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Alex Elmsley Melbourne position and card at that position are thought of, card turns up with down-under-deal
Related toAlso published here 1953 The Phoenix 251 — 300 (Issue 283) 1131
Russell "Rusduck" Duck Faro Fantasies spectators get remembered hands again, poker and bridge deal
Inspired byRelated toVariations 1957 The Cardiste (Issue 3) 14
Gene Finnell Free Cut Principle
Related to 1967 Free Cut Principle 1
Gene Finnell Coincidence? two selected cards in two piles turn up at the same position
1967 Free Cut Principle 2
Gene Finnell Togetherness two piles, two selected cards end up together
1967 Free Cut Principle 4
Gene Finnell Togetherness Repeat cutting to two selected cards
1967 Free Cut Principle 4
Gene Finnell Caught Between
1967 Free Cut Principle 5
Gene Finnell Caught Between Repeat behind back
1967 Free Cut Principle 7
Gene Finnell Whew! two cards selected
1967 Free Cut Principle 7
Gene Finnell Aces at Random four cards face up, value of each is dealt and four aces found, spectator decides in which order
1967 Free Cut Principle 10
Gene Finnell Your Number - Your Card four cards face up, value of each is dealt and four selections are found, spectators decide in which order
1967 Free Cut Principle 15
Gene Finnell Ups and Downs aces are put back at different places and cut into face up and face down piles, all cards end up the same way except the aces
1967 Free Cut Principle 19
Gene Finnell Aces Respelled four Aces are spelled
Related toVariations 1967 Free Cut Principle 22
Gene Finnell The Triple Overcut from bottom top
1967 Free Cut Principle 22
Sam Randlett Finnell's Spell as a set-up for Gene Finnell's "Spelling the Aces"
Related to 1968 Epilogue (Issue 2) 16
Roy Walton, Karl Fulves Influential Pairs two decks dealt in several piles, red black separated
Related toVariationsAlso published here Apr. 1968 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 3 No. 6) 171
Gene Finnell Color Prophecy performer predicts which red-black pairs will match when two halves are dealt after a shuffle
Also published here July 1968 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 3 No. 9) 189
Gene Finnell Red and Black Challenge red-black separation after riffle shuffle with location combo, gilbreath
1969 Epilogue (Issue 5) 37
Gene Finnell Face-up Face-down Duplication face up/face down order of two piles match, gilbreath
1969 Epilogue (Issue 5) 37
Gene Finnell Riffle-Shuffle Set-ups some Gilbreath Principle applications and handling
1969 Epilogue (Issue 5) 36
Gene Finnell Influential Pairs Variation some red-black matching occurs, gilbreath
Inspired by 1969 Epilogue (Issue 5) 37
Karl Fulves Second Law some value coincidences happen when dealing through piles, application of Milk Build Shuffle to Si Stebbins
Inspired by
  • "Isaac's Law" (Karl Fulves, Magic and Spells Quarterly)
Related to
Winter 1970 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 6 No. 4th Folio) 379
Gene Finnell A Dice Paradox
1971 Epilogue (Issue 12) 90
Gene Finnell A Card Game Paradox
Related to 1971 Epilogue (Issue 12) 91
Howard Lyons Toronto Dice note
Inspired by 1971 Epilogue (Issue 13) 99
Gene Finnell Checkerboard Game betting game with 4x4 checkerboard and cover cards that cover all except one square, performer always wins, see also p. 486 for comment by Bill Taylor
Variations June 1971 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 6 No. 8) 423
Gene Finnell The 26th Card two selections are in same position in two halves
1972 Epilogue (Issue 14) 115
Gene Finnell Mathematical Twins spectator cuts to a card and places it aside, then cuts another packet off and mate is found with Milk Build procedure and down-under deal, see also p. 508
Related toVariations Feb. 1972 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 7 No. 4) 483
Karl Fulves Mathematical Twins Variation mate found after klondike shuffle
Inspired byRelated to Feb. 1972 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 7 No. 4) 487
Roy Walton The N.C. Game betting game with 4x4 checkerboard and cover cards that cover all except one square, performer always wins, see p. 608 for correction
Inspired by Sep. 1972 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 7 No. 11) 562
Gene Finnell Color Prophecy performer predicts which red-black pairs will match when two halves are dealt after a shuffle
Also published here 1973 Riffle Shuffle Set-Ups 12
Gene Finnell Gilbreath Claim claims that he discovered the principle in 1953
1973 Riffle Shuffle Set-Ups 63
Gene Finnell Red and Black Challenge "Magnetic Colors" as set-up for divided deck location
1973 Riffle Shuffle Set-Ups 63
Gene Finnell Face-up/Face-down Challenge face-up/face-down condition of one pile matches that of another pile
1973 Riffle Shuffle Set-Ups 65
Gene Finnell Magnetic Colors Variation starting on bottom of page
1973 Riffle Shuffle Set-Ups 65
Gene Finnell Influential Pairs Variation
Related to 1973 Riffle Shuffle Set-Ups 66
Gene Finnell Klondike Shuffle discussion and properties
1. Mechanics
2. Card location after one shuffle
3. Recycling the deck
4. Klondyke properties (simulating a faro shuffle, locating center card, Penelope's principle)
5. Klondike plus Free Cut
6. The Stacked Deck
Related to 1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 1
Gene Finnell Match Up several are cards selected, after a Klondike shuffle they end up next to pairs
Related to
  • "The Riser Repertoire" (MUM Vol 90 No. 1, June 2000)
1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 7
Gene Finnell Control Cards two selections from two halves end up in the same position, handling uses two Jokers face-up in the halves that are later removed, Klondike shuffle
