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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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Gerard Zitta

Darwin by Gerard ZittaA classic mathematical principle with two piles.

This is an old mathematical principle used in many card effects. Most of the effects were done with 52 cards. But the principle works with any number of cards (or business cards). This manual explains the principle in detail and generalizes the principle. It allows you to predict the last card that will be left after dealing two piles and eliminating the same pile every time. After reading this ebook, you will be able to use any number of cards. The original pile can be any size, the discarded pile can be chosen, and the final card can be...

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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) ...
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Chris Congreave

Diception by Chris CongreaveShowing that your deck is mixed and ordinary, you also show a card with a prediction written on the back. The spectator chooses a card completely at random, by rolling 1, 2 or 3 dice. You deal to their number (no force). When you reveal the prediction you have not only predicted their chosen card, but also what number they rolled on the dice.

You will need a blue and a red deck (or any two decks with matching faces but different backs) to make this yourself. No arts and craft, just a sharpie and a bit of writing. The dice are optional. You can use real dice, you can use a dice app on your...

2019 / 9 / 22
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Aldo Colombini

Dream Deal by Aldo ColombiniAn unbelievable routine in three phases with a regular deck of cards and totally impromptu. You have in your possession a great effect by the late George Blake. The routine, in three phases, starts by having you dealing four 'hands' of five cards each. A spectator selects a packet and thinks of a card and you reveal it. The card is placed back in the deck and again, with a different method, you reveal it. Once again, the card is replaced and revealed with a third way to conclude a very exciting routine. All three phases involve spelling. The effect needs no set-up, can be done with a borrowed deck of cards,...
2013 / 10 / 26
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George Blake

Dream Poker by George BlakeThis is a great routine using just a regular deck of cards - totally impromptu and no sleight-of-hand; in three entertaining phases. You have in your possession a great routine by the late George Blake (written originally in Magigram magazine). George is also giving you here the patter that he used. Just perform the routine as written and the whole thing works itself. The effect needs no set-up and can be done with a borrowed deck of cards.

1st edition 2007; 14 pages.

2010 / 4 / 17
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Eddie Joseph

Eddie's Dumbfounders with Cards by Eddie JosephNo skill - no sleights - no moves
  • Introduction
  • The "Tobba" Mystery
  • Who Knows the Card?
  • Incredulously True
  • Two Secret Thoughts
  • Memory Phenomenal
  • Over the Wire
  • The Mystic Queen
  • One-Eye Joe
  • The Expert Cuts
  • Can You See Your Card?
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Now comes the question — Why bring all this in here? Merely to stress a point. ANY TRICK WILL BE CONSIDERED AN APPARENT MIRACLE WHEN THE CAUSE EVADES US. Pages and pages have been written in an attempt to define Magic. I will give it to you in FIVE words, "THE ART OF CONCEALING THE CAUSE". The better you are able to conceal the...
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Peter Duffie

Effortless Card Magic by Peter DuffieEffortless is probably just as apropriate or misleading as self-working. It doesn't mean that these tricks don't require any effort on your side. You have to read the descriptions, remember the sequence of actions and perform the act - entertain, which in my book is neither self-working nor effortless. But what these terms try to convey is that you will not need to master difficult moves or finger breaking sleights to perform these effects. And they are very good effects. Often an 'effortless' trick can be performed to greater effect because the performer can pay more attention to audience managment,...
2006 / 5 / 21
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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.

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Werner Miller

Enigmaths 1 by Werner MillerHere you will find 20 self-working effects all based on mathematical principles. Most of them are card tricks. This is the first volume in a series of ebooks.
Max Maven: "I am a fan of Werner Miller."

Scott Cram: "Werner Miller has a great knack for taking simple mathematical principles to highly entertaining levels."

Walt Lees: "[Werner originates] card and mental magic based on subtlety and well-hidden mathematical principles. Unlike so much of that kind of thing, Werner's ideas are distinguished by their clean-cut methods and easy-to-understand effects."

R. Shane: "Werner [...] is a frightening man. Not 'Norman Bates' frightening....

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Werner Miller

Enigmaths 2 by Werner MillerWerner Miller continues with the second volume in his series of self-working and semi-automatic effects all based on mathematical principles. Most of them are card tricks.
Aldo Colombini: "This material is both compelling and provocative. I like it very much. My compliments! My personal favorite so far: A SERIES OF SURPRISES and POLE POSITION. But of course, I am sure I'll find more..."

Peter Duffie (in Magic Magazine, Feb 2010): Enigmaths 1, 2 & 3. Warm up the slide rule; Werner Miller has written three new e-books on math magic.

