strike three and out variation \n card found by counting down three times to apparently random values \n john r. boyko \n "strike three and out!" (bob longe, the invisible deck, 1948, p. 9) \n why am i here? \n dai vernon \n strike three and out variation \n john r. boyko \n rsc discovery \n mel bennett \n chip shot \n karl fulves
1950
the phoenix 201 — 250
John R. Boyko

Strike Three and Out Variation

Inspired by "Strike Three and Out!" (Bob Longe, The Invisible Deck, 1948, p. 9)
Related toVariationsAlso published here

1950

The Phoenix 201 — 250
(Issue 214)

855



james's miracle \n no. 72, two numbers from one to ten, chosen values lie at reversed chosen numbers \n stewart james \n pure mathematics \n dai vernon \n change x change \n karl fulves \n applause card \n stewart james \n steve beam \n a slight slant on slaight \n peter duffie \n robin robertson \n destiny deck \n nick trost \n the inverse function deck \n mel bennett
1950
scarne on card tricks
Stewart James

James's Miracle

Related toVariations

1950

Scarne on Card Tricks

132



lesson in larceny \n ten card packet, spectator deals cards from top or bottom and gets a straight, performer aces \n roy walton \n strictly straight \n russell "rusduck" duck \n babel \n karl fulves \n lesson in larceny \n roy walton \n a card force \n karl fulves \n mel bennett \n you cheat me, i cheat you \n bob farmer
1966
the pallbearers review vol. 14
Roy Walton

Lesson In Larceny

Related toVariationsAlso published here

July 1966

The Pallbearers Review Vol. 14
(Vol. 1 No. 9)

47



oracle \n packet cut off and reduced to one card via reverse faros, this card predicted \n karl fulves \n down & out \n john hamilton \n oracle jr. \n george blake \n oracull \n roy walton \n bob veeser \n moracle \n lin searles \n another oracle \n karl fulves \n oracle \n karl fulves \n riffle shuffle control \n karl fulves \n immoracle \n philip t. goldstein \n found by coincidence \n peter duffie \n euphoracle (an alternate take) \n simon aronson \n fate, chance and science \n peter duffie \n robin robertson \n encore \n doug canning \n the scanning \n lennart green \n royacle \n mel bennett \n bluff oracle \n simon aronson
1970
the pallbearers review vol. 58
Karl Fulves

Oracle

Related toVariations Oracle Jr. (George Blake, 1971)
 Oracull (Roy Walton, Bob Veeser, 1971)
 Moracle (Lin Searles, 1971)
 Another Oracle (Karl Fulves, 1971)
 Immoracle (Philip T. Goldstein, 1979)
 Found by Coincidence (Peter Duffie, 2000)
 Euphoracle (an Alternate Take) (Simon Aronson, 2001)
 Fate, Chance and Science (Peter Duffie, Robin Robertson, 2003)
 Royacle (Mel Bennett, 2011)
 Bluff Oracle (Simon Aronson, 2014)
Also published here

Nov. 1970

The Pallbearers Review Vol. 58
(Vol. 6 No. 1)

374



moracle \n packet cut off and reduced to one card via reverse faros, this card predicted and four aces on top of discard piles, see also p. 486 for comment by charles hudson \n lin searles \n oracle \n karl fulves \n immoracle \n philip t. goldstein \n earthly powers \n richard vollmer \n modern day moracle \n marty kane \n moracle \n roberto giobbi \n starburst \n jack avis \n lewis jones \n royacle \n mel bennett \n bottom feeder \n steve beam \n sidecker \n steve beam \n moracool \n steve beam \n royal roundup \n steve beam \n the neutralizer \n steve beam \n binary bypass \n steve beam \n rock bottom \n steve beam \n bluff oracle aces ii \n john bannon \n bluff oracle aces i \n john bannon \n liedecker \n max maven
1971
the pallbearers review vol. 58
Lin Searles

Moracle

Inspired byRelated toVariations

July 1971

The Pallbearers Review Vol. 58
(Vol. 6 No. 9)

430



etcetera \n \n mel bennett \n fred becker
1973
the pallbearers review vol. 58
Mel Bennett, Fred Becker

