103 entries in Cards / Effect Themes / Gags & Curiousities / Matrix Layouts & Tapestry
  
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Unknown Das Wiederfinden zweier Karten matrix-layout, magician's choice of two cards
Related to 1896 Der moderne Kartenkünstler 50
Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser Prof. Hofzinser's Geheimnis "Die isolierte Karte", spectator locates card via matrix-layout of deck on table and magician's choice
Related to 1896 Der moderne Kartenkünstler 51
Unknown Das Kartenquadrat dealing a square with all Sevens, Eights, Nines and Tens so that no values repeat in rows or columns
1896 Der moderne Kartenkünstler 94
Unknown Der Erraten mehrerer Karten Jacks, Queens, Kings and Aces are dealt out repeatedly in square formation, but it is not clear to what purpose
1896 Der moderne Kartenkünstler 96
Unknown Erraten von Karten durch Quadrate with square layout on table and four, five, six or seven spectators
1896 Der moderne Kartenkünstler 99
Friedrich W. Conradi-Horster Gezwungene Wahl magician's choice from 32 cards and layout on table
Related to 1896 Der moderne Kartenkünstler 121
Unknown Der allwissende Künstler "by H. Sch., Dresden", deck laid out on table, performer can find any named card from the back, switched for stacked deck
Dec. 1896 Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 2 No. 4) 60
Theodore Annemann Contest Dept. square layout, mini-sudoku-type puzzle
1939 The Jinx 51-100 (Issue Winter Extra 1938/39) 373
Orville Wayne Meyer Finding the Pairs twelve mate pairs distributed, spectator turns up a card and performer instantly the mate, repeated
1939 The Magic Annual for 1938 and 1939 26
Russell "Rusduck" Duck 32 selection process with square layout
Variations 1946 The Phoenix 101-150 (Issue 109) 439
Harry Lorayne Ten Card Puzzler layout puzzle, turning cards face-up one by one by counting to four multiple times
Variations 1964 Personal Secrets 49
Harry Lorayne, Thomas Alan Waters The Card Pyramid mathematical layout of spot cards, end result is predicted, for Waters credit see reference
Related to 1967 Deck-Sterity 45
Paul Swinford Psychedelic packet cut off, values added, matrix layout, new deck order
Variations 1968 Faro Fantasy 33
Ken Beale, Russell "Rusduck" Duck, Marvin Johnson 32 Deal Duplicated selection process with square layout, combination of Ken Beale's "Square Deal" (Ibidem #23) and Rusduck
Inspired by 1970 Hierophant (Issue 3) 126
Martin Gardner Paradox Papers paper with numbers in a 4x4 grid is folded into small square, edges cut off, then all even numbers are one way and the odds another, application with cards, Steve Shimm suggestion, tapestry handling, see also p. 521 for Gene Nielson handling, H. E. Dudeney
Inspired by
  • Henry Dudeny puzzle from "Modern Puzzles" (1926)
Related toVariationsAlso published here
July 1971 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 6 No. 9) 429
Karl Fulves Hex Squared 4x4 layout, spectator moves around according to fixed rules and ends on force card, see also p. 512 and also p. 550 for ideas by "Eddie" Cowles and Karl Fulves
Related toVariationsAlso published here Nov. 1971 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 7 No. 1) 466
Jack Lottey Electronic Cards square layout of nine cards, instruction on tape, based on Martin Gardner routine
Related to 1971 The Compleat Magick — Volume I (Issue 30) 148
Stephen Minch Towering Prediction cards are laid out and spectator follows instruction from a tape recorder
Related toAlso published here 1974 The Book of Thoth 31
Martin Gardner Parity Bet eleven cards on table with one free section, sliding task for spectator as bet
Jan. 1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9 No. 3) 700
Alex Elmsley Parity Failure some cards from 5x5 cards layout are turned over according to rules, condition is called out and on one card is lied
Also published here 1979 The Chronicles (Issue 20) 1255
Alex Elmsley Parity Failure some cards from 5x5 cards layout are turned over according to rules, condition is called out and on one card is lied
Related toVariationsAlso published here 1980 Curioser 38
Karl Fulves A Four-Bit Trick card in square layout of face-up/face-down cards turned over and divined
Related to 1980 Curioser 43
Karl Fulves Hex Squared 4x4 layout, spectator moves around according to fixed rules and ends on force card
Also published here 1980 Curioser 44
Sam Schwartz Forced March 4x4 layout, spectator moves around according to fixed rules and ends on force card
