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Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Unknown A Poker Player's Picnic no-touch, little bit of dealing involved
Related toVariationsAlso published here 1948 The Royal Road to Card Magic 16
Paul LePaul A Flourish And A Pass deck spreads itself between hands
Related toVariations 1949 The Card Magic of Le Paul 35
Dai Vernon The Trick that cannot be explained
Related toVariations 1960 More Inner Secrets of Card Magic 76
Larry Jennings Larreverse
Variations 1967 Ultimate Secrets of Card Magic 59
John Benzais Benzais' Spin-Out
Variations 1967 The Best of Benzais 39
Roy Walton The Happy Wanderers three cards in the middle, two travel to top and bottom, then cards are found in the middle again with one card reversed
Variations 1969 The Devil's Playthings 39
Roy Walton A Switch in Time four red cards and four blacks cards, swap one, two, three cards around, always remain separate, as a climax the packets transpose
Related toVariations 1972 Tale Twisters 1
Father Cyprian Swindle Cut Aces Aces lost and cut to by magician
Related toVariations 1980 The Elegant Card Magic of Father Cyprian 10
Robert Walker, David Solomon Dunbury Sandwich wrong card captured, sandwich cards transform and find selection
Variations 1980 Hierophant (Issue The Last Hierophant) 63
Larry Jennings The Searchers
Variations 1984 The Collected Almanac (Vol. 2 No. 17 & 18) 172
Martin Lewis Martin's Computer Cards Nine special "computer" cards used as lie detector and divines identity of card
Variations 1985 Martin's Miracles 105
Larry Jennings Collectors V - Distributraction
Related to 1986 The Classic Magic of Larry Jennings 213
Larry Jennings Optical Add-On
Related toVariations 1986 The Classic Magic of Larry Jennings 4
Tommy Wonder, Bob Stencel Deja ReVurse first selection reverses itself again and again, is torn and changes to second selection
Inspired byRelated toAlso published here 1986 The New York Magic Symposium — Collection 5 37
Gary Ouellet Three-Second Wonder crossing hands when turning over top cards, inspiration according to "JawDroppers!"
Inspired byRelated toVariationsAlso published here Apr. 1987 Apocalypse Vol. 6-10 (Vol. 10 No. 4) 1335
John Bannon Trick Shot Production producing eight ball from card case
VariationsAlso published here 1989 Without 8
Brother John Hamman Stun-Sational card splits in three miniature card, another card visibly grows to normal size, prediction presentation
Variations 1989 The Secrets of Brother John Hamman 138
Harry Lorayne Flip Force three forces based on discrepancies when splitting at the stop-point
Related to
  • "May the Force be With You" (Cooking with Lee Asher, 1999)
Variations
1990 Trend Setters 206
John Bannon Play It Straight (Triumph) ordered suit reversed & distributed as finale
Related toVariations 1990 Impossibilia 1
Simon Aronson Simon-Eyes two cards thought of with counting procedure, both cards divined with "No No's Fishing"
  • Reality
  • The Problem
  • No No's Fishing
  • The Simon-Eyes Arrangement
  • The Selection Procedure
  • Fishing in the Simon-Eyes Pack
  • Fishing for the Values
  • Fishing for the Suits
  • The Faro Restacking Simon-Eyes Pack
Related toVariations 1990 The Aronson Approach 123
Philip T. Goldstein Overture black Aces sandwich reversed red Aces, they transpose
VariationsAlso published here
  • "Overture" in "Genii" March, 1981. P. 158.
1990 Focus 3
Philip T. Goldstein Third Degree Ace to Three on top of deck instantly distribute, Ace is one card away from first selection, Two is two cards away, ...
VariationsAlso published here
  • "3rd Degree" in "New Tops" August, 1980. P. 43.