Etcetera

Aug. 1973

The Pallbearers Review Vol. 58
(Vol. 8 No. 10)

648



petals around the rose \n roll of five dice is assigned a value, the puzzle is to find the rule, originally from "mathematics teacher" \n kurt a. christoff \n more petals \n karl fulves \n petals & roots \n mel bennett \n karl fulves
1979
interlocutor
Kurt A. Christoff

Petals around the Rose

Related toVariations

1979

Interlocutor
(Issue 39)

154



crazy calendar \n no. 73, calendar force with matrix principle \n martin gardner \n date sense \n walter b. gibson \n auto suggestion \n karl fulves \n the force methods \n mel bennett
1983
selfworking number magic
Martin Gardner

Crazy Calendar

Inspired byRelated to

1983

SelfWorking Number Magic

94



interspace \n ninecard packet, spectator turns a pair over anywhere, performer places card between them behind back \n karl fulves \n interspace insert \n mel bennett
1989
kaleidoscope
Karl Fulves

Interspace

Variations

1989

Kaleidoscope

41



quoth the maven \n comments on various things, see references, with frank thomposon anecdote and his "master deck" demonstration \n philip t. goldstein \n data dice \n karl fulves \n zenmemory \n karl fulves \n capped \n karl fulves \n blackjack \n mel bennett \n impromptu topit \n don nielsen
1993
verbatim
Philip T. Goldstein

Quoth The Maven

Related to

1993

Verbatim
(Issue 8)

89



interspace insert \n ninecard packet, spectator turns a pair over anywhere, performer places card between them behind back and names this card, with additional solution by karl fulves \n mel bennett \n interspace \n karl fulves
1993
rigmarole
Mel Bennett

Interspace Insert

Inspired by

1993

Rigmarole
(Issue 3)

32



blackjack \n four named years are added, total used to deal four piles, when turned over the bottom cards are two blackjacks \n mel bennett \n quoth the maven \n philip t. goldstein \n y<sub>2</sub>k blackjack \n mel bennett
1993
rigmarole
Mel Bennett

Blackjack

Related to

1993

Rigmarole
(Issue 5)

49



day one \n date chosen by choosing some faceup and facedown cards from grid layout, looked up in diary, card noted there predicted, tapestry \n karl fulves \n three card tricks \n mel bennett
1994
crooked tales
Karl Fulves

Day One

Variations

1994

Crooked Tales

35



three card tricks \n sixcard pyramid layout, folding, number nine can be forced
 cheaper by the dozen (forcing twelve)
 at the strike of 10 (tencard pyramid, forced 25) \n mel bennett \n day one \n karl fulves \n pileup \n karl fulves \n a perfect strike \n mel bennett
1994
verbatim
Mel Bennett

Three Card Tricks

Inspired byAlso published here

1994

Verbatim
(Issue 10)

119



petals & roots \n more on the dice puzzle \n mel bennett \n karl fulves \n petals around the rose \n kurt a. christoff
1994
verbatim
Mel Bennett, Karl Fulves

Petals & Roots

Related to

1994

Verbatim
(Issue 10)

122



pileup \n sixcard pyramid layout, top card switch consecutively downwards to base, total of bottom row predicted "with reasonable accuracy", inspired by drop case carnival con game \n karl fulves \n three card tricks \n mel bennett
1994
crooked tales
Karl Fulves

PileUp

Variations

1994

Crooked Tales

124



s.p.a.t. \n letters associated with numbers, credit information \n mel bennett \n lee sallows idea in word ways, feb. 1990
1994
verbatim
Mel Bennett

S.P.A.T.

Inspired by Lee Sallows idea in Word Ways, Feb. 1990

1994

Verbatim
(Issue 10)

133



what happened to eve? \n palindrome comes out on calculator, numbers letters correlation \n mel bennett \n "flip flop number prediction" (d. altman, mum, oct. 1983)
1994
rigmarole
Mel Bennett

What Happened To Eve?

