nielsen Star Mate with zodiac cards, matching, locking-flap Card Box
1970 The Compleat Magick — Volume I (Issue 7) 33
James Auer Mental Masquerade five men on stage, names written down on cards and one selected, same man is selected by other spectator by covering him with a covering sheet
Also published here 1970 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1969-70) 38
Bascom Jones The Book of the Damned three phase routine with twelve zodiac cards, spectator select cards which match their personal sgin
1971 The Compleat Magick - Volume 1 (Issue 29) 141
Cicardi Hell's Fire! five business cards with words on them, spectator divines them correclty
Inspired by 1972 The Compleat Magick — Volume I (Issue 59) 293
Jack Kent Tillar Shock Waves three sealed envelopes in which are three billets with two-digit numbers, freely named number is found in chosen envelope
1973 The Compleat Magick - Volume 1 (Issue 75) 371
Karl Fulves Voodoo bowl with folded billets, on each billet is a country, spectator and performer take the same, interesting presentation
1974 Close-Up Mental Magic 46
John A. Novak Color-Mental! two boxes of waxes crayons, two crayons are selected by two spectators and match
1975 The Compleat Magick — Volume II (Issue 120) 599
Arthur Emerson Mind Burn two people initial half of a business card, spectator selects right half and other is burnt, ash on hand with initials
1975 The Compleat Magick — Volume II (Issue 125) 621
James Auer, Gene Nielsen Mental Masquerade five men on stage, names written down on cards and one selected, same man is selected by other spectator by covering him with a covering sheet
Also published here 1975 The Compleat Magick — Volume II (Issue 134) 667
R. W. Grosholz From Beyond! five business cards withy symbols, spectator choses correct one
1975 The Compleat Magick — Volume II (Issue 135) 671
Al Mann Through the Magic Door coincidence, spectator and performer select the same word from a newspaper, center tear with marked word in a newspaper
1978 The Apodosis 14
Al Mann Panoramas of Thought six cards are written on a pad by different spectators, three spectator select a card, three of the written cards are chosen, they correspond with the selections
1978 The Tesseract 5
Larry Becker Simpli-City Effect two sets of sixteen business cards with names of cities written on them, Do As I Do and prediction in envelope
1978 World of Super Mentalism 55
Roy Miller Divine Power number is generated with calculator, it turns out to be the serial number of chosen bill from audience member, with bulldog clip on stick
1978 The Compleat Magick — Volume III (Issue 207) 1031
Philip T. Goldstein Skyward two sets of four business cards with numbers are found to be in same order, propelled-lapping
1978 The Compleat Magick — Volume III (Issue 212) 1059
Larry Becker Increditable - The Original Psy-Quik coincidence of chosen objects from list, credit cards
1979 The Best of Larry Becker's World of Super Mentalism Book II 167
Larry Becker The Mating Game two sets of envelopes containing coins with different dates, matching routine
1979 The Best of Larry Becker's World of Super Mentalism Book II 174
Larry Becker Duo-Matic based on a Hummer idea, two spectators with four cards, 14 instructions later end up with same card
Inspired by
  • Charles Hudson's "Baby Hummer" in "The Linking Ring", 1960s.
