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The most popular tricks are card tricks. Take a pack of cards and perform a miracle. Some of the masters whoes work you will find here are Dai Vernon, Tony Slydini, Roberto Giobbi and many many more. A pack of cards with its 52 pasteboards allows a shear infinite number of combinations and variations of card tricks. A philosophical question to ask would be if there are a finite number of card tricks possible or an infinite number. Looking at the amount of published card tricks it appears to be for all practical purposes infinite. Nevertheless the classic themes remain extremely popular and effective. It is hard to top a good ambitious card routine, card warp, oil and water, card to wallet (or other impossible locations), or torn and resored card etc. But occasionally we are blessed with the grace of a genius who gives us the gift of a completely new trick, concept or principle.

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Daniel Madison
Wrath by Daniel Madison

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A card is selected...signed...the deck is shuffled and boxed...the box is inspected...a lighter is introduced...a corner of the deck is burned away...and the selected signed card is the only one not burned.

Wrath is a gimmicked deck. You do not need to burn a new or different deck every time you perform. The deck takes approximately 10 minutes to make. The deck is re-usable and has an instant reset. The deck is shown to be 100% legit and so is the box. There are no difficult sleights and no deck switching. The deck can be given away to your spectators afterward. Wrath can be made...

★★★★★ $14
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John Gelasi
Write You Are 2 by John Gelasi

A new, updated handling of one of John's all-time favorite packet effects, Write You Are. Four amazing climaxes with very little effort and using very few cards. Best yet, all of the cards can be examined at the end of the trick! Check out the video demo!

Ebook features:

  • Brand new handling
  • The original effect
  • Variation by Cameron Francis
  • Video demos for all effects

1st edition 2013, 8 pages.

★★★★ $4.25
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John Gelasi
Write You Are: A totally unexpected card revelation by John Gelasi

A card is selected from the deck, say the 8 of Clubs. Four Jokers with red backs are introduced. The performer claims that the jokers will reveal what card the spectator selected. One of the jokers is placed with the deck. The other three now have bold words printed on their backs: the three cards together read “Eight of Clubs”! The remaining face down joker is seen to have transformed into the selection! The magician then claims that the jokers did more than just reveal the selection, but they also revealed the mates of the selection: the three cards that have words on their backs are now...

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David Jonathan
Wrong Turn by David Jonathan

Wrong Turn is a fun and baffling approach to ACAAN that adds a kicker ending your spectators will never see coming. While most effects in this plot are telegraphed, this surprising twist strengthens the climax of the effect, further engaging your audience, while delivering even greater impact.

A deck of cards is displayed as the performer mentions he made a prediction in the deck. The spectator cuts to a card, remembers it, then returns it anywhere in the deck. The participant then thoroughly shuffles the cards so their selection is genuinely lost in the deck. Any number from 1 to 52 is...

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(Benny) Ben Harris & Steve Shufton
X-Ray by (Benny) Ben Harris & Steve Shufton

A plot by Ben Harris with a solution by Steve Shufton and an out by Felix Schellenberg.

"Ben Harris and Steve Shufton's X-Ray is, I think, one of the three best card effects to come out this decade. It's so unbelievably smart, and I use it all the time." - Joshua Jay

"A wonderfully clear cut plot. This is very powerful and appears utterly impossible." - Marc Paul

From the introduction:

When I was young, my uncle Peter fooled me badly with a simple X-Ray Vision stunt. It played serious havoc with my developing mind. Pete had been using his X-Ray Vision to "see through" the table top in order to identify how many fingers I was holding...

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Eric Simmatis
X-Suspense by Eric Simmatis

Eye candy at its best.

Magicians always do card tricks. Why not do something more than just a card trick that will blow everyone's mind? For example, take any two playing cards from the deck, and fold them into 2 little supports. Take the ordinary card box and place it on top of them. This may not seem impressive yet...until you remove one of the structures leaving an impossible image in your spectators mind!

Or perhaps take a pencil and place it onto an ordinary pop can, and on the end of the pencil place the card box leaving a totally impossible image that just can't be explained. All...