1990 Focus 21
Philip T. Goldstein Jumping Bean Aces three cards on leader ace, other cards become kings
VariationsAlso published here 1990 Focus 35
Alex Elmsley Snap Swap one under hand, one reversed in deck
Variations 1991 The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley — Volume 1 291
Jack Birnman Dragnet queens are tossed in deck, they split up and sandwich two selections, Birnman's original sleights replaced with standard sleights
Variations 1992 Card Finesse II 222
Philip T. Goldstein, Alfonso, Roberto Giobbi The Royal Acrobats Twisting the Kings, who then trap a selected card
Related toVariations 1996 Card College — Volume 2 324
Simon Aronson Head Over Heels Head Over Heels move, control card to second from the top, and reversed, see following pages for applications
Inspired byRelated toVariationsAlso published here 2001 Try the Impossible 95
Tyler Wilson Updog three cards produced one by one from sandwich, those cards becomes sandwich with original sandwich cards
Related toVariationsAlso published here 2013 Bich Circa '99 21
Kevin Ho Turducken progressive sandwich in which a string of sandwiches is produced, in the end sandwich with miniature cards shows up
Related toVariations 2014 Stupid Horrible Immature Tricks 1
Chris Mayhew Kim Card Ashian selection made, sandwich cards removed one of which is the selection by apparent mistake, corrected
Inspired byRelated to 2014 The EH Team 15
Harapan Ong Introduction
2014 Close Culls 6
Harapan Ong The Cavorted Aces aces in center, two travel to top and bottom, cavorting aces
Inspired by 2014 Close Culls 19
Harapan Ong Cull the Police! jacks face-up at different position come to top, burglars
Variations 2014 Close Culls 23
Harapan Ong, William Eston Full Deck Oil & Water 4&4, deck finale
Inspired by
  • "Easy Oil" (William Eston, Magic, Oct. 2003, p. 84)
2014 Close Culls 30
Harapan Ong Two Heads are Better than One three selections lost, two Kings face-up together, they separate next to two selections, then come together to sandwich third selection
2014 Close Culls 35
Harapan Ong Slap Me Silly two four-of-a-kind, one distributed face-up, the other on top, they transpose
Inspired by
  • "Slap Exchange" (Bill Goodwin, At the Expense of Grey Matter, 1989)
Related to
  • "All Over the (Dis)Place" (Andi Gladwin, EGO)
2014 Close Culls 42
Harapan Ong, Edward Marlo Modified ATFUS
2014 Close Culls 43
Harapan Ong The Delayed Cull
2014 Close Culls 51
Harapan Ong The Cull Switch card placed in sandwich in spread is switched
2014 Close Culls 57
Harapan Ong The Buckle Replacement distributing culled cards one by one, double sandwich application in two parts of spread
Related to 2014 Close Culls 60
Harapan Ong The Cull Tap Reversal Aces face-up distributed, suddenly face-down on top of deck
2014 Close Culls 64
Harapan Ong, Larry Jennings Cull in the Search Team keeping Jennings' wrong-card finale
Inspired by 2014 Close Culls 71
Harapan Ong The Princess Card Trick Revisited thought-of-card vanishes from packet, reappears in sandwich in deck
2014 Close Culls 77
Harapan Ong Switchsand card in pocket transposes with sandwich card in center of deck
2014 Close Culls 81
Harapan Ong Scattered Sandwich aces reversed in center, split up to sandwich two selections
Inspired by 2014 Close Culls 86
Harapan Ong Indicated Replacements Ace to Three inserted by spectator, Ace is one card away from first selection, Two is two cards away, ...
Inspired byRelated to 2014 Close Culls 90
Harapan Ong, Larry Jennings The Buckle-llectors kings distribute, then assemble around three selections
Related to 2014 Close Culls 93
Harapan Ong Utterly Mental Reverse
Inspired by 2014 Close Culls 98
Harapan Ong Variation "Mental Reverse" variation with four Aces on top of deck which change into the four cards the spectator did not think of
2014 Close Culls 101
Harapan Ong, Troy Hooser Slipstream Packet Switch
2014 Close Culls 101
Harapan Ong A Convincing Card Fold into quarters with Convincing Control cover
Related to 2014 Close Culls 107
Harapan Ong Cull-our Change face-up card dropped from middle of spread to table, visual change
2014 Close Culls 114
Harapan Ong Special Thanks
2014 Close Culls 117
Harapan Ong Thinking Like a Physicist 1) We Make Approximations
2) We Copy When We Can
3) We search for beauty
Also published here 2015 Quarterly (Issue 3 (Summer 2015)) 43
Harapan Ong Foreword
2016 Some Assembly Required 6
Harapan Ong, Ryan Plunkett Stock Lines Stock Lines: Ad lib game for magicians, made into structured routine that dictates the card trick
Also published here 2016 Some Assembly Required 27
Harapan Ong The Incomplete Strip-Out Stripping cards out from a tapered deck with an unsquared deck

  • Shuffle stacking sandwich demo: shuffling selection between two Jokers
  • Full deck red-black separation
  • Oil and Water: Spectator separates the colors themselves
2017 A New Angle 151
Harapan Ong Preface: What is Wabi-Sabi?
