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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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Michael Maxwell

A Real Prediction by Michael MaxwellThis effect was created by Dai Vernon and was published in Rufus Steele's book The Last Word on Cards.

The deck is shuffled by a spectator. The magician removes a prediction card from the deck and places it face down on the table. The spectator creates two piles. The top card of one is turned face up. The value of that card is used to count to a card in the other pile. The card counted to is the mate of the prediction.

runtime 4min 29s

2010 / 12 / 29
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Stephen Tucker

Sherlock by Stephen Tucker
"I really enjoyed all of these routines! Very nice. The White House is especially cool!" - Cameron Francis.

"You have some very nice thinking in these variations." - Peter Duffie.

As one of Martin Breese's customers I recently received a newsletter from him that drew my attention to a routine of Peter Duffie's called IDEAL HOLMES. It's a really great self-working routine, and this is what happens...

A regular deck of cards is shuffled and then cut by someone a couple of times. You take back the cards and spread them between your hands and have one FREELY selected by someone. He places the card directly into...

2011 / 1 / 9
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(Benny) Ben Harris

PSI-Poker by (Benny) Ben HarrisPSI-POKER is the latest creation from Ben Harris (co-creator of 2010’s hit X-RAY).

This new effect is totally self-working, requiring no skill or gaffs. (Unless you are calling 'peeking the bottom card' a move.) The secret is ancient, but it’s never been used in this manner before. Magic’s leading historians and card experts have confirmed this claim. (To be precise, it is a new property of an old principle. Very clever indeed.)

So, what is PSI-POKER?

The effect is a multiple prediction of how a game of “Texas Hold ‘em” will play out from a shuffled deck. You hand a prediction...

2011 / 1 / 19
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Aldo Colombini

Self-Working Packet Tricks by Aldo ColombiniEasy packet tricks performed with regular cards and with virtually no sleight-of-hand.
  • MERELY THOUGHT-OF CARD MIRACLE (Paul Gordon): A card is mixed in a packet of eight cards, yet you reveal it.
  • BUBBLE SORT (Werner Miller): Three face cards capture two selected cards.
  • WEDLUCK (Peter Duffie): Cupid (a Jack) couples the Queens and the Kings.
  • CHANGE IN MIND (Howard Adams): A great routine using cards torn in half and three coins.
  • CHILD’S PLAY (Karl Fulves): Two selected cards appear together while two packets are dealt at the same time.
  • COURTING (Aldo Colombini): Two strong climaxes using the face cards.
  • TRIPLE HUMDINGER (Peter Duffie): Three...
2011 / 1 / 23
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Stewart James

Jamesosophy by Stewart JamesPersonally I find any trick using a swastica not a particularly good idea today, because the swastica is loaded with meaning not necessarily appropriate for entertainment. But we should not forget that this manuscript was originally written in the 1940s.

The gem in my opinion is the last effect, "The All Clear Card Transformation."

Here are the effect descriptions as they were originally written by Stewart James.

SWASTRICKA

The performer writes a prediction and anyone retains it for the time being. He now displays a card, the same size as a playing card, bearing a Swastica. The assertion...

2011 / 3 / 8
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Dr. Bill Cushman

Mirabill by Dr. Bill CushmanNow, one of the mentalism’s greatest “self-working” effects has been simplified to the point where it really is self-working! One early reviewer referred to Mirabill as “Miraskill minus the skill.”
"He told me to bring a deck of cards and we’d play a friendly game. Never trust a man who calls a game friendly."

"I still can’t fathom how it happened. They were my cards. I shuffled. I dealt. Yet somehow he still knew ahead of time exactly how things would turn out."

"If it had happened once I might have convinced myself he just got lucky. But the second time destroyed any...

2011 / 3 / 21
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Jon Racherbaumer

Big Easy Card Cunning by Jon RacherbaumerThese are all self-working or very easy to perform effects.

One item that I would like to highlight is the Klutz Force, because it is on the same skill level as the popular Criss-Cross force, which is frequently used in self-working effects. With the Klutz Force you have an alternative that has a different feel and procedure.

