130 entries in Cards / Effect Themes / Four-of-a-Kind/Aces Effects / Matching the Cards
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Unknown To Change Four Cards, drawn haphazard, and placed on the table, into Cards of the same Value as a Single Card subsequently chosen by one of the Spectators optional forcing pack
1876 Modern Magic 102
Unknown Magician vs. Gambler
Variations 1937 The Magic Annual for 1937 43
Unknown Silas and the Slickers rhyming patter, ballad by Elmer Applegit
Variations 1939 More Card Manipulations (Issue 2) 26
Jean Hugard, Art Lyle Magician vs Gambler patter story and simplified handling
Inspired by 1939 The Jinx 51-100 (Issue Winter Extra 1938/39) 369
Jean Hugard, Frederick Braue The Busted Bobtail four royal flush cards produced, then fifth has wrong suit, rest is transformed
1941 The Stripper Deck 15
George Starke My Uncle and the Gambler
Inspired by Aug. 1945 Hugard's Magic Monthly — Volumes I, II, III and IV (Vol. 3 No. 3) 142
Arthur H. Buckley A Difficult Routine Experiment No. 17 - presented differently with four forced selections (aces)
1946 Card Control 168
Arthur H. Buckley The Ladies and the Deuces Experiment No. 21 - with cards to pockets climax
1946 Card Control 174
Edward Marlo The Good Magician
Related to 1947 Marlo In Spades 44
Unknown Fours of a Kind dunbury delusion presentation
1948 The Royal Road to Card Magic 213
Bruce Elliott Aces??? magician vs. gambler, doing all the moves but getting all four aces, magician's joke
1948 The Phoenix 101-150 (Issue 148) 595
Joe Berg Magician Makes Good unusual presentation
1948/27 Tarbell Course in Magic — Volume 5 126
Dr. Jacob Daley, Paul LePaul The Bashful Queens Three Queens on the table change to indifferent cards. All four Queens are found in four different pockets
Related toVariations 1949 The Card Magic of Le Paul 179
Edward Marlo Cardician Makes Good double duke
Related to 1951 Ed Marlo's Lecture Notes 5
Edward Marlo Cardician Makes Good
Variations 1953 The Cardician 119
Cy Endfield Gambler Out-Gambled
Related toVariations 1955 Cy Endfield's Entertaining Card Magic — Part III 38
Roy Walton Eight Ladies? four Queens are found then placed on table where they change into Eights, Queens found in four different pockets
Inspired by 1955 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1955) 21
Dai Vernon Matching the Cards
1959 Inner Secrets of Card Magic 22
Nate Leipzig The Matching Up Trick or Comedy of Errors
1963 Dai Vernon's Tribute to Nate Leipzig 167
Harry Lorayne Magician vs. Gambler cards to pocket finale
Related toVariations 1964 Personal Secrets 27
Edward Marlo Alternation using an eight card faro control to set-up for a Matching the Cards type routine
1964 Faro Controlled Miracles 29
Al Leech The Better Magician
1965 Super Card Man Stuff 55
Larry Jennings Monarch's Quartette
Variations 1967 Ultimate Secrets of Card Magic 83
Larry Jennings Monarch's Quartette - plus
1967 Ultimate Secrets of Card Magic 85
Larry Jennings The Changing of the Guard three cards are changed to match Ace of Spades
Related to 1967 Ultimate Secrets of Card Magic 75
Peter Kane Royal Flush Flash kings change into royal flush
Related toVariations 1967 A Card Session with Peter Kane 2
Peter Kane Tetradism (1) Matching the Cards with freely chosen card
(2) all four-of-a-kinds produced
1967 A Card Session with Peter Kane 19
Edward Marlo Perplexing "Cardician Makes Good"
1972 Million Dollar Card Secrets 20
Jeff Altman Three Happenings similar in effect, top and bottom cards of piles fit
1972 Tarbell Course in Magic — Volume 7 377
Derek Dingle Gambler's Triumph matching the cards / triumph combo
1972 Epilogue (Issue 15 (Part 2)) 131
Father Cyprian Two Gamblers v.s. One Magician transforms in Royel Flush as kicker, mistake presentation lost
1973 Super Subtle Card Miracles 81
Harry Lorayne Quick Matching the Cards
1973 Rim Shots 100
Faucett Ross Card Act Description of routine of card tricks

  • Cards Up the Sleeve
  • Matching the Cards
  • Leipzig Four Ace Trick
  • Changing card under foot
  • Twenty Card Transposition
1975 Magic With Faucett Ross 200
Herbert Milton Rendition of Matching the Cards
1975 Magic With Faucett Ross 201
