171 entries in Cards / Effect Themes / Location / Twenty-One Card Trick
  
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Unknown Second Method 21 card trick, also with general number
Variations 1876 Modern Magic 43
Unknown Another Mode of Discovering a Card Thought of twenty-five cards, different dealing pattern
1876 Modern Magic 55
Unknown A Card having been thought of, to make such Card Vanish from the Pack, and be Discovered wherever the Performer pleases 27 cards, card palmed out and multiple endings suggested (pocket, transformation, on chair, ...)
1876 Modern Magic 83
Unknown To discover a card mentally selected
  • First Method
  • Second Method
1889 Tricks with Cards 68
Unknown Another Method 27-card trick with card-to-any-number table
1889 Tricks with Cards 87
Unknown Sixth Method
Inspired by 1890 More Magic 23
Unknown The ''Twenty-Seven Card" Trick "To cause a Card selected by one Spectator to appear at such number in the Pack as another Spectator may indicate"
piles picked up according to a table so thought-of card ends up in any position
1890 More Magic 32
Unknown Vingt-un Twenty-One Card Trick, but card is at the end palmed out and an envelope with a duplicate from an envelope index presented
1896 Der moderne Kartenkünstler 97
Charles T. Jordan The 49-Card Trick twenty-one card trick with forty-nine cards
Related to 1921 The Four Full Hands (Issue Four Full Hands of Card Tricks) 17
Audley Walsh The 32 Card Mystery
Also published here 1936 The Jinx 1-50 (Issue Winter Extra 1935/36) 86
Victor Farelli Three Sevens Variation on 21 card trick, card ends up in magician's pocket, meant to catch knowledgeable spectators off-guard
1936 Lend Me Your Pack 20
Victor Farelli Variation Alternative handling to Three Sevens to get rid of side steal
1936 Lend Me Your Pack 21
George C. Hanneman New Card Math binary sorting with sixteen cards
1938 The Jinx 1-50 (Issue 42) 289
Charles T. Jordan Forty-Nine 21 card trick with 49 cards and two dealing rounds, see also page 524 for idea to do it as telephone trick by Lloyd Jones
1940 The Jinx 51-100 (Issue 78) 513
Kent Arthur Eerie Cards using eight cards, card finally spelled to
Related toVariations 1940 The Jinx 101-151 (Issue 101) 615
H. G. Cleveland The Triple Deal improved 21 card trick
1941 The Jinx 101-151 (Issue 130) 748
Shaman 21 Plus spectator guesses in which row his card is, in the end the card is found by spelling "This is the card you took"
Related toAlso published here 1942 The Phoenix 1-50 (Issue 24) 101
Frederick Braue Incredo Thought new dealing pattern
1943 Tricks and Sleights 25
Audley Walsh The 32 Card Mystery
Also published here 1943 Full Deck of Impromptu Card Tricks 13
Unknown Twenty-One Cards - A Double Prediction using in the hands antifaro
1948 The Fine Art of Magic 175
L. Vosburgh Lyons, James A. Fowler Howdy Knowit! with 27 cards, three piles, performer knows selection and position
1950 The Phoenix 201 — 250 (Issue 210) 840
Jack Yeager 54 Card Trick done with 54 cards, sentence spelled to find card
Also published here
  • Jack Yeager's "Second Portfolio of Tricks"
1951 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1951) 3
Edward Marlo 21 Card Trick Streamlined
Also published here 1953 The Cardician 134
Shaman 21 Plus spectator guesses in which row his card is, in the end the card is found by spelling "This is the card you took"
Also published here 1956 The Best in Magic 104
Shaman 21 Plus spectator guesses in which row his card is, in the end the card is found by spelling "This is the card you took"
Also published here 1956 The New Phoenix 301-348 (Issue 336) 154
Bert Allerton Streamliner with eighteen cards
VariationsAlso published here 1956 The New Phoenix 301-348 (Issue 337) 158
Joseph Diez Gergonne From Gergonne to Gargantua Chapter intro, describes Gergonne's Pile Problem, which is basically the 21 card trick using twenty seven cards
Related toVariations 1956 Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 33
Unknown Naming the Position of the Card 21 card trick with twenty seven cards, spectator can assemble the piles in any way
