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Self-Working & Sleightless

Self-working is not the best term but it is the one used most often to describe tricks which do not require any sleight-of-hand. The better description is be sleightless. Although these tricks are typically much easier to learn because they do not require any proficiency in moves, they still need practice in presentation, timing and spectator handling.

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    The Cerebral Approach: Book Four by Nick Conticello    Accans Family by Raphaël Czaja    Eliminators by Ulysses Frederick Grant    The Cerebral Approach: Book Three by Nick Conticello    Card Tricks without Sleight of Hand or Apparatus by L. Widdop    Improved Jumbo Pop Eyed Popper Forcing Deck by Devin Knight    Debits, Credits, and other Leftovers by Jon Racherbaumer    The Cerebral Approach: Book Two by Nick Conticello    The Cerebral Approach: Book One by Nick Conticello    Potpourri Bundle by Nick Conticello    Card College Light Trilogy by Roberto Giobbi    Perpetual Motion Poker Deal by Aldo Colombini    Sub Rosa 12 by Werner Miller    Instant Infinity by Unknown Mentalist    Potpourri 3 by Nick Conticello    A Bumblebee's Flight by Michel Cayrol & Jean-Marie Beckers    Understanding and Using Gilbreath Principle by Michael Daniels    Potpourri 2: More Impromptu, Sleightless, Mathematical Tricks by Nick Conticello    49 Easy To Do Card Tricks by Percy Abbott    15 Exciting Minutes with a Borrowed Deck by Eddie Joseph    Eddie's Dumbfounders with Cards by Eddie Joseph    Potpourri: A Collection of Impromptu Sleightless Mathematical Tricks by Nick Conticello    Automat Card Routine by Ulysses Frederick Grant    B'tween by David Devlin    Sub Rosa 11 by Werner Miller    Psychic Self by Dale A. Hildebrandt    Spellbound by Raphaël Czaja    Predestination by Gerard Zitta    The NTE Principle by Ronald Levy & Devin Knight    The Cosmic Connection / The Cosmic Deck by Alec Pendle    Sub Rosa 10 by Werner Miller    Cards of the Dead: The Egyptian One-Card Reading by Mystic Alexandre    Pyramid Prophecies by Nick Conticello    Sub Rosa 9 by Werner Miller    Reveries by Nick Conticello    Zens Card Miracle by M. F. Zens    Criss-Crossings: Unleashing the X-Force by Jon Racherbaumer    The Soldier's Prayer Book by Devin Knight    The Catch-All Principle by Nick Conticello    Premonition: an amazing mental card routine by George Armstrong    Working Nine To Five For Gilbreath by Art Vanderlay    Improved Brainwave Deck by Devin Knight    Sunken Treasury: Part 3 & 4 & 5 by Nick Conticello    Sunken Treasury: Part 1 & 2 by Nick Conticello    Improved Invisible Deck by Devin Knight    Incredible Self-Working Card Tricks: Volume 6 by Michael Maxwell    Incredible Self-Working Card Tricks: Volume 5 by Michael Maxwell    Incredible Self-Working Card Tricks: Volume 4 by Michael Maxwell    Incredible Self-Working Card Tricks: Volume 3 by Michael Maxwell    Incredible Self-Working Card Tricks: Volume 2 by Michael Maxwell

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The Cerebral Approach: Book Four

Nick Conticello

The Cerebral Approach: Book Four by Nick ConticelloTwo locations based on a unique method.

No Mean Card Trick

Effect: From an unprepared pack he has just shuffled and cut, a spectator counts out ten cards and thinks of one. He buries the packet in the deck himself. The performer cuts the pack and deals out a 5x4 face-up array. He asks the spectator to think "yes" if his card is in the array. The performer confirms the card is on the table. Next the performer asks the spectator to concentrate on which horizontal row his card is in. After some effort, the performer discards the other three rows correctly. Finally, the spectator is asked...