Inspired by "Flip Flop Number Prediction" (D. Altman, MUM, Oct. 1983)

1994

Rigmarole
(Issue 7)

84



card 37 \n number force for 37 with calculator \n mel bennett \n "letter for a stranger" (stewart james)
1994
rigmarole
Mel Bennett

Card 37

Inspired by "Letter for a Stranger" (Stewart James)

1994

Rigmarole
(Issue 8)

88



junk bonds \n forcing one pile out of a few, for ace assembly, using spelling \n mel bennett \n "so nero" (stewart james, ibidem #5) \n "charm bracelet" (allan slaight, new pentagram, oct. 1987)
1994
rigmarole
Mel Bennett

Junk Bonds

Inspired by "So Nero" (Stewart James, Ibidem #5)
 "Charm Bracelet" (Allan Slaight, New Pentagram, Oct. 1987)

1994

Rigmarole
(Issue 9)

100



half now \n calculation, then psalm in bible found according to number, prediction from only vertical lines is complete to the word \n mel bennett \n "the count of monte carlo" (stewart james in print, p. 716)
1995
underworld
Mel Bennett

Half Now

Inspired by "The Count of Monte Carlo" (Stewart James in Print, p. 716)

1995

Underworld
(Issue 1)

12



an 8cylinder deal \n forcing the number eight \n mel bennett
1995
the fine print
Mel Bennett

An 8Cylinder Deal

1995

The Fine Print
(Issue 1)

14



millennium minus 5 \n properties of the number 1995 \n mel bennett
1996
the fine print
Mel Bennett

Millennium Minus 5

1996

The Fine Print
(Issue 4)

67



seven come eleven \n "dot com  tricks and stunts with numbers"
solution to hull problem "make 11 out of four 7s" \n milton kort \n dot com... \n karl fulves \n derek lever \n ralph w. hull \n nate leipzig \n the sevens puzzle \n karl fulves \n more sevens \n mel bennett \n still more 7's \n robert k. stevenson \n sevens from elevens \n howard lyons
1997
the fine print
Milton Kort

Seven Come Eleven

Inspired byRelated to

1997

The Fine Print
(Issue 6)

165



a card force \n "dot com  tricks and stunts with numbers"
ace through nine in row on table, some cards eliminated, rest added, total divided by six and counted from either end, variations on this force \n karl fulves \n mel bennett \n lesson in larceny \n roy walton \n would i lie to you? \n karl fulves \n colorific \n felix greenfield \n informant \n karl fulves
1998
the fine print
Karl Fulves, Mel Bennett

A Card Force

Related to

1998

The Fine Print
(Issue 9)

286



the k diaries \n spectator chooses word, counts forward according to the number of letters a few times, final word predicted, kruskal principle \n martin gardner \n kplus \n mel bennett \n informant \n karl fulves
1998
underworld
Martin Gardner

The K Diaries

Related toVariations

1998

Underworld
(Issue 8)

103



kplus \n spelling instead of counting, kruskal principle with words \n mel bennett \n the k diaries \n martin gardner
1998
underworld
Mel Bennett

KPlus

Inspired by

1998

Underworld
(Issue 9)

123



would i lie to you? \n three piles, performer selects card from center pile and makes statements, spectator take cards from lie or truth pile, values added, selection arrived at \n karl fulves \n 3 little words \n stewart james \n informant \n karl fulves \n a card force \n karl fulves \n mel bennett
1998
underworld
Karl Fulves

Would I Lie To You?

Related to

1998

Underworld
(Issue 9)

126



quiz whiz \n "dot com  tricks and stunts with numbers"
getting as close to 100 as possible \n mel bennett
1998
the fine print
Mel Bennett

Quiz Whiz

1998

The Fine Print
(Issue 7)

204



more sevens \n "dot com  tricks and stunts with numbers"
making numbers from four sevens \n mel bennett \n seven come eleven \n milton kort
1998
the fine print
Mel Bennett

More Sevens

Related to

1998

The Fine Print
(Issue 8)

249



y<sub>2</sub>k blackjack \n four years added, four piles dealt according to sum, they make out two blackjack hands \n mel bennett \n blackjack \n mel bennett \n the blackjack player \n mel bennett \n stewart james
1998
the fine print
Mel Bennett

Y_{2}K Blackjack

Related to

1998

The Fine Print
(Issue 9)