Related to 1956 Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 34
Unknown Bringing the Card to a Named Position 21 card trick with twenty seven cards, spectator can name what the final position of the selection should be in the packet
Related toVariations 1956 Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 35
Thomas Walker Walker's Method Easier method for Gergonne's Pile Problem, lets spectator name the position of the selected card
Inspired byRelated to 1956 Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 36
Unknown Naming the Card 21 card trick with twenty seven cards, magician can name the selection at the end
Related to 1956 Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 38
Mel Stover Relation to Ternary System 21 card trick with twenty seven cards, mathematical relation to ternary counting system
Related toVariations 1956 Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 39
Mel Stover Gargantua's Ten-pile Problem 21 card trick but done with TEN BILLION PLAYING CARDS
Inspired byRelated to 1956 Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 40
Bert Allerton The New 21 Card Trick with eighteen cards
Also published here 1958 The Close-Up Magician 31
Edward Marlo The Acrobatic 21
1968 On the Acrobatic Cards 63
Edward Marlo 21 Plus Subtlety for correction see reference
Related toAlso published here 1972 Kabbala — Volume 1 (Vol. 1 No. 7) 57
Edward G. Brown, Trevor H. Hall Modernism in Mentalism and the Clueless Card Trick comments about think-a-card effects
Inspired by
  • Ralph Hull's "Modernism in Mentalism"
1973 The Card Magic of Edward G. Brown 115
Stephen Minch The Magician's Choice 21 card trick, with tarot cards
1974 The Book of Thoth 5
Eddie Joseph Hocus-Pocus No. 45, three five-cards packets, spectator thinks of a card, deals out five packets, pockets the one with selection and performer extracts it
1976 Self-Working Card Tricks 68
Cicardi Mind Boggler with ten symbol cards, testing spectators abilities of precognition three times
1976 The Compleat Magick — Volume II (Issue 152) 759
John F. Mendoza An Old Card Trick Made New spectator cuts off packet, remembers bottom card, shuffles and deal packet in three piles, card immediately named
Related to 1979 Close-up Presentations 94
John Cornelius Fake 21 card trick fake for magicians
1980 Cornelius Card System 6
Howard A. Adams Matheight principle, Ace to Eight of a suit are used, mentally chosen card is found after three deals, then both piles have same total, removed card can be named
Inspired by 1981 OICUFESP (Issue 7 - Matheight Miracles) 1
Unknown The Twenty One Card Trick
1982 Simple yet Effective Tricks with Cards 50
Edward Marlo Nouveau 21-Card-Trick
  • The Work
  • Third Phase
  • Fourth Phase
  • Fifth Phase
  • Sixth Phase (Gag)
  • Blow-Off Phase I
  • Blow-Off Phase II
Related toVariations 1983 Marlo without Tears 146
Edward Marlo The 27-Card Trick: Streamlined
1983 Marlo without Tears 171
Stephen Tucker 21-5 = Immortality with 16 cards
1983 Spell-Binder (Vol. 3 No. 28) 535
Philip T. Goldstein Out of Sorts thought-of card (from eight) found and named with back turned
1984 Thequal 5
Steve Draun Draun's Swindle 21-Card Trick one phase
Related toAlso published here 1984 At The Table 146
Barrie Richardson Less Is More mixed with the gestalt of the 21 card trick
1985 Pabular (Vol. 8 No. 10) 1287
Steve Draun The Twenty-One Card Trick Routine three phases
Related toAlso published here 1987 The Magic of Steve Draun 31
Peter Duffie Home Computer three packets of ten cards, reverse faros
1987 Inspirations 19
Karl Fulves This Is It! with sixteen cards and two deals into four rows
1989 Easy-to-Do Card Tricks for Children 12
Bob King Comeback
1989 Magician Foolers 12
Edward Marlo Math Applied sixteen cards and reverse faros, four effects
Related to 1990 That's It 55
Simon Aronson Memorized Math on memorized deck in combination with mathematical principles
  • Stay Stacks
  • Counting
  • Interlocking Chains (also with one-way backs)
  • Duck and Deal (with formulas)