2017 Wabi-Sabi 7
Harapan Ong Daley Revision streamlined handling
2017 Wabi-Sabi 8
Harapan Ong All Hail the Great Leader Four red cards and four black cards keep remaining separate despite being mixed (follow the leader), when placed together they mix, when placed back with their leaders they separate again
Related to 2017 Wabi-Sabi 14
Harapan Ong, Takanobu Ishida The Famous Eight-Card Mystery Self-working trick, card is cut to and remembered, packet is shuffled and dealt, ends with finding card and also the four Eights
2017 Wabi-Sabi 22
Harapan Ong MixUnMix Three red cards and three black cards visually mix and then unmix with a wave
2017 Wabi-Sabi 26
Harapan Ong Alternative Facts Wrong card taken out of spread is changed into spectator's selection as a surprise
2017 Wabi-Sabi 30
Harapan Ong SpreadShot Transposition Flashy two card transposition, in which card is spun into the air from a spread, transforming and transposing with the other card
2017 Wabi-Sabi 35
Harapan Ong SpreadShot Spinning a card from a spread into the air, causing it to flip over in the process and land on the spread
2017 Wabi-Sabi 36
Harapan Ong You'll Float Too Visual Oil and Water routine, cards separate during a dribble
2017 Wabi-Sabi 38
Harapan Ong Stock Lines Stock Lines: Ad lib game for magicians, made into structured routine that dictates the card trick
Also published here 2017 Wabi-Sabi 41
Harapan Ong Creating Magic essay on originality and creating tricks
2017 Daily Dose 39
Harapan Ong Introduction
2018 Principia 11
Harapan Ong Thinking Like a Physicist 1) We make approximations.
2) We copy when we can.
3) We search for beauty.
Also published here 2018 Principia 13
Harapan Ong Streamlined Pocket Transposition pocketed card transposes with reversed card in deck
2018 Principia 23
Harry Lorayne, Harapan Ong Flip Force Variation deck reversed around selected card while switching it
Inspired by 2018 Principia 24
Harapan Ong The Card Across two tabled spreads with half the deck each, reversed card jumps from one to the other as both are flipped over simultaneously
2018 Principia 27
Harapan Ong On Producing a Four-of-a-Kind - Hadouken Production in-the-hands
2018 Principia 31
Harapan Ong Stress Production cutting to four Kings, Aces are on bottom, multiple Frank Thompson Cuts
2018 Principia 32
Harapan Ong Passport Production spectator pushed Ace in deck, other Aces produced from that position
2018 Principia 33
Harapan Ong Mark-a-Place Force
Inspired by 2018 Principia 34
Harapan Ong Kaleidoscope Production tabled cutting sequence to produce a four-of-a-kind
2018 Principia 37
Harapan Ong Straight Ace four Aces produced in empty hands at once in straight line
2018 Principia 40
Harapan Ong, Donald Chung Poker Player's Picnic Plus with additional four-of-a-kind at bottom
Inspired by 2018 Principia 43
Harapan Ong, Michał Kociołek Michalevator with seven cards, transposition climax
Related to
  • "Low Riser" (Cameron Francis, Let's Get Small, 2012 ebook)
2018 Principia 45
Harapan Ong Jacob's Elevator Inversion climax
2018 Principia 50
Harapan Ong Royal Explosions tabled productions of royal flush
I. Royal Explosion One
II. Royal Explosion Two
Related to
  • "Pandemonium At The Card Table" (Dan & Dave Buck, Artifice, Ruse and Subterfuge in the Hands, 2000)
2018 Principia 54
Harapan Ong Simple Bean Aces at once with eight cards off the top of the deck
Inspired by 2018 Principia 58
Harapan Ong Daley's Last Sandwiches selection appears sandwiched between one pair or both pairs as climax
I. Tabled Version
II. In the Hands
III. Hands and Table
2018 Principia 61
Harapan Ong Extensions on the Aronson "Heads Over Heels" Move section intro
Inspired by 2018 Principia 67
Harapan Ong Sudden Surprise Sandwich two pairs of Aces appear reversed in deck, sandwiching two selections
Inspired by 2018 Principia 67
Harapan Ong Head Over Heels, Face to Face two cards named in face-up spread, they end up face-to-face on top