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Accans Family

Raphaël Czaja

Accans Family by Raphaël CzajaEFFECT: A spectator shuffles a packet of number cards as much as he wants and deals through it to create a random number. Then, he deals through a blue-backed deck of playing cards (in which the magician put a red-backed prediction) and stops at his number. Let's say his card is the 7 of Clubs. Unbelievably, the red-backed prediction is the 7 of Clubs!

NB: The deck is always dealt face-up. Self-working. Happens in the hands of the spectator. Examinable. Quick reset. No gaff. Uses one regular deck and one red-backed card only. Includes a handling to perform it anytime during your act with...

2017 / 10 / 30
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Eliminators

Ulysses Frederick Grant

Eliminators by Ulysses Frederick GrantThis is a great little booklet where U.F. Grant teaches three non-sleight replacement methods for
  • Pass
  • Force
  • Palm
  • Switch
Now all those non-finger-flingers can join in the fun.

1st edition 1943, 1st digital edition 2017, 4 pages.

2017 / 9 / 6
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The Cerebral Approach: Book Three

Nick Conticello

The Cerebral Approach: Book Three by Nick ConticelloNew Century Pairs Re-Paired
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: A Bit of History
  • Chapter 2: Judah's Mutus Nomen (S.J. Mutus Dedit Trick)
  • Chapter 3: Thoughts on the Classical Effect
  • Chapter 4: Third Person Singular: 30 cards in play, 3 selections. After the Judah shuffle, top ten cards are put aside and the rest laid out. Performer reveals the third card without seeing any of the faces.
  • Chapter 5: There Are No Words: The basic effect with no code words, just a modified shuffle and a few simple arithmetical rules.
  • Chapter 6: Poker Four-ay: 20 cards, 4 selections by four different people. All four indicate...
2017 / 7 / 24
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Card Tricks without Sleight of Hand or Apparatus

L. Widdop

Card Tricks without Sleight of Hand or Apparatus by L. WiddopAn excellent collection of sleight-less card tricks. Some require a confederate but in all cases the author provides alternative methods and presentations to eliminate the need for a confederate. Each effect is taught with an effective presentation.
  • I: The Four Burglars
  • II: Divination
  • III: An Exhibition Of Thought-Reading
  • IV: The Disappearing Ace
  • V: Another Thought-Reading Trick
  • VI: Hypnotic Selection
  • VII: The Four Burglars Again
  • VIII: Another Method Of Divination
  • IX: Bringing Back The Ashes
  • X: Thought-Reading Extraordinary
  • XI: Telepathy

1st edition 1914, PDF 32 pages

2017 / 7 / 23
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Improved Jumbo Pop Eyed Popper Forcing Deck

Devin Knight

Improved Jumbo Pop Eyed Popper Forcing Deck by Devin KnightNOTE: These are the instruction sheets that come with the trick. This PDF does not explain how to make up a deck.

The Jumbo Pop Eyed Popper Deck is one of the most used "trick decks" of professional magicians and mentalists from all over the world. This "secret weapon" is one of the cleanest ways to force a card without sleight of hand. This deck is drastically improved over older versions.

No more fumbling to separate paired cards. This has been a problem for many magicians. These cards have been especially prepared so you only have to place your thumb on any of the four corners and the...

2017 / 7 / 8
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Debits, Credits, and other Leftovers

Jon Racherbaumer

Debits, Credits, and other Leftovers by Jon RacherbaumerPolishing and old principle of mooted origin ...

Jon Racherbaumer explores an old but fascinating self-working trick which can be performed with any set of counters, be they cards, sticks, stones, coins, matches, business cards, bottle caps, gummi bears, ...

  • Prelude
  • Introduction
  • My Introduction To The Version With Playing Cards
  • The Quickie Card Trick
  • Beginnings
    • A Novel Card Trick (Howard L. Grant)
    • Toothpick Magic (U. F. Grant)
    • Counting Trick (Rufus Steele)
    • A Matter Of Debit And Credit (John Northern Hilliard)
  • Spin-Offs
    • Balancing Debit And Credit (Ian Baxter)
    • The Trick That Fooled Einstein (Harry Franke) ...
2017 / 7 / 2
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The Cerebral Approach: Book Two

Nick Conticello

The Cerebral Approach: Book Two by Nick ConticelloNovel Concepts with Key Cards. No sleight-of-hand is needed for any of these effects. Ideal for both magicians and mentalists.

