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articles & books! 3

legitimate memory demonstrations ! 12

covert use of memory technique! 23

simulated memory demonstrations! 55

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card proves to be the named card, “England Up Close”, Peter Duffie (Trick by Sean Car-

“Invisible Card, The” - An “invisible” card is pulled from a deck, and the spectator is
asked to name it. It is shown that the named card is not in the deck. The “invisible” card
is then replaced, the deck is spread, showing the named card face-up, “Try The Impossi-
ble” and “Sessions with Simon” - Vol. 3, Simon Aronson

“Invisible Deck, The” - A spectator names any card, and it’s shown to be the only re-
versed card in a completely ordinary deck, “Very, Very Close” - Vol. 1 (video) & “Work-
ers 5”, Michael Close

“Isis: Reloaded” - A deck of picture cards is shuffled, and then several spectators are
handed several cards each, and asked to think of one of their pictures. The performer is
then able to divine the picture of which each spectator is thinking,, Frank Stone

“It’s Mathematical” -The performer repeatedly shuffles the deck until the spectator says
to stop. The performer then asks for a number from 1 to 52, and the performer is able to
name that card, “Faro Notes”, Ed Marlo

“Jinx Extra” - Eight envelopes are handed out to spectators, with the request that they
each put one personal item in the envelopes. The envelopes are then collected and mixed
by another spectator. Before even opening the envelopes, the performer is able to de-
scribe detailed characteristics of the owner, “Combo II”, Karl Fulves

“Jordan Plus Gardner” - Ted Annemann’s handling improvements for Martin Gard-
ner’s Preposterous routine, “Full Deck of Impromptu Card Tricks”, Ted Annemann

“Jumpsy” - The performer and a spectator each think of a card from their respective
halves of the deck. The cards are found to be in identical locations in each half. The cards
then switch places with each other, “Hugard’s Magic Monthly” - January 1956, Peter

“Just Like That” - The performer and a spectator each think of a card secretly. The per-
former cuts the deck at random and puts the top card into a pants pocket. The spectator
then does the same. The performer announces what card of which they though throught,
and then the spectator names their card. When each of them removes their card from their
pocket, it is found that they have cut to each other’s thought-of card, “MAGIC” - March
2006, Stan Allen (Trick by Pit Hartling)

“K Thru 12” - A spectator removes all the kings and queens from a deck and shuffles
them. The spectator is asked to move cards one at a time from the top to the bottom, stop
at any time, and remember the bottom card. The performer asks questions about the card,

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and moves cards at random. The performer then names the selected card, and shows that
it is now on top on the packet, “Combo II”, Karl Fulves

“Kellar’s Cube Root Trick” - Performer asks for a one- or two-digit number from the
audience, and immediately writes the cube of that number on a blackboard, “Magician’s
Tricks: How They Are Done”, Henry Hatton/Adrian Plate

“Knight’s Tour” - A random chess piece is chosen. Using that chess piece, a spectator
chooses a square on a chessboard, numbered from 1 to 64, as a starting point, and the per-
former, starting at that square, moves the piece using only its legal moves and stops on
each square only once, “Mind and Magic of David Berglas, The”, David Berglas

“Knight’s Tour: With Free Choice of Start and End” - A random chess piece is cho-
sen. Using that chess piece, a spectator chooses a square on a chessboard, numbered from
1 to 64, as a starting point, and the performer, starting at that square, moves the piece us-
ing only its legal moves and stops on each square only once. This particular version of
the Knight’s Tour can be performed legitimately blindfolded, “Knight’s Tour: With Free
Choice of Start and End”, Chris Wasshuber

“Lady Thinks, The” - The performer sends a medium out of the room. The performer
takes a borrowed, shuffled deck and runs through it to find two cards to act as color indi-
cator. The medium is called back into the room, and the performer, apparently getting
psychic messages from the medium, divides the first few face-down cards perfectly into
red and black. As audience members become increasingly skeptical of the medium’s role,
the performer then lets a spectator take the cards. The medium, who has never seen the
deck, then verbally directs the spectator where to place several face-down cards. It is
found that the medium has directed the spectator to perfectly separate reds and blacks,
“Combo”, Karl Fulves

“Latest Spectator’s Open Prediction” - After the cards are shuffled and cut, a spectator
freely names any card in the deck. As the spectator is dealing, the performer asks them to
deal one card face down at any time. The face down card proves to be the named card,
“Heirophant”, Jon Racherbaumer (Trick by Ed Marlo and Millard Lichter)

“Last Laugh, The” - A spectator names any card, and the performer claims he will trap
the card between two others. At first, this seems to be a gag, but then the performer makes
good on his claim, “Scams & Fantasies With Cards”, Darwin Ortiz