Inspired by 2018 Principia 69
Harapan Ong Triumph Squared two selections
2018 Principia 71
Harapan Ong Spread Scoop-Up Turnover as half the deck is scooped up
2018 Principia 72
Harapan Ong Play It Crooked
Inspired by 2018 Principia 74
Harapan Ong Twisting Morph Kings turn face-down one by one, then change to Aces
2018 Principia 80
Harapan Ong Three Degrees of Separation Ace to Three on top of deck instantly distribute, Ace is one card away from first selection, Two is two cards away, ...
Inspired byRelated to 2018 Principia 85
Harapan Ong Direct Triple Prediction three cards touched by spectator during in-the-hands spread, all predicted immediately before they are touched
Also published here
  • Genii, Dec. 2016, p. 56
2018 Principia 89
Larry Jennings, Harapan Ong Optical Add-On handling for single card
Inspired by 2018 Principia 90
Harapan Ong Sandwich-ception progressive sandwich in which a string of sandwiches is produced, in the end sandwich with miniature cards shows up, center card removed and it becomes normal sized
Inspired by 2018 Principia 95
Harapan Ong Oops selection made, sandwich cards removed one of which is the selection by apparent mistake, corrected with visual transformation
Inspired byRelated to 2018 Principia 100
Harapan Ong Three Chances three duplicates of selection produced from red Jacks, those three cards become red Jacks with sandwiched selection
Inspired by 2018 Principia 103
Harapan Ong Bigger Transpo transposition between the Queens and selection, four miniature cards are found on face of original selections and Queens change into giant version of selection
Inspired by
  • "Bigger Finish" (Jay Sankey, marketed product)
2018 Principia 109
Harapan Ong Tiny Transpo three cards on case switch places with three in the hand, sucker gag beginning
2018 Principia 112
Harapan Ong Perspective one half for spectator, top cards do not match, they do when packets are exchanged, repeated, then four Aces found near top and on bottom
Related to
  • "Illusion versus Reality" (Peter Duffie, Card School, ebook, 1995)
  • "Illusion or Reality" (Vincent Hedan, Mnemosyne, ebook, 2012)
2018 Principia 116
Harapan Ong Illogical Double Lift Handling
2018 Principia 118
Harapan Ong Faro Pharaoh apparently Ace placed next to another card as indicated by that card's value with a faro, other Aces found
I. Basic handling
II. Advanced handling
2018 Principia 120
Harapan Ong Extensions to the Cheek to Cheek Deck section intro
2018 Principia 124
Harapan Ong Dude, You're not even Trying competition with spectator who rights half a face-up/face-down mixed deck faster, spectator's end up mixed again while performer's magically unmix
2018 Principia 124
Harapan Ong The More you Shuffle cards shuffled face-up/face-down, they become progressively straightened out during more riffle shuffles, four Aces end up reversed
2018 Principia 125
Harapan Ong Followers of Christ same Ace keeps appearing or turning over, then Aces find by cutting to them
Related to 2018 Principia 130
Harapan Ong The Infinity Reversal reversed card is apparently turned back over in in-the-hands spread
Inspired by 2018 Principia 132
Harapan Ong Countdown Packet four Fours, one card removed, the remaining three cards change to Threes, repeated twice until one Ace remains
2018 Principia 137
Harapan Ong Routines with a Tabled False Cut section intro
2018 Principia 141
Harapan Ong Tabled False Cut up-the-ladder type
2018 Principia 141
Harapan Ong Rapid-fire Benzais four cards spun out during consecutive Benzais cut productions
Inspired by 2018 Principia 143
Harapan Ong That Escalated Quickly deck cut, Ace on top, cut into two piles, two Twos on top, ends with ten packets with Ace through Ten
2018 Principia 144
Harapan Ong Daley Express visual
2018 Principia 153
Harapan Ong Throwaway Tricks section intro, tricks with the extra cards in the deck
