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Self-Working Card Magic

Self-Working Card Magic, by Karl Fulves

Karl Fulves' Self-Working Card Tricks, 72 foolproof card miracles for the amateur magician, with 42 illustrations by Joseph K. Schmidt

Karl Fulves’ Self-Working Card Tricks, 72 foolproof card miracles for the amateur magician, with 42 illustrations by Joseph K. Schmidt

buy-from-amazon  I’ve been a fan of Karl Fulves’ self-working series, and  Self-Working Card Magic is no exception. In short, it’s a collection of card tricks that don’t require technical skill – they rely on using techniques that don’t require manual dexterity.

This is not, in itself, a bad thing — it allows you to focus on presentation, and results.  Self-Working Card Magic includes:

Table of Contents for  Self-Working Card Magic

Card Locations

  1. No-Clue Discovery
  2. A Sporting Proposition
  3. Spello
  4. The Lazy Magician
  5. Trapped
  6. Whispering Joker

Impromptu Card Routines

  1. Any Deck, Any Time
  2. Mental Mates
  3. Deuces Wild
  4. Rapid Transit
  5. Z-Ray
  6. Matching Matches
  7. The Magic 13

Poker Deals

  1. Lesson in Larceny
  2. Automatic Poker
  3. Naming the Aces
  4. The Three-Jacks Deal
  5. Cutting the Aces
  6. The Bridge Hustler
  7. Aces Up
  8. Poker Expert Outdone

Coincidence Tricks

  1. Do As I Do
  2. The One-Deck Version
  3. Child’s Play
  4. Unseen Powers
  5. Double Disclosure
  6. Ultra Coincidence

 Mental Magic with Cards

  1. The Card Revealed
  2. The Haunted Name
  3. Thought Speller
  4. The Duplex Mind
  5. Pre-Figured
  6. Three on a Match
  7. Computer Mind
  8. The Stop Trick
  9. Sensitive Fingertips
  10. Think of an Ace
  11. Pocket Prediction
  12. Psychic Magnet
  13. Fate #1
  14. Fate #2
  15. Double Prophet

Test Conditions

  1. Blind Dice #1
  2. Blind Dice #2
  3. Hocus-Pocus
  4. Out of Sight
  5. Long Distance
  6. The Phone Number
  7. A Card and a Number
  8. Magic by Proxy
  9. Signed, Sealed and Delivered

Strange Secrets

  1. Impossible Location
  2. Slim Chance
  3. The Blue Phantom
  4. It’s in the Bag


  1.  The 3 1/2 of Clubs
  2. The Geiger Counter Card Trick
  3. Opposites Attract
  4. 60 Seconds Flat
  5. Personality
  6. Jumping Joker
  7. Calculator Cards
  8. Process of Elimination
  9. The Joker Knows
  10. The Controlled Cut

Miracles with Cards

  1. Follow the Leader
  2. Mental Miracle
  3. Twins
  4. O. Henry Card Trick
  5. Astro Twins
  6. Topsy-Turvy
  7. Quick as a Wink

Editorial review of  Self-Working Card Magic

What is a self-working card trick? A trick that does not depend upon legerdemain or special abilities on the part of the magician, but a trick that works automatically because of the mathematics inherent in the card deck itself. Long practice and supernormal dexterity are not needed to perform these tricks, yet they are often among the most entertaining and most spectacular of all card tricks.

Some of these sure-fire tricks are simple, a good place to begin. Others were specially adapted from professional routines and are here presented for the first time for amateurs. Almost all of these tricks can be worked informally, with a borrowed deck of cards. Some also adapt to stage presentation.

Individual tricks in this book have sold for more than the price of the entire book. Amateurs can use them to get a start in magic and to feel, at once, the rewards of giving a professional performance. Advanced and professional magicians will find tricks to add to their acts or informal routines. Author Karl Fulves is one of the best-known writers and editors in the field of magic.

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