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Peter Pellikaan
Xerox Count by Peter PellikaanThe Xerox Count allows you to for example fairly show four cards from both sides but in fact you are hiding three cards and only showing one card multiple times. (The demo video below first shows the Xero Count followed by the Booki Count.)

1st edition 2021, video 2:30.

$10
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Peter Pellikaan
Xerox Spread by Peter Pellikaan

You will learn the Xerox Spread that allows you to spread five cards as four, hiding one - the second from top.

length 1min 45s

$6
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Aldo Colombini
Yikes! by Aldo Colombini

A stunning version of the 'wild card' theme.

An effect by Peter Duffie. Performed and explained by Aldo Colombini. A tremendous novelty and a big hit for your close-up act. A spectator cuts the deck and deals off four random cards. You now show a packet of seven cards - six of the cards have blank faces, the seventh is blank on both sides. The latter card is the special "image copier." The six blank-facers are laid out in pairs on the table. One by one, the image copier causes a selection to appear on each of the blank pairs. But that's only three of the selections - what about the fourth? In a dramatic...

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David Jonathan
You Know (UNO) by David Jonathan
"This is my favorite effect of the year." - Rob Jacks

"David Jonathan is one of my favorite creators... and this is one of the very BEST effects I've reviewed in a long time, and the BEST effect for the money. It's an absolute steal." - Rick Carruth (The Magic Roadshow)

"This effect is an almost perfect example of a great self-working trick. It gets my highest recommendation for anyone who loves impactful magic with a theme that suits both adult and children audiences. 10/10!" - Alex Hui (Alex Magic Review)

You Know is a mind-boggling demonstration of mentalism using regular UNO Cards....
★★★★ $8.95
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Fred Roner
You Too Are A Card Magician by Fred Roner

A collection of really nice card tricks that require no sleight-of-hand. Additionally, you will get an informative biographical sketch of Fred Roner written by Richard Hatch.

  • Fred Roner: Card Conjurer, Stage Pickpocket, Painter
  • You have bought this book!
  • The Press and I
  • Guessing of Cards
  • No Title?
  • With dice and matches
  • The three righteous
  • Which card is missing?
  • I knew it!
  • Vanished?

1st German edition 1929, 1st English translation 2022; PDF 20 pages.

$10
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Dave Campbell
You Won't Believe Your Eyes by Dave Campbell

Dave Campbell may be a new name to you but in Scotland he is a highly respected card worker whose creations are both numerous and commercial. You Won't Believe Your Eyes is one of the finest card printing effects we have seen. Five cards, blank on both sides, instantly become duplicates of the spectator's selected card. The routine is visually stunning yet is quite easy to do. The instructions are detailed step by step and are fully illustrated.

One of the strongest points about Dave Campbell's routine is that it can be adapted to so many different themes. Using his handling you needn't restrict...

★★★★★ $7
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Ken de Courcy
You'll Get The Point by Ken de Courcy

If you like a real card baffler, look no further. This is a sort of 'One-Deck Do-As-I-Do' but it works on a very different principle.

Cards are shuffled and cut both by the spectator and the performer (really!). The spectator mentally chooses a card (free choice) and the performer does the same. Then the cards are shuffled again. Unbelievably, the magician and the spectator get cards of the same value and colour. It almost works itself.

Effect: The performer cuts a portion off the pack, hands it to a spectator and asks him to do exactly as he does. First they both shuffle their packets,...

★★★ $4
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Ryan Shaw
Your Card Isn't Here? by Ryan Shaw

This trick starts out as a display of the power of chance. A card is selected by the roll of dice. The magician doesn't know what the card even is. He spreads the cards and picks four random cards face down. One of the four cards is picked randomly, and the magician declares that it will be the card the spectator picked. When its not the right card, the magician makes up for it by making the card first disappear from the deck entirely, and reappear in his shoe.

Note that you will need to purchase a gimmick for under $10. Ryan provides a link where you can buy this particular gimmick.

