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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 Whispering Spirit by Bob Hummer    9-2-1 Prediction by Franz (Ronnay) Rosensteiner    Calling the Cards by Roberto Giobbi    Auto-Find by Ken de Courcy    Sub Rosa 14 by Werner Miller    The Cerebral Approach: Book Five: Twin Killing by Nick Conticello    Couples by Moonshadow    Incredible 3-Way Match by Devin Knight    Processean Princess by Jon Racherbaumer    Sub Rosa 13 by Werner Miller    Improved Little Strangers by Devin Knight & Bob Hummer    Out Numbered by David Devlin    The Wandering Queens by Devin Knight    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

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The Whispering Spirit by Bob Hummer

An entertaining mental feat with a borrowed deck of cards.

From the brilliant mind of Bob Hummer comes a divination mystery that seems impossible, yet you do it every time. The performer takes the spectator on an adventure with a borrowed deck and a dead person's age (which is furnished by anyone in the room). In some uncanny manner, the "Whispering Spirit" aids the performer in solving the mystery. The performer does not need to touch the deck while they are in the spectator's hands.

There are no setups, stacks or cyclical rotations. The cards may be borrowed. The cards are not marked....

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9-2-1 Prediction by Franz (Ronnay) RosensteinerA very easy to do prediction effect with a surprising ending.

The performer introduces ten cards and deals them into a face-down packet to prove it. He hands the packet to a spectator and asks him to think of any number between one and ten. The cards are then cut by the spectator and shuffled. Then they are laid out in a face-down line. The performer asks the spectator to, for the first time, announce the number he thought of, then counts along the line to that number and pushes out the card lying at that position. (Note that this is a real count that can be done from the spectator - absolutely...

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Calling the Cards by Roberto GiobbiLive from the European Close-up Magic Symposium 2012. This is a wonderful sleight-less classic card routine that Giobbi has polished to a fine sheen with added psychological subtleties and a logical and meaningful presentation.

A brand new deck of cards, still wrapped in cellophane and sealed, is shuffled by different spectators. 10 cards are selected by a spectator. Roberto then divines each card without touching anything. The last card is revealed with a prediction and a duplicate of the last card is also found in the prediction envelope.

Performance duration: 9 minutes
Explanation...

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Auto-Find by Ken de CourcyBased on a Bob Hummer and Karl Fulves principle. A spectator is handed seven playing-cards. He shuffles them, then places one of them aside face-down without looking at it. Now squares of cardboard are shown with cut-out windows. Spectator follows the magician's instructions and, at the end, looking through the cut-out windows in the cards, an index of a card appears. The chosen card is turned over and has been correctly revealed.

You will have to make up the squares of cardboard for this. The trick itself is self-working, the real work having been put into the evolution of the effect, but they are useful for...

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Sub Rosa 14 by Werner MillerThe highlight in this collection of sleight-less magic, is the Point Reflections principle, which is a new mathematical principle Werner Miller has introduced to magic. So far nobody has made use of it, except Miller. This ebook will likely change that. This principle opens new doors for new ideas, a fertile ground for trick creators. Miller's point reflection routines come with beautiful print templates. You can go from printing to performing in literally seconds. You will also get some bonus ideas by Chris Wasshuber.
  • 5 Symbols, 1 Question
  • Trias
  • Twinnie Clue I
  • Twinnie Clue II
  • Pairade
  • ESPadrilles ...
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The Cerebral Approach: Book Five: Twin Killing by Nick ConticelloProblem: To divine or locate two cards that are merely thought of by two persons.

This effect has intrigued me for many years. I've published several approaches in the past ("Think Stop" in Automatic Placements, "Talons of the Hawk" and "Talons of the Bat" in Potpourri 2, to cite a few) but these tricks smack openly of mathematics. They lack the directness of selection and revelation I would deem ideal.

Two classic but widely divergent approaches are Ed Marlo's "Double Thought, Single Deck" and Simon Aronson's "Simon-Eyes." Recently, I combined Marlo's basic premise with a concept of Aronson's and a hitherto unpublished key card...