1979 The Best of Larry Becker's World of Super Mentalism Book II 211
Gene "Phantini" Grant It Is an Incredible Coincidence some blank cards are cut and put in pocket, several billets with numbers, spectator choses one and it matches the amount of cut cards, with Larry Becker's "Ghost Image" Deck
1981 Phantini's Incredible Mental Secrets Volume Two 43
Unknown, Ben Christopher Movie Star Magic No. 32, do as I do routine with slips and names of movie stars, matching
1981 Self-Working Table Magic 40
Gene Nielsen Synchronicity two spectators select same card, staging idea
1981 The Compleat Magick — Volume III (Issue 274) 1369
William Bauer Psi-Color Test cards with names of colors, audience vote for different colors and most popular color turns out to be the same as a color selected by a spectator
1981 The Compleat Magick — Volume III (Issue 277) 1383
Gerald Kosky Scorpio Rising 24 index cards, two are selected and marked, cards are in clock layout and both end up at same number
1981 The Compleat Magick — Volume III (Issue 283) 1413
Howard A. Adams, Bob Wagner Monopotestrio mindreading, coincidence and a prediction using a Monopoly game set
1981 OICUFESP (Issue 7 - Matheight Miracles) 16
Thomas Alan Waters Pointalism a knife is stabbed in tarot book and one in a tarot deck, page describes card
1982 Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Grymwyr) 274
Thomas Alan Waters Tarotate a knife is stabbed in tarot book and suspended by two fingers of two spectators, tarot deck is dealt and on some point the book and knife turn, the deal is stopped and the card matches the tarot card described in the book
1982 Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Grymwyr) 277
Thomas Alan Waters Thinky seven glass vials in envelopes, spectator finds the one filled with ink
Inspired by
  • Orville Meyer's "Think Ink" in "Magic in the Modern Manner"
1982 Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Octasm) 334
Eric Mason, Barrie Richardson Bingo or Raffle Movement box with paper balls, different numbers written on them, spectator names a number and selects that one
1982 A Boon for All Seasons 30
Al Mann The Knight's Gambit named chess figure is predicted, red circle in a chess book around figure, with a letter
1982 The Knight's Gambit 1
Al Mann A Word in Orbit word is named by spectator, same word is marked in other book, forcing book
1982 The Knight's Gambit 4
Norman Houghton Love Match spectator and performer shuffle envelopes and pair them up, inside are names of celebrity pairs, they match
1982 Fork Full of Appetizers 65
Thomas Alan Waters On the Color-Counting Frame color forcing chart based on Stanley Collins and Ernest Noakes color-counting frame
Related to 1983 Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Mindscript 3: The Symbol Test) 435
Paul Brignall 50337 calculator force, name of a selected city when number is turned over
1983 Spell-Binder (Vol. 3 No. 29) 558
Thomas Alan Waters Speakay six people write something on a piece of paper, performer thinks of one and asks one person to stand forward, the word thought of matches the person
Related to 1984 Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Thynk) 607
Thomas Alan Waters Quinsation five signed card (after a psychometry act) are numbered by the performer, spectators name a number each and they match with their signed cards
1985 Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Myxtyr) 671
Thomas Alan Waters Synchrowave two decks, same card is selected
Inspired by 1985 Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Mystyx) 691
Thomas Alan Waters Zodiaccount approach to a book test, two persons, opened page by adding numbers is a compatibility reading for spectator's two star signs
1985 Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue Fynys) 737
Paul Curry Probability Zero No. 2, ten business cards are numbered from one to ten on one side and the cards shuffled and turned over, spectator selects cards and the numbers from one to ten are written on the other side, they match
Also published here 1985 Self-Working Paper Magic 3
Karl Fulves A Winter's Tale No. 56, performer choses one of five pictures, spectator one of five titles, they match, all titles describe the same picture
1985 Self-Working Paper Magic 99
Thomas Alan Waters Pyratarot thought of tarot card matches selected one and prediction
Inspired by 1987 Mind, Myth & Magick (Issue T.A.R.O.T.) 778
