Not much when it comes to tricks for this entry — the emphasis will be on adding techniques that will be useful for the tricks you’ve learned thus far, as well as some that you’ll learn later.

8.1 A Good Location

From the Encyclopedia of Card Tricks (, Chapter 19. You’ll need to make a half-way decent card fan, but it won’t have to be perfect when it comes to being flourishy. Both Royal Road and Expert Card Technique cover the card fan. I’m not much of a flourish-hound so I’ll have to defer to others on how it’s taught there. This technique, though, can look good.

8.2 Injog and Break

From Royal Road, Chapter 9. This is useful if you want to do something more than just undercut after the a jog shuffle. It will take some practice to make it go smoothly, but it’s a nice technique.

8.3 Overhand Lift Shuffle

From Royal Road, Chapter 9. This can look really good. I didn’t think much of it until a magician in Minnesota called Jeremy MacIntosh got me with it, and it didn’t seem possible that it could be a control to the top.

8.4 Twelve-Down Riffle

From Royal Road, Chapter 15. This is an intriguingly bold move, and it’s essentially the counterpart to the Riffle Force taught earlier in the book. Nothing’s keeping you from changing the number of cards you’re riffling down (Paul LePaul popularized something similar where there’s only a single card, and some have even done it with none!), but twelve can be a useful number for some spelling tricks.

8.5 Top Card Glimpse

From Royal Road, Chapter 5. Didn’t think much of this when I read it. On R. Paul Wilson’s DVD set about the book, he got me with his execution of it for “Dr. Fu Liu Tu” — a trick I actually like a fair bit, but which I’ve left out of this book due to suspicions that its appeal has a lot to do with my taste.

8.6 Double-Lift Glimpse

From Royal Road, Chapter 11. Bold, but doable.

8.7 Hindu Shuffle Glimpse

From Royal Road, Chapter 15. This can fly, but try to have some time difference between when you do the move, and when you actually use the card that you’ve glimpsed. Performing the glimpse right before a key-card placement, for instance, is just begging to get busted.

8.8 Double-Lift Reverses

From Royal Road, Chapter 11. These are all fine.

8.9 The Reverses

From Royal Road, Chapter 14. These are also fine. There’s a reference to a trick called “Throughth and Consequences”, which is elsewhere in the book.

8.10 The Carlyle False Count

From More Card Manipulations, No. 3 (, TLPP). This was a complicated inclusion, because can be a very useful sleight for a variety of effects, but none of them are really covered in JACK. There’s an old trick called “Six Card Repeat” where you show six card, toss a few away, and when you count your cards, there are still six. This has been incredibly popular with magicians, but the trouble is trying to figure out a climax for it.

8.11 The Phantom Aces

From 30 Card Mysteries, by Charles Jordan (Victoria State Library). Another false count, and another complicated inclusion, because I’m not entirely certain that the trick offered is all that hot (I certainly don’t think it’s as good as Monte, which is what the author claims). However, one potentially interesting approach — if you remember “Like Seeks Like” from the Glide chapter, you can actually do something similar with this, perhaps as a Do As I Do type of trick where when the spectator does it, nothing happens, but when you do it, the colours sort.

One important thing… because the important move happens on the take of the third card, there’s a chance that your rhythm might change at that moment. When you practice the move, try not to have too much of a difference between the way you take that second card, and the way you take the third. Slow down the second take, if you have to.

In any case, if you like this sort of thing, definitely check out the Elmsley Count, which is a lot more versatile. I’d have included it here in a heartbeat if it were in the public domain.

8.12 The Stanyon Count

Go to, click on “Browse” at the top, click on “[Magic] Ellis Stanyon”, and go to Volume 15, No. 7. This is another false count that allows you to represent having four cards when in fact you only have three. You may find use for this sort of thing, although it too is somewhat overshadowed by the Elmsley, which can be made to do the same thing. Still, packet tricks are an incredibly popular branch of card magic, so between this and the previous techniques, I thought it be worthwhile to see what people were doing in the early stages of development.


Again, not much in the way of tricks here, but you should be able to see how the methods could be used to substitute some of the things you’ve already learned earlier.

If this book were divided into Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced sections, this would be the end of the Intermediate part. Coming up next are some tough, but worthwhile, techniques.