1990 The Aronson Approach 113
Chris Kenner Must be 21 to enter streamlined
Related toVariationsAlso published here 1992 Totally Out Of Control 145
Steve Draun Twenty-One Again three phases
Also published here 1993 Secrets Draun from Underground 128
Edward Marlo, Lee Freed Lost Twenty-One Card Trick using reverse faros
Also published here 1993 The Olram File (Issue 14) 1
Peter Duffie The Eighteen Card Trick streamlined
1993 Card Selection 7
Chuck Smith Imaginary 21 Card Trick in effect a card is chosen under table and named by magician
VariationsAlso published here 1994 What If? 12
Philip T. Goldstein Van John
Inspired by
  • Tom Seller's "The Name Speller" (Immediate Magic)
Also published here
1994 Thabbatical 99
John Scarne Scarne Card Problems
  • 21 Card Trick with two selections
  • Diagonal Palm Shift with two of three cards
1994 Verbatim (Issue 10) 145
Roger Crosthwaite Think-a-Card - Opening Remarks thoughts and references
  • The Selection of the Card
  • The Location of the Card
  • The Revelation of the Card
1994 Roger's Thesaurus 37
Doug Conn Another Invisible 21-Card Trick spectator pockets card, it is named
Inspired byAlso published here 1996 MO — Modus Operandi (Issue 8) 9
James Swain The Twenty-One Card Trick
VariationsAlso published here 1999 21st Century Card Magic 23
Andrew Wimhurst How to Cheat at 21
1999 Low Down Dirty Tricks 19
Milton Kort The Off-color Twenty-one-Card Trick twenty-one card trick with a color changing back ending, done as a magician gag/fooler
1999 Kort 49
Doug Conn Impossible 21 Card Trick spectator pockets card, it is named
Inspired byAlso published here 1999 Tricks of my Trade 105
Ellis Stanyon The Twenty-one Cards No. 6
1999 Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 4
Ellis Stanyon The Twenty-one Cards (Variations) No. 10, incorporating sleights
1999 Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 6
Ellis Stanyon The Twenty-seven Cards No. 9, selection ends up at named position, rules for collecting the piles
Variations 1999 Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 60
Ellis Stanyon To Detect Chosen Card Amongst Thirty-five No. 15, dealing seven rows of five each
1999 Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 66
Ellis Stanyon To Detect Chosen Card Amongst Fifty-two No. 16, thirteen rows of four each
1999 Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 66
Ellis Stanyon The Square of Twenty-five Cards No. 17
1999 Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 67
Ellis Stanyon To Discover Card (or Cards) Amongst Sixteen, After the Fourth Deal No. 25
1999 Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 72
Ellis Stanyon To Name a Card After Dealing Four Times No. 20, using the sixteen cards return to original order after four deals in two piles, position of a selection named
Related to 1999 Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 92
Ellis Stanyon To Discover a Card Chosen from Twenty-five No. 21, variation of referenced trick
Related to 1999 Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 93
Ellis Stanyon To Discover a Thought Card and Name It No. 27, with stack, selection divined at the end
Inspired byRelated to 1999 Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 96
Ellis Stanyon The "Twenty-seven" Card Trick without a "Key" No. 28
1999 Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks 97
Steve Beam The Of-Age Card Trick 21 card trick without dealing the cards multiple times
Also published here 2000 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 3 56
Steve Beam Pile Driver card is found by spelling
Also published here 2000 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 3 58
Steve Beam Turning 21 imitating the 21 card trick
  • 2-Selection Version
  • Infusion
Also published here 2000 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 3 60
Andrew Wimhurst How To Cheat At (the) 21 (card trick)
2001 Jiggery Pokery 4
David Malek The Malek Famous Twenty-One Card Trick parody, false card found which changes into right one with gag
2001 Rebel without a Pause 57