277



colorific \n matching effect with color cards, from early 60s \n felix greenfield \n a card force \n karl fulves \n mel bennett \n informant \n karl fulves \n database \n karl fulves
1999
the fine print
Felix Greenfield

Colorific

Related to

1999

The Fine Print
(Issue 10)

309



informant \n further comments and credit information on the referenced items, instruction games, stephen minch comment on "remote control"/"western union trick" \n karl fulves \n hidden mystery \n herb runge \n dark vision \n peter alexis \n 3card catch \n reinhard müller \n wireless \n karl fulves \n western union trick \n john scarne \n by any stretch \n karl fulves \n brazil bet \n john scarne \n remote control \n john scarne \n mentasma \n peter warlock \n profiling \n karl fulves \n bow & arrow knot \n dai vernon \n flatland \n karl fulves \n a card force \n karl fulves \n mel bennett \n amazing wonder tube \n ed morrisey \n the number palace \n karl fulves \n 37 threes \n karl fulves \n colorific \n felix greenfield \n time trap \n tony bartolotta \n loophole #2 \n karl fulves \n the tesseract \n karl fulves \n 4th dimensional chess \n karl fulves
1999
the fine print
Karl Fulves

Informant

Related to Hidden Mystery (Herb Runge, 1940)
 Dark Vision (Peter Alexis, 1966)
 3Card Catch (Reinhard Müller, 1971)
 Wireless (Karl Fulves, 1975)
 Western Union Trick (John Scarne, 1989)
 By Any Stretch (Karl Fulves, 1993)
 Brazil Bet (John Scarne, 1994)
 Remote Control (John Scarne, 1994)
 Mentasma (Peter Warlock, 1998)
 Profiling (Karl Fulves, 1998)
 Bow & Arrow Knot (Dai Vernon, 1998)
 Flatland (Karl Fulves, 1998)
 A Card Force (Karl Fulves, Mel Bennett, 1998)
 Amazing Wonder Tube (Ed Morrisey, 1998)
 The Number Palace (Karl Fulves, 1998)
 37 Threes (Karl Fulves, 1999)
 Colorific (Felix Greenfield, 1999)
 Time Trap (Tony Bartolotta, 1999)
 Loophole #2 (Karl Fulves, 1999)
 The Tesseract (Karl Fulves, 1999)
 4th Dimensional Chess (Karl Fulves, 1999)

1999

The Fine Print
(Issue 10)

336



date certain \n "dot com  tricks and stunts with numbers"
on calendar some days are circled and a calculation made, predicted \n mel bennett
1999
the fine print
Mel Bennett

Date Certain

1999

The Fine Print
(Issue 10)

347



the horse right here \n "three tricks"
unusual race setting, cards in circle, outcome predicted, ramasee principle \n karl fulves \n horse of the same color \n mel bennett
1999
latter day secrets
Karl Fulves

The Horse Right Here

Variations

1999

Latter Day Secrets
(Issue 1)

21



horse of the same color \n unusual race setting, cards with five different backs in circle, outcome predicted, ramasee principle \n mel bennett \n the horse right here \n karl fulves
2000
latter day secrets
Mel Bennett

Horse Of The Same Color

Inspired by

2000

Latter Day Secrets
(Issue 3)

74



predicnic \n esp deck, piles made according to values of three coins, selection found with match in the end \n howard a. adams \n predicnic \n howard a. adams \n thrifty aces \n mel bennett \n pennywise \n karl fulves \n predicquik \n karl fulves \n predicquick2 \n karl fulves
2000
latter day secrets
Howard A. Adams

Predicnic

VariationsAlso published here

2000

Latter Day Secrets
(Issue 4)

86



thrifty aces \n values of four coins used to count down to four aces \n mel bennett \n predicnic \n howard a. adams \n database \n karl fulves
2000
latter day secrets
Mel Bennett

Thrifty Aces

Inspired byRelated to

2000

Latter Day Secrets
(Issue 4)

87



a perfect strike \n no. 72, tencard layout folded and some values added to force a number \n mel bennett \n three card tricks \n mel bennett
2001
new selfworking card tricks
Mel Bennett