“Lazy Mentalist Returns, The” - 3 spectators shuffle a deck, and one of them passes a
quarter to a third of the deck to a fourth person. The performer then names the cards held
by the fourth person without ever having seen them, “Six-hour Memorized Deck, The”,
Martin Joyal

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of each suit is laid out. The other pile’s color order is memorized in 10 seconds, and then
separated (without looking) by color perfectly, “Card Concepts”, Arthur F. MacTier

“Super Scam” - A subtlety in which a mistake proves that you really have memorized
the deck, “Apocalypse” - February 1983, Harry Lorayne (Trick by Terry LaGerould)

“Super Thought” - The performer displays 55 cards, each of which list two cities. Sev-
eral spectators each choose different pairs of cities to remember. The performer then
brings out 10 cards, each bearing the name of 11 cities. Each spectator, in turn, is asked to
hand over the one or two cards that have their chosen city names on them. Given this in-
formation, the performer is able to name both cities chosen by that spectator, “Seven Cir-
cles, The” - July 1932, (Author unknown)

“Supernatural Memory, A” - A spectator cuts about half of the deck, giving the remain-
der to another spectator. The performer then has one of the spectators choose one of sev-
eral lottery tickets. The performer looks over the first spectator’s cards, and then proceeds
to memorize the lottery ticket. The performer names 5 or 6 cards, including who has
them, and then asks for one of the 3 rows from the lottery ticket. After the performer re-
calls the row from the lottery ticket, they turn back to recalling more cards, and later,
more lottery numbers. The performer concludes by naming the day of the week for any
given date, which the spectator can verify in an almanac, “Drawing Room Conjuring”,
Professor Hoffman

“Test of Memory, A” - Spectator shuffles the deck, and attempts to memorize the se-
quence of red and blacks. The performer is able to recall the order of reds & blacks, and
in even more detail, “Card Concepts”, Arthur F. MacTier

“Thanks For The Memory” - A spectator shuffles a deck, and the performer then
memorizes their order. The performer then asks the spectator for a number less than 53.
Using that number and some recall, the performer writes down the names of 3 different
cards. The spectator is then asked to deal out the same number of cards he named earlier
into three piles. The top card of each of the three piles are the same cards written down by
the performer earlier, “Pabular” - March 1979, Kevin Davie

“That Rings A Bell” - 3 spectators each write down a 3 digit number, and a fourth totals
them. Performer recalls where in the phone book a number with those last four digits is
located, “Entertaining with ESP”, Tony “Doc” Shiels

“Twenty Card Trick, The” - 20 cards are selected and returned to the deck. The per-
former puts the card into his pocket, and then quickly retrieves all 20 cards at random,
“Annemann's Miracles of Card Magic” and “Jinx, The” - August 1939, Ted Annemann
(Trick by Walter Gibson)

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“Weather Test, The” - Performer hands out a calendar that shows different forecasts for
each day. Claiming to have memorized the entire calendar, the performer invites audience
members to name dates. The performer responds by with corresponding forecasts for
each day, “Magic Wand, The” - December 1932, Roy Walker

“What Day Was That?” - The performer hands out 25 cards, each of which have four
questions about historical dates and the day of the week on which that date fell. When
asked any of the questions, the performer instantly gives the correct day of the week on
which the date fell, “Hugard’s Magic Monthly” - July 1961, Arthur F. Bull

“Wizard’s Pocketbook, The” - After having the spectator mentally select a card, per-
former asks on which of six pages (each containing the name of 30 cards), the cards ap-
pear, and performer recalls which card is common only to those pages, “Linking Ring” -
April & May 1993, Eugene E. Gloye & Prof. Hoffman

“You Must Remember This” - Two cards are chosen. Performer memorizes the deck,
asks for the name of the first card, recalls the position, and counts to it, proving the per-
former correct. Performer then flips through deck for first spectator, claiming they will
“memorize it subconsciously”. The name of the second card is given by the second spec-
tator, and the first spectator names any number. Counting down to the number, the second
card is found., ,

“Your Bill for My Bill” - Five dollar bills are collected from the audience, and the serial
numbers are memorized instantly, and then recalled by the performer, “Falkenstein &
Willard” - Vol. 3, Glenn Falkenstein and Frances Willard

“Zero Memorization Memorized Deck, The” - A 3-phase routine: 1) The cards are
mixed up. A card is removed from the deck. The performer passes through the deck
briskly and names the missing card. 2) The performer glances at the deck and memorizes
it. A card is placed by the spectator into the middle of the deck. The deck is then cut sev-
eral times. The performer finds the one card out of order. 3) The deck is cut several times
again. The spectator cuts to the middle and turns over one card. The performer looks at
that card and calls out the values of the rest of the deck, “Zero Memorization Memorized
Deck, The”, Andrew Mayne

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