2018 Principia 157
Harapan Ong Triumph in the Trash multi-phase routine in which two of four jokers are turned over and they reverse again
2018 Principia 157
Harapan Ong Blank in the Bin four Jokers become blank one by one and then change back
2018 Principia 161
Harapan Ong Remix in the Rubbish four Jokers turn face down one by one, then All Backs phase, then blank, back to Jokers
Related to 2018 Principia 162
Harapan Ong King's Overture black Kings sandwich red Kings, they transpose, with second visual phase
Inspired by 2018 Principia 166
Harapan Ong On the Alfonso-Giobbi Twisting Sequence section intro
Inspired by 2018 Principia 169
Harapan Ong Cascading Twist Kings turn over one by one, then all at once two times
Inspired byRelated to
  • "Acrobatic Cards" (Tricks You Can Count On, Chesbro & West, 1968, p. 20)
2018 Principia 169
Harapan Ong Plot Twist transformation kicker
Inspired by 2018 Principia 170
Harapan Ong Gag Packs packet tricks with four cards
  • Change Back (rainbow backs finale)
  • One Direction (photos as finale of boy band members)
2018 Principia 172
Harapan Ong, Pipo Villanueva World's Smallest Colour Change sandwiched card is slightly pivoted and switched, it changes visually
2018 Principia 177
Harapan Ong Direct Ambigrams "The Law of Non-Conservation of Card Magic & Tawanokomu"
two ambigram revelations from a formula and Japanese characters, "trick that cannot be explained" application
2018 Principia 183
Harapan Ong Checkmate chess figure appears behind card on hand
Inspired by 2018 Principia 187
Harapan Ong Have a Break, Have a Kit Kat kit kat bar appears from deck of cards
2018 Principia 190
Harapan Ong Flexacard tritetra-flexagon from cards, two cards can be revealed, self-animated
2018 Principia 193
Harapan Ong The Frog Prince card with frog image visually changes into a Jack of Hearts, hand-operated flap style gimmick
2018 Principia 199
Harapan Ong 2 + 2 = 4 Four value torn in half, both halves change into a Two each
2018 Principia 203
Harapan Ong 4, 3, 2, 1 hybrid flexagon to consecutively reveal four cards
Related to
  • hybrid flexagon, Douglas Engel, Journal of Recreational Mathematics 2, 1969
2018 Principia 205
Harapan Ong On the Fundamental Structure of Routines I: Linear structures
II: Branching structures
  • Equivoque
  • Multiple Outs
III: The Trick That Cannot Be Explained
IV: Conclusion
V: References
2018 Principia 211
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
Harapan Ong On Magic, Evolution and Bottom-Up Design I: Evolution and Intelligent Design
II: The Trick That Cannot Be Explained
III: Bottom-Up Design in Magic
IV: Conclusion
V: References
2018 Principia 222
Harapan Ong Thoughts on "The Trick That Cannot Be Explained" I: Introduction
II: Favorite "Licks"
Inspired by 2018 Principia 229
Harapan Ong Naming a Number improvisational countdown force, "trick that cannot be explained"
2018 Principia 231
Harapan Ong Breakless Classic Force face-up
2018 Principia 231
Harapan Ong Messy Ace Production deck cut into many tabled packets by performer, Aces produced
Related to 2018 Principia 232
Harapan Ong Count or Spell random values are counted or spelled to as the spectator wishes, leads to four Aces
2018 Principia 234
Harapan Ong Twisted Choices Kings and Aces, twisting effect with one packet, chosen suit transposes between packets
2018 Principia 238
Harapan Ong A Blind Mess card chosen from face-up/face-down and rosetta spun mess, performer cuts to it after some mixing, faro
2018 Principia 245
Harapan Ong What Magicians Can Learn From Scientists I: The Importance of Abstract Work
II: Magic
III: Conclusion
2018 Principia 249
Harapan Ong Zipper Zarrow bold table spread bluff
2019 Beyond the Z 77
Harapan Ong Introduction
2019 A Stack to Forget 3
Harapan Ong Memorized Decks: Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is a memorized deck?