A Perfect Strike

Also published here

2001

New SelfWorking Card Tricks

111



the blackjack player \n no. 75, four years added and piles dealt according to sum, two blackjack hands on top \n mel bennett \n stewart james \n y<sub>2</sub>k blackjack \n mel bennett
2001
new selfworking card tricks
Mel Bennett, Stewart James

The Blackjack Player

Related to

2001

New SelfWorking Card Tricks

114



the honeymooners \n queens mates by spelling names from deck \n mel bennett
2001
latter day secrets
Mel Bennett

The Honeymooners

2001

Latter Day Secrets
(Issue 5)

135



database \n further comments and credit information on the referenced items \n karl fulves \n "turnaround knot" (discoverie #5, p. 64) \n "a small seance" (discoverie #3) \n card rise \n walter brusa \n thrifty aces \n mel bennett \n hue clue \n j. t. knight
2001
latter day secrets
Karl Fulves

Database

Related to

2001

Latter Day Secrets
(Issue 5)

163



watch test \n pulling stem out only one click \n rob wood \n letters \n jerry k. hartman \n bob ostin \n mel bennett \n chris king \n bob graham \n rob wood \n dr. edi brum \n leonard cohen \n database \n karl fulves
2003
latter day secrets
Rob Wood

Watch Test

Related to

2003

Latter Day Secrets
(Issue 8)

306



letters \n on tony bartolotta \n jerry k. hartman \n bob ostin \n mel bennett \n chris king \n bob graham \n rob wood \n dr. edi brum \n leonard cohen \n "nothing just happens" (discoverie #7) \n watch test \n rob wood
2003
latter day secrets
Jerry K. Hartman, Bob Ostin, Mel Bennett, Chris King, Bob Graham, Rob Wood, Dr. Edi Brum, Leonard Cohen

Letters

Related to

2003

Latter Day Secrets
(Issue 8)

290



remains to be seen \n spectator cuts off some cards, remembers bottom card and puts pile in card case, after some calculation instructions the performer knows card and number of cards in case, kraitchik \n sam schwartz \n karl fulves \n easy as a<sup><sup>b</sup>⁄<sub>c</sub><sup> \n mel bennett
2004
latter day secrets
Sam Schwartz, Karl Fulves

Remains To Be Seen

Related to

2004

Latter Day Secrets
(Issue 9)

363



metamorphosis \n layout puzzle with coins \n mel bennett
2005
latter day secrets
Mel Bennett

Metamorphosis

2005

Latter Day Secrets
(Issue 10)

425



rsc discovery \n  riffle shuffle control (kf)
 the first revelation
 the second revelation
one card found in pocket, the other with counting \n mel bennett \n strike three and out variation \n john r. boyko
2006
prolix
Mel Bennett

RSC Discovery

Inspired by

2006

Prolix
(Issue 1)

42



easy as a<sup><sup>b</sup>⁄<sub>c</sub><sup> \n calculator option for simplifying task to spectators in division tricks \n mel bennett \n zangbar zackleback problem (genii, june 1952, oct. 1958, ibidem #1214) \n "math prediction" (david g. luenberger, linking ring, march 1974, p. 77) \n remains to be seen \n sam schwartz \n karl fulves
2006
prolix
Mel Bennett

Easy As A^{b⁄c}

Inspired by Zangbar Zackleback Problem (Genii, June 1952, Oct. 1958, Ibidem #1214)
Related to

2006

Prolix
(Issue 2)

109



familiar spirit \n deck cut into three piles by spectator, selection found with spelling some phrases \n mel bennett \n funny valentine \n mel bennett
2008
prolix
Mel Bennett

Familiar Spirit

Related to

2008

Prolix
(Issue 4)

218



spend and save \n multipledownunder thing with thirtytwo card packet \n mel bennett \n "multiple down under" (hidea kato, magic, jan. 2003, p. 76)
2008
prolix
Mel Bennett

Spend and Save

Inspired by "Multiple Down Under" (Hidea Kato, MAGIC, Jan. 2003, p. 76)

2008

Prolix
(Issue 5)

299



follow the money \n two decks, four coins, four cards chosen from one deck, cards counted according to coin values, chosen cards match cards in other deck when turned over in unison \n mel bennett
2008
prolix
Mel Bennett