Inspired by 1980 Curioser 54
Sam Schwartz, Karl Fulves The Square Ring 4x4 layout, spectator moves around according to fixed rules and ends on force card, only three instructions
Inspired byAlso published here 1980 Curioser 55
Karl Fulves The Gathering Ace through Four in square formation turn over one by one under cover, then change to Aces, posed as problem
1981 Interlocutor (Issue 46) 183
Karl Fulves Hex Squared No. 65, 4x4 layout, spectator moves around according to fixed rules and ends on force card
Also published here 1984 More Self-Working Card Tricks 96
Karl Fulves, Sam Schwartz The Square Ring No. 66, 4x4 layout, spectator moves around according to fixed rules and ends on force card, only three instructions
Also published here 1984 More Self-Working Card Tricks 97
Martin Gardner Paradox Papers No. 9, paper with numbers in a 4x4 grid is folded into small square, edges cut off, then all even numbers are one way and the odds another, application with card values on paper or card layout (chosen card turned over is only odd-colored at the end)
Also published here 1985 Self-Working Paper Magic 18
Philip T. Goldstein, Toni Koynini Throw Rug card revealed via red-black pattern in layout of 7x7 cards on table, inspired by Toni Koynini's "Karpet" (Magic Wand, March 1953)
1986 Amperthand 8
David Britland The Four Bit Machine number cards from 1 to 16, put in square formation and four are selected, their total predicted
1986 Psychomancy 51
Stephen Minch Towering Prediction cards are laid out and spectator follows instruction from written scroll
Also published here 1987 The Three Faces of Steve 27
Karl Fulves Clocking The Deck clock layout on table, made smaller and smaller via elimination, Blackjack remains
Inspired by 1988 The Chronicles (Issue 31) 1369
Karl Fulves Connect the Dots card layout on table, number cards are used to designate some of those cards, they're connected and the resulting line forms a letter that the spectator chose from a deck of alphabet cards
1988 The Chronicles (Issue 35) 1412
Roger A. Golde How Classics are Born!
Inspired by Nov. 1991 Apocalypse Vol. 11-15 (Vol. 14 No. 11) 1993
Richard Vollmer Mr. Koenig's Tapestry dealing a 4x4 square
Variations Mar. 1991 Apocalypse Vol. 11-15 (Vol. 14 No. 3) 1902
Tom Daugherty Choices
Inspired by Dec. 1992 Apocalypse Vol. 11-15 (Vol. 15 No. 12) 2153
Michael DeMarco Mr. Koenig finds your card matrix layout
Feb. 1993 Apocalypse Vol. 16-20 (Vol. 16 No. 2) 2181
Karl Fulves Wraparound credit comment on the tapestry procedure, Tom Daugherty's "Folderol"
Related to 1993 Verbatim (Issue 3) 20
Alex Elmsley Parity Failure some cards from 5x5 cards layout are turned over according to rules, condition is called out and on one card is lied
Also published here 1994 The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley — Volume 2 392
Karl Fulves Day One date chosen by choosing some face-up and face-down cards from grid layout, looked up in diary, card noted there predicted, tapestry
Variations 1994 Crooked Tales 35
Karl Fulves Triumph With Math tapestry layout and foldover
1994 Crooked Tales 39
Karl Fulves Foldover Notes
Related to 1994 Crooked Tales 40
Karl Fulves Alpha Matrix 6x5 grid of cards, rows and columns selected via values from other deck until 1 card remains, it's odd-backed
1994 Crooked Tales 73
Karl Fulves Matrix Notes
1994 Crooked Tales 74
Karl Fulves Unthought cards chosen by spectator in 4x4 layout find color-matches, other cards don't
1994 Crooked Tales 76
Karl Fulves Unpaired Poker value matchings in 4x4 layout
1994 Crooked Tales 77
Karl Fulves Pile-Up six-card pyramid layout, top card switch consecutively downwards to base, total of bottom row predicted "with reasonable accuracy", inspired by Drop Case carnival con game
Variations 1994 Crooked Tales 124
Mel Bennett Three Card Tricks six-card pyramid layout, folding, number nine can be forced
  • Cheaper By The Dozen (forcing twelve)
  • At The Strike of 10 (ten-card pyramid, forced 25)
Inspired byAlso published here 1994 Verbatim (Issue 10) 119
Martin Gardner The Pyramid Spell using some pyramid layout on the table, two versions
1995 Arcane (Issue 14) 198
Arthur Setterington The Square Deal No. 24, 3x3 layout with twelve cards, center cards added give forced number, card at this position predicted
Related to 1995 Self-Working Close-up Card Magic 43
Simon Aronson Moves and Removes marker moved on 3x3 layout, final card predicted, with 4x4 "Sixteen Card Version" on p. 30