Francis Carlyle Matching the Selected Card brief
1975 The Magic of Francis Carlyle 77
Peter Kane The Poker Hand same as "Royal Flush Flash"
Related to 1975 The Magic of Francis Carlyle 155
Edward Marlo "No Palm Climax" - 1964 cards to pocket climax
1976 Marlo's Magazine Volume 1 209
Edward Marlo The Sting Gambler vs. Magician, no palm cards to pockets climax
1976 Kabbala — Volume 3 (Vol. 3 No. 12) 150
Philip T. Goldstein Fingertip Poker
1976 Classic Tackler 5
Alan Shaxon My Favourite Card Trick magician vs. gambler theme, then wrong cards appear in wallet
1976 Practical Sorcery 16
Larry Jennings Nowhere and Everywhere again
1977 Larry Jennings on Card & Coin Handling 38
Edward Marlo In Place of Double Lifts - Fourth Effect
1977 Marlo's Magazine Volume 2 268
Edward Marlo In Place of Double Lifts - Third Effect
1977 Marlo's Magazine Volume 2 266
Martin A. Nash In His Cuts Triumph/Magician vs. Gambler - combo
1977 Any Second Now 262
Martin A. Nash Title Bout Gambler vs. Magician theme, see p. 449 for additional crediting
Also published here 1977 Any Second Now 257
Lewis Ganson Introduction
1977 Matching the Cards 4
Dai Vernon Matching the Cards
1977 Matching the Cards 6
Dai Vernon Note Travelers as follow-up for Matching the Cards
1977 Matching the Cards 9
Nate Leipzig Comedy of Errors "wrong" cards dropped on floor, where they then change to match selection
1977 Matching the Cards 10
Herbert Milton Rendition of Matching the Cards
1977 Matching the Cards 12
Faucett Ross The Faucett Ross Version
1977 Matching the Cards 13
Faucett Ross Impromptu Matching two four-of-a-kinds, pair exchanged, they transpose back, then ready for Matching the Cards
1977 Matching the Cards 15
Fred Lowe Matched Poker Deal done with royal flushs instead of quartets
1977 Matching the Cards 16
Lewis Ganson Tribute to the Card Stars three or even four four-of-a-kinds show up
Inspired by 1977 Matching the Cards 22
Karl Fulves Sidelines credit information on the following plots
  • Magician Makes Good
  • The Travelers
1977 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 10 No. Close-Up Folio #9) 1020
Roger Smith, Steve Saunders, Ron Hicks The Spell of a Good Magician three thought-of cards spelled to, they then change to Aces to match a fourth card, faro
1977 Innovative Magic No. 1 9
Christian Scherer Dreifache Überraschung three matching cards turnover in deck
1978 Eine Handvoll Kartenkunststücke 69
Unknown How to deliver out four aces, and convert them into four knaves. four times glide, Richard Kaufman's transcription of Reginald Scot's card section
Related to 1979 CardMagic 62
John F. Mendoza Cardician Makes Good & Triumph Combination
1979 Close-up Presentations 60
Dr. Jacob Daley, Frank Garcia "Doc" Daley's Masterpiece: The Gambler and the Magician
Variations 1980 Exclusive Card Secrets 50
Al Smith, Peter Kane Seconds Out mates of selected card are at the same position in three packets, based on Peter Kane's "Son Of Tetradism"
1980 Pabular (Vol. 6 No. 2) 803
Martin A. Nash Title Bout Gambler vs. Magician theme
Also published here 1980 Colors on the March 2
Harry Lorayne Lorayne's Magician Vs Gambler cards to pocket finale, more thorough description
Inspired by 1980 Lecture Notes 16
Stephen Tucker QuadraQueen 3 matching the cards with Travelers finale, using a coin
Variations 1981 Spell-Binder (Vol. 1 No. 3) 43
Walt Lees Matchochism Aces lost, then cut to again, last one is King, rest changes to King and Aces are on bottom of four tabled piles
Related to 1981 More Professional Card Tricks 2
Derek Dingle, Yasuo Kiga a la Kiga three cards change to make four of a kind, two handlings
1982 The Complete Works of Derek Dingle 5
Derek Dingle CutOff
1982 The Complete Works of Derek Dingle 27
Fantomas Three After One free choice, full deck set up in four of a kinds
Dec. 1982 Apocalypse Vol. 1-5 (Vol. 5 No. 12) 716
Frank Garcia Matching the Cards Sequence
1982 The Close-up Magic of Frank Garcia — Part I 25
Steve Beam Don't Blow It
1982 The Changing of the Cards 20
Christian Scherer Vier Damen cards are produced to divine selection, transform into mates
1982 Seminarheft 31
Curtis Kam Overdunn indicator cards change into mates of selection, missing sucker element