1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 8
Gene Finnell 7. Further Properties of the Klondike shuffle
A. Static Positions
B. Table of Static Positions
C. Position Exchange
D. Table of Position Exchanges
E. Endless Chains
1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 9
Gene Finnell Unknown Quantity Klondike shuffle version of Penelope Principle, selection found at position that corresponds to cut-off number of cards
Related to 1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 11
Gene Finnell Unknown Difference two packets cut off, Klondike shuffle with rest, reversed card is now at a position that corresponds to difference of the two sizes of the cut-off packets, Penelope
1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 12
Gene Finnell Computer deck can count (Ace, Two, Three appear) and give the sum and difference of two cut-off packets, Klondike Shuffle
1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 13
Gene Finnell Coincidence
1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 15
Gene Finnell Transmigration two cards and their positions thought of in two sixteen-card packets, Klondike shuffles and "can you see your card here?", finally the cards end up in each other's position
Related to 1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 15
Gene Finnell Speller two selections, when spelled after some dealing and Klondike shuffling the selections spell out the other's card
1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 17
Gene Finnell Location incomplete faro control, Klondike shuffle, a face-up card ends up at same position as selection in other half
1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 18
Gene Finnell Base 4 System "Card Sorting and Set Ups"
sorting shuffled deck into new deck order, four possible positions during run-through
  • New Deck Order ("New Deck Order in 3 Sorts")
  • Numerical Order Stack
  • Random Number - Ordered Suit
  • Numerical Order - Random Suit
  • Si Stebbins
1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 20
Gene Finnell Prophesy card selected, two cards produced with value and suit of selection (composite card), then three cards found with those cards, the three mates of the selection
1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 29
Gene Finnell Trapped selection made, three cards of matching value are trapped with two faros
1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 30
Gene Finnell Cards Of Prophesy (actually unnumbered page between 30 and 31)
card removed, odd-backed card put in deck, faros, cards of same value and suit end up next to odd-backed card (composite)
1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 31
Gene Finnell Flip Cut - 1 triple cut, center section reverse-counted or turned over, retains center (key) card
1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 33
Gene Finnell Flip Cut - 2 center section cut out and reversed, key glimpsed, then a faro brings previous center card next to key
1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 34
Gene Finnell "Do As I Do" Spelling the Aces Aces spelled to after losing them with some face-up/face-down cutting
1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 35
Gene Finnell Strictly to Enhance Your Imagination Aces lost and found, then two selections found and deck separated into reds and blacks, faro
Related to 1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 36
Gene Finnell Trapped #2 detective faro sandwich
1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 39
Gene Finnell Centering placing a selection so that it is half the deck away from a key card
1. By Estimation
2. By an "over and under" shuffle
3. variation
4. variation of 2.
1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 40
Gene Finnell Applications two faro sandwich effects
1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 41
Gene Finnell Methods of Getting a Card to 27th Position five methods listed
1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 42
Gene Finnell Center Cut Placement retaining a card at center despite a center pull-out cut
1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 43
Gene Finnell Trapped faro sandwich
1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 43
Gene Finnell Birds of a Kind card chosen, cards of same value found with faro sandwiches
1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 44
Gene Finnell Mated #1 packet cut off and counted, card at that position predicted as odd-backed card, faro, penelope
1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 45
Gene Finnell Mated #2 packet cut off and counted, card at that position predicted as odd-backed card, faro, penelope
1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 46
Gene Finnell Card of Prophesy odd-backed card lost in deck, after some cutting and faro a four-of-a-kind shows up
  • Card of Prophesy Variation
  • Card of Prophesy Instant Replay
  • The Instant Repeat
1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 47
Gene Finnell Down/Under Deal mathematical discussion
  • Down/Under or D/U
  • Under/Down or U/D
1. Position of Significant Card
2. Table of Positions of Significant Card
1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 52
Gene Finnell Coincidence packet cut, top card put aside, down/under deal with rest, a match
1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 53
Gene Finnell Exchange wrong card tabled, down/under deal of packets ends with same wrong card and on table is correct one
1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 54
Gene Finnell The Down/Under Exchange Surprise selection placed aside, packet cut and down/under deal performed until four cards remain, top of those is selection and previously tabled card matches other three cards