Follow The Money

2008

Prolix
(Issue 5)

300



funny valentine \n selection shuffled in deck, cut into three piles, performer indicates a pile and some phrases are spelled which lead to selection \n mel bennett \n "lowdown triple dealing" principle (colm mulcahy, focus, nov. 2004) \n familiar spirit \n mel bennett
2009
prolix
Mel Bennett

Funny Valentine

Inspired by "Lowdown Triple Dealing" principle (Colm Mulcahy, Focus, Nov. 2004)
Related to

2009

Prolix
(Issue 6)

354



devil's deal \n performer and spectator each name a card and a number, gemini placement by counting to those numbers, for corrections see reference \n karl fulves \n devil's deal \n karl fulves \n the devil his due \n mel bennett
2010
prolix
Karl Fulves

Devil's Deal

Related toVariations

2010

Prolix
(Issue 8)

512



the inverse function deck \n presentation for "james's miracle", two numbers from one to ten, chosen values lie at reversed chosen numbers \n mel bennett \n "coincidence of two numbers and a prediction" (nick trost, the new tops, july 1975) \n james's miracle \n stewart james
2010
prolix
Mel Bennett

The Inverse Function Deck

Inspired byRelated to "Coincidence of Two Numbers and a Prediction" (Nick Trost, The New Tops, July 1975)

2010

Prolix
(Issue 8)

514



nothing test \n numbers chosen and put in calculator, divided by numbers chosen from deck of cards, remainder given out in money, it is zero three times \n mel bennett
2010
prolix
Mel Bennett

Nothing Test

2010

Prolix
(Issue 7)

435



a mindreader's dream \n four boxes with a coin in each, exchanged according to instructions, performer then reveals contents of each box \n joe berg \n mel bennett notes \n mel bennett \n kf notes on berg's "dream" \n karl fulves \n the berg variations \n karl fulves
2011
xtra credit
Joe Berg

A Mindreader's Dream

Variations

2011

Xtra Credit
(Issue 9)

55



mel bennett notes \n using four coins with different dates on four cards instead \n mel bennett \n a mindreader's dream \n joe berg
2011
xtra credit
Mel Bennett

Mel Bennett Notes

Inspired by

2011

Xtra Credit
(Issue 9)

56



mel bennett issue \n intro \n karl fulves
2011
xtra credit
Karl Fulves

Mel Bennett Issue

2011

Xtra Credit
(Issue 10)

67



royacle \n "a royal reunion" \n mel bennett \n oracle \n karl fulves \n moracle \n lin searles
2011
xtra credit
Mel Bennett

Royacle

Inspired by

2011

Xtra Credit
(Issue 10)

67



alliance \n "a forceful routine"
number prediction on clock, tie gag \n mel bennett
2011
xtra credit
Mel Bennett

Alliance

2011

Xtra Credit
(Issue 10)

69



the force methods \n number forces
1. using number cards (magigram, amazing trelba)
2. "newspaper prediction" (martin gardner, magic, august 2005, also ibidem?)
3. 4x4 matrix
4. magic square \n mel bennett \n crazy calendar \n martin gardner
2011
xtra credit
Mel Bennett

The Force Methods

Related to

2011

Xtra Credit
(Issue 10)

69



the devil his due \n same trick with more free choice \n mel bennett \n devil's deal \n karl fulves
2011
xtra credit
Mel Bennett

The Devil His Due

Inspired by

2011

Xtra Credit
(Issue 10)

72



taking the fifth \n "two by mel bennett"
two selections from ninecard packet, both selections found \n mel bennett \n "heavyweight" (peter duffie, dec. 1999)
2012
prolix
Mel Bennett

Taking The Fifth

Inspired by "Heavyweight" (Peter Duffie, Dec. 1999)

2012

Prolix
(Issue 10)

645



world's worst card trick \n "two by mel bennett"
two selections found with fulves's riffle shuffle control, spelling a phrase with fixed number of letters \n mel bennett
2012
prolix
Mel Bennett

World's Worst Card Trick

2012

Prolix
(Issue 10)

645