1982 All the World's a Stage 36
Geoffrey Latta Topsy Turvy Surprise Plus combined with with matching the cards
Inspired by 1983 The Mendoza Portfolio No. 1 79
Michael Powers Counter-Intuitive Transpo Matching the Cards meets Reset in a weird effect combination
1983 Powerful Magic 11
Al Smith Fifty-Percent Solution performer tries to cut four queens, finds three then an ace, then queens are transformed into aces and queens found reversed in deck, in case and in wallet
Inspired by 1984 The Best of Close-Up Magic 166
Joe Riding Irish Calculator
1984 Fork Full of Appetizers - Book 2 88
Louis Falanga Third Routine magician vs. gambler theme
1985 Lake Tahoe Card Magic 41
Earl Wheeler Sucker Four Ace assembly with Kings, last one is an ace, kings change to aces to match (1937)
1985 The Fred Braue Notebooks (Issue 2) 4
Dai Vernon A Match Made in Cincinnati performing Matching the Cards with a new deck, includes cutting to any named value
1987 The Vernon Chronicles — Volume 1 139
Randy Wakeman Cardician Makes Better back and forth transformation
Inspired by 1987 Special Effects 6
Randy Wakeman I Like Nice Things quartet changes into royal flush as kicker, three methods
1987 Special Effects 12
Roberto Giobbi Ein abgekartetes ... Risiko matching the cards with Travelers finale, stand-up presentation with glasses
Inspired by 1987 Card Stories 4
Karl Fulves Eventual Ace Cutting spectator cuts to Ten, then to a Jack and first Ten becomes Jack, then to a Queen and first two cards become Queens, and so on, posed as problem
Variations 1988 Interlocutor (Issue 47) 187
Edward Marlo Cardician Makes Good unknown card put aside, three Deuces found, card is Ace, it's changed to Two, now three other cards are Aces, Two changed back to Ace
Inspired by
  • "Ace-Deuce Mix-Up" (Ed Marlo, Sept. 1949)
Related toVariationsAlso published here
  • The New Tops, July 1963
1988 M.I.N.T. — Volume I 9
Jim Molinari Why Take Chances?
Variations Dec. 1989 Apocalypse Vol. 11-15 (Vol. 12 No. 12) 1724
Dai Vernon Matching the Cards Forerunner
Variations 1989 The Vernon Chronicles — Volume 3 xii
Dai Vernon Matching the Cards Forerunner II
1989 The Vernon Chronicles — Volume 3 xvi
Brother John Hamman Three Guesses unseen card placed aside, spectator chooses three wrong cards, performer names card and three cards change to mates
1989 The Secrets of Brother John Hamman 72
Michael Powers Misplace Your Bets performer cuts to four-of-a-kind one by one, spectator cuts small packet onto each card, top cards shown to be same four-of-a-kind, bottom cards changed to Twos or something else, two effect variations
Inspired by 1990 Top Secret Stuff 40
Stephen Tucker Masters of Disguise
Apr. 1991 Apocalypse Vol. 11-15 (Vol. 14 No. 4) 1909
John Bannon The Ace-Man Cometh matching the cards with transformation after every phase
Inspired by 1991 Smoke and Mirrors 92
Edward Marlo Gambler Versus Olram
1991 The Olram File (Issue 6) 11
Edward Marlo Easy Packet Switch covered Tent Vanish switch, here as matching trick
1993 The Olram File (Issue 14) 11
David Avadon Avadon vs. the Gambler
1993 Profile (Issue 12) 1
Aldo Colombini Apocalypse Variations Or Additions
Inspired by Apr. 1994 Apocalypse Vol. 16-20 (Vol. 17 No. 4) 2349
Paul Gertner The Four Kings spectator does not find card but four indifferent ones, change into four-of-a-kind
1994 Steel and Silver 96
Darwin Ortiz The Showdown quite strong
Related to 1995 Cardshark 128
Larry Jennings Monarchs' Quartette
  • Version One
  • Version Two
1997 Jennings '67 22
Nick Trost Trost on "Matching the Cards" Four jacks change to Aces, with blank deck ending
Inspired by
  • "Herbert Milton's Rendition of Matching the Cards" (Lewis Ganson, Matching the Cards, 1977)
Related to
  • "Correcting a Mistake" (Hatton & Plate, Magician's Tricks: How They Are Done, 1910)
1997 The Card Magic of Nick Trost 184
Harry Lorayne Foursome Fourall impromptu all-of-a-kind
Inspired by 2001 Personal Collection 227
Harry Lorayne My Cup of Tea
Inspired by 2001 Personal Collection 519
Aaron Fisher Four by Four spectator selects one of four cards, the other three change into the quartet
2002 The Paper Engine 63
David Regal The Mystery Card chosen card completes four of a kind