  • Why should I learn a memorized deck?
  • Is it really that useful?
  • How do you memorize a deck of cards?
  • Which memorized deck should I learn?
2019 A Stack to Forget 4
Harapan Ong Memorizing a Deck Chapter introduction
2019 A Stack to Forget 13
Harapan Ong A Stack to Forget The stack itself
Related to 2019 A Stack to Forget 15
Harapan Ong Tip #1: Use a deck of cards to help you memorize.
2019 A Stack to Forget 16
Harapan Ong Tip #2: Don't bite off more than you can chew.
2019 A Stack to Forget 18
Harapan Ong Tip #3: Use mini games to test your own memorization.
  • The Mixer Fixer
  • The Number Namer
  • The Imagination Indoctrination
  • The Faster Pass-ter Master
2019 A Stack to Forget 20
Harapan Ong Features Chapter introduction
2019 A Stack to Forget 25
Harapan Ong Bits and Pieces Smaller features of A Stack to Forget, including a small sandwich trick, spelling bank etc.
Related to 2019 A Stack to Forget 27
Harapan Ong A Short Word on Gambling Routines Why the stack has no gambling routines built in
Related to 2019 A Stack to Forget 34
Harapan Ong Going Both Ways Triumph routine, Nine of Hearts is revealed which is then used to find all four Aces
2019 A Stack to Forget 35
Harapan Ong, Joshua Jay Plunger Lie Detector Lie detector effect using Plunger Principle
2019 A Stack to Forget 39
Harapan Ong Four Choices Spectator makes a series of choices, locates four Aces
2019 A Stack to Forget 42
Alex Elmsley, Harapan Ong Snap Swap Minor handling variation for the original Elmsley trick, two card transposition
Inspired by 2019 A Stack to Forget 45
Simon Aronson, Ramón Riobóo, Harapan Ong, Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham The Three Hours Three spectators each think of a card, magician divines each card without making any wrong statements
Inspired by
  • "The Three Hours" (Aronson & Riobóo, Mnemonica, p. 65)
Related to
2019 A Stack to Forget 48
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
Harapan Ong Spelling On spelling tricks
2019 A Stack to Forget 62
Harapan Ong You Can't Handle the Truth Lie detector, spelling
Inspired by 2019 A Stack to Forget 66
Harapan Ong Prediction à la Kruskal
Inspired by
  • "Prediction à la Kruskal" (Arenillas, Mnemonica, p. 68)
2019 A Stack to Forget 70
Harapan Ong Old School, New School Spelling to divine the first card's suit and value, then find all the mates to the second selection
2019 A Stack to Forget 72
Harapan Ong One Final Note
2019 A Stack to Forget 74
Harapan Ong Recommended Reading Books to check out on memorized deck magic
2019 A Stack to Forget 75
Harapan Ong Spelling Chain 1 spelling to suit, then value, then selection itself
2019 A Stack to Forget 63
Harapan Ong Spelling Chain 2 spelling to peeked-at card
2019 A Stack to Forget 64
Tom Gagnon Burglar's Big Break Out Jacks put into deck reversed one by one and then travel to Joker with paper clip on it, using Gagnon Spread Control, handkerchief as cover in last phase
Inspired by 2019 Gagnon Unfiltered 100
Harapan Ong Travellator four Aces, three cards put on each, one by one the the Aces travel to top of their packets, last Ace travels to card case
2020 Magic for BLM 179