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Couples by MoonshadowUnfortunately, some of our magical effects have something of a "who cares?" stigma: pick a card, lose the card, find the card . . . and our audience is thinking, who cares? Couples gives spectators a "stake" on the effect, creating audience involvement and interest.

You're performing walk-around at a party and a couple, sitting at a small table, catches your attention. They ask to see some magic. You introduce yourself and they introduce themselves as Jim and Mary. They laugh and enjoy your magic, and are thrilled when you say, "I'm going to do something really special for you. This is a...

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Incredible 3-Way Match by Devin KnightEFFECT: The performer shows five playing cards that are cut in half width-wise, making a total of ten half cards. He shows that there is a matching card half within the small packet of cards. The performer invites two spectators to help. We’ll refer to as Spectator A and Spectator B. He gives the packet to Spectator A and has him shuffle the cards thoroughly so no one knows the order of the cards.

The performer turns his back and says to Spectator A, “While my back is turned, please deal to the other person; face down, as many or as few cards as you wish. What cards you get is unimportant....

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Processean Princess by Jon RacherbaumerHenry Hardin's plot has been around for 107 years and his initial three methods are explained in The Art of Magic (1909). Card tricks of this kind were atypical when Hardin devised his trick. During his time, spectators physically picked cards. They seldom, if ever, mentally selected them. Because only five cards are used in "The Princess Card Trick," Hardin strengthened the challenge by finding the mental selection by tactile means while the five "possibilities" were in his pocket.

This is how the his trick appeared to audiences: Five cards are shown to a spectator who is asked to think of one of them....

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Sub Rosa 13 by Werner MillerAmong other effects, Werner Miller explores the old age cards trick and stretches it into new and so far unexplored directions including versions where the spectator is allowed to lie.
  • Leporello
  • Ternary Number Compass
  • Binary Number Compass
  • Binary Card Compass
  • Binary Card Cube
  • Aside From Binary and Ternary
  • Extensions
  • OWLright
  • Four Questions
  • Seven Questions
  • Four Ins, One Out
  • Off-Form Psychic
  • No Milk Today
  • ESPiatnik
  • Do You Play Cards?
  • Lady First
  • amBiguous
  • Instant Sudoku
  • Swindle Sudoku II
  • 2ZZ

1st edition 2018, 44 pages.

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Improved Little Strangers by Devin Knight & Bob HummerUsing your own deck or a borrowed deck, you turn your back to the spectator. The spectator can shuffle the deck while your back is turned. The spectator removes the top 15 cards from the pack just as they come. From those 15 cards he is to remove all the black cards and put them in his front left pants pocket. The remaining red cards, he counts and then places them in his right front pants pocket.

Next, he takes a few more cards from the remaining deck, the number to correspond the number of red cards in his right pants pocket. If he placed 7 cards there, he would remove from the deck face...

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Out Numbered by David DevlinThree boxed decks of cards are displayed to three spectators. It is explained that in the first two decks, two specific cards have been placed in two psychologically strategic spots. In the third deck, is proof that the psychological experiment is successful. This third deck is kept by the performer, but is always in full view.

The two spectators take their decks out of the boxes, and use business cards to randomly arrive at two different playing cards. The two cards from the first spectator’s deck are used to create a card. Let’s say that the two cards are the Two of Diamonds and the...

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The Wandering Queens by Devin KnightA card trick that is flashy and plays big, it is suitable for parlor or stage and requires no skill.

Four Queens are each seen in four glass tumblers facing outward. Each Queen is then turned back outward and returned to its glass. Three indifferent cards are placed in each glass with the first three Queens. The fourth Queen is left by herself in the fourth glass.

The performer waves his hands and the magic happens. The cards are removed from the first glass. There are only three cards, the Queen has vanished. This is repeated with the next two glasses. Finally, the card is removed from...

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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 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...

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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.

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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...
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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

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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...

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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) ...
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