2002 Constant Fooling 1 103
Karl Fulves Further Notes on "Magician Makes Good" and Mac McDonald's $100 Ace Routine
2002 Hofzinser's Card Tricks 66
Bob King Magician v. Gambler four Queens produced and signed, then matching the cards with travelers finale
Related to 2002 The Breather 3 15
Jack Avis, Lewis Jones Double take unknown card removed, another card chosen and placed aside, second card divined by turning over some cards in the deck of same suit, value, ... then the three mates of removed card turn over
Related to
  • "All of a Kind" (Juan Tamariz, Mnemonica)
2002 Ahead of the Pack 71
Jamie Badman Mr. Memory Man missing card named by looking through the rest, then three mates found face down, they're the wrong cards but change into the right ones
Inspired byRelated to
  • "All of a Kind" (Juan Tamariz, Mnemonica)
2003 Card Conspiracy — Vol. 2 113
Larry Jennings Magician Makes Good
2005 Up In Smoke 7
Christoph Borer Matching the Himber Card matching the cards, first three cards found in wallet, Himber Wallet
Also published here
  • Matching the Himber Card in "ANAM CARA"
2006 Compilation 75
Jack Avis Magician vs. Gambler routine outline, using snap-over change
2006 Rara Avis 150
Bruce Cervon My King Trick
2007 Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks — Volume 1 53
Gerald Deutsch Force Some
2007 Best of Friends — Volume III 289
Karl Fulves Magician Does Good one of five cards chosen, cards shuffled back, three Aces cut to, selection is Three of Hearts, they change into Threes
2009 Prolix (Issue 6) 388
Darwin Ortiz Twelve the Hard Way twelve cards from one suit produced to match selection, mistake, transformation in different suit, inspired by Benjamin Earl's "Full Suit Production"
2012 Lessons in Card Mastery 99
Tony Chang Queens Gambit removed card is "divined" by analyzing 4 indifferent cards twice, then four of a kind transformation climax
2013 I Was Kidnapped 17
Jason Ladanye The Quick Change Artist
Variations 2013 Confident Deceptions 17
Joaquín Matas Los Sietes-Dieces cards dealt until spectator calls stop, then four cards chosen, numbers match the amount of dealt cards, other card is chosen and other three cards change to same value, number in dealt pile matches too
Inspired by 2014 A Fuego Lento — Volumen I 193
Simon Aronson The Aronson Stack "Makes Good" Matching the Cards done with Aronson stack
2014 Art Decko 250
Alex Ng Impromptu All of a Kind Three freely selected random cards change into three of a kind to match the fourth card previously selected by spectator
2015 In the Mind of Dr. Alex 13
Roberto Giobbi A Comedy of Errors Queens change into other matching set, Queens from different pockets, standup staging with glasses
2016 Standup Card Magic 144
Benjamin Earl Stem Cell framing routine differently to get different experiences with same handling, four cards shown one by one and tabled, they change into four aces, possible presentations:
  • Stem Cell Monte
  • Stem Cell Magician vs. Gambler
  • Stem Cell Sleight of Hand
2017 Less is More 103
Johnny Thompson The Gambler's Ballad gambling demonstration with Matching the Card finale, magician vs. gambler theme, rhyming patter
2018 The Magic of Johnny Thompson (Issue 1) 27
Johnny Thompson Dai Vernon's Magic Castle Act from late Sixties
  • The Cups and Balls
  • Han Ping Chien
  • Winged Silver
  • Copper/Silver
  • Matching the Cards
  • Ambitious Card
  • Color-Changing Deck
2018 The Magic of Johnny Thompson (Issue 2) 81
Jason Ladanye Standing Out handling without table
Inspired by 2018 Game Changer 23
Harry Lorayne Fourced Match
2018 And Finally! 188
Harapan Ong Matching the Cards classic effect
2019 A Stack to Forget 53
Harapan Ong Same Data, Different Conclusions Two cards selected. Three cards used to divine color, suit and value of first selection. Those three cards then change into the mates of second selection.
2019 A Stack to Forget 57
Yves Carbonnier À la Jennings
Inspired by 2019 Grand Livre de Cartomagie 64
Roberto Mansilla Mago vs. Jugador Puertorriqueño four of a kind is produced, then cards change to another four of a king
2019 Çerca 31
Roberto Mansilla Matching the Cards transformation to other four of a kind
2019 Çerca 43