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Senor Torino
Your Deck, Your Card by Senor Torino

Night club performer Tony Kardyro (Senor Torino) reveals his favorite card mysteries in this clever collection. Drawing heavily from eighteen years' experience in the night club and banquet field, Kardyro created these effects to fill modern day demands for magic, as well as professional demands of the performer. Some of the effects depend on well-known sleights that are within the capacity of any adept magician. These proven, audience-pleasing effects will prove that you're a master of mystery.

Two of the ten effects, Strange, Very Strange and Two Ace Change were called out by Walter B. Gibson as being...

★★★★ $6
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Zaw Shinn
Z Change by Zaw Shinn

The Spectator chooses any card from the deck. The magician rips off the corner of that card. One hand wave, and the corner changes color. The magician throws the corner on to the card, the card is restored and the whole card changes color. And that’s not the end. The magician places the card on the deck and the entire deck changes color. Four effects in one trick. (Supplies may have to be purchased in order to perform this effect.)

1st edition 2020, video 17 min.

$8
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Mario Tarasini
Zang by Mario Tarasini

The magician takes a spectator signed card, folds it in half, and splits the card into two parts! Only one hand movement and the card becomes whole again. Before and after the trick the spectator can inspect the card.

1st edition 2020, length 8 min 26 s.

$14.99
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Allan Ackerman
Zarrow Shuffle by Allan Ackerman

This is the most deceptive false shuffle available today. It was invented by Herb Zarrow and worth while the work you will need to put into it to make it flawless.

runtime: 3min 8s

★★★★ $3
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Steven Youell
Zarrow Shuffle by Steven Youell

The Zarrow Shuffle is a full deck false shuffle. Steven does it without the usual slip-cut.

runtime 2min 37s

★★★★★ $3
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M. F. Zens
Zens Card Miracle by M. F. Zens

A spectator cuts the pack of cards and counts off 25 cards. Shuffle these cards and have five of them selected by members of the audience. The magician does not view this selection process as his back is turned away during all this. The cards are replaced and the pack shuffled. A spectator is asked to place the cards in five rows of five cards each on an unprepared stand or easel or display board. (When performing this close-up or at a party situation the cards may be placed on the table surface, rather than using an easel.) Note: The cards may be placed in any order, on any row, either face...

$4
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Luis Zingone
Zingone's Recorded Card Tricks by Luis Zingone

This is a wonderful item in many respects. First, these three 78 rpm records and booklet, bound in a beautiful hard cover are quite rare. I have seen copies with missing instructions or broken records. Second, Zingone was a fast and smooth professional card manipulator. Being able to hear him speak and perform tricks accompanied by his voice is a treat. And third, the six tricks taught are excellent.

You will receive a PDF that includes the instructions, photos of the original box, and six audio clips embedded in the PDF, one for each trick. (You can also download the audio clips as stand...

★★★★★ $25
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bboymagic
Zo-Change by bboymagic

Please note that this video is in Vietnamese, but the instructions to make the gimmick, and how to use it is perfectly understandable from the visual information alone.

Change a bill into a card. Easy gimmick. Easy to perform.

Obviously you need to use paper money that is compatible with the width of the cards you are using. Often bills can be trimmed slightly if they are too wide.

1st edition 2018, length 7 min 32 s

$8.65
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Mark Piazza
Zombies Eat Brains by Mark Piazza

An effect about famous highly intelligent human beings and a hunger for brains.

Billy McComb's classic McCombical Deck updated for the Zombie Apocalypse. Artwork included.

If you're a zombie, why eat just average brains? Wouldn't you want to eat the most intelligent brains available? That's the premise for this version of this classic effect! Included is the artwork for 7 special cards.

1st edition 2015, 10 pages.

$8
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(Benny) Ben Harris
Zoom by (Benny) Ben Harris
"The construction of the card is ingenious..." - Michael Close (Magic Magazine)
The famous and easy animated card that mysteriously moves away from your fingers—zooming across the table.

Examinable, before, during and after. This is one of the most devious uses of Elastic Thread ever created. Prior to releasing the idea to critical acclaim in 1999, Ben had been sitting on this for over ten years, using it privately for the most important occasions only. It is the perfect effect for Street Magic performances as it can be performed under the most stringent conditions—ANYWHERE!

As you and the...

★★★★★ $9.95
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