  • Simplex Physical & Mental
  • Telephenomenal
  • 21 And Then Some
  • Guesstimation City
  • Marked Calculation
  • What Is the Question?
  • Easy Prefiguration
  • Klutzy Forces
  • Hobson Chooses Again
  • Punch-Line Division
  • Simple Sync
  • Is Your Pants On Fire?
  • Made In the Shade
  • No-Clue ...
2011 / 3 / 23
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Dr. Bill Cushman

Telephone Bill by Dr. Bill CushmanTake a bit of “Miraskill,” a twist each of Mirabill and “A View To A Skill” and mix with “Minimal Miraskill.” Between Stewart James, Herb Zarrow, John Bannon and Dr. Bill, you will have one of the strongest effects possible to perform over the telephone.

The good doctor had been seeking a way to perform Mirabill over the phone ever since its release but it seemed impossible. Until now.

Telephone Bill looks and sounds different than any of the above but utilizes James’s original brilliant principle and is every bit as squeaky-clean as Mirabill. Live and in person it is mind bending. But over the phone? Your audience...

2011 / 4 / 9
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Aldo Colombini

Pre-Deck-Ability by Aldo ColombiniAn unbelievable prize winning routine with a regular deck of cards!

A stunning self-working routine. Three different predictions are taken from a pad of paper and given out, one to each of three spectators. A deck of cards is shuffled and cut into two halves. A spectator cuts a portion from one half, turns it face up, and shuffles it together with the other face down half creating a topsy-turvy condition (a packet of face up and face down cards.) The spectator cuts any amount of cards from this face up and face down portion, turns it over, and shuffles it with the remainder of the deck which...

2011 / 5 / 12
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Aldo Colombini

Please Hold by Aldo ColombiniAfter the huge success of the first DVD on tricks you can perform over the phone (Can You Hear Me Now) here comes the sequel with new exciting stunning routines to perform over the phone (or for live audiences). This time, not only with cards but with other objects as well.

Here’s the contents and the contributors:

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2011 / 6 / 4
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Cameron Francis

Full: Three self-working full deck effects (video) by Cameron FrancisPerformed by Cameron Francis himself. Stacks can allow you to perform miracles under the fairest and cleanest conditions imaginable. Stuff you just can’t do impromptu. Stuff that will seriously blow your spectator's minds. This download DVD contains three such effects. Each trick requires a full deck set up and each one is self-working. Just add presentation and stir vigorously. The three effects use completely normal decks which, after the trick is over, can be shuffled up and used to produce all sorts of impromptu miracles. All of them make very good openers. Give at least one of these effects...
2011 / 9 / 11
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Dave Forrest

Boxflip by Dave Forrest'Card to Box' meets 'Deck to Pocket' in this insanely visual transpostion.

The Effect: You remove the deck from its case and have a spectator freely choose any card - no force - and sign it across the face. You then place the card case into your pocket before losing the signed card back into the centre of the deck. With a snap of your fingers you claim that you have made the card jump to your pocket and appear inside the card case. Your audience doesn't believe you. But, with a totally empty hand you reach into your pocket and produce...the entire deck. The spectator turns his attention back...

2011 / 11 / 5
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Werner Miller

Enigmaths 7 by Werner MillerWerner Miller continues with his seventh volume in this series of self-working and semi-automatic effects all based on mathematical principles. Many of them are card tricks.

1st edition 2011; 31 pages. Illustrated.

Table of Contents

  1. Cardician’s Solitaire
  2. I’m NOT Ogen
  3. Alternately
  4. Segregation I
  5. Segregation II
  6. Four Queens
  7. Two Aces
  8. Upwards
  9. Free Cut Duo
  10. Flip Coda
  11. Similar Endings
  12. Huit Cartes
  13. Countdown
  14. Flipdoodle I
  15. Flipdoodle II
  16. Escalera
  17. Pasillo
  18. Arrowbatics
  19. OLRAM Arrows
  20. Arrow Predictions
2011 / 11 / 13
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Werner Miller

Enigmaths 8 by Werner MillerWerner Miller continues with his eighth volume in this series of self-working and semi-automatic effects all based on mathematical principles. Many of them are card tricks.

1st edition 2011; 32 pages. Illustrated.