Related to
  • Martin Gardner Presents (1993), p. 149
1995 Simply Simon 19
Karl Fulves The Nine-Cent Card Trick No. 63, nine cards in square and nine pennies laid out, one chosen, card and date on coin on it divined, using a confederate
1995 Easy Magic 89
Jon Racherbaumer The Spectator Works Harder to Triumph tapestry routine with sixteen cards, only selection remains reversed
Inspired by
  • Peter Duffie routine
1995 MO — Modus Operandi (Issue 7) 25
Volkmar Mrasek Haptap
Inspired by Feb. 1996 Apocalypse Vol. 16-20 (Vol. 19 No. 2) 2608
Karl Fulves Power of One pyramid layout with cards, orientation is reversed and values reverse with it, two methods
Inspired byRelated to
  • "Paranoiac Pyramid" (Shigeo Futagawa, Jan. 1992, Genii)
1997 The Vampire Chronicles 58
Martin Gardner A Curious Number Force Ace through Nine in 3x3 layout
Related to 1997 Underworld (Issue 5) 62
Karl Fulves After Hummer separating reds and blacks behind back, involving a layout on a grid on the table by spectator
1998 Combo 46
Gus Davenport Flipping Swindle five cards laid out in cross formation, cards have to be dropped onto the formation so that it is eventually covered completely, with gags
1998 Vis à Vis 58
Jack Avis Folding Numbers paper with numbers in a 4x4 grid is folded into small square, edges cut off, sum of one orientation predicted, parity
Inspired by 1998 Vis à Vis 86
Jack Avis Magical Sucuba 4x4 matrix, some number coincidences occur
1998 Vis à Vis 110
Karl Fulves 4th Dimensional Chess twelve cards in matrix layout, spectator rotates layout and moves according to instructions, later performer is able to get to same final position
Related to 1999 Underworld (Issue 10) 136
Karl Fulves The Tesseract red-backed and blue-backed cards in 4x4 layout, spectator places marker on layout and thinks of an Ace, he moves around and finds the Ace
Related to 1999 Underworld (Issue 10) 137
Karl Fulves Theory Z four-card square with Ace, Four, King and Nine, instruction game, final card predicted
1999 The Fine Print (Issue 10) 334
Justin Higham Square-Rigged Ace through Queen mixed and dealt in 3x3 square formation by spectator, center cards added and used to count to selection, credit information
Inspired by
  • "Exit" (Stephen Tucker, Abra #2164, July 18th 1987)
Related toVariationsAlso published here
  • Precursor #23, May 1989
1999 Arcardia 95
Jerry Mentzer Nine Way Variant nine cards in square, one chosen via instructions, winner/loser written on other side
Inspired by
  • "Kane's Variant" (Peter Kane)
2000 Card File Two 129
Karl Fulves Card Recalled unknown card signed on back found with Hex Squared instructions
2001 Hex Squared 8
Karl Fulves Restoration four red-backed and 4 blue-backed cards torn in half, one card signed on face and a half kept, card chosen from 3x5 square made from rest, matching half found
2001 Hex Squared 40
Karl Fulves Outguessed performer and spectator have five cards each, spectator choses another card from grid layout according to rules and can replace one of his or performer's cards with it, still performer has better poker hand
2001 Hex Squared 52
Karl Fulves Spellathon 3x4 card layout on table, card selected via instructions and spelled to in rest of deck to find selected card
2001 Hex Squared 73
Karl Fulves Hex Minus goal of the square is to prohibit spectator from reaching certain square, 12-card monte in which spectators cannot get to winning card
2001 Hex Squared 82
Karl Fulves 4 x 4 x 4 not only red & black, but 4 suits that are used in rules
2001 Hex Squared 85
Karl Fulves Gamble Ramble spectator choses cards in layout according to rules, black cards added and red subtracted, total predicted, four-way approach
2001 Hex Squared 87
Karl Fulves Percentage Poker performer and spectator draw hole card from face-up deck, then four cards chosen from 4x4 layout, even though spectator goes first he loses
Related to
  • "Swindle & Cheat" (1991)
2001 Hex Squared 90
Karl Fulves Alice Plays Chess Hex Squared variation in which spectator can rotate board and start on any color
2001 Hex Squared 107
Karl Fulves, Bob Hummer Psychic Map No. 69, fifteen cards in matrix layout on table, some are turned over, covered with newspaper, performer reaches underneath and adjusts, when newspaper is removed all face-up cards are red and vice versa
2001 New Self-Working Card Tricks 104
Mel Bennett A Perfect Strike No. 72, ten-card layout folded and some values added to force a number