Imagine taking a borrowed, shuffled, incomplete deck, mixing it a bit yourself, and offering it to a volunteer for a cut. The volunteer then cuts each half separately, chooses a card from one half, and buries it in the pack himself. Yet despite these difficult conditions, you are able to locate the selected card with absolute certainty. That is the premise of this ebook.

The Straddle Key concept is a breakthrough in key card theory. I have tested this material...

2017 / 6 / 25
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The Cerebral Approach: Book One

Nick Conticello

The Cerebral Approach: Book One by Nick ConticelloNotes on the 18 Card Trick.

Nick Conticello starts a new series of ebooks on sleightless magic with a new take on the venerable 27 Card Trick. A card merely thought of by a volunteer is revealed at a position the volunteer requests at the start. This method uses just 18 cards and needs no complex formulas or tables, just a few simple rules. Besides the basic effect, Nick adds a presentation that elevates this item from a mere puzzle to a great card effect.

1st edition 2017, 11 pages.

2017 / 4 / 4
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Potpourri Bundle

Nick Conticello

Potpourri Bundle by Nick Conticello
2017 / 3 / 28
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Card College Light Trilogy

Roberto Giobbi

Card College Light Trilogy by Roberto GiobbiThe best series on self-working/sleight-less card magic now as a price reduced bundle. It is probably the most useful card series of all time, because it is not only ideal for the beginner to start learning and performing card magic, but also a wonderful series for professionals who want to renew their focus on strong and effective card routines, or for the busy professional who wants to add a couple of strong card effects without having to practice for months.
2017 / 3 / 22
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Perpetual Motion Poker Deal

Aldo Colombini

Perpetual Motion Poker Deal by Aldo ColombiniThis effect was created by Bruce Cervon who gave Aldo permission to teach and release it. It is a wonderfully simple and unique poker deal demonstration that never has to be reset, because at the end of the routine the deck is ready for a repeat - ideal for table hoppers. Uses a regular deck of cards with an additional set of aces.

Aldo also teaches a number of easy false cuts and shuffles which you can use in combination with this demonstration, but they are not necessary. With a good presentation this can be just as effective as other story routines, such as "Sam and Moe" or "Sam and the Bellhop",...

2017 / 2 / 21
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Sub Rosa 12

Werner Miller

Sub Rosa 12 by Werner MillerMore tricks based on the binary and ternary number system. Miller also exploits figures that cannot physically exist, subtly reinforcing the apparent impossibility of his trick creations.
  • Binary Dice
  • Ternary Dice
  • Day Off
  • Unreal Realities
  • More Impossible Figures
  • Zodiac Puzzle 1
  • Zodiac Puzzle 2
  • Zodiac Puzzle 3
  • Crazy Laces
  • Ariadne
  • ESPectulator
  • Dicey ESP
  • Twin Assistance
  • Multiple U/D Choice
  • Progressive U/D Deals 
  • Semi-Progressive U/D Deals
  • Marching Lock-Step
  • Follow the Star!
  • Get Me Out!
  • The (Not So) Easy Task

1st edition 2017, 35 pages.

2017 / 1 / 9
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Instant Infinity

Unknown Mentalist

Instant Infinity by Unknown MentalistBased on a classic principle, the 4 routines explained in this ebook can become reputation makers for you. Right from a rank beginner to an experienced professional, any performer can adapt these routines to his/her stature and pull off these seemingly impossible card mentalism miracles.

There is no sleight of hand and all the routines are totally hands off. The principle is completely self-working and almost impromptu. Only ordinary decks of playing cards are used - no gaffs or gimmicks are needed. The bonus is an esp routine performed with an ordinary esp deck.

No preshow. No stooges....