Karl Fulves Match Mates No. 39, two spectators move three different-colored silks or objects around and matches occur
1988 Self-Working Handkerchief Magic 115
Bev Bergeron The Miracle of Synchronous Watches performer and spectator turn stem of wrist watches and stop wherever they want, same time
1989 Predicting Time 17
Diabelli Runen spectator draws a rune symbol on piece of paper which is then sealed in envelope, other spectator selects rune stone with same symbol
1991 Allerlei Experi-Mentales 27
Diabelli Nomen Est Omen fake check is placed in envelope, lots of envelopes are handed to the spectators, with a book consisting of first names, names are selected by accident and if one in the audience has the same name, he has to shout, first person who shouts owns the envelope with the fake check
1991 Allerlei Experi-Mentales 36
Philip T. Goldstein Symbue color cards, thought of color & design spelled to, progressive speller principle
1994 Thabbatical 12
Philip T. Goldstein Pangmaster letter/word tiles used for a coincidence
1994 Thabbatical 27
Philip T. Goldstein, Stewart James Shufflegram inspired by Stewart James "Webster Had A Word For It" (Linking Ring)
  • First Avenue
  • Second Avenue
1994 Thabbatical 38
Philip T. Goldstein, Karl Fulves Yada pack with ten arrow cards
Inspired by 1994 Thabbatical 59
Al Mann The VIP's Choice waitress and spectator write the same number, opener move
1994 Challenges 5
John Riggs ESP 2000 six business cards are numbered from one to six on one side and the cards shuffled and turned over, spectator selects cards and the numbers from one to six are written on the other side, they match
Inspired by
  • Ormond McGill's "ESP Guessing Game"
Related to
1994 The Trapdoor — Volume Three (Issue 51) 922
John Riggs ESP Guessing Game 2000 six blank cards are numbered, spectator guesses where which number is and he is right
Inspired by
  • Orville Meyer's "The ESP Guessing Game"
Related to
1995 The Magic of John Riggs 59
Anthony Lindan Positive I.D. blank card is put in name badge plastic and performer's name appear, at the same time spectator choses one of several business cards and it's the performer's one
1995 The Minotaur (Vol. 7 No. 4) 1
Karrell Fox Take Your Pick car key tags chosen from change bag, all the same brand, trade show presentation
1995 Much Ado About Something 84
Richard Bartram, Jr. Kill the Messenger voodoo effect, picture is pierced and performer bleeds at same place
1997 Trephine 127
Karl Fulves His & Hers "New Maps", two papers with sixteen squares filled out with names by girl and her boyfriend and cut into loose squares, their own names are in same position
1998 Mutus Nomen 61
Christoph Borer, Michel Gammenthaler Hoops a daisy spectator selects a zodiac card among twelve from a clear bag, it matches his zodiac sign
1999 Anam Clara 27
Karl Fulves Romeo and Carol "Three Tricks"
names written on both ends of four pieces of paper, torn in half, pairs made, matching people are combined, Ramasee Principle
1999 Latter Day Secrets (Issue 1) 20
Bob Still Color View spectators draw pictures on different-colored papers, torn up and tossed in clear plastic bag with more already torn up pieces, four matching pieces of chosen picture taken out by performer
Related to 2000 Latter Day Secrets (Issue 3) 53
Chan Canasta Experiment in Concerted Motion two people make the same movements
2000 Chan Canasta — A Remarkable Man 105
Paul Curry Probability Zero ten business cards are numbered from one to ten on one side and the cards shuffled and turned over, spectator selects cards and the numbers from one to ten are written on the other side, they match, first in "Sealed Miracles 1", 1944
Related toVariationsAlso published here 2001 Paul Curry's Worlds Beyond 139
Paul Curry Padding add a number coincidence, first published in "Something Borrowed, Something New", 1941
Variations 2001 Paul Curry's Worlds Beyond 156
David Berglas The Mexican Hat Dance six men choose different hats to music and when the music stops the selection is examined after several rounds all six wear the same hats
2002 The Mind & Magic of David Berglas 267
David Berglas Coloured Discs Four spectators select different colored balls from a box and put them in their pockets, then they get a board with a color matrix on one side and numbers on the other. A number is selected and the color matrix faced to the audience, eventually the performer divines the remaining ball in the box, each color and in which pocket it is and when the selected number is counted on the matrix it matches their selection. As a kicker a prediction of the remaining ball is shown