Jim Steinmeyer The Princess in a Crowd fifteen card matrix trick, no-touch
Variations 2006 Further Impuzzibilities 5
Ramón Riobóo The 52 Card Trick approach for the 21 card trick, using complete deck
2006 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 7 34
Ramón Riobóo Stock Pile approach for the 21 card trick, using more cards, similar to The 52 Card Trick
2006 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 7 35
Ian Baxter Deceitful 21-card Trick 18-card version
2007 Best of Friends — Volume III 68
Harry Lorayne Even More Deceitful eighteen-card version
2007 Best of Friends — Volume III 70
Michael Raeburn 80/21 80% success chance
2007 Best of Friends — Volume III 318
Tom Craven The 27-Card Trick
2007 Best of Friends — Volume III 452
Jack Parker Sunken 21 twenty-one Card Trick Variation
Inspired byAlso published here 2007 52 Memories 185
Jack Parker, David Solomon Invisible 21 card vanishes from packet of twenty-one cards, and reappears in packet
VariationsAlso published here 2007 52 Memories 188
Jack Parker Fake 21 twenty-one Card Trick (magician fooler)
2007 52 Memories 191
David Solomon The 21 Card Trick
  • Phase One: The Twenty-One Shuffle
  • Phase Two: Pure Twenty-One Card Vanish
Inspired byAlso published here 2007 The Wisdom of Solomon 47
Jon Racherbaumer Introduction credit information on the Twenty-One Card Trick
2007 7-7-7 7
Unknown The Old Gray Model standard method
  • Spelling Ending
  • Elaborate Ending (equivoque to let spectator locate his selection in layout)
2007 7-7-7 14
Jon Racherbaumer Distribution of Cards in the 21-Card Trick explanation of principle
2007 7-7-7 16
Jon Racherbaumer Obvious Avenues to Take
2007 7-7-7 18
Bert Allerton Streamliner with eighteen cards
Also published here 2007 7-7-7 19
Edward Marlo 21 Card Trick Streamlined
Also published here 2007 7-7-7 20
Edward Marlo 21 Plus Subtlety
Also published here 2007 7-7-7 23
Steve Draun Swindle 21-Card Trick
Also published here 2007 7-7-7 25
Bruce Cervon Streamliner II
  • An Extra Idea
Inspired by 2007 7-7-7 26
Edward Marlo, Jon Racherbaumer Post-Graduate 21 Card Trick
Inspired by 2007 7-7-7 28
Jack Parker Invisible 21 card vanishes from packet of twenty-one cards, and reappears in packet
Also published here 2007 7-7-7 31
Jack Parker Sunken 21
Also published here 2007 7-7-7 37
Jason Alford Alford's Mess Up idea
2007 7-7-7 41
Simon Aronson Tongue-in-Cheek 21-Card Trick
2007 7-7-7 41
Edward Marlo Colorful 21-Card Trick selection changes back color
2007 7-7-7 42
William Goldman Club 21
2007 7-7-7 46
Martin Sunshine The 21 Card Spelling Trick
Related toAlso published here
  • Scarne on Card Tricks (1950)
2007 7-7-7 48
Peter Duffie The 18 Card Trick
2007 7-7-7 49
Philip T. Goldstein Van John
Also published here 2007 7-7-7 50
Michael Powers The 7-Card 21 Card Trick with spelling
  • Telephone Method
2007 7-7-7 52
James Swain The 21 Card Trick optional spelling
Also published here 2007 7-7-7 56
Gene Castillon Random 21 Spell
Related to 2007 7-7-7 59
Steve Bryant The World's Most Obscene 21-Card Trick filthy spelling
Inspired by 2007 7-7-7 63
Ramón Riobóo Millennial 21-card Trick
2007 7-7-7 67
David Stahl An Old Card Trick Made New
Also published here
  • Don't Stall, Stahl! (1978, p. 15)
2007 7-7-7 70
Chris Kenner Must Be 21 to Enter
Also published here 2007 7-7-7 71
Ramón Riobóo 21-Card Salute
2007 7-7-7 73
Jon Racherbaumer Clubbed 21
Inspired by 2007 7-7-7 75
Edward Marlo, Lee Freed Lost 21 Card Trick reverse faros
Also published here 2007 7-7-7 77
Bruce Cervon Mental Streamliner
Inspired by 2007 7-7-7 79
Paul Gordon When I Was 21
2007 7-7-7 82
Lewis Jones Son of the 21 Card Trick
2007 7-7-7 84
Steve Beam Turning 21
  • Two Selection Version
  • Infusion
Also published here 2007 7-7-7 86
Steve Beam Pile Driver card is found by spelling
Also published here 2007 7-7-7 92
Steve Beam The Of-Age Card Trick
Also published here 2007 7-7-7 95
David (Foote) Drake Twist on the 21 Card Trick card vanishes and travels somewhere
Also published here
  • The Linking Ring (July 1984)
2007 7-7-7 98