Table of Contents

  1. It Goes Like This
  2. Segregation III
  3. Segregation IV
  4. One for YOU, one for ME
  5. Self-Fulfilling Prophecies
  6. Poker Prophecies
  7. Court-Die-ally
  8. Symmetrical Surprise I
  9. Symmetrical Surprise II
  10. Hera's Method
  11. Hera’s Method – XL
  12. Any Other Card
  13. Where Is It?
  14. U/D Swapping
  15. A Trick With 18 Cards
  16. Two, Three, Four
  17. Positions of Trost
  18. Moment musical
  19. The Hol(e)y Card ...
2011 / 11 / 13
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Werner Miller

Enigmaths 9 by Werner MillerWerner Miller continues with his ninth and last volume in this series of self-working and semi-automatic effects all based on mathematical principles. Many of them are card tricks.
"Any trick requiring a sleight is not honest. You are telling a lie with your fingers. (...) A puzzle is more clever than a trick, because with a trick you cheat to get the result. With a semi-automatic effect – using a principle – one tends to feel a little more honest." - Stewart James (1908-1996)

1st edition 2011; 35 pages. Illustrated.

Table of Contents

  1. Logic
  2. The Substitute
  3. Puzzle Time
  4. "1 – 9"
  5. Middle of...
2011 / 11 / 13
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Aldo Colombini

The Amazing Self-Working Card Magic of Howard Adams Vol. 1 by Aldo ColombiniAll these routines are performed with no sleight-of-hand. Except for the last effect, the routines are totally impromptu and use only a packet of cards.

Contents:

  • STAKATE: A revelation of two freely selected cards and a final effect with a prediction.
  • SYMPAMATES: Five cards are torn in half and two spectators find two matching symbols.
  • COLOR QUARTET: Four selected cards are found after the packet has been shuffled.
  • EZ GAMBLE: You win in a game of poker with ten cards and three spectators.
  • BASICDU: A spectator picks a card from a packet of red-backed cards and you pick a card a blue-backed...
2012 / 2 / 6
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Aldo Colombini

The Amazing Self-Working Card Magic of Howard Adams Vol. 2 by Aldo ColombiniAll these routines are performed with no sleight of hand.

CONTENTS:

  • CORSIQUIN: A person rips five cards in half and splits them in two packets after having a card selected. The two packets are dealt at the same time and only two halves match: The selected card.
  • TWO ROWDU: With a few coins you show that you made two (or three) predictions in this wonderful packet trick.
  • BOOK PAGE LINE: The name says all. A simple but very effective book test involving a book and eight cards.
  • SIMPLE TRIPLE MINDS: You will love the principle behind the routine. After a spectator deals three packets of...
2012 / 2 / 6
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Werner Miller

Sub Rosa 1 by Werner Millersub rosa – Latin for "in the strictest confidence"

Welcome to the launch of a new multi-volume series on original semi-automatic ("self-working") tricks, mainly with cards. Enjoy this compilation of easy-to-do, mathbased magic without any sleight of hand, created to amaze and to intrigue both the performer and the audience. Have fun!

  • Eye Candy
  • Peteresque
  • Cherchez les Femmes
  • The 13th Card
  • Girl Guides
  • Alternating Colors
  • Who?
  • in situ
  • Family Affairs II
  • Dressage
  • Halves
  • Calling for the Mate
  • MATELOT
  • From the Middle
  • My Spouse
  • Smileys
  • apart – together
  • assorti
  • Clues I
  • Clues...
2012 / 10 / 1
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Werner Miller

Sub Rosa 2 by Werner MillerMore new mathbased and self-working magic tricks from Werner Miller. All of the effects make use of ESP cards. In some cases a non-ESP alternative is presented.
  • Empty Net Goals
  • Another ESP Twizzler
  • 1, 2, 3!
  • Triplet
  • Rainbow
  • mm-aa-tt-cc-hh
  • Color Twins
  • Color Clue
  • 100 Percent
  • Chased
  • Old Maid
  • Parallel ESPlus
  • The Last Pair(s)
  • Latin ESP Square
  • Identidem
  • Identidem Light
  • Mirimodis
  • Two-Way ESP
  • Consonus
  • Deciens

1st edition 2012, 28 pages.

2012 / 10 / 1
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Ian Baxter

Three Jacks Bettered by Ian Baxter

Jon Racherbaumer steps forward with a very keen Introduction to this Baxter treatment of the classic Three Jacks Deal. “…celebrate and perform Baxter’s latest, evolutionary entry.” It has been around since 1928, but this version guides it well into the 21st century.

Ian Baxter has accomplished something remarkable. He has taken a wonderful classic self-working effect, that has been described and worked on by such luminaries as Walter Gibson, John Scarne, Rufus Steele, Harry Lorayne, Ed Marlo and made it even better, more direct, less dealing procedures while preserving the effect, the sleight-less feature as well as adding an additional climax....

2012 / 11 / 3
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