1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 55
Gene Finnell Twins 32-card packet cut, top card put aside, down/under deal with rest, a match
1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 56
Gene Finnell D/U Counter packet cut off, down/under deal with rest, remaining card has value as number of cut-off cards
Variations 1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 57
Karl Fulves Free Cut Notes intro
Related to 1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 58
Gene Finnell Free Cut Principle Variations with two cards
1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 59
Gene Finnell Variations of the Free Cut Principle two cards, Klondike Shuffle
1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 59
Gene Finnell Coincidence? two selection turn up at same position in two halves
  • Variation #1
  • Variation #2
  • Coincidence? with a Key Card
1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 60
Gene Finnell Free Cut Poker Deal three spectators and performer take out good poker hand from a quarter of the deck each, they are lost and dealt again, performer gets Royal Flush, faro
  • Variation wich allows the deck to be cut during the shuffles
  • Free Cut Poker Demonstration
Related to 1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 62
Gene Finnell Spelling the Aces #1,001
1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 67
Gene Finnell Spelling the Aces Number (?) faro
1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 68
Gene Finnell Cutting the Aces, Free Cut Style Aces cut to after losing them with Free Cut principle, with two variations
1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 70
Gene Finnell Make Up two selection cut into deck, faro, cards on either side have same value and suit (composite)
1973 Gene Finnell's Card Magic 75
John Miller Riffle Ups and Downs based on Gene Finnell's "Ups and Downs" (Free Cut Principle)
1974 Card Cavalcade II 216
Gene Finnell Needle And Thread thread on needle, needle pierced through handkerchief while spectator holds thread ends, needle penetrates thread, and back on
Also published here Aug. 1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9 No. 10) 775
Gene Finnell Free Cut Principle
1975 Ever So Sleightly 70
Gene Finnell Free Cut Principle
1975 Ever So Sleightly 99
Gene Finnell Free Cut Principle
1975 Afterthoughts 77
Gene Finnell, Harry Lorayne, Murray Bonfeld FABULOUS using faro, see page 372 for handling variation by Charles Hudson
Dec. 1979 Apocalypse Vol. 1-5 (Vol. 2 No. 12) 280
Tom Hubbard From Tom Hubbard
Related to 1979 Interlocutor (Issue 30) 117
Gene Finnell Klondike as Faro Substitute
Related to 1980 Curioser 13
Gene Finnell Pop Up deck stands on edge, card pops up
Variations 1980 The Chronicles (Issue 28) 1344
Karl Fulves Notes By Karl Fulves camera card presentation, blank card or joker "develops" into selection
Inspired by 1980 The Chronicles (Issue 28) 1343
Gene Finnell, Philip T. Goldstein Free Cut Procedure Variation
1982 Silentwe 6
Gene Finnell Free-Cut Principle for spelling routine
1984 The New York Magic Symposium - Collection 3 17
Norman Gilbreath Magnetic Colors No. 34, "This routine was independently devised by Gene Finnell, Norman Gilbreath and others"
1984 More Self-Working Card Tricks 46
Gene Finnell Color Prophecy No. 38, performer predicts which red-black pairs will match when two halves are dealt after a shuffle
Also published here 1984 More Self-Working Card Tricks 49
Gene Finnell Gene Finnell's Needle Trick thread on needle, needle pierced through handkerchief while spectator holds thread ends, needle penetrates thread
Also published here 1985 (ca.) Tricks of Conjuring 9
Gene Finnell Free Cut Principle
1986 The Classic Magic of Larry Jennings 62
Dai Vernon, Alex Elmsley The Rendezvous Force mathematical force, Penelope's Principle with Klondike instead of faro shuffle
Related toAlso published here 1987 Magical Arts Journal (Vol. 1 No. 8) 15
Gene Finnell Free Cut Principle
1987 The Commercial Magic of J.C. Wagner 25
Gene Finnell Free Cut Principle
1989 The Secrets of Brother John Hamman 203
Alex Elmsley Mathematics and Mentalism clever presentation comparing mathematical methods with real mindreading, reverse faro
Related toVariations 1991 The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley — Volume 1 378
Peter Duffie Everything under Control color separation climax
Inspired by 1993 Profile (Issue 17) 6
Gene Finnell Free Cut Principle
1998 Down Under Deals 55
Richard Vollmer, Gene Finnell The Two Detectives two red Jacks trap a freely chosen card between them, faro
1998 Card College — Volume 3 697
Marty Kane Cigar Club eight picture cards and eight number card are shuffled and cut in half, always one picture and one number card, then spectator removes some cards and does a down under deal with the rest, last card tells amount of removed cards
Inspired by 1998 The Trapdoor — Volume Three (Issue 70) 1451
Gene Finnell Free Cut Principle
1999 21st Century Card Magic 23
Gene Finnell Free Cut Principle
2001 Jiggery Pokery 14
Karl Fulves, Gene Finnell Choices No. 11, two cards removed, one put back without looking and one remembered, performer finds both, Klondike shuffle
2001 My Best Self-Working Card Tricks 23
Gene Finnell Free Cut Principle
2002 Scams & Fantasies with Cards 14
Gene Finnell Free Cut Principle
2002 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 4 80
Robin Robertson, Peter Duffie Random Illusion card is created which is predicted
Inspired by 2002 Semi-Automatic Card Tricks — Volume 4 90
Gene Finnell, John Hamilton Free Cut Principle
2005 Full Metal Jacket 9