Also published here 2001 New Self-Working Card Tricks 111
Martin Gardner, Robert Brethen Mind Matrix No. 92, square layout of nine cards, instruction game with prediction of final card
Related to 2001 New Self-Working Card Tricks 138
Karl Fulves Revelation by Design No. 95, instruction game with sixteen card layout
2001 New Self-Working Card Tricks 143
Karl Fulves Flip Over Mystery No. 20, folding with matrix layout, two cards previously chosen are only odd-colored either face-up or face-down, or more subtle with odd-even
2001 My Best Self-Working Card Tricks 40
Karl Fulves Any Named Ace No. 50, red and blue backed cards mixed, sixteen-card square dealt out, spectator moves coin around to instructions and ends up on previously named Ace
2001 My Best Self-Working Card Tricks 116
Karl Fulves Mate In 5 5x5 layout, two spectators move poker chips according to rules, outcome predicted
  • Psychic Sub (variation as Battleship game)
  • Mate Finesse
Inspired by
  • "Remove Viewing" (Sam Schwartz, Discoverie #5)
2001 Latter Day Secrets (Issue 5) 141
Karl Fulves Memory Poker 5x5 layout of face-up card, two cards exchanged while performer is not looking, those are divined
2003 Off The Books (Issue 6) 96
John Bannon Degrees Of Freedom CATO, Koenig's Tapestry, combo to produce royal flush
Variations 2004 Dear Mr. Fantasy 128
John Bannon Origami Poker CATO, Koenig's Tapestry, combo to produce royal flush
2004 Dear Mr. Fantasy 144
John Bannon Perfect Strangers CATO, Koenig's Tapestry, prediction combo with rainbow packet
Variations 2004 Dear Mr. Fantasy 155
William Goodwin Postcards Prediction CATO, Koenig's Tapestry, prediction combo with postcards instead of playing cards
2004 Dear Mr. Fantasy 158
John Bannon The Works explanation of CATO principle and the Koenig's Tapestry fold (Dudeney Folding)
  • First Principles
  • Isolating Target Cards
  • Rlues Of Engagement
  • The Folding Phase
Related to 2004 Dear Mr. Fantasy 159
Karl Fulves Pyramid Poker twelve card layout on table, named type of poker hand build at the end
2007 Word Play 24
Karl Fulves Match Game twelve cards laid out face-down in matrix, match game played (turning up two cards and finding matches), performer wins
Related to 2007 Word Play 27
Karl Fulves The Rank And File chosen red card ends up in black packet and vice versa
  • Memory 101
2007 Word Play 38
Karl Fulves The Even Couple match game problem
Related to 2007 Word Play 69
Stewart James Ontene Prediction Sixteen cards dealt into four by four square, magician predicts the sum of any chosen row or column
Also published here
  • Handwritten notes, June 1983
2007 The Essential Stewart James 175
Lennart Green The Terrorist (CNN, BCC, FBI, CIA, KGB)
  • I. The Escape (spelling, Double Replacement)
  • II. The Hunting
  • III. The Capture
    • 1. The Da Vinci Code (simple spelling of a phrase to reveal the card)
    • 2. The Scanning Machine (anti-faro elimination)
    • 3. The Puzzle-Master (tapestry)
    • Other Alternatives to Find the Card
2008 The Green Northern Lights Magic 38
Oliver Meech Not Seeing The Wood For The Trees Red cards laid out on table forms shape of 7 Diamonds
2009 The Plot Thickens 20
Stephen Minch Apocalypse Later nine cards with persons on them laid out, spectator moves according to instructions, final resting place predicted, credit information on the parity instruction game
Also published here
  • Genii, April 1992
2009 The Book of Forgotten Secrets 129
Steve Beam Square Dance square layout routine with cards, counting the sides, mathematical, revelation at end
2010 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 8 28
Bob Farmer Face-Up Blackjack
VariationsAlso published here
  • MAGIC, 1997
2015 The Bammo Ten Card Deal Dossier 347
Roy Walton Grid and Bear It
Variations 2015 The Bammo Ten Card Deal Dossier 356
Harold Cataquet Grid and Bear It II
Inspired by 2015 The Bammo Ten Card Deal Dossier 357
Harry Lorayne Puzzling Magic ten card layout puzzle, turning cards face-up one by one by counting to four multiple times, incorporating selection
Inspired by 2015 JawDroppers! 60
Bob Farmer Impromptu Version "One One No Is Once Enough Is Not Enough Is Not Enough"
one of five cards
Also published here 2017 The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox 81
David Solomon Folded Discovery 4x4 matrix layout, folding tapestry, all of one color end up reversed except selection
Inspired by 2018 Solomon's Secrets 31