2016 / 12 / 16
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Potpourri 3

Nick Conticello

Potpourri 3 by Nick ConticelloA Further Collection of Impromptu, Sleightless, Mathematical Tricks

Nick Conticello is proud to present the third and final installment of the Potpourri series. Herewith is another collection of impromptu, sleightless, mathematical effects with cards. Each book has a theme, and this one is no exception. The entire ebook is devoted to what Nick calls the Australian Shuffle. (You may refer to it as the Down/Under Deal.)

The present work is concerned with three placement concepts. George Sands devised one in the mid-Twentieth Century. Nick published the second in Tarbell 7, and he is releasing...

2016 / 12 / 11
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A Bumblebee's Flight

Michel Cayrol & Jean-Marie Beckers

A Bumblebee's Flight by Michel Cayrol & Jean-Marie BeckersThis is an important improvement of the classic Kruskal principle. Think about this: The spectator can shuffle the deck and you still know exactly where the count will end!

This ebook contains a new principle on Kruskal-counting and illustrates the principle with two effects. The first effect A Bumblebee’s Flight will lead the spectator’s dealing sequence invariably to a known/predicted card, even after a shuffle by the spectator. A version for cards taken out of a sealed box and shuffled twice by spectators is also provided. Performance and explanation videos by Tomas Blomberg are linked...

2016 / 11 / 28
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Understanding and Using Gilbreath Principle

Michael Daniels

Understanding and Using Gilbreath Principle by Michael DanielsThis ebook is a beginner's guide to the famous Gilbreath Principle and its applications in card magic and mentalism. It includes two ESP-type routines:

Fingertip Sensation

The spectator shuffles the deck. The mentalist (who can be blindfold) then uses his fingertips to correctly identify the colour of cards.

Trinities Card Divination

The mentalist correctly divines attributes (colour, suit, value) of playing cards which the spectator has shuffled, dealt, and covered with his hands while the mentalist has turned away.

[Note: This ebook is a revised extract from Michael Daniels' ebook Trinities, plus an additional routine (Fingertip Sensation).

1st edition...

2016 / 11 / 18
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Potpourri 2: More Impromptu, Sleightless, Mathematical Tricks

Nick Conticello

Potpourri 2: More Impromptu, Sleightless, Mathematical Tricks by Nick ConticelloAfter seeing several effects from this ebook, author and collector Doug Edwards said:
"The stuff you do with a shuffled deck and one or two key cards borders on the miraculous!"
1. TEN-IS MATCH: The performer removes ten matching pairs from the deck. These are mixed by both the performer and spectator and divided about in half by the spectator. Yet somehow all the pairs line up. Based on ideas of Howard Adams and Gene Finnell.

2. TALONS OF THE HAWK: Two volunteers each think of a card from a group of ten. The packets are lost in the deck by the volunteers themselves. The performer...

2016 / 10 / 1
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49 Easy To Do Card Tricks

Percy Abbott

49 Easy To Do Card Tricks by Percy AbbottFrom the introduction:
Included in the 49 effects are some that are new and some that have been favorites of professional Magicians for years, but all of them have been tested on their merits as entertaining and mystifying tricks.

All of these tricks can be performed with any deck of playing cards, with little or no preparation beforehand, and in compiling them, it has been the aim to include only such tricks as may be performed simply with a pack of playing cards, without the necessity of any extra paraphernalia.

These tricks are easy to do, and may be performed once you have the directions...

2016 / 8 / 24
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15 Exciting Minutes with a Borrowed Deck

Eddie Joseph

15 Exciting Minutes with a Borrowed Deck by Eddie JosephFrom the introduction:
The routine comprises five different effects, each able to stand out on its own merit. When combined, you will confuse the sharpest mind, the logical reason being that you appear to be doing the same thing over and over again, but you vary your secret procedure with each repetition.

All sleights have been eliminated and even if one had not done a single card trick before, he will still be able to bewilder and earn the reputation of a highly-skilled card worker. The tricks are so designed that at no stage do you appear to be taking any active part — your spectators...

2016 / 8 / 23
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