Related to 2002 The Mind & Magic of David Berglas 291
David Berglas Coincidental Colours brief, same as Coloured Discs
Related to 2002 The Mind & Magic of David Berglas 342
Tom Costas Picture Cards Coincidence probability coincidence using cards with images on them
2002 Latter Day Secrets (Issue 7) 240
Ali Bongo Sympathetic Colours two spectator selects same colored ball from bag
2003 Lecture Notes - Morges 2003 8
Luke Jermay Phone Predicton three cards are predicted and random numbers add up to performers cell phone number
2004 The Coral Fang 32
David Acer Mitosis two spectators each write down sic digit numbers, add them together, calls that number on a phone, turns out to be magician's cellphone number
Also published here 2004 Random Acts of Magic 290
Jay Sankey Drew as I Drew two scribblings made with pen on business cards without looking match
Inspired by 2004 Sankey Unleashed 131
Barrie Richardson Impromptu Psychic Matching business cards torn in quarters to make two sets of five symbols, matching with those
Inspired by
  • Hen Fetsch's "Symbologic"
Also published here
  • Club 71, Christmas 2002
2005 Act Two 74
Karl Fulves Comedy Central presentation of Doubling Box with cards that have punchlines and jokes on them, only a specific joke matches its punchline when cards are turned up simultaneously
Inspired by 2006 Prolix (Issue 1) 34
Oliver Meech Final Signature Spectator selects only business card that is not already written on
2009 The Plot Thickens 70
David Acer Mitosis two spectators each write down sic digit numbers, add them together, calls that number on a phone, turns out to be magician's cellphone number
Also published here 2011 More Power to You 149
Barrie Richardson Symbologic Revisited coins with colored stickers, two sets of five, spectator matches colors unseen in two phases
  • Phase I - Three Matches
  • Phase II - Five Matches
Inspired by
  • Hen Fetsch's "Symbologic"
Also published here
  • The Magician, Aug./Sep. 2006
2011 Curtain Call 93
Christoph Borer Die Übereinstimmung two spectators select two objects with the same symbol on it
2012 Endlose Möglichkeiten 8
Christoph Borer Schamanische Steine two stones are selected which have the same symbol on it
2012 Endlose Möglichkeiten 8
Christoph Borer Herzen der Liebe couple selects two heart-stones, they have the same symbol on the back
2012 Endlose Möglichkeiten 9
Dr. Stanley Jaks You Cross as I Cross spectator and performer make a cross on a page in a book with the same title, it's the same page
Also published here 2014 The Incredible Dr. Jaks 245
Michael Weber Making Things Right two rows of three coins are formed and coins exchanged according to diagram, afterwards the coins are paired, credit information
Inspired by 2015 Making Things Right 4
Michael Weber The UnMixologist presentation of "Making Things Right" in which cocktails are matched with garnishes via diagram instructions
Related to 2015 Making Things Right 11
Michael Weber UnMixed Marriages presentation of "Making Things Right" in which three married couples stand back-to-back and are matched via diagram instructions
Related to 2015 Making Things Right 11
Michael Weber 4 Sided Triangle - Weber Notes variation with a word instead of cards
Inspired by 2015 The Black Book of Mentalism 15
Christoph Borer Die Catha-Zettel spectator selects one of five billets on which is written "may the show begin", on the other billets are humorous remarks
Related to 2016 21 26
Christoph Borer Die Reiseprospekte out of this world with travel brochures, one have a cross the other a check mark
Related to 2016 21 30
Christoph Borer Kloincidence matching routine with toilet signs, male / female
2016 21 39
Christoph Borer Lea cards with tombstones, names written on them, selection was named before trick begun
2016 21 110
Harapan Ong On Apophenia and Coincidence Effects I: An anecdote (impossible vs. improbable)
II: Infusing Intention
III: Connecting random dots
IV: Another anecdote ( "trick that cannot be explained")
V: References
2018 Principia 216
Dexter Cleveland Punchlines cards with jokes matching cards with punchlines, Ramasee Principle, same idea as Becker's Punch Lines
Related to
  • Larry Becker's "Punch Lines" in "Stunners!" 1992. P. 221.
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