I first became aware of the work of Werner Miller through his 2006 book Ear Marked, published by Shane of Leaping...

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Werner Miller

Enigmaths 3 by Werner MillerWerner Miller continues with his third volume in this series of self-working and semi-automatic effects all based on mathematical principles. Most of them are card tricks. A total of twenty effects for the magician looking for subtle math to enable stunning miracles. Everything is clearly explained with drawings, diagrams and tables.
Peter Duffie (review from Magic Magazine), Feb 2010: "Miller knows how to work with strange and wonderful arithmetical principles, and he comes up with some brilliant ideas. ... If mathematical magic scares you or you find it dull, Enigmaths could well change your mind and pull you over...
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Werner Miller

Enigmaths 4 by Werner MillerWerner Miller continues with his fourth volume in this series of self-working and semi-automatic effects all based on mathematical principles. Many of them are card tricks.
The way that a magic trick works can be just as amazing as the trick itself. - Persi Diaconis, from CMI Annual Report 2006, p. 4.

1st edition 2010; 36 pages.

Table of Contents

  1. Hands on Magic Squares
  2. Columbus Square
  3. Blind Landing
  4. Matrix Force Plus
  5. Persiste!
  6. Dubai Dab
  7. Cut of the Spade
  8. Club Swinging
  9. Diamond Couple
  10. Call to the Colors
  11. Red Stranger
  12. Anagram
  13. Diamond Puzzle
  14. Hold the Line!
  15. Diaspora
  16. Computer...
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Werner Miller

Enigmaths 5 by Werner MillerWerner Miller continues with his fifth volume in this series of self-working and semi-automatic effects all based on mathematical principles. Many of them are card tricks.
Mathematical magic has its own curious charms. It combines the beauty of the mathematical structure with the entertainment value of a trick. - Martin Gardner, from the preface of Mathematics, Magic and Mystery, 1956.

1st edition 2010; 36 pages.

Table of Contents

  1. Can You See Your Card?
  2. Answering to Their Names
  3. Answering to Their Names – Plus
  4. Calling a Spade a Spade
  5. Calling a Spade a Spade – Plus
  6. Ladies’ Choice
  7. Starring...
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Werner Miller

Enigmaths 6 by Werner MillerWerner Miller continues with his sixth volume in this series of self-working and semi-automatic effects all based on mathematical principles. Many of them are card tricks.
In the right circumstances mathematical tricks properly presented are more likely to be accepted as real magic than anything of a finger-flinging nature. - Karl Fulves, from the introduction of Gene Finnell's Card Magic, 1973.

1st edition 2010; 36 pages.

Table of Contents

  1. Enough!
  2. I Know
  3. All You Need Is...
  4. Reverse Faro Five
  5. Affinities
  6. Affinities - Plus
  7. Double Proof
  8. Double-Decker
  9. Meeting One's Match
  10. Numerable Clue ...
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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 ...
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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...
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Paul Gordon

Explorations by Paul GordonThis ebook explores three mathematical principles of card magic.

The Gordon Principle which was inspired by the Eddie Joseph/Ed Marlo Automatic Placement.

STuDFuTS is an idea, inspired by Henry Christ's thinking.

The Free-Cut Principle is an idea by Gene Finnell.

1st edition 2006, 80 pages.

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Mike Kempner

Face Up Face Down Mentalism by Mike KempnerYou ask the spectator to blindfold you, or you turn around so that you can't see anything that the spectator is doing. You really do not see anything! You ask the spectator to create 5 piles of 10 cards each, so that 50 cards are in play. You tell her to make sure that there are 5 cards face-up and 5 cards face-down in each of those 10 piles. They can be in ANY order, and she is to do all of this ordering in ANY way she wants, without telling you (and, of course, you can't see anything that she is doing).

You then let her know that you are going to separate each pile of 10 cards blindfolded...

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Cameron Francis

Full: Three self-working full deck effects by Cameron Francis
"Awesome effects and highly recommended!" - Donny Orbit

"(A) really great ebook!" - Raphael Czaja

"Nothing But Trouble is no trouble at all. Lovely trick!" - Paul Hallas

"FULL is right! FULL as in FULL of effects that could easily have been released individually! Awesome stuff - the usual Francis calibre!" - Dave Forrest

Blow your audiences away with almost no effort! Cameron Francis presents Full, an ebook containing three completely self-working full deck effects. All three tricks use completely normal decks and none of them require any skill which makes them perfect for the beginner and pro alike.

OVER THE TOP
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