My go to list of impromptu card tricks

Oct 25, 2008
Hey, guys!

I originally posted this on Reddit, but thought I could share it here, as well!

Like many of you, I too have been searching for all those card tricks that can be done any time anywhere (and of course, like in the ads: with a borrowed deck). I've both asked and read on countless forum threads for other peoples opinions on this subject. While searching I've learned a ton of different tricks – I've kept some, but discarded many of them (as they didn't fit my style). The ones I've kept, I have written down on my phone, so there easy accessible when needed. I've edited the list many times since the beginning, but the list have for the past years stayed almost the same. The reason for this is because they have everything I'm looking for in good card tricks: Impromptu, quick, direct, commercial, some sort of audience participation and of course, that they're rememberable for the audience.

I've decided to share this list with you guys, hoping that someone somehow can benefit from it. The list is not ranked in any way, nor is it a collection of the best tricks out there. Some of the tricks may have a minor setup, but I believe that every setup can be done right in front of the spectators. If you want to learn the tricks, check out the source or google them. Every trick is learned through buying them from magic shops, so they're easy to find. Finally, these tricks are perfect for me and my style of performing. They have served me well over the years and I hope some of them will for you too.

(PS! Please let me know if I've credited some of the tricks wrong.)

--- IN THE HANDS ---
  • Easy Aces (David Williamson)
  • Interlaced Swindel (David Williamson) (variation on the cannibal cards)
  • Do As I Do (John Carey)
  • Any Card at Any Number (Justin Miller)
  • Too many cards (Aldo Colombini)
  • Any Card At Any Number (John Carey)
  • Any Assistant Mindreading (Daryl)
  • Dunbury Aces (Charlie Miller)
  • Business Card Prophesy (Bill Goodwin)
  • Twisting The Aces (Dai Vernon's original version and Wayne Houchin's take on it)
  • Righting A Wrong (Daryl)
  • Ambitious Card Routine (Various Artists)
  • Dr. Daleys last trick (Dr. Daley)
  • Be Honest, Where Is It (Eddie Fechter)
  • Pseudo Brainwave (Benjamin Earl)
  • Route 66 (Alvo Stockman)
  • Biddle trick (Elmer Biddle)
  • Clutch (Oz Pearlman)
  • My favorite opener (Bill Malone)
  • Ultimate Impossible transpo (Oz Pearlman)
  • French Kiss (Wayne Houchin)
  • Renegade (Oz Pearlman)
  • Do As I Do (Oz Pearlman)
  • Stigmata (Wayne Houchin)
  • Card Opener (James Brown)
  • Cards Across (Paul Harris. This version works better when there are 5 or less people)
  • Cards Across (Bill Malone. This one works in bigger crowds)
  • Branded (Tim Trono)
  • Card to pocket (Benjamin Earl)
  • Blueprint (Dai Vernon/Chris Kenner)
  • Peek, Four-of-a-kind-revelation (Various Artists)
  • The Gun Trick (Ken Krenzel)
  • Cardini Snap Change (Cardini)
  • Invisible reverse (Jim Ryan)
  • Dr. Fun (Paul Harris)
  • Diminishing Switch (James Brown)
  • Brainless Travellers (James Brown)
  • Catch The Sandwich (Frank Simon)
  • Between Your Points Of Departure (Earl Nelson)
  • Subway (Dan Buck)
  • Band-up! (James Brown)
  • Self-cutting Deck: Rubberband (Fenn & Jordan)
  • Amazing Prediction (Harry Loraine)
  • Hotel Mystery (Ed Marlo. Found on George McBride's DVD)
  • A Simple Ace Routine (Ed Marlo)
  • Reset Reset (Earl Nelson)
  • Shipwrecked (Daryl/Bill Malone)
  • More Discrepancies (Gaston Quieto)
  • Which One's Missing? Rub The Aces (Bill Malone)
  • Think, Touch, Turn (Ed Marlo)
  • Spectator Signed Card To Envelope (James Brown)
  • The Gemini Twins (Ending Story) (Bill Malone)
  • Double Swap Sandwich (George McBride)
  • Search & Destroy (Aaron Fischer)
  • Spell The Name (Various Artist)
  • Invisible Palms (Paul Harris)
  • Sow By The Lug (Benjamin Earl)
  • You Shuffle As I Shuffle (Frank Simon)
  • The Trick That Can't Be Explained (Dai Vernon)
  • Solomon’s 10 (David Solomon)
  • Triumph (Dai Vernon)
  • Open Triumph (Benjamin Earl)
  • Card Under The Box (James Brown)
  • I Should Have Done It Myself (performed by Bill Malone)
  • Chicago Opener (performed by Bill Malone)
  • Open prediction,5th reversed from bottom (Ed Marlo)
  • Prediction trick (Bill Malone)
  • Four Seasons-Aces (Jim Ryan)
  • Simple Ace Revelation (Bill Malone)
  • Count On It (Paul Cummins)
  • 4,5,6-packet trick (Sal Piacente)
  • How to cheat at 21 (Andrew Wimhurst)
  • Among The Discards (Simon Aronson)
  • An Ace production sequence (Various Artists)
  • A Lucky Card HCDS/CHSD(Richard Wollmer, Aldo Colombini)
  • Count On Them (Aldo Colombini)
  • Four Card Reiteration (Dan Garrett, performed by Michael Close)
  • Blind (Daniel Madison)
  • Extraordinary Proof (Andrew Gerard)
I'd love to hear your opinion, good or bad. And if you feel I'm missing some essential tricks on the list, please let me know.

Thanks! :)
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Apr 6, 2015
rub-a-dub-dub (by jean hugard, found in expert card technique)
invisible transit (by jean hugard, also found in expert card technique)
u should consider these tricks i think they are easy and amusing
Oct 25, 2008
rub-a-dub-dub (by jean hugard, found in expert card technique)
invisible transit (by jean hugard, also found in expert card technique)
u should consider these tricks i think they are easy and amusing
Nice! I'll be sure to check them out. Always looking to expand my list of good, quality tricks. :)
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