Brent Braun Princess 21 Card Trick card to pocket ending
2007 7-7-7 99
Jon Racherbaumer Moe's 21 move-a-card with twenty-one cards
2007 7-7-7 100
Jon Racherbaumer X-Rated 21 Card Trick selection has X on its back at the end
2007 7-7-7 101
Jack Parker Fake 21
2007 7-7-7 106
Jack Parker Invisible 21 card vanishes and reappears
Also published here 2007 7-7-7 110
Jack Parker Open 21 spectator finds his card again via Open Prediction theme
2007 7-7-7 114
Jack Parker Royal 21 selection vanishes
2007 7-7-7 118
Jack Parker Victor 21 with Eleven-Card-Trick phase, Queens appear at end
2007 7-7-7 120
Jack Parker Discarded 21
2007 7-7-7 123
Chuck Smith Imaginary 21 Card Trick in effect a card is chosen under table and named by magician
Also published here 2007 7-7-7 130
Doug Conn Impossible 21 Card Trick spectator pockets card, it is named
Also published here 2007 7-7-7 133
Gene Castillon Castillon Dissertation
  • Introduction
2007 7-7-7 138
Gene Castillon "Odd Chance" 21 Card Trick two selections
Inspired by 2007 7-7-7 140
Gene Castillon Random Spell & Odd Chance 21 Card Trick two selections
Related to 2007 7-7-7 143
Gene Castillon Triple Odd Chance 21 Card Trick three selections
Variations 2007 7-7-7 145
Gene Castillon Colorful Triple Odd Chance 21 Card Trick three selections, one changes back color
Inspired by 2007 7-7-7 150
Gene Castillon Dishonest 21 Card Trick using a secret extra card, four selections
2007 7-7-7 152
Roger Crosthwaite A Personal View
2007 7-7-7 162
Roger Crosthwaite Intuition II
Related to 2007 7-7-7 165
Justin Higham A Brief Analysis of the 21 Card Trick and Related Effects
  • Introduction
2007 7-7-7 168
Justin Higham The 16 Card Trick
2007 7-7-7 168
Justin Higham The 21 Card Trick
2007 7-7-7 174
Justin Higham 50 Card Trick Plus Sandwich
2007 7-7-7 178
Justin Higham Justified 21 Card Trick
2007 7-7-7 179
Justin Higham Pseudo 15 Card Trick
Inspired by
  • "Direct 15-Card Trick" (Collected Card Notes, 1999, p. 77)
2007 7-7-7 181
Justin Higham Conclusion
2007 7-7-7 183
Justin Higham End Notes
2007 7-7-7 184
Ali R. Amir-Moez Limit of a Function and a Card Trick mathematical article with connection to Twenty-One Card Trick
Also published here
  • Mathematics Magazine, Vol. 38 No. 4, Sep. 1965
2007 7-7-7 185
Jon Racherbaumer Select Bibliography
2007 7-7-7 191
Justin Higham Intuitive Twenty-One Card Trick
  • First Method
  • Second Method
  • Third Method
  • Fourth Method
Inspired by 2008 Dexterity Manual 65
Gary Plants The Numbers Racket card thought of in packet, after some dealing it ends up at any wanted number, Vernon's method with twenty-seven cards, Plants with full deck
Inspired by
  • Dai Vernon (The Vernon Touch, Genii, Dec. 1989)
July 2008 Genii (Vol. 71 No. 7) 29
Jack Parker Must Be 21 to Smoke "For Claude Raines"
card vanishes from packet of 21 cards, and reappears in packet
Also published here 2009 Ten Card Mysteries Anneman Would Have Loved 23
Ken De Courcy Octad Perplexity with eight cards in two rows, spectator himself locates mental selection using three coins
2009 Prolix (Issue 6) 347
David Solomon The 21 Card Trick
  • Phase One: The Twenty-One Shuffle
  • Phase Two: Pure Twenty-One Card Vanish
Also published here 2009 Solomon's Notes 10
Hernán Maccagno Flash Fried Variation of 21-Card Trick
Related to
  • "How to Have Someone Think of a Card and Guess What it is" (Horatio Galasso, Giochi de Carte, 1593)
  • Second Method (Unknown, 1876)
2015 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 10 118
David Solomon, Michael Powers 21 Card Trick with PM Power
Also published here
  • "21 Again" (Linking Ring, Feb. 2009)
2018 Solomon's Secrets 120
David Solomon Simplex 21 Card Trick
2018 Solomon's Secrets 123
Matt Baker Pile Driver Complicated mathematical version of the twenty one card trick, based on principle by Edmé-Gilles Guyot
Inspired by 2019 The Buena Vista Shuffle Club 217
Michael Powers 21 Again/Invisible 21 selection vanishes and reappears again, featuring a fair selection procedure in which selection is cut into the other two packets, three distant key cards
2019 Tesseract 208